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 2015 Schedule 
August 8 & 9                      Spokan Wa.                                                          LaDonna Schuster 509-535-0544 
August 8-9                         Prescott AZ                                                           michelle.stacy-schroeder@prescott-az.gov
Sept 5 & 6                          Spokan Wa                                                            LaDonna Schuster 509-535-0544
Sept 5 & 6                          Hemet  SCSSA                                                      Southern California Senior Softball
Sept 5 & 6                            SSUSA Last Chance Qualifier Cathedral City              www.seniorsoftball.com

September 12-13               Hemet Ca                                                              http://www.socalssa.com
Sept 12-13                          Rio Rancho                                                           New Mexico State Qualifier
Sept 19th & 20th               San Diego (Hour Glass Park in Mira Mesa)       http://sdseniorgames.org/
Oct 2-4                               SSUSA Triple Crown Las Vegas (40s 50s)         www.seniorsoftball.com
October  8-10, 12-14               Huntsman Senior Games St George Utah         http://www.seniorgames.net/
8-10 for 50,60,70,74+    12-14 for 55 & 65
October 16th -18              Villages, Florida                                                  Danny.jacobs@districtgov.org| www.districtgov.org

Oct 31- Nov 1                 Hemet Winter tournament                                      http://www.socalssa.com/

November 20-22                 Winter Worlds Phoenix                                       www.seniorsoftball.com
NOTE:  All dates are subject to change. 
Please confirm dates with tournament provider.

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SPA Women's Senior World Championship Sept 23-27th 2015 
Divisions Open to 50+ thru 75+.  
At Hermitage Point Park, Dalton, GA 

SPA Women's Master's World Championship TBA  

SPA Women's Senior and Master's World Series TBA 

Wed- 70+ and 75+ play Wed-Thur- Fri

Thur- 65+ play Thur-Fri-Sat

Fri- 35+40+45+ 50+55+60+ play Fri-Sat-Sun  

SPA will send out the new rules for 2015 from our Executive meeting after Jan 6th Rules Committee approves them. SPA Office will send an explanation with any new rules.

For additional tournament details please contact Judy Lee Schreiber (Spa National Women`s Director) 615-822-3351 or 615-714-6504  email spajudylee@msn.com.   SPA 405-376-7034 fax 405-376-7035
Check the SPA website www.spasoftball.com for a new feature, TEAM FINDER
Margie Fitzgerald 
Sept 29th 1927-June 28th 2015
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Margie: Softball Pioneer, Runner and loved by so many.
For it matters not, how much we own: The cars . . . the house . . . the cash, what matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

Margie Fitzgerald September 29, 1926 – June 28, 2015

Some of the ways Margie filled her DASH are shared by two of her Spirit teammates. 

Margie demonstrates the spirit of the senior games movement. She had never played softball until she joined the California Spirit 55 team. Her first competition in the Huntsman World Senior Games was in 2000when she and her teammates won the first of many gold medals. Margie plays the outfield with grace and speed. She is also a pinch runner for players many years her junior. Her coach suggested she try track and field events. With the encouragement of her teammates, Margie decided to give it a try. The Huntsman World Senior Games encourages athletes to participate in more than one event, so Margie put on her running shoes and competed for the first time in track and field in 2007. Right away she began breaking records! Margie currently holds the Games records for her age group in five events and holds two American records in Master’s Track and Field.

Margie says, “I feel pride and gratitude to receive this honor. The Huntsman World Senior Games has given me and other seniors the opportunity to challenge ourselves. I am thrilled to represent the thousands of seniors who love to compete.”
Diane Hein

Margie Fitzgerald was born in Whittier California in 1927. She grew up, met her husband and raised three children  
She was a working mother, not a stay at home mom. So when the children were grown and her husband passed away, Margie needed something to do. Margie looked around and found senior women's softball and made it her own. 
Even though, she was a bit older than the people she played with Margie's speed kept her on the field. She ran for those much younger. That was a much-published phenomenon. 
Margie begin play in the local legends league, several nights each week. She served as one of the officers in the league organization. 

That league put together a tournament team for the National senior games  
I believe they played in Texas, but that was before my time. 
Her first tournament team was the California Spirit 50. Many, many championships were when Margie came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and one run down. 
I noticed her speed, and thought she was exceptional. I was right!
I coerced her into to trying a sprint race at the Huntsman World Senior games. We practiced starts and finishes and success followed. 
She was never beaten in the 50 or 100 meter race. She holds the national record for 80 and 85 year olds in the 100-meter dash. No woman of that age has EVER run faster. 
Cathy Nicholson