South Windsor Rec. Dept. offers adult sports leagues

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Jul. 14, 2011
Andy Hildebrand pitches for the South Windsor Fire Department softball team, which plays weeknights at Rye Street Park. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Andy Hildebrand pitches for the South Windsor Fire Department softball team, which plays weeknights at Rye Street Park. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The South Windsor Recreation Department’s adult softball league is taking to the fields this summer with 19 teams in three divisions. “It’s the first year we’ve ever done three divisions,” said Recreation Supervisor Patrick Telman. 

The A division is highly competitive, with the B and C division teams less so. “A lot of our softball teams play in two or three leagues,” noted Telman.

“We play under American Softball Association Rules,” said Telman, “technically under men’s league rules, although women are welcome to play.” The 14-game season started in mid-May and will enter into play-offs in August. The teams are organized by businesses, churches and other organizations, or simply a group of friends.  Individuals are often able to join teams if they register at the pre-season meeting in mid-March. Games are played weeknights at the Rye Street Park, beginning at 6 p.m.

The Rec. Department also organizes adult volleyball and basketball leagues for men and women. The pre-season meetings for those programs are in September, and seasons begin in October and November, respectively. Again, individuals are encouraged to come to the pre-season meeting in order to be assigned to a team.

The basketball program offers two leagues for men: 18-29 years old and over 30 years old; and one league for women. The leagues practice on Sunday nights. The original league was the over-30 men’s league. The 18-29 league for men was started approximately six years ago. The newest program is the women’s league, which has quickly grown to include 10 teams.

“Volleyball is a thriving program,” said Telman. “It’s bigger than basketball.” There are typically 18 men’s and 18 women’s volleyball teams, which are split into two leagues, and the teams meet Tuesdays and Thursdays. Telman noted that the adult teams are great for people new to the community, who are looking for activities to meet other adults.

For more information about the adult programs, visit the website recreation.southwindsor.org and click on “Adult Leagues.”


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