Women's Stickball

Chickasaw Nation Citizen Benefits

Traditional stickball is an important aspect of Chickasaw culture that has evolved over time. The ancient game was an alternative to war, played only by men, but within the last few generations, it has become a co-ed sport with tournaments and women-only teams. In the Chickasaw Nation, the women's stickball team is coached by Ashley Wallace and anyone–regardless of tribal citizen status–can join the team. The only requirement is a desire to learn and play the sport.

The Women's Stickball team currently competes against other Oklahoma teams. Within the next few years, the team’s goal is to compete in Mississippi in the World Series of Stickball. "To be able to step out on that field ... wearing that Chikasha Toli Ihoo jersey and playing alongside my other Chickasaw sisters would be amazing. Just something indescribable," she says. The women's stickball team gives players the opportunity to connect with Chickasaw heritage and culture in a positive, uplifting, and encouraging atmosphere. "Every time we step out on that field, that spiritual connection just grabs a hold of you," Ashley says. Players "want to make sure the game flourishes and keeps progressing," and by participating with the women's stickball team, they're doing just that.

To sign up and learn more about the Chickasaw Nation's women's stickball team, visit www.chickasaw.net.