Roy Hobbs Sunshine Classic
About the Sunshine Classic
The Roy Hobbs Sunshine Classic is a series of 4-day age-group specific adult baseball events, held in Fort Myers at the Player Development Complex during February and March.
It is an event that focuses on adults playing baseball in sunny SW Florida in the dead of winter and early spring. It’s about a celebration of being able to play ball, re-unite with friends and perhaps get ready for the coming summer season.
It is unique for any number of reasons.
First it is a full locker room event, with full amenities similar to what professional teams do during spring training. (However, locker room privileges have been suspended in 2021 due to Covid-19 — plan is to resume full locker room operation in 2022.)
Second, it is a non-championship event with a 6-game guarantee over 4 days, playing one afternoon game the first day, double-headers on days 2 & 3, and a single game on Day 4 — that game matches teams with similar records who have not played each other, for bragging rights, so to speak.
Third, the event is invitational, and teams must be in good standing with Roy Hobbs to receive an invitation. For new teams, to get on the list for an invitation, send an email to our teammate support address firstname.lastname@example.org … We are limited to 10-14 teams per division due to field availability and locker room space. The divisions are: 35+, 45+, 50+ 55+, 60+, 65+ 70+ and Family Ties.
Fourth, lunch is served each day, ranging from sandwiches to burgers to BBQ chicken and salad.
Fifth, Roy Hobbs is committed to forming free agent teams in each division — in 2021, there will be 9 free agent teams as we received more than 150 free agent player registrations. Many players get picked up by set teams; however, we reserve a spot in the field for our free agents … because this is all about playing baseball. Winning is nice, but playing is better.
Yes, en total, it is a unique event, and it has sold out each of the last 3 years, and continues to go as we work with our Lee County hosts to provide more dates.
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