Summer vacation has just started, but blink and you will miss it.

Summer basketball and softball leagues for high school and middle school athletes are under way, several schools are playing in 7-on-7 leagues at various locations and youth baseball and softball are rolling.

A new event this summer is the Rumble on the River, a United States Specialty Sports Association baseball tournament hosted by the City of Miami.

The tournament, for 12U and 8U teams, will be June 10-11 at the youth baseball complex on the east end of George Francis Riverview Park.

A discounted registration fee of $150 is available until June 5, and then the price goes up to $175.

For more information call recreation coordinator Charly Petrek at 918-542-4435 or email

After that is “Eight Man Week,” which leads up to the Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association all-star game on Saturday, June 17 at Red Robertson Field.

A full week of activities are planned for the players, who check in Tuesday, June 13.

An awards banquet, which honors the players and coaches in Oklahoma’s two eight-man classifications, is Friday, June 16 in the Calcagno Family Ballroom at the Carter Student Union on the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M campus.

Rodeo Miami takes on a new look thanks to Mother Nature.

Originally scheduled for May due to flooding at the Miami Fairgrounds, it’s been pushed back to July 3-4 and will be part of the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

Performances — the ACRA’s Rodeo of the Year in every year of its existence — are at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Among the activities on tap are Pink Night and Integris Kids Night on Monday, July 3, then on Tuesday, July 4, the rodeo will add a special military night to honor veterans.

Following the July 4 performance, fans will be able to view the annual fireworks display from the stands.

Tickets are still on sale at participating Westco locations, the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau office (111 North Main) and at the City of Miami utility billing office at City Hall.

Also in July, NEO football will participate in its annual summer session, which includes classwork and workouts.

High school softball practices will begin in mid-July with season openers on Aug. 7 — the same day high school football teams begin practice.

The pace will pick up with the start of football, soccer and volleyball at NEO.

Then its time for pre-season football scrimmages and season openers two weeks later.

After that, we will be asking “where did summer go?”