Bust out the wacky costumes and clever team names: San Diego’s summertime tradition, the Over-the-Line (OTL) Tournament, returns to Fiesta Island for round two this weekend.
Hosted each July by the Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual sporting and merrymaking event typically draws about 1,200 teams from around the world to Mission Bay to partake in OTL, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s.
The rules of OTL are simple: games last three or four innings, no one has to run bases and the main goal is to hit the ball “over the line” about 55 feet in front of the batter.
Teams dress up in matching costumes and bring tents, chairs, beer and hilarious signs to the beach for the carefree, daytime tournament under the San Diego sun.
This year marks the 63rd annual OTL Tournament.
The first round of OTL was played last weekend at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Park. The fun under the sun returns this weekend, with play starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending sometime between 6 p.m. and sunset.
OTL is open to the public and usually brings a lot of spectators. There is no ticket or entrance fee to watch the games and enjoy the tournament, though organizers say several rules will be strictly enforced, including no bottles on the beach. Also, no bicycles, dogs and kids are allowed at the tournament.
Parking for OTL will be available at two locations this year: the Sunrunner lot on the northeast corner of SeaWorld Drive and Pacific Highway, and the VIP and disabled lot adjacent to the southwest corner of the OTL playing area.
Organizers say a free shuttle will pick up and drop off OTL attendees at the southwest corner of the playing area starting at 6:30 a.m. on each day of the tournament. For details on the shuttle service, click here.