"Being named ‘Complex of the Year' by the world leader in softball is an unbelievable honor," said Jim Farmer, Manager of the Botetourt Sports Complex. "Our staff takes tremendous pride in making sure the facility is in top condition for our guests every single week. We count it a privilege to partner with ASA to provide first class tournaments. Thank you for this recognition."
Previous award winners include the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. in 2011, Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station, Texas, in 2010, Heritage Park Softball Complex in St. Joseph, Mo., in 2009, Twin Creeks Softball Complex in Woodstock, Ga., in 2008 and Freedom Ridge Park Complex in Ridgeland, Miss., in 2007. The Field of Dreams Complex in Las Cruces, N.M., won the inaugural 2006 award.
Last month, the Botetourt Sports Complex hosted the 2012 ASA Fast Pitch Girls' Class A 14-Under and 18-Under Eastern National Championships. The 2013 ASA Girls' Class A 18U Fast Pitch Eastern National Championships and the ASA Men's Class D Slow Pitch East National Championship are slated to be held in Salem, Va. and Botetourt County.
Later this year, the Botetourt Complex will host two ASA Junior Olympic (JO) College Showcases. In addition to hosting ASA Softball events, the Botetourt Complex hosts a variety of other youth, high school, college and adult action. September 29-30, the Botetourt Sports Complex will also host their annual Military Appreciation Tournament, which features five NCAA universities. This past year, the complex was the site of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Women's Softball Championship and the Three Rivers District High School Softball Tournament.
"The good people at the Botetourt Sports Complex are exactly the kind of people we had in mind when developing our maintenance saving products," said Jon Hubbs, President of Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. "They get everything thrown their way; from little league to adult, baseball to softball, and regular season play to championship play. Managing fields on a multi-field complex like this can be a nightmare, but when everything goes right, it is a thing of beauty. Congratulations on this well deserved award."
The Botetourt Sports Complex features four championship level fields, which are built around a three-story central tower. The bottom floor houses concessions and restrooms, and the second story features a hospitality and umpire changing room with a TV. The PA and scorekeeping stations are located on the top floor of the tower, with each field having on-field communication capabilities with the third floor. Each field has its own individual PA capabilities, CD players and two bullpen warm-up areas. Other features of the complex include: high-speed, wireless internet, six vendor areas with electric subpanels, dugouts with restrooms and water fountains and a playground with a gazebo seating area. The fields are equipped with a 50/30 lighting system, electronic scoreboards and permanent spectator seating with the option for additional portable grandstands.
In addition to hosting softball, the facility also hosts baseball games throughout the year. The Botetourt Complex also features a half-mile circular paved pathway which encircles the complex perimeter with unobstructed views of the playing fields. The complex is facilitated by one full-time maintenance supervisor, three part-time maintenance workers and three seasonal helpers. For more information on the Botetourt Complex visit this link.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.