Steamboat’s “Less Known” Summer Sports Trio

July 16th, 2014

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Steamboat is well-known for many things - skiing, biking, horseback riding, to name a few - and for good reason. It’s Sam Paine Powder, epic biking trails, and beautiful valley ranches are unrivaled.  But other sports fans love Steamboat, too, and that’s why they choose to host their state/national events right here in beautiful Steamboat Springs, including baseball, soccer, and a local favorite, rugby.

Triple Crown Baseball World Series
2014 marks the 19th year of the Triple Crown Baseball World Series. Teams from around the United States converge in one of America’s most beautiful locations for their “world series.” Parents/fans will enjoy watching World Series games and will have the opportunity to take advantage of all the activities the Yampa Valley has to offer. Cool morning and evening temperatures (bring your sleeves and pullovers!), breath-taking scenery, high-quality resort lodging, and an abundance of mountain shops, eateries, and activities…you won’t find a better place to play a Baseball World Series.

Growing from 45-teams in 1995, the Triple Crown Baseball World Series has averaged over 200 teams annually over the last 19 years.

179416_origSteamboat Rugby: CowPie Classic
Every Year, Steamboat is host to the Cowpie Classic Rugby Tournament. Teams from all over the state and nation come to Steamboat for an epic weekend of fun, excitement, and glory!

1973 was the first Steamboat Springs hosted a tournament, the SSRFC Invitational. The tourney was such a success it was agreed that a tournament would be held in Steamboat every year. The tournament was renamed the CowPie starting in 1974 because rodeo livestock got on the field the Saturday night of the 1973 tournament and left their calling cards.  The ruggers were called to duty and had to shovel it off Sunday morning. There has been a tournament in Steamboat every year since the inaugural one in 1973. This is the 40th anniversary of the CowPie Tournament. Every year more and more teams come down, adding to the fun and excitement. A big adage to the tournament this year is the women’s bracket, headlined by the Steamboat Charging Heffers Women’s RFC. In tradition, there is only one CowPie awarded. That trophy goes to the champions of the open division, and probably the best rugby club in the tournament.

97_high_school_fieldMountain Soccer Tournament
This year (July 17-20) marks the 30th Annual Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament (SMST).

SMST is well known for the fun, competitive atmosphere of their matches, as well as the majestic setting in the cool mountain air, great activities for all ages and a welcoming, friendly community that makes Steamboat Springs one of the premier family resort destinations in the country year round! The philosophy is to promote an atmosphere of good sportsmanship, where teams can compete, learn, and enjoy the game of soccer. SMST is structured to offer fair competition within the Competitive (Silver) division, hosting up to 140 teams from all over Colorado, and teams from UT, CA, IA, MO, TX, and GA, just to name a few.  With Seven field complexes across Steamboat Springs, CO, this Invitational Tournament provides two divisions, for each age group (U10-U19 Competitive and Recreational teams), and creates a fun and competitive atmosphere for all teams of all levels that attend.

The weekend is highlighted by a highly attended Coaches’ game Friday night, SOCCERFEST party Saturday night, and awards ceremony Sunday afternoon.

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