Co-ed swings ahead this month

Co-ed softball will crowd the plate of Cayman’s sports scene in a few weeks.

The 2011 Fall Adult Co-ed Softball League is slated to begin Monday 25 July. The competition, organized by the Cayman Islands Little League, will see matches throughout the week at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.

The league is being organized as usual by Alan Markoff. The co-ed softball coordinator for a number of years, Markoff is also a player for the Coors Light Chuggers. In his eyes the co-ed programme carries importance as the most popular form of softball in Cayman.

“I think co-ed is by far the most relevant form of softball being played right now since we have 20-25 teams and three levels of competition every season,” Markoff said. “The programme is being used not only by those who love the sport, but by businesses that are looking to create team-building inside the workplace by giving their employees something fun and healthy to do together after work. Since we have a beginners league, pretty much anyone can play, which can’t be said for many other sports here.

“With our good weather, we’re blessed to be able to play two softball seasons every year. I know from the comments I receive during our breaks that people really look forward to getting back on the field again – and so am I.”

Co-ed softball finished its first season of the year back in May. The sport has three leagues representing varying levels of competition with A being intense, B being recreational and C labelled as social.

Markoff states that last season featured interesting results.

“Last season showed how evenly matched the co-ed programme can be. None of the three league champions from the previous season successfully defended their title. Although Home Gas (with pitcher Tony Coe) pretty much was the top team in the A league from wire to wire, the B and C leagues had major surprises as champions. In the B-League, Maples didn’t even win until their 10th game, but they got hot at the right time and won some close games in the play-offs. In the C-League, The Security Centre (behind captain Brad Watts) lost its first three games, but played much better after that and they also had an excellent play-off run. But most of all, the players on all the teams had fun, which is really what the co-ed league is all about.”