Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament 2014

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2014 TOURNAMENT INFO:

PLEASE REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY SEPT 17 BY CALLING 816-305-6893

BEFORE September 13th-$150 entry fee + $20 ASA fee if your TEAM NAME is not registered with ASA. THIS IS AN ASA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENT.

AFTER September 13th-$200 entry fee + $20 ASA fee if your TEAM NAME is not registered with ASA.

 

*You can use ASA, USSSA & NSA BATS

*Rosters & any money owed must be turned in before the start of the 1st game. So please arrive in time to get your rosters signed & turned in! IF YOUR ROSTERS ARE NOT TURNED IN YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START YOUR 2ND GAME UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE AND TIME TAKEN WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR GAME TIME

* You can pay $5 for each additional home run over the ASA limit if you do not want to take the out.
Home runs allowed: Men’s C-3; Men’s rec-1; co-ed-1.

*Who wants to be a millionaire raffle!

MEN’S DIVISION RULES

Standard Rules for all Kansas City Metro ASA Events

With rules for the Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament added

  • The batter will enter the batter’s box with a count of one ball and one strike (1&1). The batter will be allowed a bonus or extra foul after two strikes before invoking the appropriate rules for the third strike.
  • Teams will hit the softballs they furnish. Balls must be ASA approved-Men will use the 52/300 Optic Yellow Softball; Women will use the 44/375 Optic Yellow Softball.
  • Men’s teams must start and finish with a minimum of 8 players. The open batting positions will not be declared an out unless as a result of an ejection. If player must leave during game, compress lineup without any outs.
  • Run spreads of 15 after three innings and 10 after five innings will apply in all games.
  • One hour time limit on all pool play games. One hour ten minute time limit on single elimination.
  • Rosters must be turned in before the start of your first game. Please have them filled out completely or allow adequate time before the 1st game to do so. It is the manager’s responsibility to see that this is done. Failure of the manager to turn in a roster will result in the forfeiture of any game in question. If not turned in by start of second game with any fees owed, team will not be allowed to play until completed. Wristbands will be given when all rosters and money is turned in and must be worn the entire tournament.
  • Managers will have the option of challenging rosters until completion of the 4th inning. Roster checks after this point will be allowed only if the player in question enters the game after the completion of the 4th inning.
  • A player may NOT play on two teams in the same division.
  • A player mayNOT play on two men’s teams. A player MAY play on a men’s and coed.
  • The ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least 6 feet from the ground while not exceeding a height of 10 feet from the ground.
  • No pinch runners-exception: base runner injury at time of play, at umpire’s discretion
  • Teams allowed 10 minutes grace period but time counts against time limit.
  • ASA,USSSA & NSA SLOWPITCH certified bats may be used. Team found using an illegal bat-the bat will be removed from the game and the action of play involved will be an out. No ejections.
  • Teams may bat 12 players

Men’s competitive allowed 3 home runs

Men’s recreational allowed 1 home run

Coed allowed 1 home run.

ADDITIONAL HOME RUNS MAY BE BOUGHT FOR $5 TO AVOID AN OUT. $5 MUST BE PAID AT THE TIME OF THE HOME RUN TO THE UMPIRE

All other basic rules for ASA will be followed. All discrepancies in rules will be the final call of the tournament director or head umpire.

There will be a 1 hr break after pool play before the start of eliminations

*All bats must be certified. A current listing is on at www.softball.org

 

COED DIVISION RULES

Standard Rules for all Kansas City Metro ASA Events

With rules for the Chris Bartholomew Softball Tournament added

  • The batter will enter the batter’s box with a count of one ball and one strike (1&1). The batter will be allowed a bonus or extra foul after two strikes before invoking the appropriate rules for the third strike.
  • Teams will hit the softballs they furnish. Balls must be ASA approved-Men will use the 52/300 Optic Yellow Softball; Women will use the 44/375 Optic Yellow Softball.
  • Coed teams must have 5 men & 4 women; 4 men & 5 women or 4 & 4. If 4 women, 5th is not an out, compress women batters. Must have 8 players, equal men & women. If more women than men you can play 9 in the field. If more men than women, extra man can bat only, cannot play the field.
  • Run spreads of 15 after three innings and 10 after five innings will apply in all games.
  • One hour time limit on all pool play games. One hour ten minute time limit on single elimination.
  • Rosters must be turned in before the start of your first game. Please have them filled out completely or allow adequate time before the 1st game to do so. It is the manager’s responsibility to see that this is done. Failure of the manager to turn in a roster will result in the forfeiture of any game in question. If not turned in by start of second game with any fees owed, team will not be allowed to play until completed. Wristbands will be given when all rosters and money is turned in and must be worn the entire tournament.
  • Managers will have the option of challenging rosters until completion of the 4th inning. Roster checks after this point will be allowed only if the player in question enters the game after the completion of the 4th inning.
  • A player may NOT play on two teams in the same division.
  • A player mayNOT play on two men’s teams. A player MAY play on a men’s and coed.
  • The ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least 6 feet from the ground while not exceeding a height of 10 feet from the ground.
  • No pinch runners-exception: base runner injury at time of play, at umpire’s discretion
  • Teams allowed 10 minutes grace period but time counts against time limit.
  • ASA,USSSA & NSA SLOWPITCH certified bats may be used. Team found using an illegal bat-the bat will be removed from the game and the action of play involved will be an out. No ejections.
  • Teams may bat 12 players

Men’s competitive allowed 3 home runs

Men’s recreational allowed 1 home run

Coed allowed 1 home run.

ADDITIONAL HOME RUNS MAY BE BOUGHT FOR $5 TO AVOID AN OUT. $5 MUST BE PAID AT THE TIME OF THE HOME RUN TO THE UMPIRE.

All other basic rules for ASA will be followed. All discrepancies in rules will be the final call of the tournament director or head umpire.

There will be a 1 hr break after pool play before the start of eliminations

Scholarship Details
The scholarship was established in memory of Chris Bartholomew, a 2004 graduate of North Kansas City High School. Chris was a young man with many goals; one was to work as a police officer. Chris worked a full-time job and when to college, studying Criminal Justice, to make this dream come true. However, on May 20, 2007, a senseless act of violence not only cut Chris’s hopes and dreams short, it cut his life short. Chris played sports beginning at age 5, from t-ball to baseball, football and soccer. He played adult softball up until the time of his death and this is what he loved; any and all sports!

This scholarship will help an area high school student achieve their goals of attending college. The main criteria for the scholarship are that the student be going into the Criminal Justice Field and that they play sports. We also require a short essay, along with transcripts.

In the past 4 years, the scholarship has awarded 4 – $1000.00 scholarships. We now offer a $1000 scholarship for the North Kansas City School District and a $1000 scholarship for the Liberty School District.

Last year’s tournament represented 20 men’s and co-ed teams, and over 300 people. Posters and flyers for the tournament are locally posted on ball fields, businesses, and on several websites to attract as many teams to join as possible.

Acceptable offerings for sponsorships include prizes for the raffle, cash donations, and the opportunity to have your business recognized on the fields. We would be happy to pass along any specials you would like to offer our attendees, such as, flyers or coupons, food or drinks specials, etc. All sponsors receive special acknowledgement for their generous involvement in the sign-up packets provided to each attendee.

In addition, the local media has lent Chris’s cause their support with coverage of the tournament. We send a press release prior to the tournament date to keep Chris’s story alive and help extend our resources to provide individuals with the knowledge of the events to the public.

Would you like to sponsor Chris’s softball tournament? Sponsorships available!

SPONSORSHIP &
DONATION
INFORMATION

Sponsorship Price Range and Recognition
Field Sponsorship:
$300.00 – 4’ x 8’ Signage on a field and Acknowledgement on Bracket Sheet; 5 fields available
Dugout Sponsorship:
$150.00 – 2’ x 4’ Signage in a dugout and Acknowledgement to players to go to “xyz’s signs dugout;” 10 available (if more than 10 are sold, signage will post on fencing
Outfield Sponsorship:
$200.00 – 3’ x 5’ Signage on the fencing in the outfield; unlimited available
All Signage will be on a quality vinyl banner, professionally printed with your logo.
*Logos must be sent by email in a format that allows editing capabilities for enlarging purposes only.
Contact Misty Kirwan (816) 305-6893
Or
Angi Mattivi (816) 739-9315
Chris.softball@yahoo.com
or
mistyw@kc.rr.com

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT AND LOCATION

Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament
September 20, 2014
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, Liberty, MO MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS
Men’s competitive, Rec & Co-Ed divisions

www.facebook.com/chrissoftballtourney

 

 

Families of murder victims find comfort in National Day of Remembrance

September 25, 2013, by Eric Burke
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Today is a summer day for thousands of people across the metro. It was also a National Day of Remembrance for murder victims. But many families will also tell you it’s a special day — one to honor those that lost.

Six and a half years ago Chris Bartholomew was shot and killed near the intersection of 39th and Broadway. He had come to pick up friends from Westport. His death devastated his mother, but she’s been able to get through the past few years because of other families who have experienced a similar loss.

“My life stopped that day,” Misty Kirwan, mother, said. “Life as I knew it stopped that day. The National Day of Remembrance helps other people realize we’re still here.”

Kirwan tries to stay strong, but nearly seven years after her son was killed she still has bad days.

“There are some days when I don’t want to get out of bed, and I can call one of my friends that have been through this,” she said. “I just talk or cry and they really understand.”

One of the people she calls is Maria Martinez. Her brother Sam Mandacina was shot and killed in 2011. Sam managed a Northland convenience store. He offered to work a Sunday night shift for one of his employees. About 7 o’clock that night a 16-year-old walked in and shot Sam several times killing him and changing his family’s life forever.

“You instantly become so close to them because this tragic incident builds a special bond, and without them I don’t know where I’d be,” Martinez said.

Both women and their families are surviving one day at a time thanks to each other. Both think about their loved ones daily especially on this National Day of Remembrance for murder victims.

Softball tourney honors man killed in 2007 drive-by shooting

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Chris Bartholomew innocent bystander

Published  5:34 PM CDT Sep 21, 2013
LIBERTY, Mo. —Friends and family held a memorial scholarship softball tournament to honor a man killed in a 2007 drive-by shooting.

Chris Bartholomew was an innocent bystander. He was at the corner of 39th and Broadway streets when someone opened fire.There have been few leads in the case in the last six years.Bartholomew’s mother, Misty Kirwan, said that instead of focusing energy on the fact that this is an unsolved murder, the family wanted to do something positive in his name.

The scholarship softball tournament will help high school students fulfill their dreams of going to college and going into the criminal justice field.

“It still hurts. He should be the one participating in this tournament. But, in memory of him. He’s looking down. We had our good luck sign last night. Lady bugs are lucky and Chris’ favorite color was green and we had a green lady bug,” Kirwan said.

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Bartholomew wanted to be a police office and was enrolled in school when he was killed.

 

The Memory Walk 2013: A Journey Through Grief

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The memory walk is Oct 5th.

Date

Start: Saturday, October 5, 2013 @ 8:30 AM (CDT)

Address
Kansas City Police Academy
6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd
Kansas City , MO 64119
Registration Closing Date

Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ 11:59 PM (CDT)

You can register at the link below.

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If you would like to walk in Memory of Chris Bartholomew in the place where it says team name put “Team Chris B”
http://www.active.com/running/kansas-city-mo/the-memory-walk-a-journey-through-grief-2013-xr023

Press Release-Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament 2013

PRESS RELEASE FOR TOURNAMENT CLICK HERE AND PLEASE SHARE

2013 TOURNAMENT INFO:

PLEASE REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY SEPT 18 BY CALLING 816-305-6893

$150 entry fee + $20 ASA fee if your TEAM NAME is not registered with ASATHIS IS AN ASA SANCTIONED TOURNAMENT.

*You can use ASA, USSSA & NSA BATS

*Rosters & any money owed must be turned in before the start of the 1st game. So please arrive in time to get your rosters signed & turned in! IF YOUR ROSTERS ARE NOT TURNED IN YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO START YOUR 2ND GAME UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE AND TIME TAKEN WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR GAME TIME

* $5 Home Run Derby

* You can pay $5 for each additional home run over the ASA limit if you do not want to take the out.
Home runs allowed: Men’s C-3; Men’s rec-1; co-ed-1.

*We have some great raffle items!

*1st & 2ND place teams in each division get awards.Here are a few of the ASA rules that we felt were important. We will provide a list at the tournament:
*Count starts with one ball & one strike (1&1)

*Teams must furnish their own ASA approved balls. Men’s: New 12″ optic yellow red-stitched .52 core/300 compression with ASA logo. Women’s: the 11″ 44 core/375 compression ball. Must have men’s & women’s balls for co-ed (balls are sold at the field).

*Men’s teams must start & finish with of 9 players. The open batting positions will not be declared an out unless as a result of an ejection. Same for Co-ed except you must take an out for the missing player.

**New for 2011-the ball must be delivered with a perceptible arc and reach a height of at least 6 feet from the ground while not exceeding a height of 10 feet from the ground.
*All bats must be certified. A current listing is on at www.softball.org

 

Scholarship Details
The scholarship was established in memory of Chris Bartholomew, a 2004 graduate of North Kansas City High School. Chris was a young man with many goals; one was to work as a police officer. Chris worked a full-time job and when to college, studying Criminal Justice, to make this dream come true. However, on May 20, 2007, a senseless act of violence not only cut Chris’s hopes and dreams short, it cut his life short. Chris played sports beginning at age 5, from t-ball to baseball, football and soccer. He played adult softball up until the time of his death and this is what he loved; any and all sports!

This scholarship will help an area high school student achieve their goals of attending college. The main criteria for the scholarship are that the student be going into the Criminal Justice Field and that they play sports. We also require a short essay, along with transcripts.

In the past 3 years, the scholarship has awarded 2 – $1000.00 scholarships. Our goal for the 2013 Chris Bartholomew Tournament is to raise enough to double this already outstanding achievement and award 2 – $1000.00 scholarships for the years to follow.

Last year’s tournament represented 11 men’s and co-ed teams, and over 200 people. Posters and flyers for the tournament are locally posted on ball fields, businesses, and on several websites to attract as many teams to join as possible.

Last year, players even came from Nebraska to help raise money for our cause.

Acceptable offerings for sponsorships include prizes for the raffle, cash donations, and the opportunity to have your business recognized on the fields. We would be happy to pass along any specials you would like to offer our attendees, such as, flyers or coupons, food or drinks specials, etc. All sponsors receive special acknowledgement for their generous involvement in the sign-up packets provided to each attendee.

In addition, the local media has lent Chris’s cause their support with coverage of the tournament. We send a press release prior to the tournament date to keep Chris’s story alive and help extend our resources to provide individuals with the knowledge of the events to the public.

Would you like to sponsor Chris’s softball tournament? Sponsorships available!

SPONSORSHIP &
DONATION
INFORMATION

Sponsorship Price Range and Recognition
Field Sponsorship:
$300.00 – 4’ x 8’ Signage on a field and Acknowledgement on Bracket Sheet; 5 fields available
Dugout Sponsorship:
$150.00 – 2’ x 4’ Signage in a dugout and Acknowledgement to players to go to “xyz’s signs dugout;” 10 available (if more than 10 are sold, signage will post on fencing
Outfield Sponsorship:
$200.00 – 3’ x 5’ Signage on the fencing in the outfield; unlimited available
All Signage will be on a quality vinyl banner, professionally printed with your logo.
*Logos must be sent by email in a format that allows editing capabilities for enlarging purposes only.
Contact Misty Kirwan (816) 305-6893
Or
Angi Mattivi (816) 739-9315
Chris.softball@yahoo.com
or
mistyw@kc.rr.com

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT AND LOCATION

Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Softball Tournament
September 21, 2013
Fountain Bluff Sports Complex, Liberty, MO MAPQUEST DIRECTIONS
Men’s competitive, Rec & Co-Ed divisions
Home run derby with some great prizes!
www.facebook.com/chrissoftballtourney

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DAVID R. NINEMIRE -Unsolved Homicide

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DAVID R. NINEMIRE

DAVID R. NINEMIRE

 

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office: Can you help us spread the word on one of our cold cases? Please share this if you can.

We are again increasing efforts to find the person behind the murder of David “Ray” Ninemire. Teams of our detectives are pouring over new and old leads and talking with everyone who may have some information that would assist them in finding the person who murdered Ray.

August 15 marks the 10 year anniversary of his murder. He was shot and killed during a robbery inside the Westwood Apple Market by an unknown suspect August 15, 2003 at about 6 a.m. The description of the suspect provided to investigators at the time was a person wearing a disguise.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for Ray’s murder. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 913-715-5560.

Here is more information about his murder http://www.jocosheriff.org/index.aspx?page=189

Print poster here

Gladstone mother seeks justice after son killed by stray bullet

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be a deeply painful experience.  It can also drudge up tough memories.

One woman is dealing with a specific kind of loss, one that has brought people together with a shared experience of grief.

Misty Kirwan’s son surrounds her in every room of her Gladstone home.

“Every day is a memory day for me. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about him,” Kirwan said.

 

Kirwan’s son, Chris Bartholomew, was killed six years ago when he was struck by a stray bullet at a Walgreen’s near Westport.

“He had went to pick up a friend who had too much to drink,” Kirwan said.

His killer has yet to be identified.

“That’s hard to know that no one has paid for what they’ve done to him, what they’ve taken away from him. And what they’ve taken away from all of us,” Kirwan said.

And taken in a way that many people can’t understand.

“Everyone’s angry when they lose a loved on, but we also have to deal with the criminal justice system, which is re-victimization all over again,” she said.

For her, Memorial Day is the time for community remembering, and in her case, that community has expanded to include others grappling with the same type of grief, a group called Parents of Murdered Children.  Click here for more information.

“We’ve all felt the same things. It kind of makes you feel like you’re not going crazy,” Kirwan said.

She wonders whether her son’s killer is still alive, still out there and whether anyone will ever come forward about a gun battle that involved several cars and several people in them.

“That’s what scares me the most that they could put some other mother through what I’m going through,” she said.

There is a $30,000 reward for information in his case.  Anyone with information should contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

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Eat Wings -Raise Funds for Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship

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Help Support the Chris Bartholomew Memorial Scholarship Fund

Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of all pre-taxed food sales from any guest that presents a fundraising ticket.

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Where: Buffalo Wild Wings Shoal Creek   ( Get Directions HERE )
Location: 9207 NE Hwy 152 Kansas City, Missouri 64157
Date: Wednesday March 27th, 2013

Scholarship Details


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The scholarship was established in memory of Chris Bartholomew, a 2004 graduate of North Kansas City High School. Chris was a young man with many goals; one was to work as a police officer. Chris worked a full-time job and when to college, studying Criminal Justice, to make this dream come true. However, on May 20, 2007, a senseless act of violence not only cut Chris’s hopes and dreams short, it cut his life short.

This scholarship will help an area high school student achieve their goals of attending college. The main criteria for the scholarship are that the student be going into the Criminal Justice Field and that they play sports. We also require a short essay, along with transcripts.

 

 

Gun violence report shows KC’s dangerous neighborhoods

About 40 percent of shootings result in deaths, Health Department says
Jan 23, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A new report detailing random gun violence in Kansas City will be presented to city leaders Thursday and show that over the past eight years, nearly 40 percent of the city’s shootings ended with someone’s death.

The report cites 911 gun killings in Kansas City between 2002 and 2010. In the same period, there were more than 2,300 emergency department reports of gun violence.

Misty Kirwan said her son was one of the people killed in Kansas City gun violence. Chris Bartholomew died in a drive-by shooting at 39th Street and Broadway Boulevard in 2007, a case that remains unsolved.

“It’s not something you ever get used to. You learn to live with it. A new normal,” Kirwan said. “I know the gang violence in the city is huge. There are a lot of illegal guns out there. It’s bad that many people have to die.”

She is joining a victim’s advocacy group to help other families who experience similar ordeals.

She said she blames gangs and guns, not guns in general, for her son’s death. She said she’s not sure tighter gun laws will address the problem.

“Most of the murders are happening with illegal guns,” she said. “So is a gun ban going to fix that? No.”

The numbers in this report to be presented to the Kansas City Health Commission don’t square with the statistics from the Kansas City Police Department, which includes 37 more deaths over the same period. Police said they’re not sure what set of statistics health officials used to compile the information.

Using the Police Department numbers, the fatality rate jumps from about 39 percent to above the 40 percent mark.

KMBC link to this story

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After Softball Tournament Party. Live Band,Drink Specials and GREAT Food

CHRIS AFTER PARTY SOFT BALL TOURNAMENT
For those of you that don’t play softball and want to help support the Chris’s scholarship, come to the after party! Live band-Brand X, raffles, drink specials and great food! Donations accepted at the door! This Saturday, Sept 22,2012