The fall season of the adult co-ed softball season will start on 17 August, earlier than it usually does.
Co-ed league coordination Alan Markoff said the earlier start was partially due to a desire to have the season end earlier.
‘We usually have a lot of rain-outs during our fall season and as a result, the league has dragged on into late November or December,’ he said. ‘By that time, the Christmas holiday events have already begun, causing scheduling difficulties.’
By starting earlier, it is hoped there will be fewer rain outs over all.
‘It tends to rain less in August than it does in late September and October, so we hope we can get in more games before the rainiest time comes. That way it will be easier to play the make-up games earlier, rather than waiting until the end of the season,’ Markoff said.
The fall season will run about 12 weeks and will include 12 regular season games per team and play-offs. Every team plays at least one play-off game.
There will be three divisions – A, B and C – which all have different skill levels.
‘The A league is more competitive, with most of the players being very experienced,’ said Markoff. ‘The C league is more of an instructional league for beginning players to learn the game in a less competitive setting. The B league has a mixture of skill levels, but tends to be a little less competitive than the A league.’
The adult co-ed leagues are programmes of the Cayman Islands Little League Association and all game are played on the Field of Dreams playing fields. The rules adopted by the programme require at least three females in the line up at all times.
‘This year we might have an all-girl’s team for the first time.’
Games are generally played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights, either at 6:30 pm or at 8:30 pm. Depending on the number of teams that register, one or two Sunday morning or Sunday night games might be required, Markoff said.
‘We’ve consistently had between 20 and 25 teams in the league for the past four seasons, so I’m expecting something similar this season.’
The cost to enter a team in the league is CI$1,250 and that includes balls and scorebooks, as well as field rental. There is also a $10 per player registration fee that is good for three years.
Individuals who wish to play but are not on a team can register their names by emailing: [email protected].
‘We can usually find teams for everybody who wants to play,’ said Markoff.
Teams that wish to register can also email [email protected] or call 325-6824 between 5pm and 9 pm.
All team captains are asked to attend a captain’s meeting on Monday 10 August at the Field of Dreams clubhouse.
‘We’ll be discussing the important rules, so it’s vital that all teams have a representative at the meeting.’
“It tends to rain less in August than it does in late September and October, so we hope we can get in more games before the rainiest time comes. That way it will be easier to play the make-up games earlier.” – Alan Markoff