Sussex County, Del., Volunteers pull off two simultaneous World Series tournaments
The volunteer staff in Sussex County, Del., was on double duty this year for the Senior League and Big League Softball World Series tournaments, both of which took place during the week of August 4-10, 2013 at Lower Sussex.
After a great 33-year run at Kalamazoo, Mich., the Big League Softball World Series moved to Delaware and was paired up with the Senior League Softball World Series, creating an amazing experience for softball fans from around the world. The volunteers at Lower Sussex have been hosting the Senior League Softball World Series since 2000, and were excited to bring 20 teams of Little Leaguers, ranging from ages 14 to 18 in one complex.
Martin Donavon, the tournaments’ director, explained that hosting both World Series in one location was a daunting task at first for the volunteer staff and it took some getting used to.
“The biggest challenge was having enough volunteers to cover all of the games between the two tournaments. We needed double the volunteers in Delaware. Luckily, there were enough volunteers this year to make both tournaments successful,” said Mr. Donavon.
Fortunately, the local tournament committee in Delaware transitioned well in preparing and executing the two series simultaneously.
“We had to work better and smarter to get everything done. Our biggest challenge was getting all of the players settled in and fitted for their uniforms, but we did it,” explained Mr. Donavon.
Donavon said the first year was definitely a learning experience for the entire staff in Sussex County and they will be more prepared next year if they decide to hold the 2014 Big League Softball World Series and the Senior League Softball World Series in the same location at the same time.
In the end, the joint tournament was a huge success, with some of the largest, and most passionate crowds in the history of both tournaments. In the Senior League Softball World Series, Indiana bested the team from Italy to win the banner. And the hometown girls from Delaware District 3 were able to win the Big League Softball banner at the first World Series held in Lower Sussex.
Thanks to the generous support of the many volunteers who made this a success, Little League and Lower Sussex are looking forward to another year of Senior and Big League Softball World Series action in 2014.