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May 12, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Wow, hello, earth to bigboy are you out there earth to bigboy--lol. Im just picking at you man. Here is one last try and if it fails then I give up. There is a black and white written rule. It is plain as day in the spa rulebook. It is the border state rule and this applies to the AAA level. One team and only one team in all age groups registered with spa is being allowed to violate that rule--at least I have found only one team. Its like your team being allowed 3 strikes but this one team you play[and they are one of the best teams you play] being allowed 4. Everybody else plays by the rule as written but this one team.

As to your personal reference about me. I have a team. A dang good team. Im as happy as I can be on my team. We strive to abide by the rules as written. I probably wont get over it until the competition is abiding by the rules or the rulebook is changed. I strive everyday to get better but this old body peaked about 40 years ago. Just leaves a bad taste when that one team gets 4 strikes and everybody else gets 3--follow the analogy. I am playing with my team of choice now and have no desire to play with the other team. Im happy as I can be and play with a great group of guys
May 11, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

I agree with you totally there are regions and age divisions where it is hard to field a competitive team within the border states parameters. The circumstance which I reported that started this whole discussion is not one of them. Losisiana is a baseball mega hotbed and it borders Texas yet they are allowed to skip over Mississippi and come to Alabama to add major level players to play AAA ball on a team with 16 legal players. It aint right and there is no way to spin it. SPA should just do away with border states rule totally and let the recruiting begin
April 16, 2015
gobama
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 54 year old in north al.

When will you be 55? What positions do you play? How long has it been since you played
March 30, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

With the case of Louisiana it is pretty simple. They have a 30+ million pool of residents to pull from with their own state and the border states. If you cant build a 65+ team from that pool something is wrong. With states like Rhode Island,Vermont,Montana,the Dakotas etc then there is a legit problem.
I have no idea where the border states rule came from or why it was put in. It is a rule though and it should be strictly enforced as written with no exception especially not to allow one team to attempt to build a major team.
Please explain to me how it is level to allow one team to violate a rule and no other teams knew they could skip over Mississippi--it doesnt exist. They were never told about this--only the one team has done this that I know of. Just write it in black and white that Louisiana teams can come to Alabama and get major players just so everyone playing SPA ball is aware of it and that it is legal. That is my gripe in a nutshell about this whole situation
March 30, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Well bigboy11 you can bet that I and most everyone else playing is playing to win. You can bet one more thing we have read the clear and concise rule book and never asked for an exception to a rule like this. I know of no other team that has either. Im not talking about your team in 65+ but ONE team in 60 ball that has a dugout full of players every tournament we see them at and still SPA has allowed them to violate border states rule in order to add 3 really really good players. The sportsman paradise of Louisiana where baseball is bigtime I would think has 14 good 60-65 year old players to field a competitive team.
All any of us can ask for is a level playing field and equal enforcement of the rulebook OR at least change the rulebook
March 30, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

I think rather than trying to look and equalize number of border states you should look at population density of the border states. For the issue involved in this discussion you have Louisiana as home state and Texas,Mississippi,and Arkansas to pull from. I dont see any reason you cant field one 60AAA team from a 30 million pool and not have to come to Alabama which has 3 home based 60's and a bunch of players on 3 other teams.
As i stated earlier this rule exception is not being done to help field a team for someone who is having trouble filling a roster. It is to build a powerhouse and win baby. I fault the SPA staff for not doing the research. They may have been mislead and agreed to this in error but it is not fair to every other team in SPA who is complying with all rules as written.
The relief that was offered up was well if this team is better than the rest of the 60AAA teams in the southeast circuit we will bump them to major. Hello
March 20, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

I was not there but was well aware of the situation. I have talked to several SPA players and not found anyone who agrees with the ruling to allow this to happen. A rule book is useless if the organization allows a violation like this to a clear black and white rule. Would be different if the problem was real and say team A could only find 9 players in their home state and the border states and needed to come further to field a team. Not the case here. Team A has a 19-20 man roster and it just so happens the players in violation are major players.
I just want the border states rule abolished so everybody is on an equal playing field or I want it enforced as written so everybody is on an equal playing field. Exceptions for one team or certain players tends to make one think of the ole backroom deal being done and when you then have to face this team it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. We all spend our money to come play these tournaments and playing for second place is not the desired outcome
March 19, 2015
gobama
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

SSUSA enforces their rules as written and SPA seems to make deals with certain teams/players i.e. the border states rule. In case none of you know it a state of 2.5 million people,Mississippi, doesn't exist according to SPA. So if Mississippi is one of yours teams border states you can just skip over it and grab players from the next state over. Something is rotten in Denmark!!!

I love playing tournaments under both organizations and both are good onsite with management.

My one suggestion. For the awards give the guys a T-shirt rather than a plaque or china made plastic coffee mug
Nov. 12, 2011
gobama
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok bats on Amazon.com

I recently bought one of these off of Amazon. It has to be a knockoff. It had the ding of a metal bat. Out of the wrapper it was terrible. Compared to my U2 it was probably 30-40 feet shorter on a well hit flyball. I returned it for a refund. I have never hit a Reebok legend but it just didn't hit or feel like a composite bat--hope this helps
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