With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event a sports planner has in mind. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sports-field complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.
For the second consecutive year, the ISSA Eastern Shore Championships made its way back to the Eastern shores of Maryland. Wicomico County and Ocean City were dual hosts this September when 37 teams traveled to Eastern Maryland for the Championships this year. “Wicomico County was very proud to host the ISSA Eastern Shore Championships again for a second year,” said Elle Marks, Sports Marketing Representative for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks, & Tourism. “After a successful tournament last year, we wanted this year’s tournament to be even better!”
Visiting teams came from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even as far as Ontario, CA to compete.
The USSSA Eastern World Series is back in Maryland and is bigger and better than ever. “We are thrilled to yet again host the USSSA Eastern World Series in Wicomico County, MD. Over the course of three weeks the tournament brings players, coaches, parents and families into our county and allows us to showcase the best of what we have to offer as a sports destination” said Elle Marks, Sports Marketing Representative, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism. Continue reading
With 10 miles of beautiful Atlantic shoreline,the famous boardwalk, Inlet Park pier, and endless shopping and entertainment, Ocean City has long been one of Maryland’s favorite vacation spots. In the last three years, OC native Corey Davis has been working to make it the site for one of the most exciting water sports competitions in the country: the Ocean Games. Continue reading
If you’ve ever visited Ocean City, Maryland, you’ve probably seen the landmark Carousel Hotel on 118th street. One of the oldest hotels and one of the first high-rise buildings in Ocean City, the Carousel boasts one of the most unique amenities in the country: an indoor ice-skating rink. Because of its irregular shape and size (less than a half-sheet of NHL regulation ice), the Carousel ice rink was historically used by hotel guests and visitors purely for recreation. But after USA Hockey announced its American Development Model in 2013, a plan that aims to improve youth player skills, a light bulb went off in Tom LaTona’s head.
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 in 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.