38th
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

On Saturday of September 2nd, 2006, Taiwanese Association of Kansas City (TAKC) will be again hosting the 38th annual Taiwanese tournament in Overland Park, Kansas, United States from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
This event has been a great opportunity for many of the Taiwanese in midwest to get together to have a good time as well as let each other know how we have been doing these days.

Coordinators:
John Chang (primary), Ching-Sheng Lin, Piming Kuo, Chunyen Liu

Sponsors:
Main Sponsor: Taiwan United Funds (TUF, whose local President is Mr. Joseph Lee)
Co-Sponsor: TAKC

Useful Links about Kansas City Metro Area:
(Mostly provided by John Chang)
[Experiece Kansas City] - [Visit KC] - [Gates BBQ] - [Winslow's BBQ] - [Kansas City Photo Tour] - [Kansas City Sister Cities]

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Teams in Registered Order:
  1. Taiwanese Association of Kansas City (TAKC)
  2. Indiana State University (ISU)
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Blue (UIUC - B)
  4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Orange (UIUC - O)
  5. University of Wisconsin at Madison (UW)
  6. University of Missouri at Columbia (UMC)
  7. University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC)
  8. Iowa State University (ISU)
  9. University of Central Oklahoma (UCO)
  10. Kansas State University (KSU)
Registration and Deadline:
It is free for approved teams to play at the softball tournament thanks to sponsorships. Otherwise, a $250 entry fee is required. Please check if your team is eligible for the registration fee waiver in details available in the "Download" section. Deadline for submitting entries will be Aug 26th, 2006. Please contact Piming Kuo (pimingkuo@yahoo.com 913-685-2988) or John S. Chang (schang4@kc.rr.com 913-897-7493).

When and Where Tournament is Scheduled:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
(detailed schedule is in the "Download" section)

Fields #3, #4, and #5 of Black Bob Park
14500 W 151st Street
Olathe, Kansas 66062

Click on the following interactive map to find out the driving directions.



What Do You Need to Play?
At least 10 players (all with valid health insurance)
Gloves and bats
Player Waiver, Release of Liability & Indemnification Agreement (form is downloadable in "Download" section)

What Do Sponsors Provide?
Softball fields x 3 or 4, Trophies (for 1st , 2nd and 3rd places), Game balls (12" red stich ball, with an ASA stamp of MSP.44 COR/375 lb comp), Three umpires, Hot Dogs, Ice and Water

Downloads for Rules, Schedules, and Forms to Submit:
2006 Softball Tournament Details
Player Waiver, Release of Liability & Indemnification Agreement
2006 Softball Tournament Simulation
2006 Final Tournament Schedule


Old Web Pages:
[2003] [2004] [2005]


Past Champions:
1989 - KSU, 1990 - KSU, 1991 - KSU, 1992 - KSU & KU, 1993 - KSU, 1994 - Wichita State, 1995 - TAKC, 1996 - Wichita State, 1997 - TAKC, 1998 - KU, 1999 - Iowa State, 2000 - UMKC, 2001 - UMKC, 2002 - UMKC, 2003 - Iowa State, 2004 - UIUC, 2005 - UMKC


38th Tournament Results in 2006:
1. UMKC, 2. Iowa State, 3. UIUC - O, 4. Indiana State, 5. UW, 6. UIUC - B, 7. TAKC, 8. KSU, 9. UMC and UCOK

台灣壘球大賽紀實 台灣獨立杯決賽 - 張錫清

第38屆台灣人球大賽於9月2日星期六假堪薩斯州歐列沙市(Olathe, Kansas)舉行,共有十隊,登錄球員127人參加。比賽於上午九點準時由堪市台灣同鄉會長梁錫棋,台灣駐堪市領事陳家坤以及提供比賽經費的台灣基金會會長李賜隆於三個球場同步開球。
在經過20場比賽,從上午9點到下午6點,每隊都打4場比賽之後,隊隊奮力為爭取台灣獨立杯而全力以赴。UMKC以些微比數一分險勝,Iowa State University贏得2006年台灣獨立杯冠軍,精神及風度可喜的Iowa State贏得第二名。
這次的賽程因為隊伍增加,同時也為了鼓勵(1) 全部由台灣人成的隊伍,(2) 如果地區台灣人球員不多,可以組成與外籍人士合併的隊伍,以發展與外國人的親密關係,但至少需要有一半或五位台籍球員。
比賽自三月開始策劃,規劃報名隊伍為:伊立諾大學(UIUC(B))及印第安那州立大學(INDSU),報名全為台灣籍球員的「T」組,以及UCOK報名五位台灣及五位日本人的隊伍的「N」組,其他則有八隊報名,最多有三位非台籍上場的「W」組,依序為堪市同鄉會(TAKC)、威斯康辛大學(UWS)、伊立諾大學第二隊(UI(O))、密蘇里大學-哥市(UM-C)、密蘇里大學(堪市)(UM-KC)、Iowa State (ISU)及堪州大學(KSU)。
比賽在三個球場同時進行,並且隨行啦啦隊眾多,女學生的加油聲中進行。最後結果為: 1. UMKC, 2. ISU, 3. UI(第二隊), 4. INDSU, 5. UWS, 6. UI(第一隊), 7. TAKC, 8. KSU, 9. UMC及UCOK,在打了九局之後,被迫停止,並列第九。
賽程中,堪市台灣同鄉會會長梁錫棋夫婦及林慶勝夫人並與眾多同鄉會會員提供400個熱狗及三明治的攤位免費供應給球員。Shinn-Fu Company並提供運動飲料及瓶裝水,同時就地與遠道球員及隨行啦啦隊員進行徵才面識。
堪市台南市姊妹市會長洪鳳蓮並展示該會的會場及照片以介紹及拓展會務。慈濟委員林國維並設置回收策。楊理典夫並供應西瓜給球員享用。大會在劉俊彥控制時間及許全壽、洪鳳蓮的幫助下,得以順利進行。梁錫棋及楊英育並設置會旗及照相,整個球賽在張錫清及委員林慶勝、郭丕明、劉俊彥的策劃及執行,得以順利進行,此外很多同鄉會會員的義務奉獻功不可沒。但最要的是球隊及球員以及裁判的參與。大會並頒獎給林慶勝以謝他多年來主持迠項大賽的辛勞。
UWS及UIUC, INDSU, UCOK都是開車七小時以上於星期五抵達,住宿及油費均十分可觀。但有球員提及,他們每年就是在等這一天,令人感動。
球賽結束之後,於晚上七點在福星樓共有170人參加由堪市台灣領事陳家坤先生的晚宴。除了球員之外,啦啦隊及堪市同鄉並共濟一堂,熱鬧非凡。其重大意義在於包括了美國中部由北到南一帶的台灣學生及同鄉共濟一堂。餐會中伊利諾大學的全體隊員並贈送一面由全體球員簽名的伊大校旗給同鄉會,並由張錫清代表接受贈與及合照。伊大全體隊員同聲謝謝大會的安排。
2006年台灣獨立杯圓滿結束。


Click to see the full-size photo of the 2006 Taiwanese Softball Tournament on 09/02/2006



Click to see the full-size photo of the 2006 Madison Taiwanese Softball Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin on 07/29/2006


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