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Posted by Robbie Crider at Nov 7, 2018 11:48AM PST ( 0 Comments )

November 5, 2018

The monthly meeting of the CSSA Board was held at R & M Hoagie Shop in Canton, and called to order by Norm Thiem at 6:30 PM;

Present members: Ray DeLuca, Bob Werner, Norm Thiem, Robbie Crider, Darrell Moreland, Mike Parson, John Humeston, Dewey Hom, Bob Hammond & Don DiSalvo; Also in attendance was Ricky Shoup;

Absent Members: Randy Bergman & Dan Fleming;

A. Minutes from October 8, 2018, BOD meeting were read, discussed and approved.

B. Financial Report was presented, discussed and approved. Balance as of October 30, 2018, is $5530.74. Most of the year’s final expenses have been paid for the 2018 season with the exception of CPRA fall fees.

C. Banquet Planning:
1. Headcount as of 11-5-18 is 135 paid and 26 sponsors attending for a total of 161;
2. We need to give the final count tomorrow morning to the caterers;
3. Also discussed a type of dessert and it will be supplied through the CSSA in order to save some expenses on the dinner;
4. Discussed the need for additional door prizes to go along with the 20+ we already have, and would like to have as many as possible.
5. We will also ask that everyone who attends the banquet to please bring a new unwrapped toy, at least $5 in value, to pass on to the children in our area for Christmas in conjunction with ‘TOYS for TOTS’.

D. League Reports concerning changes implemented this year: (given by each league director)
1. National – worked well and league was ultra competitive. People were able to play more than before;
2. American – few players were unhappy, but still believe it worked well. All teams had a chance to win games & league championship;
3. Masters – players and teams felt that the new team added into the league was given too much, and this took away from other teams. Also, some felt that season started too late;
4. Skip Wells – worked well & very competitive, as all 4 teams finished 5 & 5;
5. Gold Legends – believe that the rules helped balance the league. There were very few problems, and these few will be ironed out prior to next season;
6. Cornerstone – appeared to work well and provided a good season. League was competitive, but unfortunately 1 team did have some issues. Some players upset about the amount of double headers, but this issue will be corrected for the 2019 season;
7. Lowell Lawson – some players upset because this league was basically created for players with less abilities and heading towards the end of their careers. They felt as though the newer players were actually pushing them out. This issue will be addressed by the BOD at the December meeting.

E. Umpires Report:
1. Good season w/umpires and the changes that were put in place this year;
2. Issues were corrected through the season and showed that a 1 umpire system can work if the umpire hustles on the field just like the players;
3. Three additional umpires are going to be added to the league for next year to cover for absent umpires and/or double headers.

F. Golf Tournament & Fundraising:
1. Currently there are 48 people registered to play on 11-12-18, at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Club, and tee time is set for 9:00 AM.
2. Awards for low gross, longest drive, closest to the pin, etc. There will also be random handicap holes and some other special surprises;
3. We believe that the tournament will raise about $1500, to pass on to special charities;
4. Thanks to Tom Cameron, bad finger and all.

G. 2019 BOD and Committees:
1. Need to establish some smaller committees to assist the BOD with rules;
2. Sponsor committee to assist in generating new sponsors, and provide information to clients on what a sponsorship in the CSSA can generate for their business. Need some of the players who are or have been involved in sales in the past to be a part of the committee;
3. Banquet committee to assist in locations, menus, dates, etc.

H. 2019 Calendar:
1. Spring season will begin April 1, 2019…no fooling!
2. Evaluations tentatively scheduled for February 16/17, 23/24 and March 2/3 (if needed);
3. Drafts will be held sometime between March 6 and 14;
4. Fall season will begin August 12, 2019, except for Cornerstone league that will begin on August 19, 2019;
5. Evaluations are tentatively scheduled for July 9, 14, 16 and 21;
6. Drafts will be held between July 23 and 30.

I. REMINDER – team managers will collect ALL the uniform shirts from his players as to have them available for the next season. This will defer some expenses for new shirts for new players.

J. Only 1 sponsor did not re-up this year, and they will be replaced with a new sponsor for the 2019 spring season.

K. The BOD’s were informed this weekend that 2 people are resigning from the CSSA. The first is Dan Flemming (Lowell Lawson League Director). The second is Mike Carrigan (Umpire). Both men have their own reasons and they are respected by the BOD’s for their decision. They will be missed and tough to replace.

M. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

As many of you have heard, Dorman Lane (83) passed away Nov 4, 2018. Per Les Taylor, Dorman became a CSSA member approx 1999/2000 predominantly playing on Les’s teams for 18 yrs, thru Spring 2018 season. During this time, he also played tournament ball with the Gwinett Ga Peaches on their 60, 65 and 70 yr old player teams. Dorman is survived by his wife Gail, daughter Krisy along with several siblings, many nieces and nephews. Services have been set for Sat, Nov 10 at noon at Antioch Christrian Church, 3595 Sugar Pike Rd, Canton, GA 30115, visitation will be held from 10am (originally listed as 11am) to time of service. Sosebee Funeral Home in Canton, one of our sponsors, is in charge of services. They can be contacted at or 770-479-2131 for further information. Please keep Gail and family in your thoughts and prayers.

WHERE – Towne Lake Golf Club – 1003 Town Lake Hills East, Woodstock, GA 30189.
TIME- Teetime 9:00 am – Final walk up registration & fee collection begins at 8:00 am so there is more time to join in!! Come one, come all, family, friends, do not have to be a CSSA member to participate!!
COST – $55.00 per person – includes Green fees, cart rental, range balls and tons of fun. Cash beverage cart available – not included in fees.
FORMAT – 4 person team, scramble.
PRIZES – 1st & 2nd place, Longest drive, Closest to pin.
We will be collecting new, unopened toys for the Marine Toys for Tots, any contribution is welcome but not required – help make a child’s Christmas happy by our generosity and giving if you can.
Standard Course Rules apply – NO metal spikes; slacks, shorts fine but NO jeans; each player required to have own clubs, but if need, rental clubs are available.
Contact Tom Cameron if you wish to join CSSA Golf at cell: 404-918-0500 or email him at with name, phone number and email address of new player.

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Posted by Robbie Crider at Oct 22, 2018 5:18PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

1. Banquet will be held on Monday, 11-12-18, from 6:30- 9:30
1287 Sardis rd
Canton, GA
2. Dinner will have 2 Entrees, 2 sides. Salad, Rolls/Bread.
Drinks, Dessert and a CA$H bar for beer & wine.

3. Tickets are $20 each (Player & Guest)

4. Print player info on back of return ticket.

5. Cash or Check is acceptable.

6. Seating is Limited to 200 and NO ticket sales at door.

Get tickets from your coach. Or any board member.


October 8, 2018

The monthly meeting of the CSSA Board was held at Game Day, and called to order by Norm Thiem at 6:35 PM;

Present members: Ray DeLuca, Bob Werner, Norm Thiem, Robbie Crider, Dewey Hom, Bob Hammond & Don DiSalvo;

Absent Members: Darrell Moreland, Mike Parson, John Humeston, Randy Bergman & Dan Fleming;

A. Minutes from September 10, 2018, BOD meeting were read, discussed and approved.

B. Treasurer Report was presented, discussed and approved. Balance as of October 10, 2018, is $24,019.08. There are still fees that need to be paid for the fall leagues season.

C. Managers Code of Conduct (MCC) was discussed. It was determined that the managers are considered an extension of the BOD, and their conduct as well as the BOD conduct is all relevant to each other. The BOD will meet with ALL managers to discuss & go over rules and expectations approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the beginning of the 2019 Spring season. The BOD also discussed to have the MMC as part of the CSSA Constitution. The measure was voted on and passed. The MCC will be posted on our web-site under its own heading.

D. At the end of each season, the team managers will collect ALL the uniform shirts from his players as to have them available for the next season. This will defer some expenses for new shirts for new players.

E. There are still a few quirks in the testing of the bats that need to be checked and approved by the umpires. The bats must be signed by the testing umpires for approval. All bats in the leagues will need to be signed off on and/or approved by the umpires.

F. There are still 2 unpaid sponsors for 2018. We will contact these sponsors and determine their status for the remainder of this season as well as their future with the CSSA.

G. Darrell Moreland (head umpire) met with the umpire crew since last meeting, and they have repositioned themselves to the side of home plate instead of directly behind the catcher. This was a suggestion made by the BOD last month in the wake of an unfavorable call. We appreciate the umpire crew for making this adjustment.

H. The Fall Awards Banquet was discussed, and it will be held on Monday, November 12, 2018, from 6-9 PM. After receiving bids for food and locations, the BOD voted to have the banquet held at Fendley Farmstead in Canton, GA. The banquet will be catered by Prestige Catering, also of Canton. Tickets will be $20 per person, and it is limited to 200 people.
1. Fendley Farmstead has been fully renovated and largely expanded in the last 2 years and can accommodate our needs. A cash bar will also be available.
2. Prestige Catering has chosen a great menu to include: Salad, 2 entrée’s, 2 sides, various breads and drinks.
3. The banquet will also have a 50/50 drawing, where 50% will go to the winner, and 50% will go to a selected charity (the CSSA will not get any of the money from 50/50).
4. We will also ask that everyone who attends the banquet to please bring a new unwrapped toy, at least $5 in value, to pass on to the children in our area for Christmas in conjunction with TOYS for TOTS.
5. A box will be placed at the fields on Monday’s, Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s to collect toys for children from those not attending the banquet.

Banquet tickets will be given to all league directors to pass on to the team managers beginning Monday, October 15, 2018. Once the 200 number has been reached, the sales will be cut off. Players should have tickets purchased by 10-31-18. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.

I. We are still looking and asking for nominations from those who wish to be part of the BOD for 2019. If anyone would like to be part of the BOD for 2018-2019, PLEASE contact Secretary Ray DeLuca ASAP, but NO LATER THAN 10-19-2018. If you would like to nominate someone for a position, please contact that person prior to nomination to make sure they will accept. All nominations must be voted on, by the players, prior to the last games of the season.

J. A few nominations for the Arnold Fowler & Lowell Lawson Awards have been received. Anyone wishing to nominate someone for either award must have the nomination completed and delivered to Ray DeLuca by 10-12-18.
These are the requirements for these 2 prestigious awards:

The Arnold Fowler Award is an annual award, and is the most prestigious award of the CSSA that honors one player, chosen by his peers, who demonstrated the qualities of integrity, dedication, teamwork, and the other intangibles to a high degree. Written nominations are accepted by BOD members throughout the calendar year. CSSA members during that calendar year shall cast vote on the nominees. The Secretary shall determine the method and/or manner of voting. The nominee receiving the most votes will be awarded the Arnold Fowler award.

The Lowell Lawson Award is based on his belief that there are many who wish to participate, but very few willing to take the leadership role to plan, implement and maintain the organization. This award is established to recognize those individuals who take the extra steps to ensure the organization flourishes. Those chosen for this award have made a significant and lasting impact on or off the field of play for the association. These individuals, through their devotion and hard work have earned the respect and admiration of their fellow organizational members. Due to the nature of these accomplishments the credit does not always go to these individuals. Recognition in this environment is generally hidden. There are very few having access to these accomplishments and aware of such deeds. Therefore, the voting for this reward is limited to Board Members and Team Managers. However, anyone within the CSSA may submit a nominee which requires a written detailed justification. This Award therefore is the highest honor in CSSA.

M. The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM

Managers Rules of Conduct can be seen
in the last section of the Constitution.
Under About Us.
I think everyone should read.