The senior men's slow pitch softball league will be taking the field again on March 6 to start is fourth season of play. Play will continue from that date on every Monday and Thursday morning until the season is ended by the snows of next winter.

The place is Centennial Park on Industrial Boulevard in Crossville beginning at 9 a.m.

The founding philosophy of Chris Theodore, who started the league, was to "have some fun playing the game." That principle has not changed. With the demands of everyday life, a player is not expected to attend every scheduled day to be considered and active member of the group.

Remember, it is a fun group. Mandatory participation does not go hand-in-hand with the concept of fun.

The playing rules have ben adjusted to meet the age constraints and physical conditions of our members. Everyone who shows up, plays a full game.

There have never been any fees or dues paid by any of the participants. Hughes Real Estate Services became the group's prim sponsor two years ago.

Newcomers are more than welcomed to join the fun! Participation is open to all men who are 60 years old (maybe 58 or 59) or older. There are no qualifications as to skills — or lack of — as far as softball is concerned.

If you might consider joining the group, remember, we don't run as fast, throw as far or swing a bat as hard as we once did, but that doesn't seem to matter. It is the love of the game that binds the group together and has former a deep sense of camaraderie among the players.

If you share that love, can laugh at your own mistakes and can ignore the mistakes of others, you will fit in nicely.

The men that joined the league over the last three years have gotten over the "I haven't played in 30 years" syndrome and the shock that they had when they realized that first base and home plate are a lot further apart then they remembered.

The current players have overcome their uneasy feelings about starting. So can you with encouragement and help from those that did soe before you. If you do not give it a try, you will never know.

A few of the players in the league, who have the ability and desire to play a more competitive brand of softball, have participated in the state's senior games the last two years.

If you would like the chance to play at this level, come on down.

To quality for the state games, the team must win its district competition.

The Upper Cumberland District Senior Games deadline for roster enteries is April 13, 2006. That is not much time to get into playing condition, so do not put it off. The state game rosters are doe to be filed near July 1 and play begins around July 14, 2006.

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