50 & Over Softball League

50 & Over Softball League

By Troy DeCook, Rockford Park District

Are you tired of waiting for it to be the Chicago Cubs’ year? Then come on out and get on the softball diamond.

Nationally, senior softball leagues and tournaments are the fastest growing segment of slow-pitch softball. The Rockford Park District 50 and Older League was started in 2002 with the primary goal to promote softball and improve the physical, mental and spiritual wellness of seniors in Rockford and surrounding communities who enjoy fun, fitness and fellowship.

The league is open to everyone older than 50 years (by Dec. 31, 2003) and provides an excellent avenue for exercise and friendly competition.

Registration for the league will continue by mail or at the Sinnissippi Park office, 1401 N. Second St. Registration for the Wednesday night recreational league is by individual only, at $50 per player ($35 discounted resident rate).

The action begins April 23 as league play starts at Sportscore One, 100 Elmwood Road, in northwest Rockford.

Many of the participants from last year shared their views. Don Peck said, “I enjoyed the league a lot, the association with people the same age, and it’s not overly competitive.”

Del Bardell said, “I enjoyed going out after the game to different restaurants with teammates, and that the league is not deadly serious.”

Bob Harter of Belvidere, who unfortunately may not be able to play this year, offered some advic:. “Sign up, it’s fun, and you will have a great time. I did.”

What do other former participants look forward to? “I enjoy getting together with people near my age, it’s good exercise and a lot of fun,” said Don Lundine. “I anticipate this year to get my competitive juices going again and also look forward to more teams being involved.”

For a registration form or more information: 987-8800 (TTY, 963-DEAF). For disability support: 987-1600 (voice/TTY).

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