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Discussion: Florida half Century

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Nov. 7, 2008
Hellbender
6 posts
Florida half Century
Can someone from Georgia play in the Florida Half Century? I would like to play during the winter.
Nov. 7, 2008
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
588 posts
Our team used to go down to Florida and play in the winter in the Florida Half Century tournaments. At that time every player had to have one of their lifetime id cards. We had to sanction the team once a year but were not eligible to play in their championships. There were other teams from other states that also came down to play. The first time we participated there were 92 teams from Florida and us from Indiana. Anyway let me give you their website, and you should be able to get your answers there or by using their contact information:

http://www.fhcsoftball.org/fhc/

Enjoy.
Nov. 7, 2008
audieh
Men's 60
240 posts
Nancy has it just about right. Anyone or any team from outside of Florida can play 2 tournaments a year. However, you do need a lifetime ID card and application filled out that I believe is $25. If it is a team they will also need a team fee of $125. Nancy is also right in that you can play in any monthly but not in the state championship in December since it is obviously for in state teams. The man in the know is Duane Jones - 813-453-8302.

I have been lobbying for years to let it be open to others as I'm certain we could pick up some Georgia and perhaps Alabama teams. The more the merrier!
Nov. 7, 2008
firebird380hp
Men's 50
81 posts
I sure wish they would let us Ga players play. I have relatives that live down in west palm beach so I called about it.And was told I could play only in that area and not in Jacksonville which is where I was wanting to play.And I could only play in that area when I was actually living there even though I would have a address there along with mine in Ga.
Nov. 8, 2008
J3
208 posts
There is a team from Golden Isles Ga (I believe near Valdosta) that plays monthly. There must be a way to join the league if you have a team in Ga.
Nov. 8, 2008
firebird380hp
Men's 50
81 posts
I had heard they were the team that was grandfathered in fl. half century.........not sure on that but was told that anyway.
Nov. 10, 2008
audieh
Men's 60
240 posts
Hellbender, Firebird. The FHC has the best rules of any association with unlimited runs per inning, senior bats, unlimited homeruns and they place your team in brackets of 5 according to your ability. Our team is ranked #4 and this weekend we played the #1, #2, #6 and #7 and went 2 and 2. It was alot of fun and very competitive. I would guess that the #67 team playing against the #70, #68, #66 and #69 had just as much fun with the same rules.

I talked to Duane Jones who pretty much runs the show and he indicated they may be interested in opening the FHC up to Georgia and Alabama teams. Their questions would be how many teams from the adjacent states and how would they divide the states. Florida is broken into 5 districts. Maybe they could divide Georgia and Florida into north and south divisions and then hope for an additional 10 teams to join the FHC. I know the membership would be in favor as the more teams the better and I can pretty well asure you that south Georgia and south Alabama could assemble some very competitive teams.

Give Duane a call at 813-453-8302 and give him your feedback or just post it here as he monitors this board some.
Nov. 10, 2008
firebird380hp
Men's 50
81 posts
Audie,
I sure wish they would do that,I only live 2hours from Jacksonville.I know I enjoyed playing down there even though it was an asa tourney at RingHaver.I thought it was going to be FHC rules so I did'nt even carry my asa bats.But once I got there I knew I had messed up.And I have read up on the way they place the teams and that makes it competitive for everyone and thats what were all looking for anyway.And yes your right if they was to open it up for Ga.& al. it would only make more teams more revenue.I personaly don't have a team but just looking to play.But you guys have many FHC teams that stay in fl. mostly and if they would open it up it would give those teams more players to choose from also.
Nov. 11, 2008
Hellbender
6 posts
Audie, would they let Georgia players play with a Florida team if they open it up to Georgia?
Nov. 12, 2008
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
588 posts
FHC runs a class act from my experiences. I do not know what their rule is on this, but I do know someone local (here) that goes down and plays on a Florida team during the year. Of course it is always easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, but I have no idea if they condone this or not.
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