The State Softball Tournament — which spent a year in Louisville as the State Softball Invitational a year ago — will return to Bowling Green in 2021. Teams will hit the fields at Michael O. Buchanon Park to compete in the State Tournament and Team Skills Competition Sept. 10-12.
Teams will qualify to compete in the bracketed State Tournament via Regional Tournaments in Paducah (Aug. 7), Georgetown (Aug. 13-14) and Louisville (Aug. 20-21). More than 30 of the 55 teams competing this season will advance to the State Tournament. Teams that do not qualify for the State Tournament have the option of competing in the Team Skills Competition, where each athlete is scored for the completion of skills including hitting, baserunning and throwing and catching.
Games will get underway on four fields on Friday night, with eight total games being played on the opening evening. Games continue starting at 9 am on Saturday and again on Sunday, with most championship games held on Sunday. The Team Skills Competition will take place on Saturday.
Softball is the second most popular team sport in the Special Olympics Kentucky program with more than 850 athletes competing on 55 teams this year. A year ago COVID concerns caused limited participation in the softball program, which along with golf was one of the first sports we were able to return to action. The State Tournament converted to a State Invitational held in Louisville for teams that were able to participate.
The State Softball Tournament and Team Skills Competition is sponsored by Special Olympics Kentucky Year-Round Partners Texas Roadhouse and Toyota Motor Corporation, Program Partner Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and UPS.
For information about the State Softball Tournament or the Special Olympics Kentucky softball program, or to find out how you can get involved, contact Hunter Brislin at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.