Thank you all for a great tournament season where we conducted six consecutive weekend tournaments. The response from our downstate umpires and several of our local umpires were fabulous in helping us make it a great summer - proof that there are many who are willing to step up when the call to action comes along. The response from teams were very positive and most said they would be willing to pay a higher entry fee to help cover some of the additional costs for bringing in out of area umpires. Thank you! We have also been approached by two corporate sponsors willing to assist with some large financial contributions to help us develop a plan for creating more umpires, pitchers, catchers and players. We will be back in 2022 - but not as we have been in the past. Currently my plan is to create four "Development Saturdays" - perhaps in the month of June where we bring in 4 umpires, 40 players consisting of 8 pitchers, 8 catchers and 24 position players from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm where we have two hours of instruction and 6 hours of live action. I will be approaching some "Instructors" to come and help lead each of these workshops where individuals can get a crash course in improving their skills. There will be a "Participant Fee" for these Development Saturdays to help offset some of the expenses as we try and bring in men ages 18 and up for the player portion of these workshops. I am hopeful to have an updated website that will provide more information and details about signing up for these Development Saturdays with an opportunity to pay on-line at the time. Also, we will be looking at having four weekend tournaments, three for men and one for women during the month of July when we have the best weather in northern Michigan following our 5 team, 4 game round robin format that we have used in the past. We are hoping to utilize our new website for sign-up and payment via credit card for these tournaments as well. As you can imagine, there will be a rush of teams wanting to get into the tournaments. I will come up with a plan to review past participants who have been very loyal to us over the years and send out invitations in advance of the general opening of the tournament availability. In addition to these activities, I am hopeful that we can also create some Saturday gym days for umpires, pitchers and catchers utilizing the local instructors that we have during the months of January, February and March. If you are interested in helping out as a local instructor, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to reach out to various instructors yet this summer for the four Development Saturdays in 2022 so that we can have four different umpires, pitchers, catchers and position players so that if someone wanted to participate in multiple weekends in the same or in different groups, they could learn from more instructors. We have a host of national caliber players and umpires from around Michigan that I will be asking to help us with these activities. I have much communications yet to do with our local city reps, local business groups, instructors from the area and across the state and team representatives to figure out what weekends will be best for the four different tournaments along with the family representatives from our different memorial tournaments. I invite all of you to get involved in one or more aspects of our plan and to consider replicating some of these ideas in your own communities. Fast pitch softball has been very good to me over the years and I'd like to see those same opportunities be made available for generations to come. Tired of seeing traditions getting left behind, here is your call to action. I am looking forward to many more seasons of fast pitch softball at the waterfront in Petoskey and all across this nation. Our time frame to have the new website and much of the details put together is mid-September of 2021. More to come!
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 -
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.
Mike Lalonde, George Wheelock, Billy Norton,
Dick Bare at the MASA Hall of Fame induction in
Midland in January 2010. Billy Norton, D21 UIC,
Hodge (L), Meg Fowler-Kitson (R) with Leroy
Buchanan at their MASA Hall of Fame induction in
Midland in January of 2009.
Darrin Duistermars - State Executive Director - Holland
Kelly - Committee Coordinator/Commissioner - Charlevoix
Smith - State Umpire In Chief - Lansing
Kelly - Manager - Battle Creek
Lach - Manager / Player - South Lyon
Damron - Pitcher - Marshall
Benson - Manager -Munger
Kelly - Pitcher - Marshall
Jon Gwizdala - Pitcher - Bay City
Schwemin - Manager / Player - Marquette
Aaron Davis - Player / Commissioner - St Joe
Jeff Weaver - Manager / Player - Sawyer
Rob McCormick -
Commissioner - Ada
Troy Stowell - Michigan President / Commissioner / Player
Tim Hansen - Player - Ludington
Brad Gnatkowski - Player - Saginaw
Randy Wheelock - Player - Kingsley
Steve Jahnke - Umpire - Grand Rapids area
Jesse Beck - Manager / Player / League Director - Grand Rapids area
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.