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Dec. 4, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

This might be a situation that can change with age groups; or decided at the field. I can speak for myself that when I pitch, I wear shin guards. In LV I hit several doubles but immediately took a runner only to be able to start to put on chin guards and save time between innings.

One thing that makes sense is that a runner should be ready before the batter gets to a base. Lets face it, everybody on the team knows who needs a runner and where you are in the lineup so have the person ready and save the time. Common sense and common courtesy.

Dec. 2, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Lets face it. The bats are not going anywhere and if one gets new bats, the cost to the players is all over again and teams will not show up. One way to try the theory is to advertise a tournament using a certain bat type only and see how many teams come.

HRs are fun. Bat limitations only invite cheater bats. I have played for 40+ years and one can see when a team hands off a bat from batter to batter. Having senior bats levels the field even though some players still alter an occasional bat.

As far as running the bases; very few of us over 60 can call it running - at least not like we can remember. I too remember playing in a few local tournaments where it was for only fun and nobody cared about records. Now when we travel to tournaments it is more serious competition - even at our age.
Dec. 1, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Leave bats alone unless you want to go thru the same old "illegal bat issues". I understand that some guys still use cheater bats with these senior bats!

Unlimited HRs will allow for quicker separation of the better teams; save time in games; and prevent hitting up the middle. Yes, I pitch and yes I got hit a couple of times this past year and it is no fun. For those of you who think it is easy to pitch, I suggest you try it before you comment on fielding.

If tourney's supplied the bats then I care less what bat is used; but let's face facts... it's not going to happen.

No matter what; SSUSA has done a great job keeping us interested as we get older. Happy Holidays to all.
Nov. 13, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

In my opinion, both are run well; have good umpires; and use great fields. My only issue with both (very minor and not to be critical) is limiting HRs. I have stated many times, if one allows unlimited HRs (except in last inning where one could allow 2 max) one would see a quicker separation of talented teams and quicker times of games. Limiting HRs is a regression to the mean. They are still outstanding organizations.
Nov. 13, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Evaluation fo Dudley Senior Bats

Thanks guys. I always find it interesting to hear from guys that have used a certain bat. I appreciate your comments. It may be me but I feel the ball travels a lot further in the southwest than in the east. In LV many of us needed to change our swings to not hit it out. Too many solos were hit. Sounds like from what I am hearing about the Dudley, some bats crack and others seem lively and last. I hope Dudley is working on this. I guess any bat mfg that can consistently produce a bat that is lively and holds up will make a fortune and never need to stop production.
Nov. 12, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Evaluation fo Dudley Senior Bats

I know the new Dudley bats are out there. Can anyone give me their opinion that used these bats. How do they compare with the UII and Reebok? Please no distributors respond.
Oct. 17, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

If you really wanted to reward performance then why have a Home Run limit? why not allow unlimited HRs at each level and then the better teams will move quicker and games would get over quicker. Granted, not every team hits the limit of HR every game; but why punish those that do reach the limit?
Aug. 20, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

I play first, third and pitch. First or third it is hit or miss if the ball is at you. My arm is pretty strong and at third I can back up. Pitching is the toughest from the standpoint of least time to react. Outfield is toughest for stamina on a hot day. SS is toughest because of fielding side to side and the other responsibilities.
Aug. 8, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

I have played in tournaments for 40+ years. I have had rainouts many times over. We played one game Friday followed by one game Sat (7:30 AM). Because we won, we played 2 games Sunday. Sat and Sunday were 5 inning games. Oh well! One cannot beat Mother Nature.

NICE JOB DOING WHAT YOU COULD SSUSA DIRECTORS. It is a thankless job but you did well. Thank you for your efforts.
June 5, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

I am of a different opinion. Have unlimited HRs at all levels.
Benefits:
1) 5 runs per inning are reached faster
2) allows teams with power to move out of the level they are currently in
3) Stops the discussions of power hitters going up the middle

I play 55 Major. Yes, there is a big difference between Major teams and the Major plus that I have seen. However, I do not see that much of a difference between Major and AAA.

I agree that another possibility is different rules for different age groups. I believe once one is in 60+ that their is a huge difference from 50s. The team I play on has a mix of players over 60 and upper 55s.

All in all, the teams I face seem to be mostly at the same competitive level (except for those High Street guys - just kidding boys)
May 28, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

I have always felt that HRs should be unlimited. The reason being that a limit keeps the power teams down. Let the power teams hit the HRs. First it would get the innings over quicker; second it would allow for quicker separation of the better teams to the higher classifications; and third it would eliminate the power guys from hitting the middle (at least to some extent).

Just a thought but would like to hear others on this topic to see a difference in opinion.
May 6, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Sorry to disagree with some of you. I wore a pitching mask for the first time this year and I have pitched for 40 years. I have no problem with seeing the ball or fielding. I was hit in the shin but the batter immediately came up to me and apologized. It happens but I do not believe anyone tries to hit at the pitcher. Especially with HR limits as out the batter must try for the biggest opening and that is up the middle. So now I wear shin pads and a mask and I think it give me confidence to attempt to field balls that I may have in the past hesitated. That is my opinion. I do respect those of you that feel otherwise.
May 1, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championships

I believe Sweet Construction 55 Major will be there.
April 29, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any 55 Major teams going to Glen Burnie

How many 55 Major teams are going to Glen Burnie this weekend?
April 23, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Maryland Classic

Oh well, not many teams and once again we are playing out of our age group. At least we are playing softball and the fields in MD are always in great condition and the weather looks good.
April 18, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 TEAMS GOING TO FREDERICK,MD & ACC TOURNEYS

Still no word on what teams are in Frederick? When will listing be posted?
April 14, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Alan Gillespie

Thank God he is doing well and had this warning. My prayers are with him. Hope to see you guys in Frederick.
Joe L Sweet 55
April 11, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken's New Mike Macenko Signature Model is Coming Soon

One question about this new bat. How will it hold up? Let's face it Miken UII have a history of breaking easily. One of the longest lasting bats was the old yellow Combat. I am sure Mike, you remember that one! I like the 30 oz end load but curious how many swings will this one last.
April 9, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 TEAMS GOING TO FREDERICK,MD & ACC TOURNEYS

Sweet Construction 55 Major is going to both.
April 3, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who is going to Maryland Classic

what 55 Major teams are going to the Maryland Classic? I know Sweet Construction is.
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