22 state champion teams from eleven states and two local teams will converge in Bossier City this weekend for the Dixie Boys and Junior Boys World Series.
The series begins Friday night with opening ceremonies at the Centurylink Center.
This premier sporting event will showcase the top 13 and 14 year old boys baseball teams in the South. All games will be played at Tinsley Park in Bossier City beginning on Saturday, August 2nd with the championships taking place on Wednesday, August 6th.
Two local teams, the Bossier Dixie Boys and the Bossier Dixie Junior Boys will both be playing on their home field for the World Series title in each age division.
This year marks the first time that a community has hosted two age divisions of the Dixie Boys and Junior Boys World Series and combining these two championships will bring in more than 1,500 friends and family to the Shreveport-Bossier City area for up to 6 days of competition.
Robert Kyle, the Dixie World Series Tournament Director, along with his committee has been working tirelessly for more than a year preparing for theses championships.
"The City of Bossier and the local Bossier Dixie league are excited about bringing these two championships to our home town and the community support has been overwhelming in helping make this weeklong event a reality. We are using more than a dozen hotels to host the 22 out of town teams and their traveling friends and families. Dixie has the best athletes and families and they will spend the week eating at dozens of area restaurants, attending a variety of attractions as well as shopping at the Louisiana Boardwalk and other retail outlets. It also makes all our efforts worthwhile to know we are providing two of our local teams the chance to compete for it all on their own home fields".
Clay Bohanan, Director for the Bossier Parks and Recreations is thrilled about hosting the Dixie World Series at Tinsley Park. "We are very excited to be partnering with a host of community businesses and the tournament staff on this premier event. Our staff have been grooming the fields and upgrading our facilities to welcome these teams and families from all over the southern United States to Bossier City. The City of Bossier has invested in our fields and facilities to showcase the Bossier City community to the best of our ability and we are ready to play ball".
Dixie Boys Baseball has more than 400,000 players that participate in hundreds of leagues in 11 Southern states annually.