Nearly 6,000 softball players will soon be on the lower Eastern Shore for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern World Series.
This year’s event will be held from July 12-29. The USSSA Eastern World Series draws nearly 400 teams from 15 states and Canada to the region over three weeks. The event generates an estimated economic impact of over $19 million and a hotel room night demand in excess of 10,000.
This is Wicomico County’s eleventh year hosting USSSA events, but growth in the size and scope of the Eastern World Series has sparked its expansion beyond County borders.
For the fourth consecutive year, the event will be billed under the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA), which was formed by the Town of Ocean City and Wicomico and Worcester Counties in 2014. The formal sports marketing partnership is the first of its kind in the nation, and it leverages the combined assets of each jurisdiction in order to attract, retain and build sports marketing events.
The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex in Salisbury provides the main fields of play for the series. Other fields tentatively scheduled for use in Wicomico County include the East Wicomico Little League, Eastside Youth Sports Complex, Fruitland Recreational Area and WinterPlace Park. In Worcester County, games are scheduled for John Walter Smith Park and Northern Worcester Athletic Complex. In the Town of Ocean City, games will be played at Northside Park.
2017 USSSA World Series dates:
Week 1: July 12-16 - 10U Open, 12U Open
Week 2: July 18-23 - 14U A, 14U B
Week 3: July 24-29 - 16U Open, 18U Open, 18U B
*’U’ abbreviation for under.
Tournament games are open to the public with no admission fee charged. For additional information on the USSSA Eastern World Series, please visit www.WicoSports.org. In accordance with USSSA national guidelines, schedules will be released at the beginning of each tournament week, and will be posted to the USSSA website.
Road Closure Information
The Wicomico Youth & Civic Center is scheduled to host opening ceremonies for the USSSA Eastern World Series on Wednesday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 18.
To provide safe passage of players, coaches and spectators, a portion of Glen Avenue in front of the WY&CC will close from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 18. The closed portion runs from Civic Avenue to St. Albans Drive.