This release is to explain what is happening in regards to the 2016 NSA Canada COED World Series location change that has been rumored.
In 2015 after growing and running the largest COED National Championship in Canada for 18 years in our home city of Calgary, we were forced to move the event to Lethbridge as the autocracy of the facility management in Calgary deemed it the right move to run their own events at the same time and dates.
NSA Canada worked diligently with great partners, Lethbridge Mixed Slopitch Association and specifically Sheldon Dyck and Jennifer Schroeder and other board members to make this popular event happen at the facilities, Softball Valley & Coaldale.
The event although smaller due to venue change was a fantastic success with teams, coaches, fans and the City very pleased with all that transpired.
Although NSA Canada lost money in moving the event ( as we had the previous 2 years in Calgary facility due to management restrictions) we as previously mentioned in posts from 2015, do this just as much for the players as for the association.
Our final discussions in Fall 2015 with Softball Valley facility management was that everyone was extremely happy on both sides and we all were looking forward to growing this long running event for years to come at Lethbridge facilities.
Our partners in LMSA worked diligently all off season to get an agreement in place for a long term "home" in Lethbridge as the city itself, host hotels, stadium management, numerous host bars and service outlets were so overwhelmed with the business that was brought into the community -2015 Lethbridge Sport Tourism Report- $2.5 M over the event and were all on board for the future growth of this event.
LMSA met with facility board members, city officials, members of the ball community in order to make this happen and were met with resounding approval from all with the exception of facility board and its management team.
LMSA persevered and had numerous meetings with this group to discuss any issues they may have had and what NSA Canada and LMSA could provide to finalize this long term agreement.
When this continued to drag out due to the facility management "fence sitting" NSA Canada and its management group in Alberta inquired and subsequently booked the great facility of Leduc as a stop gap measure to ensure the 2016 COED World Series event would happen.
The issue was that up to 2 months ago, there was 90% chance that Softball Valley was going to be the long term home for this event.
Two weeks ago the final meeting with facility management was had and the finality of their reluctance to be open for a softball event at a premier softball facility was made clear.
This is their decision and while there is very little to support the reason why, it is simply another example of how current management groups running autocratic management styles continue to ruin the ability to provide options for teams and players to be able to play the game they love.
By deciding to not be "open for business" in Lethbridge due to personal agendas and antiquated city lease process, we are moving this great event to the great facilities of Leduc , everything else stays the same, dates , fun, prize money etc.
NSA Canada want to thank all the hard work that Sheldon Dyck , Jennifer Schroeder and the LMSA board did as our partners, we also want to personally thank all the City of Lethbridge officials and business owners who lobbied to make this event an annual process.
For any teams that have changes to make to itineraries already booked, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and he will assist with your inquiries personally.
Our National Events Coordinator - Darlene Bowman is also available to assist you – email@example.com
Please stay tuned for the calendar of events for Leduc as we will be tweaking our info paks to represent the new venue location.
Thanks you for your patience and support.