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From a sandlot to a ballpark. . .

The Cairo American Softball League (CASL), began in the spring of 1976 when four groups formed an informal association to play softball. The initial teams were the Cairo American College (CAC) Teachers, the CAC Boys’ Varsity Baseball, the US, and the US Marines. During the next seven years, CASL expanded to eight teams, and due to the increased interest, the league adopted a two-season per year format in the spring and fall. At that time the league was very informal and had free use of school facilities. It was financed by income from the snack bar operated by a different team each Saturday, and minimal team fees. The home team was responsible for providing the game ball and the teams who had played the previous game umpired games.

In 1983, CAC entered into an agreement with the management of Victory College to improve the grounds in return for the use of the facilities for CAC athletics. CAC sodded the facility, transforming virtual desert into a playing field where athletic play was possible. The CAC administration opened the facilities up to other local expatriate athletic organizations, including CASL, Maadi Little League, Cairo Rugby, Cairo Cricket, and various soccer associations. CASL took the next step the following year by installing lights for night play, which allowed for an expanded schedule. During 1995, corporate donations, contributions from CAC, and league funding enabled CASL to make major improvements and renovations at Victory College, including new fences, scoreboards, and buildings for concessions, meetings, storages, and restrooms, among others.

More than 20 years of improvements have made the Victory College Ball Park arguably one of the more impressive facilities in the region. The facility now has two fully sodded fields with fences, lighting dugouts, scoreboards, and scorekeepers’ booths, along with batting cages, and the permanent staff required to maintain the facilities at the highest levels.

At its height in the early 1990s, CASL routinely fielded more than 20 Men’s Teams and nearly 10 Women’s Teams. From the beginning, CASL has traditionally been composed of teams from the US diplomatic community, the private sector, CAC, and the US military. However, as interest in CASL grown, the league has seen greater numbers of players from other expatriate communities, as well as Egyptians, join. The Japanese community has been a mainstay in the league since the early 1990s, and the Filipino community has fielded a team for the past several seasons. In the late 1990s, a group of Egyptian high-school gym teachers formed a team with the idea that they would be able to pass on the American national pastime to their students. Over the years, some of our top players have hailed from Canada, Europe, and Australia, among other countries.

In Spring 2009, CASL consisted of 16 Men's Teams and six Women’s Teams, with teams playing a 20-game season plus a season-end tournament. The 16 Men’s Teams were divided into A, B, and C Divisions to guarantee competitive games across all levels of play.

Cairo
routinely fields competitive teams in international tournaments, including those in Dubai and Jakarta. Most recently, in the Spring 2005 Middle East Softball Championships (MESC) held in Dubai, the Conrad Hotel Cairo Men’s Team took the Men’s B Division title and Conrad Hotel Cairo Women’s Team was runner-up in the Women’s A Division.

At its height in the early 1990s, CASL routinely fielded more than 20 Men’s Teams and nearly 10 Women’s Teams. From the beginning, CASL has traditionally been composed of teams from the US diplomatic community, the private sector, CAC, and the US military. However, as interest in CASL grown, the league has seen greater numbers of players from other expatriate communities, as well as Egyptians, join. The Japanese community has been a mainstay in the league since the early 1990s, and the Filipino community has fielded a team for the past several seasons. In the late 1990s, a group of Egyptian high-school gym teachers formed a team with the idea that they would be able to pass on the American national pastime to their students. Over the years, some of our top players have hailed from Canada, Europe, and Australia, among other countries.

In Spring 2009, CASL consisted of 16 Men's Teams and six Women’s Teams, with teams playing a 20-game season plus a season-end tournament. The 16 Men’s Teams were divided into A, B, and C Divisions to guarantee competitive games across all levels of play.

Cairo
routinely fields competitive teams in international tournaments, including those in Dubai and Jakarta. Most recently, in the Spring 2005 Middle East Softball Championships (MESC) held in Dubai, the Conrad Hotel Cairo Men’s Team took the Men’s B Division title and Conrad Hotel Cairo Women’s Team was runner-up in the Women’s A Division.