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Senior Softball International Tours

 

SENIOR SOFTBALL TOUR 2020

Jewels of Eastern Europe – Prague & Budapest
April 30 – May 12, 2020

Join us on an adventure of a lifetime to two of the most beautiful and magical cities in Europe: Prague and Budapest.

Cruise on the River Danube in Budapest, feast on a Gypsy dinner, play ball in the famous wine village of Szentendre and get a personal tour from our host ballplayers of their picturesque town, and in Prague you’ll have a chance to explore this magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries.


As a special treat, we have been invited to compete in the 43rd Annual Heavy Hitters International Charity Slow Pitch Softball Tournament in Prague.

Budapest and Prague are the jewels of Eastern Europe…join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

For more information, please contact Anthony Ramos via email anthony@seniorsoftball.com or phone 916-326-5303.

CLICK HERE for Itinerary

CLICK HERE for Registration

 

New Mid-Winter Tournament/Vacation in the Caribbean!

Dates: January 8 - 13, 2020

Senior Softball USA is pleased to announce a new international tournament to be held January 2020 on the beautiful island of Hispaniola.  This inaugural Caribbean Classic will feature one or two SSUSA teams assembled from the USA and Canada playing against local senior softball teams from the Dominican Republic.

SSUSA players and their guests will be staying at the Bavaro Barcelo Palace all-inclusive beachfront resort in Punta Cana.  This resort has experienced zero health incidents involving its guests, yet bookings are down due to the recent media frenzy.  As a promotion and gesture of goodwill, the resort has agreed to waive its usual day use fee and allow up to three Dominican teams to come onto its access-controlled grounds and play against our SSUSA players on its beautiful ballfield, located just 50 yards from the beach (see photos below, included with the itinerary).

“This is a beautiful resort which includes not only all meals at the main buffet or 11 specialty restaurants,” says Jim Goff, Tournament Co-Director, “but also 4 pools, several bars including a sports bar, 24-hour casino, disco, fitness center and spa, business center, 18-hole mini golf (free until 6 pm), tennis courts, multi-sports courts, paddle tennis courts, ping pong, beach volleyball, beach exercise/yoga sessions, free non-motorized water sports such as windsurfing and snorkeling, and free nightly entertainment shows”.  Goff reports that this resort also offers several nominal-fee activities such as billiard tables, a 4-lane bowling alley, arcade games, a wave pool, and a Pete Dye-designed 18-hole championship golf course.

“The ballfield is maintained using the same equipment as the golf course”, Jim adds, “and the grass is like a smooth carpet.  It’s a gorgeous field, and unique in being right on the resort property and just steps from the beach.”

“Our purpose in launching this new tournament/vacation is two-fold,” says Terry Hennessy, CEO of SSUSA, “First, to introduce our version of senior slow pitch to players from the Caribbean and Latin America.  They play by somewhat different rules down there, but they have agreed to play by our rules in this new SSUSA-sanctioned tournament”.

“Secondly”, says Hennessy, “we thought a tournament in January combined with an all-inclusive beach vacation would appeal to SSUSA players, and particularly players living in the upper Midwest and Eastern USA and Canada who for various reasons can’t do the snowbird thing each winter”.  He continues “Flights from these areas to Punta Cana are numerous, direct, and reasonably priced.  And from the Eastern and Central time zones, they aren’t long redeye flights.”

Do not miss this opportunity to be one of the “founding players” for this new tournament.  Come as a team, a partial team, or an individual player.  For this first year, sign-ups will be limited to the first 30 SSUSA-registered players.  The deadline for sign-ups is October 31.

Questions? Call Anthony Ramos at (916) 326-5303.

Final Note on Health and Safety: SafeAround, a website that lets travelers assess risk levels in over 100 countries and cities worldwide, reports that the Dominican Republic is a generally safe country for tourists, and especially those tourists who stay in hotels and resorts on the East side of the island in areas such as Punta Cana, where “the only major risk is getting a bad sunburn”.  The U.S. State Department Travel Advisory service currently rates the Dominican Republic at Level 2, the same health and safety rating as the United Kingdom and France.

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary
Inaugural “Caribbean Classic” Recreational Tournament/Vacation

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020

All players and guests should plan to arrive on this day (option to arrive on an earlier day, at additional cost to cover the extra hotel night(s)).

Transfer, Punta Cana International Airport to Barcelo Bavaro Palace (approx. 25-minute enroute).  

After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is at your leisure to take advantage of this all-inclusive resort, including main buffet, 11 specialty restaurants, 4 pools, bars including a sports bar, 24-hour casino, disco, fitness center and spa, business center, 18-hole mini golf (free until 6 pm), Pete Dye-designed 18-hole championship golf course (extra charge), tennis courts, multi-sports courts, paddle tennis courts, ping pong, beach volleyball, beach exercise/yoga sessions, free non-motorized water sports such as windsurfing and snorkeling, free nightly entertainment shows, plus nominal-fee activities such as billiard tables, a 4-lane bowling alley, arcade games, and a wave pool.

SSUSA is asking that all its players bring in their luggage used equipment, still in good condition, for both adult and youth baseball and softball.  There is a charity in the Dominican Republic that specializes in distributing such equipment to the places where it will do the most good.  We will inform you of a central drop-off location for gathering your donations; after getting settled in your room, you may want to relieve yourself of this extra equipment by bringing it to the donation location on this first day of your vacation.


View of beach at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace resort.



THURSDAY - FRIDAY, JANUARY 9-10, 2020

Softball practice for all SSUSA players, 10 am - 12 noon, on the softball field located on site, with batting practice available on the adjacent soccer field.  Note: Although the ball field is located less than a 3-minute walk from the half-mile long beach, depending on where your room is located, you may want to take advantage of the free tram/shuttle that runs a defined route around the resort.

Afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the resort and its world class beach.  Optional off-site excursions are also available at additional cost and can be booked at the excursions desk located in the main lobby of the resort.


Fenced soccer field (for batting practice), adjacent to ball field.



SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020

First day of the 2-day tournament. Six games, round robin format, all of them played on the field at the resort.  SSUSA players and their guests have lunch in the resort buffet or at any of the bars or specialty restaurants that are open for lunch. Lunchtime snacks will be available at the field from 12 noon until 2 pm for the local Dominican players and their guests.

Game time limit: 1 hour.
Game start times and matchups: 

Game 1 - 10 am, Team USA vs. Team CanAm 
Game 2 - 11:15 am, Dominican Team #1 vs. Dominican Team #2.
Game 3 - 12:30 pm, Team USA vs. Dominican Team #1.
Game 4 - 1:45 pm, Team CanAm vs. Dominican Team #2.
Game 5 - 3:00 pm, Team USA vs. Dominican Team #1.
Game 6 - 4:15 pm, Team CanAm vs. Dominican Team #2.

Evening is at your leisure to enjoy the amenities of the resort, including the free nightly entertainment show.


View of dugout on first base side.


Spectator seating and locker room building, first base side.



SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020

Bracket play.  4-team bracket, seeding determined by Saturday’s round robin results.  All games played on the field at the resort.  SSUSA players and their guests have lunch in the resort buffet or at any of the bars or specialty restaurants that are open for lunch. Lunchtime snacks will be available at the field from 12 noon until 2 pm for the local Dominican players and their guests.

7 inning games, no time limit.
Game 1 - 11:00 am, #2 vs. #3 seed.
Game 2 - 1:00 pm, #1 vs. #4 seed.
Game 3 - 3:00 pm, 3rd Place Game, Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2.
Game 4 - 5:00 pm, Championship Game, Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2.


View of the resort’s on-site field.


Path from ball field to beach, between accommodations buildings.


Free tram/shuttle, helpful in getting around the expansive resort property.



MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020

Transfer, Barcelo Bavaro Palace to Punta Cana International Airport (option to leave on a later day, at additional cost to cover the extra hotel night(s)).

 


One of the beachfront accommodations buildings.


Another view of the half-mile long beach.

 


A brief video of the resort, showing the various sports available on site:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3gYzi3ekBw

 

CLICK HERE for the booking form.
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Senior Softball-USA presents
7th Annual Pacific Rim Championships
Play Ball in Paradise
October 21st - 26th, 2019 

Add a Hawaiian Cruise
Play Ball on Three Islands
October 26th - November 2nd, 2019

It's America's turn to Host the Pacific Rim Championships in 2019 - and the site is the gem of the Pacific: Hawaii!!!!

All players with SSUSA cards are eligible, and their spouses and companions are welcome! Practice, transportation, uniforms, a luau banquet with international players - and the tournament are included.

US teams will play teams from other Pacific Rim countries, which include founding countries of Japan, China and Taiwan, as well as other countries in the region.

In addition, players are invited to cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise line's luxury ship Pride of America for seven days; play softball, shop and sightsee on three of the Hawaiian Islands: Maui, The Big Island and Kauai.  You'll be on island time as you discover cascading waterfalls, active volcanoes, black, green and white sand beaches, historic sites and unspoiled nature.

Each portion of our Hawaiian itinerary, the Pacific Rim Championships and three island cruise, are exclusive.  Players can participate in both segments or select the tournament or cruise only.  The price for each of these three options is detailed in the PRC tour booking form.

Please contact Ross McCulligan at Ross@SeniorSoftball.com, or call (916) 326-5303 if you are interested.  

Pacific Rim Championships Itinerary

Monday, Oct. 21:

Arrive in Honolulu / Welcome Dinner  

Queen Kapiolani Hotel

  • Group makes own arrangements from the Honolulu Airport to the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, just blocks from Waikiki Beach.
  • Tonight you'll have a chance to meet the other US players and their families at a 7 pm Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
 

Tuesday, Oct. 22:

Softball Practice.

 

 

  • This morning, is free for sightseeing.
  • This afternoon, our motorcoach transports US players for a practice at a nearby field.
  • The evening is free for sightseeing and shopping in Waikiki.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 23:

Practice at Softball Complex.

Waikiki Beach

  • This morning is free to sightsee and explore Waikiki Beach.
  • This afternoon, our motorcoach transports US and International team players to a practice at the softball complex.
  • The evening is free for sightseeing and shopping in Waikiki.

Thursday, Oct. 24:

Opening of 7th Pacific Rim Championships in the CORP Softball Complex.

CORP Softball Complex

  • This morning, our motorcoach transports all the Pacific Rim teams to the softball complex for the tournament.
  • Players will gather for an Opening Ceremony to celebrate the International competition.
  • Games are played through the day, ending about 3 pm.
  • This evening US and International players will be transported to a Hawaiian Luau for a feast of Island cuisine, music and dancing.

Friday, Oct. 25:

Pacific Rim Championships conclude.

Hawaiian Field Ceremony

  • This morning, our motorcoach transports all the Pacific Rim teams to the softball complex for the conclusion of the tournament.
  • After the games, there will be a Closing Ceremony at the fields.
  • Tonight there is a US Team Awards Dinner at a local restaurant.

Saturday, Oct. 26:

Heading Home - or on a 7-Day Cruise!

'Pride of America' Ship

  • Today those US players not joining us on the cruise will head to the airport for their flights home.
  • Those players and their families staying for the cruise will have the morning to sightsee and shop. This afternoon, our motorcoach will take us to the Pride of America for boarding our Softball Cruise!
  • For those players and their families joining us for the cruise, we will meet at the dock!
  • The Ship leaves this evening to begin our Hawaiian Islands Adventure!

'Pride of America' Hawaiian Cruise Itinerary

Sunday, October 27:

Memorable Maui!

Whale watching tour in Kahului

  • We dock this morning in Kahului, Maui for a 2 day stay.
  • Explore the beautiful island! No games this day. Exploring on your own! Take your pick from options the cruise line offers: snorkel, go on a whale-watching trip, drive to the rainforest and volcano...or just enjoy walking and shopping!

Monday, October 28:

Magical Maui Classic Tournament!

A senior player tries to leg out a triple

  • Our motorcoach meets us on the dock to transport us to the Magical Maui Classic Tournament against local Maui teams.
  • Enjoy meeting the local teams and a lunch at the games!
  • Our motorcoach transports us back to the ship, which leaves port at 6 pm.

Tuesday, Oct. 29:

Big Island Adventures!

Hilo Helicopter Tour

  • We dock in Hilo on the Big Island this morning.
  • Free day to explore Hilo: see the fabulous rain forest and magnificent waterfalls, or take a helicopter ride to see active volcanos - head to the black-sand beach or dive in and snorkel!
  • Our ship leaves port this evening for Kona, on the other side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Wednesday, Oct. 30:

Kona Duel in the Sand Classic!

Kona coast

  • We dock in Kona on the far side of the Big Island this morning.
  • Our motorcoach meets us on the dock to transport us to the Kona Duel in the Sand Games against local Kona teams.
  • Enjoy meeting the local teams and a lunch at the games!
  • Our motorcoach transports us back to the ship, which leave port this evening.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Kauai Garden Classic!

Wailua Falls, near Nawiliwili Port

  • We dock in Nawiliwili on Kauai this morning.
  • Our motorcoach meets us on the dock to transport us to the Kauai Garden Classic against local Kauai teams.
  • Enjoy meeting the local teams and a lunch at the games!
  • Our motorcoach transports us back to the port, where we can sightsee, or go back to the ship to relax.

Friday, Nov. 1:

Free day to explore Kauai!

Ziplining in Kauai

  • Today is for your personal adventure: see the secret waterfalls, try the zip line, take an Island Flight, or go on a back-road adventure...or just relax and take in the sights - your choice!
  • This evening we will hold the Awards Ceremony aboard Pride of America.

Saturday, Nov. 2:

Hello Honolulu!

Honolulu Dock

  • This morning, we dock in Honolulu, ending our Hawaiian Cruise Adventure!
  • Board flights for home with memories to last a lifetime!

 

What is included:

 

* Hotel/Cabin

* Transportation

* Meals on Cruise Included

*Meals for Pacific Rim as Indicated in Itinerary

* Tournaments

* Uniform

  * Any Free Entertainment Aboard Cruise

 

 

*Please note: Any excursions described in the cruise itinerary, excluding the tournaments, are not included in the tour cost.  Anyone wishing to book an excursion during the cruise, i.e. zip-lining or helicopter tours, may visit Norwegian Cruise Lines for more information.*

If you are interested in participating in the 2019 Pacific Rim Championships, the Three Island Hawaiian Cruise, or both please CLICK HERE to download the booking form(s).
Please complete all applicable and return by mail or email to:

Senior Softball USA - Pacific Rim
9823 Old Winery Place #12
Sacramento, CA 95827

or

Ross@SeniorSoftball.com

 

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Italian and French Riviera Tour

 

Visit the breathtaking cities and towns of the fabels Riviera by land and sea and play ball in Genoa, Italy and Nice, France!

 

May 2nd - May 14th, 2019

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TOUR ITINERARY

 
 

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Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 12
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