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Jim Schevers

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Crystal Lake, IL

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Nov. 27, 2010
JimS
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Topic for Tucson

This is an issue that came up at the managers meeting in Ft Myers when eveybody was warned not to use the parking lot at Lee County Sports complex for pregame batting practise. It is time for the associations that run tournaments to arrange for suffient authorized areas to be used for pregame BP for all the participating teams. Not all complexes used for a tournament have room for teams to warm up on and since the associations are already working with the local park districts it should be an easy thing to arrange. This would relieve teams from having to search for a warm up area and also relieve any potential liability issues
Sept. 28, 2010
JimS
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Iron-ing things out

I had low iron levels whrn trying to donate blood. Research on line said drinking too much coffee can inhibit the bodies ability to absorb iron from a normal diet. I stopped drinking coffee everyday-still have it occasionaly- and my iron levels went up to where I was good to donate blood again
May 18, 2010
JimS
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions concerning ranking and skill levels.

Wins and losses are what determines who wins a tournament and are most important in that respect. But if your team wins a tournament averaging 14 rpg and your opponents average 8 rpg that gives you a winning diffeerential of positive 6 runs and that could get you moved up from AA to AAA. My point is that that would result in creating a weaker team and this is what happens with the current guidelines
Heres another thought. How about creating a handicap system where the stonger teams are a low number and weaker teams are a high number. Then we don't need skill levels and all teams in an age group play in one bracket with the lower handicap spotting the higher handicap runs according to the difference in their handicaps.
May 17, 2010
JimS
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions concerning ranking and skill levels.

I have gone thru the process of appealing my team’s ranking and I have struggled with the powers that be to know who can or cannot be added to a roster. It is my experience that the decisions are far too subjective as to the skill level of teams and the skill level of individual players. Today we should be able to accumulate the data necessary to make these decisions more objective and easy to understand.

Can skill levels be more clearly defined?

A team’s skill level--AA, AAA, Major or Major+--could be determined by its average offensive performance rather than by how many runs it wins or loses games. Offensive performance means average runs scored per game and team batting average in Summit member tournaments.

For Example:
A ‘AA’ team would be a team that scores 14 or less runs per 7 inning game and has a team batting average less than .625.

A ‘AAA’ team would be a team that scores 15-21 runs per 7 inning game and has a team batting average of .625 to .667.

A ‘Major’ team would be a team that scores 22-28 runs per 7 inning game and has a team batting average of .668 to 700.

A ‘ Major+’ team would be a team that scores 29 or more runs per 7 inning game and has a team batting average higher than .700

How to track a team’s batting average:
Score cards could be made so that the umpire, at the end of each ½ inning, in addition to marking runs scored also enters the total at bats and number of outs. Errors would be counted as extra outs. The TD and his or her staff would have time to do the small amount of arithmetic necessary to compute each teams batting average for that game and this info along with the final score is entered into that associations data base. Summit members have, it seams, an ever increasing ability to crunch numbers and this is no more complicated than spread sheet software so this shouldn’t be too difficult or too costly to accomplish. Over time, the data collected should provide a more accurate definition of each skill level than my examples above.

Should a team be moved up a skill level because it wins a National Championship of a Summit member?

I would suggest a move be considered only if there were at least eight teams in the bracket and that at least five of the ten regions described by SSUSA are represented, otherwise the tournament is in fact a regional championship. Still, the team’s offensive performance should have the most consideration.

Who are ‘impact’ players?

The players whose individual batting averages are at least fifty points higher than the team batting average
would be ‘impact’ players

If a team is ranked Major should all of the players on the team be considered as Major players?

I would suggest that the players whose individual batting averages are at or above the team bating average are Major players while those with averages below the team’s would be AAA players. This would apply to all skill levels.

These are my thoughts and I look forward to your comments.


Sept. 22, 2009
JimS
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Northern Illinois Clubs and Leagues

Huntley Area
The Carl Tomaso Sports Park in Huntley, Illinois is another place for more quality recreational Senior Softball. The park is located on Ackman Rd west of Rt 47. Every Monday and Wednesday morning, from the 1st week of May thru the 1st week of November, batting practice starts at 9:00AM and 1 or 2 ten inning games start at 10:00AM depending on how many players are in attendance. Pitching screens are used and all bats are allowed. Batters start with an 0 and 1 count and teams can score 4 runs per inning with the last inning open. The per player cost is $30 for Huntley residents and $45 for out of towners payable to the Huntley Park District.
Ken Lavand is the ‘Man’ in his 7th year running this terrific opportunity for senior softball fun.
Call Ken at 847-669-9262 for more details and get out to Huntley to play some ball

Aug. 17, 2009
JimS
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Northern Illinois Clubs and Leagues

Mount Prospect -Arlington Heights Area
The Melas Park Sports Complex in Mount Prospect, Illinois is the place for recreational Senior Softball at its best. Every Tuesday and Friday morning, from the first of May thru the third week of October, batting practice starts at 9:30 AM and 2 or 3 nine inning games start at 10:30AM depending on how many players are in attendance. Pitching screens are used and all bats are allowed. If you want to join a fraternity of almost 150 players and play on some of the best fields in northern Illinois then you need to contact either
Ken Wiater 847-359-8180 email KenWiater@comcast.net or
Ron Cubberley 847-962-6447 email RonCubberley@gmail.com for complete details.
The per player cost is $50 for the entire six month season and includes a T-shirt and free admission to the annual mid-season cookout at Ken’s house. Ken and Ron do an excellent job administering this exceptional opportunity for senior softball fun. If you know of other clubs and leagues in the northern Illinois area please contact me with that information so that we can spread the word. Thanks
Jim Schevers
SSUSA Clubs and Leagues
Great Lakes Regional Director
298 Illinois St.
Crystal Lake, Il. 60014
mjschever@aol.com
815-455-6752 home
815-861-9506 cell



Aug. 4, 2009
JimS
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Northern Illinois Clubs and Leagues

Elgin Area
This is the 25th season for the Elgin Masters 50 And Over Softball League so if you’re 50 or will be in 2010 then its not too soon to plan to join this league for the 26th season. This league plays on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:45 and 8:00PM on field #5 at the Elgin Sports Complex. This is a very competitive recreational league with six teams and this year the season started on April 14 and will end on August 27 and consist of 4 pre-season and 22 regular season games. The league follows the SSUSA Senior Softball rules. The per person fee for this league is $75 for Elgin residents and $90 for non-residents and each player receives a T-shirt in the color of your team.
Bud Wilson ( 10 Hamilton Ave., Elgin, Il. 60123 847-888-0735) is the administrator of the league and you can call him for further help in becoming a member of this league. Is it ever too soon to plan for next year? No! ALL WELCOME PLAY BALL HAVE FUN
If you know of other clubs and leagues in the northern Illinois area please contact me with that information so that we can spread the word. Thanks
Jim Schevers
SSUSA Clubs and Leagues
Great Lakes Regional Director
298 Illinois St.
Crystal Lake, Il. 60014
mjschever@aol.com
815-455-6752 home
815-861-9506 cell
Aug. 4, 2009
JimS
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Northern Illinois Clubs and Leagues

Elgin Area
If you’re over 40, or about to be, then the Monday night 40 and over Masters softball league at the Elgin Sports Complex is the place for you. This is a very competitive league that starts around the third week in April and ends after the playoffs in about the third week in August. This year there were practices on April 13 and 20, first game on April 27 and last game on August 3 with a single elimination tournament on August 10 and 17. There are currently seven teams with game times of 6:30 and 7:40PM played on fields #1 and #5. This league features the extra home plate, 5 runs per inning with an open last inning, a 1 and 1 count with a foul ball after two strikes a dead ball out, an unlimited arc on the pitch and base runners able to lead off after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. The per person fee for this league is $60 for Elgin residents and $75 for non-residents and each player receives a Tshirt in the color of your team.
Mike Millikan(847-695-2541) is the administrator of the league and you can call him for further help in becoming a member of this league. Is it ever too soon to plan for next year? No!
If you know of other clubs and leagues in the northern Illinois area please contact me with that information so that we can spread the word. Thanks
Jim Schevers
SSUSA Clubs and Leagues
Great Lakes Regional Director
298 Illinois St.
Crystal Lake, Il. 60014
mjschever@aol.com
815-455-6752 home
815-861-9506 cell

Last night the White team defeated the Navy team 18-15 to clinch the regular season championship.
Aug. 5, 2008
JimS
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RAINOUT IN ISA NATIONALS IN BRIDGETON MO

I think ISA and BMAC did the best they could. I spoke to Jerry Jackson several times over the weekend and he was a gentleman and tried to help me in any way he could. That goes for his wife Amy and other members of his staff as well as the staff of BMAC. Mother Nature is in charge of the weather and the BMAC had 2 inches of rain dumped on it the Wednesday before the tournament so Sunday morning's rain was on ground that was still soggy from the previous rain. It's one thing to push water off a field and say go play and another to face the liability issues of todays tort system. My team, Michael's Force 4, is looking forward to returning to this tournament next year
May 2, 2005
JimS
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Las Vegas Winter Worlds dates

The Chicago Classics Silver had a good time in Indy. Its our first tournament of the season and its always nice to see our friends from other teams around the midwest. We did have one disappointment and that was when we came to the park to play our 12:40PM game on Sunday the team we were supposed to play didn't show. Now I can understand that after a four game twelve hour Saturday with sore bodies you don't feel like playing a 'meaningless' game on Sunday but I think you should try to let the team you're supposed to play know so they don't waste their time. By 12:40PM most of us could have been home. If you know you're going to forfeit a game make an effort to let the other team know.
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