Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Starting Senior Softball

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Starting Senior Softball

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Team sports can be just as successful among older adults.

Is there anyone out there who has already established a Senior Softball League? That was a recent question posted from Spring Grove, Penn., on NRPAs listserv, NRPAnet. For information on how to join the discussion, select "NRPAnet" from the right-hand side of NRPA's Web site (www.nrpa.org). Here are some of the responses just in time for the softball season:

You might look at the Web sites of some of the Florida cities. I know when I was in Tampa for NRPA [National Congress and Exposition] that we were touring a park and they had large numbers of seniors playing softball during the day. If I remember correctly, they had leagues for over 60, over 70 and over 80 for both men and women.-Mandeville, La.

New to Schaumburg Park District this year is a 50+ Softball League. It will be Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m., from the end of April through October. Cost is $20 for a resident and $30 for a non-resident.-Schaumburg, Ill.

Check with Tonya Douglas at Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation in Rio Rancho, N.M. They offer a wide variety of softball programs, and would be a good place to start.-Carmel, Ind.

Boise Parks and Recreation Deptartment started up a Senior Softball League about four to five years ago and it has done very well. You may try and contact Bobbi Kay Downand for more information.-Nampa, Idaho

It is probably a good idea to have two leagues-one for the 50 and over group who can still play pretty competitive ball, and one for the over 65 seniors who are somewhat less competitive. The only significant rule change that I recall is that there is an additional base to touch at first and homeplate so as to avoid collisions with the runner. I think the biggest factor that I see is injuries. Most people still think they can do the things they used to do at 20, but the reality is that they cannot. …

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