March 27th – 7:00 pm: 3rd Preseason Managers Meeting

2019’s Third Manager’s Meeting is Wednesday March 27th — See you there!

March 27th, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Please join us at BB’s Pub N Grill
3400 W 49th St #102, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

#RaiseTheFlag

We’re hosting a fundraiser for our flag pole raising event at Harmodon. There will be a keg and other activities to raise money for this project. Please invite your teammates to join you and the league at this meeting! More details coming next week!!

Meeting Agenda

  • Collecting second half of league fees.
    • $500 due for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday teams.
    • $600 due for Thursday teams.
  • Updates on the league.
  • Fundraising Opportunity
  • Finalized league placements.
  • Closing the meeting.

Please send a representative for your team if you cannot make it!
Please check out each of the candidates below.

Sign your player waivers!

Good afternoon everyone! I wanted to introduce some of the work that is being done behind the scenes to expand the features of our player database. On the database screen you are still able to  search for teams or players. Now you can now see the little + or – icon next to players name. When you click on + icon the profile expands into the player menu. With that you can see the team a player played for last year, division, and other details.

I hope many of you find this fun or useful. More importantly please sign your player waiver for the 2019 season here! If you have suggestions for what else we can add, please reach out to Jordan, sfmsps@gmail.com.

February Meeting Notes

We want to thank everyone for the great turn out last night. First and foremost we had roughly 100 league members at the meeting last night and 61 managers participate in last night’s vote. Thank you very much for sharing our excitement for the 2019 season. The league has re-elected Jeff Oltmanns and elected Josh Dougherty to serve the board for the next two years. Please take time to congratulate each of them as they hope to serve the league with their best efforts and intentions. We want to especially thank Doug Wagner for his many great years of service to the board and league as treasurer. His service to the league will not be forgotten. Finally thank you to Brad Tyler who took time and effort to run for the board spot. It is really great to see more people interested in being in this position.

As promised last night team placements are tentatively posted. Please view here. As you can see Monday’s is overfull and Tuesday is full. We are offering teams discounts to move up to Wednesday night from a lower night. If you’re interested in hearing more about that, and/or have questions or concerns about team placements please reach out to us sfmsps@gmail.com.

Next month’s managers meeting will be Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7PM. The meeting will be moving to BB’s Pub N Grill (3400 W 49th St #102, Sioux Falls). Look forward to seeing you. Please remember to get your player waivers signed and rosters filled out!

Meeting Agenda Notes

  • Open at 6:30pm collecting funds and handing out ballots to managers.
    • All transactions marked in ledger.
    • All ballots handed out to managers or proxies recorded.
  • Attempt to start meeting at 7pm
  • Introduction to the night
    • Board Member Vote
  • Team Placement
      • Willing to offer $200 to any Monday or Tuesday team willing to jump to Wednesday, if you’re interested and want to hear more about it, please reach out to the board.
      • Currently 95 teams are signed up thus far, which is ahead of last years pace. Thank you for being prompt and getting involved sooner.
        • We expect to match or exceed the 97 teams we had last year.
        • Currently Monday and Tuesday are full.
        • Wednesday has room and if enough teams join we can split into upper and lower divisions.
        • Thursday currently has 12 teams.
      • We have tentative placement of where teams are going to go, it’ll be posted on the website tomorrow. Again if you have a competitive team and are willing to move up in the competitive ranks, we are discussing team discounts for doing so. Help us create room for newer teams.
  • Tournaments
        • If you have a tournament and its not on the website, please reach out to Jordan to help get that fixed.
        • Buddha’s early bird April 20th
        • Sioux Falls Spring Classic May 18-19th
        • Please check the website for flyers and information, and if there’s a tournament not listed again, let us know.
  • League Start Dates
    • Thursday is April 25th, 2019
    • Monday is April 29th, 2019
    • Tuesday is April 30th, 2019
    • Wednesday is May 1st, 2019.
  • Rosters and Waivers are online
    • Every player needs to sign a new waiver this year. Please go online and do so as soon as possible to ease the load on the board processing waivers.
    • New transaction screen on the website, every player added, moved, or removed from a team is now tracked on the website.
      • This will also include scoring changes and other league changes as they occur during the season in an attempt to as visible as possible with league business.
      • Player database screen, you should see a plus sign next to every player’s name. Shows what team they played with last year.
        • This information will be expanded upon to show if you won championships, manager of the year awards and otherwise. I hope to go back further as I find time to add in historical information, but I’m one person nerding out on historical information.
      • If you have any questions comments or SUGGESTIONS for this, please let me know I am open to ideas and if I can do it, I will.
  • We’re on Facebook, twitter, snapchat and instagram, please follow, like share and whatever else. We want to communicate to everyone in the best way possible and based on the pre-season survey, using the website alone is not the best way to reach people anymore.
  • Any questions?
  • Board Member Vote
  • Conclusion

League Meeting is tonight. 7PM at Shenanigans

2019’s Second Manager’s Meeting is TONIGHT — See you there!

February 28th – 7:00 pm

Please join us at Shenanigans Sports Bar & Grill
1903 S Ellis Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Meeting Agenda

  • Collecting first half of league fees.
    • $500 due for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday teams.
    • $600 due for Thursday teams.
  • Updates on the league.
  • Finalized league placements.
  • Board member vote.
    • Managers are allowed one vote per team. A team representative can be sent to vote.
  • Closing the meeting.

Please send a representative for your team if you cannot make it!
Please check out each of the candidates below.

Board Member Campaigns

2019’s Second Manager’s Meeting is THIS Week

February 28th – 7:00pm

Please join us at Shenanigans Sports Bar & Grill
1903 S Ellis Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Meeting Agenda

  • Collecting first half of league fees.
    • $500 due for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday teams.
    • $600 due for Thursday teams.
  • Updates on the league.
  • Finalized league placements.
  • Board member vote.
    • Managers are allowed one vote per team. A team representative can be sent to vote.
  • Closing the meeting.

Please send a representative for your team if you cannot make it!
Please check out each of the candidates below.


Jeff Oltmanns

Hello gentlemen, I just wanted to let you know that I will be running for the Men’s Slowpitch board again this year as I am up for reelection.

It has been a pleasure to serve on the board for 15 years as the President.  That sounds like a long time and it is but make no mistake, I still have the desire and passion to serve and help our league grow and prosper!

I am a motivated individual, including starting and running my own successful small business, Elite Lawn Care.  I also have 20 years of management experience working for Target Corporation. Owning my own business is very helpful when it comes to assisting in running the league.   I set my own schedule and can meet on anything at any time. In fact I contact a lot of our teams and managers during a normal business day to discuss their concerns and I try to help them resolve those concerns.  Also running my own business helps give the knowledge on our financial situation each year as the league is its own small business.

With our survey coming out earlier this year I feel we took huge steps as a league to listen to you and in my opinion we listened to the overall message and as a result made some great changes to the league format!  The following are some of the other things that I would like to push forward in my next couple of years on the board:

Fees: Do not raise them going forward and actually drop them if at all possible?

Recruit new young teams:  We have partnered with Augie, USF, USD and SDSU’s athletic departments to get the word out on our league.  We have 2 young teams coming in this year already.

Wall of Fame:  Having pictures and small bios in our office of past players and important people in our league.

SD Hall of Fame: We, as league and community need to elect past players, managers and board member’s .  There have been way too many talented people in our league over the years and they need to be recognized!

Canopy campaign: You will see us doing some fundraising things over the next few years and also, with the changes we’ve made to our budget our goal will be to have canopies over the entire bleacher area in the next five years.  You will know where any extra money is going, it will be to this cause. We will also ask for partnership from, coed and youth leagues to help with this.

Thank you for your time and consideration of having me as a board member again this year!  It has been a Great ride so far and I would love for it to continue!

Sincerely, Jeff Oltmanns (Buddha)


Doug Wagner

I’m Doug Wagner. I’ve been treasure of the SF Men’s Slowpitch League for many years. One thing that everyone needs to know with the treasurer position is that this organization is a business. I feel I’ve done a very good job of keeping the league running in the black over these years. A lot of this position is kind of done “behind the scenes”. Regardless if it’s me or someone else, in this position, i Feel it should be someone with some accounting background. The position is one that requires year round work. There are always bills to be paid, money to be collected, etc. In addition to this, you must do proper and timely filing with all IRS forms and other non profit government forms at different times of the year.

I’ve see a lot with things over the years with being a board member, player and coach. The league and gone thru a lot of changes, some good and some that I haven’t agreed to be good. One of the biggest things with the league is that people need to understand that this is adult recreational softball. It’s a chance to get away from everyday life for a couple of hours, hang out with friends and maybe have a couple of beers.

I’ve enjoyed the time and many friendships that I’ve developed over the years of being involved in the league and look forward to continuing as treasurer and working on trying to improve and grow the league if the members of the league wish to have me do so.

Thank you, Doug Wagner.


Brad Tyler

My name is Brad Tyler and I have been playing softball in Sioux Falls my entire life. This will be my 16th season in men’s slow pitch and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Now, to the point – here’s what I would like to bring to the table if you allow me to represent you on the board:

  1. Board transparency

    1. In the past everyone just put in their money and trusted everything was taken care of efficiently by the board. With league fees going up, I think the players of the league deserve to see where their money is going.

    2. I would like to see the board set goals in relation to league growth, and a timeline for getting Friday nights up and going again.

  2. More player and manager input

    1. Everyone has ideas. This last year seemed like the first time the board wanted to hear any of those ideas when they sent out that email survey. I want more of that, and I would always be open to hearing ideas.

    2. I would like to essentially give everyone a seat at the table. If you have an idea it should be heard, and we can make our league better together.

  3. League growth

    1. This is my biggest worry for our league, and we have to do something to grow our league now. We have gone from over 130 teams down to around 90. We must find new and creative ways to market our league to get younger teams in.

    2. Part of this comes back to finances, and the positive steps our board took last year will allow us to do things to invest in younger teams and get them loving the same sport we all do.

Along with these, I have a few other ideas that I will explain a little more at the meeting Thursday.

Have a great day, Brad Tyler


Josh Dougherty

Military Veteran who’s 2nd religion is softball. I aim to bring more teams to the league and make it more fun with mid season events. Also trying to lower team fees by taking in big sponsors. Time to Make Softball Great Again. Please vote for JD.

2019 Second Manager’s Meeting next Thursday

2019’s Second Manager’s Meeting is Next Week

February 28th – 7:00pm

Please join us at Shenanigans Sports Bar & Grill
1903 S Ellis Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57106

2019 League Meeting Schedule

Tentatively all meetings will be held at Shenanigans Bar and Grill:

  • Thursday, February 28th, 2019 – 7pm – First half of league fees due.
    • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday teams owe first $500.
    • Thursday teams owe first $600.
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019 – 7pm – Second half of league fees due.
    • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday teams owe second $500.
    • Thursday teams owe second $600.

Agenda

  • Updates on the league.
  • Finalized league placements.
  • Board member vote.
    • Manager’s are allowed one vote per team, a team representative can be sent to vote.
    • If you’re planning on running for this year’s board election please be present. Also please email sfmsps@gmail.com an self-introductory piece that I’ll publish next week so manager’s can get to know everyone who is running.
  • Question and answer session.

All meetings are mandatory for managers, but open to public.