The first weekend of the 2010 Over the Line or “OTL” Tournament
as it is called by locals did not disapoint OMBAC event organizers
who saw huge crowds show up for the opening weekend.
Fifty five thousand people were expected to attend the
4 day event which stetches over two weekends.
The event is clebrating its 57th year of fundraising for local
San Diego and beach area charities which include The Boys
Scouts, wheelchair OTL and many other local groups. Last
year the amount raised was around $100,000 dollars and this
years event seemed to be just as successful.
The 2 weekend event features over 1,200 teams that play
a beach version softball game on a rectangular field where
the ball must first cross a line 25 yards in front of the batter
in order to be in play. Thus the term “over the line” was coined
to describe the main rule which makes this different from
other forms of softball and baseball.
The game was originally invented and created by volleyball
players looking for something to do while they waited to
play and thus the rectangular field fit well for the beach field
they started and continue to play on.
The Over the Line Tournament is known for being a bit crazy
and “over the line”, when it comes the names of the teams
and some of the costumes and antics that the players and fans
go through when playing. Some of the teams are very competitive
while others are there more for the fun and fundraising. It is one
of the very few times that the public is able to bring alchohol to
the beach and many of the party goers take full advantage of
that time bringing large coolers of mix drinks and beer to
Although the festivities can get a little crazy the event itself is
for a good cause and the patrons and teams all compete in
The “OTL” Tournament brings in teams and players from a
large section of the Southwest including Arizona, Nevada
and Washington with many teams and players with over 20
years of experience. The first weekend of the event sorts out
the party teams from the series competitor teams and the
second weekend is much more of a 100% sporting event
with much fewer party goers.
The Over the Line or “OTL” is referred to as Mardi Gras
San Diego style and was once looked at by ABC’s Wide World
of Sports as an event to cover. OMBAC, (Old Mission Beach
Athletic Club) the non profit group that runs the event declined
the event however due to the fact that many of the team names
and antics would have to be edited for television and that was
not good for the spirit of the event.
For more coverage from the 2010 Over the Line Tournament
click the Best of VIdeo and also photos at the SoCal Beaches
Magazine website at www.socalbeachmag.net
The Over the Line Tournament is one of the craziest and most
well known fundraising events in San Diego and will continue
to be so for years to come as old members of OMBAC pass the
torch to younger members.
To sign up for the 2011 Over the Line Tournament visit
the OMBAC website at http://www.ombac.org/over_the_line/
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