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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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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!
Oct. 12, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Mr. Manassas.......Guess you never saw these "power suppliers" of Softball hit and they were not driving the ball with today's Senior Bats!

Don Arndt
Rick “the Crusher” Scherr
Stan “the Man” Harvey
Carl “Tex” Collins
Craig “CranKing” Elliott
Mike “Big Cat” Macenko
Elby Bushong
Bruce Meade
“Mighty” Joe Young
Billy Pollock
Dick “the Rocketman” Bartel
Charles Wright
Herman Rathman
Bill Gatti
Oct. 9, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to Play More Innings

Right up front BruceinGa, Umpires do not get paid on an hourly-wage, they are paid a per-game fee!
Oct. 7, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Don't apologize.........Their statements brought the negativity into play................
Oct. 6, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 55 Major Results?

Probably too soon since the tourney was just completed yesterday,
Oct. 5, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cant we all just get along

In complete agreement with your point of view Paco13..........I have said it for a few years now but things in Senior Ball when it comes to the bats, etc. will never change regardless of any injuries and/or deaths...........The "powers to be" are so far "in the bed" with the bat manufactures with BOTH pocketing large amounts of $$$$$$ and as long as we the Seniors are willing to keep shelling out the big $$$$ for Tourneys, Bats, Forced upon Equipment, etc., things will never change!!!!!!
Oct. 4, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: JEALOUSY AND ENVY ONE OF MANS MANY WEAKNESSES

Titanhd........Assuming you are looking for any updates from my club "Banker & Mann" in the 55 Major? They won both bracket games yesterday over SI/R.Mtn. Thunder (CO) and Rio Grande (NM). Won this morning over Gonzalez Insulation (TX) to begin the double-elimination portion and just lost by 1-run to the High Street Bucs (MD).

My apologies if that was not the club you were referring to.................
Oct. 4, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: JEALOUSY AND ENVY ONE OF MANS MANY WEAKNESSES

The major problem with the Canseco statement is they put themselves on the same level as some of greatest power hitters that the game has ever been blessed with WITHOUT any type of PAST HISTORY playing the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball.......Their background is Baseball which is not relevant to Softball.
Oct. 3, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

and where is the response from "twintower".............Talk about running head-long into a buzzsaw...........
Oct. 3, 2014
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Hope you don't hurt yourself patting yourself on the back!
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