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Due to inclement weather, several NJCAA tournament games have been postponed. Please see the updated schedule below for new dates and times.
Saturday, May 29
11am: Herkimer vs Gloucester
1pm: Rock Valley vs Corning
3pm: Teams TBD
Sunday, May 30
12pm: Championship Game
Press Release: NJCAA DISION III SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CARRIER PARK
For the first time in over a decade the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will be crowning a national champion in the sport of softball in New York State. The 2021 NJCAA Division III Softball Championship is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th – Saturday, May 29th at Carrier Park Field of Dreams in Dewitt, NY. The tournament was last held in New York in 2005 at the Holding Point Softball Complex in Horseheads, NY and has since been held in Rochester, MN. Herkimer College is serving as the host NJCAA Institution for the tournament.
“We are excited to see the tournament come to Syracuse, NY”, says Don Dutcher, Director of Athletics at Herkimer College. “The planning process has been a total team effort with the staff from the Town of DeWitt, Region III members of the NJCAA, Herkimer College as well as a number of hotels to make sure we run a first class tournament. We look forward to that partnership to continue into the future.
Those spectators who wish to attend the championship will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination. “After cancelling the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are happy to be able to provide our student athletes with an opportunity to compete for a national championship”, says Kristen Schuth, chair of the NJCAA Division III Softball Committee. “However, it is important to make sure that everyone from players to coaches and administrators, tournament staff, families, friends, and the fans are provided a safe environment in which they can experience the tournament.”
The tournament will feature eight teams in a double elimination format including seven automatic qualifying NJCAA District Champions and one at large selection. Region 3 of the NJCAA, comprised of 21 SUNY community colleges from Upstate New York, will be awarded two of these automatic qualifiers as the North A and North B District Champions. The two-year colleges in Downstate NY will compete for the North Atlantic District Championship. Owens Community College (Ohio) has already won the Great Lakes District Championship and is the first tournament qualifier. Two of the three remaining District Champions will come from Region 13 (Minnesota, North Dakota, Upper Michigan Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin) with the final District champion coming from Region 4 (Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin).
The first two rounds of the tournament are scheduled for Thursday with games beginning at 10:00 am. On Friday, games will again start at 10:00 am with the winner’s bracket final scheduled for 4:00 pm. Championships on Saturday starts at 12:00 noon with the national semi-final contest, followed by the national championship game.
For more information about the tournament visit the NJCAA Tournament homepage at https://www.njcaa.org/championships/sports/sball/div3/index.
Exciting news for Carrier Park…
HOST FOR THE 2021-2023 NJCAA WOMEN’S SOFTBALL
Carrier Park really is…more than you think!
The Carrier Park recreation facility was announced as host for the 2021-2023 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Women’s Softball Championships; the first tournament will come to town May 27th to 29th, 2021.
Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko commented, “Coming back together as a community and ensuring the health and well-being of our citizens is the imperative right now, but meeting the coming economic challenges that lie ahead is job #2; this tournament will help us do that.”
The tournament is:
- A chance for players and their families to visit CNY and our play at our “world-class” Willis Carrier Park facility.
- An opportunity for our kids – especially aspiring softball and baseball stars! – to see real-life softball stars play the game!
- A significant economic development opportunity; generating sports tourism dollars – via hotel, gas, restaurant, retail and entertainment spending - not only for the town of DeWitt, but Onondaga County and the CNY region as well.
The NJCAA Championship is a double-elimination tournament and includes eight teams who play over 3 days; the addition of a fourth day is being discussed.
A youth softball clinic will be held in conjunction with the tournament, with the possibility of another clinic being offered at Carrier Park late this summer or early fall, depending on the precautions related to the Coronavirus.
- Willis Carrier Park, opened in 2016, is a $12.5 million state-of-the-art, all inclusive, multi-sport facility for children and adults, including those with special needs. It is the home of the Syracuse Challenger Baseball program.
- When completed, the park will be one of the first fully integrated, fully handicap accessible outdoor complexes in the CNY region.
- The original design of the park includes up to 9 championship tournament quality fields, including 2 dynamically designed super turf fields which can be utilized for baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, football, field hockey and other special events.
The Town of DeWitt…we’re building community.