By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City and Choctaw teamed up this year for a joint youth sports league.
A total of 78 teams participated in the inaugural Choctaw – Midwest City Spring League. The league included boys and girls tee ball, baseball, and softball. Baseball and softball had both coach and kid pitch leagues.
Games were played at Reed Ballpark in Midwest City and Bouse Sports Complex in Choctaw. The Multi-Athletic Complex was used for some games and rainouts.
The season ran from the end of March until the end of May.
There were 14 softball teams with leagues for 5U tee ball, 8U coach pitch and 12U kid pitch. Baseball was divided into eight leagues with 4U – 6U tee ball, 7U-8U coach pitch, and 9U-12U kid pitch.
Champions for the leagues included: Softball: HotMess 2k18 (5U t-ball), Badd Girlz – MWC (8U coach pitch), Revenge (12U kid pitch). Baseball: OK Braves (4U t-ball), Showtime (5U t-ball), Chargers (6U t-ball), OK Cubs (7U coach pitch), Mayhem (8U coach pitch), Warrior Elite (9U kid pitch), Choctaw Royals (10U kid pitch), Sandlot (12U kid pitch).
The partnership boosted competition for local teams and helped jumpstart Midwest City’s dormant youth sports league, said Josh Ryan, parks and recreation director for Midwest City.
“Having Choctaw teams play helped convince some of the Midwest City teams to play,” Ryan said. “It created more confidence and better competition.”
Another key to success was attracting quality officiating, Ryan said.
Ryan said they hope to continue the partnership with a fall youth league. They plan to offer tee-ball, softball, and baseball again.
Midwest City is also partnering with Central Oklahoma Flag Football for youth and adult leagues in the fall. Games will be played on Sundays at the MAC.
For more information about the Choctaw-Midwest City League visit www.midwestcityok.org/parksrec. For information about flag football, visit centraloklahomaflagfootball.com.