News and Announcements

The monthly meeting of the CSSA Board was held 2-3-2020, at Gameday Grill, and called to order by Norm Thiem at 6:25 PM.
Present members: Norm Thiem, John Humeston, Robbie Crider, Bob Hammond, Dick O’Conner, Bob Werner, Ray DeLuca, Jack Dulaney, Andy Tubbs, Leland Brown, Donny Adams & Dewey Hom – Historian.
Absent Members: Randy Bergman & Brad Tafoya

A. Minutes from the January 2020, meeting was discussed & approved.
B. Special guest, Camille Thomas, Adult Coordinator from CPRA, spoke on several issues involving the CSSA and answered several questions from the BOD.
1. She informed the BOD of the following:
Fields will be closed on the following dates:
a. April 7 & 8 (field maintenance);
b. April 15 (high school tournament)
c. May 25 (Memorial Day)
d. June 10
e. June 22 & 23
2. Rainouts will not be made before 4:00 PM for evening games, and/or before 7:45 AM for morning games. Info concerning this matter will be made available via text message to BOD members, who will pass information onto managers/coaches.
3. Discussed some various issues/problems that exist on the fields such as inadequate water to treat fields, pitching screen availability, score board control panels, etc. Camille took notes on issues presented and will address issues to the best of her ability.

C. Four new sponsors: D-Bats, Marietta Dry Wall, A Cut Above and Caswell-Raines Real Estate have joined the league, and a few more are making decision on joining the CSSA.
D. No treasure report was available since Brad was unavailable.
E. Start of season set as follows:
1. Monday morning leagues: March 9, 2020
2. Wednesday leagues: March 11, 2020
3. Tuesday leagues: March 17, 2020
Fields will be available for practice for Tuesday and Wednesday leagues beginning March 10.
F. New rules were read, discussed and approved by BOD. The new rules were posted 14 days ago for everyone to review, and are now accepted. New Rules Book will be distributed to all managers prior to the beginning of the season. Any questions should be directed to the Commissioner and/or BOD members.
G. Continued discussion on the ‘tiering’ of players. Explanations were given & league directors will explain issues and regulate drafts.
H. A second special guest, Rush Eskridge, the GM of D-Bat gave a special presentation. D-Bat is a 30,000 sq ft facility in Kennesaw that has a areas for batting, fielding and training players. The facility will be made available to the leagues by memberships ($48 / month – unlimited use), and/or daily rental. The facility is open Mon – Fri from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Saturday & Sunday are usually overcrowded with youth leagues that take up most of the facility.
Each team will be given a 1 time ‘free’ batting experience for the entire team. Information on this issue will be made available ASAP. Packets for ALL information on D-Bat will be sent via e-mail and/or printed as needed.
Address for D-Bat is: 3246 Odeon Way, Kennesaw, GA 30152, 678-496-7777
I. Evaluations are scheduled for the following dates and times (weather permitting):
1. Saturday & Sunday, February 8th & 9th from 12-2 PM;
2. Saturday & Sunday, February 15th & 16th from 12-2 PM

Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM

Even with the recent wet, and now “cool” weather, EVALUATIONS WILL BE HELD SAT AND SUN, FEB 15th & 16th ON FIELD #2 from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm both days. Please pass this on to any and all prospective players you have contacted.
Once again, we ask that you remain on the grass areas as CRPA continues to do infield rehabs on all fields for Spring season.
For those unable to attend and wish to tryout, please contact Norm Thiem at: 770-757-8467 or e-mail: nthiem@aol.com to arrange another time or place.
Reminder – there will be a Manager’s meeting after Saturday’s tryouts at GAMEDAY 3:00pm

Due to excessive recent rainfall, CRPA has closed ALL Cherokee County Ball Fields thru Saturday Feb 8.
Fields will be reopened for Sunday Feb 9, CSSA’s Spring Evaluations at Hobgood Park beginning at 12:00pm.
Please contact any prospects you may have talked to of this schedule change.
Evaluations for Feb 15 and 16, 2020 remain unchanged.
Any other questions, please contact Norm Thiem at 770-757-8467 or email nthiem@aol.com

Spring season is just around the corner!!! CSSA will hold their tryouts and evaluations on Sat Feb 8, Sun Feb 9, Sat Feb 15 and Sun Feb 16, 2020 starting at 12:00pm each day until 2:00pm at our home park – Hobgood Park, Woodstock, GA, located at the Corner of Bells Ferry Road and Towne Lake Parkway with evaluations being held on Field #4. If you know of anyone who is, or would be interested in joining CSSA, please encourage, call or notify them to come to these evaluations. There is never a dull moment with CSSA play!!
Player eligibility is for those men age 49 through even mid 80’s, and is based on skill levels – not ages as with some leagues. CSSA offers 8 league levels playing Monday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Currently we have 40 teams with approximately 400 members some of which play on multiple teams during the week. Come out and join us for fun, exercise and comradery of the finest.
League play begins week of March 23, 2020 for 10 weeks – weather permitting.
In the event of Feb inclement weather, please check website for rescheduling information.
For questions or other information requests, please contact Norm Thiem at nthiem@aol.com or call 770-757-8467.

CRPA Banquet Gary will be receiving our volunteer of the year award.

Gary Bedoe is more than a softball player, manager and supporter of the CSSA. Gary is a humanitarian. and over the years has supported and mentored young adults teaching them work ethics, honesty and self support. I have met several of these individuals and seen there growth as families and hard earning individuals. This is all done out of his pocket and time. Gary is a true friend for anyone that takes his hand to walk the line of a good citizen. I can’t be prouder to know Gary than all the individuals I have met over the years. Gary introduced me to the CSSA and has helped me understand what it means to support the local community.

Gary Bedoe is not a hubris man and most people don’t know what he has to done to make Cherokee County Georgia a better place to live.

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