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.
NEWS FLASH ! ! !
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.
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 .
Don't forget to see Julio to register for the new season which starts in November.
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.
On Tuesday Aug. 27, The Committee met with Steve Lackey, Assistant Director and Jason, Carroll Manager of Recreation and Leisure Services of the City of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department. Steve and Jason are very aware of our Senior League and have been extremely helpful in as far as doing all they can to help us with scheduling, obtaining sponsorships and keeping our costs at an affordable level, our thanks go out to them for all they have done for us.
While I'm at it I'd also like to thank the staff at Denn John Park they do an excellent job in maintaining the fields and giving us a safe and well groomed field to play our games on week after week year round.
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.
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 outcome as 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 .
Keep your eyes and ears open for any opportunity to get additional league sponsors, we can always use the money as costs for fields, insurance and equipment are always increasing.
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 (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.
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.
We have been asked to be Honorary Pallbearers at John's service on Monday, please try to attend.
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.
John and Marge Davison
10039 Hart Branch Circle
Orlando, Florida 32832-5913
April 23 2013
Note from John Davison
John Davison (firstname.lastname@example.org)Add to contacts 12:13 PM
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.
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 0 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
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
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
WHAT A FANASTIC OPENING DAY .
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.