NJCAA Chooses St. George to Host Division I Softball National Championship Tournaments for 2018-2021 Press Release

Monday, May 15,2017

May 11, 2017 — St. George, UT — The Leisure Services Department for the City of Saint George today announced that the  National Junior College Athletic Association has chosen St. George  to host its Division I Softball National Championship Tournaments for the years 2018 – 2021. St.. George has been the host city for 9 years including this year. The 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball National Championship Tournament. The Tournament takes place from May 17th through May 20th, 2017, when the 16 best Division I Junior College women’s softball teams in the nation will come together at the Canyons Complex to compete for top honors in NJCAA Division I Softball.


“The NJCAA is fortunate to have such a great partnership with the City of St. George for its DI softball championship,” said NJCAA assistant executive director Mark Krug. “One of the main factors in determining suitable hosts for our national championships is finding the ‘right fit’. Frankly speaking, we need to make sure a potential host understands the NJCAA and our goals in creating the best possible experience for our student-athletes. The relationship between the NJCAA and the City of St. George keeps getting stronger, which equals in a win-win for everyone….especially the student-athletes.”


“St. George has been honored to host this prestigious Tournament for so many years and we are delighted that the NJCAA has, once again, chosen St. George as its partner for the next three years,” said Steve Bingham, NJCAA Tournament Director and Manager of the Saint George Recreation Division. “The young athletes in our community are able to learn so much from watching and interacting with the NJCAA Softball teams and these fine athletes are generous with their time and guidance.”


“National tournaments give student athletes throughout the country a championship experience, which includes not only on field but also in the cities and venues to which they travel,” said Norma Carr, Softball Committee Chair and NJCAA Rep for the tournaments.” We have always been impressed with the way in which the St. George community strives to make the championship experience the best for these young women. The City has consistently upgraded its facilities as well year over year to enhance the experience.”


This year’s Tournament activities begin with a youth clinic (ages 6 to 14) on Monday, May 15th at 5 P.M. at Canyons Complex led by Leah Amico, 3-time Olympian Gold Medalist with USA Softball, 3- time NCAA National Champion at the University of Arizona and 3-time First-Team NFCA All-American, just to mention a few achievements, and the NJCAA athletes. Also at the Canyons on Monday will be a Home Run Derby beginning at 6:00 P.M. for female softball players from grades 8 through 12 followed immediately by the college Home Run Derby with a player from each team participating. Local youth interested in participating in the clinic or home run derby can sign up at sgcityrec.org or by calling 627-4560. Questions should be directed to Brandon Evanson at brandon.evanson@sgcity.org.


Amico is also the guest speaker at the welcome banquet for the teams (See separate press release issued May 8). The banquet will be held at The Dixie State University Gardner Center on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 P.M. to welcome all of the teams. Resident All-Tournament tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. At the gate, All-Tournament Tickets for adults are $45, youth are $30.  Single day tickets are $20 and $13 respectively so we encourage Washington County Residents to purchase their tickets prior to May 13th.