About Us

 Remember: "You don't stop playing softball because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing softball."

POPS (Past Our Prime Softball) was formed as a men’s adult league in 1998 by Dr. Keith Pastuch, who was a scholarship college baseball player and played at high levels of softball all over the South Shore of LI. As a doctor specializing in athletic injuries, he found himself treating many men in their 40’s, 50’s & 60’s who were getting hurt playing in various softball leagues. He noted that most of the injuries were caused by older players trying to keep up with players much younger. The idea was born, and the league started with a bunch of friends who recently turned 40 years old wanting to continue to play competitive softball - but not against 20-something year olds or against players the same age as their kids. What started as 6 teams playing on weeknights after work rapidly attracted more and more players and soon enough, POPS 40 & Over took off. After running smoothly for a number of years, POPS established a 50 & Over and recently a 60 & over league. All 3 leagues continue to grow and POPS now has over 34 teams with over 550 players. 

POPS is widely recognized as one of the best run, premier men's softball leagues on Long Island. 

We play games on some of the finest fields in Nassau County, including Baldwin Park Turf, Wantagh Park Turf, Bay Park Turf,  Eisenhower Park and Shell Creek Park, as well as on fields of some high schools including JFK HS and our "home field" at Oceanside HS. We use Clincher Gold softballs, high arc pitching of 6-10 feet, and special rules designed to prevent injuries (see POPS Rules on our website). Games are 9 innings long. In this league everyone hits (continuous batting) and everyone plays the field if they want to. POPS’ one application fee covers everything, including uniforms, umpires, balls, bases, permits, insurance & fields – players just show up and have a good time.

POPS Spring-Summer Ball season has 3 divisions in the 40 & Over league and the 50 & Over league. Each league has an American division (for the highest performing teams), a National division (for teams performing just below the highest level), and a Central division (for newer and all other teams). The 40 & Over league games are played Mondays through Tuesdays, while the 50 & Over league games are played on Thursdays & Fridays and 60 & Over plays on Wednesday, so as not to conflict with any POPS leagues play. This allows many in POPS to play in two different leagues. The season begins in the first week of May, with Championships held in mid - late August. ASA/USA umpires are provided, and when possible a POPS Director or Field Supervisor is at games, to resolve any misunderstandings of rules or other issues. 

Every team makes the playoffs, which utilize a double elimination format. Standings are kept throughout the season in each league to determine parity in the divisions and positions for the playoffs.

POPS Fall Ball season, which plays from September through October, has two divisions in the 40+ & 50+Over combined league (which plays Mondays and Tuesdays), a 55+/60 & Over league (which plays on Wednesdays), and a Father & Son league (which plays on Thursdays). 

All divisions in both the Summer and Fall seasons have their own Champion. Players on the championship teams in the Summer league receive awards (such as jackets or sweatshirts), and each manager receives the coveted “Pastuch Diamond” (a beautiful, engraved crystal trophy). 

Our popular All-Star game is played at the end of the Summer season. Fair teams are chosen by POPS Directors from the 40 & Over and 50 & Over league All-Stars. Each All-Star player receives a shirt to commemorate the day. Introduction of players, game commentary, and a nice turnout highlight the night. 

We also make sure POPS is a part of the communities we play ball in. We give out scholarships to children of our players who are graduating high school seniors and to the high schools in the areas whose fields we play on. In addition POPS Softball donates to "Families in Need." POPS has been able to do some amazing things with the money raised. For example, POPS gave out over $5,000 to families in local communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. 

POPS’ philosophy is simple – to provide a safe, friendly, and fun environment to play competitive softball. POPS is about more than just playing softball – it’s also about camaraderie. Countless friendships have been made among players from all teams. Whining is discouraged, and inappropriate behavior is not tolerated – it has no place in POPS. Our 11-member Board of Directors and 3 -Field Supervisors under the leadership of Commissioner Keith Pastuch, ensures that the league stays on course. 

For more information about POPS, including how to become part of the league (either as an individual or as an entire team), please contact Keith “Commish” Pastuch at commish@popsoftball.com