Canberra 2013 International Skins

November 29, 2013

Canberra, AU


29 Nov 2013

Laing asked me to forward you the link to the Skins ladder for the tournament that is happening down in Canberra this weekend. The points are the dollars earned and we are updating after each game.

Cheers Allison Harrow



Elite men of softball are coming to Canberra

22 November 2013

 Australia’s elite men of fast pitch softball will be in action at the Hawker International Softball Centre later this month as they compete for a total prize pool of $20,000 in the 2013 ACTEW Water Canberra Skins Tournament.


President of the Fast Pitch Softball League, Bob Harrow, said the tournament, which has been in operation for over 25 consecutive years, is the longest running men’s softball tournament in Australia.


“The Skins tournament provides an opportunity for the people of Canberra to come and watch men’s fast pitch softball at its most exciting and competitive level.”


“This year we have teams coming from New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, which means that most of the current Aussie Steelers players will be in action at some time during this event,” Bob said.


The A grade competition will see 8 teams do battle in a bash for cash, while 9 B grade teams will not only be competing for cash prizes, but also to prove that they can mix it with the big boys.


“The B grade competition often provides some real entertaining softball as it is a chance for many of our future young softballer’s to prove that they are ready to move to the next level and take a step toward representing Australia,” Bob said.


The 2013 tournament will also see Raffles School of Singapore back to compete in the Under 15 division of the Aussies Got Talent tournament, which has grown to see 7 teams taking the diamond in this year’s tournament.


“Most of the ACT 89ers will take to the diamond in this event including Michael Tanner, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Nick Norton and Adam Folkard, to mention but a few.”


“And with the top pitchers in this competition launching the ball at speeds close to 140km/h, this is a spectator sport that has to be seen to be believed.”




Fast pitch softball is a game of strategy with the ball pitched at maximum speed with little or no visible arc.  The way the ball is released by the pitcher causes a spin motion on the ball, which contributes to a significant part of the speed and curvature.  The ball can be pitched at speeds in excess of 130 kilometres per hour by world class pitchers!


A Skins tournament refers to a competition where the aim is not so much to win each game, rather to earn the most money per game.  Different achievements attract different prize money, for example, hitting a ball that allows a player to make a home run might be worth $200.  The two teams with the greatest earnings at the end of competition play in the final.  The winner of the final earns even more money.




15 November 2013

The Fastpitch Softball League ACT, in conjunction with the Softball Australia Ltd and Softball ACT, is again conducting Australia's biggest and best Skins Tournament: the Canberra International Skins, at the Hawker International Softball Centre in Canberra commencing Friday 29th November through to Sunday 1st December 2013.  As in 2012 the Skins will be used as part of selection criteria to select the Australian Open Men’s Squad. 


We will again be offering considerable prize money for the 2013 Skins.


Prize money

A Grade teams will be able to earn money for: - games won, innings won and least number of hits against in a game.


B Grade teams will earn points for each game win. Prizemoney will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Other prize money paid will include: - Player who hits the most number of home runs and any pitcher who pitches a no hitter.


Exact details of available prize money will be determined on numbers of teams entered. 



Registration fees will be:

  • A grade; $1050 
  • B grade; $750



Special accommodation arrangements have been made with one of the tournament sponsors – Belconnen Way Motel & Serviced Apartments. They can be contacted on (02) 6254 22 22


Teams should note that this is a 3-day event with the draw commencing from Friday morning, and presentations expected to conclude at 5 p.m. Sunday. All travel arrangements need to be made around these criteria with no exceptions to the draw possible.


Expressions of Interest to participate should be forwarded to: The President,Fastpitch Softball League, PO Box 534 Kippax ACT 2615 or email


A non refundable Team deposit of $200 must be in by 1st November 2013 and should be forwarded to FPSL Assoc Inc, P O Box 534 Kippax ACT 2615 or direct deposit to Westpac BSB number 032733 account 138521.


Any enquires can be directed to Bob Harrow on 0413 276 180 or (02) 6299 8162 or Geoff Tutt on 0414 230 130.



 A Grade Draw


B Grade     Draw        
Friday 29th  November        
Time Diamond Team   Team
10..30am 3 Singapore V Dragons
12..15pm 3 Singapore V Royals
  6 Washups V Bucks
  7 Scorpions V Mounties
2.00pm 3 Giants V Bucks
  6 Dragons V Washups
  7 Scorpions V Springvale
3.45pm 3 Singapore V Springvale
  6 Royals V Giants
  7   V  
5.30pm 3 Dragons V Royals
  6 Mounties V Washups
  7 Bucks V Scorpions
7.15pm 3 Giants V Springvale
Saturday 30th     November        
9.30am 3 Dragons V Scorpions
  6 Bucks V Singapore
11..15pm 3 Mounties V Singapore
  6 Washups V Springvale
  7 Dragons V Giants
1.00pm 3 Royals V Washups
  6 Springvale V Bucks
  7 Mounties V Giants
3.00pm 3   V  
  6 Washups V Singapore
  7 Mounties V Royals
5.00pm 3 Bucks V Royals
  6 Springvale V Dragons
  7 Scorpions V Giants
6.45pm 3 Bucks V Mounties
Sunday 1st December        
9.00am 3 Springvale V Mounties
  6 Washups V Scorpions
  7 Giants V Singapore
10..45am 3 Springvale V Royals
  6 Singapore V Scorpions
  7 Dragons V Mounties
12..30pm 3 Dragons V Bucks
  6 Scorpions V Royals
  7 Giants V Washups
FINAL 2.15pm 2 Top 1 & 2 V Winner finish 1
  3 3 & 4 V Winner 3rd

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