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All-city softball tourney involves Chandler

March 1st, 2022 development
All-city softball tourney involves Chandler
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By Zach Alvira, Sports Editor

The city of Chandler has partnered with the town of Gilbert and city of Scottsdale to put on the first-ever All-City Softball Tournament for adults in each community.

The tournament, which will feature teams from the various recreational leagues already in place in each city, will be a single or double-elimination bracket with games played throughout the day on April 2.

Jensen Valenzuela, tournament organizer and recreation coordinator for the city of Chandler, said a tournament of this caliber has been in the works for a few years between communities, but the timing never worked for other cities and their respective leagues and other events happening at parks.

Now, however, they are proceeding with their plans.

“It’s something cool we’ve been kind of brainstorming for a few years, and we are finally putting it in action to do,” Valenzuela said. “I’ve built relationships with coordinators with those respective cities. It will be a cool tournament to give all the recreation departments a little bragging rights.”

The tournament is open to men 18 years and older with a maximum of 15 players per roster. Registration for each team is currently $300 until Feb. 28. After that, the price will increase to $350 per team.

The tournament will feature an opening day ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. April 2. Pool play will then begin and run until about noon. At that time, Valenzuela said teams will take a break for lunch and to prepare to travel from field to field for the elimination bracket.

Games will be played at Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler, Freestone Park in Gilbert and Vista del Camino Recreation Center in Scottsdale. The top teams from each city will advance to the citywide tournament where a champion will be crowned at Snedigar.

Teams are guaranteed at least three games, regardless of whether they advance to the city-wide tournament.

“I’m excited for it,” Valenzuela said. “I know some of the teams in our league are pretty good. So I’m hoping they can win it for Chandler to give us some bragging rights.”

While the players have a chance to compete for bragging rights on the field, off of it spectators can expect a host of food trucks, giveaways and music – creating a family-friendly and enjoyable atmosphere for all involved.

Valenzuela believes this will be a unique way to bring some of the cities’ recreation sports teams together and open the door for more tournaments in the future. He also hopes other cities across the Valley will become involved, which will allow the tournament to blossom into something even bigger in the near future.

“There are some things that we need to get ironed out, which is something we will do when if we run into bumps with this first season,” Velenzuela said. “We’re hoping we can expand it to oth er cities. Mesa was part of the initial discussions and Tempe said they are interested in getting involved next season as well.”

For more information about the All-City Softball Tournament and to register, visit chandleraz.gov/allcitysoftball

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