by Mark Cossey, PSSA player and board member
For more than 30 years, men and women from all corners of the quad cities have gathered on Monday and Thursday mornings to play softball at Pioneer Park with the Prescott Senior Softball Association, PSSA.
Players in this popular league live by the adage: “Keep moving.”
“Senior” could be considered quite a misnomer as players are welcomed at age 45. A good number of players continue to play ball into their 80s.
There are three levels of play in PSSA so that each player is able to participate at a level that best matches their ability. All three levels — Majors, AAA, and AA — are both competitive and recreational.
PSSA games are played nine months out of the year and new players are welcomed at any time. Cactus League begins in early March with players assigned to teams in their respective level.
Summer League runs from mid-April through September with players drafted by team managers. Summer games end with three scheduled weeks of double-elimination championship tournaments. After the tournaments, fall ball play begins and runs until Thanksgiving.
Because the league players volunteer for umpiring duties, and other league responsibilities such as field maintenance also are handled by the players, the cost for playing is a reasonable $90 per year. Some players choose to play only during a part of the year, and interruptions in play due to travel and other player commitments are accommodated.
Interested new players can simply bring their bat and glove to Pioneer Park on Monday or Thursday mornings, complete some paperwork and “play ball.” More information is available on the association website,
www.prescottseniorsoftball.com or by calling 928.925.6141.