USSSA Tourneys Swinging Back to the Beach
5 Jun, 2014
The USSSA Global Sports Baseball World Series 1 Begins Tuesday, June 17 in Gulf Shores
Batter up as 600 youth baseball, softball and coach pitch teams swing into action during the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Global Sports World Series from June 17 through July 27 at the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley Sportsplexes. In 2013, these tournaments produced $26.3 million in total revenue and 45,740 room nights, playing a vital role in sports tourism in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
“The USSSA tournaments not only allow us to highlight an incredible organization which caters to youth athletes across the country but also boost our economy through the world of sports,” Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission (GSOBT). “Beachgoers and locals are encouraged to cheer on thousands of talented athletes throughout the summer as we welcome back USSSA and its players for the sixth season at the beach."
Founded in 1968, USSSA is the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization including baseball, basketball, fast-pitch softball, flag football, martial arts, lacrosse, soccer, slow-pitch softball, volleyball and wrestling.
“We're thrilled to make our way back to Alabama's beaches for a summer full of play,” Scottie Mobley, USSSA state director, said. “Time and time again, teams, parents and youth athletes rave about all the area has to offer, on and off the field, including top notch facilities, excellent dining options, fun attractions and of course the beach. The outstanding support from the sports commission and the coastal communities allows USSSA to execute what we do best – great youth baseball and softball events. USSSA encourages locals and vacationers to come down to the ball parks and cheer on these rising stars!”
Check out the following list of USSSA tournaments:
• Global World Series 1: June 17-22
• Coach Pitch World Series: June 23-28
• Global World Series 2: June 24-29
• Global World Series 3: July 1-6
• Global World Series 4: July 8-13
• Recreation World Series Softball Tournament: July 14-20
• Global World Series 5: July 15-20
• Softball C World Series: July 21-27
For additional USSSA tournament information, visit www.gulfshoresorangebeachsports.com/usssa or call 1-800-745-SAND.