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Parks and Rec summer softball in full swing
MARYSVILLE — For former high school athletes or adults just looking to stay fit in the summer, the Marysville Parks and Recreation summer softball leagues are a popular opportunity for adults to stay sharp in their sport.
The Parks and Rec department hosts a spring league and summer league. Summer league opportunities include a Wednesday night co-ed league, a Sunday co-ed league and a Monday men’s recreational league. There are four Wednesday co-ed teams, nine Sunday co-ed teams and four men’s teams.
“We’ve had consistent interest in our summer softball leagues every year,” said Marysville Parks and Recreation Athletic Director Dave Hall. The season lasts for 10 weeks, with a single elimination playoff tournament at the end of the summer.
“I think it is good for a lot of these adults to play the game. Most of the men who are playing on our teams played baseball in high school and even college. Same goes for a lot of the women. They played softball as a kid, or in high school and college. It’s just a way for them to stay in the sport as an adult.”
Marysville Parks and Rec does not offer any fall sports league for adults, however those interested in being involved in community athletics can volunteer as a coach for one of the kids’ fall leagues.
“The big thing that I’m always pushing in the fall is our youth basketball league,” said Hall. “Registration is open now for youth basketball, but they don’t start playing until November or December and it goes throughout the winter. Registration for Marysville Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball League ends Oct. 4.
“Our youth basketball league is huge. It’s been going on for a long time,” said Hall. “We offer opportunities for both boys and girls, but they don’t play each other. It goes from first through eighth grade, so we have a first-grade girls’ team and a first-grade boys’ team, and so on.”
Hall estimates that the league draws more than 800 local players each year.
“We have a lot of volunteer coaches,” he said. “We use all the middle and elementary school gyms in Marysville and Lakewood,” said. “We are always looking for more volunteer coaches.”
To volunteer, contact Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on kids and adults summer and fall recreation opportunities, call 360-363-8400.