Baseball meets the beach when the Over the Line World Championship comes to San Diego July 8-9 and July 15-16, 2017.
The game, OTL for short, is a highly modified variation of baseball or softball. There are only three players per team, with a batter, pitcher, and fielders. But the batter and pitcher are on the same side, the whole other team are the fielders, and there isn't a diamond. Instead, the goal is simply to get a hit into fair territory. It takes three hits to score the first run, and then every following hit gets a run--almost as if each hit were a single in regular baseball, advancing players one base. Games will last three innings during the first weekend, four weekends for the second.
This is a true San Diego pastime, invented and first played right here in Mission Bay Park. The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club sponsors the World Championship event, which today can draw more than a thousand teams from all around the world.
Attending the event as a spectator is free and a great way to get introduced to a new sport. The Dana on Mission Bay is just a few minutes away from Mission Bay Park, where the tournament is taking place. The event runs from 7:30 am 'til around sunset, so it's easy to add it on before or after a day of sightseeing San Diego's other great attractions. Go checkout downtown, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, or Old Town, then catch an OTL game, and head back to The Dana to lounge by the pool or enjoy dinner at Firefly Eatery. It's a perfect summer day!