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Lawton loses ASA tourney

“ASA developed another level tournament at 16U called Gold. The higher level teams that were playing at the A level moved to Gold and the teams playing at B moved to A. That hurt this tournament.”
REGINALD SEATON
LAWTON PARKS AND REC TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ON THE CITY LOSING THE 16-U NATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Lawton will not host the 2014 American Softball Association 16-U Southern National Tournament scheduled to begin Wednesday, tournament director Reggie Seaton told the Constitution on Friday.

Seaton cited a lack of teams signed up prior to the July 23 deadline as the reason for the cancellation. The tournament was set to run through next Sunday. 

The ASA 16U-B tournament Lawton bid on and won and was set to host this year, was different than the 16U-A event it hosted last summer, which, according to Seaton played a role in the declining interest.

"ASA developed another level tournament at 16U called Gold," he said. "The higher level teams that were playing at the A level moved to Gold and the teams playing at B moved to A. That hurt this tournament." 

The dynamics of the 16U-B division are different from the Gold and A levels, Seaton says.

"The signups for B are usually a little slower than A and Gold," he said.

As of Friday, similar level B events in Bismarck, N.D., York, Penn., and Gilette, Wyo., were still set to be played as scheduled. 

Lawton hosted a 16U-B tournament in 2012 and drew 32 teams. Last year's 16U-A tournament field had 40 teams from six states.

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