Ever feel like turning back the clock and reliving some of those joyous moments you experienced when you played baseball as a kid. Well, that is something that over 200 seniors get to do each year as part of the Walnut Creek Senior Softball Program, one of the many programs offered by the Walnut Creek Seniors Club.
Creakers softball is open to anyone over 50 with some players still swinging a bat into their 80’s. Not too shabby. While the overwhelming majority of players are men, the Creakers is a COED league with a handful of dyno-ladies who can give the guys a run for their money. The league consists of three divisions, American, National and Continental; players are assigned according to skill level. Our Placement Committee tries to maintain a balance across the three divisions in terms of an equal number of teams as well as an equal number of players per team – not always an easy task. Hats off to the Placement Committee for their diligence in trying to make the game as fair and balanced as possible. The teams are reshuffled every year, to promote parity. This also give players an opportunity to meet new teammates.
The Creakers organization goes back to 1986 with some players having been in the league for over 20 years. We are well organized with a Code of Ethics, Handbook, and are governed by “Senior Softball League Rules”
We have players from all walks of life, including former teachers, policemen, firemen, fighter pilots (marine and air force), medical professionals, lawyers, and meteorologists. It’s safe to say that, more than anything else, Creakers seem to enjoy a sense of comradery. And then there is always the constant ribbing that takes place before, during and after the game while we’re relaxing with a cold beverage. Everyone comes equipped with a terrific sense of humor and players know that they can, indeed, turn back the clock – even if just for 9 innings.
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