The best university softball teams in the country will be coming to Kelowna this October as the UBCO Heat are set to host the 2021 Canadian Collegiate Softball Association (CCSA) Championship at High Noon Park.
Running from Friday, October 8 until Sunday, October 10, the top eight teams from across Canada will compete for a national championship for the first time in two years after last year’s event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Heat automatically qualify as the hosts of the event and will vie for a national championship in just their third year as a team.
“Being awarded the 2021 National Championship says a lot about the level of respect our young program and their leadership group have earned in such a short period of time,” said Tom Huisman, UBCO’s director of athletics and recreation, on the selection. “This is a national level endorsement, not just for our team, but for the Kelowna and greater Okanagan softball communities.”
“We would like to thank Western Collegiate Softball Association president Randy Plishka and the selection committee for choosing UBC Okanagan to host the 2021 CCSA National Championship,” added UBCO softball head coach Joni Frei. “I am thrilled for our players and confident our staff, athletics department and organizing committee will do everything it takes to put on a top-notch event. It’s an exciting time for collegiate softball in British Columbia and I’m honoured our program can be a part of that.”
UBCO’s successful championship-hosting bid was supported by Tourism Kelowna and the City of Kelowna.
Tickets for the event are now on sale by visiting the championship website. The championship pass, which gets fans access for all three days, is available for $25. Single day tickets are also available for $10 per day.