Scott Kelly, District Commissioner 231-547-1144
208 W. Lincoln; Charlevoix, MI 49720

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May 21, 2020 - 7:40 pm

I apologize for being the bearer of bad news. I know many of you were really looking forward to playing tournament softball at Petoskey’s waterfront.

 

After much review and input from many sources, D21 Softball at Petoskey is making the decision to CANCEL our adult tournament schedule for 2020.

 

For those teams that have paid their entry fee, please email me at scott@masad21.org with your team's contact information, address and who to make the refund check out to. There is also the option of leaving your money with us and your entry fee for next year will be covered. We will be announcing our 2021 schedule in November or December and if you need to move your entry fee to a different weekend for 2021 that will be fine as well. If your team doesn’t return next year, a refund can be sent later.

 

As we reviewed the return to the ballpark recommendations from the national office, we felt it was too much to ask our tournament staff and crew to accommodate all of the recommendations. These included disinfecting all dugout areas, bleachers, bathrooms, softballs and equipment on numerous occasions throughout the event. Requesting each player to have their own bat, helmet and gear that is not shared with anyone else presents a hardship for many players and teams. Asking umpires to be further behind the catchers would make it more difficult to see the strike zone and opening themselves up to more foul ball injuries. The idea of sanitizing all softballs before returning them to the field of play is do-able; however, how do we deal with the flocks of kids chasing foul balls in Petoskey? It would be near impossible to ask our foul ball chasers to maintain social distancing, washing their hands and/or wear gloves and then chasing for credits at the concession stand instead of quarters. The most difficult thing for me was the four-page liability waiver that eluded us to have signed by players, families, fans, and visitors to the park. Even though our area in northwest lower Michigan is opening up from the stay at home order, our motels are not opened yet and we have no clear date when they will be re-opened. Our restaurants are going to try being open for 50% capacity starting tomorrow and when they will be back at 100% capacity is unknown. Even though our area is moving to phase four of the Governor’s transition plan, social distancing is still in place through phase five. Thank you to those of you who contacted us expressing your concerns about participating this year. It was also very helpful to have your input and understand how we are all torn between these very tough choices.

 

So, with a heavy heart, we are making the tough decision while also believing it is the right decision for the most. With the pandemic and all of its economic impacts and now the floods in Midland, we are all reminded that sometimes there are things more important than participating in our historic past-time.  We wish you all strength as you face the numerous issues in the days ahead. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all in Petoskey in 2021!

- Scott Kelly

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Greetings!

The D21 Softball Group proudly welcomes you to Charlevoix, Emmet and Cheboygan Counties for the upcoming Tournament Season. We offer the best Amateur Softball action played at the most scenic facility in the Mid-West and possibly anywhere. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, or explore our site for immediate answers. Here you can find information about upcoming tournaments, housing information, or you can request information right on line. Thank you for your interest in Tournament Softball.

Follow our weekend tournaments through our Facebook Group at "D21 Softball at Petoskey". Go to facebook and search "D21 Softball at Petoskey", the page is "open" and all can view it. If you would like to become a member, just request that and Scott will add you to the group so you get notifications when information is posted to the group.

Mapquest Link to Petoskey's Ed White Field on the Waterfront - 225 Bayfront Dr, Petoskey, MI 49770

(use aerial map view to see the satellite picture)

The King and His Court

History of softball and fast pitch softball roots

Lynda Christensen and Bev Neville were inducted into the 2014 MASA Hall of Fame in Midland on 1/18/14. Ten Hall of Fame members from MASA District 21 were on hand to welcome them. (LtoR) Julie Biddick, George Wheelock, Deb Hamlin, Mike Lalonde, Meg Kitson, Monica Kline, Lynda Christensen, Dick Bare, Bev Neville, Jerry Rosevear, Dick Harbaugh and Stacey Barber-Walker.

LtoR: Julie Biddick (2007), Mike Lalonde (2008), Stacey Barber-Walker, George Wheelock (2000) and Monica Kline (2006) at Stacey's induction into the MASA Hall of Fame. Stacey is joined by representatives from District 21 who were able to attend the banquet to welcome Stacey into the Hall of Fame in Midland on 1/19/13.

2011 Most Valuable Fan - Richard McDonald

LtoR: Dick Bare, Marty Stempky, George Wheelock, Deb Hamlin, Meg Kitson at the MASA Hall of Fame Induction in Midland in January 2011. Marty and Deb were inducted as players.

LtoR: Mike Lalonde, George Wheelock, Billy Norton, Dick Bare at the MASA Hall of Fame induction in Midland in January 2010. Billy Norton, D21 UIC, was inducted.

Pam Hodge (L), Meg Fowler-Kitson (R) with Leroy Buchanan at their MASA Hall of Fame induction in Midland in January of 2009.

 

Pitch Speed Comparisons

A simulated view from behind the backstop for facing one of the fastest men's fast pitch throwers - 83/84 mph from 46 feet is equivalent to 108/110 mph in baseball.

2020 Pitcher Classification List

2020 Team Registration Form - PDF fill-in

 

Fast Pitch Classification Committee Members

Darrin Duistermars - State Executive Director - Holland

Scott Kelly - Committee Coordinator/Commissioner - Charlevoix

Bryan Smith - State Umpire In Chief - Lansing

Billy Norton - Umpire - Sault Ste. Marie

Lou Kelly - Manager - Battle Creek

David Lach - Manager / Player - South Lyon

Shannon Damron - Pitcher - Marshall

Del Benson - Manager -Munger

Sean Kelly - Pitcher - Marshall

Jon Gwizdala - Pitcher - Bay City

Rick Schwemin - Manager / Player - Marquette

Aaron Davis - Player / Commissioner - St Joe

Rob McCormick - Commissioner - Ada

Troy Stowell - Michigan President / Commissioner / Player

Tim Hansen - Player - Ludington

Jeff Weaver - Manager / Player - Sawyer

If you have questions about the appeal process, please send an email to Scott who will get the information to the 17 member committee that oversees Fast Pitch Pitcher Classification issues. Team classification are reviewed by the USA Softball of Michigan Fast Pitch Committee as well as this Pitcher Classification Committee, local commissioners and a final classification review committee that meets in Midland in early July each year. If you have questions, please email Scott at the link above.

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Michigan Fast Pitch Information Web-site

Many thanks to Sean Kelly for this great site!!

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2011 Video Archive of

Championship Games

ASA Adult Team Roster - Fill-in GoSoftball.com

ASA Pick-Up Player Form

Banned Bat List

Double Elimination Brackets in MS Excel for Download

District 21 ONLY ASA Adult Team Registration Form


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The Trophy Case
610 W. Sheridan Street, Suite 1
Petoskey, MI  49770
Phone: 231.347.3016   Fax: 231.347.6290