14U softball national championship starts Tuesday

Staff Report 

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) and Rockford Park District welcome the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) 2016 Girl’s 14U Class B National Softball Fastpitch Championships.

The tournament takes places Tuesday through Saturday at Mercy Sportscore 1. Opening Ceremonies and a Parade of Teams will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday on Diamond 4 at Sportscore 1.

Twenty-four teams from throughout the Midwest region, including Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin will compete. Stateline Fury of Roscoe also will compete in the tournament. The tournaments will use a five-game guarantee format. Teams will then be seeded into pools based on current USSSA rankings.

“The Rockford Park District’s mission is to help people enjoy life by providing quality facilities such as Mercy Sportscore 1, a top nationally recognized facility known for accommodating sports tournaments like softball and various other recreational events which helps grow sports tourism in the region,” said Marianne Larson, Mercy Sportscore 1 Manager. “It’s a thrill to partner with the RACVB to welcome hundreds of visitors to our region for another great tournament week.”

For the past 20 years, USSSA tournaments have been a significant contributor to the sports tourism industry in the Rockford Region,” said Lindsay Arellano, RACVB Director of Sales and Service. “Long-term relationships we have built with tournament directors and community partners along with our outstanding area facilities make our region an ideal destination for sports tourism and benefits the entire region.”

RACVB said that the event is expected to generate over $130K in sales at local businesses.

Tickets for spectators are $15 per adult per day or $35 per adult for a tournament pass; children ages 7-18, $8 per day or $20 for a tournament pass. Children age 6-and-under are free.

For a complete tournament schedule, visit the Fastpitch National Championship tab at usssa.com.

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