For the fourth year in a row the Hal Brady Recreation Complex will be hosting the 12u softball World Series. In August 2014 families will start making their trips to Florida to support their teams in tournament play. Hall Brady Complex is found in Alachua, Florida right off of route 75.
The recreation complex was created in 1986 providing fun for everyone in the city of Alachua. In 1992 500 volunteers helped put together the World Series stadium with help from the National Guard. The stadium holds 2,500 seats for perfect viewing of any tournament play.
Hal Brady, Director of Recreation for the city of Alachua speaks very highly of the World Series and of the complex, "We love it, our city, our commission, our mayor, everyone loves to do it."
Damon Messina, Assistant Director of Recreation added, "People can't wait every year to see it, it's an event that is already being spoken of."
With help from volunteers the complex gives great assistance to the league directors in Florida. The committee for the complex is mostly made up of those who do not have children associated with Babe Ruth but are still looking to help out with the World Series event.
"The unique event that will be happening next year is the 12u Baseball World Series will be happening the week before the 12u Softball World Series," said Brady.
The complex takes great pride in their opening ceremonies for the World Series, hosting teams from all over the nation. They want to make it a special event. Families will not want to miss the firework display at the conclusion of the ceremonial activities.
For families that are in between game times there is plenty to do in the area. "The University of Florida is five miles away, kids can have the chance to see alligators and armadillos, or even cool off in the springs" said Brady, referring to the springs located in their neighboring city High Springs Florida. "The springs stay at 72 degrees all year long and have crystal clear water," said Messina.
"We really want every team to have a wonderful time," said Brady. Teams can look forward to leaving the World Series with great memories thanks to the effort that the recreation department puts into this great event.