Teams compete for a trip to the title game.
Teams compete for a trip to the title game.
The World Series of Stickball heads into its championship weekend on Friday and Saturday.

The Men’s 35-and-over Division finals will be played Friday night at 10:30 p.m. followed by the Women’s Division championship at 11:30 p.m.

The Men’s division championship will be decided Saturday night with a 10:30 p.m. start. All stickball games are played at Choctaw Central’s football stadium.

Bok Cito is the defending Men’s Division champion. Last year, Bok Cito scored in overtime to defeat Pearl River 3-2 in the finals.

The Koni Hata women will be going for their third straight championship after defeating Tiak Hikiya Ohoyo 2-0 last year. Red Clay is the defending champion in the Men’s 35-and-Under division. They defeated Bok Cito in the finals.

There are also two youth division tournaments: the Tulli Okchi Division (ages 14-17) and the Pushmataha Division (ages 10-13). Their championship games will be held Friday with the Pushmataha title game starting at 5 p.m. followed by the Tullie Okchi finals at 6 p.m.

Stickball has been a part of Choctaw life for hundreds of years. It is a very physical game. Stickball is known in Choctaw Indian history as the “little brother of war,” and was once a way for communities to settle disputes.

Stickball will be one of three sports attractions this weekend.

The Iron Warrior competition is a strongman-strongwoman contest. There will be a men’s and women’s division. Qualification rounds will be held Thursday and Friday with the finals set for Saturday. Competitions will include the Farmer’s Carry, Tire Deadlifts, Atlas Stones, Tire Flip, Sandbag Medley, the Yoke Carry, the Tractor Pull and the Sled Push.

There is also the eighth annual Rez Run which starts Saturday at 7 a.m. There is a 10K, a 5K and one-mile run. This run is held on the Native American reservation belonging to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Registration starts at the football field at 6 a.m.

For more information, please go to the Choctaw Indian Fair webpage or check it on Facebook.