2018 - Where to start?
40 years and still going strong!
Congratulations to FI - 2018 Champions!
Interesting payoff round -
- Defaults, yes, playoff defaults:
- Vincent's defaulted their first game and that proved to be
their undoing. They never really recovered and after finishing first in
the regular season they didn't make super Saturday.
- The Plumbers could only manage seven for their game against
Dynamic Engineering. PITY
- The little red machine showed plenty of promise but couldn't
make it to the final game (maybe they were missing Wayne - their almost
constant pick up during the regular season).
has the league been successful?
Maybe because the league continues to evolve, we continue to adapt, to
change, to grow.
While I cannot speak to the early years I can reflect on the last 20
plus years. There were many positive changes to how the league operates,
how we revised our adapted rules for the betterment of the league and
therefore the enjoyment of the players. I could list numerous changes
but I will stick with just a few.
A team with less than 4 players, even if you pick up
enough to play, you get zero points while those that
showed up can get a game of ball.
A team with 5 players can pick up up to 5 others to make
a real game - maybe this needs to be revised upward.
have evolved to give all teams an additional seven games
instead of as little as two post season. years gone by
had the top 4 teams in the regular season playing the
bottom 4 (1 vs 8, 2 vs 7 etc) - Your season could be
over in as little as 2 post season games. There were
years where I played 2 post season games and had to
watch from the sidelines for a month with no ball. We
fixed this a number of years back with the playoff round
robin where there were NO PICKUPS - you had to
play with what you could bring to the field (I have
played with 8 players - winning and losing).
The playoffs are supposed to be PLAY WITH YOUR OWN
- no pickups period! We have gotten away from this
supposedly for the good of the league - my opinion this
is to the determent of the league (fun/rec league that
it may be). The playoffs are, like it or not, a
little more serious than the regular season (the reason
for no pickups) lets keep it that way.
Is it time to add a new category of player? Pick-up
What about someone who can't commit to the whole season (we have some
like this now) but would like to get in a few games of ball? This would
bring more players into the league - GROW THE LEAGUE! (This might now go
over well with those that like to pick up as many "A" players as they
Change number for pick up?
Would increasing the number of players required to pick up extras
encourage more of your team to show up?
This year's pick up king -
Wayne has played 50 plus games.
Jerry seemed to be everywhere especially during the play-offs
- well done!
Thank you to the executive for taking on the job!
Looking forward to 2019!
39 comes to a successful end, all in all another good year!
Good weather and a great turnout, biggest crowd in years!
– Sportscraft! First in
the playoff round then they knocked off Keith’s
Takeout in the championship game!
year there are a few things that warrant noting, this year was no
Balls leaping over the outfield fence!
Deranged bats trying to escape over the backstop!
easy to stay away - The
league is so good that even when you quit you can’t stay away – what a
pleasant surprise players quit only return in short order…hard to stay
away from the best game in town!!!
you think you have seen everything think again:
pick-ups in the playoffs...well, maybe the executive can catch for a
team with only 8 players, what the hell why not catch if a team has 9
seed is home team on Super Saturday except for the championship game,
Rescheduling games, a no in 2016 but this year it looks like the league
has grown a bit and are trying to accommodate when attendance is an
Don’t forget John, he did more
games than everyone else this year!!!
are volunteers – remember
that the next time you think you got a bad call!!
Baseball playoffs use 6 umps and video replay - they still get it wrong
ump often left to do the game alone – pitch in and help!
Hands off the umps, even if you are only trying to get their attention
or make a point!!!
Lighten up, Give them a break! This is supposed to be fun.
captain, Remember when John had to take over as captain (well done,
Odds and ends:
Three hours between games, a bit much? Maybe the league can look at a
different arrangement for future Super Saturdays.
– How many of us have
insurance that covers lost time from work due to an injury? If you get
hurt on the field and are unable to work what happens? How do you
support yourself and your family? If you think that the league should
carry insurance contact the executive. Plenty of time to get it in place
for next year!
I am sure
there is plenty more to be said but this is it for me for this year.
forward to a long winter with no ball
– hope to see you all next year.
Ramblings - 2015
A very sad end to the year. Take a moment to remember
all those that are no
longer with us ... Ken Pennell, what a tragedy -he will
Congratulations to Colin and his team ‘Vincent’s Auto’
on winning this year’s
The AGM: Goodbye Monday to
Thursday ball, hello Sunday to Wednesday ball,
something to do with minor ball wanting an evening time
spot so parents could watch
the games? If an evening time was wanted why not take
Friday or Saturday or Sunday –
from what I hear they
didn’t want those days. ???
The great experiment (Sunday games) has been less than a
boon. Defaults galore on
Sundays… If half the players on a team showed up for
their Sunday game we would not
have any issues...Show up for your games!
Where next? I know, May 25, clear blue skies, the early
game! ‘Things are going to be
different this year’ - the game was called (last inning)
at 6:45. It still baffles me – this
did not carry on through the year…I guess things were no
Communications was very poor this year. How about a
bulletin board in the hut?
Would that help?
Now for the playoffs! Remember, ‘things are going to be
different this year’, well,
maybe, maybe not.
The play-off round was different this year. Until this
year it has always been ‘round 1’
of the regular season.
Super Saturday and who plays. Ties and what then? When
is a default/ not a default?
Who knows? A team does not complete 5 innings yet they
are awarded points. This had
us with four teams at 4 and 3 – I wonder?
It’s getting way to serious these days. It has gone from
all the BS we have to endure
during the games from a very few players to an extreme I
have not witnessed in 20
plus years. Lighten up, this is supposed to be fun, no
money on the line and very little
prestige. Competitive ball - there are fast pitch
Before I forget, a big ‘thank you’ to the executive for
taking on the job! Also, thank you
to all the guys that show up to ump and tend the shed.
What about accident insurance for the league - everyone
Wondering about next year, Hopefully we will all be back
for another go.
Sept 30, 2014. One more time!
Want to see a fun league get serious? Watch the playoffs. It goes from
all fun (well mostly) to arguing technicalities to protests. It usually
works out one way or another.
and August - Rain, rain, and more rain.
More rained out games in a season than I can remember. Letting a little
rain reschedule a game - we must be getting older!
Or maybe we are finally getting some sense!
No explaining this one. If you register to play make a good effort to be
there. No one wants to go to the field only to go home without playing.
After all isn’t that why we are here?
No one gave Taxi much of a chance this year. All it took was a few
defensive moves and Taxi went from 6th place in the regular
season to 2nd in the playoff round to
this year’s champions!
and the like plagued Taxi – the executive, in their wisdom (or lack of)
granted them 2 new players into round 4. Maybe we have learned from a
few years ago when Stoyles was forced to drop out of the playoffs due
to a lack of players …Good to see the league grow and adapt.
3 way tie….Glad
it wasn’t my job!
things to consider:
2 teams down 1 point - missed some important duties.
To quote Bruce (almost) – the worst thing about Super Saturday
is we have to wait until next May for another game.
Thanks to our sponsors and
Thanks to the executive…not easy dealing with 112 different
We are here to have some fun, let’s remember that.
best game in town.
Ted…….See you in 2015!
it - October 15th 2013
anniversary! – That’s
right, this league has just completed 35 years and it is still the best
game in town!
Congratulations to this year’s champions FI Canada. This year John
didn’t get burned and they found the legs (remember the final game of
2012) to carry them to the championship.
They managed something that has not been seen
since the glory years of Stoyles (remember when Tony picked the team) –
first place in the regular season and first place in the playoff round.
Pick – ups,
a wonderful idea that lets us get in a game of ball if a team finds
themselves occasionally lacking ten players.
There would be a lot of forfeits this year without pick-ups, just
A few things
The AGM was uneventful this year – a great improvement over 2012
Claude played over 100 games (first league player to reach this
Sportscraft was down 1 point before the playoffs even started.
$2.50 is overpriced but free is OK.
Who thought up ‘having a team party’ on Super Saturday?
Pitch in and
do your part - Help keep our costs down.
For 35 years this has been the best game in town!
Where else can you have this much fun for so little.
the executive for all their work throughout the year - we can't function
without these folks. Even if you don’t always agree with them, show them
some respect. (It can’t be easy dealing with 112 different
Thanks to all our sponsors and
Ted…looking forward to 2014!
Still Rambling - Sept 25th 2012.
Congratulations to Stoyles – 2012 Champions!
This has been a mostly uneventful year (unlike 2011).
Although the season did get off to a rocky start, at least the AGM was.
Getting our executive in place was challenging. If you
were at the AGM you will know why and if you missed the meeting someone
probably told you about it. Nevertheless we did get a fine group to step
up and take the helm –
thanks guys, good luck carrying out your duties and responsibilities!
Throughout the year it looked like one team (to quote
one of our very young fans) was down the drain! It looks like we have
another Waldorf or Stadler in the making ensuring that there will be
plenty of ridicule from the bleachers for the foreseeable future.
How about the little RED machine! They had quite the year but
couldn’t hold on for Super Saturday. Could it be they couldn’t go the
distance without Jeff? Maybe they needed his moral support on Super
Saturday, maybe they just needed him on the bench. Jeff didn’t let his
old team down, he showed up in uniform and went directly to the little
RED dugout! He was promptly told he could not stay there – could this
have been the downfall of the little Red machine? I guess we will never
Congratulations to Goulds Taxi on finishing 1st in the
regular season and again in the playoff round!
Thanks to all our sponsors and other supporters.
This continues to be the best game in town! Where else can you have this
Pitch in and do your part - Help keep our costs down.
Already looking forward to next season – 2013 will be the league's
35th year! We must be doing something right!
Oct 4, 2011 –
This has to be
a year for the record books.
This year we
saw more injuries than I have ever seen - everything from a broken jaw
to broken toes.
everywhere on Super Saturday but
where was Stoyles???
Thanks to everyone that pitched in again this year to
ensure that this league continues to survive.
To those that don't have the time to give, remember it is only
through the efforts of many of us that the league functions. Try to find
an hour or two to give!
Thanks to the
executive for all their work throughout the year - we can't function
without these folks.
Along with all
the injuries (oddly enough mostly younger players) this has been a year
to remember. Super Saturday
brought us good weather and the most unusual playoff round.
We saw the 5th place team win
the Championship… go figure.
to all the teams with a 'WELL DONE' to this years
champions, Goulds Taxi. This only goes to show that in this league
anything is possible! (How things
are possible is often a mystery).
From where I
sit there are a few things to consider:
- The league
should seriously consider and implement sanctions for unsportsmanlike
behavior (for everyone, players and executive). We are here to have some
fun, lets remember that.
- Lets do our
best to follow the rules, it should not be to difficult and it will
benefit all of us.
respect to our executive - these guys earn at least that from all of us
– thanks guys.
(Its not easy
dealing with 112 different personalities)
(pitching in and helping keeps
costs down…do your part).
See you next