Summer rec league meetings are today

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— The snow still covers the mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs, but it's never too early to start thinking about summer.

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department will hold mandatory meetings for summer sports beginning at 5:30 p.m. today, starting with recreation league softball, at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Adult coed soccer will be discussed at 6:30 p.m.

The meetings will provide team captains with information about league rules, schedules and fees.

Kit Rice, sports coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the meetings are a great way to determine which teams will be returning to play this summer and whether space will be available for new teams.

People interested in playing but who aren't on an existing team should attend the meetings, Rice said, because those people can put their names on a list, which will be given to team captains who are looking for new players.

And because team captains are required to be at the meeting, Rice said, it's a great opportunity for players to introduce themselves to the people who organize teams for the leagues.

Captains interested in starting new teams also should attend the meetings to find out whether space is available or to get their team's name on a waiting list.

Last year, 50 adult softball teams competed in men's, women's and coed divisions.

Steamboat's adult soccer leagues included 12 teams and 180 players last summer.

Games were played Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Ski Town Park fields. Late-season games typically are moved to Heritage Park to accommodate Triple Crown.

Rice said she doesn't expect any major rule changes in the softball or soccer leagues this summer and that the meetings should cover the basic information captains will need to line up sponsorships and players.

Rice said both leagues are searching for coordinators. The city is interviewing candidates for the positions, and she expects decisions to be made soon.

The start dates for the summer leagues are undetermined and will depend on how quickly the snow melts and the fields dry. Rice said the soccer league is scheduled to begin play in late May, and softball teams are scheduled to take to the fields June 5.

-- To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilo.com

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