Monday, October 21, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Safety Should be Number One Priority in Marco’s Senior Softball League 


There is currently an intense debate within Marco’s Senior Softball League with respect to safety. The issue regards the use of a six foot high screened net to protect the pitcher from line drives up the middle. Protective nets are common around the country in the senior softball circuit. Serious and even fatal injuries have occurred. Pitchers have been killed by being struck in the head. Pitchers have been killed by being struck in the chest. With the league admitting players as young as 55 years old, there are plenty of players with plenty of power. Several senior pitchers are in their seventies with slowing reflexes.

The league will be deciding soon whether or not to implement a safety screen. Safety is a no brainer in all sports, so let’s hope the league makes the right decision.

Charles Lamb

Marco Island

2 responses to “Letter to the Editor: Safety Should be Number One Priority in Marco’s Senior Softball League ”

  1. Barbara Shurina says:

    How inappropriate…this is a league issue and is being voted on by such. To have such a letter published in the newspaper is not right

  2. Rich Krumholz says:

    Agreed. The league has three (3) skill levels in which to participate. If a player is uncomfortable playing with younger Highly skilled fifty five (55) year old players they can request another level. There are also no restrictions regarding individual safety equipment shucks as helmets, masks, shin guards, and chest protectors etc.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *