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Dec. 17, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Now "IF ONLY" the "POWERS TO BE" will read and consider these quality ideas and formats!!!!! Take it to Vegas they WON'T!!!!!
Dec. 17, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run and divsion rating thoughts

Now "IF ONLY" the "POWERS TO BE" will read and consider this format!!!!! Take it to Vegas they WON'T!!!!!
Dec. 15, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

fever...........it only makes sense if these associations are supposedly all-fired worried about safety especially the Pitchers.

It would also take the pressure of Umpires that for lack of a better word, need some serious training on what and what is not a strike. Those Umpires would not have to worry about height, just if the ball hit the mat.

Simply put, unlimited arch for the Pitchers which as you stated, would truly allow for those Pitchers from the ol' days that played in the upper levels and covered the middle with a stationary delivery and then backed up instead of the lower division type Pitcher that walked in.
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

BObatbrkr........My point exactly...........Played for Little Caesars owned by Mike Illich (owner of the Tigers & Red Wings) and he and his manager the late Gary Vitto got who they wanted regardless of their address and if this format was used today, it would like you mention, suddenly get very competitive.

SSUSA and the other Senior organizations only care about one thing and that is $$$$$$$$. No qualifications for Worlds, just cut a check. If that is the case, then I as a Sponsor want to put together MY TEAM and not one that handcuffs my Manager and total team potential.
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

adding to my above statement, as this rule applies, I can SPONSOR a club in Hawaii, Florida, California, etc. but even though I am the SPONSOR, I could NOT PLAY WITH THE CLUB because I live in INDIANA. Seems a rather ridiculous rule if you ask me.
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

adding to my above statement, as this rule applies, I can SPONSOR a club in Hawaii, Florida, California, etc. but even though I am the SPONSOR, I could NOT PLAY WITH THE CLUB because I live in INDIANA. Seems a rather ridiculous rule if you ask me.
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Duke.......Totally agree with the "unlimited" arc. It would take away from any "questionable" Umpire judgement. If it hits the mat, it's a Strike. PERIOD!
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

and while I'm at it, let's open some discussion involving another matter from this past season and that is this state to state roster crap.

Bats are big $$$$, tournaments are big $$$$, travel is big $$$$ and I as a sponsor this past season, spent some big $$$$ SO WHY AM I AND MY CLUB RESTRICTED TO THE PLAYERS THAT I WANT TO PICK UP JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T BORDER THE STATE MY CLUB IS REGISTERED.

As a sponsor, it's my $$$$ and the SSUSA as well as the other Senior Softball organizations should look at this what is in my mind, a totally ridiculous rule.

If I want to put up the $$$$, I should be allowed to pick up any player in the club's classification regardless of where they live.

Once again, get back to the way it was in the 'ol days. Big $$$$ sponsors put together quality clubs REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEIR PLAYERS WERE FROM.
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

and while I'm at it, let's open some discussion involving another matter from this past season and that is this state to state roster crap.

Bats are big $$$$, tournaments are big $$$$, travel is big $$$$ and I as a sponsor this past season, spent some big $$$$ SO WHY AM I AND MY CLUB RESTRICTED TO THE PLAYERS THAT I WANT TO PICK UP JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T BORDER THE STATE MY CLUB IS REGISTERED.

As a sponsor, it's my $$$$ and the SSUSA as well as the other Senior Softball organizations should look at this what is in my mind, a totally ridiculous rule.

If I want to put up the $$$$, I should be allowed to pick up any player in the club's classification regardless of where they live.

Once again, get back to the way it was in the 'ol days. Big $$$$ sponsors put together quality clubs REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEIR PLAYERS WERE FROM.




Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

mad dog.........Posting the same response for this topic as well............

I remember when the ASA allowed the Pitchers the "unlimited" arc and boy did the "bombers" complain...........I don't mind watching a "true big man" hitting the bombs but watching many, many players this past season that I managed & played against back in the ol' days that could not hit a golf ball out and now many, many years later, those same players now have "the beast" as a nickname. A true performance joke!
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

mad dog...........I remember when the ASA allowed the Pitchers the "unlimited" arc and boy did the "bombers" complain...........I don't mind watching a "true big man" hitting the bombs but watching many, many players this past season that I managed & played against back in the ol' days that could hit a golf ball out and now many, many years later, those same players now have "the beast" as a nickname. A true performance joke!
Dec. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

A very simple solution is to EXPAND THE HEIGHT LIMIT TO AT LEAST 15' for the Pitchers.

The GOOD HITTERS would adjust and the height expansion would get the rest of the hitters back to thinking & swinging as in the good ol' days!
Dec. 13, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR MIKE MACENKO'S RECOVERY

Get well soon big fella.........Watched you perform for many years and my sincere best wishes for a speedy & healthy recovery to one of the "true gentlemen" of the game!
Nov. 28, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Happy Thanksgiving to the Senior Softball Community

Sharing holiday blessings this time of the year with one's family and friends is truly a wonderful time. This great game of Slow-Pitch Softball we all love is also truly a blessing as well as are the individuals who participate upon its fields of play.
Oct. 18, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

This is part of the TOTAL REFLECTION of the ENTIRE SENIOR SOFTBALL format...........SIMPLY QUANTITY WITH NO CONCERN TO QUALITY!

NO WONDER I AM STILL UP IN THE AIR ABOUT MY RETIREMENT AS A SPONSOR...............THIS "SENIOR" format IS SIMPLY FOR THE ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR WITH ABSOLUTELY NO REGARDS TO THE PLAYERS, FANS AND SPONSORS.

GET THOSE BIG ENTRY FEES AND JUST POCKET WHAT YOU NEED REGARDLESS.

WHAT A SHAME THAT THE GAME WE ALL LOVE, HAS BECOME A MIRROR IMAGE REFLECTING THE SAME FORMAT TO HOW OUR POLITICIANS RUN OUR COUNTRY!
Oct. 18, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

Fabe: This is just what you & I talked about and is the TOTAL REFLECTION of the ENTIRE SENIOR SOFTBALL format...........SIMPLY QUANTITY WITH NO CONCERN TO QUALITY!

NO WONDER I AM STILL UP IN THE AIR ABOUT MY RETIREMENT FROM SPONSORSHIP...............THIS "SENIOR" format IS SIMPLY FOR THE ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR WITH ABSOLUTELY NO REGARDS TO THE PLAYERS, FANS AND SPONSORS.

GET THOSE BIG ENTRY FEES AND JUST POCKET WHAT YOU NEED REGARDLESS.

WHAT A SHAME THAT THE GAME WE ALL LOVE, HAS BECOME A MIRROR IMAGE REFLECTING THE SAME FORMAT TO HOW OUR POLITICIANS RUN OUR COUNTRY!
Oct. 11, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages,Fl

Alan.....Very special talking with you this afternoon............Best of luck for continued success and look forward to talking to you in the near future about the future!

Sparky
Oct. 11, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Curveball........The main point I was attempting to make was not necessarily directed to the "best teams" but to the nature that the teams get there. There is not doubt that the majority of the "best teams" do participate but the tournament format does not represent the Tournament Title.

No qualification what so ever other than "write a check and play in a tourney like the Northerns" and you too, can write another check and come to the Worlds regardless.

It doesn't matter whether its SSUSA, SPA, etc., each of these organizations are in it for the $$$$$ only and the more teams, the happier they are. The negative responses regarding Scheduling, Field conditions, Umpire quality, etc. in this current discussion is testament to the current state of affairs.

Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Really loved the proposal idea by "Omar Khayyam"..........and "the wood" has some solid points as well.

There has to be some "major problems" with the overall tournament system & administration if this many responses are being posted regarding this Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires!
Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Aloha Fabe........Am "rethinking" my retirement from sponsorship (not able to play any more so sponsoring allows me to be a part of the game). Glad to hear you had a great time.

If you would do me a favor and send me your email, phone, etc. I may be announcing "he's baaacccckkk" here in the near future.

grm.phd@gmail.com
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