Everything You Need to Know About the Beach Ball Classic

Celebrate high school talent and healthy competition at the annual Beach Ball Classic! Every year, 16 teams from across the nation flock to The Grand Strand to compete in one of the most well-respected tournaments in high school basketball. For almost 40 years, this event has been pitting teams from all over the country against each other in the ultimate showdown. Parents, family members, and fans of the sport alike will love the fierce competition and comradery of this exciting event. The nearly week-long competition is the perfect excuse for a post-holiday season vacation to North Myrtle Beach. 

When you’re not cheering from the stands, explore our area with the help of Seaside Vacation’s free Vacation Guide. We want to help you make this getaway a slam dunk! 

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Your Guide to Visiting Our Area During the Beach Ball Classic 

General Information: History, Dates, and Tickets 

The first Beach Ball Classic was held in 1981 and consisted of only eight teams, four of which were in-state. At the time, no one could have predicted that this small competition would become considered the premier high school basketball tournament in the country. Now, the teams are quadruple what they were in 1981 and come from all across the country! There are 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams playing in this year’s game. The tournament will run from December 26 to 31.

Beach Ball Classic tickets can go pretty fast, so make sure you get them soon! The games start the day after Christmas, which means you might still have some family in town. This competition is the perfect way to get some fresh air and get out of the house with any remaining visitors. 

Promoting Greatness in Our Area

More than just encouraging greatness on the court, the Beach Ball Classic also encourages greatness in the classroom. Every year, this organization hands out scholarships to local students who have excelled academically and athletically during their time in high school. The scholarship started in 1984. Over $400,000 have been given to more than 360 area students within that time! Now that’s exercising the mind and body!

Step off of the Court for Even More Fun 

Make the most of your trip to North Myrtle Beach! There are so many fantastic shows and attractions to enjoy during your stay. If you arrive by December 21, you’ll want to check out the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. Tour the gardens amid the soft glow of over one thousand hand-lit candles. Another must-see is The Great Christmas Light Show! Gaze in awe at over 500 decorative holiday light displays while enjoying hot chocolate and marshmallows. This is a great event for anyone traveling to North Myrtle Beach with young kids.

Your Stay With Seaside Vacations Is a Slam Dunk

Before you do anything else, book your accommodations for the Beach Ball Classic with Seaside Vacations. Consider one of our North Myrtle Beach winter rentals for your late-December stay. With 67 Winter Rental options alone, you’re sure to find a rental home that suits your needs. 

If you need help narrowing down the selection, consider using our free Quick Quote tool! Simply fill out the form with the details of your stay and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with three rental properties that we think you’ll love!

Take a look at our rental condos and homes and book today! We look forward to having you.