This summer I joined a coed softball league, something I've wanted to do for a long time. When I was younger, I used to play in a hardball league as a pitcher, but in the 2000s, I haven't done too much with baseball. I watch it on occasion and play in a pickup game annually, but nothing on the regular.
I wanted this summer to be different. I wanted to go back to my baseball roots. There's something about summer and baseball that go together like peanut butter and chocolate. The hot breezes, the crack of the bat, the high-fives...it's all very friendly and social, and I knew a coed softball league would give me those experiences.
Joining NotSoProSport's softball league has been the best decision I made this year. Our team - Big League Chew - is made up of newbies to the league, so we're all getting to know each other. We're starting to crack jokes easier and learning what positions we prefer playing (I'm shortstop these days, I've found). And since this league isn't very competitive, I'm finding the gameplay to be very breezy, without the wanna-win determination I held onto as a kid. Who cares about winning? It's all about having fun in a relaxed sports environment.
Coed softball is a sport I can get used to, and not just this summer. I plan on participating next year too. And this league seems like it'll only get better the more I play.