County Preparing for Dixie Youth World Series
Moore County is hard at work making preparations for next year's Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.
Hillcrest Park in Carthage will host 24 teams from 11 states across the Southeast from Aug. 12-18, 2011. There will be 12 teams per age group - ages 9-10 and ages 11-12. Moore County is automatically granted one team per age group that will not be subject to district or state qualifying.
Usually the event is held in the first week of August, but Moore County Parks and Recreation Director Billy Ransom said the county requested that it be moved to a week later because of the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.
Just like the golf championships, the world series is expected to attract a large number of visitors and have a significant economic impact on the area.
"The first two weeks of August are going to be busy for Moore County as far as kids go," Ransom said.
The World Series will kick off Friday, Aug. 12. Opening ceremonies will be held at John Williams Athletic Complex at Pinecrest High School that evening. The games will start at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The championship game will be held the following Thursday, Aug. 18.
Dixie Youth Baseball awarded the series to Moore County in August 2009. As with any major event, Ransom and others have spent months planning and working out the logistics.
In order to accommodate parking, Ransom said five acres of unused land on the park property would be cleared. The four playing fields must be converted to grass infields, also.
Ransom said Dixie Youth Baseball representatives would be back in January to check on the progress. He said the park will be shut down the third week of June until the tournament begins.
After about a year of planning, Ransom said now is the time to start the fundraising effort in earnest. The parks and recreation department is selling ballfield signs, dugout signs and backstop signs as one fundraiser.
There are plenty of opportunities for the community to get involved in the event, and Ransom said it needs residents from across the county to help out.
Each of the teams will need a host parent, which will meet the team at the hotel when they check in, attend the opening ceremony and provide them with any information they need about the area.
"The host parent plays a very important part of it," Ransom said.
The series will also need a lot of volunteers. Ransom said that more than 600 people volunteered at this year's world series, held in Gonzales, La.
The Moore Parks Foundation is assisting the parks and recreation department in the fundraising endeavor.
Moore Parks Foundation chairman Mitchell Harris said, "If we can host this event and show that the county can come together and host something this big, it will open a lot of doors in the future."
For more information on how to get involved, call the Moore County Parks and Recreation Department at (910) 947-2504.
Contact John Krahnert III at email@example.com.
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