- GET OFF THE COUCH AND JUST PLAY
- SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR SOFTBALL LEAGUE AND WEBSITE
- BATS USED IN OUR LEAGUE MUST HAVE OUR LEAGUE STICKER ON THEM.
- Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
- COME PLAY IN MAINE
LEAGUE WRAPUP MEETING OF 2018
THE GREATER PORTLAND SENIOR MENS SOFTBALL LEAGUE HELD IT'S LEAGUE WRAPUP MEETING ON AUGUST 16, 2018.
THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS WAS TO SEE WHICH TEAMS WOULD BE COMING BACK. THE FOLLOWING TEAMS WILL RETURN: ATLANTIC TITLE, PORTLAND PIPE, SCARBOROUGH MUFFLER, VIP AND BRANCHY'S BROOD. MPH WOULD BE A NEW TEAM COMING AND KOINOINA IS NOT COMING BACK. PLEASANTDALE AT THE MEETING WAS NOT REPRESENTED BUT TODAY JACK POWELL WILL BE CONTACTING STEVE LOCKE TO TELL HIM THAT THEY PROBABLY WILL BE BACK IN SOME FORM. THEY ARE LOSING 5 PLAYERS TO MPH AND 1 TO RETIREMENT. BRANCHY'S BROOD HAS TOLD STEVE THAT THEY WOULD MOVE TO THE ORANGE DIVISION IF NECESSARY. THERE WAS DISCUSSION ON STARTING 60 AND OVER TEAM(S). ONCE FOUR 60 AND OVER TEAMS WERE ESTABLISHED THEN A THIRD DIVSION (BLACK DIVISION) COULD BE STARTED. UNTIL THEN A TEAM OR TWO COULD BE PLACED IN THE GREEN DIVISION. THIS LEAGUE STARTED WITH JUST 3 TEAMS AND NO UMPIRES FOR TWO YEARS SO. STARTING A 60 AND OVER TEAM(S) WOULD PROBABLY TAKE THE SAME ROUTE.
DISCUSSION WAS HELD AND VOTED ON WHETHER OR NOT TO HAVE A PITCHING NET WHICH HAS BE DISCUSSED THE LAST THREE YEARS. IT WAS BROUGHT UP THAT PLAYERS GOT USE TO THE TWO HOME PLATES THE DOUBLE BAG AT FIRST BASE EVEN THOUGH A LOT DID NOT LIKE THE IDEA AT FIRST. NEITHER DISTRACTS FROM THE GAME AND THE NET SHOULD NOT EITHER. WHILE IT MAY TAKE A WHILE TO GET USE TO, PLAYERS WILL. TWO SIDE EFFECTS WILL COME FROM USING THE NET. ONE IS THE LEAGUE INSURANCE SHOULD GO DOWN SOME AND THE SECOND AND MOST IMPORTANT RESULTS WILL BE THE SAFETY OF THE PITCHERS IN OUR LEAGUE. SOME OF OUR PITCHERS ARE 80 AND MID TO UPPER 70,S WITH SLOWER REACTION TIMES. WHILE I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE TRIES TO HIT A PITCHER ON PURPOSE MANY OF OUR PITCHERS HAVE BEEN HIT OR CLOSE TO BEING HIT. ONE MORE RESULT THAT WILL BENIFIT THE HITTERS IN OUR LEAGUE WILL BE NOW THEY CAN TRY AND HIT BALLS UP THE MIDDLE WITHOUT HURTING THE PITCHER. A BALL THAT HITS THE NET WILL BE CONSIDERED A FOUL BALL. A PITCHER CAN STILL FIELD A BALL IF IT DOES NOT HIT THE NET SO HE IS STILL IN THE GAME AS A FIELDER. THE VOTE WAS 6 TO 1 TO MAKE THE NET MANDITORY AT ALL FIELDS AND ALL GAMES.
THE ONE UP HR RULE WILL BE AMENDED AS SUCH. IF THE 5TH RUN IS ON BASE AND A PLAYER HITS ONE OVER THE FENCE HE WILL BE AWARDED A "LEAGUE RULE" HIT AND HIS OVER THE FENCE HIT WILL NOT COUNT AS A HOMERUN. EXCAMPLE; WITH A RUNNER ON 2ND BASE WHO WOULD BE THE 5TH RUN OF THE INNING A BATTER HITS AN OVER THE FENCE HIT HE WOULD GET A "LEAGUE AWARD DOUBLE" AND HIS HIT WOULD NOT RESULT IN AN OVER THE FENCE HOMERUN. SHOULD THE RUNNER BE ON THIRD THE BATTER WOULD GET A "LEAGUE AWARD TRIPLE". DEPENDING ON THE WHERE THE 5TH RUN RUNNER WAS THE BATTER WOULD BE GIVING A "LEAGUE AWARD" HIT. THE RULE WILL BE DRAWN UP BY SAM MERRILL AND WILL BE ON THE LEAGUE WEBSITE IN THE RULE LINK LATER THIS YEAR.
THE 5 RUN INNING EXCEPT THE 7TH AND ALL EXTRA INNINGS WILL CONTINUE.
IT WAS DISCUSSED BRIEFLY WHEN A HIGHER DIVISION PLAYS A LOWER DIVISION THAT THE HIGHER DIVISION SPOT THE LOWER DIVISION 5 RUNS. NO DECISION WAS MADE AT THIS TIME.
THE 60 DIVISION AS STATED ABOVE WAS DISCUSED SO ANYONE THAT WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PLAYING ON A 60 OR OVER TEAM PLEASE CONTACT STEVE LOCKE OR THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO.
THERE WAS SOME TALK ABOUT STARTING THE LEAGUE GAMES A WEEK EARLIER NEXT YEAR BUT NO DECISION WAS MADE AT THIS MEETING.
IF ANYONE IS INTERSTED IN BECOMING AN UMPIRE YOU MAY CONTACT EITHER STEVE LOCKE OR RICK HIGGINS FOR MORE INFO. NEXT YEAR THE UMPIRES WILL BE PAID $40 A GAME. YOU WOULD NEED TO ATTEND UMPIRING CLASSES TO QUALIFY TO BECOME AN UMPIRE.
FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY STEVE LOCKE INITIATED THE FIRST SOMETIMES ANNUALLY "OUTSTANDING ACTING DURING PLAYOFF GAMES AWARD" TO ...........................................................................SCOTT HEMINGWAY FOR HIS OUTSTANTDING ACTING OF A BALL HE THINKS CAME UP THE MIDDLE THINKING IT JUST ABOUT HIT HIM WHICH HIS THIRDBASEMEN ALMOST CAUGHT. CONGRATULATION SCOTTY ON A GREAT ACTING JOB. NEXT WE MAY SEE SCOTTY IN HOLLYWOOD ON THE BIG SCREEN.
DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. IF YOU USE A ILLEGAL BAT IT COULD.
For Immediate Release
Oklahoma City, OK—The Amateur Softball Association (“ASA”) is pleased to report that the
U.S. District Court for Western Oklahoma has awarded ASA $100,000 in damages and
attorney’s fees totaling approximately $12,000 against the first two defendants in the
Association’s ongoing attempts to rid the game of softball of illegal equipment including
painting and other techniques used to alter bats.
In addition to the monetary damages awarded above, the Court entered an injunction against the
defendants and ordered the defendants to do the following:
• To provide the names and addresses of all customers as well as suppliers of goods and
services who enabled the defendants to perform the acts giving rise to the lawsuit; and
• To provide the names and addresses of any person or entity that supplied the defendants
with any decals bearing ASA or Rawlings’s trademarks.
“While we are pleased with the Court’s decision and feel that our legal position has been firmly
established ASA’s work is far from over”, commented ASA’s Executive Director, Ron
Radigonda. “We have already identified our next round of defendants and plan to aggressively
pursue them,” added Radigonda.
The ASA has established a method for individuals who might be concerned with their past
activities. Such individuals can e-mail the ASA and begin settlement discussions that may keep
them from being sued in the future provided they agree to cooperate with the ASA. If a bat
doctor would like to turn themselves in, we encourage them to send an e-mail to
email@example.com with the subject line of Bat Settlement Agreement.
If individuals continue to alter bats in any way that contain the ASA’s trademarks, the
association will pursue all legal remedies available.
About ASA’s Equipment Testing Program
ASA first adopted a bat performance standard in 2000, relying on a nationwide consensus bat
testing method approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials (“ASTM”). This
initial standard was based primarily on the adult male slow pitch softball player. ASA began
investigating improvements to this standard with field testing in the summer of 2001, primarily
to confirm its application to the youth slow pitch and fast pitch game.
As scientific lab testing and research continued, it was discovered that the performance values of
certain bats tended to increase the more the bat was used. In light of this discovery ASA began
to enforce its 2000 performance standard against these bats, and subsequently “recertified”
several of these bat models after modifications by the manufacturers.
In October 2002, ASA conducted a field test focused solely on bat performance. This field test
used high speed cameras to capture the swings and “bat-ball collisions” of players from two
different divisions. The results of this study, along with additional testing lab research, led to a
number of science-based recommendations for improvements to the ASTM test method. The
new test method was approved for balloting in May 2003 by the ASTM subcommittee in charge
of developing this test method and became effective January 1, 2004.
Since that time, “bat doctors” have altered approved bats to enhance their performance and have
relabeled unapproved bats to make them appear to be certified by ASA. For more information
on equipment matters see the Certified Equipment section of the ASA website,
About the ASA
The Amateur Softball Association of America, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization
based in Oklahoma City, OK, is the national governing body of softball in the United States.
Founded in 1933, the ASA regulates competition in every state through a network of 86 local
associations to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of players who annually play
the sport. Additional information about the ASA and its Bat Testing and Certification Program
can be found by visiting www.asasoftball.com.
PLEASE DO NOT BLAME THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE WAY THE WEBSITE WORKS
SINCE BLUE STAR PURCHASED LEAGUELINEUP , THE WEBSITE HAS CHANGE IN THE WAY YOU USE IT FOR THE VERY WORST, THE STAFF AND MANAGEMENT OF THE THE GREATER PORTLAND SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE WEBSITE WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT ONLY THE CONTENT WHICH APPEARS HERE IS UNDER OUR CONTROL. THE WAY THE SITE RESPONDS TO YOUR MOUSE IS THE CONTROL OF BLUE STAR AND I MUST SAY IT IS VERY DISAPPOINTING IN THE WAY THEY HAVE MADE CHANGES TO THE SITE.
NEW PLAYERS ON THE NEW PLAYERS LIST
For teams that are having problems getting enough players to the games there are plenty of guys looking to play ball on the new player list.
STICKERED BAT REMINDER
A REMINDER TO ALL TEAMS THAT A BAT MUST HAVE A GREATER PORTLAND MEN'S SOFTBALL LEAGUE STICKER ON IT TO BE USED IN THIS LEAGUE. STEVE LOCKE HAS THE STICKERS.
All bats will be check periodically throughout the season!
ABOUT THE LEAGUE
GREATER PORTLAND MEN´S OVER 50 SOFTBALL LEAGUE
League Coaches send all information to the above email address
The Greater Portland Men´s Over 50 Softball League is an 8 team adult 50 and over Softball League. This league is located in Portland, South Portland and may expand to play in more of Greater Portland as the league grows.
The year (2018) will be our 20th season. The league is run by the Maine ASA and Steve Locke.
If you are going to turn 50 by December 31, 2018 you are eligible to play in the 2018 season. You may contact myself at the above address and I will make sure your name and information is placed in the new player list and passed on to Steve Locke.
The League will have 8 teams this year with two divisions of 4 teams each.
Come join the fun. It may be the most fun playing softball you have ever had.
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS WEBSITE DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE LEAGUE. EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO GIVE FACTUAL AND CORRECT INFORMATION. SCORES AND THE STANDINGS ARE SOMETIMES RECEIVED FROM SECOND AND THIRD HAND SOURCES, SOMETIMES NOT RECEIVED AT ALL FOR DAYS AT A TIME. DUE TO HUMAN ERROR SCORES AND STANDINGS MAY NOT ALWAYS BE CORRECT. IF YOU FIND AN ERROR PLEASE CONTACT BILL NICKERSON AT SPAREMAN3@YAHOO.COM
GUEST BOOK & EMAIL
PLEASE SIGN OUR GUEST BOOK AND SIGN UP FOR EMAIL ALERTS. PLEASE ALSO VOTE IN OUR POLLS.
Anyone that would like to be added to the league's website email list please send you address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your address will never be forwarded to any other website and will not be used for any other reason except to send league info.
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