An opportunity for players to develop their skills in the USA and Canada

An opportunity for players to develop their skills in the USA and Canada

Young softball players will have the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to North America and play high-level competition in 2017.

Softball Australia has partnered with SportsLink International to provide opportunities for Under 19 and Under 15 girls’ development teams to travel to the USA and Canada next June-July.

The trips will cosportslinkred-300x90mbine a skills camp and tournament in front of college coaches and scouts in Las Vegas, with competition against local schools and clubs in LA. The U19 team will then compete at the Canada Cup Gold Tournament, a truly international seven day event in Surrey, British Columbia.

SportsLink International is the leading provider of tours to major international sporting events around the world each year. It has conducted supporter tours since 2002, providing unforgettable experiences for thousands of sports fans.

With tailor-made trips for sporting teams, SportsLink International specialises in working with teams and athletes, as well as the families and friends of those competing.

Softball Australia CEO Chet Gray says the 2017 travel program is a great opportunity for girls to get a taste of international competition.

“Providing these opportunities will help us develop players for the future and encourage players to remain in the game,” he says.

The Under 19 program, is a chance for girls who don’t get selected in the national team to still receive top-quality coaching and be exposed to high-level international competition.

Both tours depart June 27, 2017 and include a tournament in Las Vegas, sightseeing at the Grand Canyon and in Los Angeles, as well as warm-up games before the U19 team heads to Surrey BC for the Canada Cup Gold Tournament. The U15 team will return to Australia on July 10.

“This is an opportunity for these players to develop their skills and show that they can still be part of future national teams, even if they have missed out this time,” Gray said.

“It’s also a chance for them to play in front of college and professional scouts.

“And the high-level international competition will be great for their development as we look towards future national team events including the Olympics in 2020 and hopefully beyond then.”

For more information, check the SportsLink International website.