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June 14, 2009

Family Y has fastest growing slow-pitch program

TERRE HAUTE — With the 2009 adult softball season in full swing, I thought it might be a good time to look at the state of softball locally. In short, how many teams are playing at local facilities, what are the costs for participation and which programs are enjoying success?

The fastest growing program appears to be the Terre Haute Family Y adult program. Presently, the Terre Haute Family Y program has 36 teams playing in its men and co-ed programs. Playing slow pitch on a field built to fast pitch specification (much smaller), the Y program has witnessed continual growth in the last couple years. The cost is $350 per team for a 12-team league schedule and a postseason single-elimination tournament.

The Terre Haute Family Y program is presently an unaffiliated league and does not register its teams with any national softball organization.

Another long-standing local adult program is the Terre Haute Church League which has 37 teams participating at its North Fruitridge facility. As in past years, the Terre Haute Church League offers men’s league play on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with Friday play for co-ed teams. Participation costs are $300 per team for a 12-game men’s schedule or a 10-game co-ed schedule. Congregations with a second team can participate for $250.

On a side not, the Terre Haute Church League is one of Indiana’s oldest organized church leagues. They have enjoyed a 30-year plus run of successful recreational church league softball.

The Terre Haute Church League is a long-standing member of the Amateur Softball Association.

In Clay County, the Brazil YMCA program has 24 participants in its adult softball program. The Brazil YMCA program offers league play for men, co-ed and church co-ed teams. As with the Terre Haute Church League, the Clay County operation has enjoyed many years of offering recreational adult softball programming. Cost for the Brazil YMCA program is $350 per team for a 10-team regular season schedule and a single elimination post season tourney.

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