TEXAS HILL COUNTRY SENIOR SOFTBALL LEAGUE (THCSSL)
2020 Player Information
The THCSSL has been formed to offer a recreational opportunity for area seniors (men-50+ & women 45+) regardless of skill level. If a prospective player turns the minimum qualifying age during the 2020 calendar year, he/she is eligible to play. NOTE: The THCSSL is NOT a “co-ed” league, women will be expected to compete without benefit of any special rules.
In 2019, 85 players, age 45 to 86, on seven teams, competed in a 24-game schedule. In 2020, 90+ players are expected to form 8 teams, possibly in two divisions, competing in at least 20 games. The THCSSL is dedicated to providing a friendly and fun, as well as competitive, slow-pitch softball experience. All players who sign up are guaranteed to be on a team, and rules are in effect to assure game participation for everyone.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT BE TOLERATED IN THE THCSSL. This includes fighting, abusive profanity, and belligerence toward umpires, managers, and/or fellow players. Violators will be immediately suspended from the league and, pending a hearing, could serve additional suspension up to the rest of the season, for the first offense.
ORGANIZATION – The THCSSL is operated by a board of directors elected each year by players and members. Participation is open to all players meeting the age requirement, regardless of residence location. Designation of the THCSSL as a non-profit organization, according to IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines, has been granted.
PLAYER FEES – Players will be required to pay annual individual fees which will include the costs of uniforms, playing & practice field rentals, game balls, umpires, etc. The fee for the 2020 season is expected to be $125/player. PLAYER FEES WILL BE DUE/PAYABLE ON/BEFORE THE TEAM DRAFT DAY. (If any player is unable to afford all or part of the fee because of hardship, he/she may be able to get assistance. Contact the league president for confidential consideration guidelines.)
TEAM FORMATION – THCSSL teams are formed by team managers each year using a skill assessment and draft protocol. Returning players will not be required to complete a skill assessment, using instead their previous season, or most recent, rating for drafting purposes. This will ensure that all teams are equalized in both age and skill levels to provide an enjoyable, as well as competitive, experience for all players. The goal for the 2020 season is 8 teams of 12 players each. In-season player assignments will be made by a player placement committee to maintain competitive balance. The THCSSL reserves the right to reform teams/divisions at/before the mid-season point should there enough in-season player additions to add another team. This will ensure all players will have the opportunity to participate to the fullest extent possible.
PLAYING EQUIPMENT – The THCSSL will furnish player jerseys and caps. Players are expected to provide their own gloves, bats and shoes which comply SSUSA rules (see seniorsoftball.com). PLEASE – NO METAL SPIKES
PLAYER CONTRACTS & MEDICAL WAIVERS – All players will be required to provide acceptable proof of age, when required, and execute a contract commitment to play for the drafting team, unless released by consent of the team manager and the THCSSL Board of Directors. The medical waiver will hold the THCSSL and the City of Kerrville harmless in case of injury while participating in, or observing, league games and/or practices.
2020 CALENDAR – Open practices for all players will be held on Monday nights, 6-8 p.m., at the Kerrville Sports Complex, during February & March. New player skill assessments will be held at every practice in March. The team draft will be held the last week of March, and league play will begin on April 6th. The season is expected to extend into September with allowances for rain-outs. (See the complete calendar at thcssl.org).
For more information, please contact Ken Weber – (830) 257-1972, firstname.lastname@example.org. Or Steve Hill 832-533-1932