Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Athletic Association slates large year of tournaments

January 9, 2002

The Basehor Field of Dreams complex will be the site for more than 20 baseball and softball tournaments in 2002.

Field of Dreams complex director Jeremy McDowell said this year's tournament schedule was one of the Basehor Athletic Association's most ambitious undertakings ever.

The Athletic Association would reap the most benefits from the softball portion of the tournament schedule

"Almost all of our tournaments for softball are national qualifiers," he said. "Softball is going to be our main sport."

This year's tournaments will run from the beginning of March to the end of October.

"It's going to be a busy stretch, but I think we'll be ready for it," McDowell said.

Several of the tournaments are expected to bring between 50 to 60 teams to the Field of Dreams complex.

At least one tournament, scheduled for mid-July, is a national, 10-year-old girls softball tournament expected to bring in at least 60 teams, McDowell said.

Also on the schedule for 2002 are four state baseball qualifying tournaments, with the first coming in April.

The Athletic Association has taken on the heavy tournament schedule to generate more revenue for the sports complex.

"It's about the only way we can make money for the association," he said.

Unlike some area recreational sports complexes, the Basehor Athletic Association receives no money from local governments.

To staff this year's tournaments, McDowell said the athletic association will start hiring area residents to work in a number of different capacities.

Jobs available are: grounds crew workers, concesssion stand cashiers, gate workers and souvenir shop attendants. For more employment information, contact the Basehor Athletic Association at (913) 980-4111.

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