The Tampa Bay Sports Commission is hosting quite a few youth and adult softball tournaments scheduled to take place in Hillsborough County this year making it clear that the softball market has become one of the Sports Commission's top markets. 

Two popular softball associations that played a big role in bringing these events to Tampa are the National Softball Association (NSA) and the Florida Half Century (FHC) Amatuer Softball Association.

Florida NSA Youth Softball is an organization comprised of over 300 girls’ softball teams spanning across the state of Florida. Tampa Bay will play host to 11 Florida NSA Youth Softball tournaments in 2009, including both the State A and State B Championships. Over the past two years, Hillsborough County has hosted each state championship and has collectively produced approximately 2,400 room nights.

FHC is an adult softball association set up to provide competitive tournaments for softball players ages 50 and over. FHC is broken up in to four age divisions with monthly tournaments provided for each division. In 2007, the Sports Commission hosted two FHC tournaments and is excited to bring in five FHC tournaments in 2009, including their state championships in December, which will feature over 80 teams.

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See you at the games!