Tryouts continue for softball seniors
by Emily Horos
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Ben Hendrick, at the age of 76, was one of those who attended the first of two tryouts for the Cherokee Senior Softball Association.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Ben Hendrick, at the age of 76, was one of those who attended the first of two tryouts for the Cherokee Senior Softball Association.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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The Cherokee Senior Softball Association will hold the second of two tryouts for new members next Tuesday, in preparation for the upcoming season.

The CSSA, a league that has more than 350 members age 50 and older, plays weekly games at Woodstock’s Hobgood Park in the fall and spring.

The CSSA is one of the most organized recreational leagues of its kind. It not only boasts a constitution and by-laws, but its own board of directors. The league keeps statistics for each of its games, with archived statistics dating back nearly 10 years.

Tryouts, for the fall season that begins in August, are important so the competitive balance is maintained throughout the league’s skill-based divisions — Senior, Legends, National, American, Masters, Legacy and Lowell Lawson.

Peter Fowler, a member of the CSSA board of directors, said it’s hard to estimate how many players in all will attend the tryouts. The two influencing factors seem to be the weather and how many players turn 50 and are eligible to play.

“It’s usually a hit or miss,” he said. “Last year, we were only expecting a handful, but we had 28 show up for that first day. You just never really know who is going to show up.”

The tryouts are open to not only new players, but for current members looking to move up to a more competitive division. Potential players will hit, field and throw, and team managers will have the chance to view the available talent prior to the semi-annual draft.

“It’s basically a talent screening,” Fowler said. “It’s a real simple batting practice, then seeing how they field, catch and throw. We really don’t want guys who should be playing in the top league playing down where somebody might get hurt.”

The CSSA is seeking new members who will turn 50 in 2014 for both the morning league, which begins Aug. 11, and evening league, which starts Aug. 12. Currently, there are 23 teams playing on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and 12 team playing on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Players must attend Tuesday’s 7 p.m. tryout at Hobgood Park in order to be evaluated for league placement.

Players may register online at www.cssasoftball.com. For more information, call Fowler at (404) 641-5774.
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