Spring Managers Meeting - April 19th, 3:00 p.m.
Our final manager's meeting before the beginning of our newest season will be held at IDK Bar & Grill on Sunday, April 19th at 3:00 p.m. Managers are need to bring their team fees and completed rosters to this meeting. We will be reviewing pertinent state & local rule changes and tournament details. As usual, we will also use this meeting to tackle the challenge of aligning our league nights.
Bob Piatz Elected To ND Softball Hall of Fame
Ceremony & Banquet to be held at the Gladstone Inn on Saturday, April 25th
Jamestown's own Bob Piatz - most recently as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Qual Chiropractic - has been selected as a 2015 inductee into the North Dakota Softball Hall of Fame. The Napolean native earned the honor with a resume that includes 15 state championships, 21 national tournaments, 13 top ten finishes at those national tournaments (including 4 times at a runner-up) & 5 selections to All-American teams. Piatz will be inducted in a ceremony at the Gladstone Inn on Saturday, April 25th along with four others. Thereafter, his plaque will join the other honorees in the Hall of Fame, located within the Jamestown Civic Center.
Invitational Tournament Dates Set
Local "Sandlot" Tournaments will also return in 2015; Dates TBA
There will be two invitational tournaments scheduled for Jamestown this season. In April, we will be bringing back the Early Bird Tournament on April 25th & 26th. Meanwhile, our annual Spring Fling Tournament - mired on a weekend competing with UJ graduation & Mother's Day in years past - moves to the end of May on the 30th & 31st. Furthermore, the Spring Fling will be included in the new tournament series being implemented by NDASA this year. Details on these tournaments will be posted soon both on the Tournaments page of this site and on our Facebook page.
In addition to those invitational tournaments, we will most definitely be hosting more "Sandlot" tournaments this year following their success in 2014. However, no dates are set for them just yet.
Park & Rec Agrees to 50/50 Split on Jox Boxes
Following approval at our association's winter meeting in January, our board of directors went to the Park & Rec Department with a request to pay 50% of the cost of Jox Boxes which will improve the condition of our batters boxes. Park & Rec generously agreed to split the cost. Jox Boxes are designed to eliminate deep holes being dug around home plate which helps with manitenance and reduces the risk of injuries by sliding players by ensuring a level surface. Park & Rec intends to have the Jox Boxes installed in May.
New Board Members Added At Winter Meeting
We are very grateful to announce two new members to our board of directors - Nathan Turner and Dave Weber. Both were voted into at-large positions during January's managers meeting. Gary Schmidt was also re-elected and will remain in his position as Treasurer. hey join President Levi Serfoss, Vice President Andy Kapp and Secretary Tim Vettel and at-large member Nathan Bitz.
Rosters Available To Download At NDASA.org
Rather than hand out rosters at the recent Winter Meeting, we are encouraging all managers to download a PDF version from the state association's web site. The online form may be printed and filled out in pen, although the state association would like for managers to type in all necessary information for the sake of legibility. Regardless, please be sure to print out both sides (one one page would be preferred, but not required). Ensure all players sign the roster before turning it in to a board member or our league representative. The roster form can be downloaded from the Forms page of NDASA.org.
Congrats To Our Postseason Champions
Kensal/Vining Oil Wins Coed Title
Congratulations to Kensal/Vining Oil for winning this year's coed season with an 11-1 record and thanks to all teams who participated. With the 2014 season now behind us, we look forward to seeing all of our great players & fans back in 2015. Have a great offseason!
Player Classification Concerns
ASA's National Database Classifies Dozens Of Local Players
With the national and state associations attempting to shift to online registration of teams, efforts have been made to establish a database of players. At the higher classifications, that process took a large step forward with the announcement that the ASA's national player database had finally been completed and published. While the concept has merit, there will undoubtedly be issues early in the process.
Initial review of the database has resulted in concerns that many players are classified inaccurately, stemming largely from outdated data. Since that database will inevitably be used to classify teams locally under recently established guidelines, we strongly encourage all players to search for their name amongst the database and, if necessary, appeal their current classification (using the Appeal button at the top right corner of their player page). For your convenience, we have tried to extract from the database a list of local players that have been included.