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Jean Heyduck

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“Softball is all about teamwork because you can’t win a game alone. It’s a great way to build friendships,” Jean said. For her, redemption is the best word to symbolize softball. In the first play of a game last year, she made a massive error and felt horrible. But she also made the last hit that won the game. “I messed up, but I still redeemed myself. If you persevere, you can turn things around. It’s redemption. But it’s also teamwork. We had a fast runner, a good coach and a good hit.” – Jean Heyduck in Pink Magazine

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SENIOR SOFTBALL BEAUFORT OPEN PRACTICE SESSIONS BEGIN

First Open Practice at Barker Field (Hilton Head)
Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 11:00am
We have scheduled three Open Practice Sessions for all new and current players as we plan for our Spring 2022 season! 

JUST SHOW UP-NO NEED TO SIGN UP IN ADVANCE!
Session 1:  Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 11:00am at Barker Fields, Hilton Head
Session 2:  Sun, Feb 20, 2022 at 1:00pm at MC Riley, Bluffton
Session 3:  Wed, Feb 23, 2022 at 11:00am at MC Riley, Bluffton
All new players should make their best efforts to attend at least one session (hopefully more!) to meet other current and new players, have fielding and batting practice, and have any of your questions about the league answered.  Your participation in these sessions will help us assign new players to teams that help foster our goal of competitive balance.

All current players are also encouraged to attend these sessions to help orient new players to the spirit of our league and to work on their skills, as well.
Our formal game schedule will start in mid-March 2022.

After the open practice sessions are completed, we will determine the optimal number of teams for the Spring 2022 season.  Each team may schedule their own practice sessions after rosters are finalized.  Some teams may decide to practice with each other.

We continue to promote the league through the media, so new players are registering nearly every day!

Please tell your friends that might want to play so that they can register and participate in our open practice sessions!


SENIOR SOFTBALL BEAUFORT PLANNING FOR SPRING 2022 SEASON

DECEMBER 19, 2021– Open practice and player evaluation sessions for our Spring 2022 season will begin on or about February 19, 2022.  The league season will start in mid-April 2022.

By registering on our website, you will automatically receive communications about our practice schedule and locations.  We encourage new players to attend at least two of these sessions.  Current players are welcome to attend any session, as well.

All new players should register individually.  When registering, if they are planning to be part of a new team from a community, company, cultural organization, etc., then please indicate the name of the team on their registration.

SSB welcomes new players who are not affiliated with a new team.  They will be assigned to a team, with the goal of balancing rosters so that all teams are competitive.

SSB also welcomes new teams with partial or full rosters to play in our league!

If you have any questions as an individual player or a potential new team, please contact us directly or send an email to seniorsoftballofbeaufort@gmail.com.

In the meantime, have a great off-season!


Senior Softball Beaufort Begins Fall 2021 League Play

September 15, 2021 – All players for our Fall 2021 season have been assigned to a roster!  We will have six teams in our Fall 2021 season, with four repeat sponsors!  We welcome Berkeley Hall Bombers to the senior league!  We have introduced the concept of a “Taxi Squad” for players who want to play but, due to roster capacity, were not assigned to a roster prior to the start of the season.

Here is a list of the Team Managers and the name of each team’s sponsor:

Manager Name Manager Phone #Manager Email AddressTeam Sponsor
Dave Hofmann 443-569-9497 davidshofmann@gmail.comHilton Head Capital Partners
Rick Trenary843-247-2832ricktrenary53@gmail.comStokes Toyota of Hilton Head
Jim Lorenz843-290-6459Jblorenz52@gmail.comHowell-Chase Heating & AC
Bob Huisman843-715-2516modybloo@hotmail.comNorth End Pour House
Brian Austinbaustin@hhivacay.comBerkeley Hall Bombers

Beaufort County (PALS) has finally advised us on the days and fields for our games.

We will be playing all games at MC Riley Fields in Bluffton and Barker Field on Hilton Head Island.  Our games will be on Wednesdays, with doubleheaders starting at 4:00 pm and finishing by 6:30 pm. 

Our sponsors will be funding our PALS team fees ($450 per team) and contributing towards team uniform shirts.  In order to provide each team with uniform shirts, purchase equipment (pitcher screens, auxiliary home plates, website fees, batting practice balls, league events, etc.), the individual player fee will be $35 for the fall season (same as spring season).  Your manager will collect your fee at a practice or at the beginning of the season.

Our Senior Softball Beaufort League will have its “headquarters” at the new North End Pour House on Hilton Head Island-all roster players will be entitled to “Happy Hour Discounts” all the time! 

Our exact game schedule is posted on our website and on the Beaufort County Parks and Recreation website.


 Hilton Head Capital Partners came in first place in the Spring 2021 regular season

Stokes Toyota are the Spring 2021 playoff champions!


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Beaufort County Parks & Recreation is still seeking adult slow pitch umpires! 

If interested, contact Justin Petock at Justin.petock@bcgov.net.

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Beaufort County — March 20, 2021 – We completed our four practice / scrimmage sessions on March 13!  Total attendance for the four sessions was well over 200 players, with many attending more than one session.  We continue to successfully line up sponsors to help fund league, uniform, equipment and administrative fees!

March 25, 2021 is the big day-we will learn our options for fields, day of week and time of games from the County!  We will then make our final field and scheduling decisions.  In the meantime, we continue to work on the number of teams and rosters for the spring season that is scheduled to start the week of April 19. 

If you did not attend our March 13 practice / scrimmage session, please click here to respond to our recent email and complete the survey regarding your level of commitment, etc.  Team managers will reach out to players on their rosters and coordinate pre-season practices starting on or about March 28.  Stay tuned!!


Beaufort County Parks & Recreation Seeks Umpires for Adult Softball

Play begins week of April 19

Beaufort County — February 26, 2021 – Beaufort County Parks & Recreation seeks adult slow pitch softball umpires. Games are Monday through Friday at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. The county will supply umpire shirt and training on the county rules. For more details contact: Justin Petock, Athletic Supervisor at justin.petock@bcgov.net or 843-962-2283.


Senior Softball Beaufort Workouts Begin

First Practice at Barker Field (Hilton Head) Draws 69 Players

Beaufort County — February 21, 2021 – What a fabulous debut for Senior Softball Beaufort on Sunday! The weather was not ideal (low 50s, some wind and, luckily, sun), but the spirit and patience of the players carried the day. Still hard to believe how many players came out.

We reserved one diamond at Barker Field and 69 players arrived, waited to check-in, sign waivers, warm up and get into the flow of batting practice and mini-practice games. Way too many players for one field, but you made it work.

For the curious, here is what the Barker Field contingent looks like:

  1. The oldest player is 88.
  2. The youngest is 53.
  3. The vast majority are between 60 and 74 years old.
  4. Two of the 12 registered women played.
  5. You are disbursed across all the positions and most play more than one position (can you say utility player, the most valuable kind!).
  6. More than half have Senior League or Tournament experience with a smattering of Adult and Church league players.
  7. About a third have no recent experience (these are the players we knew were out there and wanted to draw into the league).

Based on the Q&A session afterward, there is a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement about the league. Perhaps some disappointment about ASA bats only, but that we expected.

Next up is Wednesday, 2/24, at Burton Wells (old) from 1-3 pm and then Sunday, 2/28, at MC Riley also from 1-3 pm.

After that, we will huddle to create balanced teams, calculate costs, sell sponsors, and reserve fields for team practices and our parallel league. County Adult Softball play will begin April 19 with a Senior Softball division. Our parallel league will begin in March with practices for County League teams and pickup team events that will continue year-round.

Finally, there are 135 registered players and more register every day. Please tell your friends.


Senior Softball Beaufort Announces 2021 League Play

 Batting Practice and Pick-up Games to begin in February

Beaufort County— January 13, 2021 Organizers of Senior Softball Beaufort announced the Inaugural 2021 season of Senior Softball Beaufort. The league looks for players 50+ who love softball and want to play in a league dedicated to fun, safety, and competition. Players are welcome from Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton, and beyond.

“We want players of all abilities and will build team rosters to foster friendships, fun and healthy competition,” said Rick Trenary, one of three founders of Senior Softball Beaufort. The league plans to adapt the concepts and rules of successful programs in Charleston (250 players), Greenville (115), and Charlotte (500). Each of these leagues include tournament caliber players alongside guys who just want to play for fun without a beer league atmosphere. Spring and Fall seasons will play 16 games each plus playoffs.

Practice and Pick-up Games Scheduled

The league will sponsor batting practice and pick-up game sessions in February to give players a chance to meet and feel comfortable. Registration is requested at www.SeniorSoftballBeaufort.com to help organizers reserve enough fields and provide equipment. The website will also serve as the main communication channel for the league. Watch the website for details on practice dates, times, and fields.

“We want to promote healthy competition in a safe and friendly environment,” said Dave Hofmann, another of the founders and a resident of Hilton Head. “The practices will give players a chance to see our commitment to these principles and see that their skills, rusty or sharp as they may be, will fit in fine.”

Practice and Pick-up games are tentatively scheduled for: Wednesday, 2/17 at Burton Wells; Sunday, 2/21 at M.C. Riley; Wednesday, 2/24 at Barker Field. See website for additional times and field addresses.