The Red River Valley has been known as a community that holds family values.
One thing contributing to the cause is the amount of sports-related activities available to a variety of athletes of various ages.
There are also programs for adults to get in on the action. Many of the local sports leagues have completed their sign-ups already, which sets the stage for children and adults to spend their days of nice weather participating in America’s pastime or any other physical activity of desire.
Here are the many opportunities to get active in Lamar County:
Blossom Baseball Association
Blossom Baseball Association teams began their seasons on March 30 and games will continue throughout the spring in T-ball, AA Coach Pitch for 7/8 year olds, AAA Kid Pitch for 9/10 year olds, Ozone Kid Pitch for 11/12 year olds and the Ranger Division for 13/14 year olds. The league has also hosted district tournaments at its fields at 700 Ash Street in Blossom.
Learn more about the league at its Facebook page “Blossom Baseball Association” or visit its website at LeagueLineup.com/BlossomBaseball.
Blossom Dixie Softball
The Blossom Dixie Softball league began its 2018 campaign on March 19 with teams for girls ages 4-18 years old living in or attending the Prairiland School District. The league will host an All-Star Tournament for the Debs (14-18 years old) on June 29. Find out more about the league on its Facebook page “Blossom Dixie Softball.”
Boy's and Girl's Club of the Red River Valley
The Boys and Girls Club organization has been benefiting children of Lamar County for more than 75 years. The club provides children a recreational outlet, and strives to enhance their academic skills in a positive social environment, surrounded by peers and mentors. About 1,800 children participate in activities at the club, which is at 1530 1st St. N.E. in Paris.
This past year, recreational activities held by the club included the March Madness basketball tournament last month, baseball in the summer, 7-on-7 and tackle football programs in the fall as well as basketball and indoor soccer in the winter.
Membership is $15 per year, which pays for after school and summer programs.
For more information, contact 903-784-6360 and follow the Boys and Girls Club page on Facebook at “Boys and Girls Club of Paris.”
There are several high schools in and around Lamar County that have annual camps for multiple sports throughout the summer, including football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and more. Dates, costs and sign-up information for these camps will be featured in the briefs on The Paris News sports page throughout the spring and summer.
City of Paris Softball
The City of Paris sponsors a fastpitch softball league that began games on March 20. The league includes eight teams in three divisions, SweeTees (4-6 years old), Angels X-play (9-10) and Ponytails X-play (11-12). Games are played at the City of Paris Sports Complex behind Love Civic Center as well as at Wise Fields at 638 4th St. S.W. Games will continue through May. The league will host an Angels All-Star tournament on June 23. Schedules and results are posted on the league’s website at parisdixiesoftball.siplay.com.
Girls Softball of Paris
Girls Softball of Paris is a slowpitch league started in 1976 for girls ages 4-18. Games are governed by ASA rules and games are played on the softball fields behind Chisum Middle School. The league was begun by Carl Wade and has been run by Steven Hill and his family since 2005.
For more information, contact the league through its Facebook page at “Girls Softball League of Paris.”
Paris Optimist Baseball
The Paris Optimist Club baseball league, which plays at Woodall Fields within the Charles E. Taylor Sports Complex, held its Super Saturday opening games on March 31. The league has six divisions for nearly 800 players from 3-14 years old, Instructional (3-4 years old), T-Ball (5-6), Coach Pitch (7-8), AAA (9-10), Ozone (11-12) and Ranger (13-14).
Games will continue until May 13 for Instructional and May 19 for all other leagues. League tournaments are May 20 through June 2 with the championship series on June 4-6. Players from these teams get selected to All-Star teams that compete throughout the summer. Paris will host a State Regional tournament for AAA on July 8-10.
The Paris Optimist Club also partners with the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society, which has a Buddy Baseball program that plays its games at Woodall Fields. The Buddy Baseball season began in late March.
For more information, follow the league on its Facebook page “Paris Optimist Club” or visit the league’s webpage at leaguelineup.com/paris.
Paris Soccer Association
Hundreds of children from 4-14 years old participate in the Paris Soccer Association, which plays its games at the Kiwanis Soccer Fields on Collegiate Drive.
The spring season began on March 24 while this past fall season began Sept. 30 with sign-ups around the end of August. The under-6 league is Co-ed while the under-8, under-11 and under-14 leagues have boys and girls teams. Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays in the mornings and afternoons.
For more information, visit the league’s website at parissoccer.com or contact President Joey Bristow at 903-737-5071.
Sports for Adults
There are men’s and co-ed softball leagues run through the city of Paris. While the deadline to participate in the summer league was March 31, the fall deadline is May 31 and the winter deadline is July 30. For more information or to register, call Steve Coker at 903-517-4468.
The 34th Tour de Paris bicycle rally will be July 15. Last year’s event attracted more than 1,100 riders. There will be rest stops every 3-4 miles and breakfast and lunch will be available as well as fruit smoothies and snacks. For more information, visit the Tour’s Facebook page at “Tour de Paris.”
One of Paris’ biggest events is the Archery Shooters Association Southwest Shootout each spring, which is held along the Trail de Paris. The Shootout celebrated its 11th year in 2017 and had more than 1,450 participants.