Grab your friends and/or coworkers—fall registration is underway for flag football, slow-pitch softball and kickball through July 21. We visited with Adult Sports Supervisor Natalie Nimmo to find out what makes these leagues so popular. Games begin in mid-August. To register, please visit Plano Adult Sports.
Plano Parks and Recreation: How long have you been Adult Sports Supervisor for Plano Parks and Recreation and what do you do in this role?
I have been in my position for 1.5 years. As the Adult Sports Supervisor, I am responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the adult sport leagues, tournaments, etc. offered by the City of Plano. I supervise the day-to-day operations including financial, maintenance, risk management, rentals and programming of the facility, and ensure the facility is clean and safe for all patrons.
PARD: What do you enjoy most about your job?
I LOVE sports, so having a job that allows me to be involved with sports is awesome. I also really enjoy getting to be outside at our fields working with patrons face-to-face.
PARD: How many people on average typically sign up for fall sports, and how many games do you schedule in one season?
We typically have 250+ teams (3,750 participants) sign up for the various leagues that we offer, including slow-pitch softball, flag football and kickball. We schedule roughly 2,000 games a season, and that doesn’t even include games that have to be rescheduled due to rainouts.
PARD: What’s your favorite sport that we offer and why?
My favorite sport that we offer here in Plano is slow-pitch softball. Our softball league is also our largest league. It’s my favorite sport that we offer because I grew up playing softball… it’s in my blood.
PARD: Why do you think most adults like playing on rec leagues? What are the benefits?
I think our league participants enjoy playing in our recreation leagues for several different reasons—it is a great form of exercise, league participants play to blow off steam after a long day at work, and it is also a great way to socialize with friends, family and coworkers.
PARD: How popular has our Adult Sports program been with local businesses? What companies have leagues with us?
Plano is BOOMING right now, as we all know. Many local businesses come to us to provide their employees with a way to socialize with one another. There are too many companies to name them all, but just a few who play with us include State Farm; Mercedes Benz; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; PepsiCo; Cinemark Theatres; A #1 Heating and Air Conditioning; Hilton; and Denbury Resources. We programmed leagues for State Farm during the summers of 2016 and 2017—in fact, 25 teams participated in our State Farm slow-pitch softball league in the summer of 2016. This summer we have 18 teams playing in that same league.
PARD: What would you say to someone who might be on the fence about signing up?
I would invite them to come out for a night and watch some of our league games. We offer high-quality leagues that they are sure to enjoy. We have beautiful facilities that are well-maintained and our staff does an excellent job at ensuring a positive experience.
PARD: What are your goals for future growth of the Adult Sports program as Plano continues to grow and diversify?
NN: We plan to continue to offer leagues that meet the needs of all of our citizens here in Plano. We want to offer something for everyone. Our goal is to continue to offer a variety of new leagues as they become popular.