Sponsored by Bud Light Lime, the tournament hosts up to 35 teams for four players and begins at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Center on 8/25. With up to 140 players hitting the sandy courts, sure it would be a great place to meet people, but this is not a singles event, according to SPSC's Stephanie Puertas. Instead, it's a great place to meet people, make friends and do a ton of networking. Or to just get a great day of play in.
Although it's all in fun, the tournament offers some pretty stellar prizes, ramping up the competitive nature of those who love the sport. The team that wins the top-flight division gets an all expenses paid trip to Miami, where they'll compete with other teams from across the nation, another event Puertas looks forward to attending. "We've already bought our plane tickets to see the finals in Florida. They're the last weekend in September and it's pretty amazing," she says. The intermediate division winners stand to collect a cash prize, along with bragging rights, of course.
Even for folks who don't win, this is still a great event, according to Puertas. "It's an all day event, it's lots of fun, even just to watch. We have lunch and after the tournament we do a pig roast," she says.
Those who participate, whether winners or not, are provided with shirts, lunch vouchers, pig roast invitations and a free admission to the after party and finals round of play at Airway Lanes in Waterford, plus a great day in the sun with friends, old and new.
So there's great prizes for skilled competitors, but what if you really want to soak up some rays, get your toes in the sand and play just for fun?
"There are all different levels of players there. We have people with tons of skills and with them we have strict rules too," she continues.
For those who are less skilled but still looking to play a few matches for the sheer love of the game, SPSC has five different levels of play for participants. For a beginner there's a recreational level, for those with rudimentary knowledge, there's intermediate and upper intermediate. And for those who're a cut above the rest, the club offers competitive and top-flight levels, and it's those two groups that will be able to qualify for a plane ticket to a sandy beach in MIA.
As eluded to previously; this is not a singles event. Single, committed or happily married for ten years, this is an event that's just about getting people up, off their couch and out. And their initiative seems to be working. Since 2001, the club's been running leagues in a number of different sports, initiating over 2500 members from the area. In their 11th year, Stay & Play stands to offer varying levels in leagues for 13 different sports come September.
Starting in the fall, SPSC will offer euchre, ping-pong, dodge ball and whiffleball as new additions to their roster of leagues. They'll also continue to host men's and co-ed basketball, women's and co-ed indoor volleyball, outdoor soccer, flag football, kickball, softball, bowling and tennis. Sounds like there's something for everyone. | RDW
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