By Walt Johnson | Mountaineer staff
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Coming off one of the most challenging softball seasons ever because of COVID 19, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation kicked off its 2021 fall softball season Aug. 3, 2021, at the Mountain Post Sports Complex.
More than 40 teams took part in the summer softball season, which lasted 10 weeks, including the playoffs. The excitement for softball didn’t end with the summer season concluding as 33 teams are now playing in the fall season.
Softball is one of the most popular sports in the United States and one of the most popular sports on post, according to Lorraine Thorson, Fort Carson intramural sports director.
“We are still excited about the summer softball season and the fact that we were able to get through it without stopping the season,” she said. “We ended up with a great summer season, and we are excited to see what the fall season will bring. The more outdoor seasons we can get through, the quicker we can feel we are getting back to normal, and that is something everyone wants.”
In addition to fall softball, DFMWR intramurals will be kicking off the flag football season Monday at the Mountain Post football and soccer complex adjacent to Ivy Physical Fitness Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thorson said the more outdoor sports that can be offered to Soldiers and their Families the better it is for morale and fitness, and her office is committed to making it happen.
“We know how important, from a morale- and fitness-standpoint, it will be for the Soldiers and Family members to have this time for recreation and just get out and enjoy the Colorado evenings,” Thorson said. “We all can feel a sense of normalcy coming back, and we just hope the people on post can benefit from the programs we offer.”
Kurtis Weaver, of the Nomads softball team, is an avid softball player who also plays at the All-Army level and in leagues in Colorado Springs. He said there are several people who play in the intramural league who also play competitive softball, and this is a great way for them to keep their edge.
“A lot of people play softball outside of the post, and some of us play at the highest level of military softball. I will be playing in the military worlds in September, for example,” Weaver said. “In addition to being able to play with my teammates, it also gives me the opportunity to keep sharp as we get ready for the competition at the worlds.”