The 37th annual Herald Chronicle Softball Tournament will be held from May 31 through June 2 at Winchester City Park.
The annual event has become a fixture at Winchester City Park with teams traveling from all over the country to compete in various divisions.
Brackets for the event are still open across the four division with the registration deadline coming up on May 29.
Proceeds from the event are set to benefit the high school and middle school basketball teams at Huntland.
Registration costs are $275 per team with an additional $35 charge if the team needs to be sanctioned.
The Independent Sports Association will be in charge of the event. Steve Lovvorn, the state adult program director for the ISA, said that the Herald Chronicle Softball Tournament is a big event for the ISA and the community as a whole.
“We’re pleased to be associated with it,” Lovvorn said. “It’s a big event for the ISA, but also a big event locally in Franklin County.”
Winchester Parks and Recreation Director Darrell Jolley said that the money raised will help the basketball teams operate during their next season.
“It help pays for camps, travel expenses, shoes for the teams, uniforms, things of that nature,” Jolley said. “It’s hard work for a few days, but definitely a lot easier than having 10 fundraisers.”
Jolley is also an assistant coach with the boys basketball team at Huntland High School.
The players for the basketball teams will be volunteering in shifts to help run the tournament.
“They’ll help pick up trash, they’ll help check on bathrooms and they’ll work concessions so they are pretty busy,” Jolley said.
Parents of players will also provide assistance by keeping scorebooks and running the scoreboards on each field.
Jolley said they are hoping to get 72 teams to sign up for the event this year after getting 65 teams in 2018.
As of writing, 40 teams had signed up for the event with teams from Alabama and Washington, D.C. already registered in addition to a large number of Tennessee teams.
Available divisions include an E-class division, a D-class division, a recreational division and a ladies division.
Rainy weather has become a common occurrence at the Herald Chronicle Softball Tournament due to the time of year, but Lovvorn said they are prepared to play through the rain.
“We’re hoping for good weather, but we’ll deal with the rain if it comes,” Lovvorn said.
Lovvorn also praised the work of Jolley and his grounds crew for maintaining the fields at the City Park and making them as playable as possible despite any weather issues.
Jolley said that he wanted to reach out to any local businesses that might be interested in helping their cause.
“I wanted to reach out to the community, the business owners, anybody that may be interested in supporting the tournament,” Jolley said. “I think (the tournament) reaches out to a lot of people, and I just hope that more community involvement can help it to keep growing.”
To register for the tournament, go to www.softballwire.com/tournament/?tourneyID=493.
For more information, contact Lovvorn at 931-703-2019 or through email at email@example.com.