The Commerce Journal

Sports

July 19, 2012

Commerce hosts softball tournament

State tourney brings in revenue for parks and rec, city

COMMERCE — Commerce hosted the 2012 Dixie Darlings State Tournament for girls ages 7 and 8 at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex. The softball tournament began with an opening ceremony July 13.

“We fed everyone Friday night,” Commerce Parks and Recreation Director Ricky Harris. “We had bounce houses for the children and goodie bags filled with t-shirts, water bottles and other items for the players.”

Each February, Texas cities bid for these softball tournaments which bring dozens of visitors and an increase in hotel/motel and sales tax revenue.

“In February there is a state meeting, and we have to bid on these tournaments,” Harris said. “Softball tournmanets are awarded based on what you’re going to do for the teams and the girls that come to your

city.”

The money raised by the tournament will go directly back into the Parks and Recreation Department, according to Harris

“Over the last three years we’ve put up new fencing, upgraded our restrooms, which were badly in need of that, and upgraded the lighting,” Harris said. “We are continuing to come up with projects to beautify the parks and get them all up to speed because they haven’t had a ton of work done to them over the past 10 to 15 years.”

The tournaments can only be awarded to a specific city every other year. The revenue generated by the tournament also extends to cities like Greenville and Sulphur Springs, where some of the teams and parents stay. This is good news for the city, which has collected approximately $4,000 less in hotel/motel taxes through three-fourths of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to Commerce Finance Manager Warren Jamieson.

“Hats off to the council for recognizing it has to be done,” Harris said. “Bringing the teams in helps our hotel/motel fund, sales tax.”

Response from players and parents has been great so far, according to Harris and members of the Commerce City Council.

“From all the feedback I’m getting from teams and parents, they’ve been very pleased with upkeep of the complex,” Harris said. “The state director said this is the best one out of six [tournaments being held across the state].”

The softball tournment will concluded Wednesday, July 18. The Hopkins County team defeated Pineland to advance to the Dixie Darlings World Series, beginning July 28.

1
Text Only
Sports
Featured Ads

Poll

How many games do you think the Lions will win in 2014?

7-9 wins
4-6 wins
1-3 wins
     View Results
Must Read
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide