2019: What’s to Come in Maryland!

The new year has started in full swing, with events of all sport types taking place across the State of Maryland. If you have missed any, don’t worry! Here is a brief overview of what’s to come for Maryland Sports, our TEAM Maryland Partners, MAASA & Maryland’s Own!

Major events for first half of 2019:

Maryland Sports Spelling BeeSaturday, March 23
Frederick Running FestivalMay 4 – 5
2019 Preakness StakesSaturday, May 18
2019 Division I Women’s Lacrosse ChampionshipsMay 24 – 26
2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Tri Club ChampionshipSunday, June 9
USA Cycling Amateur Road National ChampionshipsJune 20 – 23
Athletx Youth Baseball NationalsJune 21 -28

Other notable 2019 events in the Maryland Sports event database

  • Baltimore Mania Boys and Girls: March 23-24 and March 30-31 in Harford County
  • The Showcase: April 13 in Prince George’s County
  • St. Michael’s Running Festival: May 18 in Talbot County
  • Battle at the Beach & Boardwalk: June 1-30 Ocean City, MD and Surrounding Areas
  • Youth Baseball Nationals: June 21-28 at Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex
  • Naptown National Challenge: July 9-10 Annapolis, Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s County
  • Under Armour All-America Lacrosse: June 29 at Johns Hopkins University
  • Essex Express Labor Day Shootout: August 30 – September 2 in Baltimore County
  • Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI 3* and 4*: October 17-20 at Fair Hill NRMA
  • Baltimore Running Festival: October 19 in Baltimore City
  • Governor’s Challenge: December 26-30 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
  • Is there an event missing? Add it to our FREE events calendar! Feel free to check out our events calendar to stay tuned with all events throughout the year. In addition, get additional exposure FREE, the Maryland Sports quarterly newsletter is based off our event calendar database.

    What Do You Know about Maryland’s First State Sport?

    Maryland Stories

    1962 was a turbulent year in American History. The Cuban Missile Crisis began, Rachel Carson released her pivotal work Silent Spring, and Tom Cruise was born. In the midst of this national turmoil, a small, but still notable, bill was introduced into the Maryland State Legislature. When signed into law, House Bill 80 would make Maryland the first state in the country to adopt an official “State Sport.”

    Maryland House Bill 80 recognizing jousting as the state sport of Maryland. Courtesy of the Maryland State Archives. Maryland House Bill 80 recognizing jousting as the state sport of Maryland. Source: Maryland State Archives, Archives of Maryland, Volume 651, Page 474.

    But what sport to pick? Baseball? Football? Quite unexpectedly, the Bill stated that “The age old equestrian sport of Jousting is hereby proclaimed to be the official sport of the State of Maryland.” That’s right, jousting. The honorable Henry J. Fowler Sr. introduced House Bill 80 to the Maryland’s Legislature in an effort to make jousting a part…

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    From Tears to Triumphs, ’14 USSSA E.W.S. had it all!

    Nearly 400 girl’s fastpitch softball teams, ranging in age from 10U to 18U, played at various facilities spanning Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore from July 16th to August 2nd. It was a beautiful three weeks of softball, as the weather was in the low 80’s with no humidity, which is unheard of in the month of July! For the 8th straight year, the USSSA Eastern Fastpitch World Series proved to be a marathon of an event for all involved.

    With over 5,000 softball players and their families from 15 states and Canada taking part inusssa14_2 the event, Delmarva became the “Softball Capital of the World” as Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt said during the events’ Opening Ceremonies.  The three legged event hosted over 1,300 games with the hub being the beautiful Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury, MD. Over the course of the event, the World Series used a total of 32 fields between 8 different parks spanning between Wicomico County, Worcester County and the Town of Ocean City, MD.
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    2014 Cal Ripken World Series Pool Play Recap

    As the host team at the Cal Ripken World Series, Harford County is always a fan-favorite in the tournament. However, in past tournaments, the success hasn’t match the fanfare. This year the team on the field has backed up the noise in the stands. The Hickory Youth Baseball 2014: Cal Ripken World Series Semifinals AUG 14Hornets won the Opening Game of the World Series last Friday night against Team Mid-Atlantic from Bear, Del., 5-1. They then racked up wins of 8-1 against Team Ohio Valley from Homewood, Ill. and 8-2 against Team Midwest Plains from Denver, Colo. They dropped their final game of Pool Play to Team Southeast, the eventual Group B Champs, and were forced to play the unbeaten Pool A champs from Prince George’s County, Maryland. In a wild, back and forth affair, Harford County slugged their way to an 11-9 win to advance to their first-ever U.S. Championship.

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    “Yours, Mine & Ours” on the Lower Eastern Shore

    Most of the country, nay the world, has heard of the Dew Tour and while we in Maryland are thrilled to consistently set and break (our own) attendance records over the past three years in Ocean City- there is another event just west of the beach that has caused a major stir over the last seven years.

    Every mid July for the past seven years young girls from all over the US (and parts of Canada) have headed to Salisbury for the USSSA Softball World Series. And as the yearssoftballpic past and the staff in Wicomico/Salisbury proved themselves year after year, they were rewarded with more age brackets- now making the tournament the USSSA Eastern World series. Think about this statistic- over the course of seven years, they went from 56 teams to 400+( after 400, one starts to go cross-eyed!)- that is a growth of over 600%! For the event to expand like this, every event planner knows you need two major things: fields and beds. Fields, no problem for Wicomico; hotels…slight problem. And that is when and where the county jurisdictional boundaries began to crumble (this is a good thing). Enter Ocean City.

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    USA Gymnastics Acro competition astounds

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the 2013 USAG Acrobatics Gymnastics Region 7 Competition at 1st Class Gymnastics. Competitors from New England to Virginia converged on the facility, Anne Arundel County and State of Maryland for two days of competition. On the line for these athletes and their teams: a chance to qualify for Nationals at the end of July in Louisville, KY.

    I was absolute amazed by the skills these competitors, whose ages ranged from 8-18; the discipline and concentration needed to perform these acrobatic feats was remarkable. The event incorporated three sessions and 21 total rotations where the athletes and their teams performed in the disciplines of dynamics, balance and combined disciplines. I witness amazing tumbling, great choreographing, extreme trust and tremendous athletic skills as these athletes performed.

    As it is said, a picture can say a thousand words. The pictures shared here only capture a small amount of what these athletes’ capabilities truly are.

    I want to congratulate the athletes their performance as my family was truly engaged in their feats and abilities on the floor however I would be remised if I didn’t give a shout out to the team of Juli Eicher, Amy Grear, Sarah Thomas, Emily Ruppert, Kevin Grear, Jackye Herzfeld, Lewyn Garret and the judges for a job well done!