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A Few Words By Our Pal Eddie

Stoopball: 2012


You know, I started to write this quite some time ago but found that so much went on at this year’s SLA Championships that it was difficult to focus. I just kept smiling instead of writing, just kept thinking of the food and Family League and Ella and all you amazing people. We are blessed, my friends, truly blessed to have an annual gathering with so many facets, so rich in friendship. So rich in fact, that it’s impossible to focus on just one…


Added by Craig Ruston on August 24, 2012 at 6:52am — 1 Comment

The Commissioners' Final Word

24 July, 2012


Dearest Dearest Friends,

First of all, on behalf of Rock County, thank you all for bringing us much needed rain. Not enough for the fireworks, but a great help to the local farmers. (I think, we had more than enough, but Fire Chief John disagreed!)(So you see, I don't always get my way.)


Secondly, congratulations to all Family Leaguers. The time has…


Added by tom katroscik on July 24, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

Thanks to the clean up crew.....

It was a great Sunday morning, The Champion's Breakfast Buffet had a small crowd. But, those you showed up really pitched in to help clean up. BIG thanks to Aaron, Pops, John Henry, Michelle, Mary, Will, Shaun, Eddie, Colleen, Carol, Connor, and Lelly. We are working on our offical blog post for the weekend, we just wanted to get the thanks out ASAP!

Added by Craig Ruston on July 23, 2012 at 7:05am — 1 Comment

On the 5th Day the Kids arrive

overcast and breezy today, nice and cool, all the browns are darker, and the greens are much greener. The Houuuuuuuuuuds showed up today and Kids Kamp began in earnest. Sleeping Bear got his nap. *yawn*

Added by Shaun Puzio on July 20, 2012 at 2:43am — No Comments

Second Day of Kid's Camp

Today it was only 105. Made work at the Compound very difficult. Aaron again stepped up as "Camper of the Day". With the late arrival of "Kid Hammer". Aaron had to take on the task of foreman for latest addition to the sandbox. Shaun did sneak in near the end, to see the final stages of the project completed. I am sure the new helicopter teeter totter will be a big hit this weekend. Shaun and Aaron said they had alot of fun on it, when they broke it in.


Added by Craig Ruston on July 17, 2012 at 9:21pm — No Comments

First day of Kid's Camp

With only 1 camper, it was really easy to divey up the chores. Aaron "The Forever Kid" O'Bel was able to get the swimming pool up, got the lights going, and everything else on his Monday list done very promptly today. He seems to be the top candidate for Camper of the Year. The race will heat up on Tuesday though,  when Shaun "Kid Hammer" Puzio arrives at the compound to start his list!!!!!

Added by Craig Ruston on July 16, 2012 at 3:11pm — No Comments


I was going to send an email to you on a couple things and since you sent this out maybe this will give people time to think about the extreme fire danger we are in.
The dry conditions need to be addressed before everything starts. We have had standing green crop field burning over the past week. It does not look like we will see enough rain to make it any different by the…

Added by Craig Ruston on July 16, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

commissioner's corner

12 July, 2012

Well Folks we're just about ready for your visit in a few days time. We are looking forward to another safe and successful SLA World Championship Week. With that in mind, we would like to address a couple of very important safety issues that are facing us this year. Just like all of you, we are experiencing a record lack of rain (none in 6 weeks), and temperatures 15 degrees above normal.

John Rindfleisch, Fire Chief for the Clinton Fire Protection District, and…


Added by tom katroscik on July 12, 2012 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Family League

Hey Stoopballers!


It’s that time of year again. Just a couple of weeks to go before the Championships on July 21st.


As you already know we are adding a “Family League” to the Games this year. I’ll just touch on the reasoning behind it and then give you some guidelines.


In the past couple of years we have let the “twelve year old” rule slip. We’ve allowed smaller kids to play in the Big Leagues. This was easy to do since we all love…


Added by Craig Ruston on July 12, 2012 at 7:04am — No Comments


11 June, 2012



It Has been too long, I know and I do apologize for my tardiness.  But Let’s get going on bringing you all up to speed on the 2012 SLA World Championships!

Things are proceeding with all the new improvements here at World Headquarters.  We are suffering with drought conditions, but I’m sure God will get that rectified in the coming days.  She’s got about 5-6 weeks so I don’t want to start pushing just yet.....She does have a few other things to tend…


Added by Craig Ruston on June 11, 2012 at 5:41pm — No Comments



JULY 15-22, 2012

Sunday-      Janice won’t be here, 2 years in a row. Craig, Aaron, and Tom solider on.


Monday-     Trennie Stick Day. Sandy starts her To-Do List, stops to call Patrick after she finds a pen and paper.


Tuesday-    Aaron runs up the account at Ace Hardware(How many light bulbs do we need?). DuCharme does NOT show up again to…


Added by Craig Ruston on June 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Winter Meetings

3 December, 2011


Well the Winter Meetings have come and gone for another year. No major trades to report as of yet, but there were some a number of conversations about some of the free agents that will be available. Ageless Steve Phelan....who has been playing for the Detroit Risers for over 30 years is trying to work a deal to play another year and then move up to the front office, the Risers farm system is very young but with Steve’s background he may be the perfect…


Added by Craig Ruston on December 3, 2011 at 2:31pm — No Comments

x-Commissioner's Corner

8 November, 2011  


The stately Tamaraack Pines have begun to turn the most beautiful yellow brown you can imagine. This is when we know autumn is here. All the other trees except the willow have shed their leaves, the grass is still green but winter is slowly turning the corner and coming up Main StIt’s rainy and cold here at World Headquarters. As November begins it’s blustery beat down, we…


Added by Stoopball League of America on November 9, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

commissioner's corner

20 July,2011




All Hail:  E3 the 2011 Stoopball League of America World Champions!!!!!!!


What a week it was.  For eight wonderful days we at SLA World Headquarters enjoyed sharing with you and yours our home our hearts and our games.  Folks, you did yourself proud.  Thank you to one and all!  Each year we hold our breath as the days approach and every detail must be addressed.  Will we get the dry ice on time....will the…


Added by tom katroscik on July 20, 2011 at 4:51pm — 7 Comments

Great Weekend

July 18, 2011 


Yesterday, after the traditional Champion's Breakfast and Press Conference. Many people chipped in to help clean and pack up Stoopball 2011. A big thank you to........


Aaron, Patrick, E3, Ginny, Michelle, Black Jim, Sandy, Chris Goode, Jessie, Shaun, Janice, Connor, Maeve, Colleen, Sarah, and anyone else that we forgot.


I hope everyone got home safe....and can't wait to see you all next…


Added by Craig Ruston on July 18, 2011 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Stand 38

Stand 39 wasn't half the stand that Stand 38 was!  Of course that is neither here not there now!  Annette

Added by Annette Donar on July 16, 2011 at 6:24am — No Comments

commissioner's corner


12 July,2011


Big day today!  Sandy got the concession shit together and gave a little extra cleaning to the coffee pots, Trent took care of the old coffee maker for Aaron.


Oh by the way Ms Carol got into Black Jim a little about smoking in the house.....which he didn't do but Carol wanted to make sure he knew the rules.  (OK, maybe he did have a smoke in the kitchen with my permission and he dropped his cigarette and luckily I was there to catch it…


Added by tom katroscik on July 12, 2011 at 4:34pm — 2 Comments

commissioner's corner



Black Jim in the house!!! Arrived last night and was hard at today....well he got to breakfast anyway...2 up, hashbrowns and bacon.  Good to welcome him back and of course he immediatley challenges me to a concession duel!


The final signs are here and ready.  Aaron got the rest of the concession floor done and Craig went over some very important things regarding this week.  For instance, the tokens.   Orange is $1, Green is $5, and Black is $10.  So…


Added by tom katroscik on July 11, 2011 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

commissioner's corner

10 July, 2011



I'm sure all of you by now have seen the news coverage of the ugly and unfortunate happenings here at SLA World Headquarters.  'Queen of Concessions', Annette Donar, stormed the kitchen and tried to wrestle control of the League.  The gendarmes were called and thankfully no blood was shed....Ms. Donar released a statement through her attorney Guisseppe Hunzar, it read,  "I'm the only one with major league experience".  Well missy I hope that…


Added by tom katroscik on July 10, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

commissioner's corner



9 July, 2011


All is well here at World Headquarters!!  Hot and humid as only July in the cornfields can be.  Head of Grounds and Operations, Aaron O'Bel, went over the campus and was pleased with the preparations so far.  He made notes and had me write down what still needs to be accomplished before the Hospitality Suites open on Thursday next.  He was a little disappointed in the pond, as Carol found it more important to visit with Shlomo, than to GET THE…


Added by tom katroscik on July 9, 2011 at 8:33pm — No Comments

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