SASSL 12th Annual Awards Banquet and Trade Show
The SASSL 12th Annaul Awards Banquet and Trade Show was held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Morgan's Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio TX 78233. Despite horrible weather conditions 400+ people attended. Proceeds of the banquet benefited SASSL and the Morgan's Charity for special needs children. Two "Wounded Warriors" were special guests at the banquet. Key-Note Speaker Gordon Hartman, philanthopist and founder of the Morgan's Wonderland and Charity received 5 audience ovations during his talk at the banquet as he explained the origins of the Wonderland facility. .
New this year was the addition of a small trade show featuring 10 different companies representing a broad cross section of vendors interested in selling to the senior market. Included in the banquet was the induction of 5 SASSL members into the Texas Senior Softball Hall of Fame. Howard Hill, director of the TSSHOF, was on-hand to explain the origins of the award and Fred Gonzales, Chairman of the San Antonio chapter of the TSSHOF, conducted the ceremony. Bill Altman, SASSL Chairman, made the presentations to each of the recipients. Pictured below are the 5 recipients. Shown left to right, bottom row are John Beard and Rockey Crews. Top row Roger Cardenas, Jim Pedersen and Issy Garibay.
SASSL adds 40+ League
SASSL has added a new 40+ league to it's current league structure. The 40+ league started in March, currently has 4 teams and plays Wednesday nights at Field #3, Normoyle Ssoftball complex. Teams or players interested in participating in the league should contact John Beard at 210-875-1677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SASSL 11th Annual Awards Banquet held January 11, 2014
SASSL held it's 11thh Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night, January 11, 2014 at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church Banquet Hall, 102 Lorenz Rd., San Antonio, TX 78209. Over 300 players, family and guests attended. Martha Vera was the banquet chairwoman. She and her team did a terrific job in staging this year's banquet. Attendees enjoyed plenty of food, drinks, door prizes, and 2 special bat drawings. Tee shirt were awarded to players on 13 winning teams in the 2013 season. Fred Gonzlaes and Jim McElhatten were inducted into the Texas Senior Hall of Fame during the banquet program.
Jim McElhatten Fred Gonzales
Winners of 2013 End of Season Tournament
The 2013 End of Season Tournament for each age division was held over a 3 week period and completed on Saturday, November 9, 2013. A number of exciting games were played including one 65+ game that went 3 extra innings. Winners in each age divsion were as follows:
50+: Old Skool Rebels
60+: San Antonio Legends
70+: Under Dogs
75+: Travelers 75
SASSL to form new 55+ League in 2014
SASSL is forming a new 55+ league to be operated on Tuesday nights starting in the Spring 2014 season at the Normoyle softball complex. The new league is in addition to the 5 leagues (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+) currently operated by SASSL. Interested teams should contact John Beard, league coordinator, He can be reached at
SASSL 10th Annual Awards Banquet
SASSL held its 10th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday Evening, February 16, 2013 at the Banquet Hall of St. Luke's Catholic Church. 375 people attended. In addition to team awards Chuck Fisher and Dale Carver were inducted into the Texas Senior Softball Hall of Fame (TSSHOF) by Bill Altman, SASSL Board Chairman and prior TSSHOF.recipient.
2012 Fall End of Season Tournament Results
Winners of the SASSL 2012 End of Season Tournament are as follows:
50+ Division 1: SA 50 Club
60+ Division: SA Legends
65+ Division: Rebels
70+ Division: Bulls
75+ Division: Tigers 75 B
2012 Fall Season Results
Winners of the SASSL 2012 Fall Season are as follows:
50+ Division 1: SA 50 Club
50+ Division 2: Sa Old Skool
60+ Division: SA Legends
65+ Division 1: Rebels
65+ Division 2: Hill Country Seniors
70+ Division: Bulls
75+ Division: Old Stars 75
Over 500 seniors are now registered with SASSL which reflects the growing demand in the San Antonio area for senior softball. All league games are played on 2 fields at Normoyle Park.
2012 Summer Season Results
Winners of the SASSL 2012 Summer Season are as follows:
50+ Division 1: Old Skool Rebels
50+ Division 2: Gunslingers
60+ Division: AC Legends
65+ Division 1: SA Legends
65+ Division 2: Tigers 65
70+ Division: Tigers 70, Jets (Tie)
75+ Division: Tigers 75 B
2012 Spring Season Results
The last games of the 2012 SASSL Spring Season were completed on Saturday, May 12, 2012. 26 teams competed for titles in different 5 age divisions (50+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+). Division winners were:
50+ Division 1: SA 50's
50+ Division 2: Old School II
60+ Division: Silver Streaks
65+ Division 1: SA Legends
65+ Division 2: DW Wild Bunch
70+ Division: Bulls
75+ Division: Tigers 75 B
9th Annual Awards Banquet Held on
January 10, 2012
SASSL held its
Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday night, January 10, 2012 at the Live Oak Civic
Center. Championship Tee shirts Awards were passed out to
all winning teams during the 2011 playing season, A buffet steak dinner with all
the trimmings was served by Outback Steak House (Forum Location). Included
in the $15/person price were plenty of drinks and desserts. A record number of door
prizes were passed out. Over 280 people attended.
SASSL Proposes Major Upgrade for Normoyle be added to 2012 Bond Issue
SASSL has proposed a major upgrade to the Normoyle Softball Complex to make it a 4 field Class A facility. The 22 page detailed $2.7 million plan was drafted by Overland Partners, Architechs and Bartlett Cocke, Contractors, in coordination with SASSL. The proposal was presented to the Parks Bond Committee on Dec. 6th, 2011.
The San Antonio City Council voted in February 2012 to approve $500,000 for Normoyle Park in its 2012 bond proposal. The bond proposal passed in a city wide election on May 12, 2012.
SASSL Completes 2011 Season and EOS Tournament
SASSL completed it's 2011
season and EOS Tournament on Friday, November 11, 2011.
Winners of the EOS
50+ - SA 50's
60+ - Silver Streaks
65+ - San Antonio Legends
70+ - Bulls
SASSL featured in Express News
SASSL was featured in the Mature Matters section of the Express News on July 18, 2011. Click on the following link to read the story.
Altman and Lawrence named to Texas Senior Hall of Fame
Bill Altman and Lee Roy Lawrence from the San Antonio Seniors Softball League (SASSL)
were each named to the Texas Senior Softball Hall of Fame in a special ceremony at the Softball Players Association tournament in Baytown Texas on May 6, 2011. Altman was the founder of the San Antonio Seniors Softball League (SASSL) in 1987 and has been a player, manager and director every year since its inception. Lawrence is an outstanding player who has played on national and regional championship teams and has garnered several MVP awards in those tournaments. Charlie Franklin was previously named to the Hall of Fame.
2011 Spring Season Winners
Winners of the 2011 SASSL Spring Season were as follows:
Alamo City Boyz (tie)
Old School Rebels (tie)
Alamo City Legends
Div. 1 San Antonio Legends
Div 2 - Rebels
Bulls - 4 way tie
Jets - 4 way tie
Old Stars 70 - 4 way tie
Tigers 70 - 4 way tie
8th Annual SASSL Awards Banquet Big Success
SASSL held its 8th Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday Evening, January 11, 2011 at the Live Oak Civic Center. 12 different teams received awards for winning in their age brackets during 2010.
Outback (Forum location) again provided a steak dinner with all the trimmings. In addition there were plenty of beer, margaritas, soft drinks and water included as well as dessert. A number of door prizes will be given out. Two special drawings were also held for softball equipment and Spurs tickets. In addition to the awards presentations, a short program outlined the progress SASSL made in 2010 and listed projects on tap for 2011.
Winners Announced for End of year Tournament
Exciting action was featured in all divisions of the SASSL End of Season Tournament which ended Thursday night, Nov. 11, 2010. Over 200 players, families and city personnel also attended the SASSL BBQ held during the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 6th. Team Texas did an excellent job in running the BBQ.
The following teams won their respective brackets:
50+ - Carlitos 50s
60+ - Alamo City Legends
65+ - Travelers
69+ - Jets
SASSL to Hold Double-Elimination Tournament in all Age Divisions
BBQ Planned in conjunction with 1st Day of 60+/65+ Play on Nov. 6th
69+ - Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 4. Normoyle #3, 10:00 am. start
50+ - Thursday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov 11. Normoyle #3, 7:00 pm start
60+ - Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday Nov. , Normoyle #3, 9:00 am start
65+ - Saturday, Nov. 6, Normoyle #2, 9:00 am start
BBQ, Saturday, Nov. 6, Next to Normoyle #3, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alamo City Legends Win 60+ AAA SPA National Title
After being seeded 10th out of 11 teams from all over the country, the Alamo City Legends won the 60+ AAA SPA National Championship in Dalton Georgia over the Sept. 11th weekend.
The A/C Legends defeated Big Daddy's/Indiana Legends twice in the final 2 games 20-19 and 19-18 to win the title. The A/C Legend’s Tom Suda was named MVP. Manager Robert Marichilar was named 2010 Coach of the Year. All American selections included Rockey Crews, John Beard, Jack Boykins, Elias Garza, Dale Stollewerk, and Ricard Kielholz.
Other outstanding team members were Eddie Arevalos, Denis Abernethy, Arturo Castillo, Alan Crosby, Mike Dillard, John Fey, Gary Neil, Mike Salazar, Earl Satterwhite, Fred Gonzales, and Rudy DeLaCruz.
This is the 3rd National title won by a SASSL team in the past year. The Tornados, managed by Gary Kirk and sponsored by Stone City Attractions won the TOC (Tournament of Champions) 60+ AA title in February of 2010 in Lackland Florida. The San Antonio Crackers, managed by Charlie Franklin won the SSUSA (Senior Softball USA) 70 + AA championship in October 2009 in Phoenix Arizona..
1st row L/R = John Fey, Denis Abernethy, Fred Gonzales, Mike Dillard, Richard Keilholz (AA), John Beard (AA).
2nd row = Edward Arevalos, Dale Stollewerk (AA), Rudy DeLaCruz, Jack Boykin (AA), Earl Satterwhite, Mike Salazar, Robert Marichalar-Manager.
3rd row = Rockey Crews (AA) Tom Suda (MVP), Elias Garza (AA).
Not pictured = Gary Neill, Alan Crosby, Arturo Castillo AA = All American
Fall Season Underway - 23 Teams Entered
The 2010 fall season kicked off on Saturday, Sept, 11, 2010 with 23 teams competing in 4 age divisions. The seven team 60+ division will play each Saturday on field #3 and the six team 65+ age divisions will play on field #2. Games begin at 9:00 am and last until late afternoon.. On Tuesdays, the six team 69+ division will play a 10 game season on field #3 beginning at 10:00 am. On Thursday nights, the 50+ division will play a 10 game season on field #3 under the lights beginning at 7:00 pm. At the conclusion of the fall season in early November, the league will hold an end of season tournament for all teams registered in the league.
Winners of SASSL Fund Raising Tournament on Aug. 7-8, 2010
23 teams competed in 4 age divisions at the recently completed SASSL Fund Raising tournament on August 7-8, 2010 at Alva Jo Fisher complex. Winners and runner-ups for each age division received tournament tee shirts. SASSL raised over $2000 for
field improvements at Normoyle Park.
Winner - Carlitos 50’s
Runner-up - Texas Classics
Winner - Team Texas
Runner-up - Louie’s 60’s
Winner - Crackers
Runner-up - TX Legends
Winner - Jets
Runner-up - Tigers 75
SASSL 2010 Spring Season Ends - Summer Season Begins
After a successful spring season which included 23 teams playing in 4 different age divisions (50+, 60+, 65+, 69+), the SASSL Summer season kicked off on Saturday, June 5, 2010 with four 65+ games.
The Spring season was marred by weather delays and postponements but was successfully completed on Saturday, May 22nd. Over 400 seniors, 50-87 in age, participated. Winners in the Spring included:
50+ - Old School Rebels, managed by Alfonso Castillo with a record of 9-1.
60+ - Alamo City Legends, managed by Robert Marichalar, with a record of 9-3.
65+ - Crackers, managed by Charlie Franklin, with a record of 9-1
69+ - 1st place Tie Each team with identical 9-1 records.
Bulls, managed by Jim McElhatten
Jets, managed by Rock Green
22 teams are entered in the summer competition with only the Del Webb 65+ team taking the summer off. League play will continue at Normoyle Parks Senior Softball field (field #3) and field #2.
Field improvements for field #3 completed this year include a new sprinkler system , enlarged dug-outs, a JOX box batters box insert, improvements to the lighting system, seeding and fertilizing the outfield. Field #2 received improvements to the infield, dugouts. and a JOX box. Further improvements are scheduled on both fields during the summer.
SASSL adds 50+ Division in 2010
A new 50+ division was added to the SASSL program beginning in 2010. All participants must a minimum of 50 years old as of 12/31 each year. Interested 50+ teams or eligible individuals without teams are urged to contact Bill Altman at email@example.com or 210-872-8135 (cell). The 50+ Division plays on Field #3 at Normoyle Park on Thursday Nights .
7th Annual Awards Banquet - held on
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
SASSL held it's 7th Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, January 230, 2010 at the Live Oak Civic Center. Over 225 people attended. The banquet was a major fund raising event which recognized the team winners of the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons and the End of Season tournament in each division. It also was an occasion to recognize the many volunteers and sponsors who have made the season a success. Outback (Forum Location) again furnished the dinner. Numerous door prizes donated by area merchants were given away in a fun filled evening.
SASSL Fund Raising Tournament
SASSL held a fund raising tournament at Alva Jo Fisher Park, 10700 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78217 on August 1-2, 2009. 18 teams in age divisions 60+. 65+ and 69+ entered including 5 out of town teams. Proceeds from the tournament went to field improvements at Normoyle Field #3 where SASSL conducts their league games. Over $2000 was raised by the tournament. Congratulations to Gary and Margaret Kirk who planned and ran the tournament.
Tournament Winners received SASSL Tournament Tee shirts. Winners in each division were as follows:
60's Teams: Gold Division:
1ST-Alamo City Legends
3RD-Tanel 360 (Austin team)
60's teams: Platinum Division:
1ST-Austin Lone Stars
2ND-Corpus Christi Barrio Boyz
3RD-San Antonio Seniors
4TH-Corpus Christi 60's
3RD-Hill Contracting (Austin)
SASSL Asks for Donations
SASSL is asking for monetary donations to complete modifications to their new playing field at Normoyle Park. Players, friends, families and supporters are asked to contribute money to help. In-kind donations are also welcome if they can go toward field improvements. SASSL is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) charity and depending on your tax status your donation could be tax deductible.
Donations received will first go to building a new 300' radius outfield fence at a cost of approximately $6000. This is a necessary step before a new donated scoreboard can be installed. Additional donations will go towards improving the outfield playing surface including installation of a sprinkler system.
Donations should be sent to:
9360 Sumac Lane
San Antonio, TX 78266
For more information contact Bill Altman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-872-8135.
SASSL kicks off its summer season at Normoyle on Saturday, June 6, 2009 with 6 games
Check the summer schedule on the SASSL web site for the complete summer schedule which takes place most Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
SASSL has renovated the old hardball field (field #3) and converted it into a regulation senior softball field under a unique public-private agreement with the city of San Antonio. Required modifications were made by the city and by SASSL through the generosity of donors and players. Although much work remains to be done the field is now suitable for senior softball league play. Field improvements will continue to be made throughout the year to include a regulation outfield fence and a scoreboard as well as an improved outfield turf.
San Antonio Senior Softball League Moves to Normoyle
After 6 successful years at Our Lady of the Lake University, SASSL has moved to a new home at Normoyle Park, 700 Culberson, San Antonio TX 78225. Normoyle is located near East Kelly Field. SASSL will play all it’s regular league games at Normoyle for the foreseeable future. SASSL team practices will either be at Normoyle or other city fields. Open practices continue at Rusty Lyons Softball complex at Basse Rd and McCullough.
SASSL 6TH Annual Banquet
SASSL 6Th Annual Banquet was held Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at the Live Oak Civic Center, 8101 Pat Booker Road, Live Oak, Texas. Doors opened at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments. A steak dinner was served by Outback Steakhouse at 7 p.m. followed by the program and awards ceremonies at 8 p.m. Lots of door prizes closed out a wonderful evening.
For further information contact Bill Altman at 210-872-8135 or email email@example.com
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SASSL Raises $2410 to Help Offset cost of OLLU Fire Damage
Individual SASSL players donated $1710 during the last two Spring season games on May 10, 2008 and May 13, 2008 to help offset the cost of the fire damage at Our lady of the Lake University. The league treasury added a $500 donation for a total donation of $2410.
The $2410 donation was presented to Peggy Prather, OLLU Director of Development on Wedensday, May 14, 2008 by Albert Cerda, Tuesday Commissioner and Bill Altman, SASSL Board Chairman. A photograph of the presentation which included selected OLLU students was taken by the school photgrapher and will be published in the OLLU school newspaper and on the web site when received.
The SASSL donation was a small token of appreciation for the support OLLU has given SASSL during the past 5 years. That support enabled SASSL to survive and rapidly grow to over 300 participants and 17 teams during the period.
SASSL recognized non-profit
SASSL, DBA "San Antonio Seniors Softball League", is a Texas Non-profit Corporation organized and approved by the IRS as a Tax Exempt charitable organization within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code of 1986".
This currently all volunteer organization began as a vision over 20 years ago. It has grown steadily from an informal group of a few seniors to a non-profit corporation in 2006 that provides organized year round softball to over 300 senior men 60+. The organization hopes to attract funds to help it grow by expanding its existing program, adding a division for seniors 50+ in age and to eventually start a softball program for senior woman. Additional sponsors, volunteers and donors are urgently needed.
For a more detailed description of SASSL visit About SASSL.
Softball Players/Teams wanted
Softball Players and/or teams, ages 60 and over, interested in playing in the San Antonio Senior Softball League are urged to contact Dale Carver at 210-826-1460 or Bill Altman at 210-872-8135. League play starts the first week of March each year and continues until Mid-November. Open practices for new players are conducted at Rusty Lyons softball field (Basse & McCullough) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 10:00 am in the Spring and Fall and 9:00 am in the Summer.
* SASSL Logo T-Shirts - $8 ea. Most sizes in stock
* SASSL Logo Polo Shirts, High Quality, $26 ea. Tend to run big. Most sizes in stock
* SASSL lapel pins, $5 ea.
Contact Bill Altman, 210-872-8135, firstname.lastname@example.org