FEDERATION NEWSLETTER MAY 2009
NOTE: Please pass this newsletter around,
or make copies for your players. Share the TOURNAMENT 2011
November 30 this year is the deadline for bids
NEWSLETTER PARTICIPATION to be submitted for the next tournament in the
Central Region. This region finally includes
teams from the province of Quebec, which
We thank this newsletter’s contributors: Bob
leaves Newfoundland as the only province that
Spence, Gary Duke, Gord Leduchowski,
has never participated in our tournament.
George Purdy, Sam Lamb, Lyle Lorenz, and
Information on how to develop your bid can be
obtained from the secretary.
Watch for their articles as you read through the
2009 TOURNAMENT If you know players who want to play in the
national tournament, but do not play for you
As we prepare for our return visit to Yarmouth, because of age, distance, etc., put them in
NS, you need to be reminded that if you have contact with Gary Duke. He will make every
not booked your hotel and sent in your deposit effort to place individual players on a team that
cheque, you may be too late. may be a couple of players short. This worked
Accommodations for all of our tournaments well for last year’s tournament.
need to be made early because we are playing Gary can be reached by phone at 613-225-4547
in the middle of the summer, which is usually a or at email@example.com (no ‘s’
peak time for tourism across Canada. after production).
Host teams also need lead time to prepare for For further details, check the national website
the incoming teams. Information like, how www.canadianoldtimersbaseball.ca and check
many teams will be participating, and in which the bottom of the Home page.
age group, is absolutely critical information.
The pools and schedule, which everyone wants
to know about, can not be done at the last
minute. It often requires weeks of preparation
If you have changed your mailing address, your
to make the schedule as fair as possible for all
e-mail address, or your phone number, please
notify the secretary immediately so that we do
Hopefully no teams will be disappointed.
not lose contact with you.
Some September newsletters came back
DATE OF BIRTH INFORMATION through Canada Post and e-mails. Tracking
you down may be impossible, depending on
It was decided at the 2007 AGM in Red Deer who knows you and if they still have contact
that players’ ages should be kept on file. with you.
When you enter a team in the national If you really want to lose touch with us, that is
tournament, you will be required to include on also easy. Contact the secretary and we will
your roster list, or the waiver form for each change you from our “Contact List” to our “Do
player, full date of birth (DOB) information for not call” list.
COMMENTS FROM THE format in order for it to be clearly understood
MEMBERS TO THE MEMBERS for all. This alleviates rephrasing, rewording
and/or miscommunications when process of
seconding a motion occurs.
…from Bob Spence of the Hamilton Hobos
2. Voting by show of cards for decision-
When 45 is not 45? making process is a very open and acceptable
What is one tournament organizer's 45, is
another organizer's 44. 3. Each motion must be voted on without an
attachment or amendment.
If you have one or more players close to the
minimum qualification age for a tourney, such 4. Umpiring staff must be familiar and
as a "45-plus" tournament, it is always consistent with CNOBF rules to ensure fair
worthwhile asking the tournament organizer application to all: i.e. re designated batter
just how he, she or they define 45. Some keep rule/application. For this situation, up to and
45 as the minimum age; others allow anyone including 3 names must be identified on the
who will turn 45 the year of the tourney to play. game card prior to the start of game, not added
And some tournament organizers use other after the game starts.
criteria to determine eligibility.
5. I would support the decision that CNOBF
For example, Dan Radobenko, who runs the award rings to the Tier I winners of each age
annual Welland, (Ontario) tournament (and category. Entry fees should be boosted to
capably co-ordinates the Ontario 45-plus and reflect the additional cost for this.
50-plus tournaments), sets the minimum age for
the 45-plus tournies he runs, as anyone who is 6. The timing of the opening ceremonies in
in his 45th year. That means that a player who Hamilton was ideal-if not the best time frame-
turns 44 the day before the tournament starts - after the first game was played.
and who will not be 45 until the following year
- is eligible. 7. Suggestion of a sign-in form for use at this
tournament whereby each team's roster lists
If you are entering a tournament for the first each player's name and space is provided for
time, or returning to one that has been running that player to sign in (once only) before playing
for so many years that such things as minimum (similar to OBA form). This ensures a complete
age eligibility are taken for granted, consider roster/player verification for teams, officials
asking what the actual minimum age is. and scorekeepers.
8. Secure additional funding from any level of
…from Sam Lamb, the 82 year-old government.
mastermind behind the Tillsonburg Old Sox
9. Manage time more efficiently during
(Editor’s Note: This is an e-mail sent to many games: i.e. removal of catcher as soon as he
of last year’s participating teams) reaches base. Should the batter (catcher) hit a
triple after 2 men are out, and be followed by a
I am giving some feedback for your batter who pops up on first pitch, he may need
consideration. I am pleased to say that the additional time to change and adjust to playing
AGM was run with professionalism and a good on an extremely hot day. When the batter
deal of organization. (catcher) reaches base and is then substituted by
a runner, he not only gains more time to get
1. It would be more beneficial to have back into the game, but also allows the game to
motions handed into the chair in a written carry on with minimal delay.
…from George Purdy (Yarmouth) …from Gord Leduchowski (Chatfield,
Baseball in South Western Nova Scotia 2008 “Let's keep playing ball.”
It has been a pretty busy schedule for the My name is Gordon Leduchowski. I am 59
Yarmouth based teams with the Yarmouth Red years old and like all of you still love to play
Knight Old-timers winning 3 out of the 4 baseball. I have arthritis in my left wrist and
tournaments they played in, losing in the finals have knees that get sore after playing and hurt
in the tournament that they lost. when I get out of bed. My wrist and knees no
longer hurt, I sleep better and have more
We have just finished our 23 Annual Donnie energy since I was introduced to a great product
MacDonald over 35 Baseball Tournament this called Monavie. Monavie is a high antioxident
past week-end (09/14/08) with the Petit de Grat juice made up of 19 different exotic fruits from
Red Caps beating the Yarmouth Red Knights 5 around the world. The crown jewel of the
to 3 in the finals. It was a very successful monavie blend is acai, a fruit grown in Brazil,
tournament with 10 teams participating. We that is known for many health benefits for both
had quite a bit of rain on Friday night taking men and women. The Boston Red Sox have
one field out for the entire week-end and a many of their ballplayers using monavie as well
second field not fit to use Saturday, but we as many other athletes and people.
managed to revert to another field and our Monavie has 3 different formulas each with 19
major field Gateway Park held up in good fruits.
shape. There was a lot of talk between the clubs
about the 2009 Canadian championship being Monavie:
held in Yarmouth with five of the teams that I This premier formula delivers essential
know of booking accommodations for next antioxidents and phytonutrients to help fight
year. If for any reason you can’t make the free radicals and maintain your body's overall
Nationals next year in Yarmouth in August, you health.
can always come to our annual tournament in Monavie Active (the monavie I use):
mid September. This advanced formula features the added
benefit of plant-derived glucosomine to target
Keith Bridgeo has most of his former 2006 joint mobility and flexibility while supporting
executive on board and they have had a couple your body's performance and recovery.
of preliminary meetings after being handed the Monavie Pulse:
2009 Canadian Oldtimers Championship at this Monavie pulse nutritionally supports your
late date. There should be no problem as Keith cardiovascular system. With added heart health
and his staff are very capable of the task in benefits derived from plant sterols, resveratrol,
hand and with so much experience, they will be and omega 3 fatty acids, maintaining existing
trying to improve on 2006, which anyone that healthy cholesterol levels has never been easier.
attended knows, that will be quite a feat. Their
website is not up yet, but should be shortly. For further information call 1-204-255-7055 or
Hope to see a lot of old friends and many new email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ones at the 2009 Championships in Yarmouth
Nova Scotia. Editor’s Note: Gord is member of the
C.N.O.B.F. As such, the Federation is printing
(Editor’s Note: The website is up and running Gord’s letter, but is neither endorsing nor
at www.canadianoldtimersbaseball.ca . I first disapproving of this product. If one other
met George at the 1993 tournament in person elects to use this product and meets with
Hamilton. It is nice to hear from the “original” success, then the decision to present this
tournament participants who are still involved.) information has been worthwhile.
…from Jim Hambrook (Burlington Vintage If we wish to still follow Johnny Canuck and
Baseball) his hockey stick we could consider colour
B.V.B Turns 10!!! Vintage Black (35 and over): many still with
Vintage Grey (44 and over): some light black
B.V.B will celebrate 10 years of Vintage
with lots of grey
baseball activity this year and have added a 10th
Vintage Silver (50 and over) some grey lots of
Club team to commemorate the anniversary.
B.V.B is the Home of the Vintage 49er
Again the language would automatically
program, and current back to back National
indicate the level you are playing at.
Champion (35) Black 49er’s.
The 49er’s “nickname” was tagged as a I suggest we give hockey back their “Old
dedication/ memorial to former league member Timers” monicker and let the baseball people
Paul Depodesta who was an original league show some independence and creativity.
member and participated in three national
Championships prior to his passing in 2005. I believe it is time for the “VINTAGE
B.V.B entered four 49er teams at the ‘08 NATION”.
Nationals in Hamilton
Black -35 Editor’s Note: Jim has made some interesting
Blue – 35 suggestions. What do you think? Let’s hear
Grey – 44 from the membership. Responses will be
Silver - 50 color coded nicknames to represent published in the September 2009 newsletter
division. (blue was a trial balloon)
I would be interested in floating some CONSTITUTION AND RULE
discussion around the designation of “Old CHANGES
Timers” vs “Vintage”
As of this time, there have not been any
As Canadians we seem to fall into the submissions for changes to our two major
“Infamous Hockey Trap”. Old-timers is clearly documents.
a hockey term that defines hockey; it has been
used for years to define so called Old timers 2009 TOURNAMENT
hockey leagues across the country,
Arrangements have been finalized and we are
Baseball has always been defined by its own pleased to announce that the tournament in
language and some traditional names that 2010 will be heading over the Rocky
represent an age group: Tyke, Pee-Wee, Mountains for the first time. The “Boys from
Bantam, Midget, Juvenile, Junior, Senior and Burnaby” will be our hosts as the “second
(KLUNK!) Old Timers……Triple A, double A, biggest sporting event of the year” visits in B.C.
Single A, Sand Lot, PONY. Etc. Details will follow hopefully in the September
newsletter and/or on the national website.
We as a defining group of organized adult
baseball people in Canada have the opportunity
to define a level of baseball that would make ANNUAL MEETING
current and future generations simply define the
fact it is “Senior Baseball” at an adult level. The AGM will be held on Thursday, July 30 in
We have a great word that represents age and Yarmouth. Bring your copy of the minutes
quality in “Vintage” and could apply this as a from last year’s meeting, and your copy of the
baseball standard in Canada. constitution for reference.
…from Lyle Lorenz (Red Deer); also Alberta’s From Gary Duke (Ottawa Braumeisters), the
Director in the C.N.O.B.F. C.N.O.B.F Player Pool Co-Ordinator
Baseball diamonds in Phoenix, Arizona were Nothing confirmed as of yet, but in eastern
the scene of another “snowbird” invasion from Ontario there may be a team from Winchester
Canada in October, 2008. The Canada entering the 35+ division in Yarmouth.
Snowbirds—14 in total from three Canadian I'm starting to get some interest from another
provinces—took on all comers in the 65+ group here in Ottawa, but again nothing
division of the World Series of Amateur confirmed.
Baseball. The result was a perfect 7-0 record,
beautiful championship rings and lots of great Editor’s Note: Gary sent this information on
memories for the Snowbirds. But it wasn’t March 10. As of April 10 the Ottawa Pirates
easy! The Snowbirds put their 6-0 round robin are listed as an entry on the Yarmouth website.
record on the line in the championship final Great work, Gary.
against the St. Thomas Hurricanes from the
Virgin Islands. The Hurricanes got off to a The Petawawa Indians are being revitalized in
great start and quickly built a 6-0 lead in the top the Ontario VBF (Vintage Baseball Federation)
of the first inning. The Snowbirds didn’t panic under the guidance of Bart Campbell
and chipped away at the lead. When the (email@example.com). They travelled to
diamond dust finally settled, the Canadian boys Kingston last season for a 35+ tournament and
emerged with a 15-7 victory, thanks in main to have already committed to a home and home
an eight-run 8th inning. An exciting time for all! series this season with the Braumeisters.
Members of the world championship team are: Editor’s Note: Gary sounds like a man on a
mission, going out into the wilderness to find
new members for his flock. We should all be
Alberta: Len Zemlak, Bob Stevenson, Al West,
successful “missionaries” like Gary and the
Lyle Lorenz, Larry Murray, Garry Andrews,
number of teams across Canada would be
Peter Kolopenuk, Elmer Kreutzer, and Fred
Saskatchewan: Randy Munch, Jack Garinger
and Bob Armstrong
Ontario: Dick Hames and Clyde Goldsmith
Editor’s Note: Congratulations on being
“World Champions”. I have had the pleasure to
play with many of these fine gentlemen in
Phoenix and I know how much effort goes into
winning a title at this tournament. Well done!
Our thanks go out to Terry Laschuk for another
year of keeping our website in good shape The
contributions of the membership are always
welcomed by Terry, who would like to see
more input from you, the members.
Produced and edited by Phil Beaudoin