Playing's The Thing: Amateurs Generate Big Money, Too
Baltimore, MD - In this day and age, it’s hard to start a conversation that concerns professional sports without quickly hearing a comment (or three) about the loads of cash that professional athletes make, often with a jealous or indignant overtone or undercurrent.
True, professional sports and money go together like bread ’n butter.
But, guess what? While amateur athletes often dream about making the pros — and making that big-time cash that usually goes with that accomplishment — that kid’s soccer tournament that’s going on down the road from your residence is probably quite the economic generator in its own right.
Elite Tournaments Gains Four New Events through Sports Concepts Partnership
Columbia, MD –
Elite Tournaments proudly announces that it will be partnering to
manage the 2014-2015 APC Premier Cup Tournament Series. Over the past
few years, the APC Premier Cup powerhouse series has grown from a
relatively small event, to four major tournaments spanning multiple
weekends throughout the year.
We asked Mike Libber, president and owner of Elite Tournaments, to give us his favorite soccer venues for tournaments. As an added bonus, he also included five underrated venues. Agree? Disagree? Let us know (so we can tell Mike what he got wrong).
Elite Tournaments plans more than 50 events annually across the country, but for a lucky few, the international scene will be in play. They’ve teamed up with Tottenham Hostpur, an English Premier League team, to bring 32 youth players to the London club’s home turf to take part in a residential program.
Connect Sports spoke with Megan Ditchman, Elite Tournaments’ marketing
manager about her thoughts on the current state of sponsorships for
youth events. Elite Tournaments is a for-profit company based in
Baltimore, running more than 50 events each year.
Baltimore, MD - The sports related travel market is a $182-plus billion U.S. industry annually. It generates use of more than 47 million hotel rooms annually. And, most notably, in the U.S., 27% of all travel is sports related.......
Mt. Airy-based Elite Tournaments, which hosts and manages sports tournaments throughout the state as well as nationally, is one of those groups growing and expanding throughout the region and across the U.S.
This past Memorial Day, one of its keystone events — the Columbia Invitational soccer tournament — grew by well over 80%, from 325 teams to 600 teams, and had to turn away close to 100 teams due to field limitations.
Airy, MD –Following last year’s success with the Twin City College Showcase, further negotiation took place between Elite Tournaments and Twin City Youth Soccer Association, resulting in a new agreement that includes all four existing Twin City Soccer events. Elite Tournaments was very impressed with the quality of the club and the facilities that they encountered when doing business with Twin City.
The Columbia Foundation and Family of Amanda Post just awarded the third annual Scholarship Winner
The Amanda Post “AmandaWins” River Hill
High School Student-Athlete Scholarship and The Amanda Post “AmandaWins” Soccer
Association of Columbia/Howard County Student-Athlete Scholarship were created
by Amanda’s family, friends, teammates and classmates based on how Amanda would
want her memory perpetuated and focusing on that for which she was so passionate…excellence in academics and athletics, and being part of the RHHS and SAC
communities. Each scholarship is awarded annually to help defray tuition/room
& board/expenses for the recipient’s freshman year of college.
Elite Tournaments Director of Officials, Mohammad Samadpour Named US Development Academy Referee of the Week.
May 24, 2012 - Mohammad
Samadpour earns Referee of the Week honors for his performance during
this past weekend’s U-17/18 match between Baltimore Bays Chelsea and
Match Fit Chelsea. Samadpour had worked 16 Development Academy matches.
The Maryland-based referee has also previously worked United Soccer
Airy, MD – Maryland based sports management company, Elite Tournaments
is proud to once again announce a new event within the state. This time they
will be teaming up with two large entities in the area to create a monumental
partnership and to deliver an original small sided event. In addition, Elite
Tournaments will take over management of the McDonogh/Pipeline Futsal
Tournament, now in its 3rd year, which will be held this December.
Coast to Coast Expansion for Elite Tournaments and the NSCAA
Mount Airy, MD -
Elite Tournaments announced today the next step in its ground breaking partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA.) The NSCAA College Showcase- Northwest event will be the fourth showcase to debut and will take place July 27- 29, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington.
WAGS Annual Tournament Joins NSCAA Showcase Series
Reisterstown, Md. – The Washington Area Girls Soccer League is proud to
announce that its annual showcase event, the WAGS Rael Vodicka Memorial
Tournament, will join the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s showcase series starting in 2012.
Elite's very own Mike Libber was interviewed for SportsEvents Magazine
One of the biggest challenges facing elite athletes today is opportunity, according to Michael Libber, president of Elite Tournaments, which organizes elite-level soccer tournaments from U9-U19 players in the Mid-Atlantic region, Florida, Louisiana, and Kansas. “The biggest challenge these players have is to be seen. Timing is everything,” he said. Turn to page 36 to read more+
Big soccer tourney translates into big dollars for Howard County
By Rachel Bernstein Daily Record Business Writer
Covenant Park in Ellicott City is one of the six venues playing host to games in the tournament
Starting Friday, a youth soccer tournament will invade Columbia for the holiday weekend and bring in money for the area’s hotels and restaurants.
The 36th annual Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament will host 462 teams, bringing about 6,200 hotel room nights to the area’s lodging industry and untold dollars to restaurants and other attractions.
“We’re looking forward to this weekend,” said Alicia Smith, director of sales for Staybridge Suites in Columbia. The 118-room hotel is sold out this weekend, and all 22 rooms it has set aside for families and children playing in the tournament are booked. Smith said she’s been working with tournament organizers for the past four years she’s been with the hotel, and the number of families has grown over the years.
“There has definitely been more demand over time,” Smith said.
The tournament will bring in teams from 18 states and Canada, from the under-9 age group to the under-19s. More than 275 college coaches will visit during the weekend to scout out the young talent, tournament organizers said. Read more+
Weekend Wrap Up: Columbia Invitational
Another successful year of the Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament
wrapped up in and around Columbia yesterday. Thousands of soccer
players and their families invaded the friendly confines of Howard
County this past weekend for one of the premier soccer tournaments in
the country put on by Maryland’s own Elite Tournaments.
The tournament hosted 462 teams from 18 different states and Canada
over the course of the four-day tournament, and OSM stopped by to check
out the games and festivities. Read more+
Elite Tournaments’ Role in the Growth of Soccer in Maryland
By: Margaret Perry for MDBizMedia
Maryland-based Elite Tournaments will be running a youth soccer
tournament in Columbia this weekend, which is expected to bring in close
to $4 million in revenue for Howard County.
The Mt. Airy based company, which recently announced a partnership
with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), hosts
and manages sports tournaments both in Maryland and across the nation.
This summer and into next fall, Elite Tournaments will host 10 soccer
tournaments throughout the state of Maryland for a variety of age
groups ranging from U-9 to U-19. The first of these tournaments will be
held in Columbia over Memorial Day Weekend. The games will be held at
six different locations including fields in Howard County, Montgomery
County, Anne Arundel County, and at UMBC in Baltimore. Read more+
Elite Soccer Tournaments Teams Up With NSCAA
By Eric Slack
Question: What is one of the most important concerns for U15-plus club
coaches when looking at what tournaments to attend?
coach attendance. One recent announcement aims to solve that concern and
then some. Back in May, Elite Tournaments and the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) teamed up on a three-year
partnership to hold a series of elite showcase tournaments and coaching
education events across the country.
Elite Tournaments got its start in 2000 as a fundraiser for 10 teams.
Since that time, it has organized more than 130 youth soccer events for
nine different clubs, colleges and international and professional
organizations. In 2010, it ran 16 tournaments over 18 weekends across
the Mid-Atlantic region and in Louisiana, New Jersey and Bermuda. Read more+
UMBC Soccer Complex Renamed Elite Tournaments Field at UMBC Soccer Stadium
Catonsville, MD -UMBC’s
soccer complex has been renamed Elite Tournaments Field at UMBC Soccer
Stadium, it was announced today jointly by Director of Athletics Dr.
Charles Brown and Elite Tournaments’ Founder and President Mike Libber.
MARYLAND-BASED COMPANY PROUD TO AFFILIATE WITH TOP COACHING ORGANIZATION
Mount Airy, Md. - Elite Tournaments has signed a groundbreaking new partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to stage elite showcase tournaments and coaching education events across the United States.
The three-year deal brings the Maryland-based company's event management skills to new markets while helping NSCAA, the largest soccer coaches’ organization in the world, further extend its coaching education efforts throughout the country......
When Michael Libber was 24 years old, he took a risk. He wanted the Baltimore Bays U12 soccer team he was coaching to attend a state tournament, but he knew that the entry fee was expensive. In order to help his players pay for the costs, Libber organized a mini-tournament for local U12 teams as a fundraiser..............
Columbia Invitational: Where Tradition Meets Progression
There is a reason why Sports Illustrated, upon visiting The Annual Columbia Invitational, said that Columbia “arguably is the heartland of U.S. soccer.” This is because the Memorial Day weekend soccer tournament, now in its 35th year, is as elite and traditional as they come. The tournament, which is only days away, will be bringing in close to 500 teams from 22 states, not to mention 6 clubs from Canada......
Attracting Fans and Participants in a Down Economy
By: Angela Standish
You hear it everywhere you go these days. At the sporting goods store, ballparks, arenas and concession stands. You can’t turn on the television or radio without commentators hashing over it, or sit down with a newspaper without it glaring back at you........................
Every Memorial Day weekend, nearly 9,000 young athletes hit the soccer fields in Howard and Montgomery counties primed for competition. They travel from locations in Maryland and neighboring states for the Columbia Invitational Memorial Day tournament — with coaches, parents, grandparents, friends and siblings generating significant business for local restaurants, shops and hotels........................
In the world of youth sports, athletes and their families frequently deal with disorganized or poorly run events.
But as 63 youth soccer teams converged on the Hagerstown Soccer Club on Saturday for the Mason Dixon Cup, tournament organizer Mike Libber can proudly say that his event is different...................
Columbia Invitational tournament gets bigger and better every year
By Stan Ber
Just when I think that the Columbia Invitational Soccer Tournament may have peaked in terms of the number of teams that come here to play, I discover that there is apparently some room to grow. The 31st version of the tournament concluded May 28 and the 370 teams that came to play represented the largest turnout in the tournament's long history. Those teams came from 22 states and Canada and brought in nearly 20,000 people and an estimated $1.5 million for local merchants, according to figures provided to me by first-year tournament director, 31-year-old Mike Libber.............................................
In the summer of 1978, I was approached by the Catonsville Recreation Council with a request to help start its inaugural in-house soccer program. Areas like Columbia, Fallston and Edmondson Heights were gaining strength in developing youth programs to catch up with the traditional local programs like Highlandtown, Locust Point and Dundalk....................................
Should Your Club Hire a Soccer Tournament Management Company?
Have you ever thought of hiring a professional soccer tournament management company? Perhaps you want to put on a tournament but you don’t know where to start? Your head is full of unanswered questions about fields, sponsors, publicity, scheduling, referees, trophies, hotels, t-shirts, portable bathrooms and weather forecasts. Meanwhile, you have a day job and a family and a lawn that won’t mow itself.......................................
Then head over to Frederick, Md., and join the latest dodgeball league.
Dodgeball has been making a huge comeback across the nation following the 2004 movie "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." On most weekends, you will find dodgeball games taking place on The National Mall in Washington, D.C. So Frederick decided to join the fun with a new co-ed dodgeball program. The league is for locals 21 and older to participate in recreational sports.......