The sixth annual Lil Custom youth softball tournament is slated for this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with 50 teams in 10 divisions scheduled to compete.
Play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the final games scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tournament co-director Roger Jackson said the field is considerably larger than a year ago. There are 29 girls teams and 21 boys squads in age divisions ranging from 8-and-under to a senior division on the girls side and a 16-and-under division for the boys.
“Last year I think we had something like 31 or 35 teams,” Jackson said. “This is by far the biggest one we’ve ever had.”
Four divisions are playing with a three-game guarantee, Jackson said, while the other six are either round-robin or double-round-robin.
Jackson said the Clovis Girls Athletic Association has given the event a boost.
“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “The biggest thing I can say about it is the CGAA has built their program up, and now they’ve added a boys program.”
The field includes 17 out-of-town teams, also up from past year, from as far away as Amarillo, Lubbock, Hobbs, Tucumcari and Alamogordo.