Sunday, August 30, 2015

NVSS is a slow-pitch softball league open to men 50 and up and women 40 and up.  Seven-inning doubleheaders Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Three conferences based on skill level.    
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Pre-Game Dynamic Warmup Exercises:  Dr Seth Blee, INOVA Physical Therapy, has provided NVSS with a suggested warm-up program for NVSS members to use prior to every game day.  These 11 dynamic stretches, when used BEFORE you start throwing or batting practice, will help you play the game better and avoid injuries.  Go to the “Physical Fitness, Conditioning and Fitness” and click on “Why and How for Adult Softball Warmups”.

Lost Bat: See info under 'Team Info', Lost & Found

NVSS Apparel (Spirit Wear) Web Site

 The NVSS Apparel Web Site is now OPEN until 11:00 am, Monday, 14 September.  Click on the link in the box on the left-hand side of the NVSS website main window.  Then enter code, NVSS.  Once orders are filled by the vendor, they will be distributed o/a first week in October.  

USE OF 52/300 Balls for the Fall Season

As many of you know, several years ago Fairfax Adult Softball and Prince William Adult Softball adopted use of an ASA-approved 52/300 ball because of safety considerations.

This past Spring, NVSS introduced a 52/300 ball for play that many, if not most players found to be unsatisfactory. The Board then returned to use of the 44/375 ball for the rest of the season.

In July, the NVSS Safety Committee conducted a test of four 52/300 balls of different manufacture, as well as the 44/375 ball. While the 44/375 ball 'out-distanced' the 52/300 balls, two of the 52/300 balls were considered to have 'relatively good' performance/distance characteristics. These two were chosen for a full performance and safety test during the fall season under actual playing conditions.

NVSS remains first and foremost a recreational league, supported and operated by volunteers. It is a primary responsibility of the Board to give attention to safety issues, including offset bases, pitching screens, etc.

Use of 52/300 balls for the fall season represents a responsible step to conduct a full safety and performance test based on actual playing conditions. Both performance and injury results will be carefully monitored. At the conclusion of the season, managers and players will be polled concerning their preference for a ball to be used in the 2016 season (i.e., a 52/300 ball or 44/375 ball) , and subsequently. This feedback, combined with performance and injury results, will be used by the Board to make a final decision.

We hope you will understand the reasons and need for this test. Your patience in helping make NVSS both safe and fun is appreciated.

P.s. While some have suggested use of 'senior bats' for use with the 52/300 ball during the fall season, this is premature (and expensive for many players!) since no decision has yet been made on the adoption of a ball for use during the 2016 season.


New Policies

The BOD in the August meeting approved revisions to four policies

  • The revised Code of Conduct (under Team Info) adds an initial paragraph covering all NVSS members, and broadens the requirement to observe Fairfax County rules to all FC property.
  • The Rainout Policy (under Governing Documents) expands and documents the previously oral policy.
  • The Conference Change Policy (under Governing Documents) records previously oral directions to the previously undated policy.
  • The Excessive Heat Policy (under Governing Documents) specifies when excessive heat procedures will be implemented, and provides additional guidance to managers.

August Pickup SoftBall at Braddock

Members and their 'guests' are invited to take advantage of 'pickup softball' at the Braddock Road Fields Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 11th to September 3rd. Please note that this is not rpt not an officially sponsored NVSS activity. As with practice at Hummer and Signal Hill, it is organized and managed by volunteers. 'Guests' should meet the age criteria used by NVSS, and will be required to sign an insurance waiver in order to participate.

Batting practice begins at 9 AM, teams are organized based on those attending, and then a nine inning game is played. In the event the County closes a field because of weather or field conditions, notice will be posted on the NVSS web site no later than 8 AM, so please consult it before leaving home.

 RECRUIT guest players for NVSS during August! RECRUITRECRUIT!

In addition to keeping your skills sharp, this is a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbors and relatives to see what we do without a financial or time commitment. Managers, please notify those without email about August practice games.

To those who have offered to help: Please bring copies of the NVSS insurance waivers for guests to sign and some  paper for team formation.Inline image 1

Any questions, contact Tom Garafolo at 703-973-0548 or


A new feature has been added to the website.   We now have a Lost & Found Department which can be found under the "Team Info" tab.   The posted items will be monitored by Burt Bostwick;  so if you have lost something or found something at an NVSS function, contact Burt to get a notice posted.


Questions about NVSS?   Contact  Membership Chairperson
Marv Thompson   or Publicity Chairperson
Dave Scheele

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Marilyn Mallery     Carolyn Dalton

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