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Nov. 14, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

It needs to be treated as a foul ball or batters will continue to hit it and wait for a pitch down the middle. I did not think of this before. So a hit screen with 2 strikes is an out.
Nov. 13, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

No problem with having a screen. I do question why pitchers must wear a mask if a screen is in place. Rest is OK.
Oct. 15, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

I respectfully disagree with the issue of making them outs. I do not hit that many but when I do, it makes no sense to be an out. In fact if we made they unlimited, the good teams would move up faster instead of being held back due to a rule that restricts or hides there abilities. Let's face it, I believe, the majority of teams will not move up on there own. so allowing unlimited HRs will allow for quicker and easier separation of ability. It will also get the game over quicker because the 5 run inning will get over quicker.

I understand some of the different issues mentioned here but I do not see the solution of going back to calling a 55 or 60 yr old person out for hitting a ball over 300 feet. I do not see our team or teams we have faced have the ability to hit HR whenever they want. I would like to see the power teams move up quicker and I don't want power hitters coming back up the middle trying to avoid an out by slaming a ball intentionally low.
Oct. 12, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Thanks for a great weekend

Congrats to ENR. A great buch of guys.

Joe L
Sept. 27, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Senior Moments"

Gary, I agree with you. I hear it too many times as an excuse instead of just admitting one was wrong or just too darn lazy. I cannot speak for how I will feel when I am 70; I am 60 now and I still slide, dive, get my kness and elbows cut up, and pull muscles every so often. I think of it as part of the game. I also hit the gym a couple of times a week; it takes a commitment to try to remain competitive. You think there isn't many a Sat or Sun morning where I don't feel like sleeping in?
Sept. 26, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

HJ - on our tourney team, I would estimate 8 of 10 slide without giving it a thought; one does it rarely and one no due to just getting over knee operation.

I do not feel 60 is old. It is just a number and for the most part, we are big kids having fun. I would ask, of thoses that slide - how many work out at a gym?
Sept. 18, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

I am 60 now and have never stopped sliding. Yes my knees get cut up but that is part of the game. If one is not willing to slide, that is OK, get a runner or don't go for the extra base. Each person has to do what if best for himself / team.
Aug. 20, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

The bottom line is that Miken can say anything they want. As players, we know what works and what does not and if a bat breaks too easy or does not perform as well as competitors, then the company will not seel it's products. I broke three mikens in one year some time ago. This past year I decided to give them another try and the bat was dead.

I guess Miken will not fix it's own issues until players stop buying their product.
July 25, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

I do not mind giving up the 5 runs, but why do we need to give up our Home Runs limits as well?
July 13, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

It could very well be that the Northeast does not have that many teams. We typically see the same teams in each toruney; each year. the difference between the AAA and Major is not that great. for the most part the teams are established and do not recruit. That is the major difference when one moves up to Major +.

One the other hand I do see where teams win and then complain when they move up.
July 12, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

I see no problem with the move up. If you win you are verifying you are at the top of that class. No need to validate with a second win in a "major" tourney. Now the 2nd thru 5th place teams can try for the top spot. Also, many teams break up and form new teams to try to stay at the lower level - by keeping track of player ID one can verify the appropriate classification. One other point in favor of mandatory move up - it is one way of preventing / deterring the load up of better class players for the one big tournament.

From what I have seen, there is not much difference between AAA and Major. The few AA teams I have seen are also quit good.

Who can take pride in winning at lower levels? I personnally would want to play same level of competion or slightly better.
July 9, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Heat

we played 3 games Sat and 2 on Sunday. My car said 112 degree Sat.

I find that in addition to water; at least one Kettle-One dirty martini with olives works best.

It was great seeing all the guys; even Ross.
June 29, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Crabtown Classic in Glen Burnie, MD

I just hope Ross pitches or should I call him "serve 'em up Ross"
June 29, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What 55 teams are going to Crabtown Classic

Just curious what 55 teams (or others) are going to the Crabtown Classic
June 13, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What makes it a "Senior" bat???

I have heard the term 1.21 for some time, but does anyone know what this technically means and how are the bats measured?
June 6, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Any rules about location of safety screen?

there are many good points and opinions. I do not pitch often; however, when we have BP we use a screen so guys do not feel like they need to avoid hitting back up the middle at the pitcher. The screen does not get in the way.

In almost every tournament someone hits back up the middle and hits or just misses the pitcher. Many times, the batter apologizes. A screen could be used without being disruptive and it could be a strike like a foul ball.

I also understand the points of those who wish to not have one and allow the pitcher to be a key separation in competition. Some field well; others not.

A screen would be safer and nobody can dispute that point. The main reason why we allow ultras, etc. is to avoid the competitive advantage to those that use cheater bats. Unfortunately, there are many that do; when using ASA bats.
May 24, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stop the 3 day tournaments

I don't think anyone has a problem if the number of teams warrant 3 days. In Deleware this year, we were the last game played and were done at 3:00 (no other teams were left in the lot) - this was followed by Sat. @ 3:00 PM (we were again the last team to leave the lot) and Sunday was (AS FORECASTED) rained out. Very poor management.

Yes, the days off from work and extra hotel night is a beig deal on those tournaments that just don't have many games.
May 22, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sensitivity To Veterans

I couldn't agree more with your feeling on buy America. Thank you for your service.
May 22, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Combats

Sorry to disagree. I had two blue combats and they did not last 100 swings. One did not last 50! I did like the yellow bat.
May 22, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Please no more 8AM games SSUSA

I agree. I would reather have starting times up to 5:00 PM than need to get up and out before hotels serve breakfest. Two tourneys this year - we were done by 3:00 PM or so and the fields were open. One cost us all the finsih of the tourney due to rain on Sunday - Deleware! And they knew it was going to rain but did nothing to change the schedule either on Friday or Sat.

Lets face it; when we travel I think most of us like to go out for dinner and have a few drinks as a team. Who wants to get up that early to warm up for an 8:00 AM game.
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