Bay Roberts start­ing 35-and-over soft­ball league

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

The sum­mer is the time when peo­ple get out­side ac­tive.

It’s when they go hik­ing, hit the streets for some run­ning and grab their mitts en route to the soft­ball diamond.

To that end, Bay Roberts recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn is in the process of or­ga­niz­ing a 35-an­dover male soft­ball league for res­i­dents in the re­gion. Flynn spent the last 10 years run­ning the over-19 league in Bay Roberts and was look­ing for a change of pace.

The rea­son­ing is to give older play­ers the op­tion to keep play­ing the game at a com­pet­i­tive level, but not have to worry about keep­ing up with the younger ath­letes dot­ting team ros­ters in the town’s over-19 league.

“We wanted to of­fer an­other recre­ational op­tion for peo­ple in the re­gion,” said Flynn.

The soft­ball field at the Wil­bur Sparkes Recre­ation Com­plex is one of the busiest in the re­gion and the planned league just adds to it.

For the ma­jor­ity of the week, it hosts games by the over-19 league and the women’s league, as well as the steady pres­ence of the Bay Roberts mi­nor soft­ball pro­gram.

The plan is to run it for just one night a week — Tues­days — tak­ing a lot of the stress off play­ers can have try­ing to get to more than one game a week.

Chances are when you hit the age of 35, you’ve got a fam­ily and have other obli­ga­tions to get too. That only ratch­ets up in the sum­mer months when the kids are out of school and have a mil­lion things to get too.

Be­ing one of those 35-and-over play­ers with a young fam­ily, Flynn rec­og­nized this.

“It’s noth­ing that’s a huge time com­mit­ment, but it’s some­thing you can look for­ward to ev­ery week,” he said. gloves in a pile and pick teams. This go around will be dif­fer­ent. The plan is to have a draft sys­tem for any play­ers that are in­ter­ested with des­ig­nated cap­tains se­lect­ing their squads.

“Peo­ple still want to know who is on their team, who they’re play­ing against and all of that,” Flynn told The Com­pass last week. “A lot of peo­ple like to have that sense of team.

“It’s meant to be fun, but its go­ing to have that slight com­pet­i­tive­ness to it too. If one team is su­pe­rior to the rest, we’ll turn around and re-draft again.”

So far, the di­rec­tor has ex­pressed some in­ter­est dur­ing ca­sual con­ver­sa­tion. The hope is by get­ting the word out there, he can get a more con­crete sense of in­ter­est and pos­si­ble player num­bers.

“It’s like any­thing. Un­til you get it out there, you don’t know what you have,” said Flynn. “It’s an­other recre­ation pro­gram in our town.”

Any player in­ter­ested can con­tact Flynn via so­cial me­dia or by email at ian­flynn@bay­roberts. com.

It’s meant to be fun, but its go­ing to have that slight com­pet­i­tive­ness to it too. If one team is su­pe­rior to the rest, we’ll turn around and re-draft again. Ian Flynn

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Bay Roberts recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn.

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