March 2, 2019
As George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
The Kansas City Metro Senior Softball League is excited to begin its thirtieth season. The League was established in 1980 when a Kansas City area resident, Wes Weddle, read an article about senior softball in the AARP magazine. What began with a handful of men and women gathered around a kitchen table, has steadily grown and now expects over one thousand members, playing in men’s, women’s and co-ed leagues.
Men playing the game, range from mid-thirties to eighties, with the majority over sixty. Ladies playing softball, range in age from forty to over seventy.
Play will begin with the League Tournament to be held on April 13th and 14th at Black Bob Park in Olathe. Conference play will commence the following week at Hartman Sports Complex in Lee’s Summit and a number of other parks across the metropolitan area. The annual All Star Games will also be held at Hartman Park on July 20th.
With a projected nineteen conferences with men’s, women’s, and co-ed games, the League offers both competitive and recreational play for men and women of all ages and skill levels. The number of conferences helps ensure that players can compete in their own age groups. Individuals can round up their friends and form a team, or may sign up individually in draft leagues or selection by competitive teams. In addition to area play, many competitive players and teams successfully contend across the Midwest and at National tournaments
The Senior Softball League encourages people middle-aged and older to get in the game—have fun, get fit, and make new friends. For further information or to register to play, visit the website at kcseniorsoftball.org.