Prince George County hits home run a second time: Hosts Dixie Softball World Series

A car decorated for the 2021 Dixie Softball World Series in Prince George County, Virginia.
A car decorated for the 2021 Dixie Softball World Series in Prince George County, Virginia.

PRINCE GEORGE — More than 800 players and coaches will travel to Prince George County July 19 – 31 for the Dixie Softball World Series. The tournament will take place at JEJ Moore Athletic Complex. On Friday, July 23 there will be an opening ceremony for all attending teams, and play begins on Saturday, July 20.

Sports tournaments like the Dixie World Series provide a boost to the local economy. Per a 2022 Virginia Sports Tourism Impact study conducted by Virginia Tourism Corporation, average trip expenditures for parties attending amateur sports tournaments are estimated at $1,192 per trip. Virginia’s sports tourism industry generated $2.7 billion in spending across all communities in 2022, a 12% increase from 2021.

“We are excited to host the Dixie Softball World Series tournament,” T.J. Webb, Prince George County Board of Supervisors chairman, stated. “This will be the second time Prince George County has hosted a Dixie Softball World Series tournament. We know that our community will benefit from this tremendous event as it did in 2021.”

A player slides into home at the 2021 Dixie Softball World Series in Prince George County.
A player slides into home at the 2021 Dixie Softball World Series in Prince George County.

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Prince George County will host the Dixie Darlings (ages 7-8), Angels X-Play (ages 9-10), Ponytails X-Play (ages 11-12), and Belles (ages 13-15) at J.E.J. Moore Athletic Complex. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, July 19 and Friday, July 26 with tournament play beginning the following day. Championship games for the Ponytails X-Play and Belles are scheduled for July 23. The Darlings and Angels X-Play championship games are scheduled for July 30.

The County is grateful to the following sponsors: Wasteknot, The Stodola, Virginia American Water, Prince George Electric Cooperative, Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Johnny’s Auto & Truck, AdvanSix, Star Express/Huddle House, Budz with Sudz, Touchstone Bank, Hoober Inc. Surry Seafood Company, W.S. Campbell Towing and Repair and Inn & Suites.

At the 2021 Dixie Softball World Series in Prince George County, a player has her eye on the ball.
At the 2021 Dixie Softball World Series in Prince George County, a player has her eye on the ball.

Tickets for the tournament will be available to the general public at the tournament. Week-long adult tickets are $25, and week-long kids (6-12) tickets are $15. One-day adult tickets are $10 and one-day kids tickets are $5. JEJ Moore Athletic Complex is located at 11455 Prince George Drive in Disputanta. Once released, the schedules and brackets can be found at pgvaparksfoundation.org.

"Watching these young ladies play as they were led by their coaches and families and guided by the game and Dixie officials was both energizing and inspiring," Ken Newman, owner of Southern Sharp Photography, said. "In 2021, I photographed 30-plus games over three of the four days of tournament play. As I went through the thousands of images, I was reminded of the teamwork, positive spirit and youthful energy exhibited by all of those players, coaches, officials and the outstanding Prince George County organizers."

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