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Winter Newsletter

January 2020

Greetings from sunny Florida! With the passing of our 2019 holiday season we hope that you are all in good health and that your holidays were enjoyed with family and friends. We arrived in Stuart early December with my primary goal to rehab my recent back surgery in the warmth of the Florida sun. We are pleased to see seven of our CCSSL members playing winter softball in the Treasure coast Softball league consisting of six mixed-age teams (60+). Unfortunately I will be unable to join my fellow Cape teammates this season—perhaps all will be well in the future!

As I prepare this Winter Edition of the CCSSL newsletter containing recent Board actions, committee reports and other pertinent League news items, I do so with one primary purpose: to keep our membership fully engaged and informed of the numerous events which have occurred during the past several months as we prepare for the opening dates of the 2020 softball season.

To begin: In October 2019 I appointed a number of capable and experienced League members to serve as chairmen for four separate and important committee assignments whose purpose and responsibilities were to review all existing policies, i.e. rules, umpire management and League structure.

In the following paragraphs I shall attempt to briefly summarize the committee outcomes as reported to the Board of Directors during the months of December, January 2019-2020.

 

Rules Committee. Chairman Rich Barber; members: Peter Cutler, John Vaughn, John Harper, Bill Prodgers, Brad Martinson and Charles Salerno.

This committee was requested to review all existing League rules currently available in the Rules Handbook and to propose language changes or major revisions as needed. The following were recommended changes for discussion and Board action:

  1. “Force Play Rule”(at 2nd base, page 43). Recommendation that it be repealed in its entirety. This rule has caused much controversy, misinterpretation and disruption for players, managers and especially for our umpire staff throughout many seasons.

Members of the Board unanimously voted to approve the recommendation as submitted.

 

  1. “Sliding”. Recommended new rule: “Runners may, at their discretion, slide into second or third base (head or feet first)” Board members unanimously approved the “Slide Rule” to become effective during the 2020 season. A full text of the newly adopted “Slide Rule” is contained on page 34, §8A in the Rules Handbook. (Be advised that a comprehensive Rules Handbook will be distributed to all team managers and members of the Board for reference as needed.)

 

Policy Review Committee. Chairman Terry Moran; members: Bill Campbell, Peter Goode and Dave Noonan.

The Policy Review Committee of the CCSSL has completed its work for the 2020 season and presented its recommendations to the full Board of Directors. While many of the recommendations were wording changes only, there are three major areas where there were significant changes and rethinking of how the league operates. These three are as follows:

1. There was a strong feeling among the committee members and in conjunction with the recommendations of the League Structure Committee to create FOUR competitive divisions for the league in addition to the recreational Carroll Masters Division. With age ranges of 40+ years, it was necessary to rethink and reorganize the divisions not just along age guidelines, but also based on ability, as our bylaws allow. In this manner,
 

competitive balance could be maintained across all divisions. For the 2020 season, the approximate ages for divisions will be as follows:

Cassidy Division      50-59

Simpson Division     60-69

Winnett Division      70-76

Rose Division           77+

However, the first criteria for placement within a division for 2020 will be based on the 2019 ratings for each division. For the Cassidy and Simpson Divisions, the top 50 rated players in each division will remain in that division. For the Winnett Division, the top 30 rated players in the 2019 Winnett/Rose Division will be placed in the 2020 Winnett Division. The remaining players will be placed in an appropriate division based on age and ability.

2. Policies, which were previously limited to review every two years, will now be subject to review at the conclusion of each season when necessary.

3. There have been some instances where players have been limited to either morning or evening play. Where this is the case due to ability or safety, players will be given a one-year waiver, informing them that they will be placed in the appropriate division the following season.

 

Umpire Committee. Chairman Charles Salerno. The Chairman has informed the Board that, at this time, he will be working independently and is in the process of planning and organizing his goals for the 2020 season as they relate to the management of the umpire program. As “Umpire in Chief” of the League this season, Charlie has indicated that several objectives will be addressed:

  1. Umpire Recruitment. A high priority endeavor.
  2. Umpire Training. Both classroom and field sessions.
  3. Umpire Compensation plan and further recommendation.
  4. Umpire Schedules for all divisions and Classic games.
  5. Umpire Uniforms and Supplies. We are most confident that Charlie will accomplish his duties with competent and successful outcomes. More information will be forthcoming as we finalize the overall umpire management programs.

 

League Structure Committee. Chairman Ben Caswell; members Bob Callahan, Brian Hastings, Charles Salerno, Ed Jay, Don Saulnier.

Immediately following the 2019 season the Board of Directors began to consider possible revisions for improvements to our league and division structure. The rationale, recommendations and process are as follows:

 

Rationale - The two main rationales for proposed revisions to structure and process involve both ends of our “age continuum”.  Since we lowered the entry age to 50 two years ago, we have grappled with both the youngest division age span, as well as the significantly increased pace of play. These issues have become both safety and logistical challenges. Also, in our oldest groupings the last two seasons have produced well-documented failure to provide acceptable consistent divisional structure for appropriate competitive play. Again, both are safety and logistical challenges.

 

Recommendations – After much discussion and consideration of various issues and alternatives the board of directors has determined the following for the 2020 season:

  • Four divisions with a minimum of 4 teams will be established.
  • An ability-based placement system will be implemented. You will qualify to stay in whatever division you played in last year (if you choose to) based on this system.
  • For the placement of new players and divisional structure, the following age groupings are established:
    • Cassidy Division           50 - 59
    • Simpson Division          60 - 69
    • Winnett Division           70 – 76
    • Rose Division               77 and up

 

Process – Player evaluations will form the basis for ability-based placement for the 2020 season. To be clear, managers did initial evaluations of their 2019 rosters. Those evaluations were then vetted by the managers as a group and each division PEAC. The process then is as follows:

  • Returning (veteran) player drafts for each division will take place in April.
  • Supplemental drafts of remaining veteran players and new players will take place as soon as possible, after new player evaluations.
  • Divisional PEACs will review draft results for actual team assignments immediately.

 

While the board of directors has attempted to take as many variables as possible into consideration for the upcoming season, we are realistic about the concern and/or confusion that may come up. We respectfully ask for everyone’s support and patience as this transpires. The best thing each of you can do is register for 2020 (if you haven’t already) and get yourself ready for an exciting 2020.

 

LEAGUE UPCOMING EVENTS. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!    

  1. Weather permitting, open practice will begin March 28 through April 4 at 9AM, Potter and Memorial Fields.
  2. April 11. (Saturday 11:30AM) New Player Orientation, Harwich Community Center. An important session for new players. Attendance is urged!
  3. April 18 and April 25 (Saturdays @ 9AM) Potter and Memorial Fields. New Players evaluations.

April 22 (Wednesday at 5PM) New Player Evaluations

  1. May 2 (Saturday) Team makeup Harwich Community Center 1-3:30PM (All Divisions)
  2. May 8 (Friday) Mandatory Mgrs. Meeting (All Div.) Harwich Community Center 6:30PM
  3. May 11 (Monday) Pre-Season games begin.
  4. May 15 (Friday) Pre-season games end.
  5. May 18 (Monday) Regular Season games begin,
  6. August 15 (Saturday) General League Meeting and Election of Officers. All CCSSL members are urged to attend the annual meeting. TBD room availability
  7. August 17 (Monday) Regular season games end.
  8. August 18 (Tuesday) Make up games as needed.
  9. August 19 (Wednesday) Division Play-Off Games begin
  10. August 29  (Saturday) Division Play-Off Games end
  11. August 31 (Monday)  Division Play-Off games If necessary!
  12. Sept. 11-12-13 Cape Cod Classic Games 50’s, 60’s 65’s
  13. Sept. 14-15-16    Cape Cod Classic Games 70’s, 75’s 80’s
  14. Sept. 23 (Wednesday)Annual League Banquet  Riverway Lobster Restaurant, S. Yarmouth

 

GENERAL LEAGUE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1. MASTERS’ DIVISION SCHEDULE FOR THE 2020 SOFTBALL SEASON. Weather permitting, members of the League who are interested are welcome to join the “Masters” on or around the first Tuesday in April. Masters’ Division registration fee is $25.00 annually and is open to all ages and ability levels. Masters Division plays every Tuesday and Thursday morning 9AM-Noon at Kelley #1 Softball field located in South Dennis. A great environment, relaxed and friendly, a good place to improve your skills, meet new members and rehab your injuries.

2. UMPIRES. ATTENTION PLAYERS. The Board of Directors of the CCSSL is committed to providing support to the volunteers who have given of their time umpiring games. Training will be provided this spring for returning and new umpires.  The Board will be providing resources to all umpires and various forms of compensation are being discussed.  If you are new to the League or have never umpired before, please consider volunteering to umpire for the coming season. Easy to do, just send your contact information to Head umpire Charlie Salerno at charles.salerno@comcast.net or call him at (508)775-5449 to apply or to get additional information. We would appreciate your help.

3. MANAGERS NEEDED. As we prepare for the 2020 softball season there is always a need for team managers for the four divisions being organized.  And, yes, we are committed to establish  a viable active and well-structured Division Four consisting of four balanced teams. If you are interested and wish to serve as a team manager in one of the four divisions during the 2020 season, please contact the Division President or Van (508-360-3454). Thanks, we need your help.  

4. WEBMASTER. We are pleased to report that Terry Moran has agreed to remain as the League’s Webmaster for the 2020 season. I am sure that you are all aware of Terry’s expertise and competence in the computer field and the extraordinary work he has accomplished.  On a separate note, please be advised that all website notices or related League news items must be approved by the Commissioner and Terry Moran prior to release on our website. We simply want to monitor the use and frequency of the League’s site.

5. AGE REASSIGNMENT COMMITTEE (ARC). This Committee has been disbanded for the 2020 Season. Committee: members: Dave Noonan, Chairman; members Don Saulnier, Brian Hastings, John Harper and Mike Hanafee. Thanks you for your service over the past several years and for your willingness to assist with this very important assignment.

 

 
  1. 65+ TRAVEL TEAM REPORT. CONGRATULATIONS 65+: CAPE COD MARINERS

A number of Cape Cod Senior Softball League players on the independent Cape Cod Mariners “65  Major“ Senior Softball travel team recently completed a very successful first season in Orlando, Florida by winning the ISSA “65 Major“ USA  Championship and  the “65 Major” Winter World Championship.

 

The Mariners defeated the perennially powerful High Street Bucs from Baltimore, Maryland by a score of 18-12 in the USA Championship game. The never say die Mariners followed that up defeating the Ted Todd team from Naples, Florida to win the World Championship title.

Trailing by five runs in the top of the seventh in the World Championship game the Mariners scored nine runs with two outs and then held Ted Todd to one run in the bottom half of the seventh to take home the title of World Champions by 22-18 score.

 

The Mariners also had four other successful tournaments against some strong competition during the 2019 season. The team won the ISSA  "AAA"  Northeastern Championship this past June in Drifton, PA, won the 13th Annual Winter National 65 "Major" title in October in Virginia Beach, finished third in ISSA Summer World Tournament in Richmond in August and took home second place in the Cape Cod Classic in September.

 

The Mariner roster included: Dave Pina, Peter McClelland, Larry Kanupp, Bob Maruca, Ron Scarborough, Tony D’Alessandro, Joe Frongello, Bob Petrucci, Dave Hadden, Ron Mitchell, Paul O’Brien, Danny Kelly, Dave Kuchinsky, Ken Bavier, Rich Bettley, Danny Sides and Brian Faria.

 

The Mariners are supported by and grateful to the Ockers Company, Struck Catering, Kaleidoscope Imprints, the Network Insurance Agency, the Cape Cod Paper Company and several anonymous donors. The team wishes to thank all their sponsors for a great season!

 

7. 70’S TRAVEL TEAM REPORT: CAPE COD DUGOUT DAWGS

The 70’s Travel Team has started Spring Training with weekly practices at the Dugout Batting Cages in Hyannis and at softball leagues in the Villages and other locations on the Florida Gulf Coast as they prepare for their first tournament in 2020 with a return visit to the EAST COAST TOURNAMENTS in Pompano Beach, Florida March 5th, 6th and 7th .

 

The EAST COAST TOURNAMENTS runs from March 4th to 15th with over 50 teams in the 50’s, 60’s, 65’s and 70’s . The CCSSL 70’s Travel Team is made up exclusively of players from our league.  Other teams in the tournament will draw from the best players available in their area. Last year two Major League Baseball Players Jose Canseco and Mariano Duncan were both playing on one of the 50’s teams. The 70’s Travel Team’s tournament name is the CAPE COD DUGOUT DAWGS.

 

At last year’s EAST COAST TOURNAMENT, the 70’s team defeated the defending champion from 2018. They are looking forward to another outstanding tournament this year playing against strong competition. The team is also considering tournaments in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island this summer and a tournament in Ft. Myers, FL in November. They will be playing in the Cape Cod Classic this Fall. Making the trip to Pompano Beach this year are the following team members: Richie Archambault, Bob Callahan, Norm Carpenter, Ross Coppelman, John Curry, John Danby, Ed Donahue, Wayne Draeger, Bill Eagan, Tom Farrell, Steve Grolnic, Eddie Jay, Bob Pfeifer and Tom Radziewicz. 70’s Travel Team members not attending the Pompano Beach tournament are: Peter Flaherty, Dave Noonan, Bob Snow and John Vaughan. If you are in Pompano Beach area March 5th - 7th the team will playing at the Four Fields Complex at 1700 NE 8th Street. Stop by and say hello! Best of luck to our 70’s Travel Team -they always make the CCSSL proud!

 

 

We are saddened with the passing of four long term CCSSL members during the 2019 season and early into 2020:

Alan “Doc” Seigal. Member of the League some 20+ years. A self-made pitcher who worked very hard at his craft during his tenure. Compiled over two hundred wins as a member of the League and on several Travel Teams.

William “Bill” Colville.  Member of CCSSL over twenty years. A versatile talented infielder/outfielder who played on several championship teams during his career. A consummate gentleman, wonderful personality, the ultimate team player who was very much respected.

Walter Pollack. Outstanding pitcher, great “fun guy” who enjoyed the game and being with his teammates. Walter played with a strong desire to compete at the highest level.

Dennis Redding.  In early January 2020 after several long months battling cancer. A member of the “Dunkies”, he remained upbeat, a great storyteller of his days as a replay judge making key football decisions. Dennis also served as a member of the Rules Committee giving Power Point presentations of the rules required to be a League umpire. A true gentleman who enjoyed the comradery of his friends and teammates.

 

Each of these long –standing members of the League who have recently passed shall be truly missed by their teammates and colleagues. Rest in Peace as you enter your “homecoming”. Each of you has fought the good battle in dealing with your personal health issues and you did so with dignity and grace.

 

CCSSL MEMBER ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

Peter Goode, Simpson Division - Special thanks for volunteering to serve as chairman of our annual Fall banquet. We have again reserved the Riverway Restaurant for the event, planned for Wednesday, September 23,2020. More information at a later date.

Dana Peterson, Simpson Division - will continue as chairman of the Trophy Committee. Thanks, Dana.

Peter Cutler, Bob Breault, Gary Simmons and Mike Hanafee: Winter Dome Organizers who schedule play each week during the winter months.  A worthwhile activity to help the players remain active as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Bruce Turner. Thanks for all your efforts in organizing and coordinating all aspects of the “Dugout Batting Cage” program located in Hyannis. A worthwhile activity for those players who continue to improve their batting skills.

 

To all League volunteers, too extensive to include, “thanks” for your dedication, commitment and service on the many committees, as umpires,  managers and Board members—and all others for your time and energy in keeping CCSSL a truly outstanding organization.

Returning home to the cape during the first week in March in order to prepare for our monthly Board meeting scheduled March 14, 2020 @ 9AM, Harwich Community Center.

Van Khachadoorian

Commisioner


September/October 2019

 

As I begin my term as Commissioner I would like to take a moment to offer my thanks for your support and confidence in our recent elections.

During this term I will endeavor to provide my best efforts to serve each of you with respect and dignity as we develop the many rules, policies and other League responsibilities which are of importance throughout the 2020 softball season.

­­­­­­A newly created “Commissioner’s Corner" will be my approach to communicate with membership with timely updates to help keep you informed. I encourage each of you to submit your responses, ideas or suggestions with regards to how we, Board members, might make improvements to our League’s operation. You may do so by contacting me at katchy@comcast.net. We want to hear from you---your input is important. Keep posted on the website. More information will be forthcoming.

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Turner as Director-At-Large for the unexpired one-year term. Congratulations Bruce. Welcome aboard. We look forward to your contributions and membership.

  • At its monthly meeting of the Harwich recreation and Youth Commissioner, the commissioners unanimously approved installation of a new backstop/fencing for Memorial Field. Funds for the project will be provided through the Community Preservation Act grant at a cost of approximately $41,000. Commissioners are confident that funding will be approved at the Annual Town Meeting in May, 2020 with installation of the project completed sometime later.
  • Special thanks and appreciation is extended to Pro Fence Company, located in Dennis, for their donation of several new split rails installed at Memorial Field. Joe McLaughlin, company owner, is an avid fan of senior softball.
  • Thanks are also extended to Dan O’Leary, owner of O’Leary Landscaping Company for his donation of six yards of mulch which was installed in the picnic area at Memorial/Potter complex prior to our recent Classic tournament.
  • We now have a new sponsor for the 2020 season: Honey Dew Donuts. Thanks to Tony Gianfrillo, company owner, for his support and commitment to help fulfill our League’s major financial obligations.
  • I am pleased to report that all of the 2020 Committee assignments have been filled by volunteers who represent our three divisions. If you can share some time and effort as a volunteer please contact the Commissioner. Your help as a volunteer is greatly appreciated!
  • Once again our Annual Cape Cod Classic tournament was a tremendous success. Special thanks and appreciation is extended to Wayne Draeger, Tournament Director, and his two very capable assistants, Ben Tantillo and Bob Kemple, who gave outstanding effort during the six days of scheduled games. Despite the heavy rains and poor field conditions on Saturday morning and with tremendous help by the work crew who arrived at Potter/Memorial Fields in the early morning hours with shovels, brooms and rakes in hand, our fields were cleared of major puddles and ready for play by 2PM. An extraordinary task, great coordination and teamwork by all.
  • Thanks is also extended to the many volunteers who devoted their time to serve as hosts, water “boys”, parking attendants, umpires, grounds crews and, importantly, the wives who sold our Classic merchandise at various fields during the  Classic.
  • One resulting fact from the Classic was the issue of paid umpires. The issue will be reviewed by our Umpire Committee. It must be noted that our League umpires, some twenty plus volunteers are to be commended for their efforts, not only during the Classic games but also during the past many softball seasons.
  • A list of important information is available on the League’s website: Committee Assignment Chairs, 2019-2020 Calendar of Activities, game schedules (2020) and a variety of other activities. Also a list of the members of the Board of Directors, their emails, and telephone numbers for contact purposes.
  • Four important committees have been organized with chairmen who will undertake the responsibility of reviewing specific League area matters:
    • Rules Committee: Rich Barber, chair. All current rules of play will be reviewed and/or revised as needed. Committee recommendations will be submitted to the Board prior to the opening of the 2020 season. Members are Peter Cutler, John Vaughn, John Harper, Brad Martinson, Bill Prodgers and Charlie Salerno.
    • League Structure Committee: Ben Caswell, chair.  Committee objectives and tasks to be reviewed, evaluated and revised will consist of several important phases (i.e.) current divisional structure, age or ability or other components, ARC, PEAC committees, team drafts, roster retention, to name a few. Members are Bob Callahan, Brian Hastings, Charlie Salerno, Don Saulnier, Ed Jay.
    • League Umpire Committee: Charles Salerno, chair. Committee will review all existing umpire rules, umpire payment issues and other ongoing concerns which exist and to make revisions which needed. Members to be determined.
    • League Policy Committee. Terry Moran, chair. Committee members will review all existing League [policies which apply to a variety of membership matters. Volunteer members are Bill Campbell, Peter Goode, and Dave Noonan.
    • Finally, the four assigned chairmen and their committee volunteers have a major responsibility to complete their individual projects within the next few months. It is anticipated that committee chairs will also be prepared to submit their final reports and recommendations to the Board of Directors prior to March 2020

Finally, as our initial newsletter is completed, I have a brief message for all League members:  If you are contemplating a future surgery or are experiencing a serious physical issue which may hinder you from participating on a team during the 2020 season, please let us know. Members of the Board are concerned with the health and well-being of its members and, if we can assist you during your period of recovery, please let us know. Remember, our League was formed on the principle of strong friendship, mutual companionship and good sportsmanship.

Van Khachadoorian, Commissioner