Popular Senior Softball Tournament Shows Drive to Compete is Absolutely Timeless

A lifelong love of softball and friends is shown at tournaments like this one coming up in Greater Lansing.

A lifelong love of softball and friends is shown at tournaments like this one coming up in Greater Lansing.

With all of the youth baseball and softball tournaments that come into the Greater Lansing area during the Spring and Summer, when I first heard of Senior Softball USA, I imagined the best and brightest high school seniors from across the country playing in a summer tournament to sharpen skills and provide exposure to college softball coaches for recruiting. Imagine my surprise when I learned that these hardcore softball enthusiasts are not college-bound, but are actually collecting social security truly seniors, in the purest sense of the word.

Coming up this August 21 24 at the Potterville Softball Complex and the East Lansing Softball Complex, teams from across the United States will be in mid-Michigan for the 2014 Senior Softball Northern Championships. Age groups within this competitive tournament range from 50 to up to 80-years-old.

Before you draw any conclusions that there cant possibly be enough 80-year-old competitive softball players around to make up a decent sized tournament, think again. Mike Price, Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority, reports that the tournament this year will feature nearly 50 teams. In fact, according to data at seniorsofball.com, more than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play organized softball in the United States today.

Greater Lansing has hosted fourteen Senior Softball events, nine of them being national tournaments. It's a great fit for the area and it shows because the numbers for participation are on the rise, said Price. Softball is a lifelong passion for these guys, and it shows in the grit and determination they show on the field. Their age is most definitely not a reflection of their intensity to compete and win.

Come out to Potterville Softball Complex and the East Lansing Softball Complex August 21-24th and see the very definition of, playing for the love of the game, and for the love of life.