By Doug Gorman
Get ready Southern Crescent baseball fans.
Three different USAAA World Series tournaments come to the Southern Crescent next week as 6U, 7U and 8U teams from all over the country converge on Henry County for one of the largest baseball competitions in the country.
Games will be played at both Heritage Park in McDonough and at Mosley Park in Stockbridge.
Opening ceremonies get underway Monday, July 5 at historic Nash Park at 6 p.m.
The tournament as become a financial windfall for the Southern Crescent as players and their families spend the week visiting area restaurants, staying at hotels and visiting area attractions such as Fun Town Family Amusements, Panola Mountain State Park, and Starlite Skating Center and Noah's Ark animal habitat.
USSA World Series places each team in a pool during each competition for a round-robin format.
After that, each team is re-seeded into a double-elimimation competition until the final two teams advanced toward the championship round.
Competition starts on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. for the 7U and 8U age brackets.
The 6U tournament begins at 5:30 p.m.
Both the 7U and 8U tournanents are player pitch events, but the 6U age group is coach pitch.
Pool play continues on July 6 and 7 before teans are re-seeded for bracket play which runs the next three days.
Bracket play takes place over the final three days of the tournament. The last bracket play games are set for July 10 starting at 8:30 p.m.
The championship games take place July 10 at 5:30 p.m.
USSSA baseball is one of the fastest growing baseball orgaizations in the country. According to their website he primary focus of USSSA Baseball is the development of programs that allow teams of all skill levels to compete against one another. USSSA believes the overall development of all players can be enhanced by the experience and fun of national tournament play. Until now the majority of players were denied this opportunity because of their skill level. USSSA Baseball offers programs for four levels of play. Major and AAA programs are national programs that culminate in a World Series. The AA program is a regional program ran by the participating states that culminates at a National tournament. The A level is for recreational teams and is at a state level only.