-About County/Community Softball-
The idea of County/Community came about with hopes to find a way to get back to what softball was really meant to be. Playing for fun with friends, family and people from their local areas was the standard when softball was at one of its all time highs in popularity and players would be offended by the notion to play below the class they could compete at and playing to be the best was everyone’s goal. Teams would travel to play in Twitty and play against teams they knew they had no chance of winning the tourney but they wanted the chance to play the top talent in the country. Teams from lower classes would play up to 5-6 times a year trying to get better and the players paid their own way to play. So how do we get the days back? Where do we start? How about bringing back district and regional and states and making the leagues the farm systems for teams? The older better players would try to find the next young star and would play with them and show them the ropes and how to play the game right. Can we bring back the “Old School” Softball feel?
The First County/Community tourney:
The first tourney was held in Owensboro,Ky in Sept of 2008 called a District that had 8 teams in it and a team from Daviess County took the prize. The counties represented were (2) Daviess, Ohio, Henderson, Warren, Muhlenberg, (2) Vanderburgh. Small, but successful. The 2nd tourney was the Inaugural County/Community championship held in Owensboro, Ky on the 3rd weekend of October in 08 and teams from 27 counties and 3 states made up the 38 team field and Ky Coaching Legend and Hall of Famer Leon Mattingly took home the prize with a group of guys from Bullitt County. The youngest player in the tourney was 18 and the oldest was 61. Players who had not played weekend ball in years played against A, B, C, D, and E classed players all in the same tourney, (And one female player)
The 2nd year….
2009 proved that County/Community was not just a one year wonder. The Regional that was held in Owensboro, Ky in August had 10 teams from 8 Counties and Metcalfe County Merchants came home with the prize. (Insert Metcalfe County Merchants Picture here) The start of the 2nd Annual Championship look promising because we had 75 verbal Commitments going into the week before the championships. It looked like it was going to be the biggest tourney of the year but a bad weather forecast killed any chance of that happening and we had a field of 40 teams with individual players from 11 different states. We had teams from 3 different states in this tournament. We had our first current major player to play (Brian Wegman) and he had nothing but good things to say about the tourney. We crowned a new winner for 2009 and it was a team from Harrison County called Cynthiana Merchants. (Insert Cynthiana picture Mickey and hollyfamily 083)
2010 and the Future of County/Community
We already have 43 teams scheduled for the 2010 3rd Annual County/Community Championship with state Championships played in Indiana, Tennessee and Michigan. Winners from these states will be allowed to play in the Oct.16-18 Championship in Owensboro Ky. This year we have picked up Boombah, Softball 360, and of course Easton again. This will be the best tourney of the 3 with exciting news to come in the months ahead. County/Community is here to stay..Now ask yourself this question… Does your County have what it takes to Crowned the next Champion???
A Big Thank you….
I want to thank the following for helping grow the County/Community idea and making it successful now and the future:
The City of Owensboro
John Daniels-Softball 360
All of the NSA team and Umpires
And most of all the players and coaches
Again I say thank you
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