News and Announcements


There will be a service on Wednesday beginning at 1:00 PM, at Pooles BBQ in Ellijay, GA.
Long time sponsor to CSSA.

POOLE, Oscar Rev. Oscar Cuthbert Poole Colonel Oscar Cuthbert Poole, age 90, of Ellijay, GA, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Oscar was born on April 29, 1930 in New Smyrna Beach, FL, to his late parents, Oscar Marie and Sallie Jeanette Cain Poole. Oscar was a member of Gates Chapel United Methodist Church and was a retired Methodist minister and founder/president of La Vie Ministries. He was internationally known and recognized in his trademark yellow suit and high-top Uncle Sam hat, as a successful restauranteur/co-owner of Poole’s BBQ in East Ellijay, GA. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 outside of Poole’s BBQ restaurant followed by a private family internment at East Ellijay Baptist Church Cemetery. Oscar is survived by his wife of 70 years, Edna Shock Poole, 4 sons (daughters-in-law), Keith Poole, of Riverdale, GA, Darvin (Melanie) Poole, of Fairmount, GA, Gregory (Cynthia) Poole, of Hoover, AL, Michael (Denise) Poole, of Rockwall, TX, 8 grandchildren (spouses), Crystal (Marty) Miller, Brittany (Stephen) Jeter, Jordan Poole, Caleb Poole, Coleman Poole, Sarah (Preston) Cox, Stephanie (James) Drumm, David (Savannah) Poole, 4 great-grandchildren, Connor Browning, Andrew, Alice and Austin Jeter; and sisters, Jeanette Emery and Wynelle (Willie) Smith, both of New Smyrna Beach, FL. Oscar was predeceased by his sister Shirley Gardiner. No public visitation will be held at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in honor of Oscar to: Heart 2 Heart Ministries for Him, P.O. Box 957, Cumming, GA 30028. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency (CRPA) has decided to completely cancel the Spring 2020 Adult athletic season. Please see below the letter notification received from CRPA to CSSA dated April 27, 2020.
We at CSSA are very disappointed that we will be unable to have some of our SPRING 2020 games played after the recent easing/lifting of the Shelter in Place recommendations this week by Governor Kemp. As everyone knows, this pandemic is something that none of us have ever experienced, thus there is no schedule, nor histories for any of us to follow, nor refer to.
If you have further questions, please send Norm Thiem a message, email etc., and he will get with you asap.

Actual letter from CSSA -
“Good Afternoon Everyone,
Thank you for your patience while we were trying to find a way to continue with the spring adult athletic season. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the State of Georgia recommendations, and the facility closures around Georgia for the foreseeable future, CRPA has decided to cancel the spring 2020 athletic season. This decision was not an easy one, but one that ultimately had to be made for the safety of our participants and staff. The health and well-being of our community is of the utmost importance to us and will remain our highest priority.

We appreciate your participation and support of Cherokee Recreation & Parks and the programs we provide for the community.

Let’s stay safe and optimistic that we will be playing again in our parks very soon!
Camille Thomas, CYSA
Athletic Coordinator
Cherokee Recreation & Parks Agency
7545 Main Street – Building 200
Woodstock, GA 30188"

Mike Parson's wife Jill - March 28. 2020

Posted by Anne Ryan at Mar 28, 2020 10:26PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

We are sad to report that Mike Parson’s wife Jill (53), passed away Saturday morning after a hard fought battle of breast cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date due to the current Corona-19 constraints in effect. We will advise all our CSSA family the date of that service when it is available.
Mike was previously the Director of National League and has spent many hours in service to CSSA. Please keep him, their daughter Amanda, and family in your thoughts and prayers.
If you wish to send condolences, their address is: 109 Stargaze Road, Canton, GA 30114.

Mike Brown - Nov 29, 1951 to Mar 23, 2020

Posted by Anne Ryan at Mar 23, 2020 12:08PM PDT

It is with sadness that we report Mike Brown (68) of Lowell Lawson League lost his battle with brain cancer early this morning. Not only playing on Wed mornings, Mike would often be seen at the park watching the other leagues play. We shall miss him.
Memorial service will be held at a later date which we will post on TP’s, FB and other emails utilized by CSSA. Times like this, we want to let those know face to face how much we care, however due to current Corona-19 constraints makes this impossible.
If you wish to send his wife Nancy and family condolences, their address is 517 Mirramont Drive, Woodstock, GA 30189.

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