Senior softball league continues to make safety a top priority

Playing it safe has been in a constant state of evolution since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. For the Greater Madison Senior Softball (GMSS) league, they have had to make decisions about keeping their participants and spectators as healthy and safe as possible. In 2020, this meant canceling the season altogether. In 2021, the league returned to Verona Community Park, but organizers issued protocols and guidelines that were closely followed so as not to continue the spread of COVID-19.

With COVID cases going down and vaccinations ever-increasing, GMSS is close to being back to normal game play. But health and safety are still a top concern.

A big step the league is taking this year is investing in two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to keep at the ball fields.

Another change to this year’s safety measures for the league involves the use of “courtesy runners.” According to the GMSS website, “each participant is now required to answer a question on the registration form as to whether he or she will require a courtesy runner. Per GMSS policy and rules, courtesy runners are allowed for medical reasons only, such as heart issues or joint replacements, or the likelihood of joint or bone damage from hard running.”

The Greater Madison Senior Softball league was started in 2010 by childhood friends Ray Blum and Bob Ruhland. Since its inception, Smart Motors has been the league’s sole sponsor. GMSS is open to adults 55 years and older. GMSS has 24 teams this year with an average roster of 13­–14 players each. The season is already underway but registration for additional teams is now being accepted. Indoor practices are held at 6385 N. Towne Road, Windsor, WI. Regular league games take place every Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Verona Community Park at 451 E. Verona Ave. The season concludes on Sept. 1, 2022. For more information, check out the league’s website at

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