Tuesday, July 15, 2014
North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services will host the 2014 Dixie Boys and Jr. boys all star tournaments this year. The event will run from Saturday, July 19, to Thursday, July 24.
Jeff Williamson, program coordinator, is excited about North Augusta hosting the tournament this year.
“This will be a fun event; there are a lot of people coming from all over the state of South Carolina,” he said. “This is a neat opportunity, and it plays into what were trying to accomplish; just bringing people into the park, and showing everyone what North Augusta has to offer.”
The last time North Augusta hosted either age division for an all-star tournament was in 2009, when they hosted the Dixie boys age division. This is the first time that North Augusta has ever hosted both tournaments together at the same time.
There will be 24 teams participating total, 12 teams for each tournament. North Augusta will be producing its best talent on one team for each tournament.
One of the possible complications with the tournament will be the date, because the day it begins will be running during the time the Nike Peach Jam is being held. Williamson said that Saturday will be the only day with difficulty in parking.
“Saturday will be a challenge, especially Saturday night; but after that, we should be fine,” he said.
There will be a credentials meeting on Saturday at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Administration Building at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.
Opening ceremonies for all 24 teams will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the North Augusta baseball field.
Williamson also stated hotels may become available once teams get eliminated from the basketball events in the area. He said the opportunity was a great way to show off the new development at the baseball fields. “Since we redid the park, we have been looking for an opportunity to just show it off; and this tournament will be able to do just that,” he said.