News and Announcements
CSSA Evaluations – Sat & Sun – Feb 27 & 28 – Hobgood Park then Sat & Sun Mar 6 & 7 - Skip Wells Park
CSSA will be holding Spring 2021 Evaluations this coming weekend at Hobgood Park, Field #4 from 12 noon to 2pm. Please encourage anyone who has talked about playing this spring to come and be evaluated for a team. Hopefully Friday’s rain will not adversely affect the fields we will be using but as in the past, we have adapted.
If unable to attend this week’s evaluations, they will also be held next Sat & Sun, Mar 6 & 7th at Skip Wells Park, 2334 Bells Ferry Rd, Marietta from 12 noon to 2pm.
As with all other gatherings, current CDC Covid-19 protocols will be in use.
Any questions, please contact your coach, any director or board member. Looking forward to returning to regular season play!!
Jan 2021 BOD Meeting
CSSA BOARD MEETING
January 11, 2021
The monthly meeting of the CSSA was held 01-11-2021, at GameDay, and called to order by Norm Thiem at 3:05 PM.
Members present: Ray DeLuca, Andy Tubbs, Dick O’Conner, Bob Werner, Norm Thiem, Mike Parson, John Humeston, Robbie Crieder, Dewey Hom & Randy Bergman
Absent: Leland Brown & Brad Tafoya
A. Minutes from 12-07-20 were read, and approved.
B. Financial Report: Current Balance $15,919.20
Deferred to 2021 – 3787.00
Trophies & plaques – 320.27
Balance to begin 2021 $11,811.93
C. Goals for 2021:
1. All leagues to play on a same & equal basis;
2. Retighten rules that were implemented in 2020 due to COVID, as opposed to lack of some changes, including play & code of conduct;
3. Try to have 13 players per team in all leagues, and regulate on the amount of teams per league, to achieve this goal;
4. Register and collect fees from players on line. Everything to be done via credit cards, PayPal, etc. The plan is to not deal with cash or checks. Funding will be needed to initiate the program and have it available prior to the spring season. Mike Parson, Dewey Hom & Bob Warner will serve as a committee to look into different options and entities to get this system going.
D. New dates for evaluations:
1. February 27 & 28,
2. March 6 & 7.
E. Discussed purchase of new bases for Skip Wells (safety issue from current bases) to include a double 1st base, base pegs, brackets, etc. The cost would be $236.63. A motion was made and passed by the BOD to purchase new equipment.
F. The Umpire in Charge for the CSSA will be Darrell Moreland and his Chief Assistant will be Dick O’Conner. Thank you to both.
G. Managers need to be polled to see if they have enough players to field a team, and how many will they have on their roster. Managers need to report back to their league directors by February 1, 2021.
H. At the November meeting the BOD’s discussed a rule change that allows a team to pick up a pitcher when another team does not have a starting pitcher or backup pitcher available for one of their games. We continued the discussion at this meeting to add clarification to the rule.
1. A team may pick up a pitcher when… their primary starting pitcher or experienced backup pitcher is not available;
2. A team can not pick up more than 3 players for any 1 game;
3. The pitcher picked up will count as 1 of the 3 players that can be picked up for the game;
4. Teams must start with 8 of their roster team players to avoid forfeit.
I. On January 21, 2021, the CRPA will have their yearly Awards Banquet for all of the volunteers who participate throughout the CRPA. There will be an award handed down to someone in the CSSA, and we hope some of you can attend.
J. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Monday, 2-8-2021, at Gameday Grill.
Meeting ended at 5:15 PM.
ATTENTION, ATTENTION: Since I was unable to get the January minutes out earlier I am able to publish the CSSA winner of the CRPA Volunteer Award. This year’s winner is someone special to all of us….. Michael ‘Beans’ Ryan
CONGRATULATIONS… MIKE !!!
L J Grant - July 8, 1942 to January 15, 2021
Unfortunately, CSSA has lost a well-respected, admired and the ultimate gentleman Senior ball players to Covid-19 on January 15, 2021 after a very brief hospital stay. L J Grant had been a CSSA member for more than 24 years, starting when there were only four (4) teams. In later years, often playing on three (3) Leagues in one season and if needed, would be available to play on another team if they were short players. In addition to playing, he also was a Manager and Coach over the years.
He was the consummate storyteller of any and all areas of life from his early days helping on his dad’s farm, captain of his high school football team, time spent in the US Army, being stationed in Alaska, 40 years driving oil tankers and of course CSSA games, antics and tournaments he and his fellow teammates played. No matter how the game was going, L J could always bring a laugh or smile to one’s face with just a comment. He will be missed by many.
In the 56 years of marriage to his high school sweetheart Daffon, it was said they never spent more than five days apart from each other. L J is survived by his wife Daffon, three (3) children and five (5) grandchildren. Woodstock Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and due to current health restrictions, no public services are being planned. Condolences can be posted on their website or cards sent to: Mrs. Daffon Grant, 5071 Ravenswood Dr., Marietta, GA 30066-1335.
Henry Helton - May 31, 1934 to Dec 28, 2020
Unfortunately, CSSA has lost another of its early and long-time players this past week. Per Pat Hill, Henry was often at the park playing on several league teams within the season as a left-handed pitcher. Henry served in the Army, enjoyed fishing, base and softball, and the Braves. He is survived by his wife Tammy, three children, and many grand and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 11am to 1pm at Sosebee Funeral Home, 191 Jarvis St., Canton, GA, with graveside services at 1:30 at Macedonia Memorial Park Cemetery. As with current CDC specifications, masks are required to attend.
In lieu of flowers Henry’s family asked donations be made to Cherokee County Animal Shelter, 1015 Univenter Rd, Canton, GA or www.cherokeega-animals.org
NOV BOD Meeting
CSSA BOARD MEETING
November 2, 2020
The monthly meeting of the CSSA was held 11-02-2020, at GameDay, and called to order by Norm Thiem at 6:45 PM.
Members present: Ray DeLuca, Dewy Hom, Andy Tubbs, Dick O’Conner, Bob Werner, Norm Thiem, Mike Parson, John Humeston, Brad Tafoya, Randy Bergman, Robbie Crider & Leland Brown
Absent: Donny Adams
A. Minutes were read, and approved.
B. Golf tournament was discussed and remind everyone that it begins at 12:00PM on 11-11-2020.
C. Discussed the idea of opening a second account to be separate from the main account. This would be used to hold money that will mainly be used for charity expenses. After some discussion a vote was take. The vote did not pass.
D. After vote totals were given for the Arnold Fowler Award, it was announced that this year’s recipient of the award is: Mike Parson
E. A new award was discussed & instituted called the Founders Award. The winner(s) of the 1st Founders Award: Jerry King & Bill King. They have been with the CSSA since the beginning, 25 years ago. Congratulations!!!
F. At this time the Lowell Lawson Award has not been decided. It will be reviewed and discussed by the BOD over the next few weeks.
G. The Arnold Fowler, Lowell Lawson and Founders Awards will be presented to the winners at the beginning of the 2021 season.
H. Championship shirts for the fall season need to be ordered. Winning coaches need to have sizes turned into Norm by Monday 11-9-2020. Shirts will be given to the coaches as soon as they are received from the printer for distribution.
I. Champion managers must also select the MVP from their team, and return the results into Norm by 11-9-2020. These awards will be presented at the beginning of the 2021 season.
J. Discussed the possibility of having a winter league. The BOD feel it is necessary to conduct more study before a decision is made. Games would take place in the afternoon. There would be NO morning or evening games.
K. The CRPA has set the season for the CSSA to begin on March 8, 2021. League games will actually begin on March 15, 2021 and be over by the end of June.
L. Evaluations for the Spring Season will be conducted on:
1. February 20 & 21
2. February 27 & 28
M. It has been determined by the BOD that bat warmers will NOT be considered illegal. Due to natural temperature changes, during the season from cold to hot and hot to cold, no one should be penalized for protecting their equipment. A final vote was conducted on the issue and passed.
N. The board discussed the issue of picking up a pitcher if a team is short players, and the normal pitcher and/or his backup is not available. This will be discussed and finalized at the next meeting
O. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM on 12-7-2020, at Gameday Grill.
Meeting ended at 8:30 PM.