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Jan. 27, 2009
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings Changes Announcement Timeline

I beg to differ with LVSSA comment by Lecak. The LVSSA has a little more thought in noticing teams that play in their own tourneys. Their TD will change a team who is MJ into AAA of AAA into AA of vise versa in both with recomendation of managers who consistanly play in their tourneys. They do police their tourney and notify teams in the division of the changes so there are no suprises at time of play.
Dec. 2, 2008
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LAS VEGAS WINTER WORLDS

I agree to pay that kind of money for this noteable of a tourney, has failure written all over it. We complain but keep on showing up. But tthe number may be declining.
Please show your concern and add to this subject. Reno was great and so was Phoenix but Vegas is declining both officiating and fields,
Oct. 18, 2008
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Question for all teams

I will state again, why not let the tourney directors do their jobs and send their evaluations to the SSUSA. The TD's and their reps are there to see first hand the competition that was set up. I am sure that they are not only their to make money but to balance each division for future tourneys held by them.
Now you have a first hand evaluation. Team managers are able to show their case instead of the SSUSA making decisions based on stats alone. Then if you get moved up its by visual evauation as well as stats with little or no discusion. Take SSUSA out of the picture on this and put it back into the players and teams who support the organization. I'm sure their is more that can be added but this may just be a start. The SSUSA has done what it can but with the true input this may take it out of its blinders and pet favors that it may show.
Aug. 4, 2008
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RATINGS WARS

One thing is for sure, this is only the beginning of the issue.
The current rating system is a idea brought about to help the issue. Its not a fix it. Teams winning will move up when falling within the system. Why not try to improve it.
Start to rely on your TD who see players and that want teams to return to be competitive tourneys they put on. We all know that tourneys costs are going up for TD's and players. Trust the input from the TD's and include them as much as 80% into your decisions
One things may be for sure the SSUSA will be amazed at their accuracy in most cases but the TD will take care of the rest.
Can't hurt and maybe thinking outside the box will help.
March 23, 2008
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff surgery

First of all, throwing arm or catching arm?
Throwning longer, 9 to 12 months. Start playing about the 5th month. Short distant throwning after 5 to 6 months. Chop down hitting during the 5 to 6 month.
Catching arm 4 to 6 months. The healing takes about 8 months.
Remember if you don't strengthen and strart to early and do too much to early you will be back to see the Doctor again. If you can stay off of antiinflamatories. Ice the shoulder as much as possible for no more than 10 minutes after exercises and playing.
Had both done within the last 3 years. No problems playing full out since I was carefull. Remember that when you play and if you are competitve you do things you shouldn't during the healing process.
Jan. 28, 2008
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stike mat issues, can't wait.

With the strike mat being mobile and/or not fixed. Can't wait for the calls by the already confused senior officials. Example of a smart catcher gently kicking the mat toward the field of play in order to get advantage on a force play at home. The plate official is watching the play in the field and would not see a catcher edge the mat toward the field of play. The mat may be just moved by the batter/runner or home plate official, but the advantage of being closer to the play makes for a distinct advantage that smart players will use against the official. It is not defined as a judgement call but the SSUSA and other organizations who adobpt this may need to address it BEFORE IT ESCALATES INTO MORE HEATED ARGUEMENTS. THE ISSUE IS NOT JUST AS SIMPLE AS IT LOOKS AS A RULE CHANGE.
Dec. 23, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams going to TOC in Feb

In order to get an idea of who's going in all divisions and not going to the TOC, please respond. Teams on the bubble may be interested on the turn out. Thank you!
Nov. 29, 2007
THECAT
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: moving up

Ike, the consideration should also include sponsered and non sponsered teams. Yes, it makes a major difference especially as you graduate to major and major plus. The non sponsered teams have a huge disadvantage on personnel. As the expenses gets higher the better ballplayers look for sponsered teams and sponsered teams court them. The weakest link may be a .750 hitter that can't play defense.
I agree on the idea of staying put unless you win 3 or 4 major tourneys in a 2 year span as a AA or AAA team. But then you do get older and the younger teams turning to the new age bracket bring more competition. It took a long time to get competitve as a AA or AAA. Let us enjoy it for awhile and not become sacrafical lambs again.
Oct. 7, 2007
THECAT
Topic: Bats
Discussion: floo56

Are you going to be in Phoenix. If not, do you have an e-mail address that we can discuss it on? I have one used 27 with asa 2000 stamp.
Sept. 4, 2007
THECAT
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a team in Visalia, CA area to practice with

Just incase you are still reading your request. Thurs. league does not start up again until the 13th. They start at 6 pm.
There is another thought if you are available this week end 8and 9.
There is a tourney in Paso Robles and there is a 65 team from here that you would be able to play on. If not them them, Im sure you would fit in anywhere.
Contact Rich Motta at 732-2345 and let him know what you are interested in doing while your here.
Aug. 21, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CALIF CUP

Congrads is order. The bracketing was very good and the officiating was OK. The main issue has to be the fields. Mahany deplorable, infield batter boxes and the football used outfields.
Maidu out field just a tad better than Mahany. The CAL CUP should not be represnted this way next year. Last year the fields were playable at both parks. Injuries were kept to a minimum, only with some luck.
To send that much money in on entry fee and get so little.The infields were never dragged. Just some hand racking and water.
Please let Sac. know your thoughts.
Aug. 14, 2007
THECAT
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reaper bat ?

Now that the reviews are getting better and better on the ASA Reaper. How long will it be before the ASA includes it on its ban list??
The games played at all Field of Dreams allow only ASA approved bats. But I understand that a few FOD parks are not allowing the Reaper ASA version.
July 17, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno Western Nationals

Now here may be one reason why we can't promote other touneys on this sight. Awards have included windbreakers, quality sweat shirts, bat bags, long sleve turtle neck shirts, polo shirts. Most included monagrams of the team logos. Why pay $25-$35 for a T-Shirts , oh yes include motel room, meals and gas. Why not hold raffles and/or use donated gifts. A ring is a nice incentive but if you keep winning a ring tourneys why not have the association start to pick up a larger portion of the cost to upgrade your ring. Now that would be an extra incentive. Just playing competitve softball at our age is even more gratifing and is a great incentive too.
June 18, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rip it reaper

Pre order Ripit Reaper for $299 and free shipping. But it says please specify ASA or USSSA.
I understand, but how can the same bat be ASA or USSSA legal. The diference is? Has any of the guru's tried either bat yet.
June 10, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster and playing rule

Player in a 2 day SSUSA qualifier is 61 yrs old. He registers w/ a 55 team and a 60 team. With the 55's he signes as an add on and as a 60, he signs as a regular roster player. He plays on the first day with the 55's and then plays with the 60 team on the second day.
The first time at bat on the second day with the 60's he hits a single. The player is idenified to the umpire before the next pitch.
What are the rulings (its ok, out, forfeit, disqualification, etc). If your quessing don't answer. I know there are different association rules but this one deals with the SSUSA.
June 5, 2007
THECAT
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: HELP ON THE RULES (SSWC OR ANYONE ELSE)

All runs count. Immediate dead ball. If in the umpires judgement there could have been a play, any play , made whether or not an out could be made. He may call the runner closest to home out. Final, 2 runs score , 2 outs and batter/runner at 1 st. A good unpire will make this call.
A waring against the runner who made the infraction.
May 10, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Santa Maria Tourney's

Sorry for those of you who got cancelled in Santa Barbara on the 5th and 6th, should have stayed with the Santa Maria Tourney. Good weather, great fields and good officals.
Next on is July 21,22 and Aug. 18,19. Call Rich at 559-732-2345.
April 30, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is the correct call?

Only as you descibed. Double play, tagging second then first. Runner in contact with bag is hit, ball is alive and so is the runner and batter. Only becomes dead when runner not in contact with bag in fair territory is hit by a batted ball. Dead ball, runner out and batter awarded first. If first basemen is in front of runner and bag and had a chance to field it and runner is hit off the bag in fair terirory its still alive as long as in the umpires judgement another fielder didn't also have a chance to field it.
Hope it helps in the future.
April 28, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SANTA MARIA TOURNEY

Didn't mean to create such a tivey. Anyway, for those of you not goning in May. The following are dates also in Santa Maria: July 21-22 and Aug.18-19. Cool weather and the wives and family will love it. Great fields, balls, Miken ultras allowed, and nice awards. Try it and i'm sure you'll be back.
April 24, 2007
THECAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SANTA MARIA TOURNEY

Those of you seniors, looking to play on the coast. Santa Maria sports compex, May 5-6. Mikens allowed, NCSSA rules. Contact Rich @559-732-2345. It's nice to know where other senior tourneys are. Ask about other tourney dates in SM.
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