2012 MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER / APRIL 10th
To all our friends;
Having benefited from the mild winter, compared to a year before, another successful season is behind us and in the record books as the Queens Lighted Softball Association (QLSA), formerly known as the Empire Softball Association (which was highly successful for many years) gets ready to embark on its’ 5th season under its' new banner.
The organization mourned the loss of a gallant leader (Charles Martinez) and the vow I made to perpetuate his memory was adhered to. The 2011 Allstar game was dedicated to him and his family was on hand to share in the festivities of the night which included the retirement of his number #28 from the 2011 Allstar game and all future games. In addition, I established the "Charles Martinez Memorial Award" and added it to the arsenal of league awards already being recognized.
2011 as a whole was fantastic, having named once again a different playoff champion (in fact, that's four in four years) and before we head into this season, I want to take a minute to again, personally thank everyone who participated in last year’s program and once again helped “keep us on the map” by putting the name of the league out there and making the QLSA successful.
Believing in the leagues "Mission Statement" has always had a positive impact in our success, as we stayed focused and didn't let outside league distractions take away the sites of our goals.
The QLSA continues to be the front runner with many distant seconds when it comes to new ideas as others continue to make empty promises, while at the same time they try to mirror our league and duplicate our ideas (which are applauded); however our league has an impeccable reputation of following through and delivering on its commitments.
I truly believe it was because of everyone’s loyalty to this organization as well as the trust placed in me and my Co Director (Gary Rizzo), that our weeknight program has continuously grown in size (From 9 "weeknight under the light" teams in 2008, to 16 in 2009, to a whopping 20 in 2010 & 2011 and now holding at 21!!!) for this 2012 season. The organization expanded its' umpire crew to 15 and incorporated a new look with their uniforms.
The league also continues to recognize individual performances as evidenced by its’ “League Award” winners as well as special accomplishments being registered into the “Record Books”.
Since the league had some rumbles from the teams to start a Saturday and Sunday program (we made mention of it in 2010), I decided to form a mutual partnership with Red of the REDNMF Softball League, and steered some teams in that direction for his Sunday 2011 and 2012 programs. The NYC P&R Department still holds all the aces with permits and the partnership allowed us to help assist another director be successful.
Once again, thank you for your continued loyalty and support. I promise that this years' program will be even better than last years and another one to remember.