SANTA CLARA COUNTY VINTAGE SOFTBALL



 

The Santa Clara County Vintage Softball Club, a California not for profit corporation, was founded in 1987 for men and women 50 years and older to play slow pitch softball. With over 200 active members, we offer both weekend and weekday leagues that enable players of all skill levels- some players are novices, most are intermediate and a few are actually in the Senior Softball Hall of Fame to participate in organized softball as many as 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. To play, all you need is a bat, glove and payment of a nominal annual membership fee. 

Interested? Please visit our Join Us page for information about how to sign up, and be sure to check out our Limited Time Offer for New Players (details below).



Upcoming


Summer Picnic/BBQ

ALL Vintage Softball Members and their guests are invited to attend a picnic at Moffett Field on Saturday, August 18, 2018.  The picnic is free to all members and $5.00 for guests.  The day will start at 9:00 with a 1 pitch tournament.  Lunch will be served between 11 and 2.

 

DETAILS of the 1 Pitch Tournament:

            The club encourages any club member who does not already play on Saturday to sign up and be assigned to a team.  Club members who are already signed up to play on Saturdays will play for the team that they are currently assigned to if they sign up.  Only club members will be allowed to play.  Brackets for the games will be released prior to the tournament.  The rules for these games will be Vintage Softball Rules, with a few rules added:

 

  1. The team that is batting will provide a pitcher who is only on the mound to throw pitches, the pitcher may not touch the ball once it is hit and is in play, if the ball is touched by the pitcher in any way, the batter is out;
  2. The team that is defending will provide a player who will play the pitcher’s defensive position;
  3. The batter will only get one pitch and if the ball is not a base hit, the batter is out; and
  4. Each game will have a 40 minute time limit 

 

          DETAILS of the Picnic Lunch:  The lunch will be catered by Lance Wagner, club member and owner of Little Lou’s Barbecue of Campbell.  We need at least 5 volunteers to help with setup and cleanup – Please let Ric Ferras or Jeff Greenberg know if you are interested.  We’re also hoping that volunteers will step up to help when they are done playing in the 1 Pitch Tournament.

 

HOW to sign up for the 1 pitch tournament and picnic:

            Please respond no later August 1 by sending an email to Ric at RicFerras@comcast.net.  Indicate if you are attending the picnic, if you are bringing guests (and how many) and if you want to play in the 1 pitch tournament.

             We are anxious to see all members of the club in one place, playing and enjoying a picnic together at this event.  See you there!


Holiday Party

Mark your calendars:  On Sunday December 9 at Little Lou’s BBQ in Campbell, from 4-8, we will have a complete BBQ buffet with soft drinks, as well as music provided by one of the local bands. The cost would be an affordable $25. We will have a dedicated area, taking up most of the restaurant. Door prizes will be provided (the club welcomes donations from our members)- winners will be announced throughout the course of the party. More details to follow as we get closer to the event. Thanks to Ric Ferras for organizing and Lance Wagner, club member and owner of Little Lou’s BBQ, for providing space and the catering.


Next Board Meeting - Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 . Minutes for previous meetings are available on the Rules/Reg page. 


News


In Memorium

The club is saddened to announce the passing of one of our Founding Members, Fred Alvord. Our deepest sympathies to Fred's family and friends. The Club also appreciates a generous donation made in Fred's honor.

 

Fred's contributions to Vintage began right away, when we were struggling to get the Vintage going and self sustaining.  Fred acted as a co-commissioner for the Tuesday/Thursday Leagues when we had 6 teams, using Santana, Hamann and Starbird, and served as team manager for many seasons.  Fred was part of unheralded work done by many Charter Members to keep us playing, including buying and installing shade screens in the dugouts at both Santana and Hamann, and successfully eliminating gophers from Santana (at that time!). He was also chairman for one of the early Vintage Anniversary Dinner-Dances.  

 


Weeknight League

Our weeknight league is back! This year we will be playing on Wednesday nights at Santana Park through August 29th. Games start at 6pm and last until dark. Teams are picked each night, so please show up by 5:50pm so we can select the teams in a timely manner There is no charge for any club member to play- so all Fun, Tuesday/Thursday, and Saturday league members are invited. Last year we typically had about 22 people show up, teams are picked and we play one 7-9 inning game.  

 

We are also looking for a commissioner for the weeknight league. The commissioner only needs to do minimal field prep and coordinate the selection of the teams before each game. Please let Jeff Greenberg know if you are interested.


Limited Time Offer for New Players

The Club has a special offer for new Senior Players from South Bay Communities, the details of which you can read about in the Press Release.

Volunteer

Social. We need volunteers to assist our Social Manager Ric Ferras and help him organize, plan and manage events, including our annual Labor Day BBQ, outings at a San Jose Giants game and our annual Holiday Dinner. 

 

Field reservations. Thanks to Tim Town for taking over our field reservations process and the interaction with the City of San Jose regarding field issues. And thanks to Jim Batterson for handling this for Vintage over the past several years.

 

Photographers. Thanks to Ric Ferras and Larry Murchison for taking the new pictures for our site! Please send in others you may have as we are always looking for good pics.

 

Contact. Please contact our president, Jeff Greenberg, if you are interested in volunteering for any Club positions.


Communication re Combining Teams (Saturday League)

While the tournament season is winding down, we continue to face a number of Saturday league games being made up of combined teams.

  

To help make the process easier, please:

  • Let your manager know as soon as possible if you will not be able to make a game.
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before game time. (Earlier is better, as that gives you more time to stretch and warmup.)
  • Unless you hear otherwise from your manager, go to your designated Field first.
  • For those of you scheduled to play on Field 1, if you do not see your manager (or assistant) at the Field at least 15 minutes before game start time, proceed to Field 2.
  • Check in with your manager as soon as you arrive. (Not knowing who is in attendance makes it particularly hard for managers to set up lineups and distribute bucket players.) To make it easier to find them, the managers should be sitting on or by the bleachers (and the buckets/cans) for each Field.
  • If you are a bucket player, get your name in the can as soon as you arrive, and hang around the can until the managers announce who will be playing.

We look forward to seeing all of you out there.


Vintage PSA Video

Download this terrific public service announcement video prepared by our own Gopher Gold.


Address Reminder. We have a new PO Box and address for the Club. Effectively immediately, correspondence should go to Vintage Softball Club of Santa Clara County, Inc., PO Box 3268, Santa Clara, CA 95055.


Saturday League. The schedule for the season is available on our Schedules page. Those of you playing tournaments, remember to let your managers know when you will not be able to attend a Saturday game.


AEDs. We have an AED (automatic external defibrillator) at each of our fields. Check out this link for more information about CPR and the use of AEDs.


Still out at Moffett!



Please let your manager know if you can't attend a game and

call the rain line to check if you are playing (408) 795-5844


Fun on a recent Saturday....


San Jose Giants Night 2017



Some of our players