Over 400 Softball Teams at Bat for 2014 USSSA World Series
July 9, 2014
Over 6,000 softball players are scheduled to arrive on Delmarva this summer as the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) World Series returns to Maryland’s eastern shore. The three-legged series, spanning from July 16 to Aug. 2 will bring over 400 girls softball teams to the region ranging in age from 10 to 18. Teams are traditionally drawn from over 14 different states as well as Canada.
Week 1: July 16-20 – 10U Open, 10C, 12U Open, 12C
Week 2: July 22-27 – 14U A, B, & C
Week 3: July 28-Aug 2 – 16U Open, 16C, 18U Open, 18C
*’U’ abbreviation for Under.
The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury, Md. provides the main fields of play for the series. Other fields tentatively scheduled for use in Wicomico County include the East Wicomico Little League (Salisbury), Eastside Youth Sports Complex (Willards), Fruitland Recreational Area (Fruitland) and Mason-Dixon Sports Complex (Delmar).
Tournament games are open to the public with no admission fee charged. For additional information on the USSSA World Series, please visit www.SalisburyChampionships.org. In accordance with USSSA National guidelines, schedules are not released until the start of the tournament. As they become available, information will be posted to the web site.
County Executive Rick Pollitt said, “The USSSA softball world series has placed Wicomico County firmly in the leadership of national competitive sports activities. The partnership we’ve established with Ocean City and our local businesses assures that more and more people will be visiting our community, enjoying our outstanding quality of life and supporting our economy. I am delighted to welcome the teams and their supporters to our home and wish them much fun and success.”
Wicomico County has hosted USSSA events for the last seven years, but growth in the size and scope of the World Series has sparked its expansion beyond County borders. In 2013, realizing the economic benefits of the World Series, the Town of Ocean City, Md., partnered with Wicomico to assist in footing the tournament’s bill. A more formal sports-marketing partnership stemmed from this, and in late May the two jurisdictions officially launched the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA). One of the first partnerships of its kind in the nation, MAASA leverages the combined assets of Ocean City and Wicomico County to attract, retain and build sports marketing events, with a focus on amateur athletics. In addition to MAASA’s contribution, area businesses, also realizing the greatness of the tournament’s impact have come on board as sponsors of the event including Pohanka Automotive Group and Pepsi Bottling Ventures.