The Payson Cougars Senior Softball Team consists of players 60 years or older who enjoy playing the game of slow pitch softball. While previous experience is not required, most team members played ball when they were younger.
Practices are held in Rumsey Park (click here for a map of Rumsey Park), year round, weather permitting. During the winter month’s practices are held on the Kiwanis fields, east of the Library. In the warmer months, after the Canada geese have vacated the field, practices are held at Rumsey II, north of the swimming pool. The team participates in a year round Senior Softball League with games played weekly in Fountain Hills during the cooler months and in Payson during the hotter summer months. How often a person plays is up to the individual. Members of the team that are 70 or older also play league games in Mesa during the winter months.
Senior softball is slightly modified from traditional softball so all skill levels can play safely. For example:
There are two bases at first base, the traditional one used by the fielder and an adjoining one, in foul territory that is for the runner. This reduces the risk of collisions at first base.
Runs are scored by crossing a line even with home plate so that runners can score without risking a collision with the catcher.
There is a screen in front of the pitching mound that the pitcher can duck behind if there is a screaming line drive hit their way.These measures help to minimize the risk of injury while preserving the more enjoyable aspects of the game. So, if you want to get some exercise, have a little fun playing a kids game in your retirement years and want to meet some people who have similar interests, come join us.
The Payson Cougars are run by a board consisting of the General Manager and six members of the team. The General Manager provides the organizational leadership, while the Board provides a feedback mechanism ensuring that decisions made by team leadership reflects the general consensus of team members. Typically, team decisions are made by a majority vote of the Board.
Currently, Lou Felix is the General Manager of the Payson Cougars. Other members of the Board are: