Softball Teams from around U.S., Canada takeover Lower Shore for annual USSSA Tournament

Since 2007, USSSA Tournament grows from 30 teams to almost 400

(SALISBURY, MD) — Nearly 400 softball teams from across the country will travel to Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore for the annual United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern Nationals Championship. What started as a tournament of 30 teams in 2007, has swelled to more than 370 in a little more than a decade. With more than 5,000 players and their families visiting the Delmarva peninsula over the next three weeks, tournament play will be spread out at venues across Wicomico and Worcester Counties, as well as Ocean City.

“For the teams, the event and the location is a perfect culmination of their season – playing competitive softball in arguably the East Coast’s best summer beach community,” said Bill Dowell, USSSA Vice President of Fastpitch/ Maryland & Delaware State Fastpitch Director.

Andrew Kurtz, Wicomico County sports marketing representative, says many families also use the softball tournament as an opportunity to take advantage of the Lower Shore as a vacation destination, “Wicomico and Worcester Counties and the Town of Ocean City will see a boost in tourist activities throughout the three weeks of tournament play.” Kurtz and tournament organizers say teams will be traveling to the region from all across the United States, from as far west as Utah, with some visitors coming from Canada as well.

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Hagerstown Community Welcomes Return of USA Cycling National Championships

Washington County residents play major role in event’s success.

Cyclists tackle the Criterium in Downtown Hagerstown, MD

HAGERSTOWN, MD — For the second year in a row, the nations top competitors descended upon Washington County, Maryland for the 2019 USA Cycling (USAC) Amateur Road National Championships. Over the course of four days, cyclists tackled the rolling hills of Boonsboro and Clear Spring, with the final day consisting of the high-intensity Criterium (Crit) through the aesthetically pleasing streets of historic Downtown Hagerstown. 

The action-packed weekend kicked-off Wednesday, June 19th, with the Big Bike BBQ Event at the scenic Big Cork Vineyards in Rohrersville. On Thursday, cyclists took to the roads, starting with the Time Trials, where competitors rode past the lush farmlands of Boonsboro. On Friday and Saturday, racers tackled the picturesque backroads of Clear Spring in the two-day Road Race. The championships came to a conclusion Sunday – at speeds of 25 to 30 mph – with the fast-paced Crit through the Arts and Cultural Districts in beautiful Downtown Hagerstown. 

“Hosting the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championship was such an incredible experience that brought both our local community together and cyclists from across the nation to Washington County” said Audrey Vargason, director of sales for Visit Hagerstown

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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.

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