TAMPA, Fla. - The month of July saw two of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) top basketball events visit Hillsborough County.
Over the weekend of July 5-8 the Tampa Bay Sports Commission hosted the USSSA girls national championship in Tampa Bay for the 4th consecutive year. 56 teams from across the country competed head to head to be crowned national champion. To qualify, teams from grades 5-11 had to either finish in the top eight in state tournament, finish in the top four of their regional championship tournament or national qualifier, or under special circumstance, receive an exception granted by the state director.
The games were played around the Hillsborough County area at the following local high schools: Plant, Blake, Hillsborough, Leto, Tampa Catholic, and Sickles, and drew an expected attendance of 2,300 for the duration of the event.
Following the success of the national championship was the USSSA Best of the South Showcase held on July 13-15 at various facilities around Hillsborough County. The event featured 32 teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U age divisions competing for top prize in this amateur event.