Ocean City Today

USSSA World Series to host kickoff party in Ocean City

By Kara Hallissey | Jul 20, 2017

(July 21, 2017) A beach bash kickoff party at Ocean City’s Caroline Street stage on Monday, July 24 will start off the third week of the United States Specialty Sports Association’s (USSSA) Fastpitch Eastern World Series.

Teams will begin lining up for a parade around 3:30 p.m., which will start at 4 p.m. Players and coaches will walk around the Jolly Roger Amusements at the pier and continue to the Caroline Street stage while their family watches.

“They can bring rolling coolers or wagons, and teams are also invited to dress up to represent a decade to go along with this year’s theme, ‘Through the Decades,’” said Niki Wheatley, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Wicomico County.

DJ Wookie from OC 104 is slated to spin tunes at the event and teams will hang around after the parade to eat pizza and play games including KanJam, spike ball and ladder toss.

There will be a couple guest speakers such as Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, Mayor Rick Meehan, Worcester County Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, and Bill Dowell, the USSSA vice president of fast pitch and fast pitch director of Maryland and Delaware.

Nearly 6,000 softball players are expected to participate in games until July 29 in Worcester County, including Ocean City, and Wicomico County.

“The USSSA Eastern World Series is the end of the road for these teams, which means it is an intense competitive atmosphere, and they are going for national championship titles,” Wheatley said. “The players, coaches and parents have put so much into their season to get to this point and participating in this event is a testament to their talent and dedication to the sport.”

The event draws almost 400 teams from 15 states and Canada during the three weeks of festivities.

In Worcester County, games are scheduled to be played at John Walter Smith Park, the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex and Northside Park.

Tournaments are open to the public and free.

“Teams playing in this tournament are among the most talented in the nation,” Wheatley said. “Girls who have played in USSSA events in the past have moved on to play professionally. The public is welcome to attend these games to check out the up-and-coming talent in the world of softball.”

For more information and a schedule of games, check out www.SalisburyChampionships.org.

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