Last Steps Before Opening Day

Check your calendars

          May 9 is nearly here. As usual, we’ll be working on details until the flrst ball is pitched, but we’re all looking forward to playing softball again.

          The schedules have been sent to all managers, and we’ll post them online when we have access to our South Bend parks website. Also, we can send the schedules and 2023 rule changes to you, if you contact us by email.

          In the meantime, here are some things you might want to know:

Because of the byes required in a five-team division, the senior schedule needs 25 dates if every team plays 20 games. That means, except for the July 4 week, seniors will be playing every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. from May 9 through August 8.

          A double-elimination tournament will be August 10, 15 and 17.

          For the juniors, there are no byes. Instead, we are excited to offer some doubleheaders for 2023. Four teams will play at 6:30, then the fifth team will play at 7:30 against one of those early four. This will be done on a rotating basis, so each team will play four doubleheaders during the season.

Juniors can count on playing every Tuesday and Thursday, except during the July 4 week, from May 9 through July 20. The double-elimination tournament will begin July 27 and end August 3 or August 8.

If you have questions, contact

We’re still working on contingencies for rainouts or other postponements. If you have ideas or suggestions, please let us know.

Fees and waivers

          Here are some reminders. Player fees are $60 for a single division and $100 for those who play in both. Your team managers are responsible for collecting those fees, which are due before the season’s third game, on May 16.

          If you don’t have your money in, you won’t be allowed to play on May 16. Please don’t make your manager chase down the money. If you’re writing a check, the pay line should be to Michiana Senior Softball.

          You also will be required to sign a player waiver. The gist is that you understand there is a risk of injury in softball and that you agree not to sue the team, league, field owner, USA softball or any employees, agents, etc. if you get hurt. If you don’t sign, you can’t play.

Senior rosters

A softball season depends on a lot of details – schedules, uniform sizes, umpire assignments, etc.

The toughest challenge might be putting team rosters together, especially for this season. With a larger-than-normal turnover in players and a switch from six thin teams to five solid ones, we saw an opportunity to level out the competition in the senior division.

Steve Sporinsky was in charge of this process. With more than a dozen newcomers, every team should be better than they were in 2022.

Some small changes still may be required, but here are the rosters for the senior division. If we’ve missed someone who intends to play, please let us know by contacting

Brew Werks: Ron Wilson (manager), Mike Catanzarite, Tom Garman, John Kjoller, Al Kukla, Faron Lubbers, Dave Melander, Mike Pino, Joe Rager, Dan Reck, Randy Robertson, Bob Shaffer, Corky Towne, Fred VanDyke, Paul Wasowski, Paul Williams.

OC Hardware: Snookie Ferency (manager) Neil Andrews, Ken Bradford, John Hollerbach, Bobby Hughes, Bob Jamieson, Ed Jankowski, Bobby Knight, Don Millow, Mike Myers, Bill Schell, Kevin Sherbun, Kirby Sprouls, Bob Tajkowski, Mark Witkowski.

Prep & Polish: Ron Betzer (manager), John Albers, Tom Baiz, Ed Biggs, Joseph Caruso, Mike Clark, Xavier Creary, Keith Gordon, Doug Hann, George Hartman, Heinz Hayen, John Hess, Jerome Keller, Patrick Whisler, Bob White, Phil Zillman.

Unity Gardens: Gary Marcus (manager), Jerry AuFrance, Dale Coleman, John Coyle, Derek Dieter, Dennis Hartsell, Denis Hestad, Emery Hirschler, Russ Kintzele, Steve Klujsza, Gene Kwasniak, Randy Miller, Kelly Moyer, Richard Russell, Dan Thomas, Bob Torok, Don Torok.

Wesolowski Insurance: Rich Sparks (manager), Jimmy Arnett, Bruce Cernak, Gary Duddleson, Bob Fonseca, Jim Gannarelli, Terry Hayden, Jerry Hopkins, Curtis Kent, Bob Marcelli, Tod Moorhead, Keith Peczkowski, Ken Richmond, Steve Sporinsky, Dave Varner.

Most of the teams have 15 or 16 players. With vacations and the usual injuries, we shouldn’t have teams playing short-handed or forfeiting.

We’re grateful for the cooperation of team managers. This is a task that can’t be done without everyone working for the greater good.

Rosters for the junior division are in their final stages, and we hope to post those here in a few days.