2021 USSSA Challenge Cup Tournament Preview
January 21-24 | Viera, Florida
The 2021 USSSA Challenge Cup in its third year features 164 teams playing across 7 divisions (State vs State). In its inaugural season (2019) they had 24 teams and in 2020 they had 74 teams and the growth and creation of this event is the brainchild of tournament director Strojan Kennison. There is 29 in the men's 'C' division, 35 in the 'D', and 29 in the 'E'. On the women's side there is 16 in the Major, 16 in the 'C' and 18 in the 'D'. Next year they hope to expand to Senior, Military, and I think I heard Mixed spread over a couple of weekends in January. They will play at Viera, Florida's Space Coast Complex with its all turf fields and the tournament features its men's Major division on the stadium field with its 20 teams! The Major Division starts at 8 am eastern time on Friday morning with 2 game pool play for all teams and plays through the night Friday and Saturday finishing up Sunday.
Team Florida won the 1st Challenge Cup in 2019 and Kentucky won the Cup in 2020 although NJ/NY/PA may have tied for 1st?
This years Challenge Cup festivities start on Thursday afternoon with the launch of the new 240 bats where you can try out Easton, Worth, Miken, Louisville Slugger, Demarini, Dudley, Onyx, Pure, Anarchy, and Juno Bats from Noon to 5 PM eastern. This is followed by 8 games on USSSALive.com including two exhibition games where the USA Patriots Amputee team plays an E team at 6 PM and a Major Women's team at 9 PM.
Check out the live stream at USSSALive.com
I will also have the SoftballCenter.com chat room open during the event
2021 Challenge Cup Major Division Poll Results:
Team Florida with its long list of Major rated players received 37% of the poll votes
Space Coast Stadium and Complex (Stadium is 335-365-385-365-335)
5800 Stadium Parkway
Melbourne, FL 32940
The White Quad fields have 325 foot fences.
Red Quad and Stadium if they don't have temp fences is 325-365-385-365-325
Cooler with chilly evenings
Past Challenge Cup Results
2020 Challenge Cup
2019 Challenge Cup