Visit Sarasota County: Sports Info

Read the latest sports information from Sarasota County

SPORTS UPDATE: November

We are excited to announce that the World Flying Disc Federation has selected Sarasota County to host the 2019 Pan American Ultimate Championships! The Championships will take place from November 3-8 at the Sarasota Polo Club and we expect to welcome over 50 teams from 13 member countries from North and South America.

Busy Month

October was filled with a record number of major sports events. Sarasota County played host to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup, the USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals, the F-18 Sailing Championships, and the World Sailing Conference and eSailing Championships.

The United Soccer League is busy preparing for the Super Y League Finals that take place at IMG Academy each year. In their preparations, they have asked if there are industry partners with coupons, deals or discounts they can pass on to their attendees, encouraging them to visit your businesses! If you have anything you would like to share, please send the information to Sarah Thomas at [email protected]

Event Start Date End Date Location Sport Estimated Room Nights
8th Annual Wreaking Havoc November 17, 2018 November 18, 2018 Babe Ruth/ YAC Baseball 150
Eddie Herr Tennis Championship November 21, 2018 December 2, 2018 IMG Academy Tennis 2000
Game Day USA November 23, 2018 November 25, 2018 Orioles Complex and Miss Sarasota Softball Baseball and Softball 800
US Soccer Boys Winter Showcase November 29, 2018 December 3, 2018 Premier Sports Campus Soccer 4000
USSSA Annual Toys for Tots December 1, 2018 December 2, 2018 Babe Ruth/ YAC Baseball 100
US Soccer Girls Winter Showcase December 5, 2018 December 9, 2018 Premier Sports Campus Soccer 5000
USL Super Y Finals December 7, 2018 December 11, 2018 IMG Academy Soccer 5000
USSSA Tournament of Champions December 15, 2018 December 16, 2018 Babe Ruth/ YAC Baseball 200

SPORTS UPDATE: October

This year, we will be offering a new sports incentive to assist in recruiting teams to train in Sarasota County. Incentive funds will be based on total room nights and will go directly to the team to help offset the cost of facility rentals. Click here  (Hyperlink to extranet?) for more information and contact Shelby Connett ([email protected]) with any questions. 

Sarah Thomas traveled to Louisville, Ky. for the Travel, Events and Management in Sports (TEAMS) Conference October 1-5. She met with 40 event rights holders, andrights holders and networked with multiple national governing bodies during the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) SportsLink programming.  

Upcoming Fall Events: 
 

  • Ultimate Sunset Tournament | November 3, 2018 | November 4, 2018 | Premier Sports Campus | Ultimate
  • Englewood Pickleball Series- Pink Paddle | November 6, 2018 | November 7, 2018 | Englewood Sports Complex | Pickelball
  • USSSA Out Hit Hunger | November 11, 2018 | November 4, 2018 | Babe Ruth/ YAC | Baseball


*The master public list which includes events listed above can be found in the partner extranet.

SPORTS UPDATE: September

Sarah Thomas traveled to the USRowing Masters National Championships, August 16th-19th in Oakland, CA. She promoted registration for the FISA Masters Rowing Championships to the United States masters community. Visit Sarasota County was also featured in an interview during their live streaming coverage! (image attached)

Sarah Thomas traveled to CONNECT Sports Marketplace, August 23rd-26th in Salt Lake City Utah. She met with over 30 events rights holders and discussed the possibility of a number of new events for Sarasota County.

The World Rowing Masters Championship is taking place at Nathan Benderson Park, September 26th- 30th. There are still volunteer opportunities available! If you are interested in signing up follow the link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054daca928a2f49-20184

Upcoming Sporting Events:

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SPORTS UPDATE: August

Shelby Connett attended the FISA U23 Championships in Poznan, Poland in preparation for the 2019 U23 Championships that will be hosted at Nathan Benderson Park. The Visit Sarasota County URL was proudly displayed on Team USA boats.

Shelby Connett attended the Euro Masters in Munich, Germany to continue promoting the 2018 Masters Rowing Championships.

Sarah Thomas will be attending CONNECT Sports Marketplace, August 23rd-26th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

Upcoming Events: 

FSSA 7v7 Final Four Tournament

August 17, 2018

August 19, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

Florida Burn College Instructional Camp

August 18, 2018

August 19, 2018

Orioles Complex

Baseball

6-4-3 Travel Ball Tournaments

August 25, 2018

September 17, 2018

Cal Ripken Baseball

Baseball

Chargers Labor Day Showcase

August 31, 2018

September 3, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

71st Annual Labor Day Regatta

September 2, 2018

September 3, 2018

Sarasota Sailing Squadron

Sailing

USSSA 5th Annual Gold Glove Tournament

September 7, 2018

September 9, 2018

Youth Athletic Complex

Baseball

Life's a Beach Triathlon Sarasota

September 8, 2018

September 9, 2018

Lido Beach Resort

Triathlon

Battle of the Bridges

September 14, 2018

September 15, 2018

Intercoastal

Rowing

Joe Skinner Fall Championship Powered by PBr

September 14, 2018

September 16, 2018

Orioles Complex

Baseball

Florida State Premier League Showcase

September 16, 2018

September 17, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

Four Seasons Fall Quarter Horse

September 16, 2018

September 18, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

ARCHIVE

SPORTS UPDATE: July

Nathan Benderson Park will be hosting the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in July 2019, the third FISA Championship in three years. We will continue to keep partners updated as opportunities to get involved arise.

The USA Volleyball Junior Beach National Championship will take place on Siesta Key Beach July 19-24. The event organizers are looking for restaurant coupons/discounts/deals to pass on to athletes and their families. Last year the event brought approximately 800 athletes and 1200 spectators to the area. Contact Sarah Thomas, [email protected] with your deals or for more information regarding the event.  

Upcoming Events:


USA Volleyball Beach Junior Nationals

July 19, 2018

July 24, 2018

Siesta Key Beach

Beach Volleyball

Plain Brown Wrapper National Show

July 22, 2018

July 25, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

It's a Wrap National Show

July 27, 2018

July 30, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Camp Encore

August 1, 2018

August 5, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

SPORTS UPDATE: June

Shelby Connett and Sarah Thomas attended the Florida Sports Foundation Summit, May 21st -23rd in Jacksonville, FL. At the Summit, Visit Sarasota County was awarded Mid-Size Market Event of the Year for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. 

The Web.com Tour has announced they will be adding a tour stop in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, at Lakewood National Golf Course in Lakewood Ranch. In 2019 the event will take place February 11th -17th, with ancillary events taking place throughout the destination. We look forward to this 5-year partnership!

Upcoming Events: 

Suncoast Travel Ball Adidas Summer Camp

June 21, 2018

June 24, 2018

Twin Lakes 

Baseball

Shark Open

June 21, 2018

June 24, 2018

Selby Y Aquatic Complex

Swimming

Schools Out National

June 23, 2018

June 26, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Sarasota Super Boat Grand Prix

June 24, 2018

July 4, 2018

Lido Beach

Boating

USSSA FL Open Little League World Series

June 27, 2018

July 1, 2018

Multiple Sarasota Count Parks 

Baseball

Suncoast Travel Balll Bownet Elite Series

June 29, 2018

July 2, 2018

Twin Lakes 

Baseball

Fox Lea Camp Boot Camp

July 1, 2018

July 4, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Camp Dress Rehearsal 

July 7, 2018

July 9, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Dig the Beach Volleyball

July 8, 2018

July 9, 2018

Siesta Key Beach

Beach Volleyball

Pre Camp Smores

July 12, 2018

July 15, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Florida Babe Ruth Southern State Tournament

July 12, 2018

July 15, 2018

Babe Ruth Park

Baseball

Prospect Series Summer Showcase- STB

July 12, 2018

July 15, 2018

Twin Lakes 

Baseball

Camp Fox Lea

July 17, 2018

July 20, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

USA Volleyball Beach Junior Nationals

July 19, 2018

July 24, 2018

Siesta Key Beach

Beach Volleyball

SPORTS UPDATE: May

Shelby Connett and Sarah Thomas will travel to the Florida Sports Foundation Summit in Jacksonville, FL, May 21st- 23rd. They will receive annual reports and updates on the sports tourism industry in Florida. Any relevant information will be shared with partners at a later date.

The sports team has submitted bids for the following events:

  • 2019-2021 USRowing Youth Nationals
  • 2019 USA BMX National

We will keep our partners updated as we receive more information about hosting these events.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Concours II

May 18, 2018

May 21, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Florida State Soccer Association State Cup

May 18, 2018

May 20, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

Champions Cup

May 19, 2018

May 21, 2018

Babe Ruth

Baseball

Sarasota Heat ASA Showcase

May 19, 2018

May 21, 2018

Miss Sarasota Softball

Fast-Pitch Softball

May Dig the Beach

May 20, 2018

May 21, 2018

Siesta Key Beach

Beach Volleyball

NCAA Women's Rowing National Championships

May 24, 2018

May 27, 2018

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

Spring Concours III

May 25, 2018

May 28, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

6-4-3 Baseball Tournaments

May 26, 2018

September 24, 2018

Cal Ripken Baseball

Baseball

Suncoast Travel Ball Florida Burn Invitational

June 1, 2018

June 4, 2018

Twin Lakes

Baseball

Florida Burn/ Perfect Game Tournament

June 2, 2018

June 4, 2018

Twin Lakes

Baseball

Bumpy Jones Classic

June 10, 2018

June 11, 2018

Selby Y Aquatic Complex

Swimming

June Open Series Show

June 11, 2018

June 12, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

SPORTS UPDATE: APRIL

Shelby Connett and Sarah Thomas will be traveling to Minneapolis, MN to attend the National Association of Sports Commissions Annual Symposium, April 23 to 27, 2018. While in Minneapolis they will meet with over 20 events right holders and learn about the latest trends in the sports tourism industry.

Upcoming Events:

FSRA Sculling April 13, 2018 April 15, 2018 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing
The Bradenton Cup April 14, 2018 April 15, 2018 Premier Sports Campus Soccer
Swim Around Lido Key April 18, 2018 April 18, 2018 Lido Beach Resort Open Water Swim
Spring Open Series Show April 23, 2018 April 24, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
2018 IRT Pro-Am and Regional Singles Championships April 26, 2018 April 29, 2018 Sarasota Bath and Racquet Club Racquetball
Spring Concours I April 27, 2018 April 30, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
IRT Pro-Am April 27, 2018 April 30, 2018 Sarasota YMCA Racquetball
FSRA Sweeps April 27, 2018 April 29, 2018 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing
6-4-3 Travel Ball Tournaments April 27, 2018 June 3, 2018 Cal Ripken Baseball Baseball
FC Sarasota Cup April 27, 2018 April 29, 2018 Soccer
USRowing Southeast Regionals May 10, 2018 May 13, 2018 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing
Memorial Meet May 12, 2018 May 14, 2018 Selby Y Aquatic Complex Swimming
Big League Dreams May 13, 2018 May 14, 2018 Babe Ruth, Orioles Baseball
Spring Concours II May 18, 2018 May 21, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
Florida State Soccer Association State Cup May 18, 2018 May 20, 2018 Premier Sports Campus Soccer
Champions Cup May 19, 2018 May 21, 2018 Babe Ruth Baseball
Sarasota Heat ASA Showcase May 19, 2018 May 21, 2018 Miss Sarasota Softball Fast-Pitch Softball

SPORTS UPDATE: MARCH

Sarah Thomas and Virginia Haley attended the Atlanta Braves Chopfest, January 27-28 to introduce fans to Sarasota County in preparation of the 2019 opening of the new spring training facility in North Port.

Spring training tickets at Ed Smith Stadium are on sale now, be sure to get them soon and check out our Spring Training article.

Upcoming Events:

FSSA Flying Scot Midwinters March 15, 2018 March 30, 2018 Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sailing
Sarasota Sailing Squadron 2018 One Design Midwinter Regatta March 16, 2018 March 18, 2018 Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sailing
Pen Bic North American Championships March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sailing
Florida Super Eight Appaloosa March 18, 2018 March 20, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay March 19, 2018 March 19, 2018 Van Wezel Running
Sarasota Baseball Classic March 20, 2018 March 24, 2018 Twin Lakes Baseball
Florida Super Eight Appaloosa Layover March 21, 2018 March 24, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
Florida Super Eight Appaloosa II March 25, 2018 March 27, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
IMG National Classic March 26, 2018 April 6, 2018 IMG Academy Baseball
High School Baseball Spring Training March 31, 2018 April 7, 2018 Twin Lakes Baseball
Holland Christian High School Baseball Spring Training March 31, 2018 April 7, 2018 Twin Lakes Baseball
April Open Series Show April 2, 2018 April 3, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
2017 Champions Spring Break Camp April 3, 2018 April 7, 2018 Babe Ruth Complex Baseball
FIRA Rowing Regatta April 5, 2018 April 7, 2017 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing
FHC Senior Softball Tournament April 7, 2018 April 8, 2018 Venice Bypass Slow-Pitch Softball
Sailfest April 7, 2018 April 8, 2018 Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sailing
April Dressage Concours I & II April 9, 2018 April 10, 2018 Fox Lea Farms Equestrian
FSRA Sculling April 13, 2018 April 15, 2018 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing
Swim Around Lido Key April 18, 2018 April 18, 2018 Lido Beach Resort Open Water Swim

SPORTS UPDATE: FEBRUARY

Sarah Thomas and Virginia Haley attended the Atlanta Braves Chopfest, January 27-28 to introduce fans to Sarasota County in preparation of the 2019 opening of the new spring training facility in North Port.

Spring training tickets at Ed Smith Stadium are on sale now, be sure to get them soon and check out our Spring Training article.

Upcoming Events:

Commissioner's Cup- Florida Championship Series FYSA

February 11, 2018

February 12, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

Beach Blast

February 16, 2018

February 18, 2018

IMG Academy

Basketball

4th Annual Ice Crystals NIT

February 9, 2018

February 11, 2018

Babe Ruth

Baseball

Quarter Horse Love Circuit

February 17, 2018

February 29, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

American Youth Cup I, II, III

February 17, 2018

May 27, 2018

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

Snowbird Baseball Classic 2017

February 20, 2018

March 23,2018

Charlotte County

Baseball

Sarasota Invitational

February 23, 2018

February 25, 2018

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

SWFL Super Regional Suncoast Travel Ball

February 24, 2018

February 25, 2018

Englewood Sports Complex

Baseball

IMG College Showcase

March 2, 2018

March 4, 2018

IMG Academy

Soccer

Suncoast Travel Ball USSSA Spring Gold Glove

March 2, 2018

March 4, 2018

YAC, Babe Ruth

Baseball

Sarasota Bradenton ITU Triathlon

March 9, 2018

March 11, 2018

Nathan Benderson Park

Triathlon

Florida Dressage Concours I&II

March 12, 2018

March 13, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

IMG 7V7 Southeast Regional Championship

March 11, 2018

March 12, 2018

IMG Academy

Football

FSSA Flying Scot Midwinters

March 15, 2018

March 30, 2018

Sarasota Sailing Squadron

Sailing

SPORTS UPDATE: JANUARY

USA Volleyball has announced that they will be returning to Siesta Beach to host the 2018 National Beach Tour Championships. The event will take place July 19-24th and feature over 400 boys’ and girls’ teams ranging in age from 10-18. The 2017 event brought over 3000 room nights to Sarasota County.

Upcoming Events:

Janus 2018 Ultimate 

January 14, 2018

January 15, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Ultimate

US Lacrosse Spring Premier

January 14, 2018

January 16, 2018

IMG Academy

Lacrosse

Venice Equestrian Tour

January 18, 2018

March 5, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Orioles Dream Week

January 22, 2018

January 28, 2018

Ed Smith Stadium

Baseball

6-4-3 Travel Ball Inc.

January 26, 2018

March 11, 2018

Cal Ripken

Baseball

2018 Winter Blast Shootout

January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018

sarasota ymca

Racquetball

Sarasota Music Half Marathon

February 4, 2018

February 4, 2018

Van Wezel

Running

2018 USAB Spring Training Classic

February 9, 2018

February 12, 2018

Twin Lakes 

Baseball

Commissioner's Cup- Florida Championship Series FYSA

February 11, 2018

February 12, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

Beach Blast

February 16, 2018

February 18, 2018

IMG Academy

Basketball

SPORTS UPDATE: DECEMBER

Virginia Haley attended the British Rowing Indoor Rowing Championships in London on December 9th. During her time in London she also met with officials from USRowing and FISA to discuss a long term events plan for Nathan Benderson Park. 

Upcoming Events:

IMG Academy Junior World Florida Challenge

December 14, 2017

December 17, 2017

Longboat Key Club, Ritz Carlton, Palm Aire

Golf

College Swim Training

December 14, 2017

January 14, 2018

Arlington Park

Swimming

IMG Cup

December 16, 2017

December 18, 2017

IMG Academy

Soccer

Venice YMCA College Swim Training

December 20, 2017

February 17, 2018

Venice YMCA

Swimming

Arlington Pool Winter College Swim Training

December 20, 2017

February 17, 2018

Arlington Park

Swimming

Selby Y Aquatic Complex College Winter Training

December 20, 2017

February 17, 2018

Selby Y Aquatic Complex

Swimming

Miracle Swimming

January 1, 2018

June 1, 2018

Sandcastle Resort

Swimming

Winter Team Rowing Training

January 1, 2018

April 30, 2018

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

Premier Sports Campus Invitational

January 6, 2018

January 8, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Soccer

Quarter Horse Circuit

January 7, 2018

January 13, 2018

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

Janus 2018 Ultimate 

January 14, 2018

January 15, 2018

Premier Sports Campus

Ultimate

US Lacrosse Spring Premier

January 14, 2018

January 16, 2018

IMG Academy

Lacrosse

SPORTS UPDATE: NOVEMBER

World Sailing Conference

Shelby Connett traveled to the World Sailing Conference in Mexico, November 4th- 9th to prepare for the 2018 World Sailing Conference, which will be taking place in Sarasota, FL!

Game Day USA

Game Day USA is looking for vendors and sponsors for the third Annual Junior All American Games Nov. 24-26. If you are interested in additional information contact Don Flynn, 217-778-7784 or [email protected]

UPCOMING EVENTS

Eddie Herr Tennis Championships November 21, 2017 December 3, 2017 IMG Academy Tennis
Game Day USA Junior All-American Games November 24, 2017 November 26, 2017 Ed Smith, Twin Lakes, Babe Ruth Baseball
U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase & NIF 2016 November 29, 2017 December 4, 2017 Premier Sports Campus Soccer
Super Y League North American Finals December 7, 2017 December 12, 2017 IMG Academy Soccer
6-4-3- Travel Ball Tournament December 8, 2017 December 10, 2017 Cal Ripken Baseball Baseball
IMG Academy Junior World Florida Challenge December 14, 2017 December 17, 2017 Longboat Key Club, Ritz Carlton, Palm Aire Golf
IMG Cup December 16, 2017 December 18, 2017 IMG Academy Soccer