Hernando Youth League Hosts Dixie Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament
26 Jun, 2013
The Brooksville, Florida-based Hernando Youth Leagues’ Brooksville Dixie Softball Division will host the 2013 Dixie Fast Pitch Softball State Tournament in July at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville, FL. The Tournament will start with opening ceremonies on Thursday, July 4; games will run Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7. Team members, along with their coaches, officials, families and friends will visit from all over the State of Florida. This is a double elimination tournament; participants and their families will be in our community for a minimum of three days, with half of the group staying through Sunday, and a quarter of them remaining through Monday. The league anticipates 25-28 teams of 15 players and their families that will require lodging and dining, as well as things to do in their free time.
The tournament is expected to draw 400-plus visitors to the area for the weekend. “These tournaments are a great boost to our local economy,” noted Tourism Development Coordinator Tammy Heon, “With several hundred visitors arriving for the weeklong tournament, host hotels and local restaurants will see a nice influx of business.”
Sports marketing and hosting of tournaments is one of the many initiatives the Tourism Bureau is undertaking to increase tourism within Hernando County. Local leagues interested in partnering with the Tourism Bureau to bring tournaments to the area should contact Tammy J. Heon, Hernando County Tourism Coordinator, at 352.754.4405.