March 1st League Meeting Minutes

Thank you everyone who attended last night’s meeting. For those who didn’t make it, here are the general talking points. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please reach out to us.

  1. Sign ups and payments were taken. If you were unable to attend and have payment ready please reach out to Jeff Oltmanns call/txt 605.929.7859.
  2. The Friday one-pitch league was discussed again. It looks to start in June for a 6 week season. Teams will be $450. Anyone can play, jerseys are not required.
  3. Managers are responsible for members of their teams. There will be a continued effort to keep games fun and friendly. Its the manager’s responsibility to take concerns about game play to the umpire. If players get out of hand and are asked to leave the facility, its the manager’s responsibility to see that player out, otherwise both the player and manager can be held accountable for potential suspension.
  4. Our tournaments page has an extensive list of tournaments already available. If you have another tournament you’d like added to the list please submit a tournament.
  5. The final league meeting will be March 29th at 7:00pm at the Morningside Community Center. Full league payments are due. The meeting will feature updates about the 2018 season.
  6. Chuck and Riz announced that there are no major new rule changes from USA Softball.
  7. If you’re looking for players or a player looking for a team please know that interested players are signing up and that teams are actively looking at these lists to find players.
  8. There was continued discussion about players playing two nights. The rules remain the same from the previous meeting. Players who are caught gaming the system will be dealt with by the league board. Reminder for players who want to start a second team on Wednesday or Thursdays will get a $200 discount on team fees.
  9. Please have your players begin filling out player waivers!
  10. It is also time to start filling out your team’s rosters here. You can submit this form multiple times.
  11. The league is looking at the last week of April for a potential season start date. More information on that will come soon.
  12. The deadline to guarantee your team’s division has passed. March 15th is tentatively the date we’ll have divisions set.
  13. Over 90 teams have signed up already, and the remaining teams from last year were reached out to last year. The theme for why some teams/managers aren’t returning is just the burden that being a manager is. The league is trying to ease the burden with the website and tools for managers, but time was taken to remind players to thank and offer help to their managers to keep teams together.
  14. An election was held for the open board position. Jordan Gillis was elected to the open position. Jordan’s managed the website since January 2018 and will continue to do so along with other board duties. He can be reached via email sfmsps@gmail.com or call/text: 605.254.3627.

March 1st – League Manager’s Meeting

This Thursday March 1st at 7:00pm is our second mandatory league meeting. The meeting will be held at the Morningside Community Center (2400 S Bahnson Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57103). The meeting will feature news and updates from the board, an election for the open league board position, and first half dues for the 2018 summer session will be collected.
  • $600 due for Thursday teams.
  • $500 due for all other teams.
Finally, 85 teams have signed up for the 2018 summer session already. March 1st is the deadline to reserve your team’s spot on your requested division and night.
If your team is not signed up by March 1st, you will lose all potential tie-breakers to get your requested night.
If you have any questions, comment or concerns please feel free to reach out.
Thank you,

Early Bird Tournaments!

It’s that time of year already, our tournaments page is getting loaded with a lot of great options for players to play in the area this summer. If you are hosting a tournament this year please submit your tournament here to get it posted on our website.

Upcoming Tournaments

March

  • March 24-25: Pre-Season Tournament in Bellevue, Neb. – Flyer

April

  • April 14-15: Eli’s Earlybird Invitational (Floyd Slow Pitch Sioux City) – Info coming soon.
  • April 20-22: Spring Classic in Rochester, MN – Flyer
  • April 21: 3rd Annual Elite Softball Fundraiser Early Bird in Sioux Falls, SD – Flyer
  • April 21: Early Bird in Grand Island, Neb. – Flyer
  • April 28-29: FSPS Budlight Earlybird (Floyd Slow Pitch Sioux City) – Info coming soon.

The 3rd Annual Elite Softball Fundraiser Early Bird in Sioux Falls has started filling up with 4 of the 20 limited spots already taken.

  • Entry Fee: 200.00, Due by 4/14/18
  • Tourney Director: Jeff Oltmanns, 605-929-7859
  • Checks payable to: Elite Tourney, send to 800 S. Tayberry Ave. S.F., SD 57106
  • First 20 teams only! 4 games for each team, round robin style for each division.
  • Pay outs: This is a fundraiser for our team, prizes as follows:
    • The winners in each division will be awarded a rather large trophy!
    • We will vote on an MVP for each division and the winner will receive a blanket with a USA theme. Stitching will say 2018 Elite Tourney MVP, Division 1,2,3 or 4.
    • We award the player with the highest batting average in each division a plaque highlighting their accomplishments.
    • We will also vote on the best defensive player in each division and they will receive an award as well.
    • Prizes may be added as well?
  • USA Sanctioned: With one Umpire per field!
  • Divisions: Friday/ Monday Lower (4), Monday Upper/Tuesday Lower (3)Tuesday Upper/Wed(2)Thursdays(1) Out of towns teams welcome!

Sign up your team today!

This is a friendly reminder that March 1st, 2018 is the next league meeting. It is also the deadline to reserve your spot in your night and division for 2018 from 2017. Spots and requests are filling in fast!

You can see the teams who have signed up and their desired division listed here: 2018 Team Directory (if your team is already signed up, please disregard this message, you’re set!)

If you don’t see your team on here, either sign up your team or tell your manager to not be late by filling out the team sign up form here: 2018 Summer Softball Sign-up

Details can be changed after the fact, so if you add/change/remove sponsors between now and the start of the season, you can fill out the contact form and we’ll make the updates immediately: Contact Us

Thank you!
SF Men’s Slow Pitch Board

Playing Two Nights Clarification

There has a been a flurry of positive feedback and questions regarding the recent rule change to allow players to play two different nights for the summer session this year. Rosters this year are being kept in an online database that is accessible by anyone with a phone that can pull up this website. This allows the league, managers and players to quickly reference rosters to ensure integrity on the field of play. In fact last years rosters are have been transcribed already into a database to serve the league. The database is searchable by night, team, name. In the unfortunate case of handling a dispute, the conflict can be resolved quickly.

For players playing two nights there will be strict restrictions.

Players will now be able to play 2 nights. Friday, Monday and Tuesday players may play a 2nd night on Wednesday or Thursday. Wednesday players can play a 2nd night on Thursday. With limits Thursday players can play on Wednesday. Limits and more information about this rule change will come soon.

  1. Wednesday night rosters for adding/dropping Thursday players will lock on June 1st, 2018.
  2. Limits for Wednesdays: one A player, two B players, four C players, any amount of D or E players allowed.
  3. With the new player databases and easy access to rosters, any player caught playing more than 2 nights or attempting to circumvent these rules will be reviewed by the league board and subject to suspension.

We will be using last year’s rosters to determine your primary night for this season. Here are some examples.

  • If you were on a Wednesday or Thursday roster for 2017, this year you can play on two teams, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
  • If you were on any other roster for 2017, this year you can play on two teams, with your second team being a Wednesday or Thursday team.

The league board reserves right to review and make final decisions on all rosters to ensure integrity and fair play competition.

January Meeting Notes

Thank you everyone who attended last night’s meeting. For those who didn’t make it, here are the general talking points. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please reach out to us.

  1. Discussed possible advertisement signing for Harmadon complex.
  2. League Board conducted market research to compare our league to others in the area in terms of fees and costs.
  3. Individual player fees were discussed and voted against.
  4. Players will now be able to play 2 nights. Friday, Monday and Tuesday players may play a 2nd night on Wednesday or Thursday. Wednesday players can play a 2nd night on Thursday. With limits Thursday players can play on Wednesday. Limits and more information about this rule change will come soon.
    1. Wednesday night rosters for adding/dropping Thursday players will lock on June 1st, 2018.
    2. Limits for Wednesdays: one A player, two B players, four C players, any amount of D or E players allowed.
    3. With the new player databases and easy access to rosters, any player caught playing more than 2 nights or attempting to circumvent these rules will be punished.
  5. We are changing the rule that allows teams who are supposed to move up to a higher division. Based on your 2017 record, if you’re supposed to move up the team split is down from 5 players to 3 players.
  6. We will be asking the top 4 teams from each division based on record, to move up. This rule will be revisited next year.
  7. Discussions occurred about a potential new league format starting in 2019: Proposed a Spring League of 16 games with tournament, followed by a Summer League of 16 games with an end of season tournament. This remains in discussion.
  8. We inquired the room for other potential rule changes, but none were presented. If you have potential rule changes for consideration please contact us.
  9. The new website was discussed and presented. The league intends to go fully digital for easier organization and record keeping.
    1. New team sign up form.
    2. New roster submission form.
    3. New player waiver form.
    4. New player database. Along with 2017’s database.
  10. Teams need to register for the upcoming summer season by March 1st, 2018 to reserve their spot/night from last year.
  11. Mentioned the new looking for team and find a player pages on the website.
  12. Communication about league meeting went out this year to players and managers to help generate discussion and ensure teams had at least one representative at the mandatory league meetings.
  13. League fees for 2018 will stay the same. $1,000 for Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday teams. $1,200 for Thursday teams. Any manager that puts a 2nd team on Wednesday or Thursday nights will receive $200 off their fee for the second team.
  14. 2018 will feature a new one pitch, carpet, one ump league on Fridays. It’s competitive/open. 6 weeks. 12 games for $450. This league is separate from our Friday night league. Look for the season to begin in June.
  15. Next meeting is March 1st and Morningside Community Center. First half league fees will be due at that time. There is also one board spot up for election. At least 51% of our managers from last year’s summer teams or their proxy will need to be present to conduct the election.
  16. Reach out to Chuck Buchheim if you’re interested in umpiring in 2018.
  17. Final year end numbers for 2017 were presented to everyone at the meeting.
  18. Tournaments in 2018 were discussed and presented. If you have a tournament not listed, please submit it.

Again thank you everyone for attending. If you have any reason to reach out to the board, reach out to Buddha directly or contact us through the website.

Reminder: First League Meeting is Thursday

Our first mandatory league meeting is Thursday January 25th. Reserve your team’s spot for the summer 2018 softball season by attending this meeting starting at 7:30pm at the Oyate Community Center.

The focus for this first meeting will be presenting and discussing new league information and league changes. Topics will include players being able to play 2 nights, the new and positive updates to our website to ease the burden on managers and our board, and managers will also have a chance to present possible changes for the upcoming season to be discussed as well.

After the meeting, you’re welcome to stay as all slow pitch boards in Sioux Falls will be meeting with South Dakota state softball commissioner Gary Young to discuss changes to the state tournament format. Any manager or individual is invited to attend. Gary will be looking for feeding back and good conversation.

Before the meeting you can start completing your 2018 Team Manager Checklist:

  1. Sign up your team for the 2018 season: New online team submission form.
  2. Attend the mandatory league meetings.
  3. Fill out and complete the online roster form with each player: New online roster form.
  4. Have every player on your team complete the online player waiver form: New online waiver form.

League Meeting Schedule

  • January 25th, 7:30pm at Oyate Community Center.
  • March 1st, 7:00-8:30pm at Morningside Community Center.
  • March 29th, 7:00-8:30pm at Morningside Community Center.

If you have any questions prior to the league meetings feel free to Contact Us.

Update From the Board

The SFMSP Board is excited as we look forward to the 2018 season!

First of all, our manager meetings.  We need you there to secure your spot for 2018.  There will also be an election for a board position during the March meeting.  Our state commissioner, Gary Young plans on attending our January meeting.  Please plan on attending these three meetings, or sending a representative from your team!

  • Thursday, January 25 – 7:30 pm – Oyate Community Center – 2421 W 15th St
  • Thursday, March 1 – 7:00 pm – Morningside Community Center – 2400 S Bahnson Ave
  • Thursday, March 29 – 7:00 pm – Morningside Community Center – 2400 S Bahnson Ave

Our website has been upgraded.  Check it out.  We hope it will get you information in a better fashion and streamline schedules and standings.

https://sfmensslowpitch.com

Our normal FridayMondayTuesdayWednesday and Thursday leagues appear to be moving forward as we have played for the past nine years.  Seniors will still play on Thursday nights.

We are working on a system that will allow any player to play two nights.

  • FridayMonday and Tuesday players can also play on Wednesday or Thursday (not Fri, Mon, Tue).
  • Wednesday and Thursday players will be able to play on Wednesdays and Thursdays (not Fri, Mon, Tue).
  • We are working yet on some details.

We plan to introduce a 1-pitch carpet ball league on Friday nights that we think will be competitive.  Anyone can play in the 1-pitch league.  More details to follow…

We hope to see each of you and some new faces on January 25 at Oyate Community Center