GRANTS PASS—A new season for the Grants Pass Relics is just a few weeks away.
The senior softball league, which has been in existence since the late 1980s, is for men and women over the age of 50 and shows off athletes of every mold. From those who have made one of the recent practice games their first day, to those who have been stalwarts for the past 29 seasons, the league is hoping to make this season it’s most active one to date.
"I think it's just so awesome that we have an over 50 league and that somebody will say, ‘Hey we'll sponsor it, we'll take care of you guys and make sure it's done in a safe and fun manner,’" said Victoria Hanhart, a 55-year-old softball player who was at Reinhart Volunteer Park on Tuesday to register for the league.
“For those who think they're never going to reach 50, 60, 70, 80 (years old) it does happen,” league chairman Jim Woody said. "We have people that are in the National Hall of Fame for softball. We have some amazing women athletes. We have a 90-year-old and we have a bunch of people in their 80s and they're still playing softball, still playing hard."
Registration runs until the start of regular season play on April 17, and the season lasts until mid-September--two games a week for a total of 40-plus games between the eight teams. Interested players are simply asked to attend a practice game on a Tuesday or Thursday before the season starts. The registration form can be found here.
"Most of the players here have played softball in the past over the years,” said 81-year-old George Boswell. “We have some very good players amongst us. Anybody in the area that wants to play ball, we've got room for them."