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50-Plus Softball League seeking additional players; summer/fall season set to begin Sept. 4

July 27, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

For those who may have hung up their cleats and stored the old mitt away, Cape Coral may have just the league that could find you blowing the dust off your spikes and breaking in that glove again.

The 50-Plus Softball League In Cape Coral Inc. is looking for players to take the field in the upcoming summer/fall season.

"Our league is comprised of men and women who enjoy the sport of softball," said Jennifer Ford, secretary for the league. "Many longtime friendships have been made through joining the league. It is a venue for making friends while enjoying the competitiveness of a non-contact sport."

The organization has been taking the field for over 30 years and holds three different seasons across the calendar; winter/spring, summer/fall and spring/summer.

It started as a pickup game in Fort Myers and migrated to Cape Coral in the early '80s where it remains alive and well today.

The upcoming summer/fall season begins on Sept. 4 with games taking place Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Game times are 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Cape Coral Sports Complex.

The season is slated for 30 games, ending on Dec. 18 with a $70 registration fee.

"We have some pretty amazing athletes, some as 'mature' in life as 80+ years old and who are a force to be reckoned with," praised Ford. "We also have some pretty amazing women, who present some stiff competition to the men. The rest of our members come from all walks of life, from all areas of the country and are very great people to know."

All new members must attend at least one practice prior to the first game to be considered for the draft.

Practices begin at 5 p.m. before Tuesday and Thursday games, as well as 9 a.m. Saturday mornings at Strausser BMX

Sports Complex.

"The 50-Plus Softball League of Cape Coral strives to promote the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our members," the league mission statement reads.

Ford said the league is "fun, for exercise, making friends and to maintain vitality in their lives."

She added that those who join can expect "competitiveness, better health and more enjoyment out of life."

District 2 Cape Coral City Councilmember John Carioscia has been playing in the league for the past 10 years and said if he could sum up the league in one word, it would be "camaraderie."

He decided to give the diamond a try because he was looking for something other than golf or fishing to occupy his spare time.

What he likes the most about the league is reiterating Ford's comments about players being from all walks of life and from all different parts of the country.

"It's just awesome," Carioscia said of the diversity in the league. "It's great to meet people from all over. It also helps keep you in shape."

When asked why people should join the league, he replied, "It gives you something to do. As you get older, you've got to get off that couch and away from the TV and get outside."

Carioscia noted the condition of the fields, maintained by the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Depart-ment, are top notch and make it that much more fun to play twice a week.

Deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 24.

To register or to obtain more information about the league, contact Ford at 239-292-2923.

Connect with this reporter on Twitter: @haddad_cj



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