USFA World Series Kicks off with Pier Park Parade

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Panama City Beach, FL---Thousands of girls from all across the country have come to Panama City Beach to play in their Summer Classic, the 2014 United States Fastpitch Associations World Series.

Over 250 squads have made their way to the Panhandle, qualifying in previous tournaments to make it to the 15th Championship, as USFA has been holding their finals in Panama City Beach since 1999.

Sunday was a day to soak it in with a parade through Pier Park and a pep talk from no one other than the greatest softball player of all time, Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch.

The day provided moments to remember for the players while it's a week to remember for the USFA.

"This is what the girls like," says USFA National Staff Member John Cain. "They like to get together and just let it all out for a little bit and, you know, tommorow they'll get serious. We've grown to this point and we really can't expand any more, due to the number of ball fields that are in this area. We're at maximum capacity right now."

Those 250 teams will start getting real on the field with each other Monday at 8 AM and finish play Saturday, July 12th.

Next week, they'll run week two of the World Series, this time, with 280 squads.