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Tradition lives on at 61st Annual OTL Tournament

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Whether you're a spectator or a participant -- thousands of people flooded Fiesta Island Saturday for the annual Over-The-Line Tournament. 

The permit for this weekend's event was up in the air until the last minute but it went on as it always has.

As tradition would have it, the 61st Annual OTL Tournament on Fiesta Island kicked off Saturday with big crowds, competitive games and creative team names.

OTL began as a game made-up by three guys who wanted to kill time while waiting in line for a volleyball court in Mission Beach.

It has since become a popular event which draws thousands of spectators, as well as 1,250 teams from all over the world.

Put on by the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, or OMBAC, OTL is a sport where you score runs by hitting a ball in designated areas.

Organizers say while the tournament has been known for it's crazier past, nowadays, things are different and security is everywhere.

"You know people don't bring their trash here, people are very peaceful. We monitor it. We maintain everything and make sure everyone's happy, everybody has a good time," Jeff Stammen said.

But the tradition almost didn't go on as planned this year.

The city considered banning people from bringing their own alcohol and excluding anyone under the age of 21 from attending.

Then, less than a week ago, Mayor Faulconer announced the tournament was granted a permit without those restrictions.

"You know what, it wouldn't have been OTL if it wasn't BYOB," one woman said.

And the celebrations don't end here, OTL runs through Sunday and next weekend as well.

OMBAC says they donate proceeds from OTL, as well as other events they put on throughout the year to various charitable organizations.

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