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

 



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June 3, 2021

We are thankful to be back at the waterfront for another tournament season. In the past, we had a core of 8 local umpires help us conduct the multitude of games season after season. In recent weeks, we have learned that 5 of those 8 are not coming back for various reasons. We have been fortunate to have umpires from around the state help us out to cover our weekend tournaments this year. We were also fortunate to have a very gracious corporate sponsorship from Duke VanderArk with Priority Mortgage and local tournament sponsorship from the Petoskey Visitors and Convention Bureau with PetoskeyArea.com, the Trophy Case, Harbor Fence Company and BASES. The financial contributions of these sponsors allowed us to cover the additional expenses of motels and lodging and some travel stipends for our out of area umpires. The umpiring shortage has been mentioned for the past ten years and now it has become our reality. We are thankful for all of the support of so many individuals to make this "Comeback Season" a reality after Covid cancelled our season last year. We are thankful for the multitude of teams that have participated at the waterfront dating back into the 1930's or 1940's. The 4th of July Holiday Invitational was started in 1970 and became the Rex Marquardt Memorial Tournament in 1999. This 4th of July, that tournament will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this summer. It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that 2021 may very well be the final season for tournaments at the waterfront. The shortage of umpires is part of it. The shortage of young pitchers, players and teams is another part of it. Our "Comeback Season" may very well be our "Farewell Tour" as we wrap up an era filled with rich tradition. I wanted each of you to know the situation and ask that each of you appreciate this likely "Farewell Tour" for Petoskey Tournament Fast Pitch as we have known it and have expected it to be for over 50 years. What do we need to keep it going? About 50 new umpires for fastpitch throughout the state, along with 50 pitchers under the age of 30 who are willing to practice so they can throw strikes in a game situation, then learn how to pitch, then learn how to become a person of great character where you attract your young friends to this wonderful game to create opportunities for lifelong friendships. My softball friends and I will do some brainstorming and if we come up with a solution, we will invite you to join us in carrying out the mission of passing the torch to the next generations. One thing is for sure, we need to work together. I am sure you all have some ideas. That is great. Follow through and take action on them. Too many people like to tell everyone else what to do. It's time for a change - it's time to get involved if you want fast pitch softball to stay alive.

Scott Kelly

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings!

The D21 Softball Group proudly welcomes you!

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.

2021 Men's Fastpitch USA Softball of Michigan State Championships

August 6-8, 2021

Class A & Class B in Rockford

Class D & Class E in Holland

 

2021 Pitcher Classification List

 

2021 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

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

Ken Ritz - League & Tournament Organizer - 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.

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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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Petoskey, MI  49770
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