Co-ed church softball league game?

23 Nov

Well, I’ve joined my church’s co-ed slow pitch softball team**, which plays in a league that is comprised entirely of churches.  Not sure yet if it’s a good place to meet people outside of your own church, given that you’re not there to mingle with the other team, plus you can’t really tell who’s married or not since most people are wearing gloves on their ring hand and most of the time you’re too far away to see anything, anyway.  Also, the male/female ratio is favorable to women, since most teams only have a few women.  Then again, softball isn’t really a sport that attracts shapely, slender women, so maybe it’s more of a draw.  Sorry, guys.

I did think the other team’s pitcher tonight was kind of cute, but then he walked me twice.  DLV?

**y81, your praise may now commence.

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13 Responses to “Co-ed church softball league game?”

  1. y81 November 23, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    O, my prayers have been answered.

    Just to add a complication, however, I don’t know about most men, but I find my wedding ring hurts my finger inside a baseball mitt. I don’t actually play ball that often, but it’s the one time I typically take my ring off.

  2. Will S. November 23, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Do people go out after the game for beverages / food? If so, then the sports may be just the excuse for that, which I’ve experienced at more than one church to which I’ve belonged… In which case, it’s great as a way of meeting and getting to know people.

    If not, if everyone just piles in their minivans, cars, and SUVs, and heads home, well, it’s exercise and fun, but not a way of really meeting people other than hand-shaking, names and faces…

  3. AnonymousDog November 23, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I have to agree with WillS.

    And,it’s going to depend on whether there are a lot of single people involved, or if most of the players are married. A bunch of singles will be more likely to socialize after the game. The marrieds will want to load up and get home directly afterward.

    This isn’t limited to church sports leagues, either. It’s also true of all those nice community organisations and causes that are singles are always counseled to get involved with as a way of meeting other singles. If singles are in the minority, socializing will be more difficult.

  4. Aunt Haley November 23, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    y81–
    Yeah, nobody wears jewelry for games, anyway. It’s an injury risk.

    Will S.–
    If there’s an after-game social club, I haven’t been invited so far.

    AnonymousDog–
    Even if singles ARE the majority, sometimes socializing is still difficult, especially if you’re new to an established group. Most groups in general don’t have a lot of indiscriminately friendly people due to people feeling more comfortable around people they already know.

  5. Herbie November 23, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    “I did think the other team’s pitcher tonight was kind of cute, but then he walked me twice.”

    Maybe he walked you to ensure you reached first base. Then he could watch you run the bases. Also, I get the impression you’re somehow distracted during these games.;)

  6. Will S. November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    “ensure you reached first base”

    Uh-oh; certain metaphors invoke baseball terminology… ;)

  7. y81 November 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    There’s a blues song lurking here:

    My woman fell for the softball pitcher,
    Lord, it’s a slap in my face.
    He walked her twice every ballgame
    To be sure that he reached first base.

  8. ASDF November 23, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    Even if singles ARE the majority, sometimes socializing is still difficult, especially if you’re new to an established group. Most groups in general don’t have a lot of indiscriminately friendly people due to people feeling more comfortable around people they already know.

    Are you friends with the people on your team yet? That would be a good place to start.

    Depending on how long the season lasts, you will get to know players on other teams superficially (eg ” Hey Guy from other team, are you going to foul out 3 times again?”). Plus, at the very least there will be an end of the season mixer.

  9. Will S. November 24, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    LOL @ y81!

  10. samsonsjawbone November 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    Then again, softball isn’t really a sport that attracts shapely, slender women

    I *think* this is a joke.

  11. Aunt Haley November 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Herbie–
    I’m sure that’s exactly the reason!

    y81–
    You could be living off royalties from that novelty song for life.

    ASDF–
    You can’t really “foul out” in softball….

    samsonsjawbone–
    Have you seen what the typical rec league female softball player looks like?

  12. Samson J. November 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    Have you seen what the typical rec league female softball player looks like?

    Not really, but I’ve known one or two reasonably attractive softball players. I disagree that Hollywood-waif-anorexia is the only attractive body type.

    James Hetfield: I like a women who’s got some balls, some strength. As long as I can beat her at arm wrestling, that’s fine.

    Playing any sport has got to be good for a woman.

  13. Jennifer November 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Amen, about sports being good for women. You don’t need balls, just a good backbone and healthy fitness.

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