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Jan. 7, 2012
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving on up

i dont care how many hrs a team hit they still lost.the issue should always be why didn't the champs move up?if there was a roster issue then they wouldn't have been playing at the major level in the first place.to solve this issue all we need is to have ssusa post the answer then we wouldn't have to guess.it looked like a great tourney with great teams.congrats to no. cal reds.we have played major plus teams in other assn. and have never been given 5 runs but when we playesd aaa teams we gave them 5 runs.keep hitting and stay safe
Sept. 2, 2011
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another thought on home run limits

i would like to see 3 groups recreation,under 100 miles over 100 miles.i will guess that most of the super major teams are made up of rosters with touching states players and over 100 miles players.why should we have to cater to these super teams.why should teams from a local area have to recruit from other areas to compete?not having enough players from your area is a problem but that could be solved by playing in the over 100 mile group or playing recreation.there also could be exceptions to the rules for situations where there are not enough players.if there are no miles restrictions there at least there should be state restrictions.not everyone has to be world champs or the best team but everyone should have a chance to compete.in the old days the a and b teams competed nationally and the c teams competed locally.only the a teams got rings.then teams started forming super teams thus elminating softball the way i knew it.the a bracket was ruined because all the teams lost their players to super teams .today there are more e teams than there are a&b teams.the money is being made in the d&e brackets.the upper brackets are going to be extinct soon.could this happen to senior softball?residency rules should increase the number of teams.the forming of super teams is to be the best and not to compete against the best.many more thoughts but too long already
Dec. 28, 2010
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Then There Were 14!

jawood i feel your pain.my team is funded at about 60% of our expenses but we do not recruit anyone outside our city.we are very lucky to have a sponsor who encourages friendship and loyalty thus as long as we keep his family oriented ways winning is not the only issue.for years we were self sponsored and kept the same teammates.we have always tried to play the best that we can and against the best that we could.when we got to major plus we were murdered.we won 1 game this year against major plus teams.we were outclassed.i will never pick up outside our area unless i dont have enough players to field a team.i understand that some areas of the country has to recruit players in order to field a team but that is the exception and not the rule in major and major plus.i think that alot of the problems can be solved with commonsense.the players know who the best teams are and who is major and major plus but somehow we are not heard or because of pettiness will shy away from the truth.here is one fact i know :recruiting the best players from other areas to form a superteam creates less teams.thus less teams to play.because of recuiting players teams that dont recruit are at a disadvantage.
Dec. 21, 2010
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Then There Were 14!

my team pace started out as aaa moved all the way to major plus and now are back to major.we have kept the same team basically from the start only adding players from our area.each year the teams that moved up with us picked up 4-5 new starters thus making them better.i am not complaining just stating the facts.a team from one state has a roster with players from touching states and numerous cities within that state.teams say its all about the friendship but many players have never been to each others house.it really is about winning.i believe u should be the best u can be but i dont think u should try to pick up a super team from many areas and then wonder why there are no teams to play.there is nothing wrong with being or trying to be the best.it all boils down to what you need to do to attain your goal.i for one will try to be the best i can be with my team without picking up players from other areas.i think u should only pick up players if you dont have enough players in your area. in the 70's i played at major level my goal was to play against the best which i achieved.then teams started picking up players and the a class went from many to a few just like today.the major division would have numerous teams if it was done right.in the 70's the a class was catered to everyone wanted to be a today the lower classes are catered to.i blame the major classes for this because in our need to win we have cherrypicked the best players from other teams thus we have less competative teams.remember when the teams move up with 4-5 new starters they had to get these players from someother teams thus breaking up or weakening another team.there is no reason why there isnt 2or 3playing levels 4 is too many.duke when your team won vegas the following year we moved up with you.when we played you again you had the first 5 batters(all new)hit back to back etc hrs in arow.this is what happens all the time.we weaken many teams to help a few.we need to find a better way.i will say it again recreation ,within 75 miles, over 75 miles are your 3 classes.use good balls no matter what and fight over the bat issues.peace out jr pace#11
Dec. 4, 2010
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ridge Hooks has been hospitalized

steve please keep us posted.my thoughts and prayers are with the hooks family.he has been wonderful to myself and the pace team.jr#11 pace
June 9, 2010
jrhunch
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Ratings

mike as a player and coach of pace we show up and play wherever they put us and whoever they put us against.we have never played one game in ssusa and many times in rb's tournie.we have never won rb's tournie ,the best finish being second in aaa.you have beaten us 2out of the 3 times we played you over the last 4or 5 years.killing us 2 weeks ago and out homering us 5 to 1.does this make you a major plus team?we have played in rb's tournie for 8 years versus zero years with ssusa.i ask you who's ratings are right?we have no problems with our ratings because we will play anybody.your questions and concerns are very legit and i have know problem with it but every team thinks other teams are sandbagging this is not true for us.good luck this week .keep hitting and stay safe jr#11
Dec. 14, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new rule for pitchers

i dont care what bats you use but the ball should always be good.there is validity to einstein's statements just look at the issa tournie in manasses.it was dying until they moved it to salem and used the good balls and bats.now it is the best tourney i have been to and i have been to 5 so called worlds.asa in burlington nc used a good ball with asa bats with fences at 325 and it was the most competitive tournie we played with every team having a good chance to win.the pitching screen will have too much impact on the game.it would hurt our team because it takes our pitcher's defense out of the game.i would only use the screen when the sun is in the pitchers eyes and it would be an out and if their was a batter on first a doubleplay.
Dec. 12, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

Wood,just to be clear, i think you should be able to have anybody you want on your roster.i believe in open borders.
Dec. 12, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

Wood,sorry for the confusion.We are a major team from new york state.we don't need to be reranked because we are winning more than we lose.I was just pointing out that the problem with the weather is that we have less players to draw from even though our states population is large.As for florida and california teams that we played against ,all of them were an all-star squad from different cities and touching states.I just responded to your comment about the weather and also that the problem with touching states was basically a major plus problem.I don't disagree with anything you said.The warm weather states have more players to draw from because there are more players playing.there are more leagues and more tournies in these states.We in the north have to travel to play all out tournies,very seldom do i see a cal.or a fla.team unless it is in or near their backyard.We played in the following worlds:issa(VA),usssa(CT),lvssa,spa(GA)&asa(NC).People on this thread are complaining about losing friends because they can no longer play because of this new rule, how about the few teams that want to keep their players(local)but as a result will have a problem when moved up?We would have to get rid of our friends and add people we don't know(if we can find them) to try to compete in major plus.The major plus teams chose to pickup players from touching states and try to become a super team and now are asked to drop these players,my team on the other hand has not picked up players but are asked to drop players and then pickup players to compete.There is too much politics in senior softball,I say post the tournies and see who shows up.I am for more playing and less politics.Sorry for the rant Wood,keep hitting and stay safe.
Dec. 11, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

wood every major team we have played against this year have players from more than 2 states and even canada.3 teams we played more than once had players from more than 3 states and 6-7 different cities.most teams we played never meet until the weekend.we dont recriut players outside our area because we choose friendship first.we moved up in 2006 and 4 other teams did also when we played them they had 5-6 new starters plus the regulars from the previous year.we got killed.these teams were warm weather teams and used touching state players.all legal and no problem .the problem with ny state and other northern states is because of the limited weather many people choose to do other things with their time.they only can golf,camp,boat during the same time as softball.therefore our recruitment is limited.other than sweet construction and tnt i havent played against 1 team from our touching state in over 4 yrs.excluding rochester teams.thus our pool of players to choose from are limited.thats the real issue with the weather.we play anyone and everyone but the cards will always be stacked against a local team when they have to move up.not too many teams in major are from the same city.not complaining like to play too much and like the fact when we win it is a total team effort since everyone plays.i have been to many tournies where we have been called sandbaggers etc but i stand proud of the fact they we are a true local team.
Dec. 8, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

lets play a tournie where all the players have to be from the same city.that would be a true test.i know our team pace will play .i know the best players in numbers are from florida and cal.this is a fact and everyone knows it.i have not played many if any teams that are major and major plus that are from the same city.this is a major problem when teams are forced to move up.teams that are not from the sun states are limited on the amount and quality of the players they need to add to compete against the powerhouses.whereas the sun states just reload from players within and touching state.not complaining because we choose to keep our players and recruit from within but we really dont have any choice.as it is rochester new york has at least 6 teams playing in the senior circuit without picking up any players from outside the city.i wish all cities competed instead of states then we would see a true champion and would in my opinion have less confusion and conflicts.when you choose to recriut players from all over to create a superteam you automatically are cutting down your competition.there will be less and less high caliber teams because all the high caliber players are on the same teams.less teams will be entered in a tournie and then everyone says where are the teams?why doesnt anyone want to play us?if you have a 15 man roster and are a major major plus team and out of these 15 players you took 3 players from 5 different areas that could affect the areas you took these players from.teams can disband or drop down a level because of this.some areas need to pickup players to be able to field a team from their area but for the most part in major and major plus players are picked up to become better.this is fine but lets not complain when noone plays us.happy holidays pace#11
Oct. 8, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rankings

don you are right on.i suggest that there should be 3 divisions aaa,major that draws players within 75 miles and open teams where you can draw players from anywhere.why should you be forced to play major plus.for my team to play major plus i would have to recruit players from other teams (if possible)other states (if possible)and then release numerous players off my roster.where would the comraderie and loyalty come from.should we set aside our morals to compete in major plus?if my team has to move up i have no choice unless i disband.disbanding is not an option.we will play but most teams have no idea how good the major plus teams are.its hard enough to play the major teams which many of them are allstar teams with players from different cities and different states.my team pace is from the same area and will stay together despite the ridiculous rules.stay safe pace11
Oct. 8, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rankings

dr j you are right you followed the rules and won.now the rules say you have to move up.that is your reward for winning.i agree the rules need to be addressed and somehow logical people cannot come up with a logical answer.your team at least wins in majors.more than you lose and can draw from a larger pool of players.what happens to the teams that win 1 4 team tournie and gets moved up and competes with the same players year in and year out.consider yourself lucky to at least commit the crime before going to the firing squad.congrats on your wins and keep on hitting.your team has always played with class and heart.pace#11
Sept. 18, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team to play for in Las Vegas

andy totally misread your statement.understand totally now.what a peebrain i am and that isnt a freudian slip.will see you in vegas and still believe you dont have to answer to no one about your ranking in vegas last year.it was a well earned victory .you should be patted on the back and not stabbed.stay safe
Sept. 18, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team to play for in Las Vegas

andy good luck in vegas.we play u in the first game.you dont have to answer about your rating last year at all.the only problem i have is that you stay out west and question other teams who are rated aaa and are playing according to the rules.they are ranked aaa thus they are in vegas playing aaa.joe b's players are having the success this year because they play hard and with the same guys year after year.good for them.we should be patting them on the back instead of stabbing them.hawaii came in third last year behind our 2 teams when you yourself say you were a aaa team.so why would they play major this year.i wish all the teams good luck and safe playing and look forward to some great competition against some great competitors and like you wish there were more teams.have not played in one major tourney with more than 4 teams.stay safe and keep hitting jr pace #11
Sept. 16, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls and All

the micro ball was great to hit but it was hard to field.the ball picked up speed thru the inf on ground balls faster than most balls.the ball acted like a tire and seemed to dig in and go faster at the same time.if the batter hit spin on the ball it was very hard to read what the grounders were going to do.when you hit it felt like a trampoline or tennis racket.the weather was hot and the balls flew.loved hitting it but not fielding it.i am for good balls first and good bats second.the ball should always be good.went to a tourney in connecticut this year with temperatures in the high 80s and hit the 40-375 ball and it sucked.we were playing at 200 ft.that is not softball.only saw 1 hr and that was @8am.nothing close to the fence after that.joe you are in the majority.you are right it is time for a revolution viva the revolution viva einstein, keep on hitting. god bless homer's family he was a great player whenever we ran into each other we always shook hands.what a hitter ,he will be missed jr#11 pace
Sept. 11, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: half swings

lecak,i agree it is an art.without the good balls and bats this skill would be history.i have played with the kids and with the senior circut and not once have i seen someone called out for the chop.when we were young we were called out for the chop more often then not and noone tried the soft swing because it wouldnt work.i prefer to take a full swing the way that the game was meant to play and by no means do i take away the fact that hitting the lob or chop is a skill i just feel that these swings are not the way the game should be played with the equipment we have today
Sept. 11, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: half swings

i am sick of players complaining about good balls and good bats and then take half swings and baltimore chops .some players can do both.i realize this is a skill but a skill i do not want to pursue.it is hard enough to play defense as it is with the good balls and bats but it can be very dangerous for the inf. to move in to take away the chop and or half swing.i believe that both the half swing and chop should be outlawed.if not both at least one.the young kids are doing this in d&e ball.our game is changing from homeruns and place hitting to no homeruns and semi swings.am i the only one who dislikes this?its like golfing without your woods or racing 4 cylinder cars keep on hitting jr11
June 7, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: larry from columbus ohio

larry i talked to you about your father son tournie when i was in brookpark .i cant play but would like to pass the info to the teams here but i cant get the great lakes region page to open on my computer.if you could send me the info i will pass it on.dont know if teams will play from here but you never know.jr pace#11
April 21, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: whyWhy is it all offense instead of defense

barry defense keeps you in the game and gives you a chance.the team that pops up the most thus making easy outs is usually the loser.the advantage of being a good hitting team is that sometimes you can outhit your mistakes.because of the speed of the hits your defensive range is limited.you have to make the plays when you can get to the ball ,if you make the plays you can, you have a chance to win.today i bet 15-20%of your on base % is errors.the balls are hit way harder and more often than when we were kids
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