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More than 1,000 Baseball and Softball Teams up to Bat in Alabama

8 Jul, 2016


Summer sports are sizzling along Alabama’s beaches with plenty of athletic events on deck through August 2016. The beach cities will welcome a record number of teams competing in the United States Specialty Sports Association’s (USSSA) Global Sports World Series with over 800 baseball and 200 softball teams.

 “For eight years running, the Sports Commission has hosted USSSA along with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and we look forward to welcoming each player, coach, family and fan to our beach destination,” said Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission. “As we continue to grow the diversity of athletic events in the area, we will host a wide range of tournaments this summer including baseball, softball, soccer, dance, fishing, grappling and paddleboarding.”

The Sports Commission saw record-breaking numbers as a result of USSSA in 2015 with 53,111 room nights and $50.8 million in economic impact. The 2016 summer USSSA lineup taking place at the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley Sportsplexes includes the following:

  • Global World Series 4: July 6-9
  • Recreation World Series Softball Tournament: July 6-9
  • Global World Series 5: July 13-16
  • Softball C World Series: July 20-23
  • Global World Series 6: July 20-23

For information on upcoming athletic events along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, visit GulfShores.com/Sports/Media-Room, or call 1-800-745-SAND.

2016 Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission Summer Schedule:

  • July 6-9: USSSA Recreation Softball World Series
  • July 6-9: USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series 4
  • July 6-10: Dance Grand Nationals
  • July 9: Gulf Coast Region USA Volleyball Beach Series Grand Championship
  • July 13-16: USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series 5
  • July 20-23: USSSA Softball "C" Fastpitch World Series
  • July 20-23: USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series 6
  • JUly 22-24: 2nd Annual Flora-Bama Gulf Coast Paddle Championship
  • July 23: NAGA U.S. National Grappling Championship
  • July 26-30: Fastpitch Southern Nationals
  • July 28-30: USSSA Softball Summer Showcase and Tournament
  • July 30-Aug. 6: Lausanne Collegiate Soccer Training
  • Aug. 25-27: Orange Beach Soccer Classic University of Mobile Soccer
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