(July 31, 2020) The annual Beach 5 Sand Soccer Tournament is on schedule for Saturday, Aug. 1, on the beach at Dorchester Street in downtown Ocean City.
“This will be our 14th year,” said Angela Lewis, Beach 5 Sand Soccer administrator. “It’s more of a fun family experience type of soccer tournament.”
The tournament caters to a wide range of age groups, from 8-year-olds to adults, and pits five-member teams against one another.
Each team consists of five to 10 players.
Sixty teams have registered for this year’s event, although Lewis said that number could fluctuate because of covid-19.
Registration costs $500 per team, although this year’s registration deadline has passed.
This year’s tournament setup will be a bit different in order to accommodate for virus health and safety protocols.
“We’re using the guidelines that the Town of Ocean City has given us,” Lewis said in regards to the four-page provisions sheet.
Three tents will be set up on site, one of which will have a trainer, as always, stationed for any medical incidents.
Each tent will have hand sanitizer, all staff will wear facemasks and actively monitor the fields in order to ensure social distancing is maintained.
Lewis said that no non-participant bystanders would be allowed to formally attend the event, although the tournament is visible from the Boardwalk.
As part of the registration process, participants were given a medical waiver, which includes novel coronavirus-related information.
Participants will also be required to wear facemasks at all times, except for during gameplay, and players will not be able to give high fives or shake hands, Lewis said.
While registration deadline has passed for this year’s tournament, Lewis said future competitors should be on the lookout for 2021 registration, which will go online soon.
“We usually try to start registration almost a year out,” Lewis said. “We’re usually there every June and every August in Ocean City. We also have an event in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.”
To register for the 2021 event visit www.beach5sandsoccerseries.com.