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Director’s Dispatch: Coed softball teams exceed men’s teams

STEVE WILKINSspecial to the daily

Greetings Ballers!Summit County Softball 2006 is at our doorstep; the first games are set for Tuesday, and the rest of the leagues will begin play next week, as well.SCS this year has had a changing of the guard with the number of coed teams taking over the number of men’s teams. Many have worried about that, and have wondered why it happened.I’ll tell you: It was mainly due to the dissolving of the Men’s Premier League that played on Tuesday nights; the lack of leadership, time and effort in forming and maintaining a team on a week-to-week basis was the main reason teams couldn’t form. We didn’t get enough to hold the league.The men’s leagues, as a result, will go through a sort of “reset” with an open format this year. The Premier League will most likely come back next year with some modifications. Over the winter the SCS Board will review teams and make a new system for the A division and B division, with a player list being a possible solution. A player list would in theory control teams from loading up and dominating the league. What needs to happen in the short run is more managers must step up, as we have way to many guys who just want to go out and play. The veteran guys need to acknowledge their roles and get into managing a team, and that is what will sustain softball in Summit County for years to come. Only having two nights of men’s league play this year I see an influx of men turning to coed action to get their diamond fix. Guys that have played more than two nights in the past will still try and do that, and coed is their only option. As a result you could see the level of play increase slightly. Even one player in coed can make the difference in a team moving from C level to B, or B level to A. I look forward to seeing some good coed games. Other than that, I urge you all to have fun, keep it safe and enjoy taking swings where the air is thin and clear.Summit County Softball director Steve “Smoke” Wilkins can be contacted at

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