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Heavy hitters needed for Moffat County Balloon Festival’s ‘over-the-line’ tournament

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Moffat County Balloon Festival, which takes place Aug. 1 and 2 at Loudy-Simpson Park, will feature a new component with the "over-the-line" tournament. Over-the-line is a game similar to baseball or softball with three-person teams, and the tourney will benefit Craig Youth Baseball.

A new sport will be making its way across city lines next month, and you can be one of the first to enjoy it as it hopefully becomes a Craig tradition.

As part of Moffat County Balloon Festival, Craig residents will be hosting a tournament of the game "over-the-line" Aug. 1 and 2 at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Originally created by Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, over-the-line is a variation of bat and ball games like baseball and softball that involves three-person teams.

Hitters do not run any bases, and the field consists of a triangle in place of home plate and a rectangle for fielders. A batter's teammate serves as the pitcher and tosses them the ball — a modified version of a softball — which they hit into the field of play.

Anything not caught by opposing fielders landing in the field qualifies as a hit, with three hits scoring a point. A home run is anything hit past and clearing all fielders without them touching it.

For a full explanation of the setup and rules, visit http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game.

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Organizer Derek Cleverly said the game is designed to appeal to all different levels of players, not just seasoned athletes.

"Speed's not going to help you, there's no throwing, it's all about the stroke of hitting," he said.

Cleverly is seeking as many teams as possible for three divisions: co-ed, women and youth ages 12 to 15. Teams consist of a captain, two players and an optional substitute. Demonstrations will be available July 16 and 23 at Loudy-Simpson for those unfamiliar with the game.

Cleverly said the use of the Loudy-Simpson soccer fields will allow a tournament with as many as seven games happening at once, and players can have a full day of the sport, as well as enjoy everything else Balloon Festival has to offer.

The cost is $60 to register by Friday, with players receiving a guaranteed t-shirt, hot dog and a beer garden ticket for ages 21 and older. Late entry will be available until July 28 for $75 with no tickets nor guarantee of shirts.

Prizes will be given out to teams and players with the most imaginative uniforms, and proceeds from the tournament will benefit Craig Youth Baseball.

"Come out and give it a try and have some fun," Cleverly said.

For more information on how to register and form a team, call Cleverly at 970-629-8499.

If you go

Over-the-line tournament

Aug. 1 and 2

Loudy-Simpson Park

— As part of the Moffat County Balloon Festival, over-the-line is a bat and ball game that will offer events across co-ed, women’s and youth divisions. The cost is $60 to register by Friday, with players receiving a guaranteed t-shirt, hot dog and a beer garden ticket for ages 21 and older. Late entry will be available until July 28 for $75 with no tickets nor guarantee of shirts. Proceeds will benefit Craig Youth Baseball. For a full explanation of the setup and rules, visit http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game. For more information on how to register, call Derek Cleverly at 970-629-8499.

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