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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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,
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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
Norton - Umpire - Sault Ste. Marie
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
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.