Dig out your bat and dust off your ball glove. It is time for the East Toledo Senior Activities Center’s Senior Softball League to begin.
This recreational league is traditionally open to men aged 50 and over. However, there are two women, one on each league, who play. This year Senior Center Director Mary Wolff is proud to state that 11 teams have signed up, and there is still time to add more.
Wollf says the league began 21 years ago with just a few teams of men who wanted to remain active while having fun. Within two years more teams from Point Place asked to join the league.
“Now we have players from as far north as Ann Arbor and south as Bowling Green. We even have some Senior Olympic wins under our belts,” Wolff said.
Over 40 players have been with the league for 10 years or more with a handful of the original men still playing. And some who no longer are able to play come to the games to watch and visit with former teammates.
The league follows SSUSA softball rules in addition to some modifications that best suit the needs of the players for safety on the field. The modifications are taken from suggestions from the players, in which league commissioners adopt and add to the rules.
Games are played on Monday evenings for the age 58-plus league and on Wednesday evenings for the 50-plus league. All games are played on the Navarre Park ball diamonds located between Woodville Road. and East Broadway just behind the East Toledo Family Center.
“This year we have had a huge response with 77 players registering for our 50 plus league and 69 players registering for our 58 plus league. Registration officially ended March 14th but players are still being accepted,” Wolff said.
“What keeps the players coming back each year? One word, camaraderie. The players do have a respect for one another. Once off the field and up on the hill there are no teams, just friends. Relaxing and enjoying a hot dog or two, talking about the great plays, missed opportunities and ‘blown’ calls of the games,” the director continued.
Anyone aged 50 (by Dec. 31 of this year) who would like to join the league or learn more can call Wolff at 419-691-2254 or visit HTOsports.com/etsacsoftball.