SSUSA International Tours presents: The 2017 Alpine Fairytale Tour
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Don’t miss this magical opportunity to explore the natural beauty, famous architectural wonders, quaint shops and fabulous music of Bavaria, Innsbruck, Salzburg, and wonderful Vienna – and, of course, there will be softball tournaments.
After visiting the Bavarian capital of Munich and watching the Glockenspiel, we scale the Alps in our luxury motorcoach to Neuschwanstein – the famous Fairytale Castle that inspired Walt Disney. Our adventure is just starting as we visit the amazing alpine city of Innsbruck and view the spectacular vistas from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat.
We head to Salzburg through the land that “Sound of Music” made famous and the city where Mozart was born. Then we are off to the fabulous Melk Abbey, one of the most beautiful abbeys in Europe that has stood since 1089.
Our final stop is Vienna, where we will be immersed in the culture of one of the most memorable cities in Europe before taking a cruise on the Danube River. Our farewell dinner, fittingly, will be in the historic wine village of Grinzing.
And, of course, the main feature of the Tour is softball. In Munich, we’ll play the Bavarian Championships against some spirited German teams sponsored by the Freising Grizzlies and have a chance to meet them during a players party on Saturday afternoon.
The last weekend of the Tour, we will compete in the Vienna Classic, sponsored by the largest softball/baseball club in Austria called the Home Runners. There will be a special event Saturday night with music provided by the Austrian club’s own excellent band to celebrate the event.
Our Alpine Fairytale Tour will create memories – and friendships – that will last a lifetime. Don’t miss your chance to join the adventure!
$3,670.00 per player / $3,600 per non-player (Price includes uniform, price does not include airfare) Single Room Supplement: $675.00 (call first for availability)
SSUSA International Tours presents: The 4th Annual Pacific Rim Championships in Taiwan!
October 17th - 25th, 2016
CHANGHUA CITY, TAIWAN -- USA senior teams took second and third in separate divisions in the Fourth Annual Pacific Rim Championships here.
The American teams competed against teams from China, Japan and Taiwan in four divisions on Oct. 22-23. Taiwan teams won each of the four divisions in the single elimination format.
“The competition, however, places a very distant second place to the real purpose of the Pacific Rim Championships – establishing friendship through softball throughout the region,” said Terry Hennessy, Senior Softball-USA’s chief executive officer.
“The two USA teams were great ambassadors of our sport and the tournament provided a great opportunity to meet and make friends with players from other countries,” he said.
The highlight of the tour came with a banquet and party for all of the teams on the first night of the Championships in which players from each team performed a musical number or dance for entertainment that cut across all languages and cultures.
The Pacific Rim Championships was established in 2013 by representatives from China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States to promote friendship through slow-pitch softball throughout the Pacific Rim region.
The first Pacific Rim Championships was played in China in 2013, in Japan in 2014, in Las Vegas in 2015 and in Taiwan this year.
The games are played with a very soft ball, called the Joyful ball, on a short field with 50-foot base paths where defense and speed become much more important than the “long ball” game played in America.
Top players for the USA White team, managed by John Redner of California, included Milton Douglas of Michigan for Best Offense (batting .888), Dave Leake of Washington Best Defense, and Jerry Scanlon of California, MVP.
Top players for the USA Red team, managed by Terry Hennessy, included Jorge Carrasco of Texas for Best Offense (batting .700), Al Aranio of Hawaii Best Defense, and Jim Hansen of California, MVP.
As part of the tour, the USA players and their families got a taste for Taiwan culture, visiting Taipei 101 towers, 2nd largest building in the world; the National Palace Museum and the Long Shan Temple, among other sites.
The Pacific Rim Board announced that the Championships would be held in Lanzhou, China, on Oct. 15-16, 2017. Lanzhou is on the doorstep to Tibet in northwest China. More information will be released soon, according to officials.
Classic Hawaiian Softball Cruise and Tournament
April 6 – 16, 2016
Maui Classic Tourney: Team USA - Champions
Front Row (Left to Right):
Roger Trujillo, Mike Sisavic, Terry Hennessy, Ralph Ventura, Jim Hansen, John Seigla
Back Row (Left to Right):
Ed Schell, Daryl Burns, Paul Callaghan, John Fournier, Eric Johnson, Dan Minnick, David Prins