With area youth spring and summer softball leagues having coßme to a close and adult leagues working on finishing up the season, the time has come to start focusing on future plans for the state of softball in Bradley County.
District ASA Commissioner Rita Hannah has seen a slight decline in numbers, despite having some 35 youth and adult league teams this spring and summer.
“People have so many things to do anymore, they don’t go out and play softball like they used to,” Hannah stated.
Hannah’s focus for the near future will turn to possible district tournaments in mid-July and state tournaments which happen during the first week of August. Fall league softball, which includes co-ed ball, gets underway at the beginning of September.
“The fall league isn’t quite as big, but with our coeds coming along we could end up 25 to 30 teams playing in the fall league,” Hannah commented.
One idea currently being considered is the possibility of opening up both the spring and summer leagues to coed play.
“Since the numbers are down we’re thinking about trying to pick a certain night and seeing if we could do some coed games in the spring and summer too,” the District ASA Commissioner explained. “I think it would be workable to pick a night, because this year we didn’t play any games on Wednesday nights. I got to thinking about it and thought that we could offer coed in the spring and summer. That is something that we are seriously considering for next spring.”
According to Hannah, there has already been a growing number of requests for coed softball being offered in the spring and summer adult leagues.
“I would really like to see our coed program grow,” Hannah said.
There are several weekend tournaments currently pending for the summer.
Anyone seeking information on these tournaments or who would like to get a tournament on the books is encouraged to contact Hannah at the Cleveland Community Center, 423-559-3322.