St Clair Macomb Amateur Fastpitch Federation: My Site News
New League Forming - Spring 2018!
I am pleased to be able to share with you that a group of dedicated softball supporters have formed the Blue Water Fastpitch Association, with play starting for the spring / summer 2018 season. I understand that they will be doing their best to duplicate what SMAFF has done over the years for the teams in the Blue Water area. I have offered to share any information, advice and insight they may request to help them get off to a great start. The contact info is -
586-531-7686 - Jsvan@att.net
President / SMAFF
Friday, August 11
SMAFF will Not have a Fall Ball season, as we prepare to shut down.
To all SMAFF teams -
After much consideration, I have come to the difficult decision to bring 18 great years of SMAFF Softball to close. After the first 7 or 8 years Bill and I had assumed responsibility for all of the league operations, each taking on different responsibilities to be sure everything worked. There is no doubt in my mind that it is much too much for myself to even attempt and hope to be successful, while continuing to offer the great program we have all come to appriciate. With the huge job of trying to register 30+ teams, finalize field arrangements, verify insurances, schedule umpires and more, it only made sense not to do the fall season.
Bill and I had been discussing the probility of closing SMAFF down for the past two or three years, and this Fall season was most likley goin to be our last. This is a hard decision, but the right one. After being involved with softball for 28 years myself, it is time for me to move on and do some other things.
For those teams that mailed a Fall Ball Registration to Bill, I will return your check promptly. His daughter has put five in the mail to me, and will make sure that if any more are received at the house they will be forwarded to me. Your check will not be cashed.
For teams interested in Fall Ball there is a new organization based out of Fraser, MDAFF, that will be offering Fall Ball in a format that follows the SMAFF outline. This is their 2nd year of Fall Ball. They also offer a summer season which is setup very similart to SMAFF. The Contact info is:
MDAFF (Metro Detroit Amateur FastPitch Federation)
Al Latshaw - President@MDAFF.info - 586-808-8329
Give Al a call if you have any questions and see if MDAFF might be an alternative for you.
Jim Spruytte / President SMAFF
Thursday, August 3
Bill Worthen, Founding Member of SMAFF has Passed Away
The softball community lost a great friend and supporter Sunday when Bill Worthern passed away unexpectedly. Bill always went above and beyond to provide the best opportunity for the youth of our community to play and enjoy this great game, fastpitch softball. He would do what ever he could to help weather it was finding a team for a player, a player for a team, the best deal on insurance or to offer friendly advice.
I first met Bill during the summer of '98,he was caoching the Algonac Storm 12U, I was coaching the Richmond Blues 12U. He convinced me to play in the Macomb League in the summer of '99. After the league playoffs that year we becan discussing ways to make a league more appealing to players and coaches, providing a structured league with good competition. A few short months later SMAFF was up and running with 34 teams in our first season, and at one time we had over 70 teams. Just recently Bill mentioned that he estimated that ofer the previous 18 seasons, SMAFF has scheduled over 16,000 games between our reqular season, playoffs and fall ball. His smile at the time told you how proud he was of that accomplishment.
We all know of the special bonds and friendships that you develop within the softball community. As the years rolled on and Bill and I worked together our friendship continued to grow and we became very good friends. He was always the "Face" of SMAFF.
Bill, you will be missed, always appriciated but never forgotten.