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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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Men's 55

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Nov. 18, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Thank you for the information SSUSA Staff. The following was just sent to the Rules Committee for consideration:

Dear Sir or Madam:

As an idea for the SSUSA as well as with the other Senior Softball Associations, I would like to propose the following.

In today's age of computer technology, what about using a venue like "YouTube" to record the various "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals" used in a specific Senior Softball Association for the Umpires working that Association. It would be a valuable "tool" to get the vast majority of Umpires working the Senior-level on the "same page" for the correct "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals" nation-wide or at the least, give an Umpire(s) the correct on-field procedures and/or mechanics to actually see in action. Development of a program like this, could be expanded to also demonstrate the proper field positioning for the "Base Umpire(s) and the Plate Umpire for certain calls they would entail based upon the number of runners on base.

For the sake of the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball however, a project like this for its full effect should have a "mandatory" attachment for "all" Umpires working that specific association such with the SSUSA. If the "powers to be" especially those that carry the title of National/Regional U.I.C, want to enhance this great game, a program such as this should be considered. I would be more than happy to offer any assistance to get an "Umpire Quality Program" such as this underway.

Sincerely,

G.R. "Sparky" Mann (#41171 - SSUSA)
Gregory R. Mann, Ph.D. { ret. }
Oceanic Marine Biologist/Educator
Nov. 18, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Taits......Excellent point! A YouTube program could be expanded to also demonstrate the proper field positioning for the "Base Umpire(s) and Plate Umpire for certain calls based upon the number of runners on base.

If the "powers to be" especially those that carry the title of National/Regional U.I.C, want to enhance this great game, a program such as this should be considered. I would be more than happy to offer any assistance to get an "Umpire Quality Program" such as this underway.


Nov. 17, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

I have another suggestion:

As an idea for ALL of the current Senior Softball Associations. In today's age of computer technology, what about using a venue like "YouTube" to record the various "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals" used in a specific Senior Softball Association for the Umpires working that Association.

It would be a valuable "tool" to get the vast majority of Umpires working the Senior-level on the "same page" for the correct "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals" nation-wide or at the least, give an Umpire(s) the correct on-field procedures and/or mechanics to actually see in action.

For the sake of the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball however, a project like this for its full effect, should have a "mandatory" attachment for "all" Umpires working that specific Association.

Sparky
Nov. 5, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Stick8 and OZ40..............Did either of you ever play in that annual pre-season double-elimination tourney held in early April sponsored by either the Free Press or the News (can't remember which) played at SC where you kept playing on consecutive weekends until you were eliminated?
Nov. 4, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Stick8....Those for sure, were the highlight years for slow-pitch. That Stroh's club was a good one also. Didn't like the beer however....lolololol Forgot all about Liberty Park and Oak Park. To add to your "ump call", I had a player teach me a couple of nasty phrases in Spanish like "Kiss my A**" and I thought it would be super cool the next time I went after an Umpire, I'd say that phrase in Spanish. The occasion came during a game at Softball City and I let him have. BIG PROBLEM that I did not know.....He was originally from Mexico and really let me have it in Spanish......I felt so stupid.....lololol Never kick me out of the game however!
Nov. 3, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Stick8....... Played & Managed the Michigan Consolidated's A Majors club the "Hawks" and pitched for the "US" squad that play at SC and East Detroit Memorial. Remember seeing Ace, SBC and Men in Black.....If I remember right, pitched against SBC and got blasted. Played for the Little Caesars at East Detroit Memorial.......Was the Stroh's club that was in our league the one you played for? That Major Metro League was "kick-ass"......My M.C.G.C.O. "Hawks" club was made up of a bunch of the Major Metro players (had to be an employee of the American Natural, Mich, Wisconsin or Mich. Consoldated)........Hard core Softball back in those days and truly some fond memories!
Nov. 2, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Fabe my good friend....As always, outstanding to hear from you.....Please send some of that island weather east to Indiana.......Wife & I are heading for a cruise to the Caribbean shortly. Still entertaining another trip to the islands and once finalized, will most assuredly let you know. Probably my final year in softball......Enjoyed the team I sponsored this year but the game itself (umpiring & leadership) has changed so much, i can no longer enjoy being a part of it. Still have your contact info and will talk to you soon! Perhaps you can shed some light for me and get some of my love for the game back.

OZ40......Remember well the grass at SC and when it was removed. Was like playing on concrete....lolololol Played & Managed the Michigan Consolidated's A Majors club the "Hawks" and pitched for the "US" squad that play at SC and East Detroit Memorial. Remember seeing Ace, SBC and Men in Black.....If I remember right, pitched against SBC and got blasted.
Nov. 2, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

OZ40 and Stick8........What team(s) did you guys play for during those Softball City days on 8 mile?
Nov. 1, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

Excellent assessment of the rule & subsequent play by both B.J. and Stick8......
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Exactly my point and the overall level of Umpiring I have witnessed over the past 2-seasons of sponsoring ("Sparky" Mann Enterprises last season and "Banker & Mann" Softball Club this past season, it is one of the major reasons that I am no longer interested in sponsorship which is a shame since this is the only way I can actively participate in Softball being physically impaired.

Have grown tired of watching Umpires in Senior Ball in all of the Associations that my sponsorship money provides a percentage of their game-rate, show a lack of hustle, lack of rule knowledge, little if any knowledge of "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals", etc, I have lost count of the number of Umpires that did not carry a Plate Brush and used their foot to clean the mat. There have been numerous Umpires that did not use a "ball/strike/out" counter (guess they have a great memory...yea right).

I have on several occasions sent emails to the National UIC for each of the Senior Associations including SSUSA on these concerns and to-date, surprise no response. Typical!
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

BJ....Can't sell that outlook.....A ball bag is worn on your side (depending upon right or left handed) and if you are not a "rookie", putting a ball in your bag does not required you to look down.

If for any reason you need to suck air, take your hand and play in your ball bag, etc., you are the Umpire and you simply put both arms in the air and call "TIME" and control the game.

Once again, the Umpire's day is finished and should be enrolled in "Basic Umpiring 101". How did this individual get qualified to work the World's? O'yea.......Quantity overs Quality! Welcome to Senior Softball.
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

The Umpire's day is finished and should be enrolled in "Basic Umpiring 101". How did this individual get qualified to work the World's? O'yea.......Quantity overs Quality! Welcome to Senior Softball.
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Totally agree with you "stick8", "Oz40" summed up a USSSA team's offensive philosophy!
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

As an idea for ALL of the current Senior Softball Associations.

In today's age of computer technology, what about using a venue like "YouTube" to record the various "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals" used in a specific Senior Softball Association for the Umpires working that Association.

It would diffidently get the vast majority of Umpires on the "same page" for the "field mechanics & on-field hand & verbal signals" nation-wide or at the low-end minimum, give an Umpire the correct on-field procedures to actually see.

For the sake of the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball however, a project like this for its full effect, should have a "mandatory" attachment for "all" Umpires working that specific Association since they are after-all, receiving payment for their performances.

Sparky
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

stick8.....ASA is as soon as possible once it leaves the Pitcher's Hand)

Garocket................A Pitcher must be in the Pitcher's area to deliver...Period! If an Umpire is that weak or lacks that knowledge, said Umpire should be immediately removed from any future assignments.......and once again, "Dead Ball" has NOTHING to do with Pitching and/or a Pitched Ball.
Oct. 31, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

The only time a "Dead Ball" vocalization is used is "Dead Ball Out-of-Play" call when the ball leaves the foul line. The call is mandatory when a game is being played on a field without fences down the foul lines.

The "Dead Ball" vocalization call has NOTHING to do with a PITCHED BALL!
Oct. 30, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2014 Worlds - Best of the Best - 1038 action shots

Jack: The listed URL link does not work..........
Oct. 30, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

and before someone gets any ideas, I am a former State Certified Umpire for both the ASA and the USSSA and also worked a couple of Nationals as well as serving as UIC (Umpire-In-Chief) for 14 years with the Eaton Rapids, MI Softball Association over and above my career as a Manager/Player.
Oct. 30, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

First of all, the "correct" Umpire signal is done by holding the "left" arm (not the right) out and vocalizing "Illegal Pitch" as soon as the pitch hits the air. Other than that, yes the batter proceeds to hit the ball, it's game on. In my 3-years of watching Senior Softball in all of the various Senior Organizations as a Sponsor, I have seen very few Umpires that have used good field mechanics and further, quite a few that have had little if any direction/training (a.k.a. District clinics, etc.).
Oct. 13, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Sunshine1949............No animosity what-so-ever...........If you took the time to "READ" my reply, I stated they DID NOT have access to the Senior Bats of today!! Different game, different equipment!
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