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Picnic update

Sat Sep 24 2022

Picnic update


Just to clarify, RMSS is funding the end of season picnic.  Mark and Sally Podein are coordinating the food purchase and preparation, providing the grilling equipment and even volunteers to help grill.  Our original email was not clear.  The Podeins will incur no out of pocket expenses.  Please remember to bring a dish to share.

Last game of the season so players will need to return their jersey to their manager.  Bring an extra shirt and maybe something warm for post game food and fun.

Also, the charity donation checks (which are tax deductible) should be made out to  The ALS Association.  Personal donations will be collected by Ernie Hain during the picnic.

Golf  Reminder from Dave Zemke:

  • Sign up deadline is Monday at the picnic ... currently have 45 sign-ups of all skill levels.

  • Zumbro Falls Golf course - registration 8:45 - 9:15 ... shotgun start at 9:30 - 4 person best shot.

  • $35 / per person includes golf/cart/burger meal and prize fund - please bring cash.

  • Respond to Dave Zemke @ dz023mn@yahoo.com or phone/text 507-421-2111 (remember to leave a NAME!!)

See you all Monday....

RMSS Coordinator
Mike Ewen

End of Season Picnic

Mon Sep 19 2022

End of Season Picnic Details

Hard to believe the 2022 RMSS summer season has come and almost gone, only 2 games left. On Monday, the 26th, after the final games we will celebrate the end of the season with the Duane Petersen ALS Charity Picnic.  RMSS will be donating $500 to the MN/SD/ND ALS Association Chapter which supports people living with ALS and their loved ones through no charge services and education. .Click here for more info on our local ALS association chapter. We encourage you to add your own contributions to this worthy charity.  We will be collecting personal donations at the picnic.  Cash or checks to RMSS please. The combined amount will be donated in honor of Duane Petersen.


Everyone is invited and we encourage you to bring family members. Let’s wrap this season up with a fun time.  There just might be a few surprises.  Carve out some time and be there!


For the final session picnic Mark and Sally Podein have stepped up and volunteered to provide brats, hot dogs, potato salad and small bags of chips. And of course, all the condiments.


Asking our members to bring additional side dishes and desserts was so successful last picnic we would be derelict if we did not invite you once again to bring your favorite side dishes and/or desserts to share.


As is usual RMSS will provide soda and water.


This has been a great summer season. You have helped us recruit many new players and made our league even stronger. I am sure we all made new friends!


Just because our summer is nearly over does not mean the Fun Fitness Fellowship and good times are over. In late November or early December we start our winter sessions at the RCTC dome.


For those who cannot participate in Dome ball, stay well and we will see you next April for spring training!


Join us Monday in the pavilion to help us celebrate the RMSS 2022 season!

'

Chuck Brand & Gary Thomas
RMSS Publicity Directors - defacto picnic planners


Mike Ewen
RMSS Coordinator

Al Schacht funeral

Tue Jul 19 2022

Players and Managers,


The funeral for longtime RMSS player, Al Schacht, will be next Monday, July 25th, at 11 AM, with a visitation taking place at 10 AM before the service. There will be some RMSS players that will be leaving games early in order to attend one or both of these services. Players, please inform your manager before the game if you are planning to leave early to attend the service. Managers, please work with opposing managers if one or both of your teams will be losing players to this event. Managers also have the option to shorten games to seven innings in order to allow players to make the service.


Players, please get to the fields as soon as possible before the games on Monday so that managers will have an accurate player count before the manager's meeting. The manager's meeting will begin promptly at 9:15 AM, and games will begin promptly at 9:30 AM. Keep games moving along at a brisk pace in order to allow players that will be leaving time to get to the service and still allow the maximum amount of innings to be played by all. 


Thank you for your cooperation.

Jim Goodman

Elections for 2023

Fri Jul 15 2022

Senior Softball


For those that hold elected positions (all except Ben and Randy) please consider your continued service in your current role.  I will be asking if you are planning to run for your current (or new) position for our next RMSS season of 2023 at the Moday Board meeting.  We have a great team, I would be extremely happy to have all you back next season but totally understand if you need to step down. Forming the Election Committee is on the agenda and it is beneficial to know which positions we may need to fill.  Please give it some thought over the weekend.  


Thanks.

RMSS Coordinator
Mike Ewen

Al Schacht obituary

Wed Jul 13 2022

Senior Softball


Link to Al's obituary  

https://www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com/obituary/allen-schacht?fh_id=11718

Al was a long time RMSS player although it's been quite awhile since he played with us.  Visitation at 10am, funeral at 11am on July 25 which is a Monday game day for RMSS.  The Executive Board has made the decision not to change the start times of games.  If you plan to attend, you will need to leave your game early.  Please inform your manager ahead of time.  Be aware some players will be attending, so try to start the games on time and keep the games moving in a timely manner.  Again, this is for Monday, July 25, Game 3 Session 3, a week from this coming Monday.  


Thanks for your cooperation.

RMSS Coordinator

Mike Ewen

Pinch Runner Rule & Hot & Humid Tomorrow

Sun Jun 19 2022

Senior Softball 


At the RMSS Board meeting on 6/15 we had a discussion on pinch runners.  It was agreed we need to reiterate our pinch runner rule, consistently enforce the rule and eliminate the practice of putting pressure on a player to get a pinch runner.


Here is our Pinch Runner rule from the Rules section of the web site.


Pinch Runners

A team may use an unlimited number of pinch runners, but a player may only pinch run once an inning.  provided the ball is put in play (strikeouts do not count).  The exception will be if a walk occurs. Then a player can run as often as they'd like. A pinch runner is defined as a player running for a batter or for another base runner.  A runner is defined as someone running in the event of a walk. For a regular walk, the runner will take 1st base and any others on base will advance to the next base if applicable. If the walk is intentional, the runner goes to the empty base. Pinch runners will be allowed from the back screen for the batter. The pinch runner will be positioned behind the batter within arms length of the fence and with the lead foot on a line extending from home plate that runs directly from the pitcher's mound to home plate to the fence. The pinch runner will not break for first base until the ball has been batted.


If a pinch runner is on base when his turn to bat comes up he can be replaced by another runner.


Bottom line - a player can only run from home for a batter OR replace a runner already on base once per inning.  Strikeouts do not count since the pinch runner never had the opportunity to run.  Walks also do not count.


It is each player's choice to run for themselves or get a pinch runner.  This is a personal choice and should not be influenced by others. The only player asking another player if they want a pinch runner should be that player's manager.  Ideally, players wanting a pinch runner should inform their manager prior to the game.  This allows the manager to develop a pinch runner strategy with their roster for that particular game.  We do not want non-managers asking players if they want a pinch runner.  This occurs too often and many times by multiple players, especially late in a close game. This can be intimidating to that player and can even be considered a form a bullying.  We only want the player themselves to ask for a pinch runner or their manager to ask the player if they want a pinch runner.


With our limited rosters and often playing with a minimum number of players, fast pinch runners are often at a premium.  This does not mean we can bend the rules.  Managers draft their teams with batting, fielding and running considerations in mind.  It is up to the manager to make good pinch runner decisions during the game with their available game day roster.


We wanted all players to be knowledgeable of the rule so they are aware of their manager's choices during the games.


On a separate note, just a reminder, it will be HOT and HUMID tomorrow at our games.  Bring some water and/or a sports drink for during the games and keep hydrated.  Adult beverages consumed AFTER the games in the parking lot obviously have no effect during the games.


Happy Father's Day to all the Dads.  I hope you had a great day and enjoy the rest of your evening.


RMSS Coordinator
Mike Ewen

Pizza Party

Sun Jun 19 2022

Senior Softball


Tony Speltz will generously provide pizzas after the games on Monday, June 27 to celebrate his 53rd...oops I mean 83rd Birthday on June 26.  We will help Tony celebrate with a party in the McQuillan Pavilion at approximately 1115 or after your game ends.  Please bring your own beverages.  If a few people want to bring some desserts I think that would be great, too!  Thanks, Tony!


RMSS Coordinator
Mike Ewen

Session 1 Wrapup - Session 2 Start

Sun Jun 05 2022

Senior Softball


Before we start Session 2 tomorrow, I neglected to give credit to 3 teams for a tie for first place in Session 1.  Congratulations to the managers and players on Black's Auto, Prime Time Health and Thrivent who all ended the session with 6-2 records.  Each team member on the 3 first place teams receives...well the same as the other 5 teams - nothing special.  We have typically tried to get a photo of the first place team(s) for our web site.  I was a little pre-occupied with the draft and leaving for vacation and neglected to ask the managers to get a photo.  I think I saw a Thrivent team photo on our RMSS Facebook page, maybe we'll get a copy and post it to the web site.


Remember, we want to start the games promptly at 930am, 10 swings max in batting practice.  Check the schedule, find your field and manager, get your jersey. Hopefully, you'll get to meet some new teammates, maybe play a new position and make some good memories.


Fun, Fitness and Fellowship!


RMSS Coordinator
Mike Ewen

End of Session 1 & Session 2 Info

Tue May 31 2022

Senior Softball


Tomorrow we are back from the Memorial Day holiday and rain out last Wednesday.  Seems like it's been forever since we last played.  It is our last game of Session 1.  Please bring an alternate shirt to wear so you can turn in your jersey to your manager after the game.  The Session 2 draft will be held after the games.   Rosters and schedule will be posted on the web site as soon as possible.  Thanks to all who submitted availability info for Session 2.  This greatly helps the managers during the draft.  Session 2 starts next  Monday, June 6 and runs for 11 games, ending on Wednesday, July 13 with our Summer picnic following the games.  No games on Monday, July 4.


RMSS Coordinator
Mike Ewen

RMSS News and Session 2 Draft Info

Thu May 19 2022

Senior Softball

We have played 6 of our 9 games in Session 1 and the draft for Session 2 is Wednesday, May 25 following the games at 1130am.  All players who have already registered and paid will be drafted, this includes drop in players who have paid for the season or the session.  The deadline for new players to register AND pay is prior to the draft on May 25 at 1130am.  We still have many players who played as recently as last year who we have not seen yet this year.  We want you back.  Please register ASAP! Weather permitting the draft will be held at the pavilion at McQuillan.  Only managers and those Board members involved are allowed to be present at the draft itself.


Please reply back to this email or let your manager know if you will have any availability issues (planned vacations, work conflicts, etc)  in Session 2 which runs June 1 thru July 13.  Session 2 is 11 games with no games on July 4.  Please provide this information prior to the Session 2 draft.  Our Summer Picnic will be held on Wednesday, July 13 following the games.


If anyone printed a Session 1 schedule early in the session, it showed an extra week in Session 1.  This has been corrected. Games both Monday and Wednesday next week, no games on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) and the final game on Wednesday, June 1.


We are always looking for players to help in various RMSS leadership positions.  In particular, we are looking for someone to assist/backup Joe Koerner as our Web Site/Technology Director.  No previous experience required, Joe will provide on the job training.  If you have interest in serving on the Board, being a team manager, helping with the picnics or have your own ideas, please talk to myself or another Board member.  We will be looking for Audit Team and Election Committee members later in the season.


If you are a new player and want your picture to be included in our Player Directory on the web site please find me before or after a future game.  I’ve got photos of many of you but still missing a couple. If I've taken your photo it will be in the Directory soon.


I have attached a flyer for a Salvation Army Golf for Good  golf tournament and fundraiser.  RMSS has had a great relationship with Salvation Army over the years, donating a lot of money to this great organization.  The tournament is Monday, July 25 with a noon shotgun so timing would be tight with softball games that day.  Check it out.


Stay healthy,

Mike Ewen
RMSS Coordinator

Start of Summer 2022 Season

Thu Apr 28 2022

Senior Softball


We have had a lot of new players sign up this year to bring our number of players up to a level where we are going to 8 teams in Session 1.  It may be a little bit of a stretch on some days but we have too many players for 6 teams and 7 teams would require one team to have a bye each week.  So it will be 8 teams.  Tom (Cubbie) Kowaleski and Bob Hewitt will not be managing this session.  We thank you for your past contributions in serving the league as managers.  Replacing them will be Matt Halleck (Primetime Health) and a combo of Al DeLacey and Ed Butler (Eagles).  We thank them for stepping up.


We also have a number of players who have played with us in the past who are still getting our emails but have not registered for Session 1.  We want you back!  You can come back any time as a pool player. If you get registered on time before any session, you will be drafted to a team.  Our single session fee is only $12.


Our draft for Session 1 was held on April 27 and the rosters are posted on our web site.  Session 1 schedule is also posted.


Our first game is Mon, May 2.  Batting practice starts about 830, games start at 930.  We will be starting the games promptly at 930.  Please limit your batting practice swings to a maximum of 10.  Let's all help out to police this limit.  If you are a late arrival you may not get batting practice.  We will not be canceling games due to cold weather.  Scott Hanson has again stepped to be our field checker in the morning before games as needed.  Based on his input and the forecast an email will be sent by approximately 730 if the games will be cancelled.  If you do not  see an email, the games are on.  With 8 teams we will be using Fields 2,3,4 & 5.  3 4 & 5 are clustered around the pavilon/concession/bathrooms.  Field 2 is just east of the parking lot across from Longfellow school by the sand volleyball courts.  Please try to arrive little early on Monday to find your field, get your jersey, meet your manager and teammates.


Our rosters are tight with the move to 8 teams, so it is more important than ever that you remain flexible with player adjustments that may be required to balance the teams.  Also, please keep your manager informed of any known absences.  The sooner the better for planning purposes.


NEW PLAYERS - it's great to have you aboard with RMSS.  We have a player directory on our web site.  It's a great way to help you start putting names and faces together.  I was able to get some new player pictures at our limited practices.  If I have not taken your picture yet I will be looking for you.  The first few weeks please come to the pavilion when the first whistle blows if you are playing on Fields 3,4 or 5.   Field 2 players can catch me there when we both play there.  After the games in the parking lot also works. Make sure you check our rules/procedures .  If you have any questions check with your manager or someone on your team.


ALL PLAYERS - If you have any questions/concerns/comments we want to hear about them.  Bring them to your manager or an Executive Board member.  We want to make RMSS a great experience for everyone involved.


I had mentioned previously the possibility of a practice on Friday 4/29. The Friday practice will not be happening. NO PRACTICE on Friday.


Mike Ewen
RMSS Coordinator

RCTC and Dome Mask Policy

Sat Mar 05 2022

RCTC and Dome Mask Policy

Hello,

There have been some questions from players about what the mask policy is now that the Rochester mask mandate ended on February 7th, the Rochester Public School district made a change to their mask policy, and the CDC came out with new guidelines for mask use. Based on the new CDC guidelines, the RCTC President sent the following email to the RCTC Community this week explaining why the mask policy at RCTC and the dome will remain the same at this time.


I am also including under the email from the President, an email that came from Michael Sheggeby updating all rental groups as to what the mask policy will be until Olmsted County is no longer defined as high level. The policy remains the same as the policy RMSS has been following since we started playing in the dome the first week of February. We continue to inch closer to the day when we will no longer be required to wear a mask when we enter and exit the dome, or use the restroom in the entryway, but we aren't there yet. Please continue to wear your mask when entering and exiting the dome, or when you are in the entryway of the dome. And also remember to socially distance as you are "actively participating" in the game once you have entered the dome. Let's continue to stay safe and keep others safe.

Thank you,

Jim Goodman


Message from RCTC

Campus Community,

Thank you for your continued efforts in our fight against COVID-19.  As many of you heard last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new metric for measuring the COVID community transmission levels.  This new metric uses three key data points: 1) new COVID hospitalizations; 2) hospital capacity; and 3) new COVID-19 cases.  Using this new metric, many counties in Minnesota moved from high to medium or low; however, Olmsted County and many counties in southeast Minnesota remain under the high community level.  Because of that designation, RCTC will continue to enforce an indoor face covering (mask) mandate until Olmsted County is no longer defined as a high level. We do not take this decision lightly, nor do we want to continue with undue burdens, but it is our responsibility to do our part to maintain a healthy and safe learning and working environment.


Rochester Public School (RPS) vs. RCTC Policies: This week, the RPS Board announced a change to their masking policy, which now bases it on cases within individual schools.  Because CTECH is a stand-alone building used exclusively by District #535, the RPS policy will be followed in that building.  All other RCTC Campus buildings (Main, Heintz Center, Sports Center, and the Bubble) will follow the RCTC policy, including all external agencies housed in those buildings (i.e. P-Tech, DEED, WSU-R).


The data and guidance will continue to be monitored, and we’re hopeful to soon return to some form of normalcy. Again, we appreciate your resilience, flexibility, and patience as we all work to #protectthehive; and the best way to protect it is to get vaccinated, boosted, and get tested if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.


If you have any questions, please email: covid19contact@rctc.edu

Thanks.



Jeffery S

Jeffery S. Boyd, Ed.D.

President

Rochester Community and Technical College

851 30th Ave. SE, Rochester, MN  55904 ~ www.rctc.edu


RCTC will continue to enforce an indoor face covering (mask) mandate.

Dome Requirements:

  • Everyone is required to have a mask on when entering and leaving the dome and front entrance building

  • Participants must wear a mask while on the bench or not actively engaged in a practice, game or match.

  • All spectators over the age of 4 must be masked.

  • Coaches must wear a mask during game or match and if not actively participating in drills during a practice.

  • Officials must wear a mask when not officiating.

  • Renter is responsible to have a supply of masks for those that don’t bring one.

  • Renter is required to monitor and control this for all participants and spectators that are associated with the rental.

  • If mask monitoring/controls becomes an issue RCTC reserves the right to suspend rental(s) until issues are corrected.

If you have any questions, please email: covid19contact@rctc.edu

Thanks,

Michael

Dome status

Wed Jan 19 2022

On Jan 18, 2022, at 11:52 AM, bilbeau@charter.net wrote:


I just came back from RCTC.  There are about 30-40 folks in bright green (yellow?) vests who are working on setting the dome up.  Beautiful day to do it.  Hope they get it done before it gets cold tomorrow.  We’ll have to start getting serious about our dome ball.


Bill B.


League Letter

Thu Jan 06 2022

RMSS League Letter 1/6/2022

Senior Softball


The new 2022 RMSS Board had our first meeting on Jan 3, 2022.  New board members are Mike Ewen, replacing Randy Kahl as League Coordinator and Gary Thomas replacing Jim Cooke  as Publicity Director.  Randy Kahl remains on the Board as Past Coordinator and Bill Von Wald’s role as Past Coordinator is terminated.  We thank Jim and Bill for all of their contributions to RMSS over the years.  All other Board members remain the same.


Our RMSS Board Meeting Minutes get published on our web site www.rochmnss.com  but I felt our current financial situation and the changes we are making should be shared with all league members via an email.


Over the past 2 years RMSS has been operating at a deficit – we have spent more money than we have brought in.  Expenditures include field rental/prep, insurance, picnics, awards, equipment including balls, bats, jerseys, scoreboards, pitching screens, hats, team roster/lineup boards, chalk & liner, AED and first aid supplies, web site fees, memorial fund, league advertisement/recruitment, postal/printing expense.  We also had extra COVID costs primarily in 2020.  There are many necessary items we need to purchase and/or maintain which sometimes go unnoticed.


Our income is primarily from 2 sources - our 8 sponsor fees and player fees.  We appreciate the support from our sponsors – Edward Jones, Prime Time Health, C & M Screenprinting, Eagles Lounge, Black’s Automotive, Thrivent Financial, Shorewood Senior Campus and Charlie’s Eatery and Pub.  We also have had some fundraising events such as bartending at the DNR Pool Tournament and Pizza Ranch day.  These events have not taken place the last 2 years due to COVID.


We will need to purchase a new AED, targeted for 2024.  This will be a very large expense - $1500-$2000.  Our current AED also needs new pads.  It is critical we have an AED present and in working condition for our games.  We hope we never have to use it but we must be prepared.  For 2022 Park & Rec has also increased our field rental/prep fees so that is another cost bump for RMSS.


To help balance our income vs expenses the RMSS Board, after much discussion at the Dec 2021 and Jan 2022 Board meetings, has decided to make the following changes to generate more income.


Eliminate the early bird signup rate of $40.  Player fees for 2022 will be $48 for the year or $12 per session.  This $48 fee covers a hat for new players, 40 scheduled games and 2 scheduled picnics for 2022.  It’s a great entertainment/social value for your money.


Require RMSS Board members/managers to pay 50% of the yearly fee - $24 for 2022.  The Board members/managers were playing for free the last few years.  Previously the managers were typically given a $25 gift card for their service.


Require players age 80+ to pay 50% of the yearly fee - $24 for 2022.  Age 80+ players have been free for a very long time.  We understand this is a change for our older and most experienced players and the biggest change.  We sincerely hope our age 80+ players understand and accept this change.


Any eligible league player who has financial issues with the RMSS league fees/dues should contact the League Coordinator or any RMSS Board member to discuss a special dispensation.  These cases will be discussed individually and confidentially by the RMSS Executive Board and the result will be shared with the player.

Please contact myself or any Board member if you have concerns/comments on these changes.


Mike Ewen
RMSS League Coordinator
507-254-5534

Dome status

Wed Jan 05 2022

Player Survey Results and Dome Update


Hello all,


The votes are in, the ballots have all been certified, counted, re-counted and verified, and after all the legal motions have been heard by the courts, we can now declare with certainty that Trump actually won the election. No, wait… those weren’t the votes we were counting.


The results of our RMSS dome softball survey are in with a majority of the player votes coming in favor of waiting to see what will happen with the RCTC dome. There were a few players voting in favor of the Austin dome, but not enough to make it a feasible option. There were also a few players interested in Dundas, but again, certainly not enough to make that option feasible. Thanks to all for taking the time to complete the survey (or send me an email with your votes).

And now with our dome season direction decided, questions are sure to follow as to where the RCTC dome construction status stands…


At the RMSS Board Meeting on Monday, there was a report from a valid source that the dome will be going up the third week of January. Ben Borgen followed up on that report with an email to Michael Sheggeby to confirm and was told that the contract with the dome supervising company (the instruction readers) was signed on Monday. Now, all that remains is for the dome supervising company and the labor company (the actual workers) to sync up their schedules.

One minor bit of bad news from Michael is that because it is January and winter, with snow and cold temperatures, the setup and repair process will need an extended period of good weather in order to complete the construction process. I guess we can all pray for sun, warm temperatures, and no snow for the next few weeks… Not too much to ask for in a typical Minnesota January.


As always, your RMSS Dome Softball Committee will keep you up to date with the latest news as soon as we receive it from RCTC. Until then, it's time to start the search for your bat, glove, shoes, hat, and any other items you may need to play senior dome softball at the RCTC dome once again. I sure hope they turn the heat up this year!


Thank you,


Jim Goodman

Dome status

Tue Dec 21 2021

Dome Ball Update and Player Survey

Senior Softball

Dec 21, 2021, 2:52 PM


Hello all,

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2021, and welcome in 2022, our RMSS dome softball league remains a dome league without a dome to play in. The RCTC dome setup date still has not been established at this time. RCTC has a contractor ready to begin the dome setup and is now searching for a company that can oversee the contractor’s setup operation. In simple terms, RCTC has the laborers, now they need someone to read the instructions to the workers and to verify that the work is done properly.


With the uncertainty surrounding the RCTC dome, the RMSS dome softball committee has reached out to Dundas and Austin as possible domes for our league to use this season. Both domes have responded to our requests and have provided specific rules and requirements for each prospective dome. I will briefly describe each dome below.


Choosing to use either of these domes would require extensive travel by our RMSS players. Because of this, we would travel and play only one day per week (Monday?) with our scheduled day consisting of batting practice for all players and doubleheader games for each team. This game day would closely match our RCTC Wednesday dome schedule. Carpooling will be offered to all players as a way to keep individual travel costs down with riders sharing the gas costs. For those that may be interested, both towns offer many places to go for lunch after the games.


Basically, we are looking at four different options at this time. Each option does offer different pros and cons…


Option #1 – This option would be to sit back and wait for the RCTC dome setup issue to be resolved and then we begin our normal Monday/Wednesday season when the dome is up.


Option #2 – This option would be to play on Mondays in the Austin dome following our current RCTC Wednesday dome schedule with batting practice and doubleheader games. Rental rate is $225.00/day for an 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM time slot. No price break for a shorter rental time period. We pay as we play and don’t need to pay ahead. With a three-team league and 36 players, we would pay $6.25/person on the days we play in the dome. If we cancel a play day, we will not be charged. There are no special COVID restrictions in place. Masks are recommended but not required. We can provide our own equipment including bats and our pitching screen. There is a “softer” ball requirement that we are currently working on to receive clarification as to what we may use.


Option #3 – This option would be to play on Mondays in the Dundas dome following our current RCTC Wednesday dome schedule with batting practice and doubleheader games. Rental rate is $300.00/hour which would make our daily cost in the $1200.00 range. We pay as we play and don’t need to pay ahead. With a three-team league and 40 players, we would pay $30.00/person on the days we play in the dome. If we cancel a play day, we will not be charged. We can provide our own equipment including bats, balls and pitching screen. There are no special ball requirements. Equipment may be stored for the season at the dome much the same as RCTC.

Option #4 – This option would be to play one day a week in the Dundas dome in a Senior league that the Dundas group is gathering information on at this time. We could possibly provide several teams for this league and would play a doubleheader game each day. This option is in the “preliminary” stage and there aren’t a lot of details to pass along at this time.

Please follow this link to a survey and register your vote with the dome committee as to what your preference would be as an option for the 2021-2022 senior dome softball season. We would like to see a count of the number of players that would participate in each option.


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7QJ7N75


Please respond to the survey by December 31st, 2021. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at jbgood24@hotmail.com.


Thank you,


Jim Goodman

Update

Tue Oct 26 2021

Senior Softball - Dome Ball Update

Oct 26, 2021, 2:44 PM


Hi all,


Almost time to turn the clocks back and turn the calendar forward to November which means it’s time to start thinking about winter, snow, and the start of the 2021-2022 Senior Dome Softball season. At this time, the dome committee has been in contact with Michael Sheggeby, the RCTC dome director, to find out when setup for the dome should take place and what COVID protocols may be in place once the dome is up. When we do have these answers from Michael, we will be sending out an email survey to determine the number of players we will have for Mondays, Wednesdays, and possible Fridays in the dome. (Very) Preliminary conversation with Michael is pointing to an early to mid-December starting date.


We will be operating the league in the same format we have used in previous years. Mondays and Fridays (if we have enough players sign up for Fridays) will consist of a batting practice followed by a scrimmage/game for all who choose to play. These days will be more for the senior recreational players looking to stay active through the winter months.


Wednesdays will again consist of drafted teams playing scheduled games with a short warmup/batting practice taking place before the first game. Players wanting to play in the Wednesday league games will declare themselves eligible to be drafted for each session, and the season will be split up into several sessions with a draft taking place prior to each session. In the same manner as the RMSS summer league, the Senior Dome Softball winter league will focus on fun, fitness and fellowship.


Players will be required to fill out and submit a player registration/waiver form prior to participating in practices or games. Attached is a pdf file of the player registration/waiver document. This document may be completed and then returned as per the instructions shown on the bottom of the page.


I am looking forward to seeing all of you in the dome soon! Also looking forward to another fun and successful Senior Dome Softball season!


Jim Goodman

Update

Thu Jul 15 2021

Senior Softball


I wanted to thank everyone for helping out to celebrate our 15th anniversary of RMSS playing softball in Rochester.


Special congratulations to Dave Warnke, Jim Cook & Bob Adams for receiving Life Achievement Trophy/Award at our picnic yesterday.


Next Monday we start our 3rd session of playing softball & Wednesday July 21st., we play at Bear Cave Park in Stewartville. 

When you come into Stewartville take a right by Strikers Corner (bowling alley/restaurant), might be a different name (new owners).

If you go by the Dairy Queen on the left you went too far. Give yourself a little extra time for getting to the park on Wednesday. McQuillan Park is booked for a tournament, that's why we cannot use it.


Everyone have a great safe weekend and see you next Monday.

Randy Kahl

RMSS Coordinator

Upadate

Sun Jul 11 2021

Senior Softball

4:29 PM (2 hours ago)


Time for our first post- Covid RMSS summer season picnic -> after July 14 (end of Session 2 games). We’ll include recognition of our 15th year “in business.”

Let’s Celebrate and see if anyone can share some of their experiences over the past 15 years of being associated with our RMSS league. Significant others, friends and family are also invited to the picnic.

Since our board is out of practice with hosting picnics, we are going with “minimal” preparation and cleanup efforts for this picnic. Our “main course” will be pizza slices. See below what the RMSS league itself will provide (including 15 Years Anniversary Cake).

RMSS itself provides:

·  Pizzas for “main course!”

·  15 Years Anniversary Cake

·  Buckets of Ice Cream, Ice Cream Scoops

·  Bottles of water bottles and cans of soda

·  Coolers with ice for water and soda

·  Hand sanitizer

·  Napkins, paper plates and bowls, plastic forks, spoons. and knives

·  Garbage bags

Important:

1. League players associated with each Team or League Sponsor (i.e., those who asked for/received team/league sponsorship money) are asked to invite their sponsor contacts to the McQUILLAN Fields Shelter at approximately 11:15 AM. We will have a short ceremony expressing our appreciation of their support.  They are invited to share our food and beverages.

2. Iffff you know how to contact some now “re-tired” RMSSers, please invite them.

3. FYI, we did have a positive case of COVID by one of our players, so inform anyone with little kids.


Session 2 Picnic

Fri Jun 25 2021

July 14, 2021, End of Session 2 Picnic ANNOUNCEMENT


Senior Softball

Fri, Jun 25, 10:47 AM (1 day ago)


Time for our first post- Covid RMSS summer season picnic -> after July 14 (end of Session 2 games). We’ll include recognition of our 15th year “in business.”


Let’s Celebrate and see if anyone can share some of their experiences over the past 15 years of being associated with our RMSS league. Significant others, friends and family are also invited to the picnic.


Since our board is out of practice with hosting picnics, we are going with “minimal” preparation and cleanup efforts for this picnic. Our “main course” will be pizza slices. RMSS players are asked to bring side dishes. See below what the RMSS league itself will provide (including 15 Years Anniversary Cake) and what league players are asked to provide.


RMSS itself provides:

·  Pizzas for “main course!”

·  15 Years Anniversary Cake

·  Buckets of Ice Cream, Ice Cream Scoops

·  Bottles of water bottles and cans of soda

·  Coolers with ice for water and soda

·  Hand sanitizer

·  Napkins, paper plates and bowls, plastic forks, spoons. and knives

·  Garbage bags


RMSS PLAYERS provide:

·  Side dishes, preferably non-desserts

·  Their own alcoholic beverages


Important:

1. League players associated with each Team or League Sponsor (i.e., those who asked for/received team/league sponsorship money) are asked to invite their sponsor contacts to the McQUILLAN Fields Shelter at approximately 11:15 AM. We will have a short ceremony expressing our appreciation of their support.  They are invited to share our food and beverages.


2. Iffff you know how to contact some now “re-tired” RMSSers, please invite them.


3. FYI, right now, based upon experience with most recent years’ picnics, we don’t plan on any after eating picnic activities. Most folks had left soon after dessert was over.


Chuck Brand Jim Cook Randy Kahl