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EMASS Senior Softball League Opens Player Registration for 2019 Season

February 15, 2019

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 15, 2019--Entering its 25 th season, the EMASS Senior Softball League is launching its annual recruitment campaign for players age 50 and over. The 400-plus member league draws players from towns across Eastern Massachusetts with games played on fields in Canton, Framingham, Medfield and Wayland. The season begins May 1 and runs until Labor Day, with playoffs in early October.

EMASS members range in age from 50 to 90. The average age is 67 with 55 players in their 50s and 31 players in their 80s. Members range from casual recreational players to those who play on nationally competitive tournament teams. Regardless of a player’s skill level, there is a spot for them in one or more of EMASS’s five divisions. Two divisions play doubleheaders on Saturday mornings. while the other three divisions play doubleheaders on weekdays.

“EMASS is a vibrant community of seniors with a passion for softball who compete in a spirited, sportsman-like manner,” said Rob Mitchell, Commissioner of EMASS. “Many of our members transition from younger leagues so they can continue playing ball in a senior league. Others are looking to get back into the game, be part of a team again and maintain fitness while having fun.”

EMASS Players Share League’s Life-Changing Impact The spirit of the EMASS Senior Softball League is evident in its post-game tradition of the opposing teams forming lines to congratulate each other with high fives and fist bumps. It’s much more about playing than winning and celebrating their ability to triumph over aging. Many players credit their participation in the League with helping them stay physically and mentally active, enjoy retirement, get past illness or transition through other life challenges.

“I had a softball career that came to an end in 1999 because of addictions to alcohol and drugs,” said Tim Collins, an EMASS member since 2014. “EMASS friendships have become a very important part of my recovery.”

“I grew up in Taiwan with a passion for baseball and EMASS members warmly welcomed me into their softball family,” said Chia-Li Huang, an EMASS member since 2010. “I am now managing a team and enjoying the game at a different level.”

“After serving in the U.S. Navy for 26 years, I retired to Boston to fulfill responsibilities as a caregiver to my wife, a 12-stroke survivor, and my elderly parents,” said Bob Vincent, an EMASS member since 2014. ”Senior softball led me to make new friends and provided a healthy physical outlet to ease my transition to civilian life.”

“In 2015, while a member of EMASS, I was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer and got tremendous support from everyone on my team and in the league, which made a big difference for me emotionally,” said Larry Fegan, an EMASS member since 2007. “The camaraderie and brotherhood within EMASS had a direct impact on my recovery.”

To recognize the League’s 25 th Anniversary, 2019 EMASS players will receive a Silver Anniversary jersey and hat and join in a celebration banquet for players and their partners.

Visit www.e-mass.org to learn more about the League and to register for the 2019 season.

About EMASS Senior Softball League EMASS offers seniors of all skill levels a safe, well-organized opportunity to play competitive slow-pitch softball. Founded in 1995 with four teams and 80 members, EMASS has evolved into five divisions, 31 teams and 400 members. Of the original players, five are still playing strong: Jerry Levin (84), Paul Rosenbaum (82), Fred Scerra (86), John Stewart (87), and Mark Waldron (81).

EMASS offers an “Intelligent Aging” workshop for its members to exchange best practices in fueling, mobility, recuperation and mindware. The workshop helps players understand how to improve their odds of playing into their 70s and 80s.

EMASS players participate in an annual tournament in Cuba called the Friendship Games. Many of the Cuban players join EMASS tournament teams that play in Florida and Cape Cod.

For more information about EMASS Senior Softball League, visit www.e-mass.org.

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