- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
After having hosted a couple of travel ball tournaments last year, Dixie Inc. officials say they will offer more travel ball tournaments this season.
“We plan to host at least one travel ball tournament a month starting in March and continuing through November,” said Dixie Inc. President Chris Eutsler.
“Sometimes we will host two tournaments a month.”
Eutsler explained that hosting travel ball tournaments is one of the means that Dixie Inc. is using to raise money to support its South Boston-based Dixie Baseball and Cardinal Baseball programs.
“The cost of everything is going up,” pointed out Harold Carmichael, the Commissioner of the South Boston Dixie Youth Baseball program for youth ages 3-12.
“We’ve got to figure out ways to continue to raise revenue without having to raise registration fees for the players in our programs through the roof. We’ve got to find ways to offset expenses.”
Dixie Inc. has aligned itself with Top Gun Sports as a sanctioning body for its travel ball ventures.
“We were approached by AAU and Nations Baseball, but we felt Top Gun was the best organization to go with,” Eutsler pointed out.
The impact of travel ball tournaments will also be felt outside of what goes on at the Day Complex.
“Travel ball can have a positive impact on the community,” Eutsler noted.
“People will be coming in from out of town. They will be buying gas, stopping at restaurants to eat, and hopefully, will check out other things that our community has to offer like the races, movies, bowling and other activities.”