How Different is The Ad World Series... Compared to Every Other Softball Tournament in the World?
Just being able to get away and play in any out-of-town slow-pitch tournament means that you're having a good time competing in a sport you love to play. We applaud every softball promoter and organization that does their very best to promote and insure fairly-run "no frills" tournaments.
We ARE About The Frills
Besides the 12 guaranteed games,
Besides the mantra: “no team is ever eliminated”,
Besides that all teams receive their complete game schedule upon arrival,
Besides playing key opponents a "second" time on the critical last day,
Besides playing back-to-back games with never more than a 1-game break... (crawling out of loser's brackets and 4-8 hour game breaks DON'T fit our game plan, because post-game afternoon beer gardens and dinner parties await).
Team and individual awards are presented inside a 4-star hotel ballroom... not over home plate with only a handful of supporters representing.
Every team - regardless of record - selects its own male and female MVPs; gifts await them.
A 20-minute highlight video debuts at the Awards banquet and chronicles the just concluded on field action and off-field events.
Every player receives a merchandise gift package... plus daily newsletters.
And, while you're glancing thru this comprehensive tournament website - uncommon in softball circles - just remember that all these "fun" images and links still won't adequately capture the good times you will be able to create in Orlando.
Let's Get This Out of the Way - The ASWS is Pricey!
The ASWS is a softball vacation, vacations are not for everyone - they require planning and investment.
Ad Softball World Series players stay at an upscale resort.
The pool deck is our central meeting place... or is it the hot tub?
We meet at hosted afternoon beer gardens.
We're together for dinner parties. Buffets include three entrees ++ (not picnic finger fare). Hosted beer is served during every party. Opening night includes a Team Jersey Parade and a collection of non-softball, some skill (wait a sec, no skill) competitions.
The setting for the second night dinner remains a mystery. We transport you there. Expect lots of entertaining activities, hosted spirits, wine, and, of course, beer.
You will meet new friends. If they seem stand-offish during the post-game handshake line it's because they're still wearing their competitive "face". Yet, you'll see more hugging in our "good game" lines, because so many players from opposing teams become closer friends over the years.
Meanwhile, back at the hotel and then at the parties, you will acknowledge everybody cleans up real nice. You're encouraged to meet your opponents; in fact, you may be invited someday to visit them on their home turf, and most live in "bucket list" cities. So they could become friends or clients for life. Oh, and speaking of random introductions, 53 couples have met at the ASWS and then later married.
Competition, Camaraderie, Memories, Family
Teams are placed in equally-weighted divisions; titles are won on Day #3. Play your game, minimize mistakes, stay healthy, and control your destiny!
So, not every team will be crowned division champs, but losses won’t sting as much after hitting up the beer gardens... then the parties.
First year players will immensely enjoy their initial Ad World Series experience. There's no denying it - you'll be sore, you'll be craving more sleep, but you'll also be thinking about 2019 team fundraising ideas, because you'll want to invite your back home friends and teammates to come and celebrate next year's tournament with you - in a different sunbelt destination.
Sadly, you'll have to return home to complete that work project and face real life experiences again... but it won't be long until Orlando photos surface into your in-boxes, onto social media, and your team captain may also chime in with a thank you... all signals that the countdown can begin for the 37th annual - the 2019 Ad Softball World Series - that will be played in…........ ?
We've got a great game plan for this year's Orlando SHOW. Hope you join us for the competition, instant lifetime memories, and meet a lot of new folks that will become your World Series family.
Michael Meiches, The Advertising Softball World Series