Sports Briefs

October 6, 2017

DE Turf to host College Cup Showcase

DE Turf Sports Complex has been selected to host the 2017 NCAA Men’s College Cup Showcase Dec. 8-10. This marks the third year the NCAA will host a youth soccer tournament in conjunction with the Division I Men’s College Cup, which will take place Dec. 8-10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. 

“We are thrilled to have been selected to host the NCAA Men’s College Cup Showcase,” said Chris Giacomucci, executive director at DE Turf. “Our facility met their needs with our synthetic turf fields and convenient location to Philadelphia. We’re very excited to host an event of this size and caliber, particularly in December when the economic benefits will be felt by our area hotels, restaurants and retailers.”                                

Elite Tournaments, a Maryland-based event management company, will once again serve as tournament organizers for this year’s showcase. Last year’s event in Houston hosted more than 130 boys’ premier and elite club teams (U-15 to U-19) representing Mexico and 12 states.

“Having hosted a successful event in Houston, we are looking forward to another exciting tournament on the East Coast,” said Matt Libber, vice president of Elite Tournaments. “With the new location and a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility, we expect to draw some of the best competition to this year’s showcase.”           

The showcase will feature three games per team in front of more than 200 college coaches in attendance. As an added benefit, each team will be recognized on the field at Talen Energy Stadium during the College Cup and will receive tickets to both the semifinals and national championship games.

To register for the NCAA Men’s College Cup Youth Showcase, or to find out more about the 2017 NCAA Men’s College Cup itself, go to

More hunting seasons open in October

As more of Delaware’s hunting seasons open this month, hunters are reminded that the state now has Sunday deer hunting, with five Sundays open this season, including Sunday, Oct. 8, during muzzleloader and archery seasons.   

Hunting seasons opening in October:

  • Muzzleloader deer: Oct. 6-14, including Sunday, Oct. 8
  • Antlerless deer: Oct. 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30
  • Snow goose: Tuesday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
  • Youth waterfowl hunt: Saturday, Oct. 21
  • Ducks, coots and mergansers - first season split: Friday, Oct. 27 to Tuesday, Nov. 7
  • Mourning dove - second season split: Tuesday, Oct. 17 to Saturday, Oct. 21 

Continuing seasons include:

  • Archery and crossbow deer: through Jan. 31, 2018
  • Coyote hunting season: through Feb. 28, 2018
  • Gray squirrel: through Feb. 3, 2018
  • Groundhog: through June 31, 2018
  • Moorhens and gallinules; sora and Virginia rails; king and clapper rails: through Nov. 9
  • Common snipe: through Dec. 2; then Wednesday, Dec. 13 to Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
  • Crows: through March 31, 2018 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday only).

Delaware hunting licenses, state waterfowl stamps, and Conservation Access Passes can be purchased online, at the license desk in DNREC’s Dover office at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, or from hunting license dealers statewide. For hunters age 16 and older, a federal migratory bird hunting stamp also is required to hunt teal and geese; federal stamps are available at U.S. post offices and online at Federal duck stamps.

To purchase a hunting license, either in person or online, hunters must have a copy of their hunter safety card as proof of taking a basic hunter education safety course. Hunters who took a Delaware hunter safety course after 2008 can print their hunter safety card by going to Hunters who took their hunter safety course before 2008 should call the Hunter Education Office at 302-735-3600, Ext. 1 to obtain a hunter safety card. 

New this year, registered motor vehicles used to access designated public lands owned or managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife are required to display a Conservation Access Pass. Hunters can opt to receive one free annual vehicle pass with the purchase of any Delaware hunting license. To obtain a free CAP, or to purchase an additional pass, hunters will need to have the registration card for the vehicle to which the pass will be assigned. 

Fishing tournament seeks sponsors, participants

The inaugural Chillaware Surf Fishing Tournament set for Saturday, Oct. 14, is still seeking sponsors and participants. The event is limited to 125 anglers, and spots are filling up fast, but sponsors are always welcome. Sponsorships are available at $100, $250 and $500. For more information, go to To become a sponsor, contact Rich King at or Mike Ridings at

Youth category added for sport fishing tourney

Fishing offers an outstanding opportunity to enjoy Delaware’s great outdoors and spend quality time with family. To add to the experience for anglers age 15 and under, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced a new youth division of the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, with smaller qualifying sizes for trophy fish than the tournament’s adult requirements.

The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament is an annual program sponsored by the Division of Fish & Wildlife to promote recreational fishing opportunities in the state and recognize anglers for outstanding catches. The tournament now includes 15 species of freshwater and 30 species of saltwater fish eligible for recognition. With the smaller size requirements in their division, young anglers will have an increased chance to be rewarded for their trophy catch. 

The new youth division also includes a Live Release Award program for those who choose to return their trophy catch to the water unharmed immediately after landing and measuring for length. This measurement must be verified by a witness who signs the Live Release Award entry form.

Young anglers who submit an application for their trophy catch will receive a colorful citation showing the type of fish they caught as well as an award lapel pin. The color fish illustrations on the citations are reproductions of original paintings by artist Duane Raver Jr. and are suitable for framing. 

Fish entered in the tournament must be weighed at an official Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station, available at most bait and tackle shops. All fish entered must be caught in a sporting manner with hook-and-line. The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and the Live Release Award programs are open to the public with no entry fee. 

Applications for the Live Release Award also are available online, or may be picked up at any Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament weigh station.