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Members of the Board of Directors and the Commissioner would like to express our sincere gratitude, for the support and patience that you, members of the Cape Cod Senior Softball League, have exhibited during the past several weeks as we have undertaken reopening preparations for the potential July 13, 2020 start date.
Please be advised that the July 13th start date is contingent upon the Governor’s Task Force Phase III State guidelines as well as further instructions from local agencies with regard to field availability and other requirements which may be requested.
On a personal note, as I enter into my thirtieth year as a member of the League I cannot remember when our League was required to suspend all softball activities—not hurricanes, bad weather or any other condition. It took a horrific pandemic COVID-19 virus to bring our League to a major halt and — it is not over by a long shot! So, as you begin your softball activities please be safe, vigilant and follow the “Safety Protocols” developed by our member subcommittee!!
I have included a number of informational items which will be helpful to each as you plan your own scheduling.
We have completed evaluations for new players on Wednesday June 24 and Saturday June 27 at Potter/Memorial Fields. Some 25 new players were evaluated by the respective Division PEAC members, Division Presidents and others. Thanks are in order for Brian Hastings, D/2 President, and Peter Cutler, Board member, for their outstanding planning, organization and supervision of this important event. Also a word of thanks for the many volunteers who gave a helping hand where needed. Following this activity PEAC members, along with their Division Presidents, were busily engaged in assigning new players to their respective teams. “A job well done by all!”
Additional thanks to Brian Hastings, Bob Snow and Ben Caswell, members of the CCSSL Board for their collaborative efforts in drafting a very comprehensive “Safety Protocols Requirements” for our League membership who will compete in Division 1, 2 and a combined 3/4 this season.
We have purchased hand sanitizers and wipes for use at otter/Memorial Fields. Managers are encouraged to remind their players of all Safety Protocols.
Based on our current numbers of CCSSL players who have committed to participant during the 2020 season in their respective Divisions we have organized the following teams:
Division 1(Cassidy) 13 players X 5 teams = 65 total players
Division 2 (Simpson) 13 players X 5 teams = 65 total players
Division 3/4 (Winnett- Rose) 13 players X 3 teams = 39 total players
(Unfortunately CCSSL will not be able to organize a separate Division 3 program during the 2020 season due to the lack of age appropriate Division 3 members.)
The total of 169 active CCSSL players represent a net loss of approximately 70+ paid members who have decided to either forego playing softball during the 2020 season due to personal health issues, COVID-19 pandemic concerns or other personal decisions as it relates to their softball activities.
ÞScheduled games will be on Potter/Memorial Fields located in Harwich.
Þ ÞAll CCSSL teams will have a scheduled 24 game schedule for the season.
ÞDue to time constraints and the numbers of players who travel to their winter residences in late September/early October we will not schedule any play off activities this season.
ÞBeginning in August all 6PM scheduled games will commence at 5:30PM in order to maximize daylight time.
Division 1 (Cassidy) President Don Saulnier.
Scheduled games will be played on Potter and Memorial Fields located in Harwich, Games commence at 6:00PM Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be a 7 inning event.
Division 2 (Simpson) President Brian Hastings.
Scheduled games will be played on Potter and Memorial Fields located in Harwich, Some scheduled games will be held on Baker Field located in Dennis or Homer Field, located in Yarmouth. Games will be scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings commencing at 6:00PM and will be a 7 inning event.
Combined Divisions 3 /4 (Winnett-Rose). Division 3 President Bob Snow. Division 4 President Charles Salerno.
Games will be scheduled Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Games will commence at 10:00AM and are scheduled for 7 innings.
We have decided to wear our CCSSL team shirts out of respect for our supportive sponsors who have given much to our League through their generous contributions
We have also decided to forego further continuation of a divisional/team play-off format. We are extremely pleased that we were able to organize some 24 games for our CCSSL members this season despite the untimely virus we have experienced since March 2020.
We also have decided to suspend the Annual Cape Cod Classic for the 2020 season. This decision was based on impact and a follow-up survey that Wayne Dragaer had reported.. It was apparent that participation by many of the off-Cape teams would not attend this season due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus and other health matters as we entered the month of September.
Further it was reported that without the 50/60 team attending this annual event our League could potentially lose a large sum of funds which our League depends upon for the continued fiscal management of the League.
The annual League Banquet,, scheduled for September 23, 2020 at the Riverway Restaurant has also been suspended. Indoor seating and other arrangements required by the restaurant management was also in doubt. We look forward to returning to this venue in 2021.
We have purchased the softball supplies for the 2020 season. Tony D’Allessandro, chairman, will distribute to each Team Manager an ample quantity of softballs for use during the 24 game schedule. Should Team Managers require additional softballs please contact Tony or Van. It is advised that team pitchers retain their softballs after each inning and to sanitize when possible—Safety Protocols!
We are pleased to report that Vic Roberts, our CCSSL Field Maintenance staff member, will return to his duties again during the 2020 season. Vic will be responsible for lining the fields and dragging the infields for each scheduled game and providing general maintenance duties for both Potter and Memorial Fields. A great addition to CCSSL!
Hopefully we wil get past this horrific period , move on, play some ball and look forward to the 2021 season when we can all come together and reactivate our 34th season.
Van Khachadoorian, Commissioner
The 2019 Joseph Cassidy Spirit of Softball Award winner is Wayne Draeger who has made the CCSSL Classic the envy of softball tournaments. Thank you, Wayne for all of your hard work!
The CCSSL’s 70’s Travel Team began the 2019 Tournament Season accepting an invitation to play in the Fifth Annual East Coast Senior Softball Tournament in Pompano Beach, Florida March 7th, 8th and 9th.
Playing together for the first time as the Cape Cod Dugout Dawgs, the team was seeded fourth out of 14 teams competing in the 70s age group.
The highlight of the tournament was on day two when the Dugout Dawgs beat last year’s Tournament Champion and this year’s number one seed Cc Medical Services 18-8. Cc Medical is rated by SSUSA as a Major Team.
The ECSS Tournament allows only 65 minutes per game and batters began each at-bat with a one and one count. The Dugout Dawgs batted all 14 players each game producing 118 hits with the team batting average of .608.
Additional tournament activity is planned this year including the Cape classic in September and the SSUSA Winter Nationals in Fort Myers, Florida in November.
Welcome to Our Player Profile Form!
We are looking to collect information on our players so that we can develop a profile that tells about the varied backgrounds of players. None of this information will be used to talk about individual players. It will allow us build a composite profile of the players in our league for public relations and fundraising purposes only.
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