Golden Opportunity to Play Softball at Ed Smith Stadium
We are looking for some of our players who are veterans and who have always wanted to play at Ed Smith Stadium. We have just received the opportunity to field a team and play a game against a local celebrity team on April 6th from 1:00-2:30. The event is being funded by the Patterson Foundation and is being organized by the Legacy Of Valor Campaign, in support of the Veterans National Cemetery and its new Patriot Plaza opening June 28th this year. The festivities start at 12:00 and run thru late afternoon. All events are free and the headliner of the show will be the band “America”, for those who remember them from the 60’s and 70’s, at 4:00. Contact Jay Wolfinger at 378-2174 immediately if you are interested.
Sarasota Senior Softball Luncheon
Wednesday March 26th
The SSSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce its annual luncheon will be held at the end of the season on March 26th at Der Dutchman Restaurant (formerly Dutch Heritage). Mark the date on your calendar and plan to bring your spouse or significant other for a great lunch, a speaker from the sports realm, prizes, and a just plain old good time. $10 per player, and $10 for one guest. All other guests are $15. You may pay by check (made out to SSSA) or by cash to your manager or Jim Grams. Our guest speaker will be Art Kusnyer, former major leaguer and coach, who caught Nolan Ryan's 2nd no hit game. Entry to the meeting room is 11:45 AM with lunch serving at 12:30 PM.
The John Plaskon Challenge - UPDATED
Fellow Sarasota Senior Softballer John Plaskon has graciously volunteered to match, dollar for dollar, all monies collected from the raffle to be held at the annual luncheon event on March 26th. The money collected would be used to purchase items to benefit the league such as additional defibrillators, a better equipment shed, improved software for the drafts, and other projects not normally provided for in the SSSA budget. John would also like to personally challenge any and all players to meet or beat his generous offer.
We have received a second anonymous donor that will also match raffle money plus $1.00.
You may help to save a Life!
All SSSA players are encouraged to join Sun-N-Fun employees to learn about utilizing a defibrillator at Sun-N-Fun’s Woodland Hall on Wednesday March 12th at 10:30 AM.
Our own Howard Quinn has made arrangements with Sun-N-Fun to provide a full (hour long) demonstration on how to use this valuable life saving device.
SSSA owns a defibrillator which is kept in the shed at the field for emergencies. It is vital that more of our players know how to use it.
Please let Dave Wulfsohn know if you will be able to attend. His E Mail address is: email@example.com.
Sun-N-Fun is located at 7125 Fruitville Road (east of I-75).
In Memoriam: Steve Rosenbloom
As many of you may have heard SSSA lost a good friend and fellow player -- Steve Rosenbloom -- from a massive heart attack Monday. Many of us will long remember the good times we shared during games and at batting practice with Steve.
REGISTER NOW FOR:
SUMMER 2014 AND WINTER 2014-2015 SOFTBALL SEASONS!
Register at SENIOR SOFTBALL SIGNUP PAGE or fill out forms provided by managers.
Please note date correction below for summer ball!
Note: If you want to play in the summer 2014 league you must have submitted the form by
Hot Dog Day at the Ball Park - Monday and Tuesday
Center: Monday Guys Doggin' It
Left: Two Joe's Cookin' Up A Storm
Right: A Great Crowd on a Beautiful Tuesday
The Ball and Shoe (Yellow) team surprised Jim Grams on his 101st Birthday with a cake. Jim has been pitching in the Sarasota Senior Softball Leagues for many years. Sometimes referred to as "Old Melonball" Jim almost always drops the first pitch in for a strike.
Of course some guys have to overdo it! This guy can't keep his face out of anything -- not even Jim's cake.
Ed Menchinger Featured in Sarasota HeraldTribune
SSSA's oldest active softball player -- Ed Menchinger -- is featured in the January 31st edition of the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Go to the website listed below for the story.
All Games Must Start By 8:30 AM
For Remainder of Season
See Revision to SSSA Rules on SSSA RULES and BYLAWS Page
Wednesday only during season
4570 17th Street, Sarasota,34232
(9/10 mile east of Honore, 1 mile west of Beneva)
Trader's List Updated - December 30
See TRADER'S LIST Page for new listing!
POOR GEORGE'S ALMANAC - CHAPTER 1 - PITY THE PITCHER
Go to the Member News page and read George Hawley's treatise on pitching softball in the SSSA.
Sam Soriero has arranged a Mikan discount ($25 off) from Direct Sports for Mikan Ultra bats: ULT2B, MSU2M, SPUS2, and SPU2M. Enter code SSSA at checkout from Directsp@directsports.com. Includes free shipping.
SSSA Ace Photographer Jim Grams learning digital photography
(Turn the camera around , Jim)
See more luncheon photos at the bottom of this page!
We Came - We Saw - We Lunched
A full banquet room convened at Der Dutchman on Wednesday March 27th for the annual SSSA luncheon. Outgoing President George Hawley hosted the event which featured awards, a full lunch, and an entertaining talk by guest speaker Ken Frailing (former major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox) pictured below speaking to the group.
SSSA T-Shirts are available now. Purchase for $8 from Board members. All sizes.
PLEASE CALL Gary Olson @ 346-0378 or George Hawley @ 371-3280 or (preferably) EMAIL THEM TO: ITIS2GUD2BTRU@aol.com (Gary Olson's email address)or to "georgehawley" followed by "@ieee.org"
NEW PLAYERS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
If you haven't already invested almost $200 in a bat, please try some out at batting practices, Wednesdays at 8:30. There are several popular manufacturers, bat weights and loading variations. Try before you buy.
One good place to purchase bats is via our website for used bats. New bats may be purchased at Direct Sports. If you choose Direct Sports, don't order online. Call their toll-free number and tell them you are a senior softball player. They will give you a 10% discount.
Do plenty of stretching before you play, especially if you haven't played in a while, to reduce the number of hamstring, groin and calf muscle injuries.
Have fun;play safely..
REGISTRATION for Sarasota Senior Softball players can now be done on this web site!! Click on the "SIGN UP FOR SARASOTA SENIOR SOFTBALL"at the top of the page...Complete the "NEW" Registration form and "SUBMIT" it by clicking on the submit link...YOU MUST REGISTER TO BE ABLE TO PLAY SUMMER LEAGUE SOFTBALL AS WELL AS FOR NEXT SEASON...
NOTE:Once a player commits to a league and is drafted, he is obligated to play on the team or teams that drafted him. ANY DRAFTED PLAYER WHO CHOOSES NOT TO PLAY FOR A TEAM THAT DRAFTS HIM, OR QUITS A LEAGUE OR TEAM, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM PLAYING IN ALL SARASOTA SENIOR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION GAMES FOR A PERIOD OF ONE (1) YEAR... EXCEPTION:Prior to the draft, the player removes his name from the draft list or is injured after the season startsfor contacts). SSSA Contacts:
JAY WOLFINGER: (email: firstname.lastname@example.org / phone: 941-378-2174)
CHUCK CASON: (email: SRQChuckCason@verizon.net / phone: 941-379-2020).
Association members are welcome to attend monthly Board meetings but must notify Chuck Cason at least one day in advance. The minutes of previous meetings may be accessed by clicking on the "SSSA BD MTGS" button on the top of this page.
More 2013 Luncheon Photos Below