Sports @ Riverside

 

Welcome to Riverside's Sports ministry.

 

The vision of the Sports Ministry is to provide a relational place for athletic competition to meet Christian brotherhood. (and sisterhood - it is a co-ed league). We strive to connect the churched and unchurched, through fun competition in sports. We play hard but winning is not the main goal, rather we:

    • play the best we can and have fun,
    • build camaraderie between teammates and families,
    • encourage one another in success and failure,
    • show good sportsmanship, always; and
    • compete while living like Jesus and loving each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Softball

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Team Coach: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Check Facebook for weekly updates and schedules.

 

When
Friday Nights at 7:00, 8:10, and 9:20 p.m.

Cost
$40/player

What to Bring
A glove; cleats are optional, but help a lot.
If you do not have gear, but would like to play let us know.

Where
The softball circle at the Lee County Sports Complex, adjacent to the Twins/Miracle stadium, on Six Mile Cypress Parkway south of Daniels Parkway.

Bring your family. The complex has a concession stand and is very child friendly.

 

The League

Riverside Softball is part of the SWF Church Softball League. The league plays on Fridays with games at 7:00, 8:10 or 9:20 p.m. Games are 7 innings or one hour. The league plays at the softball circle at the Lee County Sports Complex, adjacent to the Twins/Miracle stadium, on Six Mile Cypress Parkway south of Daniels Parkway. The Lee County Sports Complex is a great family-friendly facility with a covered playground and a concession stand.

Within the league, teams are broken into divisions A-D. We are typically in the "C" or “D” bracket and play other teams also in that bracket.

 

The SWF Christian Softball League is a Christian league. All team members pledge to behave in a way that would honor Jesus Christ. This includes no tobacco, swearing or arguing with the umpires.

 

Our Teams

The church has one team coached by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (239) 565-7210.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is the Director of Operations for Riverside Church  if you would need any other information call him at (239) 689-9000. 


We do not practice regularly so we can remain humble. We do occasionally have a practice that is announced through an email newsletter, Facebook and this website.



Seasons

The league has two seasons: Spring and Fall. Each season about 22-26 teams are part of the league. Each season ends in a single-elimination playoff.

 

Typically the Spring season runs from the beginning of April to the end of the school year, or 1st week in June and is typically 8 games plus the playoffs.

 

The Fall season runs from the weekend after Labor Day to late January with a break for most of December; the playoffs then take place in January. The Fall season is longer, typically 12 games plus the playoffs.

 

General Information

As of Fall 2014 Carl Hunter is the league organizer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

  • Rosters are limited to 20 players.
  • Rosters are due the first game of the season.
  • Everyone will play in the field at least two innings per game.
  • The batting lineup can contain all the players that show up. Everyone who arrives before the game begins is in the batting lineup for the entire game.
  • Final rosters are due two weeks after the season begins.
  • It is a co-ed league.
  • Players must be 18 or older for insurance purposes.
  • There are no uniform requirements. We generally wear t-shirt, shorts and cleats.
  • Rainout number is 239-533-7627.

 

Rules

We play according to ASA rules with a few custom to the league.

  • All team members pledge to behave in a way that would honor Jesus Christ. This includes no tobacco, swearing or arguing with the umpires over calls.
  • You start with one strike and one ball.
  • The pitching arc is from 6 to 12 feet. (ASA is 6 to 10 feet)
  • A strike is a virtual square behind home plate approximately 18 inches deep and as wide as home plate including the black edges.
  • There is a second home plate that runners must go to when attempting to score or they are out. It is to avoid collisions at home plate, therefore, plays at home plate are a force play at all times just like plays at first base.
  • There is a “commit” line between third base and home plate where, if you run past, you must go home or be called out.
  • If a woman is batting the outfielders must play behind an arced line in the outfield.
  • All bats must be ASA approved. If someone if found with an illegal bat they will be suspended.

 

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