Though they might be adversaries when standing on opposite sides of the courtroom, a group of Indianapolis lawyers is preparing to channel that adversarial nature into friendly competition on the softball diamond.
The Indianapolis Lawyers Softball League is gearing up for its 2017 season, set to open on May 25 at the Chuck Klein Softball Complex, 4702 Rockville Road, Indianapolis. The league plays every Thursday night, with 10 weeks of double-header games each week.
This year, the cost per team dropped to $450, but teams will also be responsible for a $100 fee to pay the umpire. The program is run through the Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department, which collects and disperses the fees.
So far, five teams have signed up for the 2017 season, but organizer Robert Ebbs with Glaser & Ebbs said when he started playing on the league nearly 25 years ago, there were so many teams that they had to be split into A and B leagues. To that end, Ebbs said more teams are always welcome to join in and increase the camaraderie and fun.
“It’s an ability to do something non-legal and non-adversarial with someone that you might otherwise do business with,” Ebbs said. “It’s good to get to know someone outside of the courtroom (and) not on the other side of a phone.”
The league is open to all judicial professionals, Ebbs said – attorneys, judges, staffers and the like. Additionally, non-legal friends of attorneys are welcome to join the league, he said.
To register a team, attorneys can contact Ebbs at 317-636-5211 or Michael DeChant with Indy Parks and Recreation at 317-605-4789.