Slow-pitch softball is a way of life for many of the over-60 crowd who play in our league.
Every week beginning mid-May around 120 seniors age 60 and older wrap aching joints, bandage cuts and bruises, and stretch those tired muscles to play in the Vancouver Metro Senior Softball Association.
Tired of getting walloped by younger teams in Portland’s slow-pitch softball league, Dick Berry and friends Gary Waite and Chris Demos decided to form their own league in 1994. The league became a reality when Clark College agreed to let it use an old baseball field on college property. In September of 2014 VMSSA enter into an agreement with Clark County to build a new ball field at Pacific Community Park. After 18 months of fund raising VMSSA started construction of the new ball field in February of 2016. In May of 2017 VMSSA began play at the new ball field.
Players are from both shores of the Columbia River with about 30% from Oregon. Some come from as far away as Toledo and Ocean Park in Washington, and from Dallas in Oregon. Many of our players are lifelong sportsmen. Some played baseball in high school or college, some played years of adult softball, and others are new to the game. All are welcome. Our oldest active player currently is 84.