Variety of weekend events keep Tupelo fields busy

By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – As popular as the sports facilities are in Tupelo, the town may never have seen more teams in action in a single weekend than are expected here on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be 139 teams – in adult softball, youth soccer and collegiate flying disc football – on the playing fields at Ballard Park and the Veteran’s softball complex.
“Where we sit with out facilities right now, there’s really no place better in the whole state,” said Seth Gaines, director of athletic events for Tupelo Parks and Recreation. “In the time I’ve been here, this is the most teams we’ve had in town at one time.”
Perhaps a thousand adults representing 65 teams will converge on the city’s softball fields for the 24/7Softball.com tourney. Scheduled to start today, weather issues may force the event to begin on Saturday.
“We’ll make a final decision early Friday afternoon,” Gaines said. “Right now, it looks like we may need to play all day Saturday and Sunday.”
Teams from several southern states will be in the field for the event, with three divisions for men and one for women.
Also Saturday, the Division III Northern District soccer tournament will bring 64 state teams to the Sportsplex.
“These are teams from pure recreational leagues, no select teams, and the top four teams in the 10s, 12s and 14s will advance to the state tournament,” Gaines said. Soccer play begins at 8 a.m.
The Sportsplex will also host the 2011 Gulf Coast Conference championships for flying disc-style football, a seven-on-seven game. Participating schools will include Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt and UAB.
Pool play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. The top eight teams will be reseeded and play a championship bracket on Sunday, with the title game set for 1 p.m.

Contact John L. Pitts at 678-1522 or john.pitts@journalinc.com
Brett Brown 4/14/11 By John L. Pitts
Daily Journal
TUPELO – As popular as the sports facilities are in Tupelo, the town may never have seen more teams in action in a single weekend than are expected here on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be 139 teams – in adult softball, youth soccer and collegiate flying disc football – on the playing fields at Ballard Park and the Veteran’s softball complex.
“Where we sit with out facilities right now, there’s really no place better in the whole state,” said Seth Gaines, director of athletic events for Tupelo Parks and Recreation. “In the time I’ve been here, this is the most teams we’ve had in town at one time.”
Perhaps a thousand adults representing 65 teams will converge on the city’s softball fields for the 24/7Softball.com tourney. Scheduled to start today, weather issues may force the event to begin on Saturday.
“We’ll make a final decision early Friday afternoon,” Gaines said. “Right now, it looks like we may need to play all day Saturday and Sunday.”
Teams from several southern states will be in the field for the event, with three divisions for men and one for women.
Also Saturday, the Division III Northern District soccer tournament will bring 64 state teams to the Sportsplex.
“These are teams from pure recreational leagues, no select teams, and the top four teams in the 10s, 12s and 14s will advance to the state tournament,” Gaines said. Soccer play begins at 8 a.m.
The Sportsplex will also host the 2011 Gulf Coast Conference championships for flying disc-style football, a seven-on-seven game. Participating schools will include Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt and UAB.
Pool play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. The top eight teams will be reseeded and play a championship bracket on Sunday, with the title game set for 1 p.m.

Contact John L. Pitts at 678-1522 or john.pitts@journalinc.com.