40th
Saturday, August 30th, 2008

On Saturday of August 30th, 2008, Taiwanese Association of Kansas City (TAKC) will be again hosting the 40th annual Taiwanese tournament in Overland Park, Kansas, United States from 08:30 am to 5:00 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:
(Registration has been closed as of Aug 9, 2008)
  1. Taiwanese Association of Kansas City (TAKC)
  2. University of Missouri at Columbia (MU)
  3. Iowa State University (ISU)
  4. Indiana State University (IndSU)
  5. University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC)
  6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  7. Oklahoma City University (OCU)
  8. Dallas Tigons
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. Registration has been closed as of Agust 9th, 2008. 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:
08:30 am - 05:00 pm, Saturday, August 30th, 2008
(detailed schedule is in the "Download" section)

Fields #3, #4, and possibly 1 more 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?
2 Softball fields (or 3 if necessary), Trophies (for 1st , 2nd and 3rd places), Game balls (12" red stich ball, with an ASA stamp of MSP.44 COR/375 lb comp), Umpires

Downloads for Rules, Schedules, and Forms to Submit:

Player Waiver, Release of Liability & Indemnification Agreement
2008 play schedule
2008 draw and sample



Old Web Pages:
[2007] [2006] [2005] [2004] [2003]


Past Champions:
2007 - The Strikers, 2006 - UMKC, 2005 - UMKC, 2004 - UIUC, 2003 - Iowa State, 2002 - UMKC, 2001 - UMKC, 2000 - UMKC, 1999 - Iowa State, 1998 - KU, 1997 - TAKC, 1996 - Wichita State, 1995 - TAKC, 1994 - Wichita State, 1993 - KSU, 1992 - KSU, 1991 - KSU, 1990 - KSU, 1989 - KSU, 1988 - KSU, 1987 - WSU, 1986 - KSU, 1985 - KSU, 1984 - KU, 1983 - KSU, 1982 - KU, 1981 - KSU, 1980 - KU, 1979 - KU, 1978 - KSU, 1977 - KSU, 1976 - KSU, 1975 - KU, 1974 - KU, 1973 - KU, 1972 - KSU, 1971 - KSU, 1970 - KU, 1969 - KSU


40th Tournament Results in 2008:
1. The Tigons (Dallas, Texas ) 2. Oklahoma City University (OCU) 3. Indiana State University (IndSU) 4. Iowa State University (ISU) 5. Taiwanese Association of Kansas City (TAKC) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 7. University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) 8. University of Missouri at Columbia (MU)

(click to see full-size photos)

台灣獨立杯壘球大賽 (張錫清)

第40屆台灣獨立杯壘球大賽於8月30日在堪薩斯舉行。今年共九隊參加: Indiana state University(INDSU)、U. of Illinois(UI)、 Iowa state Univ.(ISU)、U. of Missouri(UM)、Dallas,Texas的Tigons(Tigers & Lions)、Oklahoma City U.(OCU)、U. of Missouri at Kansas city (UMKC) 及 Shin-Fu company聯合隊伍(UMKC/SF), 及地主隊台灣同鄉會(TAKC)。U. of Wisconsin(UW)於最後幾天前取消行程, 未能參加。

賽程分成兩組:台灣人組: 隊員全部是台灣人組成,共四隊,(UI、INDSU、UM、TIGONS);及國際聯組: 部分隊員有外籍人士組成, 共四隊(ISU、OCU、UMKC/SF及TAKC)。

比賽前,由主辦單位代表張錫清贈送獎牌給熱心於這項比賽的裁判Mattivi , Reilly及Ruark,感謝他們六年來, 在一天內每人裁判五場比賽,熱心參與,讓比賽順利進行。隨後台灣同鄉會會長許金壽,贈送獎牌給比賽籌備委員張錫清,林慶勝,郭丕明,及劉俊彥,並向全體與會球員(共125位球員及80位隨隊家長,同學)表達台灣獨立建國的意願,希望不必再等待40年。最後並贈送獎牌給歷年來參與這項比賽的志願工作人員(楊美麗,洪鳳蓮,林國維,袁韻新,高川,許金壽,賈慧清,楊理典,張淑嫻,楊英育,楊廣平)。

比賽於各隊抽籤後,準時於九點開賽,並由Taiwan United Fund主席李賜隆, FAPA全國總會會長楊英育及TAKC會長許金壽於三個球場分別開賽。 比賽以一個小時或六局定勝負,中間只休息十分鐘,每隊於初賽時比賽三場,由勝負決定台灣人隊及國際聯隊各組最佳分組冠軍。冠軍隊再打一場,決定台灣獨立盃冠亞軍;各組第二名打第四場比賽,決定第3、4名;依此類推,得出5、6名及7、8名。在一天內,每隊需打四場比賽,裁判需連續擔綱5場主審,這真是全世界最辛苦及體力、耐力考驗的比賽。也只有熱心的台灣球員及外籍球員及熱心台灣人事務的裁判才會如此無怨的參與,以及每年連續的參與。

ISU的投手是一位外籍女士,至少來比賽了五年,UI的捕手是一個台灣女孩,在比賽中曾被撞傷,倒地不起,經過楊理典治療後,又再重新參加比賽。

楊理典主持大堪薩斯市針灸及中醫協會,很熱心的提供300份熱狗及兩大桶玉米,並廣告招收新的會員。

結果如下: 台灣人隊:Dallas-Tigons:3勝(失分9分), INDSU:2勝1負(失分28分), UI:1勝2負(失分41分), MU:3負(失分70分), 國際聯隊:OCU:3勝(失分17分), ISU:2勝1負(失分47分), TAKC:1勝2負(失分45分), UMKC/SF:3負(失分38分)
再由台灣人隊及國際聯隊比賽 一場: 冠軍‧Dallas-Tigons (台灣人組) 31:6
亞軍‧OCU ( 國際組)
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季軍‧INDSU 12:11
第四名‧ ISU
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第五名‧ TAKC and UI
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第七名‧ UMKC/SF:1:0
第八名 . MU

台灣獨立盃冠亞軍由全是台灣人組成的Dallas-Tigons以31比6打敗OCU(內有4位日本球員)。Dallas隊伍連續兩年贏得這項比賽的冠軍。INDSU於第6場下半,再見安打以12比11打敗ISU,INDSU得獨立盃第三名。先前在第三局時,ISU以2比9落後,但到了6局上半結束時反以11比10領先,可見ISU隊伍的奮戰精神。ISU曾於1999及2003兩度贏得冠軍,通常有部分隊員於清晨4點才啟程開車來到會場(約4小時),體力及意志力的表現十分可嘉。INDSU來參與比賽三年,以今年的成績最佳,得獨立盃第三名,球員們均十分興奮(車程7小時)。UI及TAKC並列第五名,UMKC/SF得第七名,MU第8名。

大會準備了冠軍及二、三、四名全隊獎杯及球員個人獎杯,并贈送其他球員參與獎杯,以紀念今年40週年的大賽。比賽於5點結束,相約明年再見。

所有的個人獎杯均有如下刻字:
TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE CUP
“Championships 或 2nd、3nd、4th 或Sportsmanship”
The 40th Softball Tournament 2008

不論是台灣人,台灣學生或外籍人士將很興奮及願意展示這個個人獎杯,并將永遠記住這個辛苦得來的獎杯以及上面的 TAIWAN INDEPENDENCE.



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