USSSA Space Coast Complex to host 70-team baseball tournament beginning Saturday
There are other baseball tournaments planned for the complex in June, including an 82-team tournament dubbed “The Battle at the Beach,” which is slated to begin on June 13.
The United States Specialty Sports Association will be holding a 70-team baseball tournament at its Space Coast Complex in Viera beginning Saturday.
According to the USSSA’s website, the tournament received the go-ahead to proceed with the hosting of the Florida USSSA State Tournament after a 5-0 vote from the Brevard County Commission on May 19.
District 4 Commissioner Curt Smith said he became comfortable with the idea of Viera hosting such an event after consulting with State Sen. Debbie Mayfield and USSSA CEO Donny DeDonatis III. Mayfield said it was the county’s decision to hold the tournament.
DeDonatis and Smith spoke about recent events that USSSA held in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, Smith said. Smith added the tournament will be held with guidelines in place relative to COVID-19, which was another aspect that he felt good about.
“We’re taking baby steps and we’re opening the doors,” Smith said. “ I can’t stress enough that we have to be careful about it. The virus is still out there and we have to be careful about it but if we are, we’ll be fine.”
Among the best practices suggested by the USSSA on its website will be the allowance for players to wear personal protective equipment, requiring teams to clean the dugout of all trash and having them wipe down the dugouts after each game and encouraging parents to supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer so that they may be able to clean equipment and their hands. In addition, sunflower seeds are also banned.
“We’re excited that some of our states are opening up for sport competition,” DeDonatis said in a video message posted to the USSSA Twitter account May 15. “While we want our athletes to get back on the field and able to play, we want to ensure everyone takes necessary precautions to remain safe. We are encouraging social distancing, limiting attendance and providing sanitation needs but still requiring every tournament to be in compliance with their state and local governments. While we are eager to resume some sense of normalcy, we understand the next few months will be an adjustment for all of us,”
There are other baseball tournaments planned for the complex in June, including an 82-team tournament dubbed “The Battle at the Beach,” which is slated to begin June 13 and the “12U Summer Nationals” which is scheduled to kick off June 14. That tournament has 25 teams registered.
Smith hopes the resurgence of events such as the tournament, along with events such as the upcoming manned rocket launch Wednesday will help the mindset of Brevard residents.
“It’ll do a lot for people’s state of mind, because clearly people want to get out,” Smith added.