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Steve Salter

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Sept. 15, 2008
ssalt
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merge the major/major + divisions?

The World Series for several years had the major and major+ teams play together in additional round robin games with the major and major + teams separating based on the RR win/loss records (in some manner). However, I witnessed one team in Des Moines that reversed their batting order, had infielders playing outfield and outfielders playing infield and thus purposely dropped down to avoid the major plus category. Merging the two divisions (M & M+) for the round robin is a solution I have read in some of these threads and it might be the best solution but there needs to be some incentive to play up and changing the award system for winning just might be a way to provide that incentive. Thus, the major + division winners would get rings (for instance), the major division winners get a wall plaque (or something similar) and so on down through the divisions. Hopefully then teams would actually try to play in the major + division in order to earn a ring. Just a thought.

Steve Salter
SF Seals
70 Major +
March 20, 2008
ssalt
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: what is the outcome of a runner being hit by a batted ball?

Can I add one question that has puzzled me for some time? What if there are runners on first and second and the batted ball hits the runner while he is touching second? Is he still safe because he is still touching the base or is he out because once the batter becomes a baserunner the runner on second is no longer entitled to the base?
March 5, 2007
ssalt
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball strike zone

einstein: I am also a pitcher. I play in the >65 bracket (Maj+) and have been pitching for the past 30 years. I can move the ball both directions (in or out) sometimes (and sometimes not)! My feeling regards bats, balls, injuries and pitching rules is as follows: The game is an offense dominated game and that is the way it was meant to be and should remain. However, improved technology in the manufacture of both bats and balls has made the game even more offense dominant and I personally would like to see some changes that will bring the pitcher back into the game at least a little bit more such as with a bigger strike zone (ie., larger mat or even a bigger 'rectangle') so that we can curve the balls in or back them in on the outside (as you said) . I will be in Palm Springs and would love to talk to you. Look me up (I'm with the Angels). I don't know who you play with.
Dec. 26, 2005
ssalt
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2006 Tourney Schedules

NASCS World Series is in Palm Springs CA and will be played from Sept 15-24. SSUSA Worlds will be in Seattle and played from Sept 7-17. It appears that the 50s, 55s and 60s will able to get to both but the other age brackets will have to choose which tourney to enter. Don't these guys talk to each other? Does the summit serve any useful function?
Aug. 14, 2005
ssalt
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play Down for Major & Major Plus

Three years ago in Des Moines I was playing on a major level team (at best) and during the elimination phase we were playing a strong major + team and we actually won. It was great but we were gone from the tourney after the next two games. However, we beat a good major + team and sent them down to the major level, it was worth it! The other side of the coin is a team from CA that I watched in that tourney the following year and at that point in the tournament for them they all changed defensive positions and batted their order upside down and lost intentionally. Poor sportsmanship to do a thing like that but that is what the tournament directors have to prevent. All in all however, I think it is a good way to run a tournament.
Jan. 21, 2005
ssalt
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOONE HAS BEEN BANNED FROM THIS SITE

Walk, do I understand you correctly... there are no maj+ or maj teams in your allowed area and you are not allowed to play on a AAA team ... catch 22... the rule sucks... thats gotta be corrected.
Jan. 21, 2005
ssalt
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOONE HAS BEEN BANNED FROM THIS SITE

Walk, do I understand you correctly... there are no maj+ or maj teams in your allowed area and you are not allowed to play on a AAA team ... catch 22... the rule sucks... thats gotta be corrected.
Jan. 15, 2005
ssalt
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II Beyond 2005

Letés simplify this thing about bats and injuries to players. The player most at risk of injury because of a batted ball is the pitcher (heés the closest to the batter). I donét know how fast a batted ball comes off a bat but I am assuming for this analysis it is in the 100 mph range.

If a ball comes off the bat at 100 miles/hour it is traveling at a rate of 146.667 feet/second and thus (assuming no reduction in speed because of wind resistance) will travel the 60 to the pitchers plate in 0.409 seconds. If the pitcher is standing 5 feet behind the pitchers plate when the ball is hit (thus 65 feet from home plate) the ball will reach him in 0.443 seconds which is a difference of .034 seconds or (expressed differently) an increase of 8.3% in his allowable reflex time to catch or get out of the way of the ball.

If the ball comes off the bat at a speed of 110 miles an hour (a theoretical 10% increase due to a superior bat) it would travel at a rate of 161.334 feet/second and would reach the pitchers plate in .372 seconds and 5 feet behind the pitchers plate in 0.403 seconds, still an 8.3% difference.

All this fuss and bother about bats (and assuming the Ultra II is 10% better than any other bat) equates to a reduction in the roughly 0.40 second time the pitcher has to react by about 0.03 seconds. Further, by allowing the pitcher to stand (and of course, move back from) a point 5 feet behind the pitchers plate, his allowable reaction time is increased by roughly the same as the decrease in time due to the superior bat (0.409 seconds. vs. 0.403 seconds). So it appears that the recent pitching rule change allowing the pitcher to pitch from up to 6 feet behind the pitchers plate was all that was needed in rules tinkering to get away from all this bat controversy.

How much better is one bat from another in terms of the speed of the ball coming off the bat? I donét know. Can anyone tell me the relative speed the balls come off the various legal bats in use today? Even if my assumptions of speed used here are not correct, the percentage differences in reaction time for a bat with 10% superior bat speed will still hold true and thus the reaction time differences will hold true also.

I still vote ∑ keep the Ultra II legal forever!

Jan. 7, 2005
ssalt
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II Beyond 2005

I'm old (play Major + 65s), I'm a pitcher and I want the Ultra II to be legal forever. I vote yes. However, the problem with the Ultra II is that it is so good that Easton, Worth etc. have lost a lot of business (read $$) and they pay TDs and senior organizations to outlaw the Ultra II (of course I don't really know this for a fact, it just seems logical).
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