The summer solstice doesn’t come until June 20, but only a grump or a snow lover would point that out, right?
Anyone who enjoys watching or participating in the most fun outdoor games and events of the year knows summer is on.
Here are a handful of the many unique sporting events to keep in mind as we enjoy some of the nicest days of the year.
Atlantic County Baseball League
The league is bigger than ever in its 131st season —131st!
The season has just gotten going, and the 10 teams will play 27 games each.
Hammonton will try to defend its championship when the playoffs roll around in late July and into August.
Games are held most nights of the week. Other teams: Absecon, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Margate (two), Northfield, Ocean City, Ocean City/Upper Township and Ventnor.
Hammonton won the 2015 title by defeating the Margate Hurricanes.
Hundreds of fans lined the fences for all five games of the series.
Escape the Cape Triathlon
The June 12 event in Cape May is a great event for participants and spectators.
How many races begin with more than 1,700 athletes leaping off a ferry into a bay?
The sprint version of the race consists of a 0.35-mile swim, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run. The international version consists of a 1-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and a 5-mile run.
Ocean City Nor’easters soccer
The men’s team has been a mainstay just off the Boardwalk for years, and Ocean City plans to launch its women's team this summer.
It's high-level amateur soccer — international college-age talent from all over the country and the world competing in the United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League.
Home games at Ocean City High School are set for June 4 vs. Reading United AC, June 11 vs. New England Revolution, June 18 vs. Evergreen FC.
The Nor’easters’ remaining home games will be played at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex: July 1 vs. Lehigh Valley United Sonic, July 3 vs. New York Red Bulls U23, July 8 vs. Baltimore Bohemians, July 10 vs. Jersey Express, July 17 vs. Baltimore Bohemians.
Some of the best athletes in South Jersey are lifeguards, and they compete all summer on Atlantic and Cape May county beaches.
The lifeguards run, row and even simulate rescues by dragging dummies from the ocean to the beach. The competitions, many of which have been community institutions for decades, are held in early evenings — the biggest ones on Fridays — on the beach. Spectators are on top of the action.
And you’ll love the admission price at these family-friendly races: Free.
Red Bull Global Rallycross in A.C.
Looking for something different? The Red Bull Global Rallycross will be held Aug. 27-28 at Bader Field in Atlantic City.
Small production-based cars race on a layout that features dirt, asphalt and table-top jumps. The cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than two seconds.
The course also features a 70-foot jump.
The Atlantic City race is mixed in among stops in much larger cities, such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Phoenix. Tickets ($20 to $80) at redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.