Sunday morning, 280 softball teams from across the country kicked off the United States Fastpitch Association's World Series with a parade, which gives the girls a chance to have a good time before the real competition starts Monday.
Combined with week one, this year's World Series is the second largest in the 12 years of USFA softball, with close to a dozen states represented this week, as well as several local teams. National director Megan Mapletoft has been with USFA since day one, and says it's been pretty neat watching how big the tournament has grown.
"We have teams come back year after year," she said Sunday. "I mean, some of these teams have been coming since they were eight and under.We began with 50 teams the first year we started out. So we went from 50, to 150 and then it just ballooned. Year after year, the average is probably 450 to 500 teams within a two week period."
Competition starts Monday with pool play, with double elimination beginning on Wednesday. For more information on the USFA World Series, you can check out their website here.