The Other Summer Sports On Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Baseball League, founded in 1885, is the best-known summer sports organization on the Cape, drawing college-age men from across the nation for what can be a steppingstone to the minor and major leagues. CCBL teams are based in Brewster, Bourne, Yarmouth-Dennis, Falmouth, Hyannis, Chatham, Orleans, Cotuit, and Wareham, with the Harwich Mariners playing its games at Whitehouse Field near Monomoy Regional High School. Players are participating in a regular season that began on June 14 and will end on Aug. 3, with games being held almost every night somewhere on the Cape. In addition, the League sponsors the All-Star game in Chatham on July 23, and a playoff series in early August. CCBL players, who live in local homes, also participate in practice sessions, workshops, and other baseball-related events throughout their season.

While the CCBL is the Cape’s most popular amateur sports program, it is not the only one representing the great American pastime.

The Cape Cod Senior Softball League, organized in 1987 and with roots in Harwich, has a membership of over 250 active players aged 55 and up, distributed among three divisions and 15 teams. In addition, the league has created a new “Masters Division” for men who are more interested in recreational, rather than competitive softball games. The CCSSL sponsors the Cassidy Cup Tournament in May and early June, and a regular season from May 22 through mid-August, followed by playoff and champion series. Then, in early September, the League hosts the “Cape Cod Senior Classic,” a six-day event that attracts 50 teams from the East Coast and Canada.

The Barnstable American Legion Baseball League, established by Post #206 in 1912, and part of District 10 which includes much of southeastern Massachusetts, sponsors a season that runs from June 4 to July 12, with its playoff series being held July 14 to 20. Among its 14 teams of high school players are three from the Cape, representing Sandwich, Barnstable, and Orleans. In addition, the Cape Cod Senior Babe Ruth League hosts a season for college men that commences on June 6 and continues through July 30, followed by its own playoff series. This league has eight teams from towns in southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, including the Lower Cape Team that plays its home games at Whitehouse Field in Harwich.

In addition to these baseball and softball leagues, other sport programs offer residents and visitors alike a pleasant outdoor experience during the summer months.

The Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League, founded in 1971, has long been a favored alternative for those who prefer that sport to baseball. The CCASL fields seven teams from Falmouth, Sandwich, Orleans-Eastham [Nauset Storm], and Wellfleet, as well as the Mid-Cape United Team that plays at the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich, and the Harwich Blues whose games are held at the Jimmy McPhee Field near Whitehouse Field. Often an outlet for former high school players, the league’s season is roughly the same length as that of the CCBL, with games played on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The end of the season is marked by a league playoff series to determine the winner of the Davis Cup.

The Cape Cod Women’s Soccer League, smaller and with a season of shorter duration than its male counterpart, fields five teams comprised of women age 17 and older, representing Mashpee/Dennis-Yarmouth, Sandwich, Orleans (Lower Cape), Barnstable, and Falmouth. League games are played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June 13 through July 27, with a two-day playoff series in early August.

The Cape Cod Lacrosse League sponsors games and tournaments from late June through early August. The four teams in the Men’s Division, representing Hyannis, Falmouth, Sandwich, and Orleans, play on Monday and Wednesday nights in Sandwich from June 21 through July 24, with the 32nd Annual Cape Cod Lacrosse League Championship being decided on July 26 on the Sandwich Pop Warner Fields. The Women’s Division games are played at Cape Cod Community College on Monday nights, July 10 through Aug. 14. Players in both divisions are collegiate and post-collegiate.

The Cape Cod Professional Golfers Association sanctions a number of tournaments during the summer, part of a series that actually begins in mid-April and ends in October and utilizes many of the fine courses that are on the Cape. In addition, the Massachusetts Open Golf Championship was played in Falmouth on June 12 to 14, and the Massachusetts Father-Daughter Championship Golf Tournament is hosted in Sandwich in August. The Cape Cod Junior Golf Association also sponsors a tournament at the Hyannis Golf Course on July 5.

The Cape Adult Sports League (CASL) offers a variety of league, tournament, and game opportunities for adults wishing to participate in sports such as bowling, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, kickball, softball, ultimate and volleyball.

For those who prefer to observe rather than participate in sports, during the course of the summer the Cape also offers youth baseball, soccer, and field hockey leagues as well as bicycling, sailing, and lifeguard-related events. Information on many of these is available online and through the local media.