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Biographical Information for Larry Lynch
Quite simply, Larry has included softball (fastball) as an integral aspect of not only his leisure time, but his day-to-day year round life for more than 30 years.
From his original playing days in minor softball, to his evolution as a player in the esteemed Memorial Fastball League and Intercity Fastball League at the senior men’s level and his ultimate dedication as a manager and administrator in the I.S.C. Travel League of Eastern Canada, Larry has displayed an undying passion for the sport.
Larry has been a key volunteer in the evolution of senior men’s fastball in
Larry’s most remarkable contribution covered two decades in his role with the Waterloo Twins. Without Larry’s tenacity, and 16-year stint as field manager, the club, quite simply, would have folded in the challenging days of the 1990’s. Larry’s tremendous respect for the game and dedication to fielding a local senior team, has allowed the Twins organization to evolve to be the longest continuously operating senior men’s fastball team in
Ø 32 year career in Majors Men’s Fastball in
Ø 19 year competitor in I.S.C. affiliated leagues and tournaments, including
Ø 15 appearances in the I.S.C. World Tournament as field manager, beginning with Victoria B.C in 1990. Lifetime win / loss record of 40 – 28, a highly credible winning percentage in the best club competition available
Ø 8 “top-10” finishes at I.S.C. World Tournaments, despite a limited major sponsorship of less than $5,000 from 1990-1999.
Ø 3 “back-to-back-to-back”
Ø Coached/managed Waterloo Twins to Ontario Provincial titles in 1994, 2000 and 2002.
Ø Participated in 10 Canadian National Championships as a coach and field manager : - National Championship in 2004 (
- Silver medals in 2000, 2003 (Kitchener-Waterloo)
- Bronze medal in 1993 (
Appointed to Canadian Senior Men’s National Team as a team leader in 2005, and continues to contribute to the game in this capacity.
INNOVATION AND PROMOTION
In addition to Larry’s “on-field” successes and achievements, Larry was visionary in the following aspects:
Ø Conceived the idea of bringing the I.S.C. World Tournament to
Ø As a tireless promoter of the game, conceived the ideal of having a “Family of Teams” under one sponsorship from youth to senior ranks in Kitchener-Waterloo. Secured sponsorship and long term commitment through the family of the late Peter Hallman and that “Family” of
Ø Served as Chair for
Ø Initiated the Legends of Fastball Classic Tournament in
Ø A strong community volunteer, has allocated tournament proceeds to provide financial assistance to:
o - The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
o - The Brain Tumor Foundation of
o - Hats off to Chemo (helped secure more than 10,000 hats for children battling cancer hair loss through cancer treatment).
Ø Proud father of 10 year old daughter, Courtney, who has shared many of Larry’s field successes with her beside him on the players’ bench.
Ø Professionally, Larry is the manager of Engineering Infrastructure with the City of
Ø Technical and fastball advisor for the design and construction of
Personal Comment from Larry
“My success in fastball, as in life, is the result of the influence of the good people I have been touched by throughout the years. My parents instilled in me and my five brothers and sisters the values of honesty, integrity, and hard work. Likewise, we learned that regardless of our own lot in life, there is always someone who needed more than us.
The game of fastball has afforded me many successes, opportunities to travel and an abundance of memories. However, more than that, it is has provided me with the opportunity to share a lifetime passion with winners in life. I am blessed by the friendships of players, fans, administrators and opponents, but more than that I am both humbled and enriched by the great contributions the game has provided for the greater community. As a fierce competitor both playing and managing, I have always tried to impact upon my teams the same credo that has given me success in life, ‘Love the game like a little boy, and play it like a man’.”
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