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March 3, 2013
dMON
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0

Bruce,
Now there is a HR rule I have not thought about that could be appropriate for any classification.
1 HR/inning, then an out. Much easier to keep up with, too.
Has that ever been proposed before?
That could be a real game-changer.
I like it....
Feb. 12, 2013
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is the team to beat this year?

Goodlettsville Little League...

Feb. 4, 2013
dMON
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Dirty

Just move the fences in to about 200', but leave the 300' signs up.....or maybe change the signs to 400', what's the difference?
As long as it makes YOU feel better. After all, it's all about ME. I can't help but laugh.


Feb. 4, 2013
dMON
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Dirty

Just move the fences in to about 200', but leave the 300' signs up.....or maybe change the signs to 400', what's the difference?
As long as it makes YOU feel better. After all, it's all about ME. I can't help but laugh.


Jan. 11, 2013
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CURE ALL FOR 2013

I think what tg is trying to say (You're very eloquent and subtle, Tommy) is that the rules are set forth for this year and like it or not it's what we are to follow. (Personally, I like all changes except I was hoping for 1-1 count). I think all the associations have done a good job listening as 'tweaks' are made to the game each year. Southernson, you're right that the message board is for discussion and hopefully it will remain that way. But from a player who cannot enjoy this game year 'round, I say 'play ball.'
Dec. 15, 2012
dMON
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Nats

Agree....this was moved from Montgomery. It has been played on 3rd weekend in March. Maybe need to rethink this Easter weekend.
Dec. 12, 2012
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

Simpler yet....let teams rate themselves.

With the new HR limits, teams should be able to find their own classification in which to compete.

If teams loaded up to play AAA, they might quickly find out that they can't keep it in the park and choose to move to Major. Or vice versa.

Most teams build their roster to suit a specific classification.

I don't know that runs scored, per se, would determine a teams ratings.

The HR limits that have been put in place should level the playing field.
Dec. 5, 2012
dMON
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Gonna have to agree with jsheeran on this.
You customize your team to play within the rules that are set out.

If you go out and get 5 guys (as mentioned 3-7 hitters) who can hit it out at will, then they better be able to keep it in the ball park at will also.

I think this rule not only helps AAA by weeding out the top heavy players (by that I mean free swingers with HR on their mind), but also should beef up the Major and Major+ rosters by having these players playing where their HR's count every time they hit one. It will hopefully add to the ranks of Major and Major+ teams,

You're right southernson,in saying that this will draw AAA closer to AA, but that's what they want. And that's the way it should be.

To be classified as a Major or Major+ connotes the highest levels of competition (maybe a better word would be strength).

There is competition at every level. I've played AA, AAA and Major. Currently on a Major team.

Senior softball, whether we like it or not, has put out a product that makes you feel like you have a chance to win every time you go on the field.

The fact that we are playing with some of our best friends is just a dollop of ice cream on grandma's apple pie.


Dec. 5, 2012
dMON
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

What's not to like about starting with 1-1 count?
In my 10+ years of Sr. Softball, I would estimate at least 75% of players take the 1st pitch. Why?
Doesn't matter if it's a perfect pitch to hit or not.
Don't tell me this does not add 5+ minutes to each game.
It's always been a hitter's game, then hit when you walk up to the plate!!
We still don't cut the pitcher a break with any of the recent changes. This may give the pitcher 'a bit' of a break.
I assume the batter would still get an extra foul on the 3rd strike. Make it even better for the pitcher by doing what we do in our league. We start 1-1 with no extra foul. You come to the plate hackin' and the games move along quickly.
Assessing other changes:
The AAA HR changes are great. I've touted this for the last several years for the same reasons your committee stated.

Bases 70' - love it.

HR and Run/inning rules for Major/Major+ - ok with me

Mat should be longer and wider IMO.

ATTENTION SSUSA!!!!
One change that I have mentioned on this board and to Tournament Directors at various tournament would be the following:

In order to make pool games mean something, allow the higher seeded team to be home team throughout the double/triple elimination portion of the tournament. If not through the whole tournament, at least while they remain in the Winner's Bracket. It would add a bit more importance to those games and possibly erase any doubt of 'sandbagging'.

Just my input for what it's worth...I love this game and would play with a broom stick and a sock ball.
Nov. 29, 2012
dMON
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Step across the aisleuit the game and go fishin'

I agree Dub, but the bats aren't going away...I've flogged this equine carcass almost as long as G19, but I'm finally convinced the bats aren't going away.
Nov. 29, 2012
dMON
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Step across the aisleuit the game and go fishin'

To SSUSA: I put this out here for thought, but also for discussion.

It's not so far-fetched as to be totally ignored.

It keeps the 'senior' equipment in the game, but rachets down it's total impact while allowing lower classification teams with effective pitchers to compete with higher level teams.

I may be 'spittin' in the wind' but maybe a compromise, of sorts, could be arrived at that would be beneficial to the game as a whole.
Nov. 28, 2012
dMON
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Step across the aisleuit the game and go fishin'

This post will certainly not change anyone's mind about what you think of the 'State of Senior Softball'. However, think about this.

Everyone on this board has played this game of SLOW Pitch softball for many years.
Think of the changes that have taken place in our (Senior) game over the past years.
(I've played Sr. Ball for 11 years).

Though there have been some cosmetic changes that have made our game somewhat safer (safety bases, 70' bases, etc.), most of the changes have been to enhance the offensive side of the game.

Let me preface what I am about to say by assuring you that I am not, nor have any desire to be, a pitcher. BUT....

Why could we not implement some changes that would put the pitcher at less of a disadvantage, while leveling the playing field for all classifications. Thus, combining the classes and having greater participation in tournaments.

Here's where most of you stop reading and say 'What 'chu talkin' 'bout Willis?'

BRING BACK THE UNLIMITED ARC!!! Use U=trip rules for pitcher's. Let 'em dance, let 'em throw behind their back.
Put the defenseless pitcher back on the field.

Some of you pitcher's will say , "I'm not defenseless, I can defend myself, don't worry about me". But, you all know what I mean.

Believe me, I would not like the rule at all, but the changes to the game would all be relative. Your best hitter might hit .600 instead of .850, but the differences would bring the game back in to the perspective for which it was invented. A good pitcher would be in great demand.

I played in the Class 'A' Nationals in 1976 in Olney, Maryland when unlimited arc was the rule. We (Tennessee) played a team from North (or South) Dakota that had a pitcher that could throw it as high as the backstop for a strike. We beat them 3-2 in one of the most interesting games I've ever played.

For most of you, that might seem a nightmare, but it challenged you to play the game as it was meant to be played.

I'm probably in the (vast) minority here, but think about what you have talked about over and over again on this board.

Would a rule like this cause you to quit the game and go fishin'? Not me.

I think this rule could eliminate talk of home run limits, bats, balls, screens etc.
The only thing I might add to help the batter, would be to give them an extra foul ball.

Just something to chew for us in the cold weather climate.
Oct. 17, 2012
dMON
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Jacksonville

Anyone need a player for Jacksonville?
Middle IF, played 50, 55 and 60
Live in TN.
Sept. 14, 2012
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

Tell me the reasoning behind not allowing sliding at home and in some cases at first base in Senior associations?
I understand the fact that sliding slows the progress to these bases. However, should it still not be the perogative of the runner to slide, if he/she so desires?
I was recently questioned about sliding into first base. A grounder to the first baseman resulted in a close play at first where I as about to tangle with a player about 50-75 pounds heavier than me. He was not slowing down and his momentum would have taken him right through me. I slid into the safety bag to avoid the collision. The game was held up to decide if my slide (to avoid injury)was legal. In some associations, I believe it is.
Why? This does not make sense, even from a safety standpoint, much less a common sense standpoint.
SSUSA===why is sliding illegal at all, even at home plate?
The 2nd home plate is there to avoid collisions, so why the rule?
Aug. 13, 2012
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SOUTHERN

Calm down boys...I'll be there to play ball. Guaranteed 5-6 games against 4 different opponents, have fun, play hard. Your just creating bulletin board fodder. You and I (and they) know these AAA teams can play with anybody in this tournament.

Feb. 15, 2012
dMON
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Nashville: Looking for a team and league in Nashville, TN

Contact Roy DePue @ 615-300-3682. League in Hendersonville. Starts late March, early April. Signups in early March. Talk to Roy.
Feb. 6, 2012
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why did my Message get removed???

Be nice Tommy....
Dec. 5, 2011
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What sport consisted of your athletic career?

HS Baseball '68 and '69
HS Basketball '68 and '69
Terry Parker HS - Jacksonville, Florida

College Basketball '70
College Baseball '71-'74
Trevecca Nazarene College (now university)
Nashville, TN.

Slow Pitch Softball ever since.
Sept. 23, 2011
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Changes to the HR Rule - needs more thought

I agree.....most of the discussion on this board is about classification. Teams should be able to classify themselves, but by allowing 3 HR's, then one-up in AAA, you are allowing Major (and Major +) teams/players to compete in this classification with no consequences (other than a walk) for a HR. I know many would argue that a HR should never be penalized, but if we are to maintain some sort of equality in the classes, then at some point, in AA and AAA, HR's after a certain limit should be an out, if not an inning-ending out.
This will certainly make our AAA re-think playing SSUSA.
Aug. 12, 2011
dMON
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Don't Forget What It's All About

Perly,

What are you jumping in on this thread for?
Let's just let Gary C, mad dog and einstein duke it out. It could get interesting......
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