Chairman's Notes - February 2024

Feb 08, 2024 ·   Chairman's Notes

Manager's, praise the Lord.  We finally played some real games this past weekend, and dodged some bad weather as well.  We were told last fall that the weather this winter would be cold and rainy, and the National Weather Service was right.  I am afraid that we will have to deal with this even more in the coming months.  My message to you is, "be patient, and tell your Players that as well."   Those of you who read my "Notes," and the emails that are sent to you know that we had a few contacts that were downright ...



Lee County Hotels

Jan 27, 2024 ·   Hotels

We have teamed up with a local non-profit, Lee County Sports Housing, to offer discounted hotel accommodations for this event. A team of local reservation specialists will share their knowledge of each property’s amenities; also the best beaches, attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Reservation specialists are available Monday through Friday, 9AM – 5PM Eastern Time by calling 239-541-1800. Discounted rates are only available by calling the above numbers or reserving DIRECTLY through the event’s website link. Please ...



Chairman's Notes - January 2024

Jan 25, 2024 ·   Chairman's Notes

Managers, I have a few things for you:   Your Team cannot play in a Tournament until you are registered and your Roster is in.   2023 is over, and in 2024, we will be playing with the Baden Ball only.  Any other ball used in the past is now not legal.  If you need additional balls at a tournament you can purchase them at your Site.   We will stop the bat testing in mass and will be testing your bats randomly.  In other words, your Site Director may come into your dugout at anytime and tell you to have yo ...



2023 60+ Teams of the Year announced

Jan 15, 2024 ·   General

The FHC Board of Directors is pleased to announce our 60+ Divisions Teams of the Year:   60's  -  Team Florida 65's  -  Ted Todd 70's  -  Florida Stingers



This weekend's 50's tournament is canceled due to impending weather

Jan 11, 2024 ·   Tournament News

UNFORTUNATELY: Due to the forecast for this weekend, we are cancelling the 50's FHC Tournament.    With a 69% chance of Thunderstorms and rain Friday; 59% chance of rain Saturday morning and 75% chance of rain Saturday afternoon/evening and a 77% chance of rain Sunday Morning...we have decided to cancel the tournament.     By making the decision today you will be able to cancel your hotel reservations.   We realize that the 50's were rained out last month as well and we all want to play, w ...



Notes on canceling tournaments due to weather

Jan 10, 2024 ·   General

Managers, I know that you veterans know the drill about what goes on a full 2 weeks out from a tournament, but I feel our new Managers and Players deserve to know that we always want to play, but we also always look out for their safety.     At least 2 weeks out from a Tournament, we monitor the weather.  That means that we monitor the weather 12 months a year.  We check the local weather, incoming fronts, and the possibility of bad conditions caused by rain or wind.  One of our Board Members is a Government empl ...



Hotel group rates for February thru April are a disaster

Jan 08, 2024 ·   Hotels

Hotels in Polk County for the months of Feb/March and April are a disaster Group rates are in the $200’s min.  Over the last few years hotels have dropped us as teams go and make their own hotel arrangements and we do not fill the blocks. Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard Marriott and Towneplace Suites are just a few of the hotels that have dropped us due to lack of pick-up.  We just added the Quality Inn Lakeland to the list of hotels that are willing to work with us during this period. The Quality Inn is not a Marriott or a ...



January 60+ Tournament canceled due to rain

Jan 06, 2024 ·   Tournament News

The January 60+ tournament has been canceled completely due to the amount of rain today.  Please contact the FHC Treasurer, Al Melendez, for a refund or credit toward a future tournament.  Please provide Al with your Team name and Age Division. Al Melendezasoftball24@aol.com727-741-1859



New automated schedule system launches

Jan 04, 2024 ·   Website

Florida Half Century has invested in the development of a custom schedule system that we built from the ground up.  This new tool will allow schedules to be more quickly available, and also allows us to regenerate the schedule very quickly when teams drop out.  We built in some systems logic that will try to keep teams from being stuck with all early games, and will create a more balanced schedule of early and late games throughout the season. Please bear with us as we implement this new system.  This weekend, with a record ...



Don't forget to check your rosters within 30 days of tournaments

Jan 01, 2024 ·   Tournament News

Managers, when you check your roster at the Tournament Site, you are not done with your responsibility.  It is your responsibility to check your Roster within 30 days to see that your Players received credit for being at that tournament.  To get that right, contact our webmaster at or use the Contact Form on the website.  He will get you your password so you can fulfill your responsibility.   Coach Mike KnowlesFHC Chairman


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