Dover NH selected to host the Cal Ripken Regional Tournament
The Dover Baseball Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dover, New Hampshire has been selected to host the Cal Ripken 12 year-old New England regional baseball tournament scheduled to begin on July 22, 2011. State champions from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts will descend into Dover to compete in the Cal Ripken 70’ major division tournament play– all fighting to earn a bid to represent New England during the World Series to be held in Aberdeen, Maryland in August 2011.
Dover Baseball has established a Regional Tournament Committee to oversee logistics planning, implement additional and necessary field improvements, and raise awareness among the community regarding this exciting tournament. Cal Ripken Major League 70′ Program is considered the cutting edge of youth baseball with a 50′ pitching distance and 70′ base paths. As tournament hosts, Dover has an automatic bid into the tournament. “We have a unique opportunity to bring the community together while creating a sustainable tournament model to use year over year,” said tournament chairperson Mike Young. “In addition to watching high level baseball, generations of baseball players to come will benefit from the vast field improvements.”
Dover was specially chosen to host the week-long tournament which is expected to bring close to a thousand guests to the Seacoast area. Communities host sport events for three main reasons: to provide local entertainment, to enhance community pride, and to stimulate spending in the host economy. Arguably the most important feature of youth sport events is that they bring many travelers to a city that would most likely not have visited if it were not for the event. Especially over the past two decades, it has becoming increasingly popular for families to take vacations revolving around a youth sport event in which a family member is to compete.
Earlier during the year, a number of local businesses provided in-kind services to make certain field improvements in order to become the tournament host. Martineau Electric, Mourgenos Lawn Care, Towle Construction, and Northeast Electrical Distributors all donated these services to complete field improvements in anticipation of Dover being awarded host site. “I was pleased to offer my electrical services to make the fields accommodate night play—I see this as an investment in my community, and the return on investment being appreciated by today’s and tomorrow’s young baseball player,” said Ray Martineau owner of Martineau Electric.