It was supposed to be different. However, just like any other league similar to it, the city of Brooksville Men's Softball League eventually bore its true colors. One that is just as competitive at heart. "You get some young guys here right out of school and you get some old-timers who just still want to come out and play," said Tina Nichols, City of Brooksville recreation leader, former ballplayer and league director. "And it seems to be growing every season."
Nichols says the age ranges from 18-60 and there are three divisions: men's, women's and coed. The men's division has nine teams with the season finishing Jan. 19 and moving into playoffs. Each week during the season, two teams will have a doubleheader. Nichols and company post standings for postseason play, though teams keep their own stats.
The league also follows National Softball Association/City of Brooksville rules, which are tweaked NSA rules. One distinct change from regular softball is that there are four outfielders.
But Nichols knew that, despite everything, the men's games weren't going to be a walk in the park.
"I think the men's league is way more competitive than any of the other leagues," Nichols said. "The men's league always is, and even though we only started out just to be recreational in purpose, one of the complaints we got when we started was that other leagues were too competitive, but this seems to be up there as well.
"(The players) love it. They like it to be competitive, because if not, what's the point of playing? The players love it, the people in the stands love it and that's how it should be."
For more info on the league and other upcoming sports, contact Nichols at (352) 544-5498.