About Us
The Osceola Senior Softball League was founded about 20 years ago in St. Cloud Florida. Our most-respected, highly-admired founder Leo Viti is no longer as active with the organization as he would like to be but still drops by occasionally to say hi and cheer us on. Since its founding the league has been devoted to providing an outlet for active seniors to stay in shape both physically and mentally while playing a game they love. As well one will find that it can also provide the opportunity of meeting other like-minded individuals, leading to strong and long-lasting friendships. All seniors are welcome regardless of skill level or place of residence; the only limitation is the 55 plus age requirement hence the name of the website (though actually it probably should be 55plusor54ifturning55thatcalendaryearsoftball.com).

Pickup games are played Monday and Friday from mid-March to December at Denn John Softball Complex in Kissimmee (behind Makinson Aquatic Center). Players must arrive by 9 a.m. (or call before 9 & arrive by 9:15) to play in that day's game. On Wednesday there is batting & fielding practice starting 8:30 to 9:00 followed by a 10:00 pickup game. This year an experimental Fall League was set up @ Denn John on Fridays from Sept. 18 to Oct. 30 being played with 5 teams & 65 players. While the league is underway pickup games are limited to Mondays & Wednesdays at their regular times. 

From Jan. to mid-March Mon. & Fri. pickup games are replaced by our Winter League tournament played at Fortune Road Softball Complex in Kissimmee. Sign-ups take place during November. Teams are created by a selection process with the goal of creating evenly divided teams. Each team is sponsored by a participating organization who donates to our League in exchange for various perks and benefits (and of course prestige). 

Individual players can be highly competitive, but with the league mission of creating a safe place for seniors to enjoy a healthy recreational environment that competitive drive should never drive away respect & tolerance of others. One's sense of competition should be limited to improving one's own game. Osceola Senior Softball is a non profit corporation registered with the Federal Government and the State of Florida.

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Contact Us
Phone :  Dave Brown @ 407-709-2001 or Gene Mitchell @ 407-816-8221 (321-662-7470 from 7:45-8:45 am, Mon./Fri.); RAIN OUT HOTLINE 407-518-2550 EXT: 6203
(Mike Rodriguez @ 772-359-8415 will be the contact on some days) 

 Email: gemit2000@aol.com, osc55sb@gmail.com or find emails @ www.55plussoftball.com (MEMBERS link)                                                                          

 BOARD; DAVE BROWN, President; RICK ARLEO, Treasurer; GENE MITCHELL, Secretary; PETE EDWARDS, Administration; AL CIALELLA, Rules Official

(League dues can be mailed to Osceola Senior Softball c/o Rick Arleo 2338 Kings Crest Rd, Kissimmee, Fl 34744)   

April 15 - Painful to hear that Juan Castillo was hospitalized yesterday after suffering a serious stroke. There's been a steady stream of friends from the league going to Osceola Hospital to try to visit and learn more. From what I understand those who have talked to his family and the medical staff note an improvement to the degree where he's gone from not ready for visitors to being allowed a limited number today. I know Arturo and Joey have both been to the hospital so I would contact them for updated info.
I know all our hearts go out to Juan and his loved ones and that going forward we'll be supporting him in any way we can help.

April 9 - Nice to see so many turn out Friday night for a festive night of feasting (THANKS FRANK!), team & player recognition, a dance floor full of rhythmic movement & joy (where was that on the ball field when we needed it.. maybe co-ed softball's what we need), and a full-out Joey! Thanks Dave for organizing & emceeing, to Wawa & the Bermudez's for fotos, & to the "V". Congrats to Jimmy for the raffle win (good karma for good people). And big praise for the banana & 'dollar-store' centerpiece arrangements.

April 7 - (In a very loud way) I got everyone's attention to restate the 9 AM arrival time rule after 7 players came late. So a reminder: don't be surprised if when arriving after 
9 AM Mon or Fri, without calling, you're given a choice of umping, watching, or going home. So.. if you might be a minute or 2 late to Denn John PLEASE call Dave (407-709-2001) between 8 & 9 AM (plus arrive before 9:15). Call me as back-up. My cell is 321-662-7470, tho' I'm now not there on Mondays & I turn my cell on only gamedays 8:30 to 9; to 10 on Wed. Too many changes need to be made to pickup game rosters when latecomers come late. That's hard not only on my brain cells but on my ears & nerves as well when invariably minutes after 9:15 come the shouts of "let's go", "don't have all day", "what's going on?", & "get the show on the road". Anyway, after a late start, a good brisk 3 team game was played with final of 12 to 10 to 7 (the good guys won aided by the inspirational return of Ron Ramos). Play was so good & so brisk we easily played 9.
Speaking of # of teams, I'd love some feedback on your preference when turn out turns out to be a # that makes # of teams challenging. Since 3/28 we've had turn outs of 37, 40, & 38 twice. 40's easy - teams of 10. For 37 it was 12, 12, & 13. But what about 38? Three teams of 12, 13, & 13 or four with 10, 10, 9, 9? I prefer 4 so teams & players don't have to sit but you may like resting & hate the extra strain that 2 teams of 9 or 10 create. Let me know. Perhaps I'll ask this question at the field or create a survey.

April 1 - Things went smoothly (no fooling) as we got 40 players and broke into 2 pickup games; 1 ended a bit lop-sided,17-5, but one was a 9th inning squeaker 8-7.

March 30 - Fields are wet; one seems unplayable, but the ground's crew (of 1) is working on it and it's a go (well more like a flashing yellow than a green actually).

March 29 - So we can estimate # of attendees pls. RSVP for the Banquet. Email gemit2000@aol.com or write # of attendees on Pickup game sign-in sheet instead of √.

March 28 - Surprisingly good turn-out at Denn John Mon., which turned out to be a surprisingly good game; team Felix winning 13 to 12 to 11. Thought many more would've stayed home to heal or rest (tough old birds!). * Let me share 2 sites that 2 members shared with me, 1 funny, 1 not, on 'stereotypical' types of softball players & typical types of softball injuries: https://www.facebook.com/worldsoftballnews/videos/1570356813291236/ & http://siurua.net/kuvat/docs/The_Ultimate_Guide_to_Running_Injuries.pdf (need to cut & paste 'em)

March 27 To view Championship pics click on "RECENT PHOTOS" then click on "Playoff Championship" then "All" under " Recent Activity".

March 26 - REMINDER #1: Denn John pickup games start Mon 3/28 (for next 9 mos.); REMINDER #2: Banquet 7PM on Fri 4/08 at St Cloud VFW Hall ($5 per guest).

March 25 - Excitement! It's game 2, 6th inning tied 11-11. Koffee Kup had just scored 5 & Allstate had come back with 5 of their own. Then their final answer as each K Kupper comes up & stings the ball - hit after hit & once aging they come up with 5 runs & win it all . Congrats to our 2016 Osceola Winter League Champs. After winning the regular season last year maybe we have a dynasty brewing & instead of a trophy we should bestow a Cup (ala Lord Stanley's Cup) & call it "The Woodsby Kup" or just "The Koffee Kup" 

March 24 - checked 2 forecasts for mañana; both showed cloudy till noon, then thunderstorms. So even if championship goes 2 games rain may hold off (as it has since 01/29)
Oh my! The NCAA game was just interrupted & I hear "you should get in a tub or under a stairwell". With that, good luck to Allstate & Koffee Kup - the buildings, not the teams. Good luck as well to those living in St. Cloud with hope there's no wind or rain damage. Good fortune to Fortune Field too. With fingers crossed we'll assess things in the A.M.  

March 23 - Let's all come on down Fri. 9 AM to watch Osceola Sr. Softball's "March to Madness" Finals played by our 2 bracket-busters Allstate & Koffee Kup & cheer them on. 
Remember starting 03/28 play will switch over to Denn John, which is surely welcome news to members who haven't been able to play for the past 3 mos. during our Winter League. You must arrive by 9am (or call by 9 & arrive by 9:15) to play. #s to call:Dave @ 407-709-2001; Gene, 321-662-7470 (that # 8:30-9:00 only; 407-816-8221 otherwise).

March 22 - IT'S ALLSTATE VS. KOFFEE KUP @ 9 AM FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Allstate needs 1 win to win it all, Koffee Kup needs to force a 2nd game & win that too). Yesterday, with Koffee Kup on deck to play, they watched as Radiant used the 'on-deck' rule in the last of 7th, leaving a runner stranded at 3rd for a 10-9 win over VFW. Koffee Kup then used 2 clutch DP's & 2 clutch outfield snags to keep Radiant from getting back in the game for a 15-9 win & a trip to the finals (see game summaries for details).

March 21 - 2016 Winter League Banquet set for 04/08, 7 PM. Free for players, $5 for spouses, guests, & guest spouses. At the St. Cloud VFW Hall.

March 18 - With Radiant losing to Allstate then beating Aurora, Koffee Kup beating Nick's then losing to Allstate, & VFW beating both Rental World & Nick's the play-offs set up like this for Monday: Radiant @ VFW, 9 AM with winner playing Koffee Kup @ 10:15. Allstate, 3-0 in the playoffs, has earned a bye & will play for the championships Fri. 

March 14 - Final regular season wins by Allstate (vs. Nick's ) & Rental World (by forfeit) with Radiant's loss to Aurora set the final seeding for the playoffs with Nick's 1, VFW 2, Rental World 3, Koffee Kup 4, Aurora 5, Allstate 6, Radiant 7, & Pinch a Penny 8. First Round Playoff Results: No-show Pinch a Penny gave Nick's a first round bye. Top of the standings VFW & Rental World were upset by bottom of the barrel Radiant & Allstate respectively who go to top of bracket. Koffee Kup beat Aurora in low scoring 5-3 game.~~

March 12 - With Friday's 1st game win over Koffee Kup (or maybe Radiant's win over VFW if it ended first) Pittsburgh Nick's clinched 1st place in the 2016 Oceola Senior Softball Winter League. Congratulations! Nick's was solid and consistent - and at times overpowering - from start to finish. And even if no one else noticed, I know you accomplished this without having more than a day or 2 with all your top players present at the same time. We salute you.

March 11 - Last doubleheader make-up games today followed by single make-up game Monday @ 9 am.. then playoffs.​

March 8 - A week ago VFW looked like they were ready to fold following 2 forfeits, but rising from the ashes they have now won 4 straight & stay in contention for 1st though only by a thread with the magic # now at 1. A VFW loss or Nick's win gives Nick's the OSSL pennant. Remember, make-up twin bill Fri; final game Mon. followed by playoffs.

March 6 - Eventful week, but I'm not going to dredge things up; you're going to have to hear it through the grapevine. Hey, beware of runaway Nick's. Radiant couldn't beat them with 13 players nor Allstate with 8! This week: 2 make-up doubleheaders. Next week: last regular season game & start of playoffs.

March 1 - Radiant surged into a tie for last with their 1st 1st-game win of the season & thanks to a forfeit got their 1st doubleheader sweep. On the other end of things, Nick's is still within shouting distance thanks to Allstate tough win 16-15. Meanwhile the story of the day was the the VFW - Pinch a Penny game in which both teams lost due to forfeit  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Feb 28 - We finish February mañana, with 2 of the last 3 single games. On 03/04 we start make-up games after playing the last single game at 9 AM. The schedule for the make-up games, which end 9 AM on 03/14, are currently on the web & posted at Fortune.The double elimination playoff brackets starting around 10:15 on 03/14 are posted at Fortune. You can also see it at the following link: http://printyourbrackets.com/8seededdouble.html.
Special request of Aurora & Allstate: Can you please do something about Nick's 4 game winning streak. They MUST be stopped before they run away with this thing!

Feb 24 - Though there's stormy weather coming, it might be dry from 9:00 till 11:00 or 12. Dave will be at Fortune to set things up if you want to take a chance & come down.

Feb 23 - On 2/22 Nick's won 2 built their lead. Koffee Kup won 2 to get back in it. Pinch a Penny lost 2 falling back into a tie for 6th; Aurora lost 2 & now's at .500. Others split.
If you plan to play Wed, be alert to the weather. Current forecasts differ. Some show cloudy thru the morning hrs; others show isolated or scattered thunderstorms Stay tuned.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Feb 19 - Today teams play 2 single games. The field assignments are: Field 1, VFW @ Rental World, 9 AM then Pinch a Penny @ Allstate, 10:15 (approx); Field 2, Nick's @ Pinch a Penny, 9, then Koffee Kup @ Aurora, 10:15; Field 3, Allstate @ Koffee Kup, 9, then Radiant @ VFW,10:15; Field 4, Aurora @ Radiant, 9, Rental World @ Nick's, 10:15

Feb 18 - A 35 game schedule is made up of 14 doubleheaders & 7 single games. We are now entering our single game phase which can be a bit of a pain, having to pack up after game 1 & perhaps waiting for the game on your new field to end, to which I say, "oh well". A note on field assignments: given 8 teams & 35 games it is impossible to have each team play the same # of games on each field. Keeping in mind that some fields are more difficult to play on than others, the best we were able to was attempt to equalize the # of games each team played on fields 1 + 3 ("the sun fields") & on fields 2 +4, so some teams play 18 games on the sun fields & some 17. ​

Feb 17 - Here are some decisions from the Tues. board meeting: 1) The regular season will be 35 games ending on 03/04 (see schedule on web); 2) Make-up games will follow most likely played on 3/04, 3/08, 3/11, & 3/14; 3) Playoffs will be in a seeded elimination format with all 8 teams playing & most likely starting on 3/14 & ending either 3/25 or 3/28 depending if a double or triple elimination format is chosen, 4) it has also been decided that there will be no more rainouts from now through March. The one other sticking point besides playoff format is if players are planning to leave before the end of March. If this is your situation (know of 3 on Nick's) please let me know.

Feb 15 - Let's hear it for the underdogs Allstate, Pinch a Penny & Radiant playing tough and not making it easy on Aurora, Koffee Kup, & Nick's respectively. Five of those six games were tight, tight, tight & all 3 doubleheaders were split. Rental World fell back to the mid-tier losing a pair to top tier VFW, now only a half a game out of first.

Feb 13 - For anyone who tried to check up on the Standings since Friday morning, I just noticed that I hid them - unintentionally - when editing that page. They've been updated and made visible. Plan to write the summaries tomorrow. This Tuesday will be the board meeting where we should finally finalize regular season and playoff schedules.

Feb 8 - Games: Rental World sweeps by Koffee Kup winning 2, now tied for 3rd; VFW wins 2 to chip away at Nick's lead as Nick's split with Aurora. Radiant & Allstate split two too to remain tied in their own little race for 6th place. Say buh bye to the Wed. make-up game idea. Schedule on web is most likely; will be finalized at our meeting next Tues.
Feb 7 - Results of Fri. games show an exciting race has developed between Pinch A Penny, Allstate, & Radiant all 3-11 & all fighting to stay out of last. There's some excitement on the other end as well with Rental World joining VFW, Koffee Kup, & Aurora in the upper echelons, all within 1 1/2 games of each other chasing Nick's for 1st. But excitement over the possibility that the 'Friday Jims' would get to play a 2nd time had water thrown on it, but not from rain; it was illness & forfeits this time. TGIF? Not for them! Not looking good for Wednesday make-up games. An alternative plan may be finalized as early as tomorrow, which would also finalize the reg. season schedule. Stay tuned.

Feb 2 - FYI: Free Tax Prep available from AARP. Click above link for schedule and locations. Speaking of websites & being taxed - I've been double-taxed attempting to update this site: seems both Feb 1st posting & current Game Summaries have been "e-liminated"Poof! !@&*#? computers! Till I recover the data or recover from losing the data I am officially on strike. If interested as scab replacement please apply immediately.PLEASE!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Jan 30​ - What else is new - forecast for Mon dry, for Fri wet (maybe just play 4x on Mon); Schedule: Fld.1, VFW v. KKup; Fld. 2 Aurora v. Radiant; Fld. 3, PaP v. RW; Fld. 4, Nick's v. Allstate..

Jan 29 - Déjà Vu all over again! NO GAMES ON FRIDAY - games called on account of puddles. Argued that to make hotlines work current year info is needed; got agreement & a promise it would be updated. Jan 28 - Each time I call RAINOUT HOTLINE for Fri. I would hear "last update Thurs". Now for 1st time heard it actually says Thurs Nov 19...Hotline? But we'll get the info out by 7:30. Jan 27- Sorry for the late notice -though, looking outside you probably noticed anyway - NO PRACTICE AT FORTUNE TODAY

Jan 26 - Monday was sunny again, shining down on Koffee Kup & Aurora with DH sweeps, while Nick's & VFW fought the sun & each other for 1st place, Nick's leaving on top but not undefeated. But the story of the day was the radiant smiles on Radiant faces as the gloom of an 0-9 record lifted, replaced by the sunny glow of a 2nd game 15-14 win. NOTE Game Summaries for each day are located under Standings & Schedule (was told some didn't know where they were; perhaps after reading them you'll wish you didn't know). ​​

Jan 25 - Deciding between my batting glove and woolen mittens. Good game on Field 1, VFW vs. Nick's. Prediction: everyone playing the left side will be defeated by the sun.

Jan 22 - Radar shows showers starting around 11 getting stormy around 12. Let's see what the powers-that-be say. City of Kissimmee (Richard Morgan) not answering.. Dave and I have decided to try to get at least one in so… it's a GO (No more weather updates but there are Game updates on MEMBERS page (click Standings,Schedule twice)

Jan 21 - Friday's forecast sunny & clear. But that's for Fri Jan 29. For tomorrow, it's anything but clear. For some clarity check site, email or hotline (CONTACT US) after 7:30
Jan 20  PAST - Mon.: Pinch a Penny 13-11,13-12 vs Radiant; Nick's 7-6,18-11 vs Rental World; VFW 21-8 then Allstate 15-12 in 2nd; Aurora 10-9 then Koffee Kup 18-14 in 2nd PRESENT -  Board decisions 1) no replacement players; 2) remaining schedule remains TBD, 3) Games won't start innings after 10:30 am or after 12 pm (see mgr for details) FUTURE - Let's add some excitement to Fridays. Our weekly rainstorm is forecast to arrive at 11 am. I propose we set up a betting exchange (rainout odds currently @ 3 to 5). 

Jan 19 - Board Meeting at 9 a.m. Some items on the agenda: deciding on the schedule from 02/22 on (including possible make-up games), deciding on the way to replace players, if any, and revising the the 2016 Rulebook's final revision to finally finalize it so it can be distributed (the majority of the final revision's revision found at RULES links).  BEWARE: To those who haven't been there yet, I warn you,"Stay away from the local 5-day weather forecast. Don't go there!"(especially Fri.-only players Jim Toler & Brady).

Jan 18 - New standings are available, though updating them has been getting progressively harder (overcome by a feeling of nausea when I get to Radiant's record)​~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~​~~~

UPDATE for Jan 15. 7:30: GAMES FOR FRIDAY JAN. 15 HAVE BEEN CANCELED (maybe City of Kissimmee didn't understand we wanted a decision by 7:30 a.m. not p.m.).
Jan 14 - Dave was told by Parks & Rec Dept., decisions on rainouts will be made by 7:30. If true, I'll be called then & by 7:35 should have message on the web & in your Inbox. 

Jan 13 - Uh oh, here we go again. Be on alert for a rainout situation for Friday. We're going to see if the City can have their decision by 7:30 (tho' this time it may be obvious).
Here's the drill: Before 8 am: try the hotline or Dave Brown (see contact info below for both). At 8 or after. See if I've updated this blog or sent an email to all members.

Jan 12 - Yesterday's scores; Rental World over Allstate 18-7, 14-11 ; Koffee Kup over Radiant 8-6, 10-5 ; Nick's over Pinch a Penny 16-6, 18-6; VFW 10-7, 5-2 over Aurora.
Sorry to find that Chuck Woody, 1 of our new out-of-towners, is now out of our town. He's back home to take care of family issues. Good luck Chuck! Hope to see you next year. Sorry too to those who need to leave before 8 a.m. & not home to see rainout info online. We'll try to get the Rec Dept to let us know by 7:30 & update hotline in the future but, you know.. not easy changing government. Till then for those who travel over a 1/2 hour try calling Dave @ 407-709-2001. Everyone else check web & email around 8 a.m.

Jan 8 - AT 7:55 A.M. THE CITY OF KISSIMMEE CANCELED TODAY'S GAMES! Does the Rulebook allow us to argue the call? By the way, Rainout Hotline..not so hot!​

Jan 5 - A few words about yesterday. First,YAY DEL! So impressive! Secondly thanks to all team sponsors with a special "grand slam" thanks to league sponsor Vitas Healthcare. Thanks as well to the wives & their support, to "pre-game" Eddie, plus all the umpires & players who got through a day that wasn't always humming on all cylinders. Thanks too organizing force Prez Dave Brown plus board member contributions from Pete, Rick, Al, & Joey (thanks to me too). Got the standings up + some game recaps. For those unfamiliar with this site getting there's like taking Lynx Local rather than Express; click on STANDINGS link above & you get off on MEMBERS page; from there take SCHEDULE link & you're there; scroll down for summaries. ​Speaking of using links, click on the RECENT PHOTOS link for Opening Day photos courtesy of Tom Galligan.

Jan 4 - Before I attempt an opening day recap, after what transpired out there today, I must say (with some urgency), Wed. is batting & fielding practice @ Fortune 9 am -12

Jan 3 - Opening Day tomorrow. Weather shows 49 degrees & sunny, the perfect weather for being cold yet blinded by the sun. Requesting 8 a.m arrival so you'll have time to take part in the mass shirt-changing ritual in the parking lot while still giving you time to schmooze a bit & receive your marching orders. Lastly let me address the main irritant I've been hearing - that of multiple players on the same team with the same number. I haven't heard definitively why this occurred but I believe that in trying to save money we bought in bulk (three 6's were just about the same price as one 18). Plus that week they were were having a BOGO sale on the #2. Hey, have a good season.
Dec 31 - In a symbolic gesture to my dog's annual New Year's Eve PTSD reaction to fireworks, there'll be no fireworks allowed at the ball fields in 2016; that means no angry explosions, blow-ups, flare-ups, or eruptions of any type during the games // Tomorrow should be the day when team shirts arrive. Be there to avoid adding to the Monday morning spectacle of close to one hundred sixty and seventy yr. olds changing their shirts in a public parking lot (note: I believe the Osceola Gazette is sending a photographer). Manger's & board request all players to arrive at 8 a.m. on Mon. Festivities begin by 8:30, with the part most deserving of celebration being Del's 89th - born, 01/04/27! Wow!
Dec 29 - Send your thoughts and prayers to Ron Dustin whose wife Shirley was hospitalized recently. They are waiting for test results & won't be able to make it for opening day. We're all hoping everything checks out well so their travel ban is lifted and they're able to come the following week to enjoy our Florida winter and Winter League. 

Dec 28 - We will be playing ball, hangover or not, on New Year's Day. If you didn't get your team shirt that day may be your best bet to get yours rather than on opening day.
Dec 25 - Let me interrupt your (and my) Christmas festivities to update you on my Dec. 23 promise to summarize results of Tuesday's board meeting:
  •   All systems go on January 4 start to Winter League. Opening Day ceremonies start at 8:30. Practice your parade marching now so you look good in the processional.  
  •   Managers will receive an information sheet that reviews all expectations and responsibilities. We currently have a draft and will finalize the document next week.
  •   We're hiring 8 full-time umps & try to have 2 per field throughout. Will be finalizing 2016 Rules next week & distribute it to umps & mgrs(?); I'll try to get it on the web too. 
  •   It's being stressed to umps & mgrs that "conduct unbecoming a player" is to be a 2016 focus with more action taken to keep inappropriate behavior out of the game.
I've presented a season schedule with some playoff options for approval. Plan is to play 21 DH's, 3 against each of the other 7 teams for a 42 game season ending March 14, followed by seeded playoffs, double or triple elimination. Note: whether approved or not, the "tentative" schedule on this site would stay virtually as is through Feb 19. 

Dec 22 - Board Meeting focused on upcoming season. Will give some blogage on it shortly (tomorrow?)…. some of which is quite interesting.

Dec 11 - The smell of the grass, the cool breeze, the sight of those northern birds flying south.. must be the start of the pre-season (winter training??). Mike will be setting up pick-up games for the next few weeks attempting to keep the newly created teams together if possible. Have fun out there, BE NICE, & see you in a couple of weeks.
***Good to see rehabbers Randy Parnell, Mike Lamboy & Pete Ortiz visiting on Wed.***Team rosters can be found by clicking on "TEAMS' button above & scrolling down.

Dec 9 Our thoughts & prayers are with someone who I believe most of us would rank at the very top of our league.. as a human being... Frank Woodsby. Frank went in for a heart procedure with the expectation he will need additional procedures. This year's season is up in the air right now, but we all hope for the best and a speedy return to the fields or at least the dugout. Get well Frank! Hopefully you'll be back in time so your team won't go without pre-game bananas.
Congratulations to Oscar Trinidad & family as we welcome Aurora Air as the 8th team sponsor. Congratulations to us for having them sponsor us as Oscar is right up there with Frank as far as human beings go. Oscar was therefore moved from Nick's to play with Aurora and Earl Henophy will replace him.
Related to the topic of inter-team player movement, in my sincere attempt to work out current & likely future conflicts to make things better for a team, things were clearly made worse. So if I may borrow from Shakespeare let me say that what happened today amounts to "sound and fury signifying nothing". In other words the Oscar & Earl switch was the only change that went into effect. I will be contacting Allstate players ASAP to help aid in their manager selection process. I'll check in with Aurora & Nick's as well.

Dec 8 - Teams have been selected for the Winter League. As I understand it, Allstate, Pittsburgh Nick's, Pinch a Penny, & The 8th Team (my suggestion for the 8th team is to just to name them "The 8th Team" already) will select their managers via elections. Stay tuned for someone to contact you about this process. Managers are in place for VFW (Rick Wawa), Kofee Kup (Dave Brown), Radiant (Mike Rodriguez), & Rental World (Johnny Ojeda). Team rosters should be listed in the TEAMS section & posted on the Denn John bulletin board by Friday. Also by Friday Winter League pre-season should start with the goal of having Winter League teammates playing together. 
***Team Selection for Winter League @ 9 a.m. Dec. 8 & Fortune Field***

**It is with deep regret we pass on the very sad news that Jose & Maria Soto lost their beloved son Jose Soto Jr, & have left to be with family in Chicago. Please refer to the email that was sent 12/02 that details how you may want to support them in their time of sorrow & grief. Our thoughts also go out to our friend Jim O'Brien. We happily learned he would join us once again for the new season, but sadly learned he was leaving for a week to attend his brother's funeral. Our prayers go out to both families.**

Dec 2 - One More For 104. It looks like our week-long attempt to go from 7 to 8 teams for the Winter League will be successful with commitments from CarlosA, CecilV, DanielF, GeorgeR, JimO, JoseL, JuanT, ReymundoJ, JoseM (& his friend Luis Diaz) and our own Luis Diaz, plus the pair of NestorA & JimB. So 1 more for 8 teams (14 more for 9!)

Nov 29 - Winter League Alert: I was just alerted to the news there are forces afoot attempting to expand the league to 8 teams. If you are someone who didn't sign up & yet might want to play, please notify a board member ASAP. For 8 teams with 13 players, we'd need an additional 6-8 players & an additional team sponsor.. this week!

Nov 24 - Here's the holiday schedule for the week: same as the non-holiday schedule. Can't guarantee a game if less than 20 show but can confirm we'll be open for business. A belated welcome to Mario Reyes, Frank Rodriguez (has played long enough to be injured twice), Wagner Sierra (just once), & Jose Lopez (who in joining makes Jose #9 (Joey 10?) & my dream of an all-Jose team closer to reality). Frank, Mario & Wagner will play in the Winter League while Jose's on the wait list as player #92.

Nov 22 - Did you notice as soon as the birds begin flying south (i.e, snowbirds) the cold temps seem to follow them. Saw a Canadian Fulkerson, Patch-kneed Orr-iole, & Stan-piper Fri. & boom... coldsnap.*** Tomorrow's the deadline for league sign-ups. With the 5 registrations promised for tomorrow, we'll have the 91 needed for 7 teams of 13. Sadly for those who still wanted to play a wait-listalong with someone dropping out (or being kicked out) is the only hope. Even less hope for the 6+ members who were vying for part-time (Mon or Fri) positions. The only other way all these folk wouldget to play is to get 13 more commitments (y muy rapido) & form an 8th team (which would take a major sales effort.. volunteers?) A detailed email will soon go out.*** A note on managers: from speaking with the 7 team sponsors, 4 managers have been chosen (MikeR-Radiant, Johnny-Rental World, Dave-Koffee Kup, RickWawa-VFW); the other 3 will have the sponsor or surrogate select players, followed by a player vote for manager.***As announced, we'll be playing tomorrow. But we're reassessing Wed & Fri. If we feel we'll have 10+ Wed & 20+ Fri. & there's someone to run it, it'll likely be a go***

Nov 17 - It is with shock & sadness we regretfully inform you of the passing of a good man & good friend Sal Pero. We'd been hoping to hear from him this week telling us he was signing up for the Winter League to become team Nick's manager again when we received the awful news. Sal was a fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor who was a pleasure to be around. Losing him seems a harsh reminder of how fleeting life is & how grateful we should be to be given this privilege to feel young & carefree, playing a game with our fellow 55+ playmates. Our condolences and well-wishes to his family and friends. We'll miss you big guy. 

Nov 15 - Wed.,At least our veterans enjoyed the picnic on Veteran's Day.. the round robin where vets played 'civilian patriots', however, not so much. The team (w/ RickA, Efrain, RonM, Johnny). Defeating veterans,real nice! ** The "Mini" League champ Blues Brothers were given 13 mini trophies, which from what I saw, were the perfect size for celebratory shots. *** Fri., we enjoyed two close games - at least for first 6 innings after which 3-3 became 11-4 & 9-8 became 14-9.*** Sun., With 72 player commitments we're closing in on the number for 6 teams. Seems like another 19 player sign-ups, which would give us 7 teams of 13 each, is clearly within reach.

Nov 10 - We honor all veterans & honor our veterans' requests as well. Some have asked for a "round robin" doubleheader tomorrow. We'll do it if 40 players come down.

Nov 5 - VETERAN'S DAY PICNIC NEXT WED., NOV 11. You bring beverages, sides & family; we'll be bring those sub "rings". We'll crown the Fall League champs at that time at which time I'll finally get rid of this "Blues Brothers" font & background… An interesting come-from-behind 10 inning game won by Gene, Felix, LuisA, JoseS, MiguelG, Eddie, Moncho, Celgio, DaveBr, JimP, Dean, Rich, & Wawa on Wed. It was interesting because when a team leads 11-10 after 9 innings the game usually ends. 

Oct 31 - Was hoping Oscar Machicote had used the past months to heal enough to be ready for the winter league, but just learned he had knee replacement surgery. 
We wish him a speedy recovery & return to play next year. Miss you Oscar! Remember to print (from email) then fill out league registration form & bring it with $55.

Oct 30 - Congratulations to Blues Brothers, Fall 'Mini' League Champions, beating Orange Crush 5-3, then Black Attack in the finals 11-4
From zeroes (0-3 start) to heroes (6-1 since), the team of Boch, Cachiro, Charlie, Felix, Frank, both Jose Riveras, JuanC, Mike, Moncho, Orlando, Oscar, & Ray that seemed a little dysfunctional at first, was functioning very well in the end. Details in Fall League section. Also playoff photos available now using Current Photos link.

Oct 29 - Tomorrow are the one-day Fall League playoffs. At 9 a.m. Green Machine plays Black Attack (Black is home team plus has choice of field).& Blues Brothers at Orange Crush (Orange is home team). Winners proceed to finals at 10:30 (top seeded winner is home team). May the best color win. 

Oct 27 - Email sent to 120 members announcing start of Winter League sign-ups. For those who do not have email please do your best to pass on the pertinent info. Belated congratulations to Jose "Joey" Ruiz as our newest Board member replacing M-Rod (quite a treat seeing Joey's serious & thoughtful side in the new setting)

Oct 23 - White Hot beat Green Machine (AGAIN!) to put themselves a win away from the playoffs. But by losing game 2 to Blues Brothers, they needed the Crush to crush team Green. The Greenies, however, went & beat the Orangemen (AGAIN!) clinching a playoff berth. Meanwhile Black Attack's win earned them the pennant & 1 seed. They'll host the Machine Oct 30 while Crush will host team Blue - winners to meet in the finals. For details click Fall League link (tomorrow, right now.. nap time). 

Oct 22 - Fall League reg season ends mañana to determine playoff participants/seedings [Sched: G1F1-Green@White; G1F2-Black@Blue; G2F1-Blue@White; G2F2-Orange@ Green]

Oct 21 - only 20+ for BP & game as large contingent was playing out of town. Both a pleasant game & pleasant weather - at least to team of RonM, JoseV, Gene,DaveBr, JuanR, Dean, Rich, Bernie, Celgio, & BennyV who won11-2. BenPs team might've viewed things a bit stormier given some internal strife & late inning's storm approaching.***** The Board met on Tuesday. Talks centered around the Winter League. Quick summary: 1) Sign-ups begin Mon Oct 26, end Mon Nov 23.; 2) Fees lowered $10 to $55.; 3) There are currently 7 team sponsors; teams will have 13 players so need 91 sign-ups; would require an 8th team sponsor with 104.; 4) Nov 3 meeting scheduled to determine team selection process; 5) There'll be a new seeded, bracketed, double elimination playoff system; 6) The registration form will be revised to include a section to list 'unable-to-play' game dates. 7) In the next day or two I'll send out a more detailed email..

Oct 17 - Friday's standings/summaries available as is 42 more pics (Current Photos). Oct. 23 sneak peek: White Hot Machine play off to see who'll play in the playoffs.

Oct 12 & 14 - Results from Mon: On Field 1 no disturbances reported while on Field 2 a 7.0 Richter reading from a blow-up over a "blown call in the 5th with a strong aftershock in the 6th. Wed: 3-team game with, in comparison, nothing earth-shaking nor tumultuous; a calm, relaxed, stress-free game; 2 teams lost but everyone won.
Sorry to hear our friend Joe Orr won't be playing this winter after undergoing double knee replacement. We will be able to wish him well tho', as he promises to stop by. 

Oct 8 - After BP made 3 teams of 11 each. Despite 2 players leaving early (got an earful on that topic but I'll only take blame for including JoseC who notified me ahead of time) an exciting game w/ score of 11-10-10 (same as # of men playing) till home team (MikeS, LuisA, JimP, Eddie, DaveB's, TonyQ, PeteM, Nilo, & Gene) scored 2 & won 12-11-10.
*Look for email today w/ new info + old reminders. 

Oct 6 - Results 10/05: On Field 1 an 11-9 win despite team playing without RickA, a mysterious no-show, until we learned the mystery was actually why no one answered his call to say he'd be a no-show. On Field 2 a 17-11-7 game with all entertainment value saved for last half (last third?) inning as home team down by 14 batted around scoring 8 & looking for more til baserunner AngelB got into a real pickle - rundown w/ at least 6 throws before he got pooped & tagged out. Game over!

Oct 4 - Tommy G continues to snap up a storm. I especially like Oct 2nd pic 3 of 35 (titled, "More Responsibility He Takes On the Less Crap he Takes"). Just realized on a fast computer quick clicks on a batter's pics can result in seeing a batter's entire swing. Wow! Video!. (Photo link is now called 'Current Photos' as some pictures are pickup pics not Fall League pics). Welcome to newcomers Daniel Fernandez, Antonio Caraballo, Julio Torres & Ernesto Muniz. 

Oct 3 - *From the 'Whoopee' (or for most of you, likely the 'Big Whoop') department - after 9 grueling games (& 5 grueling round trips from Kissimmee to Leesburg), the Osceola Senior Softball League contingent of JohnnyO, GeneM, LuisA, JoseS, BobH, HectorA (& soon-to-be member SalG) helped team Sundek to the 2015 "One-Pitch"Championship.
**From the 'Oopsie' or 'Big Oops' department - after 9 grueling weeks of setting up the Fall League I was woken to the fact that the playoff schedule was unworkable as an 8 a.m. round does not accommodate the 'school employee' players. After brainstorming with management, it was decided the best solution was that only 4 teams would advance to the playoffs (see new schedule on Member page). My apologies to the13 players who'll not be in the playoffs now. I'll accept all anger & abuse heaped my way. 

Sept 26 - Photos from the 2nd week of the Fall League are now available thanks to Tom Galligan (photos 37-96 on slideshow). Click on "Fall League Photos" above.

Sept 25  - Results: Black 14-4 over Green; Orange 10-9 over White; Black 3-2 over Blue; White 11-9 over Green.*Reminder, no league games next Fri, Oct 2*  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sept 24 - I was told that the schedule was not lining up correctly on some computers; If you are one of those who are not seeing it as it was intended here's tomorrow's schedule: 9 amField1, White vs. Orange; Field2, Green vs. Black; Approx. 10:15, Field2: White vs. Green; Field1, Blue vs. Black.

Sept 23 - While on Field 1 many of our Mainlander members fought back to salvage a split against visiting team from the Islands, on the Field 2 we resumed our "non-color" pick-up games. Game turned out pretty colorful as JoseR1,Curt,DaveBr,BennyV,RickK,GeneM,LuisN,JimP,CharlieG,Pat,&Celgio, down 14-0 after 6, somehow ended up15-14 winners.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sept 22 - The technology gods must've forgiven me for corrupting a file as the MEMBERS & LEAGUE page have been fixed & are now available. Also, thank you to TomG for all the action photos & player pictures from opening day (upon seeing themselves some may not thank him). Click on Fall League Photos above to view slideshow. 

Sept 21 - Apologies to anyone who visited the MEMBERS Page & saw it all out of sorts. Got word the page was corrupted (I must be a bad influence) so it had to be reconstructed from scratch. Thanks to Angel for all his help * Heard we did go 'colors' on Mon. Seems unfair to non-color people so I'm hoping to change it back Wed.

Sept 18 - The Fall League got off to a ____ start (fill in your own adjective because mine contains expletives that can't be printed.. kidding, kinda.. really for the most part it went fairly well). However (for perhaps the last time) I wanted to revisit one issue in the context of why the Fall League was started. The idea was to try to change things up a bit by breaking up the 9 straight months of a pick-up game format with a league format, thus providing a bit of a break & a bit of variety. Seems clear that a league format brings a bit more of an edge resulting in players who care a bit more, try a bit more, show up a bit more & want to win a bit more. But while 'a bit more' is a good thing at times some tend to go to 'a lot more' & that often is not so good. Then it seems the caring more & wanting to win more start to trump (hard for me to use that word these days) civility & respect for others with tension & testiness overtaking fun & fellowship; we then have to realize (including myself) that perhaps we've taken it a bit too far. Try hard.. yes, but let's try to rein in some of these negative aspects a bit more & be grateful! .*Here's something a bit more interesting: Click on Fall League link on the Home & Membership pages for League standings and game scores with highlights & summaries. You can also see when your team is scheduled there too (as well as the bulletin board @ Denn John) ..And for non-league players, back to non-color pick-up games on Mon.

Sept 9 - Sadly, 1 more day of finishing 1 of 2 games; this time due, not to insult, but to injury. After being hit flush on the chin MikeS seemed to require stitches & the game ended when he left. Left me thinking if we have nets for pitchers, maybe it's time we had masks for the catchers! Seems it should be 'safety first' or we all take it on the chin. I'll bring it up at board meeting. 

Sept 8 - Yesterday wound up just fine; no puddles, no rain. No dampening of plans nor spirits with no hampering of games nor picnic. Once sandwiches were devoured we all enjoyed good conversation, music, games, family (plus more softball). Thanks JimP, Arturo, Rick, et al for preparations, Eddie for the music, & all family members for the picnic fixin's ** Game Results: White Hot got hot to pull away from the Mean Green ones 9-5. In the 3-team game LuisA made a great 'game-saving' play to rob MikeL, but then realized he'd "dropped the ball" thinking it was 3 outs. That error allowed Rico to jog in from 3rd - a crushing 10-9-4 defeat for a very blue team who then accused Luis of being paid off. An Investigation is now underway!

Blue Crew is now The Blues Brothers.. maybe. OscarT said it was between 3 names - Blue Rays (Ray is manager) & Blue Angels (angels, really?). I'm lobbying for Blues Brothers.

Sept 2 & 4 - Heard Black & Blue game Wed. a bit bruising & left some marks on the whole league. I'll add to Dave's Fri. remarks by saying Vince Lombardi was wrong - especially when it comes to our league - "Winning ISN'T Everything"; camaraderie, exercise, & gratitude for being able to play are clearly things of greater importance. Glad newcomers Don Shearer & David Hernandez, who we all welcome, joined Fri. instead of Wed. when the games were as they should be - 'fun & games'. Results for Fri.: both games were started & actually finished! Yay!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Aug 31 - Despite the weather predictions, 41 players braved the elements to fight through a steady 7 mph breeze (lots of clouds too). Black Attack shoulda stayed home, tho' they did at least score this time. The 9 Crush-men (+ Al V) were too much making play after play while also hitting & running wild on the bases. B.A. attacked & crushed 9-1. And the Green Meanies dusted off Powder Blue (White Hot + Blue Crew) by (around) 3 runs. Let's welcome August newcomers Edwin Figueroa & Nestor Aponte, both who've shown a great deal of promise.

Aug 28 - Orange Crush & Mean Green Machine, using players exclusively from their own teams, played on Field 2. Black Attack was also there with 9 of their players but must have fallen into a black hole scoring a big fat zero. Orange Crush won 5-4-0. On Field1 White Hot was quite hot beating Blue Crew 9-3; non-roster players BobH & GusT helped in the beating.

Aug. 27 - On Mon. Mike created teams trying to keep Fall League teammates together. Results: On Wednesday a team with 8 players who were "Black & Blue got battered by a team of 8 who were Peachy ( White & Orange) while the 3rd team with 7 Green players looked a bit green after scoring just 1 run in 7 innings in a 6-5-1 game.

Aug 22 - Fri. Results : on Field 1, 6-4.. that's all I know. On Field 2 it was 9-8-6. During the 5th & 6th got a bit nervous as once again a game got stuck in a 6-6-6 score. Thankfully it became 8-6-6 after six & 8-8-6 going into the bottom of the 7th when the # 1 thru 4 batters of the home team, Carlos, JoseR1, Ray, & Lamboy, all got line drive hits to score the winning run.

Committee meeting of Aug 18 (RickA, DaveB, MikeR, PeteE, & GeneM attending) concluded with the following newsworthy or possibly even noteworthy (watch out for pop quiz) items:
​1. Looking toward upgrading balls to a higher compression due to complaints that the current ones keep losing their oomph (tho' perhaps it's those complaining who've lost THEIR oomph!).
2. The pitcher's net will be moved 4 feet forward making it easier for the pitcher to move behind it, which he must do after each pitch is released (the Florida Half Century League removes a pitcher from pitching if he doesn't move behind the net after being warned once [Gabe, couldn't find the rule about net positioning, can you show us?]. There will be a grace period where no infraction will be issued if pitcher is out of compliance giving pitchers a chance to work in a new habit. Know we are just trying to minimize the danger that pitchers' faces faces.
3. Other new rules or restated rules: teams are allowed a maximum of 11 positions players, not 12, only 5 of whom are allowed on dirt portion of infield (not including catcher & pitcher).
4. Team sponsorship letters should be available for those members interested within 2 wks. Currently 4 teams from last year will participate with 4 others still possible - tho' 2 are unlikely.
5. Anyone interested in getting a company to put in a bid for our Winter League uniforms should contact Pete Edwards this month. 
6. All (serious) ideas, suggestions, & criticisms need to be presented in written form to be assured they will be discussed by committee. Perhaps I'll just bring down a shoebox with a slot in it. Of course you can always email any committee member (addresses @ www.55plussoftball.com, then click "Members"). Copy gemit2000@aol.com to be assured of a written response.

Aug 19 - Results - After a stressful beginning trying to iron out Fall League issues a nice relaxed defensive game (notice how after every B.P. no one can hit?) as the powerhouse team of Gene, Kike', Miguel, Nilo, JoseS, Rico, Pat, Mikes S & R, Rich, Tito, & RickR, despite 5 runs scored against us in the 1st or what is now called the 'Wha? Wha?' inning (love ya Rick), won 8-5-2.

Aug 17 - Results - Valiant effort today by Johnny, JoseG, BobG,TonyV,Curt,PeteM,Del,DaveB,Wepa,HarryC & JerryM who, stopped whining about unfair teams long enough to overcome a 5-0 deficit. They did come up short in a 6-5 loss, however. Meanwhile team of LarryL, LuisA, Miguel, Gene, Wawa, BennyV, Al V, TomG, Gabe, Eddie, & Dean led off game w/ 7 successive hits, plating 5, then suddenly decided not to hit anymore. But their shortstop (emphasis on 'short') stopped enough balls & scored one final run to make them winners & keep the whiners at bay.

Aug15 - Results from Fri. - 54 players, 5 teams. Despite making my team with TomG, Pat, JoseRiv2, & Gabe who all needed runners & LuisA, Cuba, & Mario who all wanted one (& JohnD & Mario had to leave early we gamely fought to a 7-5 loss against a team with heavy hitters including Johnny, Miguel, Papo, Hector, & Joey. There were 3 teams of 11 on Field 1 & I have no idea who even won. As I mentioned I do need a D.J. at D.J. (designated journalist @ Denn John) to report the hi-lites of the game I'm not in. Volunteers? Might have to hire a DJ* to announce we need DJs* at DJ* to help with the DJ* I'm not doing, something even a DJ* could do a DJ* at. {*DJ translations:1.Disc Jockey 2. Designated Journalists; 3. Denn John; 4. Descriptive Jabbering 5. Dumb Jock; 4. Decent Job).

Aug 12 - Results from Wed. games after B.P. : Field 2 game loaded w/ sparkling defense, but perhaps the fact that our team decided to hit over half our ABs to their SS, Johnny (not a good plan), led to their 12-2 win. Another reason was the (strange) fact that their entire infield, LuisA, Felix, Johnny, & Hector, are each managers in the upcoming league so not surprisingly managed the game quite well. Special mention to Ray who played great D against them (& strangely is the 5th mgr.!). On Field 1 Joey said it ended 8-4 (sorry for lack of color commentary). 

Aug 10 - On Fri. we had 51 players & created 5 teams - 4 w/10 & 1 w/11, but yesterday, despite 52 players, we went with 4 teams with 13 ea. For those who played both days I wonder, if polled, which set up is preferred? Results, Field 1 after losing late lead to be tied 10-10Keke' JimD, Al V, Gus, Larry, MikeR, Gene. Jerry, JimP, Gabe, JohnD, TomG, & Curt scored in the top of the 10th for the win. Field 2? .. no idea cause I forgot to ask someone what happened? Guess I should pick a DJ (designated journalist) to report all the exciting action I miss over there. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Aug 8 - Strange day yesterday. Players came down to the field in droves (our first 5-team day) while a little later rain came down in droves & drove the droves off the field. How much does a tarp cost? Results .. there were no results.. no one finished. At the time of the final downpour on Field 1 Eddie & Boch were left stranded on base with 2 out in the top of 9th their team down by 1. On Field 2 the only final score was 2-1; that's 2 teams who "won" by avoiding a loss over the 1 team who "lost" by losing a win. 

Aug 6 - Bad day as heat index neared 105°; With 4 teams, BP + 9 inning games kinda draining. Monday's drizzle would've been welcome! On Field 2, hitters (Cachiro, JoseRiv1,JuanC +MikeR, BenP & Bobby) weren't hitting so Johnny,JoseS,Felix,Miguel,LuisN, Dean,Cuba,AngelB,TonyV & Oscar won easily14-4, while solid hitting 1-10 (Kike',Ray,Rey, Nilo,Rico,JoseV,PeteM,JuanR,RichK,MikeS) aided a 12-7 win.

Aug 5 - boy was it ever hot on the fields today.. forgive me but I'm still replenishing fluids & too weak to write anything right now. Hopefully I'll recover by tomorrow with updates.

Aug 4 - Thank you to our volunteer "grounds crew" (PeteE, Dean, JoseRiv2, Tito, JimP, BenP, DaveB, MikeR, et. al.) who with only vac, rake, & spade in hand made fields fairly playable. Here's the fairly playable field results: On Field 2 - After 7 innings having noticed the dry-erase scoreboard had been wet-erased by a constant drizzle the visitors argued, to no avail, that they were shortchanged a run by the home team. Despite this these 12 'mudders' rallied for 2 in the 9th & keyed byTedW's 275 ft. triple in the 10th went ahead, then held on with help of Rico's hard-charging shoestring catch. Scoreboard on Field 1 showed nothing after 7 as well but due to each team putting up goose eggs. Finally in the final 2 DaveB's team scored & won 7-3. 
*-----> The on-deck rule remains; The rule is that "the player who follows the current batter must be outside the dugout with bat in hand at the time of the batter's first pitch. If not that player will be out at the time of his scheduled AB. Umpire has discretion to overturn rule for proper cause as well as to declare "on-deck" batter out if team attempts to avoid the ruling by stalling in any way. The "on-deck" batter will be the 3rd out of that inning or the 1st out of the next inning.

All Monday and Friday games will be a standard 9 innings. This is a change from 3 team games which had been slated for 7 innings **REVISION SEPT: changed back to 7; 9 took too long**

* All ideas, suggestions, or criticisms must be written & given to a board member for it to receive official recognition & attention. Each (serious) submission will be given a written response.* (n

1. The team selections are done, posted halfway down the MEMBERS page (click on SEPTEMBER TEAMS on top of this page & the next). Tentative team names are Black Attack, White Hot, Blue Crew, Green Machine, & Orange Crush (Johnny, changed it from Red after realizing he'd created a Rental World retread with a load of "Rental World Orange" shirts in their closets). Until I hear from Ray I've listed the blue team as The Blue Crew (tho' I like Las Mulas Azules better).
2. A revised schedule is beneath the rosters. Oct 2nd games are now canceled as 3 mgrs & at least 10 players couldn't make it that day. Season now ends with playoffs on 10/30 not 10/23. 
Each team plays each other 2x with equal # of home/away, Field 1 / 2, & 9 /10:30 games. Playoffs are 3 rounds [posted under Rosters] seeded brackets with 1st round bye to reg. season winner. 
3. Until the league starts we will be focused on trying to keep Fall League teammates on the same team when making teams for pick-up games.
Aug 1 - The new "on-deck" rule was explained Fri. It can also be found here (see committee notes from July 21). Results from Fri.: Great team 'D' & strong game by Ron M helped give (Gene, 2 Rons, Adrian, Mario, Jose R 2, Wawa, Wepa, Papo, TonyV, & Ted) a 12-4 victory while despite a 5 run top of the first (RickA, Rico, Kike',Nilo, Tito, Jims P.& D., M-Rod, O-Rod, & Freddy) chipped away for a thrilling 7-6 win. 

July 29 - The seventeen runs scored in the first 2 innings (6,6 &5) must have tuckered everyone out cause the 3 teams scored nada in next 3. After resting for 3 innings 13 runs were scored in the final 2 for a final of 12-9-9. Good game, nice mixture of good drama and some good comedy. 

July 27- ***Heard on the Fields"*** - After Rick Arleo's amazing over-the-shoulder behind-the-back catch on Monday, Mike Rod. mentioned to him, "as you made the catch I look over to your wife & notice that she didn't even see it" to which Rick responded, "that's o.k., neither did I". ***Welcome News*** - Welcome newcomers Joe Garcia & Mike Sanchez! (msg: what those of us not new now know that you who are now new should know - if you want to do well, you'll do well to stay well (in other words go easy for a while )

July 25 - Afternoon storms came a bit early yesterday, 8:40 to 9 a.m. Though it was over after that, it was long enough for a Denn John first in 2015... game called on account of puddles.
July 22 - The committee met Tuesday 7/21 and of the many issues discussed members should take note of the following: ​
* A Fall "mini" League was approved. See below for details
*-----> The on-deck rule remains; The rule is that "the player who follows the current batter must be outside the dugout with bat in hand at the time of the batter's first pitch. If not that player will be out at the time of his scheduled AB. Umpire has discretion to overturn rule for proper cause as well as to declare "on-deck" batter out if team attempts to avoid the ruling by stalling in any way. The "on-deck" batter will be the 3rd out of that inning or the 1st out of the next inning. As well, the current batter cannot be walked. 
* Until further notice all Monday and Friday games will be a standard 9 innings. This is a change from 3 team games which had been slated for 7 innings
* All ideas, suggestions, or criticisms must be written & given to a board member for it to receive official recognition & attention. Each (serious) submission will be given a written response.*
* For those who found or want to find possible sponsors, letters will be available shortly. Contact of current sponsors and finalizing new version of the letter should occur this week or so *****FALL LEAGUE DETAILS*******
• Goal for sign-ups: 48-52 players for 4 teams or 60-65 players for 5 teams
• Sign-up period is from 7/24 to 8/14; managers election 8/14-8/17
• A manager selected draft will take place 8/18 (during committee meeting)
• A $10 fee is required of all players (refunded if elected manager). Fee pays for umpires and incidentals (Al V. and Julio M. have indicated they would umpire instead of play)
​Four team league Five team league
*Each team would play each other twice during 3 wk. season *Each team plays each other twice during 5 wk. season*
*Doubleheaders played each Friday 9/18 to10/2 *2 "bye" teams play 1 game each Fri.; others play doubleheaders
*Seeded bracketed playoffs during wk. 4 on 10/9 *Games are 09/18-10/16; playoffs10/23 (championship game TBD)
Team uniforms will consist of uniformly colored t-shirts (possible team names such as Black Attack, Mojo Rojo, Blanco Broncos, Blue Crew, and Green Machine) & provided by players
July 21 - On Monday, after Field 2 ended its ho-hum 10-6 game at 10:45, over on Field 1 a growing crowd was gathering to witness the last few innings of a thrilling comeback as Miguel, Soto Mario, Pete E Felix, Bob G, Curt, Pat, Jim P, Ron M. & Tony V erased an 11-1 deficit scoring 12 runs in the 9th (22 runs in the last 4 innings) to cap off an amazing 23-18 victory. 

July 18 - Welcome back Gus, playing like a '#1' leading his team to an 11-8 win Fri. (after we squandered 9-1 lead). Meanwhile Julio's "SS-less" team fell short 11-4 despite a 4-4 tie after 4. 

July 16 - On Wed, team with "murders row" of Moncho, Julio, Nilo, & Ray won 13-11-4 despite valiant 7th inning comeback by team #2 (Gene, Dave B's,Gus, Soto, Lamboy, Charlie, Oscar, Adrian, & Jim).

July 14 - Monday was not comeback day. Our team lost 17-8 while the other game was even a bigger blowout, 20-6. Just 1 of those weird days given very even teams (good job Mike!).

July 11 - Friday was "comeback" day. Our team (Joey,Dave, Ben, Gene, Ron, Oscar, Adrian, Pete, Larry, Pat, Wepa) overcame 5-1 & 9-4 deficits to win 12-10. Bigger comeback of 7 runs on Field 1.. …. too bad they were down 12 runs at the time & ended up losing 16-8. Committee meeting scheduled July 21 (I'll propose mini-league). Also please welcome Bruce Robertson!

July 6 - Monday saw a good 3-team, 9-inning game Monday 11 to 8 to 8 followed by a picnic with good food, good music, & good company. Thanks to all who set up post-game shindig. ​~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

July 3 - Welcome back Tony Q after surgery (& what seems to be a total makeover). Hopefully Al C, Hector A, George R, Luis D, Oscar M, Tom V, & Pete O will follow suit & make it back soon too.​ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

June 27 - 1. After tying the game up 6-6-6 yesterday our team went on to score 5 more runs, earning praise for both winning & saving the league from being damned by the devil for eternity.
2. So everyone is clear.. the possibility of having a fall "mini" league depends on a committee vote. The survey I took was just that, a survey to see if there'd be interest.
3. If you'd like to have a relatively quiet 4th of July celebration on July 6th (changed from 3rd) bring your favorite BBQ items and perhaps a few sparklers and we'll picnic after the games.
4. Welcome back Dean 'Dino' Droz after long rehab stint. Though he wasn't thrilled with his hitting it was nice to see his hustle to first on one AB that kept him from being doubled up. 
 Also welcome visitor Ruben Torres (Ron R's cousin), newcomers Ron Montgomery and Carlos Alvelo as well as two veteran players Jim DiGiacomo and Jerry Mobley.

June 25 - 1) After batting practice a 9-inning 5 to 4 game. Good game, but with teams not scoring in 12 of 17 of their at bats, maybe we should've had batting practice after the game.
2) The Members link that contains phone #'s & emails should be correct now. Now when you call Rey you won't be talking to Randy and calling the other Ray won't get you Raul.
3) And re, the June 18 blog below: I did not do what I said I'd do at the committee meeting mainly because we didn't have the meeting. Will announce when the committee will meet next.​ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

​June 19 - two hotly contested come-from-behind wins on each field as temps hit 100. Our team lost an 8-0 lead & blamed the dreaded Field 1, first base dugout (110 in the non-shade).

June 18 - Current La Liga Mini survey results: 48 Yes; 5 Likely; 6 Possible; 7 No; 36 No Responses; 20 inactive. ​Given these #'s I'll suggest starting the planning phase of this league at the upcoming committee meaning on Tues. I'll also bring up a handful of ideas that have been brought up to me informally, i.e., changing batting practice to accommodate all, choosing pickup game teams by choosing managers, addressing the new "on deck" rule, enforcing pitching net rules, setting time aside occasionally for "super-competitive" games, etc., as well as bringing up better ways to bring up ideas to the committee (if you have an idea of how ideas to the committee could be brought, bring them to me informally until we have a way to bring them up formally)….
Temperatures are getting hotter but Wed. it seemed tempers were a bit milder. We can't control the former but we should be able to control the latter (well maybe not but we can always try). 
So here's hoping the overall climate can become more temperate - hash tags: #attempt-to-temper-a-temper & #pray-for-cold-front-&-a-return-to-lo-90's (whatever hash tag means).

​June 13 - La Liga Mini? Fancy a four to five week, four to five team league on Fridays in the fall? Figure fielding fifty for it to be fairly feasible to form. Feel free to forward feedback​ if for it. 1st step is to email me at gemit2000@aol.com with a Yes or Likely (questions welcome) or sign in to next week's games with a Y or L instead of check mark (DON'T CALL). After Friday's game we already have 33 members interested. Creating teams that will last longer than 1 day seems like a nice change of pace and having it on Fridays would still allow those who can't commit to play Monday & Wednesdays. Thinking that each team would play each other twice with a final week playoff. Nice as well to have official umpires who seem to do better at keeping conflict and strife at a minimum given the current level of agitation and aggravation that exists that tends to agitate and aggravate those who come to relax & enjoy themselves…
Speaking of strife, we had 2 fairly conflict-free games on Wed. & Fri. - at least compared to Mon. - as I was told. Hearing about it reminded me of a quote from the late Rodney King (not his original quote of "ow, ow ow ow"), "can't we all just get along". Guess senior leagues are gonna have a hi percentage of cranky old men, but c'mon guys ease up a bit & have some fun.​~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

May 29​ - Two more competitive, if not very artistic, games - 13 to12 & 19 to15.. Hi-lights on Field 2 included a multi-hit game by Del and some sparkling defense by Mario and Jim P. for the winning team. Lo-lights are not included due to space considerations. NOTE: One more thing about deadlines for pickup games. On Wednesday it will be 10 a.m. Check-in by 10 am [or call in by 10 and arrive by 10:15] to play. Phone #'s to call are a few lines below. So that's 9 a.m. for Mon. & Fri. and 10 a.m. for Wed. as arrival time cut-off.

May 26 - Good fun and good food with good people made for a great day yesterday for our family members and our softball family. Thank you to Mike & Arturo for organizing. Thanks to all the wives for their contributions and their company. Thanks to Eddie on music, Joey on the grill, & everyone else who helped create the feast and festivities. Grateful too for the rain holding off.

Players/Picnickers were given a one-day reprieve on checking in or calling in by 9 a.m. But Memorial Day will be the last day that late-comers will be allowed to play. Remember, if you're going to be late call (don't text) before 9 am. If not on vacation Mike and Dave are usually there by 8:30 Mon. & Fri. and the same for me on Fri. Our cell phone #s are Dave @ 407-709-2001 Mike @ 772-359-8415 or Gene @ 321-662-7470. Suggestion: enter those numbers into your phone so you don't have to run around looking for them (Note: If you've never tried, click on MEMBERS link above and you'll find approx. 125 players with their phone #'s & email addresses. BTW if you have an email and it's not listed please email me at my email address [gemit2000@aol.com… but you knew that cause you went to the MEMBERS list]) with your email address. And note, it will also be the last day those who play pickup games and didn't play in the league can do so without paying their 2015 member fees.
Though Wed. is hump day I now know it as "grump day" or "take-my-lumps day" or "dump on this chump day" (I can keep going) with a higher than acceptable level of crankiness over team set-ups. To me there are no good answers when we have 27 to 29 players - the dreaded 3 team with too few on each or the terrible 2 teams with too many. Since we start late, three teams take forever & gets extra chaotic when players leave "early" (11:30 - 12:30). But having 14+ players on a team can be even more painful... especially for the manager. But until it's decided on in our next committee meeting I have decided to work hard for 2 teams. For 18 to 28 players we'll have 2 teams and from 29-35 players I'll first try to get the numbers down to 28 by suggesting to those on the fence about playing they get off the fence and get in their car & go home… but I refuse to put 15 on a team so if we end up with 30 to 35 we'll go with 3.
Speaking of committee meetings & Wednesdays last week we had our May meeting. We talked about changing batting practice to include only 1 round (12 pitches? 10? or was it 2 rounds of 5 or 6?) with those who'd rather get a second round than play a pickup game staying on Field 1 to do so. I think Mike announced it but I don't think it totally happened, at least on Field 1.
We also planned to get a supply of new balls & rotate them in and out (saw new balls on Monday so guess the plan was an action plan where someone acted according to plan). We also voted in Al C. as a 6th committee member. He's a man of experience, solutions, and action and for that reason we're lucky to have him (won't discuss right now what makes us unlucky). 
Some other topics were a yearly calendar, incorporating member ideas, sponsorship planning, senior bats, check-in sheet changes, possible fall tournaments, & the picnic. 
In the future I will attempt to update the website a bit at a time so you can finish reading the entry in one sitting. Unfortunately I can't promise ever being twitter-like (more than 140 characters in this sentence) and keep updates short and sweet. If you noticed by now with me 'not too long' and 'not too sour' is the best you can hope for.

May 25 - Welcome new players Isabelo Santiago and Adrian Orozco and welcome back Bruce Katz and Carlos Soto having returned from their long rehab assignments.

May 10 - Friday games were played with 4 teams of 11 each, started early, ended earlier, ended up with scores of 9-8 & 14-13, and were played on fields each with a 200ft. line. So to sum up: good, good, good, exciting, and thank God. 

May 3 & 5, 2015: Ch-ch-ch-changes:
We are trying out a new pick-up game sign-in sheet. By 9 a.m. please make sure you have checked in (place check to the left of your name - alphabetical order by 1st name). This will hopefully keep us from missing anyone as sometimes happens when in between names being given to us and writing them down we become involved in other other communication. Also look for the following field changes promised by the grounds crew manager: a white 200 ft line & 65 ft. base paths. The line is an attempt to keep outfielders from having to guess where to stand, avoiding arguments resulting when the other team disagrees with that guess. A return from 70 foot to the 65 ft. standard bases should lessen any frustration of those who didn't understand why they were suddenly grounding into more double plays.
Reminder: If you need to call Mike, Dave or Gene about arriving after 9 a.m. (still need to show by 9:15) for pick-up games our cell phone #s are Mike @ 772-359-8415, Dave @ 407-709-2001, or Gene @ 321-662-7470 (only Fri. 8:30 - 9 during May & June or my way of saying call Mike or Dave. For other issues call my home phone 407-816-8221). This reminds me of another reminder - click on "MEMBERS" icon above to find the page of all phone # & emails of our current players. This reminds me of one more reminder - I'm trying to update all of this info. so if there are any changes to phone or email addresses let me know. 
And they keep a'comin. Welcome new members Roberto Alvarez, Miguel Rios, Rafael Rivera, and Jerry Matos & welcome back Luis Ortiz!

April 25, 2015
Pick-up games have picked-up with attendance averaging 35-45 men. Would love to see that 40 man mark hit regularly so we can have enough for 4 teams and 2 nine-inning games. Would also love if both games could be played on mud-free fields but the reality of a Florida & Denn John combo makes that a lot to hope for. The games, though soggy, have been competitive and fun. Special thanks to the 99% of players who have been arriving or calling in by 9 a.m.
Welcome to a continued flow of new and returning players: we have our 5th "Angel" (and 2nd Angel R) Angel Rosado and our 5th Jim, Jim Toler, as well as Rodolfo Santos and Carlos Morales. And welcome back Bill Ibrahim, Curt Fletcher, Bob Giguere, & Jose Guzman! Also glad to see Benny V and especially relieved to see Jimmy Parker's return as many of us have been quite thirsty in his absence (remember to tip him big if you're drinking his water)

Our first committee meeting was held this week with the new members and Rick discussing roles, organization, labor requirements, sponsorships, budget/funds, forms, Fortune, Denn John permits, as well as doing some brainstorming on the future. Angel B was on hand to discuss an interested corporate sponsor and Al C was there to help us by applying his knowledge of league rules to what we could & couldn't & should & shouldn't do going forward.
Coming out of the meeting were these 'action' items that need to be communicated:
The league will utilize it's 8 am to 12 pm permit on Wednesday and run the pick-up game after batting practice. Like Mon. & Fri. all league rules will apply including using the 200 foot line and prohibiting those under 70 yr olds from using 'senior bats' and those under 55 from playing (sorry Sal, Edwin, & Marlon… please age quickly). Dave has announced that we would like all 'senior bats' to be identified and has bought colored tape so a strip can be place above the grip for that purpose. This would help keep things fair and hopefully help avoid confusion especially amongst newbies. Would love to get Miguel to help us identify all the models that would need taping.
We also were reminded that everyone who didn't play in the Jan-Mar league needs to sign a new waiver form and pay the $15 annual fee. There's only a few members who need to sign and/or pay; I'll have the forms ready and my palm open at the cage before game time for those this applies to.
I will also be asking those not currently on the email mailing list if we're able to add them. As well I will likely be conducting a survey soon to figure out if a Denn John Summer League is feasible. 

April 2, 2015​ - ​An email sent was sent out Tuesday, 03/31, reminding everyone you need to check in by 9AM Mon & Fri. We need all the names of those playing by then so if you're running a late you can call before 9:00 & arrive by 9:15 to play [ Mike @ 772-359-8415, Dave @ 407-709-2001, or Gene @ 321-662-7470 (Fri. 8:30 - 9:00 only…otherwise home @ 407-816-8221)].
Monday & Friday pick-up games at Denn John started with a rare rainout 03/23. We did get under way Fri., 03/27 and again Mon., 3/30, both with 3 team games. Welcome to our new players: Randy Parnell,Ron Ramos, Harry Canavesi, Rich Keilman, Julio Negron, and Angel Rexach.Congrats to Tournament Champions Koffee Kup and Playoff Champions VFW * See team pictures on "TEAMS" page​

Election News:
YOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Dave Brown President, Rick Arleo, Treasurer, Gene Mitchell Recording Secretary, Mike Rodriguez Vice-President, Pete Edwards Compliance Officer.

March 9, 2015

  We have some members who are willing to step up and continue to guide this league to a to a bigger brighter future. 
Rick Arleo and Al Ciallela have agreed to stay on as board members (if elected), also Dave Brown, Gene Mitchell, Felix Navarro, 
Mike Rodriguez and Joey Ruiz have agreed to run for board membership. Members are elected to a 2 year term, one member will serve as
 the President, one as the Treasurer and one as Recording Secretary.

Elections will be held on Friday March 13. Please participate and vote for the five members who will be our new leaders.  

​March 1, 2015
  Despite many injuries and player shortages it is still impressive how hard all teams are playing and refusing to
go down without a fight making for some very competitive games. We are nearing the end of our regular season with 
a very tight race for first place best of luck to all teams. 

Picture day on Monday, look your best.  
​ After five years of service Julio Medina, Dean Droz and Angel Bermudez will be stepping down from the committee
at the end of this season. If this league is to survive and prosper, we need volunteers to step up and take over the leadership
so that Osceola Senior Softball can continue to be the great organization we have helped to create.

If you are interested in volunteering please submit your name so that we can have an election on March 16 while everyone is still here.

Feb 16 2015
  After leading the pack all season Rental World finally stumbled losing 2 games to VFW and moving into second place behind Koffee Kup.
It appears that there will be some pretty stiff competition between Rental World, Koffee Kup and VFW for that top spot but Family Physicians
 seems to be waking so never underestimate any team.
  It was good to see Dean up and around again, he seems to be on the road to being his jolly old self again.

Feb 10, 2015
  On Monday Marc Clery, photographer for the Osceola News-Gazette stopped by Fortune Road and snapped some pictures 
at the game between Rental World and Koffee Kup. They can be seen on the Osceola News-Gazette Facebook Page, and in the
Saturday Feb 14th edition.

J​an 17, 2015
  The new season is off to a good start with no rainouts so far. The teams are starting to work as a unit and improving every week for what appears to be a 
very competitive season. Good luck to all and stay safe. We'd like to welcome all our snowbirds and hope that you all have a good time while you're here and spread the word about our league.
Benny Vasquez is doing better he underwent some surgery last week and is finally getting over the effects, hopefully he will start playing again in a few weeks ,
in the meantime he will try to show up and cheer his team on.

Jan 5, 2015, 
We did it again, great first day. Thanks to all of our sponsors for making this possible, Thanks to VFW Post 3227 St. Cloud for providing the color guard and thanks to everyone who came out to make this a special day in our lives. Standings and schedule will be available by clicking on button above.
Happy Birthday Del, Keep up the great work. 
Some opening day photos are available,click on"Photos" above. Look under Albums for "Opening Day "Jan 5 2015. 

We'd like to send out our prayers and best wishes to Benny Vasquez who sustained an injury over the weekend while playing softball with 
the Florida Half Century League. Get well soon Benny and we're here if you need us. 

Nov. 20, 2014
Team selections were made today, click on the " TEAMS " button above, also the schedule has been posted, click on the " SCHEDULE" button above. 
Every attempt was made at keeping the team selection as fair as possible, those attending to witness the proceedings were; Julio Medina, Angel Bermudez, Rick Arleo, Gabe Robinson, Al Cialella, Frank Woodsby, Angel Carrasquillo, Jose Soto, Benny Vasquez, Johnny Ojeda, Anthony Quinones, Bruce Katz.
 Best of luck to all the teams and remember we're all here to have a good time, its not whether you win or lose but how you play the game , good sportsmanship, friendliness and honesty​ count for more than anything else.

​November 1, 2014
PLAYERS ARE SIGNING UP RAPIDLY, DON'T BE LEFT OUT, GET YOUR MONEY IN ASAP.​Registrations are now being accepted for our 2015 league tournament .
The season runs from January 5, 2015 through March 16, 2015 and consists of 2 games every Monday and 2 games every Friday, that will be a total of 42 games (weather permitting).
Games times are at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. We request that you sign up only if you are willing and able to commit for the entire season.
The cost for this season will be $65.00. We will have eight (13 man) teams, so registration will be limited to the first 104 applicants.

You can register and pay at Denn John Park during our regular games or if you are not a local you can send your check to;
Osceola Senior Softball, c/o Rick Arleo, 2338 Kings Crest Rd., Kissimmee, Fl 34744 

IF YOU ARE RUNNING LATE CALL ANGEL 407-452-8273 OR JULIO 440-258-5327 TO LET THEM KNOW .6/17/2014

  We would like to welcome new members Robert Wood and Tom Galligan.
 The league committee will be meeting with Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department this coming Thursday to finalize the details for our season which will start in January. We will discuss scheduling and fees and any other issues needed to maintain the great relationship we enjoy with Kissimmee Parks and Recreation. We'll keep you posted on the outcome of the meeting. 
 We are looking forward to having 8 teams this upcoming season and we'll be playing the same number of games as last year(42). 
 Summer pickup games have been going very well, even with so many people going away on vacation we still get 3 or 4 teams per session and we've only had one rainout so far this summer. If you're sitting around wondering what to do, come out and join us.
For anyone who has seen our ad in the Gazette, during the summer we play at Denn John Park, not Fortune Road. 
 Things were a little iffy on Monday we didn't think we would be able to play because of the torrential rains the night before plus a lot of guys didn't show up.

When we got to the park, field 2 had pretty big puddles but field 1 only had a little mud by first base so, we had a field and enough guys showed up for 2 teams, so we had a game. Hope things are better on Friday.  Dick Stenger is no longer in St. Cloud, he has gone back home to Minnesota. We hope that his days can be as pleasant as possible under the circumstances.

​May 17, 2014
  Thanks to all of you who participated in our Memorial Day activities. The idea of playing two 5 inning games worked out pretty good and may that's something we should consider doing more of in the future. I hope everyone had a good time at the picnic despite the fact that we had some miscommunication as to who was bringing what causing some shortages, hopefully we'll do a better job next time.
Dick Stenger has been released from the hospital and is under hospice care at his home in the Sugar Mill Community On Chapel Road in St. Cloud
  One of our members, Dick Stenger has been hospitalized for a few days now and he probably wouldn't mind a visit from some of his old teammates.
 Dick is at ; St. Cloud Regional Medical Center , 2906 17th St. St Cloud 407-892-2135

May 15, 2014
The Osceola Senior Softball committee met today at The Catfish House in St Cloud, Thanks to Dave brown for providing the facility.
Those in attendance were Julio Medina, Angel Bermudez, Rick Arleo, Dave Brown, Gabe Robinson, Bob Hanratty, Tom Vermilion, Hector Ahorrio, Eddie Rozo, Al Cialella, Pete Edwards.
These members have shown an appreciation of what we stand for and have stepped up to do what they can to ensure the continuity and betterment of our organization and as such have agreed to take on the following tasks;
Hector Ahorrio, Sponsorship Coordinator, Hector will be on the lookout for and follow-up on any leads for prospective league sponsors.
Gabe Robinson, Membership Coordinator, Gabe will sign up new members and register members for the upcoming January tournament.  
Al Cialella, Rules Committee, Al will review our existing rules and suggest changes where necessary according to our needs and player's suggestions.
Al will also oversee Umpire selection and evaluation. 
Pete Edwards, Uniform Vendor Selection, Pete will seek out several uniform vendors, get competing bids and select who will supply the uniforms for next season.
Tom Vermillion, Equipment Manager, Tom will be responsible for making our equipment available for games and practice and having it secured afterwards.
Eddie Rozo, Activities Coordinator, Eddie will assist in preparing for upcoming barbecues in the park or any other extra curricular activity that we may be involved in.
Bob Hanratty, Volunteer Opportunities Coordinator, Bob will seek out activities where we as a group can volunteer and in some way give back to the neighborhood. This not only gives us a chance to do some good but also may have the possibility of attracting some favorable publicity for us and possibly attracting more members and sponsors.
If you have any remarks, suggestions or any issues with a particular subject, please address them to the individuals assigned to that topic.

May 10, 2014
  The committee meeting has been scheduled for May 15th at 9:00 AM at The Catfish Place in St. Cloud, ( H'way 192 between California and Alabama). Anyone wishing to participate in helping out in any way and contributing to the improvement and continuity of this organization should plan to attend.

May 4th 2014
 Members of the committee met recently with officials of the Kissimmee Department of Parks and Recreation and they were very cooperative and receptive of our proposal to begin our next tournament in January 2015 instead of November 2014. Some details still have to be worked out but it seems like a go for January. Our goal this year is to have a total of 8 teams thus avoiding any "buys".
So far it seems as if we may have enough team sponsors but always be on the lookout for any prospective league or team sponsors in case one drops out. Remember if you bring in a sponsor your entry fee is covered.   Wednesday Batting Practice is for batting practice, anyone arriving late (9:15) will not be allowed to bat, participants should get at least 2 rounds at bat. For Safety's sake, The first 15 members will be on field 2 , all others should go to field 1 . 

April 20, 2014
  Back to normal schedule starting Monday April 21.

April 4, 2014
  Our by laws call for an election of officers every two years, presently we are overdue. Our current officers Julio Medina, Rick Arleo, Dean Droz and Angel Bermudez would like to see some new candidates step in and run the show for a while. Board members are generously compensated with lots of work and rewarded with everyone's complaints. If you have what it takes, sign up and run for office.
  If you have any questions please see one of the board members.
  We had spoken of possibly starting next season's tournament in January but as of this time no decision has been made, we will notify you if any changes are made

April 10,2014
  UPDATE : We just got permission to use one field at Fortune Road on Friday April 11. The field is set up for a girls tournament with 200' fence around the outfield, Sooo we can play a WOODEN BAT ONLY game , over the 200' line is a Home Run. It should be a lot of fun, bring your wooden softball bat if you have one. 

April 4, 2014
  Our by laws call for an election of officers every two years, presently we are overdue. Our current officers Julio Medina, Rick Arleo, Dean Droz and Angel Bermudez would like to see some new candidates step in and run the show for a while. Board members are generously compensated with lots of work and rewarded with everyone's complaints. If you have what it takes, sign up and run for office.
    Remember, any game after our practice session on Wednesdays is not part of Osceola Senior Softball's program.    Anyone wishing to participate does so at their own discretion and risk, rules may be different, some players are younger,   and the bats used may be "hotter" than those allowed in our league.

March 14, 2014
Sunshine blue skies cool weather and a gentle breeze, another picture perfect day for playing softball.
Once again we only had three teams but as always we had great time with a great game and great company. 

Don't sit at home doing nothing, come out and join us.
Gene Mitchell has volunteered to select the teams on Monday so he can give me a break, I'm sure he'll do an outstanding job.

​March 19, 2014
  Our Mondays and Fridays pickup games have been working out pretty good and even the rain has held off in the mornings allowing us to get our games in. Wednesday's practice session was too successful, we had a big crowd but unfortunately we only had one field available to due to the other field being reserved. 
After practice there was a really good three team game with some younger players and some of our members. 

March 9, 2014
  We had a great turnout on Friday unfortunately we only has one field available due to the heavy rains the previous night, but thanks to everyone's patience we managed to get a game in. The weather was absolutely perfect and every one was in a good mood, I don't think I saw Felix interrupt the game even once. We had a newcomer named Michael Brown out there playing and though his performance wasn't exactly stellar, he was a good sport and enjoyed himself, If you see him, introduce yourself and help him out.  March 14 2014
Don't forget to re set your clocks so you can be there on time on Monday. 
  If you are interested in getting a team picture, see Julio.

Mar. 2, 2014
  Thanks to all who attended the banquet last night and made it the great relaxing and fun time that it was, you can view the photos by clicking on the "Photos" button above.

  Many thanks to the St. Cloud VFW for the use of their facilities and excellent service, and to Frank and the Koffee Kup crew we are grateful as always for that wonderful meal served in such an efficient and friendly manner.

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  Larry Widmer had surgery on his spine last Tuesday (February, 18th) and has been in rehabilitation since, he had a few problems with the surgery, but he is doing much better. He wanted all of his team-mates to know where he is, if they would like to visit. He is at: Consulate Health Care of Kissimmee, 2511 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, the phone number is; 407-931-3336 and he is in room 606. Visitors are welcome and he would love some company. Thanks to all of you.

February 24, 2014
  This has been one of the best tournament seasons we have ever had and our thanks go out to all our Sponsors for their support, and to The Kissimmee Department of Parks and Recreation for all their cooperation in accommodating our schedule and all the fine work that was done on the fields. 
  Thanks to all of you who participated, and finally thanks to the committee who worked behind the scenes to put all this together
  rarely hearing a word of thanks put putting up with all the BS.
We are now continuing our pickup games on Monday and Friday Mornings, please get there early.

January 27,2014          It seemed as if we were going to have our first rainout of the season this morning but we hung in there and waited it out and it payed off. The clouds cleared, the sun came out and a bunch of happy old guys were playing softball once again. 

Jan. 24, 2014
 On a chilly breezy Friday morning the softball gods finally shone down on Rental World and we finally managed to win a game , two actually. As they say win or lose, its how you play the game that counts but dang it feels nice to win.

January 18, 2014
Please have a little patience as I am experiencing some technical difficulties with the website software and cannot upload any pictures at this time and I don't have the time right now to deal with it.    It was a pleasant surprise to see Leo Viti out at the park on Friday, I'm glad he was able to get out there even  if only for a short while. For those of you who don't know Leo, he was one of the founders of this league.   Family Physicians is solidly in first place but Pain Treatment is coming on strong. The softball gods have not been very kind to Rental World, every time victory is within reach they snatch it away ( or do we throw it away ?) anyhow a good time is had by all.

Jan. 10,2014
     What started out as an ugly, cloudy day turned into a beautiful sunny Florida day finally putting an end to that cold spell we had. 
      The day also turned out to be 2-Fer Friday with Koffee Kup, Kohlmeyer and Family Physicians winning two games each and Pain Treatment, VFW, and Allstate losing 2 games.      Meanwhile Rental World had the day off, just minding their own business and they still fell an additional game behind.\

      Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy and Healthy New year to you and your families.
 To all of those traveling have a safe trip and get back on time for the next game on January 6th 2014. 
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     Our  heartfelt sympathies go out to Rick Richmond on the loss of his wife Jackie.
 Rick has been a "snowbird" playing in our league for a number of years now. 
Our prayers go out to him at this time.    
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Thanks to Santa for showing up on Friday, I asked him to let Rental World win at least one game.  He let me down, we lost two. 
Best of luck to Pete Ortiz with his new car .  Talking about cars, Jose Valecillo washed his truck for the first time in 8 years and it looks pretty good. 
We have one more week to go before the Christmas vacation, and it looks like we need it with all the cripples hobbling around, hopefully everyone will heal for the New Year.
     I think I got the standings right this time.   
Dec 11, 2013  Thank you Dan for the Sloppy Joes and refreshments. 
Dec. 6, 2013  Well we're down to a 3 way tie now for first place. I thought for sure Rental World would walk all over underdog Koffee Kup but what a surprise KK won 2 in a row. I still think it's the  donuts Frank feeds them. Great game, great company. we'll do it again Monday.
December 2. 2013     Wow, have you seen the standings? We now have a 4way tie for first place, Friday should prove to be a very interesting day. Make sure you show up.

Nov 16 2013
Happy Birthday  to Arturo Rodriguez and many thanks for his hospitality on Friday when he invited a bunch of us over to his house.Nov. 11, 2013
   Our tournament is off to a great start  and everyone is really into the competition, however some players are getting too emotional and having a little problem controlling their emotions.  Our umpires will not put up with misconduct, just ask Luis Abreu and Jose Soto who were ejected for two games for  arguing with the umpire.
Please play nice.

November 4, 2013  What a great day! 
        Opening Day ceremonies were a big hit with players and spectators alike, it almost seemed as if we knew what we were doing.
        Thanks to all of you for making this possible.  Special thanks go out to Steve Lackey and Jason Carroll from the Kissimmee Parks and Recreation                 Department for all their help with our scheduling and for for taking the time to make an appearance at our Opening Day and show their  support.
       Thanks to Cal Goggans for that wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, no that was not a recording that was really Cal.
       Thanks to John Diaz for speaking to the Man up above on our behalf and asking for his blessing. 
        Most of all thanks to Julio Medina and his committee members for all their hard work and dedication in putting all this together.
         Game winners were Rental World won 2 games, VFW won 2 games and Family Physicians Group won 2.  Regardless of who won or lost, in the end             we were all winners for the great for the great day we had. 
         I posted some pictures, they're not the best quality but you can still get an idea of what went on. Clock on the "Photos" button above.

Oct. 30,2013

  Due to circumstances beyond our control, opening day has been re scheduled from Friday Nov. 1 to
  Monday November 4.Be there by 8:30  to get the opening ceremony and games started on time.   (the order of games on the schedule remains the same)
   On Friday Nov 1, we will meet at Denn John to pick up our team shirts and hats and play a pickup game.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Oct.8, 2013
     The committee met yesterday to rate the players and go over the rules. Also attending the meeting were most of the new managers for the upcoming season, they are;
 Miguel Gonzalez, Dave Brown, Jose Soto, Pete Edwards, Mike Rodriguez, Jose Valecillo and Felix Navarro.
Many opinions were considered and reviewing of the rules so as to have as few disagreements as possible in the future. The managers will be well informed of all the rules and will review them with their team members so that we will all be "playing by the same rules".
     One main rule change will be regarding the pitcher's net, a batted ball hitting the net will count as a strike, similar to a foul ball instead of an out.
     The draft will take place on October 17th all managers are asked to attend so as to ensure that the process will be as open and fair as possible and to avoid any ill feelings after the selections are made.
Don't forget to check the schedule so you can set your priorities straight and plan your life around softball instead softball around your life.
If you have to get in touch with another player, click the "MEMBERS" button above, the list is up to date and fairly accurate. 

September 17, 2013
    We're well on our way to getting the new season started. Today we met with the parks department to sign our contract for the fields at Fortune Road.
The team shirts have been ordered, the balls have been ordered, players checks are coming in and everyone is eager to get the new season going.
Make sure you get your registration completed, don't be left out, teams will be selected in October.

The new schedule has been posted check it out (click the "SCHEDULE" button above
Attendance at our weekly games has been really good lately, we've had four teams the past few weeks despite the high summer temperatures which goes to show how much we enjoy this game.
Congradulations to Frank Woodsby and his very professional and friendly staff of Koffee Kup (a St. Cloud GREAT place for breakfast and lunch) for being honored as a "Good Neighbor of the Quarter" during the August Quarterly Luncheon of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce.  Key note speaker was Mayor Buddy Dyer.  Frank is a member, player and team sponsor of the Osceola Senior Softball League. 

September 2, 2013
 We held our Labor Day game today and we had several guest players join us today, 9 innings were played on both fields and as usual a great time was had by all. After the game we had a little picnic with lots of food provided by our members, followed by our popular Cornhole tournament and Dominoes games.  Eddie provided a fantastic variety of music which I'm sure appealed to everyone.   Julio did a great job in setting everything up and for that we are very thankful, maybe next time we can get more volunteers to help with the setting up and the cleanup. Thank you to all who brought some tasty food to share with us, it made for a very successful event. 
And thank you all for coming . We have a few photos of the picnic (18 ) you can see them by clicking the "Photos" button above .

August 30, 2013
   We just played our last game of August and the turnout was very good we had 4 teams on 2 fields. Everyone had a great time and survived the 90 degree weather. 

    Official registration for our November League begins in September, make sure you speak to Julio if you haven't already, so we can 
reserve a spot for you.
     On Monday September 2, we will have a little picnic after the game, bring your family and something to share, it should be a fun time 

Aug. 16, 2013
       It was a little hectic getting started this morning because players showed up late and in order to accommodate them we wound up with 14 players on each team. Please come early so we can start on time.  So far it looks like the players fee for next season will be around $65, this is because we have picked up a few more sponsors helping us keep our    fees at this level.
  Don't forget to see Julio to register for next season which starts in November.  
You snowbirds out there drop us an email and let us know when you
will be here so we can squeeze you in.
  We will definitely have 7 teams in November and who knows if maybe we'll get to 8.   
Welcome to new members Gus and Brian.

August 9, 2013
    It was good to see some faces that haven't been around for a while such as Dennys Cyr who is slowly recovering from shoulder surgery. Juan Castillo who had been away for several weeks, and Kurt Fletcher  whom we haven't most of the summer. We have quite a few guys on the disabled list, I hope they will all be healed by the start of the season.
See you Monday.

August 3, 2013
Thank you to all those who turned out for Joe Matos' funeral service, his family was very appreciative. 

As you may know by now we have voted to use the pitchers protective nets and have been using them for a couple of weeks now. So far there has been very little opposition to their use as the players become accustomed to them. The aim of course is to protect the pitcher. This is something that we would have had to do eventually anyway as it is becoming mandatory in some other parks.(Sorry Lary)

July 15, 2013
       Surprise turnout today, we had enough players for 4 teams even with a few players on the sidelines nursing their injuries. We were quickly able to set up both fields for all four teams.  Among those whom we haven't seen in a while were Bob Guigiere and Karl Lengle. We wish Karl's wife the best possible outcomes she undergoes several tests to determine the most appropriate actions regarding certain health issues.The committee will meet this Thursday and one of the items to be discussed will be the possibility of using the pitching screens during tournament play.
If you have any concerns please let the committee know so they can be considered.We are once again looking for additional TEAM sponsors so keep your eyes and ears open for any possible candidates. 

July 13, 2013

        Thanks to the generous contributions from all of you, we have collected enough money to order two additional pitching screens.
   This will allow us spread our batting practice to two fields. Our Wednesday practices have become so popular that it takes a very long time to go through even one round of batting. with the additional screen on the other field we can spread the players around and get a few more swings in .

  November is right around the corner so try to get in shape or stay in shape for our new season, it should really be a good one.    
July 9, 2013
        Our condolences go out to Jose Soto whose  mother passed away recently .
     Her viewing will be on Wednesday July 10 from 5 until 9 PM, Service on Thursday July 10 at 11:00 am at;  
Porta Coeli Funeral Home & Crematory
2801 East Osceola Parkway 
Kissimmee, FL 34743
(Osceola Pkway near Boggy Creek Rd.)
PHONE: (407) 846-2804 (24 hours)

July 1, 2013
       We managed to get our game in today and even have our picnic afterwards before the skies opened up and the rain came down.
I guess the threat of thunderstorms kept our turnout low today,  but those that showed up had a good time anyway. Thanks to all who participated with food and drinks and setting up. Special thanks to Eddie for once again providing all that excellent music. Lets hope that the rain holds off again on Friday.

June 26, 2013
       July 4th falls on a Thursday this year but since we don't play on Thursdays, we're going to get a hea start and celebrate on Monday July 2nd.
After our game on Monday July 2nd we will have a little barbecue,  Games , Food , Refreshments, Music. Volunteeers have already been assigned what to bring but if you would like to bring anything, snacks drinks etc. it would be appreciated.   
We would like to welcome 2 new league sponsors, PHILLY'S PHINEST  Restaurant in Poinciana and EDWARD JONES Financial Advisors in St. Cloud.
Thank you both for your support.

June 8, 2013
      Hey guess what Larry won't be missing too many games after all. He rescheduled his appointments so he could make the games, now there's a man who has his priorities straight.

     On Friday a stranger showed up at the park and said he would like to play so I said sure , he asked if he could borrow a bat so he could swing it around for a while, I handed him mine.  He then wanted to throw a ball so I took him out on the field and we played catch for a while, a huge smile came upon his face. He said that feel of the dirt on the ball field and the grass beneath his feet was something he missed for such a long time, the man was so overjoyed that he knelt down right there on the field and thanked God for those few minutes of happiness. Unfortunately the man's knees gave him such pain that he could hardly walk and he was not able to stay around and play the game, but he left smiling.
Let's not take for granted the gifts that we have, enjoy, be thankful, be kind to one another. 

June 5, 2013
Larry Leikam Will be missing a few games in the upcoming weeks.  Larry has to undergo a series of radiation treatments for skin cancer that has appeared on his face. Let's hope he has a good outcome and a quick recovery so he can return to the ball park soon. Hang in there Larry.
They are predicting quite a bit of rain for the rest of the week so it looks like we may miss a game or two ourselves, let's hope for dry weather for Friday.
Thank you to all who have made contributions at our weekly games and to those who have found or are trying to find additional sponsors, keep up the good work.

May 28, 2013
         Thank you to all of you who participated in our Memorial Day get together. This was by far one of the best gatherings we've had in a while.
Special Thanks go out to :Eddie for the fantastic job he did providing the non stop music for the event, the quality and variety was outstanding, keeping everyone tapping their toes.
Frank Woodsby for once again providing  tasty food and fixings from his Koffee Kup Restaurant in St. Cloud.
Bob Evans Restaurant Kissimmee, for providing those excellent sandwiches which quickly did a disappearing  act.
Julio Medina and members of the committee for all their hard work and planning to make all this possible.
    Your contributions will enable us to have more and better events in the future.
      Some Memorial Day Photos are available for viewing, click on the photos button above.

May 16, 2013
      We were all so thankful and touched by having all of the softball players honor my dad. It brought lots of tears when we saw you and heard how much you liked my dad. He loved coming to play each week and was not happy when he couldn't. When he told me that he wouldn't be able to play anymore, it was like a part of him was cut off.
Please let all of the players know how much we appreciate them.

Rebecca Carpenter

May 8, 2013
        It is with deep regrets that we announce the passing of John Davison. 
John had been a member of our league since its beginning some 20 years ago, 
he loved the game and was a great inspiration to all the players especially the younger ones.
 He was loved by all who met him and will surely be missed. 
       Visitation will be on Sunday from 4-6 at Osceola Memorial Gardens in St. Cloud
       The service will be on Monday at 10 am at St. Cloud Presbyterian.
We have been asked to be Honorary Pallbearers at John's service on Monday,
 please try to attend.                                                                     OBITUARY

May 4, 2013
        Message regarding John Davison;

The End of My Dad’s Journey
May 4, 2013

After eighty-eight years, my dad is close to the end of his journey in this life. He has deteriorated quickly in the last few days. Yesterday, we placed him under the care of Hospice who has him on 24 hour crisis care. They are managing his symptoms and keeping him as comfortable as possible.

On Thursday, we had a family discussion about what should be done. Mom and dad both said they didn’t want to go to the hospital anymore or be poked or jabbed since there didn’t seem to be hope of long term success. They wanted to be kept comfortable and were ready to go to heaven.

After being assured that my mom would be ok if he went first, he slept very soundly. Instead of taking him back to the hospital because of more problems from the prostate cancer, we called Hospice. 

Overnight he became much weaker with his body reacting to all that is going on. Thankfully, he is in little pain. He is conscious occasionally. 

Mother is nearby and knows he is slipping away. Though still very weak, she is better than she has been in a while. After being married for almost sixty-eight years, losing a spouse is like having a part of your body taken away. She is handling the situation well and is also tired of many years with her own health issues. Please continue to pray for all of us.

Hi to all,    I had planned to write a note sooner, but after you have had several procedures, and several hospital visits it is sometimes difficult to concentrate. We are now temporally living with our son and daughter-in-law near Moss Park road and 15. We certainly appreciate their hospitality. Marjorie is feeling better and is getting stronger every day. We have care givers 24-7.                 Thanks for your visits, cards, calls, concerns, and prayers. Softball has been a big part of my life the last 20 some years, I miss playing and the camaraderie. Having had a stroke, cardiac arrest, four hospital visits and several procedures, it feels like my life has been turned up side down. I walk every day and do some exercises. We are trying to keep a good attitude and have faith that the Lord's will, will be done. 
Hope all of you are well, happy, and are enjoying your softball while you can.                                                John Davison

April 20, 2013
    What a great turnout we had on Friday, four teams with 13 or 14 men on each. Luckily our organizing skills are getting better, we had the games going on time, the teams were more or less evenly matched the rain held off, and of course a good time was had by all.
    None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our committee members, don't forget we will have elections coming up soon so if you would like to be considered let us know.       Dean Droz decided not to play and instead umpired on Friday so he had to release his energy in another way, check him out on this little video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtMMbcuo8Cs&feature=youtu.be 

Mon. March 11, 2013
Looks like some guys forgot to reset their clocks, we just barely had enough to squeeze out four teams today. Those who didn't show up missed out on a gorgeous spring day and a great softball game .  Leo Viti, one of the founding fathers of our league was in the park today and managed to play a couple of innings with us before he had to rush back to take care of his lovely wife Ann whom we all know and love. 
New member Gary Brown writes;
Angel, I met Julio today and he was very nice to me.  I had a blast today and look forward to my next experience playing softball with a great bunch of guys from your league.  Everyone treated me like I belonged, and I am very grateful for that.  Thanks for everything, I hope to see you next Monday. 

March 4, 2013
We had a light turnout, just barely enough to make two teams. The cold morning must have kept all the wusses at home. It was a little chilly but the sun was shining brightly doing its best to warm our old bones and when the breeze died down it just a perfect day to play softball. You shoulda been there. 
John Davison is presently at the same nursing home as his wife while he contemplates where he will reside in the future. John's wife is now under hospice care at the nursing home, John however, is reportedly doing better and is able to get around.  As soon as I get any  information regarding visiting etc., I will let you know.

Feb, 27, 2013
John Davison is still at Dr. Phillips Hospital, he is now out of intensive care and is improving and hoping to leave the hospital soon. He thanks everyone for their prayers and good wishes. The telephone number at the hospital is 407-351-8500 he is in room 3042. If you call please keep your conversation sweet and brief.

Feb 24, 2013
     Our Banquet was a great success and that was due to the efforts of all the following to whom we express a big Thank You;
The committee, especially Julio Medina, Victoria Frisenda for providing the location, Betsy Medina and her crew from Bob Evans for the food service,
Joe Matos and Cal Goggans for the entertainment, Dean Droz and Bruce Katz and their assistants for their jobs setting up and cleaning up. And to all of those who attended providing the warm friendly atmosphere which we strive to promote. Thanks also to Jeanette Llewelin for her last minute fund raising raffle which was won by Ben Pomales.  Banquet photos have posted, click on the " Photos" button above, look for the Banquet album.

     Our aim is to continue improving our organization so if anyone has any suggestions or contributions to make please let us know.
We will continue our pickup games on Monday and Friday mornings at Denn john Park.     

Jan 11, 2013
Good news, most of those on the disabled list are up and around, Joe Orr is doing fine and playing again, John Davison is up and around and was even able to show up today and cheer for his team, Diego Luquis is still recovering but he was also able to come by and say hello to everyone. George Riddick is on and off he was able to play in the Half Century league this past weekend but managed to hurt himself again thus missing our games for the third week in a row.  

Allstate scored what is unheard of in our league, a big fat against Kohlmeyer losing 2 - 0 in their first game, fortunately they were able to save face in the second game winning 18 - 16.

We are trying to get a head count for our banquet to be held on Saturday February 23rd from 6 - 10 PM at Sugarmill in St. Cloud, please let your manager know if you will be attending.

    The USSSA will have a free umpires clinic on Saturday January 19th  from 9 am - 12 , at Fortune Road athletic complex. This clinic will be for those wanting to improve their umpiring skills and those interested in becoming certified umpires.
Ron, I think I got your name right this time. 

Jan 7, 2013
The weather was a little iffy but the clouds cleared up and the sun shone through for us making the day even better than it already was. It was great to see everyone show up after our Holiday recess. Unfortunately there were a couple of absences, Joe Orr was getting some work on his heart ( stent), and John Davison was in the hospital passing a blood clot. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to both of these fellow teammates whom we miss dearly.

Dec. 17, 2012
    You can't keep a good man down, John Davison was able to make it to the game today and we were all very happy to see him.
All teams played hard today and it showed because every team won one and lost  one thus retaining their position in the standings.
   Not all members will be able to make it on Friday the 21st, our last game until next year so I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the board members to wish a 
 to all our members and their families, to all our sponsors and our friends. Here's hoping that next year will be better than this one in all ways for everyone. 

Dec. 14, 2012
   After 18 games played the each team seems to be playing better and better. Kohlmeyers seems to have resolved their shortage of players problem and is clawing its way up from the bottom. Bob Evans for now seems to be solidly in first place (even without Julio).Maybe if the managers of Koffee Kup weren't cruising and casinoing all the time they might be out of the basement (just kidding).
The other teams are all chugging away giving it their best. I have seen some pretty amazing plays for a bunch of old guys, keep up the good work and enjoy yourselves, we have a lot of games left.   John Davis' wife was being moved to a nursing home and it seems doubtful that he will be returning this season say alittle prayer for them.

Nov 30, 2012
    We missed John Davison on Friday, he was at the bedside of his wife Marjorie who is in the hospital in intensive care. John and Marjorie have been married 67 years and I'm sure this is a very difficult situation for them both and their family. Please take a minute to say a little prayer for them for the best possible outcome.  

Nov. 19, 2012
A little chilly and very cloudy but not bad enough to stop us from playing today. Kohlmyers was a little worried today that they might not have enough players and may have to forfeit but at the last minute enough players showed up. They were so energized that they went on to win two in a row against Koffee Kup. Its good to see Benny out there supporting his team even though he is still unable to play .
Sadly Joint Maneuvers will be losing Ramon for the rest of the season due to severe pain from a pinched nerve, we wish him the best for a speedy recovery. Everyone rest up and have a great Thanksgiving. Next game will be on November 30, 2012.

Nov. 12, 2012
    Today we paused to salute our veterans. (see photos ) The Reverend Jim Fox led us in prayer and Cal Goggans once again sang his wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. 
    We played our games under beautiful Autumn weather and fortunately I didn't see anyone limping out of the park so we must be in better shape or getting smarter. Have fun be safe.   

November 5, 2012
Parade, singing,ceremony.
Thanks to all the sponsors who participated, all the guests and fans. Thanks also to John Diaz for those wonderful  words of inspiration and to Cal Goggans for that fantastic rendition of the National Anthem.

October 26, 2012
     The day started out a little iffy due to the early morning showers caused by hurricane Sandy but things cleared up and the players showed up and we had two very competitive but fun games. The winds were really gusting in the outfield but luckily no one hit any over the fence. 
      A couple of trades have been made to help teams that were lacking pitchers or first basemen or shortstops. We should have the teams evened out in time for opening day which is still scheduled for November 5th. The commitee will be meeting with the parks department on Tuesday to finalize the schedule. Hopefully we will be able to have our practice on Friday November 2nd at Fortune Road fields so that our new members can get familiar with the location.      How's that for an update Larry? 
October 18, 2012
        Today the board members met to go through the team selection process for the new season scheduled to start in November. Attending the meeting as observers were Gabe Robinson, Cal Goggans, Dave Brown, Frank Woodsby Joe Matos and John Davison.
Great care was taken to select teams that were as evenly matched as possible, Managers will be given the opportunity to do a little trading if necessary. Starting Friday Karl will try to keep the teams together as he sets up our remaining games at Denn John. The next step will be to meet with the parks department and firm up our schedule and we'll be set to go for our opening daay on November 5th.
October 1, 2012
      Another beautiful day for softball in Kissimmee, unfortunately last night's rains left a number of large puddles on one of the fields making it unplayable. Once again we were faced with a big turnout, enough for four teams plus, so we played all four teams on one field, two teams played a full inning then the other two took the field.  Overall things ran smoothly except that with all the sitting time there was quite a bit of socializing and some players lost track of whose turn it was to be on the field or on the bench, and we didn't finish until almost 12PM , but we had a good time and it was better than not playing at all. 
   You may have seen some new faces around, that's due to more people finding out about us and the good times we're having here.
Some players still haven't paid their fees for the upcoming season, make sure you pay up so you won't be left out.

September 3, 2012
        Labor Day once again, it seems that time is just flying by,  and what a great day for softball. We had a fantastic  turnout today of our members and some visitors who decided to join us.  Pete Edwards quickly organized the players into four teams and off went, fortunately both fields were available and playable.  We played two fun filled games working up a thirst and appetite preparing for our picnic which followed the game. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the occasion with food drinks and barbecuing paper goods etc. and as usual thanks to Joe for providing the music. The cornhole tournament was a big success and provided lots of laughs and entertainment, thanks to Julio for providing the game and organizing the tournament. Thanks to everyone who stayed and made the barbecue a success. Don't forget, registration is now going on for our upcoming season get registered so you don't get left out


Well, what can go wrong will go wrong, but when you keep the attitude of gratitude in its proper place, a lot went right as the games overall were competitive, fun, and we all came out alive.  

​Opening day was chilly but our hearts were warmed as we celebrated Del's January 4th birthday. Like the Mets, amazing, amazing , amazing! It was also the day of the bloop triple as the 200' line gave way to  the agony of de (250) feet where the obedient teams who were told to play these 'death valley' dimensions averaged 42 runs per game. The day also set the tone for the many umpire & rule controversies to come as Koffee Kup vs. Nick's was ended before time actually expired & was declared a tie, causing me to have to create a 'tie' column in the standings.


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Osceola Senior Softball

Victoria Frisenda 
in memory of 
Al Frisenda

July 13 - Welcome Tim Neale. Nice debut too, with solid 'D' (& solid 'O' ?) culminating with game-winning ground ball (??) grand slam that ended up rolling to OF fence.
July 4 - Happy Birthday to US (thanks Joey for being a man and manning the grill!)
July 2 -  Here's a bunch of information that I've been too busy (and honestly too bored & too lazy) to enter here previously:
1) Speaking of busyness & being bored..some board business: Angel was sought & brought back to take on league communications & off me; I thank him for this takeover!
2) July 4 picnic: Joey's in control of the grill; all others need to be in control of all other picnic needs (too late for signing-up; you'll now just have to guess what's needed).
3) I think most know we waived the 5-run rule and then we waived the waiver. But there's a chance we may waive it again once we begin this year's Fall League.
4) Oops.. just gave away the surprise announcement that there will be a 2016 Fall League. Pretty sure it will most likely it'll be on Fri., perhaps mid-Sept to end of Oct. with,I imagine, a week off in the middle, maybe 4 with a chance of 5 teams with 12 possibly 13 players, presumably with a $15 fee, probably starting registration 08/01. Or not.

If anyone has a new/changed email address, phone, residence, etc. pls. email me, gemit2000@aol.com, or give it to me as it's one of my projects before the Angel takeover

July 1 - Welcome to new members Guy Thompson, Dave Pearcy, & Anibal Niebla. I'd welcome John Sereci & Mike Caputo too, but not till they fork over the $15. 

June 27 - Both Fields playable (call Dave @ 407-709-2001 if late)

June 12 - Interesting games on Fri. w/ 4 teams on 1 field (Slooow go). Congratulations to to Miguel "I'm not Mike" Rodriguez; this week his grandson was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. Apologies to Miguel "Mike" Rodriguez, the only 1 who'll be there to organize games mañana. (I'm @ Clermont, Dave, of course, is on a cruise, & Jimmy P's driving to a natural spring to fill up his tanker truck with water. Call Mike on issues of field playability or if you're going to be late (772-359-8415  or 863-496-2598 @ home).

June 10, 8AM - Tried to reach head of grounds crew to see if either field playable (No helpful response). Dave just arrived; grounds crew gave him 1 thumbs up.. field 1 available.
June 8 , 8AM -  Tried to reach head of grounds crew to see if either field playable (No response). But Dave just arrived & grounds crew gave him 2 thumbs up.... Both fields o.k.

June 7 - So yesterday grounds crew declared fields unplayable. With continued rain we'll need to wait & see for Wed as well. I'll try post & email by 8AM once finding out if either or both fields are playable. If we play, remember senior bats are allowed for BP (if announced to fielders) and 5 run rule is not in effect. Interested in everyone's take on 
whether the 'no 5-run rule' is a positive or negative. I was thinking that at the end of the June experiment we should take a vote whether to continue it as policy.

Mon. June 6, 7 AM - local forecast shows mostly cloudy with pockets of rain for next 6 hrs, however fields already took a drenching. Dave will check fields. Come at own risk.

May 30 - It is with heartfelt sadness we tell you that the reason we haven't seen our good friend Dave Beaumont the past few weeks has been due to the health struggles of his wife; Dave's wife passed this week and it is painful to think about the pain that this good man is now experiencing. We've sent a note of condolence from the league but if you'd like to send one individually, contact me to get his address.

May 28 - At the last board meeting some changes were agreed upon: 1) 'senior bats' (most models w/ BPF 1.21may be used by all during Wed. Batting Practice (if under 70 must announce this to all fielders); 2) During June (June 1 - June 29) we will be playing pickup games without the 5 run limit (& no 'mercy rule' as per normal). We'll get feedback throughout the month & whether to make this permanent; 3) we've preliminarily decided to run our 2nd annual Fall League though this has not been finalized.

May 27 .... Picnic on Monday... Bring One, Bring All, but bring side dishes, desserts, or beverages too. Hero sandwiches are being bought & brought by League, but if you're sick of them because we always have them or because they actually make you sick, feel free to bring main dishes instead of side dishes (I offered the idea of bringing Puerto Rican dishes (being Memorial Day; it could be in memory of Puerto Rico's economy). Note - could use a dessert or two. 
Welcome new members Wilfred "Red" Denizard, Randy Maldonado, & Bob Pope

May 20 - Friday will be another 1 field day (Too many ducks swimming on Field 2) with over 39 players presenting a dilemma - "can we play 2 games on a single field? 

May 14 - All survived Friday the 13th that's if Ray, Felix, Hector, Luis A, the 2 Miguel's, Wawa, Paul, Gabe, Angel C & Larry L consider a 22-4 drubbing survival. Welcome to new members Juan Dorta, A.J. McDonaldLuis "Raul" Guerra, & Yorsy Ozoria. Special welcome to Yorsy (hermano de Bienvenido) who moved from NY & purchased 'una case nueva'. Noticed addition of Luis & Juan & "Team Jose" finally has some name competition; Luis G., w/ both Luis Diaz's Lou Guzman & "Team Luis" is up to 7; add Juan to "Team Juan" (with Johnny & John Luciano) & they got 6; however add Joey to the 'Jose's' you got a 10 man team (Fall League idea - 'name' teams instead of 'color' teams). 

May 4 -  8:30 AM: whether the weather gets better or whether it gets wetter, better not get together. Let's get together Friday when I bet it's less wet & gets better. It better. 

May 2 - At least someone is reading. Bob Hanratty saw my plea for a few more players so we could have 40 players & be able to play 2 games, & when he showed along with other old "newbies", Randy & Ron Ramos we were able to do so on Fri (though seems the 90 degree weather limited both games to 7 innings instead of standard 9). Back to 3 teams Mon. (lots of us played all weekend... I set up teams & left after seeing a 5-4-4 score after 3. Beinvenido to Beinvenido's brother Yorsy, a visitor this week. 

April 28 - less than 2 weeks after his medical emergency Juan Castillo's back on the field. Asked him how thats possible & he just pointed skyward. Wednesday's 3-way game was memorable. Score was 4-4-4 after 4, then 7-7-4 going into the last & it's the team of Ray, Julio, George, Angel, Benjamin, Luis A, Jose V, Efrain, & Miguel R who score 4 & win 8-7-7 

April 26 - Since Dec. I've been remiss in welcoming new members so bienvenido Bienvenido Lopez & welcome Miguel Rodriguez, Lou Guzman John Luciano, Mike Stoermer, & Benjamin DeJesus.. Also welcome back to from the land of the injured to Tony Quinones, Pete Ortiz, Ron Ramos, Charlie Figueroa, & Randy Parnell.

April 19 - Just a note about pick up games. Over the past weeks we've had mostly enjoyable & competitive games but per the April 7 entry, always seems to have 37, 38, or 39 players with choice of 3 teams & too many players (tho' some like sitting) or 4 teams with too few. Need a few who haven't been coming to come & get us up to a nice even 44.

April 17 - Much more promising news as Juan's being released from the hospital to begin rehab. Don't know specifics but Felix seemed hopeful telling me things are better. 
(then yesterday, the 18th, I was surprised to hear Juan had gone to church on Sunday, a blessed event if ever I heard one. Let's continue to pray for a miraculous recovery!) 

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Osceola Senior Softball Corporation
dba Osceola Senior Softball League
2016 Season Application/Waiver 

The information provided here will be used for verification of eligibility and emergency notification only. The 
information will be kept on file for the duration of the program.

Player Name____________________________________________________________________________

Age_____________________ Date of Birth____________________________________________________



Email Address___________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone_____________________________  Local or Cell Phone______________________________

Emergency Contact Name _________________________________________________________________

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General Information

Current skill rating: 1-top player 2- pretty good 3-average 4- needs improvement

Preferred positions (IF, OF, P, C, 1B, SS/3B): 1______ 2______ 3?______

Dues $____ [Winter League + Pickup games, $55; Pickup games only, $15 ]

Participant Waiver Statement:

I, the signee, understand there may be inherent risks involved in my participation in softball, including but 
not limited to those associated with weather conditions, playing conditions, equipment & other participants. 
I fully assume the risk associated with participation in said sporting activity. I hereby waive any and all claims 
I may have against the city of Kissimmee, the Osceola Senior Softball League, their Directors, Officers, 
Umpires, Sponsors or any members arising out of any personal injury or property damage that is incurred 
during said participation, whether active or inactive. Further, I have read the rules and regulations set 
forth and agree to abide by them and all other decisions made by the League Board of Directors regarding 
this league. I will allow my photograph picture or likeness to appear in any official promotional, Internet or 
any other coverage of this league, without compensation. I also consent to all emergency medical treatment 
as may be deemed appropriate under existing circumstances by medical personnel or personnel associated 
with the league. 

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Bottom row - Nilo, Miguel, Juan, & Roger
2nd row - Cuba, Wawa, & Kike' 
3rd row - Wepa, Boch, Eddie, & Luis
Top row - Angel, Moncho, Ray, Dean, & Cachiro
Tip Top - Rico