Managers, we will return to checking in all Players starting in October, and will do so until March of 2024. Remind your Players to bring their FHC Cards and driver's licenses. It is a good idea to take a picture of your card, and save it on your cell phone, or at least laminate the card for safe keeping. Also, check with your Players to see if they need a Replacement Card. They can contact me with a Replacement Card Form, or apply for one at a Tournament. It will cost them $25 for a Replacement Card.
Managers, I have a few things for you in this August Chairman's Notes.
As you all know, we are very cautious about the weather, especially during the hurricane season, which we are in right now. We are going to cancel any tournament in which our members lives may be at risk. This is our policy and that will not change. We cancelled the Vero Area Tournament because there was bad weather in the days leading up to the tournament, and the possibility and stormy weather on the weekend. To save you money we alway ...
Manager's, August is upon us, and it seems like it was just Super Bowl time. Like my Grandfather said many times, "The older I get, the faster the time flies." Isn't that the truth?
Even though we are not meteorologists, we really do watch the weather weeks ahead of a tournament, as well as communicate with our local Sites, and try and determine what kind of weather we are going to have, and then determine if we need to go with 'shortened games' or move to different locations. We have already done that many times ...
Jun 13, 2023
These rooms will go fast, so act quickly for the weekend of July 8-10.
Staybridge Suites - $109/$114 Night – Host Hotel 5155 20th StreetVero Beach, Florida 32996772-562-6000
Fairfield Inn and Suites Vero beach - $139/Night772-213-0535
Fairfield Inn and Suites Fort Pierce - $119/night772-462-2900
PLEASE MENTION FLORIDA HALF CENTURY SOFTBALL WHEN BOOKING TO SECURE THESE RATES
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Managers, whenever we send out an announcement of any kind, please forward that to every member of your Team. Many of our Managers already do that, but all too often we send out something important, and at the very next tournament a Player says "I have never been told that," or something close to that statement. So, please communicate with your Players. If you do not have computer skills, someone on your Team does, so get them to forward the information out.
I have a few things for you:
I want to remind ...
May 29, 2023
FHC Chairman Mike Knowles joins Ed and Dan on the Dugout for episode #3. Mike is a very decorated coach, official and softball player (in the Hall of Fame for all 3 disciplines), as well as a retired high school teacher and husband of 51 years. Join us as Mike, the long time and current acting Florida Half Century chairman, dives into the history of the world’s largest Half Century Softball League, speaks ...
May 25, 2023
HOLIDAY INN NORTH LAKELAND
We have recently secured room blocks at the Holiday Inn North Lakeland. This is the same management company as the Best Western Auburndale, and has also had extensive renovations recently. Prices range from $159-$169 a night (reg rates are around $200). Please mention Florida Half Century if you call to reserve. All weekends are available. Typically the rate expires 28 days prior to check-in, but its always worth checking the online link, or calling the hotel if you are within that timeframe.
Holiday Inn Expres ...
Managers, we have had some mixed opinions about the Baden ball we are now using. I am flabbergasted sometimes at the odd comments every time FHC does something different. We are always trying to make things better and more affordable at the same time in our FHC Tournaments. As is always the case, we did some research before selecting which ball to try. I personally talked to some of the best Players in the country, that play on the top 10 Teams in the 50s, and asked them about the Baden ball. My answer all aro ...
Mar 16, 2023
Coach Mike Knowles, the Chairman for FHC Senior Softball for the past 6+ years, will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's National Hall of Fame on July 25 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He and his wife Sherry will attend the induction ceremonies, and bring back lots of pictures. This honor is presented across our nation recognizing the achievements in High School coaching. Awards are given to coaches in individual sports, and also for Lifetime Achievement, which is the category that Coach Knowle ...
Managers, the last time FHC raised our tournament fees was in January 2017. Because of the current situation with our economy, it is necessary to raise them again. We are going through cost increases in the price of Balls, Hotel Rooms, Awards, Screens, Stickers and so on. For the past 4+ years, we have been giving 6 game balls to each Team at the check-in table. In order for us to keep doing that, we must have some help from our Team Members.
The Tournament Fee increases will be in two stages.
The first increase ...