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Feb. 18, 2013
local
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Washington State recreational tournaament on April 13 - April 14, 2013

Art is a fine young man, he helps promote Senior softball in the Northwest.Send him an email with the address provided by twotwo. Shane with the Olympia Senior softball league could help you out too. He reads this messeage board all the time. He will probably leave some contact info on this post. There are a lot of good people playing up here in thegeat Northwest.
Dec. 22, 2012
local
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Kona tournament next month

Any team need an extra player for the Kona HI Tournament in January ?
Dec. 9, 2012
local
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miniscus surgery

Had 2 torn meniscus fixed in late January and played a tournament in early March. No big deal but I worried about it before hand. My knee has never felt better.
Dec. 1, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

When are dates and location for Westerns going to be decided?, Aurora was great. Another great complex is the RAC in Lacey WA. Weather is perfect that time of the year.
Nov. 26, 2012
local
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thoughts for the upcoming SSUSA Rules Committee meeting!

Something SSUSA should consider to improve attendence at Westerns and other regional tournaments is to award points to teams that place. These points would be used for seeding in World tournaments. A team that wins Westerns or Easterns etc.. should be seeded in the top five at Worlds.

Another way to do this would be to have the winner of Rock n Reno seeded #1 at Worlds. Winners of Westerns or Eastern Nationals be awarded 2nd and 3rd seeds. Winners of other SSUSA tournaments be awarded other high seeds. Make these tournaments count for something. You could also give points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places at these tournament and than use those points at Worlds for run against or whatever.
Nov. 4, 2012
local
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Playing in Hawaii

I am going to be over in Hawaii the week of their tournament. I will bring a glove if there is a team from the mainland going that needs an extra player. I can play some outfield etc. Can hit with a little power. Just want to meet some locals so I can learn where to surf, snorkel, fish etc.. and have fun. Would trade a fishing trip there for a Salmon/Steelhead trip on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I play on a decent AAA 60.
Oct. 16, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World results

I noticed the results from Worlds have been posted. Is SSUSA going to post the bracket results ? I like to see what other teams did that we played or that kicked our butts.
Oct. 16, 2012
local
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Let's take this whole issue one more step. What happens to the poor guy that can hit home runs and according to some of you needs to play Major if there are no major teams within 500 miles of where he lives?

In the great Northwest there is (1) Major 60's team, Ruth. So you want this guy to play major because he hits the ball too hard. Where is he suppose to play ? Should he play with his friends for the enjoyment of the game or should he travel to California to be with a team of people he does not know ? Or we can just call him out if he hit's the ball too hard. That really makes sense.

Leave the HR rule alone it wasn't a deal breaker at Worlds for the 60's. 3 hr's and the rest are walks.
Oct. 12, 2012
local
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

I don't think we have every played against a AAA 60's team that hit 18 hr in one game. We have 3 or 4 players that can dong it. They don't always do it in the same game but there are times when it does happen. We have never had a double digit home run game. I consider us "normal guys". I
Oct. 12, 2012
local
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

JamesLG, Your are correct. It was the hit he will always remember. We all signed the ball for him and bought him a soda and hot dog like our dad would if we hit one out during our little league games.
Oct. 12, 2012
local
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

#19, I said many times a hitter that changes his swing ends up going up the middle. There is no study ? It's just the way it is. Yes we average 6 hr's a game at this tournament. I said " the ball traveled" others agreed. Our smallest player hit the only HR of his life. In fact he started to run all of the bases because he had never been there before.

When you really "study" this it comes down to this. We hit 3 Hr's a game and the rest were one base, no advancing the runner singles ! Where is the advantage to that ? How does that make us a Major team ? We didn't even place in the top 6.
Oct. 12, 2012
local
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

The team that won the 60 AAA hit 2 Hr's against us and although I did not watch all their games I don't believe they hit more than 3 in any one game. They were just a very Good team. The team we lost to hit 2 hr's. I think we average 6 hr a game.

The ball traveled. One of our smaller players hit his first ever HR on his birthday. So who is sandbagging ? 3 Hr's and the rest walks. Walks are less valuable than a single because no runner advanced.

I will you tell you this, more players than not have to change their swing if hitting the ball too hard results in an out. Many times they end up going up the middle. Yes I know what your thinking! They are not trying to hit the pitcher they are trying to get a hit.

There is more to winnning softball than hitting HR's just like there is more to golf than hittng the long drive.

Maybe SSUSA should evaluate the players on AAA teams. If they played college ball and above they should be Major or Major plus. Does a great Shortstop stay at AAA and not Major because he can't hit Hr's ??

This subject always pisses me off (obviously).Let's punish the guy that stays in shape and workouts in the off season so he can play his best (sometimes) each summer.
Oct. 8, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

My 2 cents.

Eliminate the double loser bracket and make it 3 game seeding. With 3 game seeding you take some of the guess work out of the bracket play. i.e there would not be as many 3-0 teams as there are 2-0 teams. The losers bracket is way too big !!!!

Give points ( minus runs against) to teams that have placed in other SSUSA tournaments. For example If you win Westerns or Eastern Nationals the team would receive points in the form of runs against for seeding at Worlds.

Move the tournament to 4 days!
Oct. 7, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Seeding

Your right, we had a 8 team tie for first seed but the tie is there until they go to the second tie breaker " Runs against" and so on. I guess I misunderstood what you were saying.

I would hope that SSUSA takes a look at my suggestion about awarding point from other tournaments in determining seeding. I agree with stig1. Both Western and Eastern Champions should be seeded 1 and 2 at Worlds.
Oct. 7, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Seeding

There cannot be a 3 way tie. They have several tie breakers in place if there are more than one 2-0 team. Believe me they used it in the 38 team AAA 60's. We were 2-0 and ended up 7th seed after they figured out runs against etc.. We didn't have a problem with it.
Oct. 3, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Seeding

After playing in Worlds last week I came to the conclusion that there has to be a better way to do seeding. In the second round we ended up playing a team that always placed high in other tournaments they played in yet they were a 20+seed. I know they had a very tough draw for round robin while other teams had very easy draws and had a more favorable seed. I realize it's impossible to make everyone happy.
Why not make qualifying tournaments like Westerns, Easterns, Reno and others worth something at the end of the year. Why not give points to teams that placed in these tournaments to be used as "runs against" went determining who is placed where for seeding.

If you win Reno you would recieve minus 10 runs against for seeding at Worlds. If you place 2nd you get 7 and so on. A team could win all the Major tournaments for the year and end up a 20+ seed because they got a very tough draw or they had an "off game". Having these other tournaments mean something other than just winning them may increase attendance too.

Just a thought. Worlds were great and the fields should be on everyone's bucket list.


Oct. 1, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Enviro-Vac Marauders AAA 60's World Champs

Congratulations to our friends from the North. We had the pleasure of playing Jimmy and the boys at every tournament we play in this year. They won some and lost some but either way they were a class act both on the field and off.

Aro Glass Clubber's
Sept. 4, 2012
local
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Meniscus Surgery Recovery Time?

I had my done late January and played in early March. The scope took about an hour or less. A little pain first night. I was up and moving the next day. It helps if your in decent shape prior to event. I was not looking forward to having it done but it really wasn't that big of deal.
Aug. 27, 2012
local
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

After breaking several Mikens each year I bought a dud this year. I contacted Miken and sent the "dud" in. I received a new bat within 8 days with a note telling me the bat I had sent in did not pass compression test. My new bad has serial numbers stamped near the grips.
Aug. 6, 2012
local
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores for Western Regionals

Not only was JCI Jones Chemical great on the field, Tommy and Stan won the dance contest at Joe's Crab Shack. Reebok bats were GREAT !


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