Over-40 slo-pitch in the works

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass Co­ley’s Point res­i­dent Pierre LeGres­ley will be hold­ing a meet­ing on March 7 at the town hall in Bay Roberts to gauge in­ter­est in es­tab­lish­ing a 40-and-over slo-pitch league.

If you are over the age of 40 and look­ing for a game of non-com­pet­i­tive slo-pitch soft­ball, you might be in luck.

Co­ley’s Point res­i­dent Pierre LeGres­ley is spear­head­ing a move to start a 40-and-over league in Bay Roberts.

The re­tired Moun­tie is gaug­ing the in­ter­est, and could start this sum­mer.

LeGres­ley orig­i­nally played in an over-40 league when he moved to Co­ley’s Point just over a decade ago. That league would be forced to shut down in the mid­dle of June ev­ery year due to the now-de­funct Klondyke Con­cert.

With that con­cert on the side­lines and mi­nor soft­ball see­ing resur­gence in the com­mu­nity, LeGres­ley felt the time was right to look at im­ple­ment­ing a master’s league.

“I thought it would be a good time to bring the league back, if there is enough in­ter­est,” he said.

LeGres­ley, along with the town’s di­rec­tor of recre­ation, Ian Flynn, will be hav­ing a meet­ing ten­ta­tively sched­uled for 7 p.m. on March 13 at the town hall in Bay Roberts.

The or­ga­nizer said it does not mat- ter who shows up to play, whether you have 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence or if it is the first time they’ve picked up a bat and glove.

“All are wel­come,” said LeGres­ley.

All for fun

If there is one type of player LeGres­ley does not want is the ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive player. He wants play­ers who are go­ing to come for a game of ball and to have fun.

“We want to be really non-com­pet­i­tive and purely recre­ational,” said LeGres­ley.

The move, he sees, could help boost num­bers come the sum­mer.

“What would hap­pen is that a lot of peo­ple might not have a whole lot of tal­ent and are in­ter­ested, but if it’s com­pet­i­tive, they’re not go­ing to go,” said LeGres­ley.

To him, the league will be about build­ing friend­ships and “hav­ing a good game of ball.”

“If you’ve never played ball be­fore, come on in and you’ll learn as you play,” said LeGres­ley.

Num­bers ex­pec­ta­tions

LeGres­ley be­lieves there will be “a lot of in­ter­est” in the new league.

He has been speak­ing with var­i­ous se­nior ball play­ers around the com­mu­nity, and has got­ten pos­i­tive feed­back on the pos­si­bil­ity of the league.

Whether enough play­ers that come out is only enough for two teams, there will still be a reg­u­lar game.

“Hopefully, there should be enough for four teams,” said LeGres­ley.

If there are 30-40 play­ers in­ter­ested, the next step would to de­cide how to divvy up play­ers into those four teams.

LeGres­ley said he would like to avoid hav­ing a pre-as­sem­bled team come into the league, which would mean a draft sys­tem could be in the cards.

There is also the op­tion of mix­ing up the teams ev­ery two to three weeks.

“We might not even keep track. If you start keep­ing track of the teams you want to fin­ish in sec­ond place or you want to fin­ish in third place. It’s the same thing if you have play­offs,” said LeGres­ley.

“We’re just go­ing to play soft­ball un­til we de­cide that it’s over, maybe in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber,” he said

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