Leagues gearing up for city’s Fall sports
Sports-minded youngsters in the Monticello area have plenty to do this fall. Besides cheering for the Billies, Pirates, Boll Weevils, Razorbacks or whichever team suits their fancy, they can also play.
The Monticello Cal Ripken Baseball League, the Monticello Youth Soccer Association, the Monticello Junior Football League, the Drew Central Pee Wee Football League and the Monticello Baseball Association are all planning fall leagues. Registration for all the leagues is now underway or will soon be.
Actually, Cal Ripken Baseball has asked their participants to be registered by today but players and parents may visit www.monticellocalripken.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about late registration.
The league is for players 5 to 12 years old, and will be instructional and developmental in nature. Games will be played but the focus will be on learning the game and developing baseball skills. Players will be put in groups based on the age at which players will participate next spring.
The league is open to any player in South Arkansas and players not from Monticello will be grouped with other players from their respective towns. All players must register, even out-of-town players.
Games will be played at the Monticello Sports Complex on Highway 278 West on Tuesdays and Thursdays during September and October. Whole teams from outside Monticello are welcomed.
Registration for MJFL pee wee football is available on the league’s website now—www.monticellopeeweefootball.com. The registration fee is $100 per player and all participants are encouraged to register through the website.
There will again be a flag football division for first and second graders, and two tackle football divisions—one for third and fourth graders and the other for fixth and sixth graders. Last year, there were six teams playing flag football and four each in the tackle football divisions.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, there will be a players meeting from 9 a.m. until noon at Hyatt Field in McCloy Park for participants to be weighed and fitted for equipment. There will be registration forms available at that meeting for those who wish to participate, but did not register online.
The draft will begin at 1 p.m. on Aug. 24 at Ryburn Ford and all coaches (or their representatives) are encouraged to be present. Games will start Saturday, Sept. 21. The schedule with times and locations of games will be announced on the website after registration and the draft are completed.
For more information about MJFL, visit the website, contact any of the active board members (listed on the website) by email or follow the league on Twitter, @MontpeeweeFB.
Drtew Central’s pee wee football league will hold its registration from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the multi-purpose gymnasium on the Drew Central campus. There will be tackle football divisions for third and fourth graders, and fifth and sixth graders. Games will start Saturday, Sept. 14 and teams will travel throughout Southeast Arkansas. For more information on the DCPWFL, contact Gary Lucas at 870-723-2467.
Another league currently registering players in the MBA. Last spring, all three All-Star teams won USSSA Baseball Arkansas state championships and the league hopes to build on that success this fall. The league is for players ages 12 to 15 because the 12-year-olds will be moving up from Cal Ripken Baseball next spring.
Registration forms can be obtained at Ryburn Ford or by calling Bill Evans at 870-723-2630. Games will start Tuesday, Sept. 10. The league will play games at Burlington Field each Tuesday until Oct. 29. Registration will be open until Friday, Aug. 23.
The soccer league, which held early registration July 27, will hold its regular registration from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. both this Saturday and Saturday, Aug. 24. Both registrations will take place at the pavilion in McCloy Park. Cost is $50 per player or $125 for a sibling group of three or more.
The MYSA is hopeful of filling out seven divisions this fall, from age 3 to age 18. The youngest players will play 3 on 3, the U6 division 4 on 4, the U8 division 5 on 5, the U10 division 7 on 7, the U12 division 8 on 9, the U14 division 9 on 9 and, if enough players sign up for it, the U18 division 11 on 11.
Games will be played at the Monticello Sports Complex and will begin on Saturday, Sept. 14. Games will be played on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays in September and October. The team drafts will be held Aug. 24-27 and the teams that have been drafted can begin practicing on Monday, Aug. 26. A season-ending tournament in all division is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.
For more information about MYSA, interested parties can contact board members Jimmy Cason at 205-269-9812, Andrea Chambers at 870-723-0170 or Stephanie Hill at 870-723-5375.