Bossier City will host the 2014 Junior Dixie Boys World Series.
Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc., announced Monday that it had unanimously accepted the bid by Bossier Parks and Recreation.
“Bossier Parks along with the local franchised league are valued members of our Dixie program,” J. Sandy Jones, commissioner and CEO of Dixie Boys Baseball, Inc., said in a press release.
“Hosting a Junior Dixie Boys World Series requires a great deal of event coordination. I am convinced that this tournament will be a wonderful experience for everyone involved. It is obvious that the 2014 Junior Dixie Boys World Series has the necessary level of commitment from the local community. We are very appreciative of the invitation to visit and look forward to the event.”
Junior Dixie Boys teams are comprised of 13-year-old players.
The double-elimination tournament is scheduled to begin on Aug. 2, 2014. It will be held at Tinsley Park and Walbrook Park.
The Dixie 13s and 14s state tournaments were held at Tinsley and Walbrook the last two years. They have also hosted many other local and regional tournaments over the years.
“We feel our facilities will provide a great forum for World Series competition,” BPAR director Clay Bohanan said. “Even though this tournament is still approximately two years out, we have already garnered the support of some vital community partners. We are fully committed to providing a great environment for this event.”
Because it’s the host site, Bossier will automatically have a team in the tournament. Champions from 11 southern states will also compete for the title.
The Bossier 13s All-Stars won the state championship last summer and went 1-2 in the World Series in Christiansburg, Va. Sumter, S.C., won the title.
“Our local program has been a mainstay in this community for decades,” said Robert Kyle, president of Bossier Dixie Baseball & Softball, Inc. “We stand ready to partner with Bossier Parks to put on one of the premier World Series events in modern times.”