Center Youth Baseball and the City of Center would like to announce that the 2018 Dixie Regional World Series will be hosted in Center Texas. In mid-October, City Council established a committee to start the process of submitting a bid for the World Series. The bid process for the World Series is somewhat different from that of the normal State Tournaments that are hosted in the summer. The bid itself is not in monetary form but what can a league and their city offer players while they are attending the World Series. Our committee came up with some great ideas and we submitted our bid November 15. At the Texas State Board Meeting on December 3, the bids were reviewed. On December 11, I was able to inform City Council that Center had been designated the host. The Regional World Series is generally played between the States of Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Every four years the Series returns to Texas. The World Series will consist of 40 Teams. There will be 4 divisions with 10 teams per division. Those divisions will include Tball (5-6yr old), 7U Coach Pitch, 9U, and 11U. Center will be allowed to have a Host team in each division to represent our city. This is an exciting time for Center Texas. There will be a great need of community support. We not only want these players and families to enjoy their World Series experience but we want them to remember Center. One important thing I left off of my letter was the date of the tournament. Opening Ceremonies start July 19 and games will run July 20-22.
If anyone is interested in helping, volunteers will be needed for everything from staffing the tournament on site, helping with planned feeding and event activities, to simply being a point of contact for teams/coaches as a host family. We’d love to have your help to make this event an incredible memory for participants but also a great chance to show off our community and businesses.