Selma could have coed softball league

Published 9:41 pm Thursday, July 21, 2016

The city of Selma could have its very own co-ed adult softball league, but first organizers are trying to find out just how much interest there is.

Terry Jackson, who works for the Selma Parks and Recreation Department, will hold a meeting July 27at 6:30 p.m. at the recreation office at Memorial Stadium.

“I’m trying to bring softball back — adult softball,” Jackson said.

The city of Selma hasn’t had an adult coed softball league in at least five years. Jackson and interim recreation director Lebo Jones guess that it’s been since at least 2007.

Jones said the city has received a lot of calls about a league in recent weeks, but they’re not sure how much interest there really is.

“We’re interested in seeing if there’s any interest in the coed league,” Jones said. “We’d play a couple of months I guess.”

Although the details are still being finalized, Jackson has an idea how the league would look.

Each team would need to have a minimum of five men and five women. Three women would play in the infield and two in the outfield during games, Jackson said.

“You can have more women than men but I’m not playing that more men than woman,” Jackson said.

The cost per team would be $125, but teams would have to supply their own uniforms, gloves, cleats and would also have to chip in to pay the umpires.

Jackson said businesses could sponsor teams if they’d like and he’s already had several groups mention that as a possibility.

Jackson said at the meeting they’ll discuss whether or not men will have to bat opposite-handed, meaning they’d bat with their least dominant hand. The city is discussing providing the ball and two bats for games, so that each game is played with the same equipment and no “hot” bats are used.

Games would be played Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Thursday at the Dallas County Complex. Each team would play 10-15 games apiece and the league would start in mid-August.

The league would be for anyone 18 and up. Jackson said people are more than welcome to form their own team, but if there’s an individual looking for a team they will try to help them find one.

Valley Grande is also starting a coed softball league this year.