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Mid-Atlantic Broomball and World Ninja League on tap this weekend


Erie, Pa:  Non-traditional sports take center stage this weekend and the Erie Sports Commission will host the 2023 Mid-Atlantic Broomball Tournament at LECOM Sports Park and a World Ninja League Season 9 Regional Qualifier at Sinai Sports.

The Pittsburgh Broomball Club will welcome a dozen teams to Erie to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Broomball Tournament at LECOM Sports Park on Saturday and Sunday. More than 130 players on teams from as far away as Florida and Nebraska will compete in the annual event that first took place in Erie in November 2019.

“We always look forward to traveling up to Erie to host this tournament,” said Tyler McGuigan, a member of the Pittsburgh Broomball Club board of directors. “Our teams and players always report having a great experience in Erie, and we expect this year to be no different.”

Broomball is a winter sport played on ice with rules similar to hockey that incorporates soccer strategies. It is played on a hockey rink with two teams aiming to score the most goals. Players use a stick with a molded head to maneuver a ball up and down the ice to score goals. Instead of skates, players wear spongy-soled shoes to gain traction.

Preliminary round games will run from 8 a.m. until midnight on Saturday. Playoff action starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday with championship games taking place at noon (Women’s), 1 p.m. (Group B) and 2 p.m. (Group A).

The World Ninja League is an elite series of ninja competitions held throughout the country, and Sinai Sports will host a regional qualifier Saturday and Sunday for more than 150 athletes in eight divisions ranging from Kids (6-8) to Masters (40+). Competition will kick off Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Waves resume on Sunday running from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We have always welcomed the non-traditional sports and the 100’s of athletes that pursue them with open arms,” said Mark Jeanneret, executive director of the Erie Sports Commission. “This weekend is another example of the diversity that Erie venues provide and the sporting competitions they can host on any given weekend.”