Thank you for visiting the Village Community Development Districts (VCDD) Recreation Softball website. The Villages Softball Program is the premiere senior softball league in the United States! The goals of The Villages Softball Program are exercise, fellowship, and friendly competition.
The Villages Recreation Softball Program is a program offered to residents of The Villages and is organized by VCDD Recreation Department. The age requirements to participate in senior softball are; a male player must become at least 50 and a female player at least 40 years of age during the calendar year to be eligible to play in Senior Divisions that calendar year. Under the direction of the District Manager and the Director of Recreation the softball program is staffed by a full time Sports Coordinator located at Saddlebrook Recreation Center. The Villages Recreation Department manages eleven softball fields at four separate locations. Two locations, Saddlebrook and Buffalo Glen, have fully stocked concession stands that are open during league play. The fields are available for practice during non-league times and can be rented for special occasions and tournaments. To request rental of the softball fields, please complete softball facility reservation application PDF here. Questions regarding use of fields can be directed to Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 259-5377 or email email@example.com.
Players are strongly encouraged to consult a physician before participating in rigorous activities such as softball.
General Softball Facility Rules
The softball complexes are programmed facilities. All games and practices must be scheduled through the Recreation Department.
- Hours of use are 7:00am – Dusk
- For your safety please wear shirts and shoes at all times
- Recreation equipment is available in the equipment sheds, please return after using
- Play at your own risk
- Residents must have their Resident ID
- Guests under 19 years of age must be accompanied by a Villages resident or a Villages guest 19 years of age or older with a valid Guest ID Card and photo ID
- Dogs must be on a leash
- Dogs are not permitted on the playing fields
Recreation Department Responsibilities for Softball Leagues
- Operation and support consistent with the Recreation Facility Guidelines
- Policy Creation
- Field Maintenance
- Scheduling of fields
- Disciplinary Issues
- Safety Concerns
- Create and maintain softball budget
- Purchasing of equipment & supplies
- Player Discrepancies
The Recreation Softball Procedures are an in-depth look at the policies and procedures created by the Recreation Department for the softball program. These policies are global policies that govern all Recreation and Neighborhood Softball Leagues. The Recreation Softball Procedures cover new player placement, current player placement, softball player eligibility, etc.
In an effort to provide all available softball information, links to all available Recreation or Neighborhood websites are listed below.
** The official Policies and Procedures for the Recreation and Neighborhood Softball Leagues are provided by the VCDD Recreation Department. Each division governs their own rules of play.**
The below links will navigate away from the districtgov.org website and we are not responsible for the content.
For a complete schedule of league play please check the Recreation News or view the master schedule.
The Villages Softball Program is highly dependent on the help and support of its volunteers. The evaluation team, division representatives, umpires and scorekeepers are all volunteers. Through the efforts of countless individuals working as a team, the softball program continues to thrive and grow. For more information on becoming a volunteer for the softball program please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 259-5377
Saddlebrook Recreation Center
The Villages Recreation and Parks Department is seeking feedback on our softball program through the usage of survey monkey. This survey will help give us vital insight on areas we excel in as well as areas we can improve in operationally, maintenance practices, and equipment standards. Please answer this short 14 question survey. This survey will be available through October 26th, 2019.
Softball Information Links
VCDD Recreation Softball Policies & Procedures
VCDD Recreation Softball FAQ’s
Winter 2020 Softball Schedule
Softball Season Dates 2019-2021
Softball Evaluation Information
Senior Softball USA Website/Rules