Austin provides perfect backdrop for inaugural Southwest Summer Nationals
From July 22-26, Triple Crown is introducing a completely new event, the TC Summer Southwest Nationals in Austin, Texas. The Triple Crown name has attracted some of the best names in club softball from this region of the United States. In its inaugural year, the tournament has brought over 200 teams across 10 different states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas).
Each team is guaranteed a minimum of five games, including pool-play and the double elimination bracket format. Throughout the five divisions (10u, 12u, 14u, 16u and 18u), each club has equal opportunity to carry home a Triple Crown title.
Jennie Finch, the two-time Olympian and a 2004 gold medalist from the Games in Athens, Greece, will kick off the week of festivities at the Opening Ceremonies, July 22, courtesy of Mizuno USA. Speaking in front of hundreds, Finch will undoubtedly enlighten and inspire these future stars of softball. Finch will also offer an autograph session directly following her speech.
Austin is known for its exuberant culture, and true to that spirit, the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau has booked the Aaron Navarro Band to rock the Krieg Complex in Austin. Of course, anyone looking for additional entertainment can make their way into vibrant downtown Austin. Players and their families can engulf themselves in the festivities around world famous 6th Street, bravely watch the thousands of bats take flight into the night sky at the Congress Avenue Bridge, fly down a zip line over in Lake Travis, or gander at the Baylor Street Art Wall.
Also in the maiden event, head coach of The University of Texas, Connie Clark, will conduct a special player clinic on Thursday evening at the Krieg Complex. With her reputation as one of the most dynamic coaches in college softball, Clark will provide priceless instruction for girls wishing for a future in fastpitch.
Exceptional talent will flock to Austin and its surrounding areas, and so too will college coaches looking to fill future roster spots in hopes of their own success. The impressive list of attendees continues to grow, featuring NCAA Division I teams such as Houston Baptist University and smaller programs like Blinn College (NJCAA).
The end of July marks what is sure to be one of the most competitive fastpitch tournaments of the summer. With Austin providing the flavor, the TCS Southwest Summer Nationals will be cherished by everyone, deep in the heart of Texas.