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July 25, 2011
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: crabtown tournament

It was a great tournament. The umpires were very good and so was the competition.
Aug. 9, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congradulations Lenny May

Lenny, you did a great job and were a key person in securing a victory over some excellant teams.
July 30, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just curious....

I enjoy hitting HRs but the name of the game is WIN. However, I don't understand the limit issue. If all levels were unlimited, then the teams with a lot of power will separate themselves and move up. If the 5 run rule per inning is in effect, then the innings will get over quicker and we get to play the full game. I don't think beating a team because they ran out of HRs is a significant achievement. Basically it means we won because we tied there hands behind there back.
July 30, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: hitting tips

I agree with elbows up that allow you to clear your body whiel pulling the ball; also by opening up my stance and putting front foot towards third (starting off by stepping in the bucket)and my weight back. As the ball comes in, if it is inside I rock back and simply continue to step towards third - that enables me to swing like I am hitting to center field. If the ball is on the outter half of the plate I simply rock back and step towards the direction I am hitting. Result, no pulling off the ball and I keep my hard swing and drive the ball to any field. Very important: Don't change your eye level during your stride - horizontal eyes through the swing.
July 14, 2010
Robo2
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 2010 USSSA World Championships

Instead of USSSA, why not go to the Easterns SSUSA? I would like to know who is going to the Easterns in NC Aug 6 - 8?
July 9, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Five run equalizer

Remember, it will not be 50 hrs. The 5 run rule limit would still be in effect. If need be, limit the last inning to 2 or 3 hrs due to unlimited run inning.

when it comes to hustle to positions, I beat 90% of the guys everytime. Especially when we have the dugout on the thirdbase side. That is when I play third.
July 8, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Five run equalizer

You want to speed up the game. Make Hrs unlimited. You will get to 5 run innings quicker and you will see who are the power teams and allow for separation from AAA to Major to Major+.

Don't change the game on balls and strike counts.
July 7, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Five run equalizer

I understand allowing 5 runs because I remember back in the early 80's in many tournaments in NJ teams stopped coming because the power teams entered and they had no shot.

However, I do not understand giving the lower level team 5 runs and then say to the upper level team - now play with their rules - 3 hrs (if a AAA). That is a double hit on the higher level team. No wonder why som many teams fight to get ratings lower. Start making it more appealing to higher levels.
July 7, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rules question

who cares is right. Come on, does a team need an out that badly. I guess the team can't beat the other team straight up. I experienced a similar issue with a team once. Bases loaded and one out and 4 runs already in. A home run was hit but the batter did not touch first. The rule was the batter was out but the run scored. Five run inning complete. So all it did was allow the coach to get an out without deserving it.
June 22, 2010
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: best weight training to improve hitting

Lifting is very important to increasing hitting for consistency and power. The only ones who say not are ones that do not lift. The head of Sports medicine and pain management in a hospital in NJ told me that for my age (58) the best way to build muscle is 2 sets of 15 (any more is just a fatigue). He also said that the back is critical to work on. Wide grip pull downs; seated rows; upright rows; and reverse flys are important. I too am a proponent of dumbell inclines (dumbells hit the stabilizer muscles). I also work forearms with reverse curls; bi's with curls and legs for a strong base and balance. How this gives you another persepctive.
June 18, 2010
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Salem, Va

Congrats Dutch. you are a class act and a great ballplayer. I wish I was there to see it; unfortuneately I was needed elsewear. Once again our teams meet; this time it was your turn. You Bucs are a great bunch. See you next time.

Joe L
Sweet 55
May 28, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good stuff v the risk and the game equip used, et al

Guys, if you don't like senior bats; go play with the other 4 teams that go to ASA Nationals.

why are the most successful Assn. USSSA, SPA, ISSA? and why is ASA so poorly attended - It is because of the terrible bats. This also lends itself to shaved bats and repaints. We went thru this a few years ago.

Tha ASA should wake up if they want attendance.

If the highest risk is to the pitcher, put up a screen. We played in a warm-up tourney in April and all fields used screens. It did not get in the way at all. If the ball hit the screen, it was an out. so don't give me that it is a foreign object on the field because that dog won't hunt.
May 28, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Individual Awards

I like the idea of celebrating one or more of my teammates for winning the award. It is an added bonus to recognize their efforts. I agree with Paco13; if one has players on your team that gets jealous of another players success then find another team because that is not a "team".
May 26, 2010
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ACC Nice Job

Like I said, my wife hits me harder than that! No, it is still very sore. I will wear shin guards from now on. We always seem to bring out the best in each other. Very competitive and a lot of fun busting. Besides, it is always nice to face Ross and bring up my batting average.

I guess it is yourturn to beat up on us.

Joe
May 24, 2010
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ACC Nice Job

Once again, it was a pleasure to compete agaist some great teams in ACC. Bass, Pace, High Street Bucs, & TNT - great games and sportsmanship. Umpires did a very good job; field conditins were great.

Ross and Charlie: one of these days I will get you guys to make an out.

Joe L
Sweet 55
April 20, 2010
Robo2
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: to screen or not to screen

why do people complain about changing the game when it comes to trying something that is intended to be a safety issue?

why are we changing the game by limiting Home Runs? The game would be faster with unlimited HRs and the good teams would be elevated to a higher level quicker; and there would be less balls hit up the middle by the power bats because they are out of HRs or because they have a limit and don't want to hit a solo. With a 5 run inning the game would be much faster.

I would like to hear the arguement against unlimited HRs. IT's not for saving time; it's not for making teams equal; what is the reason? If one says that nobody will chase the balls, then have 2 balls and SB12s as backups. Teams will chase the balls.
April 2, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

Look up prolo.org and then for a Dr. near you that deals with it. It is amazing what can be done now a days instead of surgery.
April 2, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Cheating...

Bat cheaters have many ways to hide what they do. Having a PST honed out; stripping the paint off an Ultra II or titanium and re-paint or add labels; etc.

I remember an SPA tournament in Tx when a team from Louisianna came from behind in one inning by hitting HR after HR while passing the bat. The sound that bat made was the broken egg sound of an Ultra II. We could not prove it and nobody knew any of their names.

My opinion, I think allowing the senior bats levels the playing field and is a good thing.
April 2, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A THANKLESS JOB

I agree. the Coach never gets the credit they deserve. I was a temporary coach for 2/3 days in a tournament due to coach's obligations. It was the worst experience in my softball career. I think "babysitter" is the top of the list. However, a large roster is not bad if everyone respects the other players on the team and encourages alternating. I have done it, and if one accepts it up front I have found it is even more relaxing of a tournament. This goes twice for tourney Directors. Talk about thankless.
Jan. 13, 2010
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone in NC hitting

Ross, watch it pal. Pie, we hit last night in the bubble sorry you were not there, we needed a pitcher that makes us look good.

Joe L
SC 55
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