Stockton Ports Clinch Playoff Berth

Over the weekend, the Stockton Ports clinched their spot in the 2014 California League postseason.  The Playoffs begin Tuesday, September 2nd – it is still uncertain who the Ports will play in the first round, which is a best of three series.  Make sure to check regularly for updates.

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ASA offers Softball National Team Camp

The Greater San Joaquin Softball Association ASA is sponsoring a Women’s National Team Softball Camp for girls 10-18 years old on September 20/21, 2014, Louis Park in Stockton.  Four girls from the USA National Team will be in Stockton to give excellent instruction as well as many other amenities.  The cost for this Camp is $150.  With that you receive a meet and greet with the players, two days of instruction, lunch both days, a camp T-shirt, a Pitch, Hit and Throw competition and picture and autograph session with the players.  “We do camps all over the country, and for the money this is going to be one of the best we ever do.  The girls will learn a lot and have a great time doing it.  We can’t wait to get to Northern California”, says Amanda Chidester, catcher and 3rd baseman for the National Team.  This camp is the only Northern California stop in 2014 and will be limited to the first 100 girls who register.

To register and for more information, go to and download our brochure; or call 209 484-5036 and talk to Matt Pfeifer, ASA Commissioner.

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AJGA invades The Reserve at Spanos Park

The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has invaded The Reserve at Spanos Park‘s golf course this week for the annual Invitational Tournament.  This event, sponsored by Visit Stockton, brings nearly 250 youth golfers from across the world to town to compete.

This year, there are golfers from6 different states, as well as from Thailand, Canada, China and Mexico!  If you have time this week – head out to The Reserve to catch some of the action.  The event runs Monday, August 18th through Thursday, August 21st.

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Stockton bids to bring March Madness to town

Visit Stockton, along with the University of the Pacific and SMG (Stockton Arena) submitted a bid yesterday to host the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“Hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament would be a crown jewel for Stockton,” says Tim Pasisz, Sports Development Director for Visit Stockton. The greater Stockton community has shown its support for athletics over the years, and with the city hosting three national championship events in 2014, we fully expect the level of support and excitement to grow. The community’s support is vital to the success of this event which would bring millions of visitor dollars and priceless media attention to our city.

The events that were submitted for include the 2016, 2017, and 2018 first round for Men’s Basketball as well as the 2016, 2017 and 2018 second-third rounds for Men’s Basketball. These bids were submitted as part of a nationwide bidding process the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) opened up this spring.  All bids were due on Wednesday (August 6th) and we anticipate hearing from the NCAA later in 2014.

In 2013, Stockton submitted 56 bids as part of the NCAA multi-year bid project (Men’s Basketball was not part of that bid round).  The city was awarded two events:

  • 2016 Division II Women’s Golf Regionals
  • 2017 Division II Men’s Golf Regionals

Both of the golf events are to be held at Brookside Golf & Country Club.

For more information on this, please feel free to contact our office at (209) 938-1556.

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Ports in Playoff Hunt!

The Ports are back in town starting Monday, August 4th through Sunday, August 10th in our search of locking up the second half division championship.  With games all week the Ports could use your support on our playoff run.  Even if the Ports don’t win the second half championship the playoffs are still likely through the overall wild card.  Currently the Ports are 28-15 with a 3 game division lead.  The upcoming games consist of the following promotions:

Tuesday, August 5th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – ScholarShare Family Pack Tuesday

Wednesday, August 6th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – Scan Silver Sluggers – Baseball Bingo

Thursday, August 7th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – Thirsty Thursday

Friday, August 8th- First Pitch 7:05 pm – Pink Night – Fireworks – Jersey Auction

Saturday, August 9th- First Pitch: 7:05 pm – Welcome Mat Giveaway

Sunday, August 10th- First Pitch: 6:05 pm – Splash’s Birthday – Kids Run the Bases

Another reason to come to Banner Island Ballpark is to watch Ports players Matt Olson and Renato Nunez home run battle.  Matt Olson leads all players in Class A in home run with 32 and Renato Nunez is second with 27.  Also, Matt Olson has a chance to break the Ports single season record set by Chris Carter in 2008 with 39 home runs.

Make sure to get your tickets at or give us a call at 209-644-1900.

Hope to see you at the ballpark soon!!

Go Ports!

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One National Championship Down – Two to Go

With the United States Twirling Association’s Baton Twirling National Championships in our rear view mirrors now, it is time to start looking ahead to what will be a great weekend in Stockton.  The weekend of September 26 to 28, 2014 will have Stockton in the national spotlight for not one, but two national events.

The USA Roller Sports Roller Derby National Championships come to the Stockton Arena from Friday, September 26th to Sunday, September 28th.  Roller Derby teams from across the nation (including Stockton’s very own Port City Roller Girls) will converge on Stockton to compete for the national title.  For more information on event tickets, schedule and teams participating, click here.  Information will be updated as it is available.

At the very same time as Roller Derby, the EVP World Finals of Beach Volleyball converge on the Sand Volleyball Complex at the University of the Pacific.  This unique event will feature a UOP Greek Life competition, men’s and women’s pro competitions and youth competition.  This will be a very unique set-up for the EVP tour and surely will be a hit on campus.  For more information on event tickets, schedule and teams participating, click here.  Information will be updated as it is available.

As always, if you have ideas on other sporting events Stockton could potentially host, feel free to send me an email.


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Port City Roller Girls this Weekend

Here’s your chance to catch some fast paced Roller Derby Action!  The Port City Roller Girls are hosting the Red Bluff Derby Girls at the Stockton Indoor Sports Complex this Saturday evening.  Catch the excitement now as we get closer to the Roller Derby National Championships this September at the Stockton Arena!

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Thunder release full Promotional Schedule

In case you missed it, the Stockton Thunder have released their full promotional schedule, including the dates for the ever-popular Pink Weekend, We Paint the Ice and Green Weekend.  See the full schedule by clicking here.


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A Look Back at the Baton Twirling National Championships

This past week, the United States Twirling Association (USTA) took Stockton by storm, bringing their 56th Annual Baton Twirling Championships to town.

During the event, 550 athletes and their families came to Stockton from all parts of the country. Not only did they come to Stockton, but they embraced the city for at least seven days, taking in the sights, the culture, and the events in town. The whole time, adding a large economic impact to Stockton as they filled many hotels, dined at restaurants, attended baseball games, took in movies, and spent their free time shopping in our stores.

Visit Stockton was the host organization for this event, however, it would be wrong of me not to mention (and thank) the hotels, the Stockton Arena, the City of Stockton, the Downtown Stockton Alliance, and the Stockton Ports for all of their assistance. But mainly, I want to thank everyone in Stockton for all of your help and for making these visitors feel welcomed.

Over the time they were here, I had the pleasure of speaking with countless families from various parts of the country, many of whom had never heard of Stockton before, let alone been here. Each and every family relayed to me how impressed they were and how they were truly enjoying themselves. This is what makes Stockton a great sports city; it goes well beyond the Ports and the Thunder, it goes beyond University of the Pacific, it is the people that makeup our city that truly shape it into what it is.

As the event began to wrap up this past week, I began the process of trying to get this event to return to Stockton. To my surprise and appreciation, the president of the association stated that this year’s national championships were the best he’s ever seen and that they will be back to Stockton. In fact, Visit Stockton is currently working on finalizing which year that will be (stay tuned).

In the meantime, if you missed the event, here are some links to the media coverage it received:

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USA Racquetball selects Stockton for 2015 Junior Olympics

Visit Stockton is pleased to announce that Stockton has been selected to serve as the host city for the 2015 USA Racquetball Junior Olympics to be held June 24-28 at In-Shape Sport on West Lane. Over 200 competitors from across the US will come to Stockton to compete as finalists in the male and female 14, 16, and 18 year-old singles divisions. The winners of the doubles divisions will qualify for the US Junior National team and will also have the opportunity to attend the IRF Junior World Championships. The Esprit National team for younger participants will be identified as well, and many All-Americans will be named.

“USA Racquetball is excited to bring America’s premier junior racquetball championship to Stockton. We know the city will offer great hospitality for the more than 200 players that we look to bring to town,” said Steve Sczarnecki, Executive Director of USA Racquetball.

Stockton has long had strong ties to the racquetball community and is home to Jose Rojas, #3 ranked racquetball player in world and Dave Ellis, Head Coach of the USA Racquetball National team.

“We look forward to welcoming the players, coaches, and families to Stockton next year. Visit Stockton continues to seek out unique, quality events like the USA Racquetball Junior Olympics to bring to Stockton as these types of championship events help fill hotel rooms, restaurants, and shops, adding to the local economy,”noted Wes Rhea, CEO of Visit Stockton.

For more information on this event, contact Tim Pasisz at Visit Stockton at 209-938-1556 or

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