RACINE COUNTY — It’s that time of year again. Registration for summer adult recreational sports, a sort of “pre-preseason” if you will, begins in January for the Village of Caledonia and City of Racine.
Although Racine has offered rec sports for years, it’s still a relatively new (and growing) phenomenon in Caledonia.
In Caledonia, coed kickball leagues are hosted on Monday and Friday nights, with men’s softball on Tuesdays, men’s 45-and-older softball Wednesday, and coed softball on Thursdays.
The City of Racine’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department offers three spring/summer rec sports: softball, beach volleyball and (new this year) outdoor pickleball.
What’s new, Caledonia?
“Lots of people still don’t know about Caledonia Parks and Rec,” Department Head Randall Solberg said.
Although Racine has more sports to offer — like pickleball, a badminton-like sport being cheered on by several members of Visioning A Greater Racine — Solberg notes that Caledonia’s leagues are more accessible to people on the north side of the county, and they’re also a little cheaper.
Sponsoring a softball team costs $200, plus $20 per player. For kickball, the player fee is still $20, but the sponsor fee is $170. Game balls are also included for softball.
Also, all Caledonia matches are played at Gorney Park, at the intersection of 7 Mile and Nicholson roads, at either 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
“There’s no running around. There’s no, one minute you’re on one side of town and one minute you’re on the other,” Solberg said. “My goal is not to steal Racine ball teams and bring them to Caledonia.”
Solberg is looking to get more teams to play in the Thursday night coed softball league in particular.
“We always have at least four teams. The max we can get is eight,” he said. “I was hoping by year four I was hoping to have most of my nights full.”
“Every year we have taken individuals and formed a team and they’ve stayed together,” Solberg added. “That’s one thing I’m really proud of.”