The Fastpitch Softball League ACT, in conjunction with the Softball Australia and Softball ACT, conducts Australia’s most challenging men’s Tournament – the Canberra Skins, at the Hawker International Softball Complex in Canberra each year in December. The Skins tournament is a selection event for the Aussie Steelers with a large number of elite men’s players competing with their respective Clubs from around Australia.
The Brisbane Classic provides an opportunity to witness some of the world class players from the Aussie Steelers competing with their respective Club teams and is a selection event for the Australian men’s squad. The tournament is traditionally held in Brisbane by the South Brisbane Softball Association each year over the June long weekend. The event is open to male teams competing at an elite level.
The Southern Cross Challenge is an international men’s and women’s Softball fixture for National, Provincial and state teams of high quality. The event is hosted by Softball Queensland and Canterbury Softball Association alternatively. The inaugural Southern Cross Challenge was held in 2008 at Redlands in Queensland. The Southern Cross Challenge is open to both male and female teams, competing at national, state, provincial or pro-league levels.
South Australia hosts a junior tournament annually over the October weekend that is permanent fixture on the pre-season calendar for the majority of surrounding states and regions. The tournament is viewed as a development opportunity for young players and officials.
Waverley Softball Association host a junior age tournament annually over the Easter holiday period that attracts a large number of teams from the surrounding states and regions. The tournament plays a valuable role in providing teams an opportunity to gain match play and develop young players for the future.
The Australia Day Carnival hosted by the ACT in Canberra each year over a 4 day weekend is one of the largest junior Softball tournaments in Australia. The tournament traditionally attracts a large number of junior boys and girls from the U12 to U23 age group. The competition is played at both North and South Softball venues. The tournament provides another important development opportunity to young players in Australia.
The Pan Pacific Masters Games is held in November on the Gold Coast in Queensland every 2 years since 1996. The 2008 games attracted participants from 16 countries, every Australian state and territory, including remote locations like Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsular in the Northern Territory.
The first Alice Springs Masters Games, formerly named Central Australian Masters Games, began in 1986 and became only the second event of its kind to be staged in the world. The only previous multi-sport master’s games were the first World Masters in Toronto, Canada in 1985. More than 100 competitors, officials and volunteers have been a part of the Games since 1986.
The Games fast developed into a success story and quickly earned the reputation of ‘The Friendly Games’ because of the camaraderie and good spirited nature of the competitors and the environment created by the games village atmosphere of Alice Springs. This competitive spirit is then carried throughout Australia and around the world by the thousands of people who have experienced the Alice Springs Masters Games.