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Over-the-line forced to ban anyone underage

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The over-the-line national championship has been a summertime tradition for decades here in San Diego, but new city rules are bringing a big change to this year's tournament.

"No longer will you be able to walk right into OTL. There will be tall fences surrounding the entire 54-acre plot of land where the event's held. You'll have to show your ID, be 21 and older, and you won't be able to bring any alcohol.

The tournament, which touts adult-themed team names, is being forced by the city to impose strict, new rules.

Jeff Johnson is a director of the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, known as OMBAC. The non-profit group, which donates any proceeds to charity, is working to get the word out that things will be drastically different this year.

"It's a 60-year tradition. This is the 61st year. People are used to bringing coolers full of beer, the preferred drink, and what not. "We want to get the message out, it is different. There is no BYOB. Don't show up with beer, you're not going to get in. You'll have to leave it outside or go back to your car," Johnson said.

The entire playing area will be surrounded by 6,000 feet of fencing monitored by security guards. But once inside, you will be able to buy beer.

"We have to sell the beer. We're going to try to make it as affordable as possible," Johnson said.

William Patrick Briley, 71, says he's attended every single OTL since it started in 1961, and is stunned to learn about plans to fence it in.

"Around the whole island? What is this, Alcatraz? This is San Diego," he said.

At least 10 teams with members under the age of 21, will now have to regroup, or pull out.

"That's a bummer. From just a kid who grew up playing OTL, and when I was 18 to be told I couldn't play and I'd have to wait three years, that's not very fair," one resident said.

Organizers say they're hoping to work with the city to come up with a better solution for next year's event. But for now, they have agreed to these changes so OTL can go on as planned next month.

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