The nice weather on Sunday allowed 263 softball teams to breath a sigh of relief, as the blue skies gave promise to a hopefully rain free week and a lot of softball for week one of the United States Fastpitch Association's World Series.
This week, teams in the 8U, 10U, and 12U divisions from nearly a dozen states will compete for a USFA World Series title. Sunday morning, things kicking off with a parade, allowing the teams to show off their hometowns.
This is the 12th year the USFA has come to Panama City Beach for the World Series, and Sunday morning's parade of teams was held at Pier Park for the first time, and was a great time for everyone.
"This is the first time I've ever been able to see the parade because I'm usually checking in coaches," laughed National Coordinator Megan Mapletoft. "I had a blast! We want to make the teams feel welcome. We want them to have a time to celebrate and all get together and just do their thing and get together and trade pins and just have fun. It's a good way to kick it off."
Pool play for week one of the USFA World Series starts Monday, with double elimination bracket play kicking off Wednesday. To find out more information on this year's World Series, check out the USFA's website here.