News

***GAME ON***

I am excited to announce that the town has accepted our proposal and we will have a season! Managers who have expressed interest will receive an email tomorrow with all details. The season has a hopeful start date of July 6th!

Thank you all for your patients and support!


***Urgent Notice***

Tomoorow, Tuesday, June 23rd, at 9:00am, I will be finalizing all teams that will be participating in the event we are approved for a shortened season. This means I will be going ahead with finalizing a schedule and any teams I have not heard from will not be included. Please advise that the board has done all we could in this situation but we have a short window and I need to go on to the next steps. 

Thank you all for your patience and continued support. 


***Update 6/11/20***

I know we are all upset about the cancellation of the season. Though games are still not allowed we have been granted permission to use the fields. It is a small consilation but I am sure it would be nice for teams to get out and practice just to get together. 

Here are the guidelines that will need to be followed. 

  • Fields will be on a first come first serve basis – no reservations required at this time
  • The fields will not be game ready and will not be groomed daily
  •  Please limit play to one hour when others are waiting
  • No games or scrimmages
  • There will be no bathrooms available
  • Please use the “arrive, play, & leave” approach
  • No groups larger than 25 people
  • During times when players are not actively participating in practice or competition, attention should be given to maintaining social distancing by increasing space between players on the sidelines, or benches.
  • The number of spectators should be limited as much as possible and in no case should the number of spectators exceed current limits on social gatherings.
  • Equipment, and other supplies touched by participants, must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected regularly. Limit sharing equipment as much as possible
  • No spitting on the field or sideline.
  • No sharing of water bottles.

*** 2020 Season Cancelled ***

I regret to inform you that due to the latest information the town received from State Safety officials and guidelines from the Governor, it has been decided that the Living Memorial Park and West River Park will not be available for softball this season. 

I assure you that the Recreation Department has been on our side and done all they could do to try make our season happen. 

I was optimistic that this would not be the case and I apologize to all of our players and managers. Let’s hope that we can get back to some sort of normalcy next year. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. Please know that this is not the decision of our Board or just the Rec Board. This is a situation we have no control over. I can only hope that this does not affect the future of our great league. 

 

  • I am still waiting on news as far as State Tournaments and I will inform all of any information I receive. 

 

I would like to thank you all for your commitment to our league. 

 

Be well.

 


***Update***

5/20/20
Hello All,
I hope you are all well at this time.
At this time we still have no new updates from state and town officials regarding the start of our season.

We are still hopeful of a partial season, maybe 12 games for those teams interested.  If we do have a partial season there will be some guidelines/restrictions that we will have to comply with as well.

Patience and cooperation of all involved will be important if we do get to that point.

**** There are rumors of teams using West River Park after receiving permission from the Recreation Department. I speak with the Rec Dept regularly and they have been very clear that fields are not available for practice. Please contact me with any questions about this. We need to respect any and all guidelines set forth by the town and Rec Dept. 

**** There are a number of rosters I have not received. If you have not sent me your roster please do so ASAP, so that we can get ahead of the scheduling process with a focus on all the possibilities. 

Thank you

Ryan Squires


***My Mistake***

I have just received word that I was mistaken on the subject of Batting Practice. Batting practice and all team activities are still NOT ALLOWED per town regulations. This does not matter the number of players. This was my mistake and I apologize for the false hope this may have provided. 

Please do not call the Rec Department to try to reserve the field. The answer will be that it is not allowed at this time. 

Thank you


***Update 5/8/2020***

I would like to update everyone as to the recent announcement from Governor Scott earlier this week. This announcement has stirred some excitement and optimism in us all as we hope to get out on the field as soon as possible. However there are many details to this announcement that have gone unnoticed by many. Hopefully this update will clarify things. 

These are the guidelines set forth by the town and Rec Department. Please reach out to me at ryansquires04@gmail.com with any questions. 

 

The Brattleboro Recreation and Park Department announces:

The Fred H. Harris Tennis/Pickleball Courts opened for the season on Friday May 8TH

The Softball Fields will be available to families for to play kickball, wiffleball etc.

The Basketball Courts will remain closed until further notice

The Brattleboro Dog Park at Living Memorial Park will remain CLOSED until further notice.   This is due to COVID-19, and being recently seeded to rejuvenate the turf.

All Park Equipment will remain closed (benches, picnic tables, and playgrounds etc.) as it is impossible to sanitized/disinfect in between users.

We encourage citizens to come out and enjoy our facilities and green space while following the guidelines:

  • Social Distancing Is Encouraged
  • Please Use Arrive, Play And Leave Mentality
  • No Social Gatherings Of 10 Or More People
  • All Users MUST Be Vermont Residents
  • Contact Sports/Games Prohibited

***To clarify***

1. Team activities such as batting practice are available to VERMONT RESIDENTS ONLY with a limit of under 10 players at a time. Use of the softball fields must be set up through the Rec Department. We cannot just go to the fields to hit with out reserving the field through the Rec Department. 

2. League play HAS NOT been cleared to begin as it would be labeled an "organized sporting event".

3. In the event that we are using the fields please remember that any alcohol is prohibited at the fields. 

Thank you for your patients and lets hope this announcement is a step in a positive direction for us all.

 


***Update 5/1/2020***

Hello again to all,

I hope this finds you all well. I am just posting to keep everyone up to date and provide my optimism to all. 

Though we have received no word of any immediate changes we are doing our best to stay ahead of things in the case that things open up soon. I appreciate everyone’s patience in these unparalleled times. 

I am asking that all managers email me your rosters as soon as possible. This will allow us to sort through teams and divisions. Please, identify any players on your roster that are on more than one roster. For example, over 40 teams and over 50 players. This will help us to avoid being charged more than once for each player. I will be emailing all managers today that I have emails for. If you do not receive an email from me today please reach out so can make sure you are not left out of anything

ryansquires04@gmail.com 

We will not be expecting fees until we get word that things are a go. There will obviously be an adjustment to fees in the event of a shortened season. 

Today, Governor Scott will again be addressing the State. Let’s hope for good news!!!

 

***IMPORTANT***

Umpires should be receiving a packet in the mail with instructions on how to go about registering for the year. A special THANKS goes out to Alicia Porter for spearheading this process. It was greatly appreciated on my end.

 

***FIELD USE***

All fields are OFF LIMITS! I know that we are all itching to get on the field but we need to respect the efforts of the town and recreation department to limit any threats to the health of our community. Our effort to follow this ordinance is beyond important in this process. Please let me know if you see anyone on the fields. 

 

Again, I thank you for your patience and respect throughout these unprecedented times.


***Update 4/3/2020***

Hello All,

Hopefully you are all staying safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. This is just a quick update on where we stand. I have received many emails asking about a possible start date and sponsor fees. I know it is difficult to collect money at this time and we have not set a date, nor are we accepting any dues at this point. 

The Recreation Department has deemed all facilities closed. This means any teams hoping to take batting practice are not permitted to use the town fields. 

We have no answers as to start dates or when any of this will change. Please feel free to continue reaching out through email.

 

ryansquires04@gmail.com


Update 3/23/20:

At this time all Brattleboro recreation facilities are closed for use.  As you may have noticed on the news most everything involving the general public congregating (unless deemed essential) is closed or will soon be closed.  This is not a local issue, but rather a national one.  The more we do now to stay home and limit the spread of the virus, the sooner we will hopefully return to a normal condition.  Nobody knows how long things will be closed, but for now we have no date for when we might be seeing softball start up this year.  We encourage you to follow direction from our state and local officials and we’ll update the website periodically with status as we move forward.  Be well and stay safe!


***Attention All Managers***

We have just received word that the Gibson Aiken Center is closed until further notice as a precaution to limit the spread of Coronavirus. Due to this information we need to reschedule our manager meetings. This means all meetings posted on the website are postponed until further notice. We will get dates out as soon as we get more information from the Rec Department and the town. 

I apologize for any inconvenience and ask that we as a league respect and support the decisions of our town officials as they adapt to the changing environment surrounding Coronavirus. 

Please direct any questions to Ryan Squires via email.  

ryansquires04@gmail.com

 

Thank you for your understanding.


***All Managers

Please note that email will be the primary source of communication with Ryan Squires for all softball related questions. Please email Ryan Squires at ryansquires04@gmail.com so that I can be sure I have all manager contacts. 

Thank you for your time


January 21, 2020

2020 News:

After many years of tireless service, Brownie Towle has retired from the Board of Directors and as President of our Brattleboro Area Softball Association.

This has been a passion of Brownie’s for such a long time as he is one of the founding members of the League.  

Brownie has put an enormous amount of his time over the years to help ensure an enjoyable experience for the entire softball community.

If you get a chance to see him, please thank Brownie for his tireless service to our league.

The Board met January 16th and current Board member of many years, Ryan Squires was elected as new President of the League.

Continuing on in their current Board of Director roles are Jeff Meyer (Vice President), Travis Lawyer (Treasurer) and Bob Tortolani (Secretary).

We expect a smooth transition with Brownie’s retirement, but as always, we appreciate your help and cooperation as we work through the change.

Respectfully,

 

The Board

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Congratulations to the 2019 Champions!

Division 1 Champions: Fletcher's

Division 2 Champions: Benchtop Devices

Division 3 Champions: Hescock Lawn Care

Division 4 Champions: MT3 Solar

Division 5 Champions: Brattleboro Deaf Club

Coed Champions: Elite Vinyl Images

Vermont State Tournament - Class F Champions: VFW

 

Lower Field Lights: The Rec Dept requires that the lights be turned off at 10:00pm sharp.  The umpire(s) can use discretion to put time limits on the games or move games to the Upper Field (if available)

The 2019 Local Mens League Rules are posted under the Pages dropdown

New for 2019: The Rec Dept will announce rainouts by 3:30pm through a Mobile App, email, and text.  Go to Pages, Alert Instructions, for instructions on how to sign up.  Unchanged for 2019 is the League and umpires (not the Rec Dept) will call rainouts after 3:30pm. To receive text messages regarding late rainouts, text BRATTSOFTBALL to 84483. Text STOP to be removed. Msg&data rates may apply. 

Can you use EXTRA CASH?  Become an umpire!  Get paid $20-$30 per game with up to 3 games per night.  Must know the rules of USA Softball and have decent eyesight.  If interested, please contact Brownie Towle (brownietowle@hotmail.com, (802) 254-2824).  There will be an Umpire Clinic for past and future umpires held by Dave Christensen, the UIC for the State of Vermont, on April 20, 10:00 at West River Park.  Cost is $45

Sponsor fee: $500.00 (Mens), $250.00 (Co-ed)

Player fee: $60.00, additional $20.00 to play in Mens and Co-ed

The League and Rec Dept have a collection of lost gloves. If any of them belong to you, send us a message by clicking the Contact Us link in the About dropdown at the top of this webpage                 

2019 Vermont USA Softball Slow-Pitch State Tournaments

  • Men's Wood Bat State, July 6-7, Newport, VT (entry deadline 6/27)
  • Co-ed State, July 13-14, Newport, VT (entry deadline 7/5)
  • Women's State, July 20-21, Newport, VT (entry deadline 7/11) 
  • Men's Upper and Lower Class D State, Aug 2-4, Hyde Park/Waterbury, VT (entry deadline 7/25)
  • Men's Class E and F State, Aug 9-11, Hyde Park/Waterbury, VT (entry deadline 8/1)

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Congratulations to the 2018 Champions

  • D1: Junk Yard Dawgs/Brattleboro Autobody & Detailing
  • D2: Evans Construction
  • D3: Benchtop Devices
  • D4: MT3 Solar
  • D5: BFHC
  • Co-ed: Anger Management


 

In Memoriam  The Hescock family has started a Scholarship Fund in Bob's honor 
Robert J. Hescock They are selling 3-inch diameter sew-on patches for $5.00 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Fund
1977-2019 For details, contact
Obituary Donate Now

John Bedard, (802) 896-6643 jhbedard@myfairpoint.net

Melissa & Mike Bush, (802) 896-6876, mwcjbush@aol.com



 

 

                            

                                    

                                   

 

 


Larry Anderson "rarely missed a game." When he died, he asked that those who wanted to remember him make a donation to the Brattleboro Area Softball Association, Inc. There were many friends and players who did. His wife of sixty years matched those donations. She said he always had supper early during the softball season because he wanted to be at the Park on time. 

 

It is fitting that we place a bench at West River Park in memory of Larry and his favorite summer evening pass time -  talking with friends and watching softball games. We hope you enjoy this bench as much as we enjoyed him being a fan of the game and all our teams.

 

It is also fitting that the stone terrace at WRP was built by Cory Newton and the black locust bench in memory of Larry Anderson was crafted by Steve Robinson. Both of these artisans have been participants in our softball league.

Upcoming Games
Thursday, July 9, 2020
DIVISION 3
Foard Panel @ Southern VT Paint
6:30pm
Family Matters @ VFW
6:30pm
Friday, July 10, 2020
DIVISON 2
Zooters/Whetstone/Shram Logistics @ BenchTop Devices
8:00pm
DIVISION 4
GSP Coatings @ Rosinski Masonry
6:30pm
Monday, July 13, 2020
DIVISION 1
Fletcher's Auto @ Junk Yard Dogs
6:30pm
DIVISON 2
Zooters/Whetstone/Shram Logistics @ Edward Jones
8:00pm
DIVISION 4
Garbage Mafia @ Connor Hamilton Landscaping and Firewood
8:00pm
DIVISION 5
Twin State/Miller Farm @ BFHC
6:30pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
DIVISON 2
BenchTop Devices @ Edward Jones
6:30pm
Zooters/Whetstone/Shram Logistics @ Evans Construction
8:00pm
DIVISION 3
Family Matters @ Foard Panel
8:00pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
DIVISION 4
PSDC Law @ Finnell Roofing
6:30pm
DIVISION 5
Hazel @ BFHC
8:00pm
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