Ellis-Methvin Park was plenty busy over the weekend with three youth sports tournaments in town.
Florida Premiership’s Showcase League for youth travel soccer clubs kicked off March 23 at the park and last weekend’s action focused entirely on the girls. The action in Plant City highlighted NPL and FPL U15-U19 players hoping to get noticed by college programs and take part in some meaningful game action on two of Ellis-Methvin’s soccer fields. The boys, who played last weekend, and the girls will next play in Clay County on April 13 and 14.
Global Sports Alliance Baseball’s Florida Gulf Coast league play continued at the Sansone and Ellis-Methvin ball fields with perfect weather shining down on the intense hardball action. Last weekend’s slate of games was the last of regular season spring league play and the playoffs for the Rec Advance League, AA and AAA championships will start on April 12.
Make a Play 7v7 made good use of Ellis-Methvin’s football fields over the weekend with a series of tournaments in 14U, 15U and Varsity divisions. In the end it was just one team, 411 Pain, that leave Plant City with all of the trophies and all of the bragging rights after putting together a clean sweep of the divisions.
This style of football, which doesn’t require pads, typically lets skill position players shine brightest as the smaller man count on the field gives athleticism a huge advantage with one-on-one matchups.