Bay Roberts starting 35-and-over softball league
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
Bay Roberts recreation director Ian Flynn.