“I think it’ll attract more people because it ... gives people a goal to make our tournament,” said Hoover, the office manager for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). “There’s a lot of interest in the undercurrent — who’s better, the House or the Senate, and this is one way someone can actually claim the title.
“Not that I’m saying we’re better than the House, by any means. But I think it’s going to make everyone really excited.”
Reed envisions the championship game as becoming something bigger than the tournaments that spawned the two champions.
“We want it to be a fun competition, an annual rivalry,” Reed said. “That’s the plan. The long-term vision is something like the Congressional baseball game, for it to become an event in the dog days of summer.”
Registration for the House Softball League opened Friday and is open to teams outside of Congress, as is Caruso’s league. Registration for the CSL starts today, and while Caruso said he has no idea which teams will be returning, he promises what has become the benchmark of his league: a casual atmosphere.
“If people want to go out there and do what they want to do, that’s fine,” Caruso said, wishing the new league best of luck. “Whoever comes and plays [for us], we’re still casual.
“We’ll play against the new league, too. But if we play against you and you knock someone out, guess what — we’re not going to cover you,” Caruso added with a friendly laugh.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.