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Discussion: Kensington Valley Senior Softball League (Michigan)

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Sept. 18, 2011
MykRian
Men's 60
6 posts
Kensington Valley Senior Softball League (Michigan)
The Kensington Valley Senior Softball League is brand new in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne, and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan.

This all started at the Hartland Senior Center with a meeting in Spring 2011 to see how much interest there might be in starting a senior team. We had more than 30 show up, and started practicing the next week. Hartland practices at Tags softball fields, next to Striking Lanes on Old US-23, just south of M-59, Mon. and Wed. at 10am.
The Hartland Senior Center is located on M-59, just west of Old US-23, located in the west end of the Hartland Schools Educational Support building (Old High school)

We've had 20 that have been fairly regular at the practices, and a few times we had enough to get a game underway. Had several pick-up games with Waterford, Novi, Northville, and White Lake.

We are learning the rules, and having a great time.
The Hartland website is at http://gerrymostowy.com/hartland-senior-softball.htm

We have been in meetings with Brighton, Howell, Pinckney, Northville, Novi, and several other communities to set the rules, etc.

If you have any interest in joining, you can get in contact with us at the already mentioned website. There is a sign up page there.

Sept. 18, 2011
Michigan Vet
Men's 55
226 posts
What bats are you allowing in the League? Are you allowing Senior bats? This will make a big difference in getting people to play. I play in Can-Am 55+ League on Tues & Thurs morning. This is a real good league with 10 teams, 7 can beat any team on any day.
(Windsor Chiefs, Bench Pub/Livonia, Oak Park, Line Drive/Detroit, Pet Supply/Warren, Canerbury/Livonia and BK Realty/Taylor are the good teams). Qe use Senior bats.
Sept. 18, 2011
MykRian
Men's 60
6 posts
We are still hashing out what rules we will be following. A team meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Monday) morning 10am at the field, and a league meeting next month. This is all new for us, and we are taking copious notes.
Sept. 18, 2011
Pricer
Men's 50
616 posts
I don't think your gonna get another teamor two because you allow senior bats. It's easier to add them in the future, then it is to take them away after you start with them.
Sept. 19, 2011
Pricer
Men's 50
616 posts
After looking at the site, I notice John Terry in the photo's. He was a great umpire during my competitive days and even a better person. There are some other familiar faces that bring back some great memories. This looks like a great group of folks to spend your extra time with. Good luck!
Sept. 19, 2011
stick8
1238 posts
Jeff, on occasion I'll ref basketball with John and he's still got that loud, booming voice!!
Sept. 19, 2011
MykRian
Men's 60
6 posts
My Wife and I know John and Audrey Terry very well. I call her my Mommy, she calls me her Son. We all use the weight room at the Hartland Senior Center together. Wonderful people, and John does a great job of Umpiring.

During our team meeting today, I lobbied to ban the use of SBs, due to safety, and performance issues. The team agreed with me. We now have to take it to Northville, Novi, Howell, etc. to get their input on it. I will continue to lobby against them. If a bat is not ASA, we don't want it used.
Sept. 25, 2011
B-DUB
Men's 50
29 posts
I am playing in the West Michigan Senior League and love your idea of using ASA bats only. But then again I play infield and really don't like to field bullets that come off the senior bats. We now have to dummy down the balls just to accommodate the hot bats. I love to hit the hot bats but lets let the HR hitters hit the HR'S and let the rest of the field play the game of softball.

Good luck with your league,,,,,,,,,Buck
Oct. 2, 2011
MykRian
Men's 60
6 posts
We haven't decided what bats we will be using, yet. A league meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16ish and it will be discussed.
I did say earlier that if a bat isn't ASA.......... That isn't my true feeling. It was a miss-statement.
Utrip bats would be OK with me in order to help keep costs down. I have a Miken DVS1 and don't want to lose the use of it. I also have an Easton Synergy for ASA.
I certainly don't want senior bats (no warranty).
Looks like the ball issue won't be decided until November.
Oct. 3, 2011
LP
266 posts
MykRian think about joining SSUSA get under there insurance and you can use senoir bats or what ever bats you wish, our league has been with then for awhile and they are great to work with.
Oct. 3, 2011
Pricer
Men's 50
616 posts
MykRian & LP, or anyone else across the country. If your in need of an association & insurance for your league, contact me. I would like to talk to you at greater length about this. My email is on my profile.
Feb. 27, 2012
MykRian
Men's 60
6 posts
We had another meeting earlier this month. 30 showed up in the auditorium for it.
We expect to field 3 teams from Hartland, 1 or 2 from Fenton, Another out of Milford, and 1 or 2 from Brighton and Howell. Things are coming together.
The bat issue has been resolved. ASA and USSSA bats are allowed. No senior bats. If it's stamped, it's good to go. Doesn't matter what year.
We have insurance, and our fields will be at Tags Sports complex in Hartland. Not sure what fields will be used for the other teams.

Pat Martin will be our umpire facilitator. Great guy.
Practices start April 9 at Tags. 10am.
Season begins May 7 or 14.
The teams are Co-Ed.
$25 application fee to cover all costs. Payable at first practice.

Sign up at the Hartland Senior Center on M-59, just west of Old US-23 at the Hartland Education Support Building.
Feb. 27, 2012
MykRian
Men's 60
6 posts
To add to this:
Our league is not a "Competitive" league. This is to have fun, not kill ourselves worrying how many home runs we can get.
Feb. 28, 2012
neck10
476 posts
in our leauge we have used pitching screen for two years.now since asa has approved all senior bats in senior leauges it makes no difference to us.if you hit with a 98mph bat in leauge then go to the tourneys & use the 1.21 bats it really makes a difference.these new miken bats arnt as good as the old ones not as much pop.
March 28, 2012
softballfan1121
2 posts
The information listed above by MykRian isn't accurate. This individual isn't a part of the KVSSL. All information regarding the Kensington Valley Senior Softball League can be obtained by visiting http://www.howellrecreation.org/SeniorSoftball.html

Not sure why MykRian is using the league name KVSSL but again this person isn't a member of this league and the information listed isn't accurate. The KVSSL is made up of the following communities: Brighton, Howell, Northville and Novi. We have been working to form this league and we kick off league play starting May 15th.
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