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www.sportseventsmagazine.com January 2017 7 t SPORTS Talk Venues Portland Breaks Ground on $17.9 Million Complex PORTLAND, TX — Portland Mayor David Krebs officiated the ground breaking for the city's new $17.9 million multi-use sports complex in Municipal Park in December, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. "It means everything to us. When it was presented to us for the first time, it went beyond all my expectations," Krebs said. "It shows that we're concerned about the youth in Portland. This is a family community — we're building homes and families." A football field, multiple softball/baseball fields, batting cages, a grassy practice area, several covered areas and bleachers, a concession area and a splash pad with a playground will be built in the next several months. The fields can be used for multiple sports depending on the time of year. It should be ready for the Fall 2017 football season. Youth Little League Requires Mandatory Criminal Background Checks WILLIAMSPORT, PA — Start- ing in 2017, Little League re- quires that a local league within the United States must conduct a nationwide background check utilizing First Advantage or another provider that is com- parable to First Advantage in accessing sex offender registry data and other criminal records. Each year, Little League International provides each local league located within the United States 125 free criminal background checks adminis- tered through First Advantage. Local leagues located outside the United States must conduct comprehensive criminal background checks, including checks in the relevant country, as well as that country's prov- inces/states and municipalities, unless otherwise prohibited by the laws of the country in which the local league is located. No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner whose background check reveals a conviction, guilty plea, no-contest plea or admission to any crime involving or against a minor or minors. All local leagues must take into consideration criminal records when making the deter- mination whether the individual is unfit to participate in any manner in the League. Events USA Softball Creates All-American Games OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Gov- erning Body of Softball in the United States, announced the creation of the USA Softball All-American Games, a presti- gious tournament to be held at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEG- RIS Field August 18-20, 2017. Held at the "Softball Capital of the World" in Oklahoma City, the USA Softball All-American Games provide national exposure to elite athletes in the 12-Under Junior Olympic (JO) fast pitch division and will highlight the top competitors from across the country. "The USA Softball JO Commissioners are very excited to host an event that showcases 360 of the best 12-under players from around the country," said USA Softball of Southern Cali- fornia JO Commissioner Kristi Allen. "We are excited to give these athletes the opportunity to play at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex representing USA Softball." With teams selected from the 10 USA Softball Regions, a total of 24 teams from across the U.S. will compete in the USA Softball All-American games. Each region can select up to two teams to represent their region at the USA Soft- ball All-American Games and each team will consist of 15 athletes and two coaches. ► FORSYTH COUNTY — Cricket enthusiasts in the Atlanta metro area will soon have a place to gather when the Atlanta Cricket Fields open this spring. Officials broke ground for the fields in October and expect completion of the project in March with an opening in April. The complex will consist of seven cricket grounds built to international standards in terms of cricket pitch, grounds maintenance and facilities that will include a 10,000-square- foot clubhouse with dressing rooms, a concession stand and an event hall for social, cultural and corporate events. There will also be a one-mile jogging track. "The first decision in starting our cricket fields was choos- ing the location," owner Sumanth Yellanki said. "Metro Atlanta has been lately drawing diversified people and companies due to which Atlanta, along with Dallas, became one of the major relovilles (places where people relocate) for the crick- et-loving people. Forsyth County is a very favorable location for our cricket fields due to the increasing diversity of the Forsyth community. "Keith Bridge Road is less than 50 miles from downtown Atlanta and many of the cricket players in Georgia live in the surrounding suburbs. The increased proximity will allow cricket players to commute easily to the fields. Along with the proximity, the growing diversity calls for a cricket field. Players of different nationalities wanting to play cricket can now play on official cricket fields." n Atlanta Cricket Fields Aim For Spring Opening