Visit Sarasota County: Sports Info

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Networking for New Events

Shelby Connect and Sarah Thomas will be traveling to the National Association of Sports Commission’s Annual Symposium May 6 to May 10. The show will be attended by over a hundred events rights holders. As we prepare to meet potential event organizers, we ask any of our hotel partners to let us know if their peak season (February- April) availability for groups has changed. Contact Sarah Thomas at [email protected] with any comments or questions.

Event Start Date End Date Location Sport Estimated Room Nights

643 Travel Ball Tournaments

April 12, 2019

June 2, 2019

Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, 17th Street, Miss Sarasota

Baseball

1000

FSRA Sculling

April 13, 2019

April 14, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

400

Sunshine State Conference Rowing Championship April 25, 2019 April 26, 2019 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing 50
2019 Pro-Am Racquetball Tournament April 26, 2019 April 29, 2019 Sarasota Bath and Racquet Club Racquetball 450
Sarasota Cup April 26, 2019 April 28, 2019 Premiere Sports Campus Soccer 2500

FSRA Sweeps

April 27, 2019

April 28, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

1300


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March 2019 Sports Team News

Sarasota Picked to Host International Youth Championship

After 26 years abroad, Visit Sarasota County is excited to announce the U-18 World Baseball Cup will return to the U.S. right here in Southwest Florida! In March, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced VSC will co-host the tournament in collaboration with the Baltimore Orioles, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The sports team has worked diligently to bring this event to Sarasota County since early 2017. The event itself will be in September 2021 and bring 12 international teams to the destination, including Team USA which will automatically qualify as the host country. As planning continues for the event, we will notify our partners on any opportunities to be involved.

VSC Sports Sales Director Shelby Connett and WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari following the announcement at an Orioles Spring Training game.
VSC Sports Sales Director Shelby Connett and WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari following the announcement at an Orioles Spring Training game.
The WBSC U-18 World Baseball Cup will come to the area in 2021
The WBSC U-18 World Baseball Cup will come to the area in 2021

Upcoming Events

Event Start Date End Date Location Sport Estimated Room Nights
Sarasota Lanes Spring Bowling Tournaments March 15, 2019 April 20, 2019 Sarasota Lanes Bowling 1200
Mendota Rowing Club Juniors March 22, 2019 March 30, 2019 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing 48
NFA 7v7 Southeast Regional March 23, 2019 March 24, 2019 IMG Academy 7v7 Football 160
Champions Spring Break Camp March 29, 2019 April 6, 2019 Sarasota Babe Ruth Complex Baseball 210
Holland Christian High School March 30, 2019 April 6, 2019 Twin Lakes Park Baseball 77
The Bradenton Cup April 5, 2019 April 7, 2019 Lakewood Ranch High School Soccer 1200
Florida State Soccer Association State Cup April 5, 2019 April 7, 2019 Premier Sports Campus Soccer 70
643 Travel Ball Tournaments April 12, 2019 June 2, 2019 Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, 17th Street, Miss Sarasota Baseball 1000
FSRA Sculling April 13, 2019 April 14, 2019 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing 400

February 2019 Sports Team News

VSC Meets the Fans

Spring Training is here, and for the first time, Sarasota County will host two Major League ballclubs in March! Before spring ball, the Visitor Information Vehicle (VIV) crossed state lines for the first time ever to meet thousands of Braves fans at “Chopfest” in Atlanta.

Just days later, more VSC staff joined our President Virginia Haley greeting thousands more baseball fans in Baltimore for their annual “Fanfest.” Visitor guides and destination information was distributed to fans at both events, before many of them pack their bags for Grapefruit League baseball in March. Thank you partners like La Quinta Sarasota, Sleep Inn/Mainstay Suites Sarasota and SRQ Airport for joining us on these trips!

 

VSC visits Atlanta Braves Chopfest!

 

VSC visits Baltimore Orioles Fanfest!

February-March Events

Web.com Golf Tournament

February 14, 2019

February 17, 2019

Lakewood National Golf Club

Golf

500

Snowbird Baseball Classic

February 15, 2019

March 24, 2019

North Port High School

Baseball

3071

Sarasota Invitational Regatta

February 22, 2019

February 24, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

384

IMG College Showcase

March 1, 2019

March 3, 2019

IMG Academy

Soccer

2850

Spring Fling Lacrosse

March 9, 2019

March 22, 2019

Wellfield Complex

Lacrosse

1260

January 2019 Sports Team News

American Baseball Coaches Association ConferenceDecember was another busy month for sports in Sarasota County. Get involved by checking out our new Sports Incentive Program.

Sarah Thomas attended the “American Baseball Coaches Association Conference” in Dallas TX. Along with the Atlanta Braves, Hotel Venezia and Buffalo Lodging hotel properties were able to participate and spread the word about Sarasota County baseball opportunities. The group met with over 7,000 attendees and fellow exhibitors, which included coaches and tournament organizers. We look forward to attending the show again next year!

Event

Start Date

End Date

Venue

Sport

Venice Equestrian Tour

January 15, 2019

March 2, 2019

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

2019 MLS Training Camp Montreal Impact Soccer

January 21, 2019

January 29, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park/Premier

Soccer

643 Travel Ball Tournaments

January 25, 2019

March 10, 2019

Cal Ripken

Baseball

Englewood Pickleball Series- Chill Blast

February 1, 2019

February 3, 2019

Englewood Sports Complex

Pickelball

Florida Youth Soccer Association Region C Commissioners Cup

February 2, 2019

February 10, 2019

Premier

Soccer

Umpire Placement Course

February 2, 2019

February 12, 2019

Ed Smith Stadium

Baseball

Web.com Golf Tournament

February 14, 2019

February 17, 2019

Lakewood National Golf Club

Golf

Snowbird Baseball Classic

February 15, 2019

March 24, 2019

North Port High School

Baseball

Sarasota Invitational Regatta

February 22, 2019

February 24, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

December Sports Team News

Sports Incentive Program

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. The program policies are posted on the extranet, feel free to contact Shelby Connett at [email protected] with any questions.

Welcome Baseball and Softball Leaders

The sports team hosted USA Baseball and the World Baseball Softball Confederation for a site visit the first week in December. We are constantly working to bring new groups and events to Sarasota County and will keep you updated as potential events turn definite!

Florida Sports Foundation

Sarasota County hosted the Florida Sports Foundation Board of Directors meeting Dec. 13, bringing sports leaders from all over the state to our destination.

Upcoming Events:

Event

Start Date

End Date

Venue

Sport

Projected Rooms

Englewood Pickleball Series- Battle of the Paddle

January 4, 2019

January 6, 2019

Englewood Sports Complex

Pickelball

100

UA SF Winter Classic National Showcase

January 12, 2019

January 13, 2019

Miss Sarasota Softball

Softball

370

643 Travel Ball Tournaments

January 25, 2019

March 10, 2019

Cal Ripken

Baseball

600

Venice Equestrian Tour

Mid January 2019

Early March 2019

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

7,400

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