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We have run into a bit of a problem with Softball on Saturday. The fields were double booked. But, being older and wiser (maybe) we have a solution. You will all report to either Bassett Field or
Whitehouse Field Crowell Field on Saturday. Bassett is behind the Harwich Community Center. Whitehouse is the field before the softball fields. Crowell is behind the HCC. This is a baseball field. Looking at the front of the HCC. go in the parking lot on the right side of the building to the back of the lot. The field is right there. See you tomorrow!
New Player Evaluation Clinics
April 20th and 27th
Harwich Fields at 9 AM
As happens each year, the Board closely follows the applications that are submitted for the upcoming season. This season, the number of applications at this point is down by approximately 30 players or the equivalent of about two teams. In order to accommodate for this situation, yet still maintain competitive divisions, a decision to achieve this is necessary.
The Board, based on the number of applicants slated to play in each division has decided to combine the Winnett (3) and the Rose (4) divisions into a single division of 5 to 6 teams. Currently there are only enough players for 3.54 players in the Winnett Division and 2.85 teams in the Rose Division. This is a one-year decision and will be reviewed for the 2020 season. This decision will allow us to have three strong, competitive divisions with 5 to 6 teams in each. While we understand that this is not the ideal solution, it has presented itself as the best solution after considering at least a half dozen other possibilities. There may be a need to move some players up or down, in accordance with the Age Reassignment Policy and the need to balance teams in each division.
The Board feels that it is important to let players know in which division they will be playing sooner rather than later. Given that we are now about six week past the deadline for players to be guaranteed a place on a team, the Board is announcing this decision now.
“Saturday Spring Practice”
This year we will be returning to Dick Carroll’s “Mr. Chips” format.
What this means is that:
so it’s FREE.
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I want to let all players know that the Board of Directors for the league today set the ages for our divisions. We are also going to honor some of the founders of our league by naming the divisions after them.
We will once again have 4 competitive divisions plus the Masters Division which will be as follows:
In compliance with our Division Placement Policy, some players may be eligible to play in division younger than their age. This process will be handled by the Age Reassignment Committee (ARC). Players who were rated in the bottom 15% of their division may be subject to being moved to the next older division.
Any player who wishes to play in the division higher than their age should let me know as soon as possible along with the reason for the request.
No player should be sending in requests to play in a younger division. Those issues will be handled by the Age Reassignment Committee at a later date in accordance with the League Policy!
Once again, I ask for your assistance in getting in applications as soon as possible. Everyone who has an application in and paid for by February 15 will receive the reduced rate of $100 and be guaranteed a spot on a team. Those applying after that date will be charged the rate of $125. All new players will be charged the rate of $100 regardless of when they pay. Your attention to this matter will help us to be able to organize the teams in the proper divisions. Anyone who has already applied does not have to do it again, however those who have applied but not yet paid their fee, will be subject to the full fee of $125 if it is not paid by February 15th.
As always, contact me with any questions.
The Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade will be retired Yarmouth Police K9 Officer and longtime CCSSL player, Peter B. McClelland who will lead the parade. This year’s parade is in honor of Sgt. Sean Gannon and his K9 partner Nero, who together marched in last year’s parade.
The parade will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 and will Have a group from the CCSSL marching as they travel along Route 28 in Yarmouth. The theme of this year’s parade is the “Spirit of the Community.”
Peter McClelland encompasses all aspects of this year’s theme for the parade. He worked for the Yarmouth Police Department for 30 years and most of those years were spent being a K9 dog handler. Mr. McClelland trained K9 Nero from the time he was a puppy and started training him with Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon, who eventually took him full time.
After the tragic events that took place on April 12, 2018, where Officer Sean Gannon was fatally shot in the line of duty, and K9 Nero sustained critical injuries, McClelland rushed to the hospital where he stood by K9 Nero’s side during his surgery. Mr. McClelland continued to stay by Nero’s side day and night for six days in the ICU. K9 Nero was eventually sent home with Mr. McClelland for three months of rehabilitation. K9 Nero returned to the Gannon home in August.
“The people of Cape Cod were left devastated after the senseless loss of Officer Sean Gannon, and the injuries to K9 Nero. Mr. McClelland’s dedication, compassion and strength during Nero’s recovery along with his continual updates on Nero’s progress, helped to lift the spirits of this heartbroken Cape Cod community at a time when it was greatly needed,” said Desmond Keogh, Chairman for the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade Committee.
Early in November, the Cape Cod Sharks 80's team participated in the 2019 Winter Nationals in Ft. Myers, Fla. The team lost their final game to the Chicago Geezers, creating a three way tie for first place with the Geezers and Peachtree Restaurant from Pennsylvania. All three teams posted 5 and 1 records, so officials had to go to the tie breaker method. Head to head they were even, but Chicago gave up the fewest runs so was declared the winner and the Sharks took second place.
The team consisted of outfielders Hank Baldessarri, Bob Blakeslee, Bob Buck, Rob Robidoux, John Seliga, John Lamberti and infielders Peter Brooks, Ray Castellano, Jack Deschamps, Jim VanBaalen and Chris Sweeney. Jim Parmelee and Vince Van Norman were the designed hitters. Jim Lutes did the catching and Rich Johnston supplied most of the pitching.
Four players were named to the All-Tournament Team: Rob Robidoux, John Seliga, Jack Deschamps and Hank Baldessarri.
The team thanks the league for their support.
MARINERS WIN CONNECTICUT MASTERS
The Cape Cod Mariners “ AAA” 60’s travel team took home the championship in the Connecticut Masters Tournament the weekend of June 16-17 in Middletown, Connecticut.. The Mariners finished with a 4-1 record. The team displayed great team defense, outstanding pitching and enough offense in a roller coaster hitting performance to secure the title.
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.
Just Think, if You Apply This Year at the Age of 50, You Could be Playing for the Next 47 Years!
Senior Softball Team Features a 97 Year Old Catcher and a 90 Year Old Pitcher!
Sometimes, we only see our fellow players out on the field. However, there are many interesting aspects off the field, such as this article from the Worcester Business Journal about one of our players and Board members, Ron Scarborough. You can read about Ron's work at Becker College by checking out the link below.
The Cape Cod Chronicle ran a nice story on the Back Office Associates Travel Teams
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As you enter the path that leads to Memorial Field, be sure to take a look to your left and see the new memorial to Joe Cassidy, the founder of our league! Joe is the player who made this possible for all of us by starting Senior Softball here on Cape Cod back in 1987.
278 Players Have Applied for 2019 as of 4/17/19
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With the arrival of spring (and hopefully milder weather), every Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Tuesday, April 16th, at Kelley1 in Dennis will be open for the Masters batting practice beginning at 9:15 AM and pick-up games. Playing on any of these days is, of course, contingent on weather conditions.
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