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SSUSA Update - 10/26/2020

To Our LVSSA Membership:

This update is regarding our Tournament Production Agreement (TPA) with SSUSA as of October 26, 2020. 

SSUSA sent an offer dated October 20, 2020, via their attorney to our legal team.  It is an offer to LVSSA; a one-time stipend payment for the WMC with the caveat that our Association was not entitled to any monies, but this is a gesture of goodwill on their part.  It is not anything near the amount we should be given per the TPA.  This stipend was also tied to a settlement which included terms LVSSA would have to sign off on in regards to non-compete and no compensation for equipment we brought into the original TPA in 2012. 

On October 24, 2020 your Board of Directors had a Special/Emergency Meeting - going into closed session for the purpose of legal and contract discussion.

The Board of Directors listened to our advisor and came to a consensus.   Returning to open session, a motion was made to respond to the SSUSA legal representative to explore further a more equitable resolution based on our extensive deliberation.   

We await the next response.  There is no prediction as of today on the timeline to reach a remedy.  Ultimately, whatever may be worked out will come to the membership for a vote before final action is taken.  The general membership voted to enter the TPA beginning in 2012, so you again will vote - on the settlement.  We will handle the COVID19 protocols in detail when that occurs in the future.

Be assured that our planning efforts continue during this negotiation so that we are fully prepared to proceed in the best interest of the Association.

Many of you have expressed your support and posed questions to us that we have taken into the discussions as we moved forward in this process.  We have also heard from many longtime SWC and WMC players throughout the country.

Laurie Buchman

President 

LVSSA New Officers

2021 OFFICERS

Your LVSSA Board welcomes Robert “Bear” Beyer as President and Tom “Turk” Allen as under 65 Representative.  They begin in January.

We all thank Rod Adams for his resolute work during the past 2½ years as Under 65 Representative and all the other additional duties he has taken on to make LVSSA a better Association.

My thanks and appreciation to those serving as At-Large BOD members during my presidency:  Garth Courtney, Louise Freiheit and Bill Patton. 

Let these members know how much we value their service to LVSSA.

Laurie Buchman

President 

Message from SSUSA regarding the World Master Championship

We have received many questions regarding changes to our LVSSA World Masters Championship your board hopes this answers those questions. 

8/26/2020 SSUSA sent the following information "we will not be able to pay the per-team fee to LVSSA"

Our Tournament Production Agreement with SSUSA states; "Prior to 2012, LVSSA had sponsored, arranged for, owned the rights to, and conducted two certain annual softball tournament events for seniors that were held on fields at numerous softball complexes in and around Las Vegas...", "... LVSSA would contribute the good will associated with its name, help by offering its knowledge of the area and connections for venues,...., in return for compensation..."

9/4/20 SSUSA announced the fourth session of our Masters will be moved to Mesa, Az Oct 29th - Nov 1 in direct conflict with our 12th Annual Fall Classic in Bullhead, Az just 90 minutes away.

Members may review all documentation by requesting from their field rep. Due to restriction we will share with one person at a time.

2020 LVSSA Hall of Fame! Congratulations!!

Gary G. Gosz

Bill Patton

Robert "Bobby" Rink

Wylie P. "Tiny" Geter

Fall 2020 Schedule

Starting Monday October 5th all weekday practice starts at 9 am

Monday & Thursday 9 am field prep and BP 10 am game.

Tuesday & Friday 9 am Bp and 10 am game

Wednesdays Ladies practice 9 am Field 4. Men's BP field 1 - 9 am

Saturdays are for team practice and scheduled games

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LVSSA Board Meetings for November Thru January 2021

The schedule for November 2020 through January 2021 Board Meetings are:

Meetings are limited to Board Members due to Covid-19 restrictions.

When:       Thurs., November 12 at Noon

                       Thurs., December 10 at Noon

                       Thurs., January 14 at Noon

 Where:    Skinny Dugan's

Agenda:  Will be posted to the  Document Collector and the Forms - Documents 2 section and a message will be sent out via e-mail to all members.  Send questions to your age reps to present to Board. 

LVSSA Thanks Our Sponsors

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Click on "Merchandise" above to order.

12th Annual Bullhead City Fall Classic - Not on a Team? See "Kimbo" at Lorenzi

40 - 60 Oct 31 - Nov 1   Register & Info Here   65 - 75 Nov 2 - Nov 4

USA Senior Women's Fall Classic

 Nov 7 & 8    Register & Info Here    Nov 7 & 8

October News Briefs

WANT TO GO TO THE BULLHEAD CITY FALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT IN LATE OCTOBER/EARLY NOVEMBER?

  • Not on a team?   Contact "Kimbo" at the field.   Kimbo is forming teams in all age groups.  

COVID-19 UPDATE

  • All members must comply with the mask/face covering policy.   
  • Covid updates:  Remember we must follow all CDC guidelines, this not only includes face masks at field but self quarantining for 2 weeks if exposed. We take these precautions to protect our fellow members.

2021 MEMBERSHIP - $80 FOR ALL MEMBERS - THRU 12/31

  • Go to "Become a Member" above and sign-up.  More information there!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COMMITTEES

  • Volunteers needed;

    We have positions to be filled:

    Website Administrator: someone to organize website. Organize a small staff to update and improve site and site functions

    Facebook; Post updates and news to our facebook accounts

    Membership Coordinator; Organize new and renewing memberships, direct a small group to oversee growing membership

    Treasurer; Post transactions to proper accounts and reconcile recreation bank account using Quickbooks.

    Help the LVSSA by serving.   eMail Jim Whipple.

POSTED TO THE "DOCUMENT COLLECTOR" and "FORMS-"DOCUMENTS 2" SECTION and LINK ABOVE:

  • OCTOBER 2020 BOARD MEETING AGENDA
  • MAY, JUNE and JULY 2020 BOARD MEETING MINUTES

ROD ADAMS - LVSSA UNDER 65 REP - TERM ENDING

  • My last day as the LVSSA Under 65 Representative is 12/31 - I will be going back to work part-time.  "Turk" Allen is the new LVSSA Under 65 Representative.   Russ, Turk and I will be working together on a smooth transition.   Thanks to all of the guys on Monday/Thursday and especially to Field Commissioner Russ Curtis, BP Commissioner Don Sobieray,  Mike Warzocha, Paul Callaghan and Bob Rink and all members that worked hard for the LVSSA in the last 2.5 years.  Good Luck to all of our members from yours truly.

NEXT BOARD MEETING

  • Thursday, November 12th at Noon.  Please contact your Field Representative - George Kuehnel for the 66 and Over Guys, Rod or Turk for the 65 and Under Guys and Renn for the Ladies - if you have any questions or comments.    Agenda will be posted to the Documents 2 and Document Collector pages.   

LVSSA On-The-Mend/Goodwill Brief

Recuperating

Margaret Sievers:    Knee

Jane Smith:  Shoulder

George LaCombe

Tom Ahee

Know of an LVSSA member that is on-the-mend?    Contact Rod Adams or Bob Beyer, our goodwill ambassadors, at rra1956@gmail.com or vegasbear619@gmail.com to send them a goodwill brief.

LVSSA Late October and November Birthdays

OCTOBER

24           Guy Grasso

                 Lucas Wangen

25           Margaret Sievers

27           Francisco Cruz

                 James Firzlaff

                 Rick Hilton

28           Ray "X-Ray" Pingree

30           Jim Hoenninger

31           Deb Anderson

                 Larry Giese

                 Sharon Hessler

NOVEMBER

1             Brian Graham

                Larry Miller

3             Russ “JR” Gwynne

                Pam Kodey

6              Greg Fields

10           Fred Tucci

11           Wayne “Smurf” Callahan

                 Elly Stavarek

13           Joseph Roush

15           Jesse Collins

                “Chaz” Ward

16           Ken Victory

17           Mike Falkowitz

18           Jeff Dwyer

                Michael Dube

19          Trish Etheridge

21          Tommy Winnett

27          Tim Nelson

LVSSA Photo Op?

Want a photo done like this?   

Anyone that would like a Lorenzi commemorative photo (like the one here of Rod Adams) contact Mike Warzocha to schedule a shot. He will have you in the foreground and on the video display with your name, number and position.

These are great to hang on your man cave wall or to cover that paint blemish on your wall you can’t seem to match.

Print is 8.5” x 11” and comes with a thin black frame for $25. Totally custom and one of a kind. Only $25 (framed).  

Message from the LVSSA Board of Directors

Coming to Lorenzi Park?  Mask up!

LVSSA Members,

Our Board of Directors was contacted by the City of Las Vegas Municipal Sports Unit regarding our usage of Lorenzi Park as observed by Marshals and staff.  We have been notified that we are not in compliance with the mask rule set forth and agreed upon in order for us to use the fields.

This notification is the first and hopefully the last from Recreation Staff.   We want our permit to remain in place.  We also have our memorandum of understanding for field charges waived of approximately $24,000 annually and that cannot be jeopardized/cancelled.

The directive is very clear from CLV – from the time you leave your car a mask/face covering must be worn at all times while at Lorenzi Park.  Social distancing is not a substitute for the removal of your mask.

The only time a mask is not mandatory is while on the field as a player.  While coaching a base, in the dugout, restroom, concourse area etc., you are required to have the mask on until you are back in your vehicle.

All Field Directors and Board members have been notified.  You have a choice to participate or not but participation means adhering to the rule and respecting the field directors trying to keep us on the field.

Let’s all stay safe and comply with the City’s request.

Laurie Buchman, LVSSA President

LVSSA's 40th Anniversary of World Masters Championship

Many of you know this is the 40th Anniversary of the Masters Championships. The first was played with 3 teams from Hawaii and 9 teams from the mainland. The Masters evolved into the LVSSA World Masters Championship as participation expanded beyond our borders.
Many firsts and attendance records have been set for Softball in general and more importantly Senior Softball. You as LVSSA members have much to be proud of as many of you have provided sweat equity along the way. 
Eight years ago, LVSSA entered into a controversial agreement with SSUSA passing by a slim margin of members to co-produce our event. We went forward as a partner with contract language that had our input in planning and production of both the SWC and WMC.  While we had many growing pains, all our efforts have always been to produce the best softball tournament our sport has to offer and put the Las Vegas Valley on a path to be THE tournament softball destination.
The Masters surpassed 600 teams with over 12,000 participants and $26 million annually in related revenue for Las Vegas. Please forward Master photos or stories to share with members.

Welcome to the New LVSSA Website

The Las Vegas Senior Softball Association welcomes you to our new and improved website.  This new site has a great calendar that lists all pertinent tournaments and Lorenzi Scrimmages.  You will see a new Teams section that lists rosters for each team.  There will be plenty of new things coming as we develop this site over the coming months.

If you would like to contribute a story or an idea for the site, feel free to do so here.

SPORTSENGINE HELP

On this page you will find information (guides, links and videos) about popular topics on the SportsEngine Sports Management Platform. Key help topics include: helping coaches and parents manage and follow Las Vegas Senior Softball Association teams, and topics helping parents set up their accounts and get messages. SportsEngine offers an in-depth help center with help documents and videos at help.sportsengine.com. In addition, there is a thriving community where we provide practical use cases for features, as well as a place to ask questions and get tips from other organizations on the platform. Go to community.sportngin.com to explore the community site.

If after reviewing the information on this page and help.sportsengine.com you can't find your answer, please contact us by following the link.

 

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WHAT'S NEW?

Check out our new Comment Board.  This new online meeting place let's our members talk softball.  You can respond to comments or start your own subject.  Let's get some good conversations going and remember, be nice!

 

LAS VEGAS SENIOR SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

LVSSA exists to promote Senior Softball from ages 40+ through 85+ by providing fields to scrimmage weekly, the Southwest Championships and World Masters tournaments, along with connections to local league play.   Running the highest quality tournaments and providing for the needs of our membership utilizing a group of volunteers ensures a pleasurable experience for our players.

 

LAS VEGAS TOURNAMENTS

We offer world class tournaments featuring the two largest SSUSA events in the USA.   Las Vegas offers the finest hotels, entertainment, restaurants and gaming.  The warm, dry climate along with exclusive use of the Trump "Rock" softball and field maintenance between every game make Las Vegas the premier place to play softball.  Our selection of ballfields is top notch.

 

SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

With 216 teams this year, this always growing event is the 2nd largest on the SSUSA circuit.  Las Vegas Senior Softball, along with SSUSA makes this a great event.  Temps are usually in the mid 80's with very low humidity.  This tournament is not reserved for just residents of the Southwest.  So wherever you live, you're welcome to join us.

 

WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

The granddaddy of all senior softball features more than 600 teams from all over the world.  Many believe they have to win a qualifier to be in this tournament, but that is not true.  All SSUSA qualified roster teams are welcome.  Beginning in the third week of September, the World Masters is open to all ages from 40+ thru 85+ at all different levels of play.  This is the one event you don't want to miss.  Rings are given out to all bracket winners.  Come out and show us how good you are.