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Notes from the Annual Men's League Meeting
The Annual Men's League Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 14. Below are the notes
Men's Slow Pitch Softball Meeting, March 14, 2018.
The meeting started with a discussion of finances. For 2017 the men's league expended about $1,000 more than was collected for umpires, softballs, trophies, and sanction fees. This still left the league with a positive fund balance for the year. Association finances were also discussed. The association collected player fees and expended those funds on a number of different areas which included utilities, maintenance, materials, head umpire fee, equipment, equipment repair, and field improvements both to Batch fields and Centennial fields. The Association collected $27,500 from player and team complex fees and expended $30,700. About $25,500 of that was expended on maintaining the fields - City of Helena mowing, fertilizing, garbage, electricity, sewer, etc. and infield maintenance.
The list of state tournaments and their locations and dates for the year was discussed. Kalispell will host the Women's C and D State Tournaments, August 3-5. Men’s C and E are in Anaconda - Men’s D in Missoula (All August 10-12). Men’s Masters +35 and +45 and Men’s Seniors +55 will be held in Kalispell on August 3-5. Rosters for the Masters/Seniors can be formed from all men’s teams as long as the age requirements are met. A team sanction fee will be included in the entry fee if the team is not already sanctioned. The state home run rule changed from 0 – 2 – 4 for E, D, and C respectively, to 1 – 3 – 5. Any excess are outs.
There was discussion as to when to use the 6:15 and 7:30 start times for games. There was also a discussion of the “sun problem” on Field 1. If it was possible, the 7:30 game could be switched to an 8:30 pm game a couple of nights a week and use the lights on just one field. Every team would play one 8:30 game. An estimate of the cost would be needed to see if funds are available to light one field.
There was concern that teams are not playing with the players on their rosters during league. It was understood that sometimes to form a team during the week you need to pick up players, but to pick up high level players to play on lower teams and picking up “several” players from one team to fill another team causes problems with league games and standings. Getting rosters in early was one option so teams would know if the players are on the team, or just being “reasonable” in who the teams are picking up.
During registration the men’s teams will be asked to vote on a revision to the 1-1 count rule used in league. Instead of asking both teams if they want to switch to a 1-1 count at the top of the fifth inning, the game would start with a 1-1 count.
It was asked what team members could do to help improve the complexes. This would be volunteer work. If we are able to purchase fence tops (yellow) for the top rails we would need help to install them. Also, repairs to the gates and fences and backstops are needed. We could also use help in picking up larger rocks that find their way onto the fields. Basically – it was anything we could do to improve the complexes without having to hire out the work.
There was discussion on how to get more people out playing softball. The numbers are consistently dropping. We can get marketing funds from the state association. Also, streaming games on Youtube or Facebook and showing them at their sponsors or at the new sports bar at the golf course would maybe get interest up. After the Brewers leave town, there was an idea to have a game or two at Kendrick and have people donate to play and watch.
Registration for all teams will be April 6, Thursday, starting at 7:00 PM at the Lewis and Clark Library. All teams will need to have someone at registration to sign up their team. A registration form will be placed on-line prior to registration for team managers to complete. They can print out a copy to be brought to registration. The team fee will need to be paid and collected at registration. Teams fees for men were set at $425 for upper division (no district tournament), $480 for men’s E (includes district), and $390 for men’s Rec (includes tournament).
2018 Season Almost Here
The 2018 season is just around the corner. Team Registration will be Thursday, April 5 from 7pm - 8:30pm at the Lewis & Clark Library in the Large Conference Room. Team fees are due this night.
2018 ESTIMATED Team Fees - To be confirmed by Friday, March 16
- Coed: $335.00
- Men's C/D: $425.00
- Men's E: $480.00
- Men's Rec: $390.00
- Women: $325.00
Player fees are due on May 31. The 2017 Player fees are below as well to help you plan. You can target these costs now and you will be very close to what you need. Team fees may go up or down by $10 and Player fees go up or down $5. It all depends on last year's balance from the leagues, any increases in State/National affiliations, and any increase in costs of the fields HSA uses.
You can send any questions you have to Helenasoftball@yahoo.com.
2017 Player fees (Due May 31) were
- Men's Recreational League $20/player
- All other men's leagues $25/player
- Coed $25/player
- Women's $30/player
Looking for a Team? Your Team needs players?
If you are looking for a team or your team needs players go to the Message Board page (Click About > Message Board) and add your contact information along with a brief description. This is one of the best ways to get information out there.
HUA Looking For Umpires
Do you need extra income for the summer? Want to set your own schedule, for the most part, working in the evenings and No weekends unless you desire to? Earn $22/game for 1 – 1 ¼ hour game time for Adult league Slowpitch, $25/game for 1 ½ hour game time for JO Fastpitch!
If so, then consider becoming an USA Softball umpire with the Helena Umpires Association. We need some umpires for this upcoming season. Startup cost are very minimal. Umpiring is a great source of earning some spending cash and gets you involved in the game even more so than playing it as well.
Meetings start March 5th at 6:45 at the Water Treatment Plant next to the Humane Society for learning and training.
Please contact Jack Foster at 465-1319 for more information!!
2018 Snowball Softball Results
This year's Snowball Softball was a huge success. Thank you to the 17 teams that braved the cold and snow to play in this annual event.
Winner – Rated Argggh $625 (Easton Klemundt)
Runner-up – SOS $375 (Nick Heimgartner)
Lower Bracket Winners
Head Hunters $625 (Impact Montana)
Runner-up Aftershock $325 (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
Costume contest winner:
Diehards $300 (Helena Little League for underprivileged kids)
Dressed as Olympic Gold swimmers with a Gold medal and full fledged swimsuits!!)
Helena Umpires Association Donation
$100 (Camp Huff’n Puff (American Lung Association))
Up to $200-$400 more to be determined!
Official Bats for this year's league and tourney play
HSA enforces the use of ASA certified bats for league and tournament play. To review a list of all certified bats for this year's season go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Play-ASA/Certified-ASA-Equipment.aspx. Then scroll to the bottom, in the drop down select "Bats" then click GO.
2018 COED-Rec League Bat Rule Addendum:
You will not be able to use composite bats in the 2018 season. Aluminum bats or wooden bats will only be allowed due to the voting results from the 2017 COED Annual Meeting. Please be aware of the changes. If you want to use those composite bats you will have to move up to E 3 or any other upper league to use them.