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Registration open for 50-plus softball league

November 29, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

It's still not too late to register for the North Fort Myers Mark and Mary Ford 50 and over softball league, and you don't even have to live in a retirement community to participate.

However, you will need to go to Punta Gorda to play.

The league, which has been in existence for decades, is seeking more players to register to help keep it going.

Ken Parlett, league organizer, said they are looking for players to add to the pool for either teams that need more players or to make a team of its own.

"If we have enough players left in the pool to form a team, we'll do that. We had eight teams two years ago, but now were down to six. We're trying to build it back up," Parlett said.

While the community players must live in their respective communities, the pool players can play anywhere as long as they live in North Fort Myers.

Parlett said he has gotten in touch with a pair of communities interested in joining, which would build the league back up to eight.

"If any of those teams need players, the pool is where they would draw from," Parlett said. "We have people going to all the different communities to post flyers and accumulate players into the pool."

The teams must have 15 players, with 11 on the field and 13 able to hit. The 15 players allow for cushion in case of injuries or vacations.

Games are played on Monday and Wednesday nights at 5:30 in Punta Gorda at Carmalita Park. The season starts Jan. 7 and ends March 20.

The long trip for games has begged the question as to why there is nowhere to go for teams to play softball locally. It has been one of the most asked for items on the North Fort Myers wish list.

Parlett said local players would love to have a field to call their own. Until that day comes, the players in the league have made the games into a social occasion. They get together after games to eat and drink and have a good time.

"It's a fun league, but it's competitive. We would like to keep the league going, and for that we need teams," Parlett said. "The more players, the more teams."

If you are interested, contact Ken Parlett at 545-4228 or email him at



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