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Competition, Friendship, Fun
Dec. 1, 2013In Senior Softball, we celebrate camaraderie not only within teams – but between teams. The best part of the sport, for many, is that it leads to close bonds of friendships on and off the field.
The scene at many Senior tournaments resembles a family reunion.
Certainly tough competition on the field is still there – and there are still arguments over calls in the heat of the game. But, except in rare cases, that is as far as it goes because there is an underlying respect for the sport and for each other.
Unfortunately, there has been a culture change among some younger-age adult softball teams that embrace base intimidation tactics, foul language and disrespect.
Although clearly in a minority, these few teams and players have driven families from the stands and players from the sport.
Tournament directors who have allowed these teams to play say they are afraid to lose teams at their tournaments.
In Senior Softball, we vehemently disagree.
Senior Softball will not allow a few individuals on a few teams – who evidently believe their athletic ability is a license for shameful behavior – to ruin senior tournaments or our sport.
The 40 Masters program is the fastest growing segment of Senior Softball – and most of those teams and players like to play Senior Softball because they can enjoy stiff competition without having to deal with foul language and tactics of intimidation.
We welcome those new players and teams and promise to do our best to ensure the game remains fun, active and competitive – and filled with good sportsmanship, opportunities to build friendships – and a place players can bring their families.