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Oct. 12, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Any game where hitting a homerun equals an out is not for me. Do whatever, but punish good hitting, what is that . The hot bats in seniors seemed to be allowed to help weaker hitters, now what the weak hitters seem to want is to get rid of strong hitters. Change the bats, fields, whatever but punish good hitting? Feels like Soviets type communism. We already kicked that butt.

Oct. 5, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush vs Combat Twilight

I like my ambush, hits like most senior combats. I'm not selling the bat, I would weigh anything a bat seller says about the bat they claim to be involved in developing and are selling. A lot of independent reviews, don't need the salesmen and their freinds interfering with the unbiased evaluations, but am sure they will, money talks.

Sept. 13, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Safety rules relying on umpire judgements are suspect. I have seen too many injuries that no umpire could or would prevent. Most of the field layout rules appear overall reasonabke, though subject to review and change as needed. A difference between baseballs and softballs, from what I have read, is the baseball does more deep serious trauma due to it's denser core. The softball supposedly does more surface, wider trauma, but not as deep and serious , though its of course capable of serious injury. Debate and discussions concerning safety are worthwhile even if occasionally becoming a little silly sounding. Sometimes we learn even by silly debate.
Sept. 13, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Before the rules were changed to avoid homeplate collisions, I know of players crippled from knees taken out by runners going in hard at home. Some rules make sense. Most of us don't play to prove our manhood. Especially at this stage in life. A dose of good sense is appreciated.
Sept. 13, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Stick, Maybe there is confusion here. I originally said you will go into the base slower, (that would include the slide, if sliding), if you are having to worry about over running on close nonforce plays. If you don't slide or slow down, somehow, you will usually overrun. If you don't agree fine. Just answer, do you run thru first base or do you stop without running to first on close plays. I believe runners run thru first base because its faster. So collisions at home on close nonforce plays are more dangerous, the runner is usually going in faster, because of not worrying about being tagged out after passing the plate after scoring, thus the need for special rules. Think of Buster Posey.
Sept. 13, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

So Stick, you can run to the base and stop without overrunning it, faster than you can by running thru. OK!
Sept. 12, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Stick, out of respect I read your post again. I agree, you may not slow down much before the slide, but once you contact the ground you will slow when going into the base. Unless your contact doesn't start until you reach the base. If you can do that type slide, more power to you. Like suggested before, try running to first and stopping without passing it whenever trying to beat out a single and see what your teammates say, if you are on a competitive team they may say a lot. Again, if it works great, words prove nothing.
Sept. 12, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

No problem Stick and Swing, of course, believe or do what you think works. On the field is where it counts. Good luck.
Sept. 11, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Stick, Think of why the runner runs thru first base to beat out a ground ball. The runner would be slower getting to first base if he couldn't over run it. Of course, seeing how some seniors run, I can see how it might appear to not matter for some.
Sept. 11, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

If the runner goes past the other bases, except running thru 1st base initially, the runner will be subject to being tagged out if off the base. This involves the close plays, where there is not a special run thru rule. To avoid going past the base the runner slows.The runner might when trying to bust up a double play slide thru because he is already out when the the baseman touches the base. At home plate when the runner touches the plate and crosses it, he is not subject to being tagged out, play already over. Also because home plate plays involve a run scoring, the plays can be more vigorously contested. If this isn't clear I will just accept the difference in views.
Sept. 11, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Info: Home plate collisions are more dangerous because runner is not concerned with over running and getting taged out after crossing the plate. Thus the runner goes in faster and thus is more prone to cause a more dangerous collishion. Also, no catchers gear in slow pitch.
Sept. 10, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

So, no warranty, but if durability holds up its good for hard hitters. Thanks
Sept. 10, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

Does the ambush have a warranty. If it does, then of course, buy it, if you are a hard hitter. I wasn't aware of the warranty. Twice I read it mentioned. If a warranty, how long. Without a warranty the bat seems average hitting for me. With a warranty, I will take average distance.
Sept. 10, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Players should use whatever bat they want that is legal, but the discussion and debate is still valid, even if some don't like hearing it. Some respect for differences might help. If there was not an issue the senior bats wouldn't be banned for younger players. Perhaps as competition improves with younger seniors the issue will need to be reexamined. Nothing wrong with debate. It's the disrespect that is intolerable to some. All games evolve, and senior softball is still at a developing stage it would seem. We can improve and adapt. Complaining about complaining, what's that.
Sept. 8, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Taits, I believe Penn Valley, near Grass Valley, Ca., had what they call a travel league playing double headers at different home fields, followed by a BBQ. Different senior leagues can pick teams to play each other at different levels. There are many possibilities. Senior softball has a tournament format but it's not the only way. Old baseball leagues in northern Ca., once had this type travel league. Age and ability levels need consideration, along with field lay outs, schedules and bats. Senior Softball has done a lot, but improvements are still needed. I no longer live near Penn Valley but know they have a web site and good contacts listed in the links. I know people in my new area are looking into different possibilities. Good luck in your area. Senior Softball is allowing senior bats perhaps appropriate for aging batters, but questionable for hitters still near prime. My first senior tournament with a senior bat resulted in 7 home runs in 2 games, that wasn't right. I often play short stop and want the game to be more than home runs.
Sept. 8, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Perhaps the biggest danger in senior softball is the amount of games played in tournaments, especially in hot weather. I have heard of a number of older players dying during and after tournaments. Why not much concern for a better, less stressful, thus less dangerous games scheduling. This concern for bats has merit but safety my not be the real issue to some. If it is, look at injuries and deaths due to being struck by batted balls compared to those caused by exhaustion related issues. Perhaps more one day local tournaments, played like local baseball clubs once did. I know of travel leagues which play each other in double hitters with barbeques following. Maybe it's time to stop complaining and do something to improve the game. Maybe spend more effort in identifying possible, realistic solutions and contributing to making improvements.
Sept. 7, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

JGogo, No problem with your opinion, but the majority of players have voiced their preference to use senior bats. I disagree with them but respect their wishes. Many exciting sports have an element of danger. Men should be free to choose their sport and their choice respected, even if not completely understood or agreed with. We get enough second guessing from our wives. When the vote comes up I will vote against the senior bats being used by higher level players., but my vote is just one and I will respect the majority.
Sept. 7, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Offennsive Interference

Having played middle infield from little league, thru semi--pro baseball, I know the differeces between senior softball. They are very different in dealing with turning double plays. With senior softball you are often dealing with players who are not that experienced and/or skilled. Umpires definitely can not be relied on to protect players. I usually warn the runners who are seen as offenders of interference that they will be hit if in the way. Talking with managers and umpires has helped. The intent of the players is usually not to injure but in the spirit of competition they get carried away. Good managers getting involved makes a difference. Many managers don't do their jobs and contribute to the problems by not getting involved. To often managers either aren't knowledgeable enough or don't care to do their job of taking care of players.
Sept. 7, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hypocrisy

Most hitters want the best bats available, its competition, its human nature, its fun to see the ball fly over the fence. There is no need to insult people. Its understandable that pitchers would not like the senior bats, especially if they can't hit homeruns with them. The average player has never hit a homerun but still benefits, thats why they use the bats. It takes guts to pitch against some hard hitters. I admire those pitchers who accept the challenge. Most pitchers seem proud of meeting the challenge. Personally, I would rather see the senior bat removed from major level play so to make a homerun mean more. If most players want the bat and its allowed in the rules I accept it and will use and enjoy hitting with them. Out of respect to other player and to contribute to a positive atmosphere I will just play ball and leave the complaining and politics to their proper place. I really have not seen that many players injured because of the senior bats, and they do seem to add excitement.
Sept. 5, 2012
CAPT D5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updates

The ambush and the combat centenarian appear, side by side, to have exactly the same taper. Unless they are refering to the inside taper. So far my ambush hasn't seemed to out hit my old centenarian. At least the ambush hasn't broken yet. Overall, I like the bat so far.
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