Summit County Softball shaking it up for new season
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Summit County, Colorado
FRISCO – Summit County Softball gets under way May 24 and with quite a few changes.
From new rules to safety issues to fees, the annual summer league is revamped for the 2010 season.
“There were a lot of things we had to shake up,” director Stephen “Smoke” Wilkins said. “There’s a lot we want people to be aware of.”
Wilkins has run the league for a number of years, and he said, despite a slew of changes, the league will be similar in year’s past.
All games are played at either Blue River Park below the dam in Dillon or at Kingdom Park in Breckenridge.
The league will only have a slight change in divisions. Along with the ordinary men’s adult league and the mixed adult league, there will also be two divisions for the rec league this year – an upper and a lower.
The main change from last year, Wilkins said, is that league fees have been raised due to higher field costs. According to Wilkins, the price of renting a field in the county has doubled over the past three years.
“I guess they’d stayed the same for a long time, and so they’ve gone up quite a bit lately,” Wilkins said.
Although the changes – up to $170 more in some divisions – will be noticeable at first, Wilkins doesn’t feel it will deter potential teams from signing up, as the amount breaks down to being a minimal difference on a player-to-player basis.
“It was something we wanted to do, we just had to with the field cost,” he said.
Already, 55 teams have registered for the season, and Wilkins advises those interested to sign up as soon as possible to ensure a spot.
Those participating will notice a few changes in the games they play.
This year, teams are responsible for providing their own balls for the game, an ordinary rule for softball leagues.
Also, the mixed league will play less games in order to curb the cost.
In the rec leagues, teams will no longer be able to score more than five runs in an inning, allowing both teams to get ample time at the plate each night.
“We had some games last year where a team never batted through their order,” Wilkins said.
Also, in order to keep the play on the field safe, no players already participating in the men’s league can play for rec league teams.
There will be a manager’s meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at River Mountain Lodge on Ski Hill Road in Breck. Late registration will be available at 5:30 p.m. before the meeting.
To register or for more information on the league, visit summitcountysoftball.com.
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