Reed City softball coach hoping to have summer season
REED CITY -- Roger Steig is looking for the "green light" to go off. If and when it does go off, high school softball could be returning to the area.
Steig, Reed City's softball coach has coordinated the Local Area Teams Conference, also known as the LAT League, in recent seasons.
Despite the cancellation of high school spring sports, including softball this season. Steig has set up a seven-week summer schedule among eight area schools. The teams are independent of the school but usually consists of high school age youngsters.
"I have the entire league set up with eight schools and have the schedule all set and ready to go," he said. 'We're waiting for the green light to go."
The eight teams include Reed City, Big Rapids and Pine River. The LAT League had one in Bristol and was organized by former coach Laura Mumby. Mike Nelson has taken over the team and will return to the summer league.
Other teams are Tri County, Mesick, McBain, Marion and Cadillac.
Big Rapids is coached by Bill Squires.
"We're going to start it a little earlier if can," Steig said. "If we get the green light we'll go the first week in June."
Games will be every Wednesday for seven weeks. Action starts at 6 p.m.
"This year, different than in the past, it's always been a building program for the future and we haven't allowed seniors to play," Steig said. "But this year for the first time, because of COVID-19 we're going to let seniors from all of those schools play in the LAT League.
"There will be four different locations going each night. Every night Reed City will host and Big Rapids and Pine River will host a lot. Each school will host a couple. We will go through the third week in July. We'll take the week of the Fourth of July off."
But it's all contingent on schools reopening and leagues being able to use the facilities during the summer.
"I don't think anybody knows, it's a day-to-day thing," Steig said. "Obviously we can't do anything until schools open it up to where we can gather in groups. Obviously we won't do anything without the schools' blessing."