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Men's E and C State Bracket

 

Anaconda has released the first games of the Men's E and C State Tournaments. Contact Bill Hill,Tournament Director, at (406) 560-1197 or by email at 

gouscgousc@msn.com for more information. Good luck Helena Teams!

  

Men's Class E schedule 

All games are Saturday

1st round schedule

 

Saturday 8am 

game 1 Jokers Missoula vs Big sky brokers/Rivals/BWN Helena, 

game 2 Bales Great Falls vs American Heros Missoula, 

game 3 Master Batters Great Falls  vs UDA Glass Slipper Helena,   

game 4 The onions vs  406 Builders/wind bag Helena  

 

 9:15 am

game 5  SBAC Butte  vs  Gendco Great Falls,  

game 6  Goosetown/Club Moderne  vs Cops for kids Great Falls,

 

10:30 am

game 7 Bert N Ernies/Praire wolf/Goballistics Helena  vs  Tipip Bar Havre,

game 8 Fighting zebras Bozeman  vs Diamond Kings Missoula,

 

11:45 am

game 9 Party Palace Butte  vs  Miller Lite/Hooligans Billings,

game 10 Treasure Chest Butte vs winner game 1,

game 11 Mall Rats Bozeman vs winner game 2,

game 12 Lafamila Kalispell vs  winner game 3,

game 13 Pepsi Billings vs winner game 4, 

game 14 Grub Steak/Haps/TBell/BWN Helena  vs  winner game 5,

game 15 winner games 6 & 7,

game 16 Steel Etc/Ballistic Great Falls vs winner game 8,

game 17 Paradise Falls Missoula vs winner game 9

 

 

The Mens C schedule

 

Saturday 

 

9:15

Mooseknuckles vs Press Box, 

PK Rippers  vs Hammer Strength, 

 

10:30

Wing One  vs  Got Heem/The Agency, 

KAOS  vs The Mill ,  

 

11:45 

UPTOP/Mcqueen  vs winner Moose Knuckles vs Press Box


4th Annual Charity Softball COED Tournament

When: Aug. 25th and 26th
Cost:$175 and 3 game balls
Where:Note big change this year!!! We will be playing on the Boulder Athletic Complex (the fields are at the end of EAST CENTENNIAL ST)

Special rules:

  1. All men bat off handed
  2. All out of the park homeruns are to be bought for $5 if a homerun is hit without paying for it, it's an out. All proceeds will be given to the charity. Note: for every 5 pieces of school supplies that are donated you get one homerun. Example: 5 boxes of pencils equals one homerun 5 notebooks equals one homerun. Also for every pair of shoes you get 5 homeruns.
  3. All batters start with a 1&1 count. There will be a 1hr and 15 min time limit.
  4. Strike mats will be used and ball that his the mat is a strike.
  5. All games will be played on small fields (HOMERUNS ARE EASY TO HIT)
  6. At the time of the championship game there will be a coin toss the winner will have two choices home or away or men hitting heavy handed. The loser of the toss chooses from the remaining option.


Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as men and women home run derby and winner of the dog house bracket.

Contact Mikel Kelley with question to register and make your payment. 406-490-8991

There will be raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Go to their Facebook page for more information.


District and City Tournament Results

Coed Rec

Fire Tower Crossfit took the Coed Rec title by defeating Amerigas in the second championship game. Team VA finished third.

 

Men’s Rec

Helena First Assembly of God defeated the Trolls to win the Men’s Rec League title. Coke Coors Light finished third.

 

Men’s E

Grubstake/Haps/Taco Bell/Buffalo Wild Wings (HardGoatz) went undefeated to claim the Men’s E district title in the USA Softball of Montana District 6 tournament.  They beat 406 Custom Builders/Windbag (TeamToxic) and will represent Helena in the E State Tournament in Anaconda as the top seed from District 6. Big Sky Brokerage Jay & Anita Sherley/Rivals Athletics/Buffalo Wild Wings/Helena Septic Service/Safeway (Hitmen) finished third.


COED District Bracket

Below are the links to the 2018 COED District Tournament. Check back for updates! Seedings were based on season results that were available Thursday, August 3. Good luck to all teams participating! 

COED E Upper

COED E Lower


2018 Men's E - District Tournament Bracket

Bracket was updated on August 2. Click here to download the most recent 2018 Men's E District Bracket. 

Good luck to all teams participating this weekend! 

 


Men's E and COED E Districts

Men's E Districts will be played this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at Centennial Fields. Games will start 9:00 AM Saturday. There are 10 teams scheduled to play.  If teams are not able to field a team from their rostered players, then please us at helenasoftball@yahoo.com and let the league know that you will not be playing.  A bracket should be available Tuesday.
 
Coed E Districts (two brackets - upper and lower) will start on Monday, August 6, and continues each night through Thursday.  Depending on the number of teams games could continue the following Monday. Games will start at 6:00 PM, not 6:15 PM. The next games will be 7:15 PM not 7:30 PM.   If teams are not able to field a team from their rostered players, then please contact us at Helenasoftball@yahoo.com and let the league know that you will not be playing.  A bracket should be available Thursday.
 
Both tournaments will be playing with the same rules that will be used at State.
  • The league time limit will be used for Coed.
  • Home run rule for E is one home run and any additional are outs.
  • The run ahead rule is 20 after 2 1/2 or 3 innings, 15 after 3 1/2 or 4 innings, and 10 (not 12) after 4 1/2 or 5 innings. 
  • Start with one-one count. 
  • Batting lineup for Men's E is 10 or 11 (if using Extra Player) and any 10 can play defense. 
  • Coed batting lineup for Coed E is 10 or 12 (if using Extra Players) and any 10 play defense (5 men and 5 women). 
  • The substitution rule can be used to bring other players into the game. One courtesy runner per inning is allowed for Men and Coed, however this is not free substitution - a courtesy runner can only be used once per inning, and in Coed must be of the same gender.

COED Rec and Men's City Rec Tourney This Weekend!

The Coed and Men City Rec League Tournaments will start Saturday morning.  All games are at Batch. The Men's City Tournament features 5 teams and will be completed Saturday. COED features 6 teams and will be Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Good luck to all teams!
 
 
COED Rec Bracket - Updated 7/27 11:13am
 
 
 

2018 Season in the final stretch

The 2018 regular season is in the final days. Please make sure to check the Standings to confirm your Wins vs Losses are correct. We use this to determine regular season champions and seeding for the District Tournament. 

If you find any issues please contact us at Helenasoftball@yahoo.com


Make up game schedule updated July 21

Below is the updated make up schedule.  They are updated in the online schedule.

Email us at Helenasoftball@yahoo.com for questions/issues. 


Thursday, June 21 games canceled

stay tuned for an updated make up schedule.

 


2018 Schedule

Below are the files for the 2018 Season. Please come back here to view any changes. If you see any issues please email us at Helenasoftball@yahoo.com with your team name, date of game, and the description of the issue and we will jump on it ASAP!

Good luck to all teams this year! 

    • 2018 Season and all documentation (PDF) - This includes summary rules, 2018 schedule, out of town games (Women and COED White will play some games in Boulder), Scheduled Helena Tournaments, State Tournaments, and Team Abbreviations. Last updated May 2. Men's E Districts updated to Aug 4-5. 
    • 2018 Season (Excel) - This only has the scheduled games in Helena. This list does not include out of town games in Boulder for some Women and COED White Teams. This list is found in the PDF link above. Last updated April 20. 
    • Online Schedule - NOW AVAILABLE. Click here or go to SCHEDULES > 2018 SCHEDULE & GAME SCORES. Please remember the online schedule is for reference only. The 2018 Season schedule listed above in both PDF and Excel are the master copy. If you see any discrepancies please email us at helenasoftball@yahoo.com


Men's League Use Of Field 2

HSA and the City of Helena have agreed to not schedule men's games on Field 2 due to the close proximity of the Bill Roberts Golf Course parking lot. Only Women's and COED games will be scheduled. We ask for men's teams to avoid practicing on field 2 if at all possible. If you do and any damage occurs in the Bill Roberts Golf Course parking lot related to your men's team practice, your team may be liable.

 


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. 

 


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 https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Play-USA-Softball/Certified-USA-Softball-Equipment 

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. 


Copper City Cash Softball Tournament

Men’s and women’s softball tournament July 7-8 at Stodden Park in Butte.  $300/Team. Cash will be paid out in the amount of $100 per team entered into the division.

For more information head over to their Facebook event page


Women's Annual League Meeting Notes

Helena Softball Association 2018
Women’s meeting minutes, March 8, 2018
Recorded by: Ashley Hurt, Secretary

  • Jackie resigned from her position as secretary and nominated Ashley Hurt. A vote confirmed her nomination and here I am. 
  • Women’s league lost 1 team this year, potentially losing 2 if Commercial Bar doesn’t enter. We will be gaining 1 new team and predicting to have a total of 7 women’s teams this season.
  •  Debbie is using a “remind” program for game updates and communication.
  • Rosters and fees are due May 24th. Drop off to the concession stands at Batch or the trailer if you are at Centennial. 
  • $5.00/ team liability insurance required. Covers negligence and injury to non-players. Included in team fees. 
  • Flyers need to be passed out/hung up but are ready now.
  • 2018 Women’s Home Run limits: 
    • C- 4
    • D-2
    • E-0 
  • When a call is missed or inquired about when involving a missed base or a runner leaving the base early, a team captain may appeal this call.
  • Team sign-ups: 7:00 Thursday, April 5th at the L&C Public Library. Team fees are due at this time.
  • Rescheduled games due to not being able to field a team will be considered a forfeit until (or unless) played at the end of season. 
  • Game balls went up to $46.50 from $44.00. Women’s League has spent more than it brought in. 
  • Leslie, +$16.00 bank error. Corrected but not really corrected. She will watch bank statements to follow up.
  • Voted to pay for trophies for the top two women’s League teams only.
  • Player’s Fee: $30.00, Team Fee: $325.00
  • Did not pay Boulder’s field maintenance fees last year. Debbie requested an invoice for weeding, dragging fields and mowing. Leslie is going to ask Jack F. for the official number of games played in Boulder last season.
  • Butte women’s team would like to play in Helena and/or Boulder. Present Helena Women’s team reps say they are willing to meet in Boulder to play games.
  • Concessions/Bathrooms: wiring issues, sink leaking, need to be ready April 20th
  • Discussed ideas to bring exposure to HSA… Encouraging sponsors to offer deals for team/league members or for wearing team jersey to sponsor place of business. Jim is interested in live streaming games via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. Carroll College softball weekend-spectate, talk to players about league, set up a booth?
  • Voted yes to replacing Bonnie Heller’s memorial plaque due to damage. Nelma is looking into cost and protection options to prevent future replacements.

 


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).

 

 

 


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. 

Upper Division

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!