Baseball fields all over Castlegar will be invaded by slo-pitch teams looking for gold during the BC Seniors Games in mid-August.
The teams will play at Kinnaird Park, Pass Creek Park and the Community Complex over the four days of the games, finishing up on Saturday, Aug. 20 at noon.
Tom Campbell, sport chair, enlisted the help of Lisa Macgregor and Kim Francis from the Castlegar Slo-Pitch Association to organize the tournament, which runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
“The last game must end at five o’clock,” Campbell said.
Teams will play within six categories: 55-59 men, 60-64 men, 65-69 men, 70+ men, 62+ women or mixed.
Campbell isn’t 100 per cent sure how many teams will be in each category yet, but if there are seven or less, the teams will play a round robin format, while if there are more, they will be split into “A” and “B” categories and then play round robin.
The first and second place teams in each division will play for gold.
“It’s going to be competitive ball,” Campbell said. “Come out and support the teams.”
Kinnaird Park will feature both a concession and beer garden, and bathrooms are available at all the parks.
Umpires are being brought in from the Okanagan, but volunteers are still needed for many positions around the park, Campbell said.
“Fields and scorekeeping are the biggest thing,” he said.
Campbell is also looking for people to shag foul balls or balls that go over the fence.
For more information on the BC Seniors Games or to sign up to volunteer, visit bcseniorsgames.org.
To volunteer for slo-pitch specifically, email firstname.lastname@example.org.