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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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Angola, IN

Division:
Men's 55

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

The Wood..........No I wasn't there but my team that I sponsored this season "Sparky" Mann Enterprises was. I was so upset with the overall tournament format, t.d., umpires, etc. when we played in the Northerns in East Lansing, MI, that I decided not to travel to Vegas with the club and it was the key factor to my announcing my official retirement from the game.

I really like the idea that Omar Khayyam just posted. This was the "Worlds" and it should be a privilege to attend not just write a check and see just how many teams we can have.

The same should be true for Umpires, Tournament Directors, etc. as well.

This great game of slow-pitch softball is way too drenched in history with honor, dedication, loyalty and sportsmanship, to see it turned into a "WalMart" style of performance that if you can simply write a check, you can play.
Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Curveball...........Granted there were some top flight clubs in Vegas but let's get real on the "best in Vegas". All you had to do is play in a tourney like the Northerns, etc. and then right a check and go to Vegas.

It still comes down to the "big $$$" for SSUSA and the more the merrier as far as they are concerned.

Where were the "best" in fields, schedules, umpiring, etc.
Oct. 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Another point of interest, back in the 'olden days an Umpire had to qualify & be certified in order to officiate in either USSSA or ASA National Tournament settings which is exactly what SSUSA purports to be in Vegas!

On a personal note, I WAS one of the those Umpires back in the 'olden days that was certified for the USSSA and ASA Nationals and worked in those Nationals as well along with being the Umpire-in-Chief for the Eaton Rapids Softball Association in Michigan.
Oct. 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

That one point "boasting about the number of teams" instead of overseeing a well-run and organized tournament, is the main reason I decided to officially retire last month (past posting under the General and Miscellaneous section) from the game at the end of the Northern Championships.

As the sponsor of "Sparky" Mann Enterprises club, who also participated in Vegas in 55-AAA, after the SSUSA display running the Northern's in East Lansing, I was so upset that I told my club to go to Vegas without me.

The bracket scheduling made no sense and the umpiring was the worse I've ever seen in my entire career. A total lack of dedication to the game or "look at me" attitude, etc.

I haven't heard from the players yet regarding playing conditions, rule interpretation, organization formats and umpiring, but I'm sure I will.

I truly missed being with my club in Vegas but after the Northerns and the total lack of dedication especially with the umpiring, my heart was just not in it to make the trip out west and make myself upset once again with the overall lack of professionalism by those in charge.

Back in the 'olden days, there was respect and dedication to the game by those who administered and officiated, but now it's "write a check and play what I refer to as "WalMart Softball. Just pay and check out on your own.

Back in the 'olden days, Umpire's had to attend an annual Clinic prior to the season and be certified on the level they could officiate on, now it's pay a few bucks, buy a shirt and hope you can at least call a game and get your money!
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