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July 15, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC bat

If past direct contact had resuled in better information we might follow your suggestion. Open forum seems appropriate. We are all hopeful for GSC. We are on your side and just want accurate information available to all.
July 13, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC bat

Like the past 2 years. Still waiting. Are they planning to sell bats or a bat comany. Only the best wishes for GSC.
July 6, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC bat

Will some major bat company buy the GSC so the bat can be produced and sold. That may be the agenda and a good solution. If the solid core senior bat is viable, a take over seems reasonable.

June 8, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC P413 - Questions & Answers

Its not about money, its about considering relationships. If no apologies necessary, then little respect owed. No problem, but anybody following the will understand how some apology might be proper. Anyway, enough time wasted, the bat will speak for itself. All forgiven, lets move on and play some ball.
June 8, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC P413 - Questions & Answers

GSC has issued repeated unfulfilled release dates and about a year ago said the bat was approved. Just offer the bat for sale when ready please. Also some apologies are due, for mistaken statements about release dates and not just blame to the past owner. Most everyone wishes GSC well, just show consideration for those who held off buying bats waiting for promised released dates if credibility is to be improved. Or just release the bat when promised. Many have moved on concerning this bat. Again, good luck GSC, We just want a good warrantied bat for a fair price.
May 4, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bat approved for Senior Softball

Yes, congratulations for finally getting the bat approved. I do remember a representative for GSC saying last year on this board that the bat was approved then. I believe that was Chip. I also remember the repeated assurances of how the bat was to be out soon. Just back up the warranty and prove the companies worth It will be interesting if the fake labeles appear so the bat gets used in regular leagues. I will wait and see the real bat and the warranty backup before ordering. Hopefully this is a new beginning for this tarnished company.
Jan. 21, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Cerce , It often appears that in old man softball ability is a disadvantage in getting on a new team. It often threatens existing players positions and pride. You will likely be attacked for having an attitude as a way to protect them and their status. A lot of BS goes with the senior game. Many good players can't stomach the ego games. So if you brag be prepared for attacks. My suggestion is find friends to play with and have fun. These golden years are precious and not to be wasted trying to get admiration from self absorbed old men. Good luck,
Jan. 10, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

Obviously, this better batter last strategy was to allow lesser hitters to bat ahead of better hitters, on teams that winning was less important than taking care of personal desires. Only seen this strategy on losing teams. Old guys can be good at BS. If you are a better player its best to stay clear of these type teams and players. These are lesser players who are playing for fun and have little regard for integrity. How often did any great hitter in baseball bat at the bottom of the order. Even my wife laughed at this strategy. When discussed with better players they also laughed the idea off, noting no good team has done it as a winning strategy. Anyway, more power to those who want to use the strategy, I just don't want to be associated with such nonsense.
Jan. 2, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

Got it rightrj1, thinking is too much to ask of some. Many though, do both think and play at a top level, and and care about who they play with and about what is right. Hey, as long as you are playing, no problem, don't rock the boat. Luckily, we are free to pick who we play with. I think I will not play on a team with players not caring about what is right. End of this discussion for me, I have better things to do.
Jan. 2, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

JBTexas, What amazed me about this strategy was how few stepped forward and confronted the strategy. Just shows how much some want to play and will go along as long as it doesn't affect them. This is the third time encountering this and the same group of lower level players advocating it. Better players it seems often encounter this type stuff on new teams and if they confront it are subject to retaliation and bad mouthing I guess going along becomes the norm. I remember a post about when a new player just mentioned how he usually batted higher, not just bitching, and the poster bragged, that the new player never played with that team again. It might be worthwhile for others to step up and confront some of the BS before it becomes the accepted.
Jan. 2, 2013
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

Have ran across a group of players who claim that better hitters should bat at the bottom of the batting order. The explanation given was that it would surprise the other tournament team, and where a batter hits in the order makes no difference anyway, since they get up the same amount of times. My response was "BS", that this is just a way for lesser hitters to move move up in the order not for the benefit of winning but for personal benefit. A lot of goofy stuff in senior softball, but this is something new for me. Do others share this strategy of putting better hitters at the bottom of the order? This group advocating this strategy seem to do poorly for some reason in tournaments, perhaps winning is just a low priority, and personal benefit is all they are about.
Nov. 18, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

So Gary, you are saying all players who use senior bats have fragile egos and they do not use the bat mainly to keep from giving an advantage to their opponent. So if a player doesn't have a fragile ego he should play with what?, a wood bat if he has a strong ego. Just want to give your view due respect on this. You repeat this view concerning the fragile egos of those using senior bats so often, perhaps I am missing something by just dismissing your view as a return of petty insult toward tournament players. Certainly, there have been plenty of disrespect from tournament players expressed toward you. Do you use a wooden bat as an expression of a strong ego?, or do you use the most competitive bat permissible in your league to keep competitive. I will grant you the last word on this so to avoid being drawn into a negative worthless exchange.
Nov. 18, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

Gary, Respectful disagreement is good, we need to encourage and respect differing views. Too much petty disrespect and wasted energy if not. Its just a game, the people and mutual respect is whats important and makes the game worthwhile, otherwise its all a waste .
Nov. 18, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

Experience showed me the senior bat produces about 10% farther distance, and accelerates enough faster to cause significantly more concern for pitchers. Go out and pitch batting practice to guys who hit 350 plus feet. I have seen enough fear generated by the senior bat to know its a real concern. The weaker hitters are those who need the senior bats, and are the majority who cause its continued existence in my opinion. Fragile egos are not the reason for senior bats, normal competitive instinct is the likely reason. Fragile egos may have much to do with the BS on the topic, as with much of old man softball. My suggestion is to somehow limit the senior bat for hitters who don't need it. I only use the senior bat because my competition uses it.
Nov. 11, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC solid core bat senior bat

GSC rep reports their senior bat will be at the tournament in Phoenix., says Steve the CEO will not be hitting the senior veteran bat because it is not approved yet. A few months ago the rep reported on this site the bat was approved, according to Steve. What can be said?
Nov. 1, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SportsmanShop

Google Eric Barnes, NFL; shows an Eric Barnes, DB, #40, Bears, 10yrs, all pro, maybe a case of senior memory changing a few details, maybe not.
Oct. 18, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sliding head first base or running thru.

Baseball announcers repeatedly mock fast runners who slide into first on close plays, saying it is slower than running thru. They reference that track runners don't slide across the finish line. I thought the track finish line uses a chest high tape as the finish line. Interesting that none of the announcers were fast baseball runners when they played, if they played, yet they claim to know more than those who are playing now for a living. Decided to Google the subject and found a reference in physics.org which stated a slide is faster, if done correctly, especially a feet first slide. Amazing how readily some can ridicule others based on what is considered popular opinion. I suspect umpires may often miss calls when they are listening for the sound of the foot hitting the bag and the sound of the ball hitting the glove to decide. Point is its not as clear as the announcers made it seem when they mocked NYs Gardner when he slide into first base today. Oh well, back to the game. The commercials are done.
Oct. 15, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

To add on the previous post. The bats are inappropriate when they cause homeruns to be considered other than homeruns. Many of us are addicted to the senior bat. The feel is great. But if it hurts the game there is a problem to address. We can make field changes to keep the bat if its so important. Thats my preference, I like the challenge of the hot shots, but the bases must be moved back for the infielders. There is probably only a problem with the senior bat at the higher levels. One of the bat sellers told me, to promote his bat, of hitting homeruns in over half of his at bats in a major tournament with the bat he was selling. Later he posted, promoting his bat, of how great the bat hit and said he wasn't even that good. The bat sellers are making money, some players are feeling great hitting the hot bats, so the bat is likely to stay, just hope some common sense is applied at the higher levels. Its can be a better game for more than homeruns if thats what the majority want. This just one opinion and enough has been said, out of respect for other opinions.
Oct. 15, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Seems simple, no senior bats for the level of play that they are obviously inappropriate. Any time you are wanting to call a homerun anything other than a homerun, at that level the the homerun is inappropriate. I love hitting a homerun, but it should have meaning. Lets stop acting like grown men wanting to hit homeruns in a little league park. Leave the senior bats for those who need them. Man up. Make the game more than homeruns.
Oct. 15, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Pro baseball doesn't allow metal or composite bats like college and lower levels, softball needs to control the bats at higher levels. As the senior game improves the controls must be adjusted. When you have so many homeruns that they start being called outs or walks or whatever, then its time for a change at that level. Get real, this is obvious. The majors don't need senior bats, and it may be the AAA don't. Lets have some pride and give up the crutches. Be proud you still don't need a senior bat.
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