Fresno Senior Softball League: Welcome

Days quote:    MANAGERS PRAYER :  Dear Lord, please help me - - -  To accept human beings as they are - not yearn for perfect creatures;  To recognize ability - and encourage it;  To understand shortcomings - and make allowance for them; To work patiently for improvement - and not expect too much too quickly; To appreciate what people do right - no just criticize what they do wrong; To be slow to anger and hard to discourage; To have the hide of an elephant and the patience of JOB; In short, Lord, please help me be a better coach.  John Luther


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WELCOME! To the Fresno Senior Softball League Web site. The FSSL has been in operation and playing on Elmer Stokes Field located at Quigley Park (Dakota & Fruit) since the spring of 1993. It started with 6 teams in the 50 division with 70 members and has grown to where we now offer 4 divison, 50's, 58's, 63+ and competitive and are added a 40+ division next year.  Currently have more then 300 members in the 4 divisions of play, with a total of 32 teams. FSSL offers 3 season of ball in all 4 division. There are spring leagues, fall leagues & winter leagues in each of the following divisions: men's slow pitch, coed softball as well as fast pitch softball.
            The spring league runs from early March until mid July, with teams playing a 14-16 game schedule in all divisions, with the top teams making the playoffs.   The fall season runs from first of August until the end of October with 12 teams. In the fall, all teams make the end of the year tournament. While the winter league starts the first of November and finishes the week before Christmas and usually has 4 teams, while playing a 12 game season. Each season, the league conducts a draft of players, with only the sponsor and managers being retained on the prior team.
    The FSSL is a non profit organization, which is run by a board of directors whom are elected by the members of the association. The board consist of a President, Vice-President and 1st Vice-Presdient, 8 managers and 12 player reps. The presidency is by succession. The members elect a first vice president who the following year then moves to vice president, in the third year he then becomes the president.
    The other officers are elected by the members of the board of directors from within the board, who then oversee the organization.
    The league plays by a unique set of rules, some of which are:
    1- Fly ball reaching the grass, the batter can't be thrown out at first by an outfielder only by an infielder.
    2- We only allow 2 courtesy runners per inning with a runner only being allowed to run once per game in the 50's, but a player can run once per inning in the 58's & 63's.
    3-Base runners can overrun any base as long as they come back to tag that base before advancing to the next base.
    4-All bases are a force out, and no tag need be made if the runner continues to advance passed the base.
    5-We have a handicap rule in which a person can have a runners from home plate for them. They can have the previous batter, not on base, run from home for them.
    6-All infielders must remain on the dirt portion of the infield, and all outfielders must remain behind the 180' line.
    The league has enjoyed great success with this format. We hold a draft each year for each league. The only people that remain on the team from league to league are the sponsor & managers and brother if appilable.
   We have a group of individuals which we label as special needs. That means that if they wish or need to play together on the same team, they will have that chance. Each team is allowed only one set of players with special needs. These include: Father & son, Brothers, and travel partners and the buddy system. (Travel partners are people who live more then 20 miles away and travel together more then 60% of the time).
   The league has the buddy rule, which allows for a person who has never played in the league to come aboard and play with a friend on the same team for the first league, this is also considered a special needs groups.
   In 2011 the Association contracted with the City of Fresno to take over and maintain the ball field at Quigley Park. This has made it possible for the league to run more programs and maintian the field the way they would like as they now mow, drag and chalk the field.
       This past year (2013) the City has replaced all of the lights placed on new poles, state of the arch lights from Musco.  This winter they are opening up the back stop, putting two light poles in the outfield as well as reseeding the outfield.  With these changes it will make Elmer Stokes field one of the nicer fields in the valley.
      At anytime during your tour of the website, just click on a team name for more information about that team. In the standing section if you click on the team, it will give you the team by team results for that team. Tour the site and please leave your comments on the guestbook. We are always interested in improving our league and web site so if you have a comment or suggestion please email to Brikman@aol.com.
Thank you



Sunday, December 8
Fresno Sr Softball Picnic and Championship Games photos