Beach, Booze, Naughty Names. Must Be OTL 2010

"Over-the-Line" is not for your parents, your kids or the faint of heart.

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"Over-the-Line" is not for your parents, your kids or the feint of heart.
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This year marks the 57th annual World Championship Over-The-Line Tournament, sponsored by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC).
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The sport, which is similar to softball, requires six players, one bat and one ball. It is played on the sand between two, three-player teams, with no base running.
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“The deal was that people were playing volleyball, we had these volleyball tournaments, but in between the games it took forever because we had so many teamsm” Fred Thompson, a founding member of OMBAC said of OTL’s beginings.
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It got so big that finally the tournament was moved from it’s original location in Mission Beach to Fiesta Island and it got so bad that police finally stepped in and forced organizers to clamp down on the nudity and rowdiness or face cancellation.
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These days, with hundreds of teams competing from all over the world, (and the beer and bawdiness confined and controlled) the event is held over two weekends with the really serious contenders battling it out for a trophy and bragging rights on the final day.
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Petersen says there is nothing new to it, just the same old fun.
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“The event is fun but we raise money for a lot of charity events… we are a 501(c)(3) we take all the money we get and give it away except for the money to start all over again,” Thompson said about the event.
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The beach booze ban is still in effect during the tournament and attendees will only be able to drink alcohol in certain areas. Alcohol will be allowed in all playing areas and motor home parking lots, Peteresen said.
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If you plan on going, OMBAC will be providing shuttles to and from Fiesta Island. Once the island reaches capacity, Petersen says the city will shut the gate to the island blocking any more cars from entering.
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The tournament is over the course of two weekends July 10, 11 and July 17, 18.
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Over the years, as more people got into this variation of softball played on the beach (and even more turned out to watch), OTL just sort of grew, turning what started as a fun little game into a giant drunken beach party with baseball more an excuse than the main event.
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"Over-the-Line" is not for your parents, your kids or the feint of heart. Even though participants insist OTL is all about fun, few would describe it as "good, clean fun."
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