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Tournaments bringing an influx of athletes this weekend

March 20, 2019 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — Another weekend, another busy time at Bullhead City’s athletics facilities.

Rotary Park will be the site of two major events, the Bye Bye Birdie pickleball tournament and the Senior Softball USA Spring World Championships. Mohave High School will be the host for another big event, the MEC Invitational track meet.

The pickleball tournament will be played at the pickleball complex at Rotary Park and will be the first tournament on the new courts that opened recently.

The tournament is a sendoff for all of Bullhead City’s winter visitors, who have been great advocates of pickleball in the community. Players from Arizona, California and Nevada will be joined by entries from Minnesota, South Dakota, Georgia and Idaho as well as from Canada. The tournament has more than 50 entries.

“We are very excited about hosting and we look forward to more visitors coming to enjoy all that our great community has to offer,” said Bullhead City Recreation Supt. Dave Heath.

The two-day tournament for players age 50 and over, cosponsored by the website PickleballTournaments.com, will be played Friday and Saturday. Men’s doubles and women’s doubles are scheduled Friday with mixed doubles to be contested on Saturday.

The SSUSA Spring World Championships will bring 38 men’s senior softball teams to Bullhead City. Competition will be played on six diamonds at Rotary Park and Ken Fovargue Park. Bullhead City will play host to the men’s 50-and-over AAA, 55-Major, 60-AAA and 60-AA divisions.

Kingman will host other divisions in the tournament with games played at Centennial Park and Southside Park. Divisions competing in Kingman include men’s 50-Major, 55-Major, 55-AAA, 60-Major and 60-Major+, 40-Major+ and 40-Major, and women’s 40-AAA and 50-AAA divisions.

A total of 74 teams will be visiting Mohave County. Most of the teams will be from Arizona and bordering states for a chance to qualify for the SSUSA Tournament of Champions, to be played in Florida in 2020.

Play begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.

While the two events at Rotary Park are geared for older competitors, high school athletes from throughout the area will be attending the MEC Invitational. Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mohave High School.