This article is a year old, but claims that slow-pitch softball has been on a steady decline. An ASA (Amateur Softball Assoc.) rep says it’s because baby boomers are retiring from the sport and the new generation is more concerned with getting their kids into sports than they are with playing for themselves.
Slow-pitch is clearly past its heyday of the 80’s. You had leagues and tournaments in every town in America back then. Now it’s hard to find competitive leagues. I know of several that have disbanded over the last decade. The league I played in 10 years ago is gone. The league I’m in now has dwindled from 14 to 6 teams over the last 5 years. Weekend tournaments are almost a thing of the past.
I suppose the ASA guy is on to something, but I also think people just have more stuff to keep themselves occupied now.
So, how’s the sport in your area? I know we’ve got at least a few other players here. Is slow-pitch still thriving or are you seeing the same kind of decline in popularity?