Fox Sports and Softball Australia have launched a world-first innovative fast-paced competition that will define a new era for the sport of softball in 2019.
The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball will follow a similar path of the reinvigorated KFC Big Bash League competition, featuring shorter games, more action, less downtime and more runs scored.
The event is to be held at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney from 4th to 6th February 2019, and will be broadcast live in prime-time by Fox Sports.
“The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball will reshape the landscape of the game in Australia,” Softball Australia CEO, David Pryles said.
“It will provide an edge of your seat experience for spectators and fans as well as a high-pressure environment for our talented players.”
The high-performance event, for open women’s players, will feature six franchised teams made up of Australia’s elite women’s softball representatives who will be joined by international players from several of the world’s top 12 ranked teams.
New rules, which have been tested and trialled, will be introduced for the tournament with the entire format of the new game designed to put more pressure on players to perform right from the very first pitch.
“The event will be held in the world-class 2000 Olympic Softball venue, Blacktown International Sportspark,” Pryles added.
“The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball will draw new audiences to the sport, and fuel the passion that many past and present players have for this great game.”
Travelodge Aussie Spirit Captain, Stacey Porter, believes The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball will not only improve elite playing opportunities for Australia’s top softball athletes but also further grow the game of Softball at the grassroots level in this country.
“I am extremely excited about the concept behind The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball and can’t wait to get out there on the diamond and compete in such a high-pressure, but fun environment alongside not only my fellow Travelodge Aussie Spirit teammates but also some of the superstars of softball around the world,” Porter said.
Peter Campbell, Head of FOX SPORTS Australia expressed his delight to broadcasting The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball event.
“FOX SPORTS Australia is delighted to be partnering with Softball Australia and broadcasting The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball live for Australian viewers,” Campbell said.
DATES, TIMES & VENUE
The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball will be held over 3 days from Monday, 4th February 2019, 3:30 PM to Wednesday, 6th February 2019, 10:00 PM AEDT at Blacktown International Sportspark, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
Prices: Under 18’s are FREE whilst Family tickets for the entire 3 days are just $30.