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July 27, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

BP is doing just fine 400. Had my annual checkup just last week and the "Rattlesnake" as Dave alludes to, is still rolling along. Retired from Management, Umpiring and Playing years ago and finished with Sponsorship last year with the Banker-Mann Softball Club.
July 27, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

including ESPN
July 27, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

Dbax.....

Was certified by both the ASA and USSSA with letter communications and with Newspaper articles and other media coverage.
July 27, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

GeeeeWizzzz Dave.............If you and the staff would take some of those "exacting" standards and put them into some creative action, you wouldn't have to make all the snide remarks toward me...........Cut me a check and I will put together a "What I did on my Summer Vacation" project with YouTube to assist the Umpires new and old alike.

And once again, thanks for the "Rattlesnake" trait thingy!
July 27, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

BadCallBlue:

Right off the bat, nice to read a reply from an experienced Umpire. Your credentials are spot on. Here is mine:

25 years A.S.A. Umpire State & National Certification
11 years U.S.S.S.A. Umpire State & National Certification
13 years U.I.C. for the Eaton Rapids (MI) Softball Association
Current owner of the combined A.S.A./U.S.S.S.A. National Career Managerial Career Victories record ( #1,544 )
2013 Sponsor Men's 55 AAA SSUSA
2014 Co-Sponsor Men's 55 Major SSUSA

I continue to feel that if Senior Softball (all Associations) would use some of today's technology such as YouTube.

To add to your statement: "Just a note to help you understand where the UIC's and Umpires are coming from. This is not a big pay day. I do it because I love it and enjoy the Seniors. They are very appreciative of my hard work, knowledge, professionalism and the ability to call a good game. Some larger tournaments it's difficult to find umpires to fill the need. SSUSA had grown tremendously in the last 5 years and I am not a fan of a 40 division. I see guys registering the morning of tournaments and a quick tutorial of the rules. Yes, these are the ones that struggle."

I totally understand your point but if an association like SSUSA or the others continue to "pat themselves" on the back for the number of teams and their "big" tournaments, they would also be well served to look at unique ways to acquire new Umpire talent as well as develop some "tools" to assist and teach Umpires already listed.

July 23, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Shawnee

Thanks for the compliment.............Have used that trait throughout my entire career........Has served me quite well!
July 23, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Shawnee

Just how long with today's technology does it take to put up the tournament's results throughout the bracket?
July 20, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Shawnee

From an earlier posting:

Why the problem of posting current results of the SSUSA's Midwest Championships 2015 being played in Shawnee, KS?

and still no scores................
July 19, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why the problem of

Yes Vito, was interested in the 55's. The bracket use to be up and now that's even gone. Unbelievable that a Director or someone on the staff could not post results with today's technology but that's the sad state of Slow-pitch Softball in today's world wither Senior or not.
July 19, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why the problem of

posting current results of the SSUSA's Midwest Championships 2015 being played in Shawnee, KS?
July 13, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Needs to review bat rule

If Senior Ball (all Associations) would ever take my suggestion and use today's technology by using something call "YouTube", they could get ALL UMPIRES on the same page for:

1. Correct Arc Heights, Limits and Calls
2. Correct Field Positioning
3. Correct Field Mechanics
4. Rule Interpretation
5. Dress Code
6. Correct Vocal Mechanics
7. Update availability on New Rules

Have suggested this to each Association's Regional UICs and National UICs including SSUSA for going on 3-years and still no response.
July 2, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Hombre: I just cleaned it up........Here's your plagiarism statement.......I never claimed any author status......To sooth your nerves, the author is: Med, who wrote the article on Thursday, 21 June 2012
July 2, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

The greatest era of Slow-pitch Softball players in history reflects the greatest golden age of Slow-pitch Softball, which was the mid-late 1970's and early-mid 1980's.
These prolific players and teams who were the bulk of the 50 greatest teams of all time, will never be repeated. These teams and players set the all time standards for excellence and power. Jacking home runs over 400 ft, much less 500 ft., was virtually limited to less than a hundred players. Only 4 players in verified recorded history, hit the ball over 500'.
All of the new high-tech bats and balls have destroyed the game and there's no coming back. Now almost anyone regardless of age, can hit the ball over the 300 ft. fence. The 'awe' of the home run is destroyed and that is part of what Slow-pitch Softball was all about. The home runs hit with these newer bats are superficial.
These hitters really think they're 'King Kong', which is the joke. It really was an honor and a privilege to have been a part of the game back in its hey-day. Look what they had to do with the instituting of the 1-1 starting count and home run limits with this new equipment.They 'ruined' the game. They allowed the vast majority to live the lie that they are like Bruce Meade, Mike Macenko and the otherpower-menof the golden age of Slow-Pitch Softball. Theages after this golden era, have progressively gotten more uninteresting and very superfluous.
July 2, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

BruceinGa: Must be a "southern-thing" because I have never heard of any type of Slow-Pitch Softball" program/league/etc. to ever be part of a High School athletic program whether male or female. Fast-pitch however was a staple for the girls athletic programs in every High School. Like to know what school districts in the south participate in Slow-Pitch. Believe you will find only Fast-Pitch which in today's world, is almost completely extinct for Men's play.
July 1, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association has put out its list of sport by sport participation in the United States. This is one of these lists that each year I'm completely fascinated with. So here is the best of the best from 2014:

Bird-watching is among the top 10 activities Americans aged 55-64 would like to do.
More than 49 million people now run, up 12.6% in 2014 and up 57.4% over the last decade.
An amazing 1.9 million people participated in triathlons in 2014, up 63.7% from the year before.
The Treadmill is being used by 42.5% more Americans than it was in 2000, while the amount of people that use the Cross Country Ski Machine is down 52.9%.
The fastest rising piece of gym equipment is the Elliptical Trainer, which was used by 29.1 million people in 2014, up from 7.3 million in 2000.
Between 2008 and 2010, Yoga participation increased by 23%.
Water sports are suffering. Over the last decade, Jet Skiing (down 18.2%), Scuba Diving (down 26.8%) and Water Skiing (down 44.8%) have all been affected. The only water sport on the rise? Surfing (Aloha, Fabe ), up 26.3% in the last 10 years.
Despite the growth of the NFL, Tackle Football participation is down 16.1% over the last decade.
The fastest growing sport over the last decade is Lacrosse (up 218%), even though the numbers are small. For example, nine times more people participate in Baseball than Lacrosse.
In the oddball category, there are 3.2 million Cheerleaders in this country, up 22.7% since 2000 and 19.4 million people now play Ping Pong, up a whopping 53% in the last decade.
Things aren't good if it has wheels. All down over the last decade? Roller Skating (down 63.6%), Roller Hockey (down 65.3%) and Skateboarding (down 30.9%).
Other sports that are on a huge decline over the last decade include Wrestling (down 44.2%) and Slow-Pitch Softball (down 42.9%).
The saddest number in the report? 36% of all inactive Americans are under 34 years old.

June 30, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

Fred S: Any of those Harwoods in their original box? I'd be interested if they came with their original packaging. Contact me at: grm.phd@gmail.com
June 30, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

Fred S: The Harwood's at the time, were the "best" ball in town. If you were going to launch one however, you had better do it within the first 3-innings. After that, they were mush and you had better be able to hit to all fields because they were not going to "fly".
June 29, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

Give me an old Bombat and the Harwood Softball and use the "Rover" position and let's go play some Softball. Also need those sweet Sturups also.
June 29, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

In the Mid-Michigan region as I would guess was the case for every place else, you had to drive to the Parks & Rec to obtain a "permit" just to "practice" and when your time was up, there was also the next group waiting. Today, those same fields for the most part, are just growing weeds.

Benefit of being an Umpire as well allowed me to open the barrels and put out the game bases......Was great for my squads but really ticked-off the next set waiting to get on the field when we pulled them up and put them back......lolololol
June 29, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

We were so very fortunate to have been involved with the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball in its hay-day and unfortunately, it is looking like we are also the "breed of extinction" with the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball as well!
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