TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. – Spring and summer are filled with both girls and boys participating in softball and baseball. Overall, nearly 14 million youth participate in the sports every year.

Of those millions, hundreds of players along with parents, relatives and coaches are planning to visit Childersburg and the Marble City over the next few weeks for all-star tournaments.

Sylacauga and Childersburg are both hosting district tournaments as well as upcoming state tournaments in Cal Ripken baseball.

Sylacauga will host the 7U district tournament and the 8U district tournament beginning Wednesday night. Childersburg will host the 10U district tournament and Cal Ripken state tournament.

The Sylacauga Little League is hosting the 12-year-old state tournament with the eventual winner moving on to the Southeast Region play in Warner Robbins, Georgia. Childersburg is back in play for the girls’ softball Alabama Recreation & Parks Association State Tournament, starting July 13th with more than 30 teams involved.

With so many teams coming into town, that means hundreds, if not thousands of visitors in town to support their home town teams. Greater Coosa Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Roberts is excited about the potential economic profit.

All these teams, their players, coaches, and fans represent a big boost to our local economy,” said Roberts.  “Please welcome our visitors warmly and help make them feel welcome.”

“The biggest thing about hosting these tournaments and especially the state tournaments is there will be a lot more teams and a lot more players,” Roberts explained. “When you do the math that’s a lot of people coming to our area. People love to revisit places where they’ve been treated well. Let’s make people love Childersburg and Sylacauga. It will help us get more tournaments next year.”

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