Slow Pitch Softball Tournament

  • This year's SSUSA/CT Masters' Games Men's Slow Pitch Softball Tournament Schedule is NOW Posted Online.

    • The CT Masters' Games Men's Tournament will be held at Sage Park in Berlin (50-54, 55-59) and Moody School - Smith Field in Middletown (60-64). 

Please contact SSUSA to register your team:

  • Step One: Register and pay for your team through the CT Masters' Games online registration system.

  • Step Two: Contact the SSUSA office at 916-326-5303 to build your team roster!

The 2017 CT Masters Games and SSUSA Softball Tournament will be conducted in remembrance of longtime SSUSA National Director Steve Simmons, who was well known throughout the senior softball world and passed away in the August of 2012.

  • Women's Softball Tournament - CHANGED TO: Saturday. June 24th
  • Entry Fee: $450.00 per team
    • Location: Sage Park, Berlin
      • Please Note: Women's Tournament not Sanctioned by the SSUSA
  • Men's Softball Tournament - June 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th 
  • Entry Fee: $450.00 per team 
    • 50+, 55+, 60+ play on June 3rd and 4th
    • 65+, 70+, 75+ play on June 5th, and 6th
  • SSUSA Sanctioned / Approved Tournament
    • The 2017 CT Masters' Games / SSUSA Tournament will be a qualifier for the following tournaments:
      •  2017 Eastern National Championship - Raleigh, NC - 8/1/17-8/6/17
      •  2017 LVSSA-SSUSA World Masters - Las Vegas, NV -  9/22/17-10/8/17

Please See the List Below of Committed Teams per Age Group:

MEN'S DIVISIONS

  • 50-54 Age Division
    • ​Chicago Sams / RDD (AAA), Custom Logo (AAA), Hard Hat/ Latella's/ Vio's Sports (Major), Roebell Painters/Paradise Painting/ Team Dawg (Major),Central Penn Cavemen (AAA), Johnny's Auto & Truck/JJM Properties (Major),Je/Mar Perfect Pitch (AAA). Dominos /Bob Johnson(AAA), Pgc/ Access Secuirty (AAA)
  • 60-64 Age Division
    • ​Cape Code Mariners (AAA), Deep Purple (Major), Sign Hanningtons ( Major), Tagala Construction (AAA), Diamond Dawgs, Syracuse Cyclones (AA), Mikes Blue Collar (AAA)

WOMEN'S DIVISION - Date Changed to Sat., June 24th

  • 50-54 Age Division
    • Jersey Strong, CT Sliver Storm,CT Thunder
  • 60-64 Age Division
    • Nor'easters,CT Relics

Sport Details

Who: The Connecticut Masters’ Games is a 501(c) 3 Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to providing a forum that initiates and encourages camaraderie between different ages, socioeconomic and cultural groups through athletic competition and the Olympic spirit.  The event assists in the development of physical fitness and promotes positive healthy activities for the participants, their families and the communities where they live.

What: The Connecticut Masters’ Games (formerly known as the Connecticut Senior Games) are the largest amateur multi sport Olympic-style sporting event in Connecticut for master athletes.  We are now celebrating our 38th year of uniting Connecticut’s residents in the common bond of amateur sport and Olympic spirit.  This event is a member in good standing of the National Senior Games Association.

Where: The “Games” will be hosted by the City of New Britain in 2017. Competitions will also take place around the state of Connecticut at top college, high school and municipal venues.

Participants: More than 1,500 participants, 300 volunteers and over 2,500 spectators will take part in the 2017 Connecticut Masters’ Games. Participants range from 30 to 90+. Since the inception of the CT Masters' Games in 1979, more than 45,000 amateur master athletes have participated in the “Games”.   

MISSION OF THE "GAMES”

  • To promote better overall health and fitness among citizens.
  • To recognize & reward Connecticut Master and Senior residents who have chosen to participate in the healthy, wholesome activities that reflect positively on them, their families and respective communities.
  • To provide a unique forum which embodies the Olympic spirit of competition.
  • To inspire the development of physical and competitive abilities by Connecticut amateur master athletes. 
  1. All five fields have lights
  2. All five fields have permanent fences
  3. Only water will be permitted into park
  4. Men's 65, 70, and 75 age groups will play at the CT Sports Complex 

  1. Field #1 has a permanent fence 
  2. Field #2 will have temporary fence installed for the CT Masters' Games Tournament
  3. Field #1 has lights 
  4. No restrictions on food and drinks in park


  1. Both fields have permanent fences
  2. Field #1 has lights
  3. No restrictions on food or drinks in park

***NEW CT Masters' Games Age Groups (non-qualifying for the National Senior Games)

  • 30-39, 40-49

Age Groups (qualifying age divisions for the National Senior Games)

  • 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

Please Note:

  • Age division for all team competition will be determined by the age of the youngest team player as of December 31, 2017. For example, a team consisting of eight players ages 65 or older and one player age 63 will compete in the 60+ age division

All teams are required to provide an official Score Keeper as part of their roster. We strongly recommend that the Score Keeper be an adult and must be present at each contest. The home team (which will be determined by a coin toss before each game) will be the official score keeper for that game with the visiting team also keeping score as a secondary or back up score book. The official Score Keeper will sit with the administration and volunteers at the scorer’s table or tent during the contest. The Score Keeper is now part of your roster and will be treated as a member of your team.

Skill Levels/ Divisions

Men

  • Platinum- Major Plus/ Major
  • Gold- AAA/ AA
  • Silver- AAA/ AA

Women

  • Gold- Major/ AAA
  • Silver- AAA/ AA
  • Women's Tournament (All Age Groups) - Saturday, May 13th - Sage Park, Berlin
  • Men's 50+ Division - June 3rd and 4th - Sage Park, Berlin 
  • Men's 55+ Division - June 3rd and 4th -   Sage Park, Berlin 
  • Men's 60+ Division - June 3rd and 4th - Smith Field, Middletown
  • Men's 65+ Division - June 5th and 6th - CT Sportsplex 
  • Men's 70+ Division - June 5th and 6th - CT Sportsplex
  • Men's 75+ Division - June 5th and 6th - CT Sportsplex 
  • This Tournament will be conducted in accordance with Senior Softball-USA(SSUSA) rules, except as modified herein.

The 2017 CT Masters' Games / SSUSA Tournament will be a qualifier for the following tournaments:

  • 2017 Eastern National Championship - Raleigh, NC - 8/1/17-8/6/17
  •  2017 LVSSA-SSUSA World Masters - Las Vegas, NV - 9/22/17-10/8/17

Please Note:

  • All teams who compete in the tournament will automatically qualify for the Eastern National Championship and LVSSA-SSUSA World Masters.
  • Age groups may be combined to provide opportunity for play.
  • Awards will be presented for 1st through 3rd place for each division within each age group.
  • Team rosters shall be limited to 22 persons, including non-playing coaches, non-playing captains and non-playing personnel. No more than 20 of these persons may be players.

Looking to join a team or find a doubles or mixed doubles partner? Click here to find a partner today!

  • The Partner Finder page allows you to create an online profile to assist you in finding a team and allows you to view players looking for team.
  • We ask all participants to use the Partner Finder page when looking for a player.
  • Questions – please contact us at (860) 788 7041 or Ryan@ctmastersgames.org

To view the rates of participating hotels the Connecticut Masters' Games exclusively offer, please click here.

REMEMBERING STEVE SIMMONS - SOFTBALL COORDINATOR

We are sorry to announce that longtime SSUSA National Director Steve Simmons, who is well known throughout the senior softball world, died as a result of severe injuries suffered in a boating accident.

Simmons, Steven T. Age 67 of Shorewood, MN went to be with the Lord on August 16, 2012 following a tragic boating accident in Rhode Island.

He was a member of Excelsior Covenant Church. Steve is preceded in death by his parents, George and Edna Simmons. His spirit lives on in the hearts of those who love him. Steve is survived by his wife of almost 40 years Nancy, children Melissa and Jeremy, grandchildren Lane and Dalton, brother Kenny Simmons (Bernice), sisters Debbie Aldrich (Geoff), Martha Miller (Garry), Susan Beauchemin (Michael) and Amy Marseglia (Bob) and many cousins including close double cousins, nephews, nieces and great nephews and nieces.

Steve was born and raised in Warwick, RI, graduated from Pilgrim HS in 1963 and URI in 1971 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Steve was employed as a Mechanical Engineer until his retirement from Marathon Oil Refinery at which time he fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing softball full time and running senior softball tournaments. He leaves behind many dear softball friends including friend and associate Terry Hennessy. Besides being deeply devoted to his family, Steve was loved by many for his energy, genuine compassion, dedication, and willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
 

The Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any stage in life, but this is especially true for older adults. Staying physically active can help stave off some of the telltale signs of “old age.” In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even moderate exercise and physical activity have been shown to improve the health of people who are frail or suffer from diseases that come with aging. What’s more, NIH says that making exercise a regular part of your lifestyle can even help maintain independence as you age.

Still need more encouragement to get moving? Start by cheering on your friends and neighbors who are participating in the Connecticut Masters’ Games this spring. And read on to learn more about the benefits of exercise for older adults.

Prevent or delay disease: Exercise may prevent or delay several aging-related ailments, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It can also be an effective part of a treatment plan for people who suffer from chronic conditions, including arthritis and high blood pressure.
Keep your mind sharp: Studies have shown that higher levels of physical activity reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia[1]. Additionally, exercise has been shown to maintain or improve some aspects of mental function as people age, such as the ability to quickly shift between two tasks, plan an event or activity, and sift between relevant and irrelevant information. This may be because exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain.
Improve your mood: Regular exercise is a great way to manage stress and help improve your mood. When you work out, your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals – neurotransmitters and endorphins – that can help you feel better. Additionally, physical activity increases a person’s body temperature, which may have calming effects.
Gain confidence: As we age, it’s common to feel less sure of yourself when it comes to things like balance, posture and your overall physical appearance. Regularly exercising can help with this. In particular, stability and core-focused exercises, such as yoga and Tai Chi, can help you walk with confidence throughout life, while also helping to reduce your risk of falling. Plus exercising will help you burn calories while toning and strengthening your muscles, which can help your clothes fit better and keep you feeling vibrant and energized.

With so many benefits to gain, I encourage all older adults to consider incorporating exercise into their daily lifestyle. Just remember to consult with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen or changing up your routine.

Dr. Dennis Hsieh is the regional medical director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in the East region. Serving nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement is the largest business dedicated to the health and well-being of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is a proud sponsor of the Connecticut Masters’ Games.

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