Fastpitch tournament kicks off in PCB
The United States Fastpitch Association (USFA) World Series kicked off today in Panama City Beach. The city welcomes 120 girl's teams from 13 states to our beautiful beaches for great competition and vacation time with their families. An estimated 6,000 people are in town for this prestigious event at Frank Brown Park.
This is the 20th year of the USFA World Series event, which is now a showcase for A teams and Division I skills camp for all players. College coaches and recruiters from 25 college, including Boston College, Army and Texas Tech, are also in town looking for high school talent.
The USFA World Series I for 14U, 16U and 18U teams is held all this week and continues next week with the USFA World Series II for 8 and Under and 12 and Under teams.
Tournament Director Robert Guerrero said the location of the tournament makes it very popular for athletes as well as recruiters.
"It is a World Series event for these teams, but the tournament also is a college showcase event, so these ladies are able to showcase their talents in front of college coaches. Coaches are walking around assessing all the athletes," he said.
"The hunt is on for college scholarships. And our college coaches love it here. Several of them say this is the event they look forward to because it is a great town to visit. They love being able to see players in such a beautiful place."
Bracket games for the tournament begin on Wednesday and conclude Saturday.