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Over the Line – A True San Diego Sport

Sand, Sun and OTL...a perfect San Diego Combination

“We Never Have Any Fun” is a phrase often linked with OMBAC (Old Mission Beach Athletic Club). However, if you have ever attended the Over the Line tournament, you would know different. The annual Over the Line tournament, held every year on San Diego’s Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, takes place over two weekends following the 4th of July holiday. Unlike other sporting events that take place across the nation, Over the Line (OTL) is a strictly San Diego creation. Compared to other team related sports, OTL radiates the beach atmosphere and attitude by only requiring two three-person teams and a small playing field. It’s the perfect game for a lazy Saturday afternoon on the beach with friends. Based on the game of baseball, the goal is to hit the ball “over the line” to score a hit. The game is quick, only three or four innings long.

Heidi Trent Burnett, Chrisy Schultz, Sara Trent- Charlie Sheen's Sister Wives

I had the opportunity to play on a team this year during the first Saturday of the tournament on July 9th. To be eliminated a team must lose two games. Needless to say, my team lost both of our assigned games but that did not stop us from enjoying the rest of the tournament. Unlike any other sporting event that I have participated in, OTL is one of comradely and good sportsmanship. There is an element of good will and fun that permeates the whole weekend. This may be due to less than serious team names that are encouraged if not required. My team name was “Charlie Sheen’s Sister Wives.” Other names are less than appropriate for this blog. The team names are by far one of the most entertaining aspects of OTL. Every year my friends and I listen and write down the best of the team names to reminisce about later. They range from clever to hilariously inappropriate. Amazingly, the announcer says every name over the loud-speaker without laughing or skipping a beat.

Swinging for the Fences...or just the line!

If you have never experienced OTL, it is a San Diego must. This San Diego institution has taken place since 1953 and has grown every year. Even the beach booze ban was not able to stop it. OTL is one of the few events in San Diego where drinking is allowed on the beach. Unlike other events where alcohol and crowds are often a bad combination, OMBAC maintains a low tolerance for violence. They work closely with the San Diego Police Department to ensure nothing gets out of hand. In the four years that I have attended OTL, I have never seen any violent behavior. The true attitude of San Diego beach communities is represented in the OTL tournament – fun, sun and beer.

The finals of the OTL tournament are taking place this weekend, July 16th and 17th. I encourage anyone who has never experienced it before to come check it out. You will not regret it. Remember, observe the five B’s rule: No Babies, No Bottles, No Bowsers, No Bikes, No Boas. Enjoy!

For additional information, visit OMBAC homepage

Heidi Trent Burnett is a San Diego native and just completed a Master of Arts in History from the University of San Diego. Her master’s thesis is titled “San Diego’s Wilderness: The Changing Landscape of Cleveland National Forest.” Currently, Heidi is working for Bridgepoint Education when she is not practicing for next year’s OTL Tournament.


Cinco to Try This Weekend

San Diego is celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a big way; check out these five weekend fiestas: 

Don't forget to wear your party hat

  1. The 27th Annual Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Old Town State Historic Park.  This FREE event features music and entertainment on five stages, a special kids area, delicious Mexican cuisine (may I please recommend Café Coyote’s handmade tortilla – you can buy them hot of the grill for less than $1 and they are so delicious!) and historical reenactments along the area’s main thoroughfare.  The fiesta takes place from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  2. This weekend, SeaWorld San Diego kicks-off its spring Viva La Música concert series with live performances in Shamu Stadium from award-winning Latin artists.  A variety of performances will take place throughout the day from 9:05 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. followed by special performances from Julieta Venegas (8 p.m. on Saturday) and Flex (8 p.m. on Sunday).  Grove to the music, enjoy delicious food and stay late for the Fiesta Fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.  Viva La Música is included with park admission; however, wristbands are required and are only available on a first-come first-serve basis.  
  3. This Sunday is the Third Avenue Village’s FREE Cinco de Mayo & Quinceaňera Extravaganza in Chula Vista.  From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., over 200 vendors, live entertainment, authentic Mexican food and beverages, arts and crafts, a kid’s zone, rides, fashion shows and salsa dancing contests will take over the city streets. 
  4. This Saturday and Sunday Bazaar del Mundo Shops and Casa Guadalajara Mexican restaurant in Old Town are cooking up a great time with Cino-inspired cuisine and Cincoritas (margaritas in the colors of the Mexican flag).  Additional festivities will include mariachi and folkloric dance performances and arts and craft displays.
  5. Celebrations will also take place this Sunday at the Oceanside Pier Plaza Amphitheatre during the FREE Oceanside Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. The event will feature live entertainment, vendor booths, food booths, music and more from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.