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 The Villages Community Development Districts
Recreation & Parks Department. The age requirements to participate in senior softball are; a male or female player must become at least 50 years of age
during the calendar year to be eligible to play in Senior Divisions that calendar year. All players must undergo Player Evaluations before they can play
softball. Evaluations are volunteer coordinated and are held every Tuesday during season play at 8 AM at Buffalo Glen Softball Complex. Under the
direction of the District Manager and the Director of Recreation & Parks, the Softball Program is staffed by a full time Sports Coordinator. The
Recreation & Parks Department manages 15 softball fields at five separate locations: Knudson, Buffalo Glen, Saddlebrook, Soaring Eagle and Everglades
Softball Complexes. Three locations have fully stocked concession stands: Saddlebrook, Buffalo Glen and Everglades Softball Complexes. The fields are
available for practice during non-league times and can be rented for special occasions and tournaments. 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. Questions regarding use of fields, participating
in softball or becoming a volunteer can be directed to 352-259-5377, 352-674-1800, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 general schedule of league play please check the Recreation Publication or click the schedule link below
Andrew Esposito, Sports Coordinator
Softball Information Links
VCDD Recreation Softball Policies & Procedures
VCDD Recreation Softball FAQ’s
Fall 2023 Softball Schedule
Softball Season Dates 2024-2026
Softball Evaluation Information
Senior Softball USA Website/Rules