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March 25, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching

Agree about safety for pitcher. However the mask rule is
not really addressing the total safety problem. More injuries are
sustained on the legs since at our age we don't react as well
on low hit balls. Rather than requiring masks and probably later
requiring shin guards and chest plate, why just go to the screen for
65 and above. This would give you almost total safety without having
to delay games while the pitcher dresses up in his hockey gear. Even
greater slow down of game when you switch pitchers during a game.
I have never seen the screen effect a game. Make a batted ball that hits
the screen a "dead ball" and continue with the count. Especially safe
for those 70 and above who pitch.
March 3, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching rules

I to have been pitching for over 30 years and never took one in the face area.
I don't know of anyone who has over that time period. I believe the old
rule of signing a waiver was enough. However, I see other pitchers not getting in a fielding stance after they release the pitch. These individuals need more than just a mask, they need full body armor. Make it optional for those of us that understand the position.
Jan. 11, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: One up rule for 70's

Playing with a 70's Major Plus team, it is rare when we are able to
play against other Major Plus teams mostly because at 70 there are
fewer players. The reasoning to differentiate Major Plus from Major
is home run ability. However, while many of us were consistent home
run hitters in our younger years, this does not carry over into the
seventies. Even using the Rock, regarded as one of the best long hitting
balls, we may hit 2 or 3 home runs in 6 games. Check the Tournament
statistics. Home run hitting is a rarity. Many tournaments we have to
give 5 runs and we play as an exhibition team. Spend money for no
possibility of winning a tournament or making a tournament "all tournament
team. Having played against many major teams, it seems, to me, the
answer is simple. Seventies and above should go to the "one up" rule
on home runs with any additional home runs, hit out of sequence, be an
out. This would greatly level the playing field and allow seventy teams
to play a variety of other seventy teams. Just a thought

Sept. 23, 2013
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Rock softball

Just for a follow up on the Rock ball. We have used the same Rocks exclusively
for batting practice for over a year with the replacing of 10 or 12 balls. We hit an average of once a week. We hit 40 balls apiece times 10 players. This is over 20,000 hits on these balls. We have observed maybe 6-8 balls knuckle during a 400 ball batting practice. This is hitting most of the time in 90 - 100 degrees. We also observed that even with all the hits on the ball they still retain most of their durability.
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