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April 18, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: lets move up good defenses

since we make good hitting teams move up lets move up good defensive teams.its crazy penalizing hrs.just because you can hit hrs doesnt mean you are a major player.teams should be moved up based on winning and not hrs.do we have so many senior players that we can revamp our roster to suit our playing rank?i know in my area we dont.we havent had a new player on our team in 5 years.hearing that hrs rules require teams to have to play defense like we use to do when we were young is untrue.i did not play in 1 aaa tourney game where the winning team didnt score at least 15 runs and that was with the run restrictions.the year before in major 20 runs was a minimum win.the best way to rank teams is by wins only.we already have too many restrictions now why do we need more.no one tells the player that makes diving catches to quit diving.nobody tells the guys that can run like deer to quit taking the extra base.why should hitting be so different.there should only be 2 divisions.if you want to travel and play thats your choice.when we were younger only the good teams travelled now everyone thinks they should have a chance to win which is against the purity of sports which is to be the best you have to play and beat the best.everyone wants that chance to win but it is improbable.today they have d and e teams in the young guys tournies. this is where all the teams are.we are catering to the bottom teams instead of the top teams.the fact is this problem with softball today was the result of the hr rule put in during the 80's.it has ruined softball for todays young players they will never have the pleasure that we had in our youth.all i am saying is restrictions and complaints are getting out of hand.lets play the game ,the game we have played out of love all these years.back to basics hitting and hopefully defense and less complaining.no more calling up td and complaining about teams you never even seen play.we need to take our game back.we should have more say.would you play golf if you could not use your driver?stay safe and keep hitting #11 pace
April 2, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 Major

ken i think #7 was busting your chops just like the start of this thread.dont be so sensitive.you have to appreciate the sarcasm when he says ss-usa should move you up to major plus.the way things are going in senior softball that could become a fact.we know too well what is happening and have no control over what will happen.every team from new york state got moved up.the rochester 50 team wasnt even the best team in rochester but got moved up with gubiottis.teams that finished higher in tournies they went to and the toc didnt move up.why? how come?they didnt have enough players to play in loudon so they used some of ours and won.since then they were able to field a team and never came close to winning.the problem with our area is that we cant recruit any new players so when teams move up unfairly they are behind the 8 ball.when you and other teams in the nice weather area move up it is easier to recruit.i remember your post asking for new players,which as a coach and player makes me jealous.congrats on your win and hope you win many more.stay safe and keep hitting jr pace#11
March 11, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Spa Ratings compared to SSUSA ratings

my opinion is i would combine aa&aaa into 2 divisions gold and silver.the teams that win in silver move 2 gold and teams losing in gold move to silver.win 2 majors within in your age group 50-54 55-59 etc automatic move up to higher division.next division would be for major teams that draw players from 50-75 mile radius.after winning 2 majors in age group automatic move up. weaker teams may move down.the last division would be for teams who draw from all over the state and touching states.maybe even pick up whoever you want from anywhere.this would be your major plus.any team that doesnt want to play in major plus just recruit from 50- 75 miles .this is just my opinion.when we were moved up to major we moved up with the same team other teams that moved up with us were able to recruit many new players and some are in major plus today.they got better every year.where as we are still the same team.not complaining but sunshine states can get on this web site and recruit new players for their team instantly.as far as the ssusa ratings they changed the rules but keep the same criteria for moveups.we would not have won in dalton with the rules that are in place now.some teams move up without winning a national tournament nor come in the top 5 while other teams win and dont move up.homeruns and run differential(prelim games)shouldnt be the criteria.it should be based on winning over a period of time.in 8 team tournies getting on a roll can happen to any team our age.i have played in many senior tournies and i believe that out of 100 tournies ,2 would have positively had the same winner.pine knob in canada and extra innings in manasses and that was in 2004.i think there is too much complaining(which has caused our problems)and now not enough listening.this is just my opinion.i love playing and would like to keep it going.stay safe and keep hitting jr#11pace
Feb. 18, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: HR's

thanks chuck,i just did what i said not to do.you should know the facts before you talk.i saw one game and passed judgement on a team that probably were on their 5th game in one day.this is a problem.i tried to find out the name of the team before i posted without success.i used another team to prove a point,that was wrong and i am truly sorry.i take full responsibility for my comment.it takes one word to bring a person down but many to get that person up.keep hitting and stay safe jr
Feb. 18, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: HR's

chuck how about that calf. team you played in 2006.they hit 17 hrs against you and you hit none but you still won by hitting singles and doubles.never heard your team complaining.you went on to lose to us in the if game.there were 2 hrs hit in the 2 finals both by us.should that calf. team be put into majors when they couldnt win a triple a tourney?according to some they should,their defense was weak and they only had 11 players.they could hit but would have gotten murdered in majors.roberts is an elite team now maybe it was there first year or maybe there are other reasons why they were aaa but to suggest they were sandbaggers without knowing the facts is unfair.we should expect better from old men but are getting the worse.chuck will cya soon stay safe.jr pace #11
Feb. 17, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: home runs

pete i dont think the voice lessons are working.i dont think the rules should be changing from year to year either.we will play whatever the rules are.someone sees one game and they know everything.if it was that simple why play in the tourney if everyone knows the winner.we spent over $60,000 this year to be called sandbaggers.these know it alls must be banned from vegas because they know who will win the world series,super bowl and the kentucky derby.these complainers are in another world.they have no idea how good and dedicated the major and major plus teams are.you cannot have a bad inning agaINST THEM.you have to play at over 100%of your ability and hope they are off to be competitive with them consistently.teams dont want to move up and lose and spend money doing so.i dont blame them but most of these teams dont or wont move up but are willing to point out other teams that have at least tried.got to get back to my screenplay that i will be submitted to double nickel productions in hollywood.maybe andy will see that the screenplay gets in the proper hands.stay safe i missed bob in florida.
Feb. 17, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: home runs

when i stated aaa does it sometimes major does it often and major plus does it all the time i was talking about playing ability not complaining.
Feb. 17, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: home runs

i am the player coach of pace from new york that is accused of being sandbaggers and afraid to play major by know it alls.yes it is true that in back to back games in dalton we hit 20 hrs.here is some background for the whiners.we play out of rochester ny.all 19 players live within 25 miles of each other and have played with and against each other our whole lives.we do not draw from outside the area.we have played major 2yrs out of the 6yrs i played.last year we were 1-13 in the major tourneys we played getting run ruled in 10 of those games.we were eliminated by 9am on fri.in ks.we had a way better team last year when we could use 50's than this year.this year we played in cleveland placing 2nd out of 8 teams.the teams were rated aa-major.we hit 8 hrs in 8 games.we then went to salem where we were run ruled in the 55' final. we hit 1 hr in 8 games.on to pa. where we won against 2aa,1 60'saaa.we hit 4hrs in 6 games.we scored 5 runs with 2 outs and noone on in bottom 7th to beat romans.we played in panama city where we got run ruled in a 4 team tourney to finish 2nd again.we hit 1 hr in 5 games there.this brings our hr total at 14 in 29 games.softball is a game where one minute you are a hero another moment you are the goat.everyone who travels will have his day in the sun.even the worst player in the world can go 4-4.it is a game of momentum and competion.playing against certain teams can bring the best out of you.hitting is contagious.add the wind ,the ball and bat to momentum and anything can happen.we are a good team who got hot live with it.we certainly dont travel all over the country to sandbag.we play everybody and try to win.in 6 years i have not seen 1 team play the amount of players we do.after the 20hrs in 2 games we hit 2.in the championship game we were out hr 1-0.the wind was blowing in.we also had luck behind us winning against cj's express 33-32 when there runner touched home in the 7th with basesloaded for the last out.we proceeded to score 4 to win the winning hit off the tip of the rcf glove.in the final game we scored 6runs after the of pulled up hurt on a easy out in the bottom of the 5th with 2 outs and noone on.after dalton we went to vegas.before we left i got a call from the td who informed me that the 2 calf. teams were complaining about our ratings.i told the td that if it was a problem we will give everyone 5 runs.(this didnt happen)when i looked at the ususa 55 ratings these teams were major and this was a aaa tourney.we didnt complain we were there to play.needless to say we were 0-3 against these calf.teams.we finished 5-4 and second place to a very good double nickel team.we hit 16 hrs in the 9 games.the reason for this long rant is to state the facts about our team.also to point out that people should be held accountable for what they say.there are too many snide remarks by people that speak without thinking or not caring.this is why senior softball is becoming a joke.the reason for all these new changes are a result of all the teams complaining to tds.a td cant pick up a phone without some sherlock holmes at the other end saying he has uncovered new evidence.my team has never complained once on the comp we have played.here is a fact aaa players do it sometime major players do it often and major plus do it all the time.i cannot take back the hr barrage in dalton nor would i want to but to demean another team who has played by the rules for 6 years is unfair.ask romans,double nickel,steel dawgs,motown stars,pj,s express,stancil's,monsters,hawaii55's if they would like to play us again and the answer would be bringem on.people should quit whining and start working on the game they love.you are making it worse than better.remember you cant win it unless your in it.stay save jr.pace#11
Feb. 9, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing down in age bracket

remember to clear this through the proper channels because some assns reserve the right to change the rules as they see fit.this is not a put down but a fact,it depends on the player and team and also the number of players that are being used to drop down.they may not let a whole team drop down even though i have seen it in the past doesnt mean the rule is the same for all situations.if you read the ususa &spa rules you will see the quote that it is at their discretion to change the rules for this situation and others
Feb. 5, 2009
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somebody needs to say it!

we should be asking ourselves why are we making these changes?there is a trust issue here.is the new ball for the players benefit?if so why are we using the 40 and 44 ball in the first place?when i first started playing senior ball we were using 47 and 50 balls.those balls were safer but were changed.why?in vegas this year i never saw so many hard hit balls.i bet 40 of the hits would be placed in my top 100 hit balls i have seen.as seniors we have been asked to make numerous changes that cost us money and in some cases injury for reasons that are not to our benefit.the assn.have been letting us hit the unsafe ball for years now.all we should do is go back to the 47 and 50.we spent alot of money to go to salem va to play softball at 240 ft. because the balls suck.why are we as seniors asked to make needless changes?it is bad enough that we have to buy cards and also pay sanction fees.i am losing trust and confidence in the powers that be.i love playing softball which is a simple game that is starting to get too complicated and too expensive.stay safe and keep hitting.i need to see a lawyer so i can keep up on all these rules.
Nov. 10, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Ultra II vs Ultra II Legacy

bashbro,i agree with you for the most part but the original ultra2 with warrenty lasted for a long time.i owned 2 of them 1 lasted 5 years and the other almost 4.over the last 3 years the newer batches seem to suck.i think mlken changed something in production.keep hitting.pace #11.
Oct. 28, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Congratulations Motion, NY Winners 55AA Worlds & Nationals

pete how is it going?we {pace} played last in vegas and got beat by double nickel and are done for the year.dont know the team from new york.how has your team done since georgia?hope you stay safe and keep hitting.jr #11 pace
Oct. 2, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas

pardon my spelling did not have my glasses on .please believe me.#11 pace
Oct. 2, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas

asplayer-coach of pace i would like to sincerly congratulate the double nickel team for their win.i liked the way you took notes and kept stats on all of our games.the small things are what wins games.the problem i have with what has been said and written about us is for the most part untrue and not fair.as grown old men we should all act better than we do.we have played in 6 tournies with some success with a goal of being at our best at the end of the year.to do this all19 players play.we beleive that a team is only as strong as the weakest player.we didnt have the same players as daulton 4 were missing.we made no excuses for it nor would we.during the year we have been beaten by teams with higher classifications than us and never complained.we go and play everywhere and against everyone without a whimper.for this we are called sandbaggers and cheaters.mr.hooks never did us any favors.he is the cause of the problem.we played in 3 of his tournies.when people asked him about us he said he never heard of us.this peaked everyones concerned.it took away from our victory and made feel bad about winning and it cheapens the effort teams had against us.in 2006 we won the 50s in vegas when i got back home i immediatly had us moved up to major.the director in vegas called me 3 days before we came and told me he was having concerns about us because other teams including double nickel were complaing about us.i told him we would be happy to move up to major or give runs.i stated that we werew not bringing everyone and asked him what were we suppose to do lose in daulton.we are a group of guys who played against or with since our 20s.everyone lives within 20 miles.the 55aa rochester team won vegas this week as well as the 50aaa team won cape mayne nj this weekend.we do not draw from these teams to make a superteam.we set goals and achieved one ofthem and as a result have been treated like murderers.we will gladly move up to majors without a complaint and look forward to the challenge.we are a proud bunch and would never cheapen another teams victory.good hitting to everybody and stay safe.pete i hope you are well
Aug. 19, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: more balls than brains

the baden balls that were used in salam va.were a joke.why have a beautiful complex with fields 300 ft. with high fences,if you are going to use only 240 feet of the field.i saw 3 hrs the whole time ,2 were at 8am games with 70 degrees and another with a wind blowing out to lf.we should get what we are paying for.entry fees are too high.we win nothing .at least we should have a ball that is correct.40 core under 70 degrees 44 core over 70 .why do balls with the same specs hit so different?why do we follow the rules and tds and asscs. change them when it is in their best interest?how many times have we travelled great distances and then the balls are changed?
Aug. 7, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RATINGS WARS--continued

ratings should be done with commonsense.prelim games should never count toward run differential.my team plays everyone in the prelims.we pay our own way so how do you bring players and tell them to pay to watch.it gives everyone a chance to rest.if your team is over the runs average for a tournie the teams you played and the td should be questioned on your ability.if you played 5 teams they should say whether you should move up or not.if the td and the 5 teams vote 60% should move you up if not you stay where you are.why should someone decide if you move up that never saw you play.we spend alot of money to travel to these tournies ,the expense is getting to be too much.3 tournies is alot of money spent to prove that you were right about where you should play.i have been on the side of a moveup that was justified because of winning a big tournie that should be expected.we proceeded to get it handed to us the moveup year as was to be expected.but to win or play well in a qualifier should not be automatic.teams should police themselves as well as other teams.numbers dont lie but they also dont always tell the truth.i cant believe that we as players have to pay for id cards and too high entry fees (young players dont) and dont have a say in how things are done.its more important who you are beating and not just the score.why have tds if their opinions dont count.run differential is wrong without the opinions of who you are playing.i dont encourage anyone to quit playing but encourage the powers that be to do the right thing.teams are always going to think they are right.if the players had more say then at least some of us will be right.keep on hitting and stay safe.#11 pace electronics ny
April 17, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Rochester NY - 59 years young

call adrian 315-524-8952 cell 585 755-8032
Jan. 31, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: Associations
Discussion: 2008 National Senior Softball Summit

gehall44,asa rules suck.where i play you cant use the fatboy it is illegal.the freak has been illegal in asa leagues also.the freak has been illegal here in rochester new york for 4 years even though we have to pay asa sanction fees.i might add that these are young peoples leagues.asa has its own agenda.they dont care about senior softball.my team will boycott asa tournies from here in.i agree with you on the injuries.the worse ones i see are from running,diving and sliding.stay safe
Jan. 18, 2008
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Significant Rule Changes for SSUSA 2008 Season!

what batters box rule?in vegas and kc teams were almost ontop of the pitcher and all the umpires new it and did't call it once.and these assc. call this safe?they don't enforce the rules they have now how are they going to enforce new ones?
Dec. 13, 2007
jrhunch
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IT APPEARS THAT SOME SENIORS HAVE NO RULES.

wagon487,i know that you truly believe what you are saying.this maybe true in florida where very few teams travel out of florida to play compared to the number of teams playing in fla.the sunshine states have more teams and more players to choose from.in the 6 years that i have been players the teams are getting better and better.i first started out playing majors which would be aaa today.majors today is way better than majors 3-5 years ago.we moved back up to majors last year as an old 50's team and were not very competitive.our hitting 1-10 was not on par with the other teams.not complaining just being honest.even the teams that moved up with us were killing us.we had a great time but being out of kansas torney at 9am friday yes am. was horrible and i will never forget it.we like to play everyone because we pay our own way so it is very hard to compete in majors.we only draw players from our city and have known everyone for years.there is a reason why teams dont want to move up.fla. is great place to play and especially hit but the bottom line is a regular team cannot compete against major teams in the long run
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