OPTIMIST JUNIOR BASEBALL
For 63 consecutive years, the Optimist Club of Fort Worth (OCFW) has sponsored a little league baseball program for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. The OCFW is currently affiliated with PONY League Baseball out of Washington, Pennsylvania (www.pony.org). Children 6 to 8 play in the Pinto league, which is a coach pitch league designed to teach fundamentals of the game like hitting and fielding. Children 8 to 10 play in the Mustang league, which introduces the player to pitching and base running skills. Our premier league is the 10 to 12-year-old division known as the Bronco league. Players in the Bronco league mature the skills they have learned in the prior leagues. Games are played at the Arlington Optimist Field and the Altamesa Central YMCA sports facility.
OCFW also sponsors several teams of 13 and 14-year-old boys who play in a neighboring league. The 14U, 12U and 10U leagues have the opportunity to play in post-season All-Star tournaments against other leagues sponsored by the PONY League. In recent years, OCFW teams have performed well in these tournaments, attesting to the level of OCFW league’s competition. Numerous Optimist All-Star teams have advanced to Zone play in Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Zone is the last stop before the PONY World Series.
Teams are formed around elementary school locations, so that the children generally know and bond with their teammates and are close to practice locations.
The schools are generally located on the Southside inner city area. Fees are kept very low by fund raising efforts by the OCFW members. Our main fundraiser for all of our youth projects is the selling of Christmas trees. We have been doing this for 65 consecutive years since 1953 at the FWISD Farrington Football Field parking lot located at University Drive and W. Lancaster
Provides playing opportunities for ages 8 -12.
PROVIDES PLAYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AGES 8 TO 14.