Find a League In Your Area
By Steve LaMontia, Director of
The Southern Senior Baseball League (SSBL) operates out of Huntsville, Alabama and currently maintains three age
divisions: Over-30, Over-40 and Over-45. Over-25 players are allowed in
the Over-30 division with minor playing restrictions.
Players and teams come from the
north Alabama and south Tennessee areas with their games played in Alabama in
the cities of Huntsville, Madison and Decatur.
Phil Ellis is the current league
president, a role he accepted in 2011 after being a board member since
2007. "We anticipate 15 teams this year
and are proud of our growth. We kick off
around June 1st and continue through mid-August. This should be a fun year, capped off by our
annual Rocket City Classic tournament over Labor Day weekend in Huntsville.”
The Southern Senior Baseball League can trace its beginnings to the Spring/Summer
of 1990. Steve Parker placed an ad in the Huntsville Times instructing anyone
Over-40 interested in forming a baseball league to report to the Johnson High
School for an organizational meeting. This nucleus of players gathered on
successive weekends to practice and play baseball. After a couple of weeks
their numbers had swelled to enough to form four teams.
first couple of seasons had unique rules; no single individual could pitch over
three innings in a game and teams used four outfielders on defense. In 1992 the
league joined the MABL/MSBL organization and was one of only two stand alone
Over-40 leagues in the nation. The
league continued to grow and by 1997 they allowed Over-30 teams to participate.
Members and teams from the SSBL have participated in the MSBL Arizona World
Series, the MSBL Fall Classic and regional tournaments in Atlanta and Puerto Rico. They also host the Rocket City Classic, an annual Labor Day Tournament
that attracts teams from throughout the Southeast.
”The network of opportunities for players and organizations to participate
in baseball is unrivaled in the MSBL,” explained Ellis. "The personal interest that Steve Sigler takes
in the success of our local league positions it for success.”
Managing this league and coordinating the Rocket City Classic every year
must take a lot of time. Any advice for
other managers across the country?
Try not to take advantage of the players that are willing to help
you. The majority of players simply want
to play, but a very select few will step up to help in all the necessary
Here is the link to the SSBL website: http://www.eteamz.com/southernseniorbaseball/ Also, if you wish to find out more about this year’s Rocket City Classic in Huntsville you can e-mail Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org call 256-837-8490.