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April 23, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

I would like feedback on what players feel is a good number of seeding games and how our situation could be improved. The reason for this post is the situation the 55m+ teams face in Vegas this weekend. The 55m+ teams will play 4 seeding games before the tournament starts. I have played up to three seeding games before, so this is a first for me. I know we have to play the 50m+ teams to ensure them 5 games. However, I don't understand why we must play all of the 55m+ teams. We could simply play 2 out of the 3. As it stands now, we will play 2 games on Friday and possibly 4 games on Saturday (8, 9:30, one game off, and potentially 12:30, and 2:00; the tournament starts at 12:30). Yes, that is correct...4 out of 5 game times. I am more worried about our players and injuries with the number of seeding games...before the tournament starts.
April 22, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Mark 44,
I have wondered why the major plus division is always small. Now I know. SSUSA appears to be the problem. Last year at the Reno tournament, there were six 55m+ teams in the bracket. After the tournament, Goodman Racing was dropped after going 3-3 (losing a couple of close games). Next dropped was the third place finisher Double play. I have no idea why they were dropped after finihing third. Maybe they stopped playing. Next came Robert's Construction (defeated MTC) and now Fangrabbers (without playing a game). I don't have an answer.

Swing,
I agree with you. You should have to play a couple of tournaments before any action is taken. Any team can claim they are losing players. However, the new players might be better.

Don,
It looks like we are the last two teams left from that Reno Tourney (MTC and Nighthawks). Maybe we should appeal to move down...everybody else is.
April 11, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: rockin reno game sites

udaplaya,
If you are playing the first weekend (Memorial), I think the tournament will be played in Reno (Golden Eagle). I feel this is due to the annual 24 hour tournament being played in Carson City that same weekend. I am not sure about the second weekend.
March 26, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

stick8,

You nailed it. Interference is correct. The sad thing regarding the play was the number (and I mean more than a few) of players arguing the runner had the right to the base as long as he was in the baseline. If I have any questions in the future, I will be sure to ask you.
March 25, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Promoting Tournaments

Staff,

How early do you post the teams that are going to participate in the tournaments? My opinion is as soon as a team signs up, it should be listed. The early listings could work at promoting larger tournaments. I know teams like to know rather than assume.
March 25, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

stick8,
I never mentioned the player must slide or get out of the way. I mentioned the player must not interfere with the play. I have witnessed this play in USSSA and NSA about ten times (give or take) in leagues and open USSSA tournaments. Each time (in USSSA) the player at first was called out if (in the umpire's opinion) the throw would have beaten the runner to first base. In league, it was 50/50 because the umpires were clueless. In those cases, players threw up their hands and deflected the ball.

However, stick8, I have a situation for you that I have seen once. There is a runner on first with one out. The batter pops the ball up three feet from the first base bag, directly in the line. The runner took off thinking there were two outs. After his team yelled at him to get back, he turned and raced back to the bag. The problem was that the ball was coming as he approached the bag...with the fielder directly in his path. He did not have time to go around the fielder, so he made contact with the fielder, who dropped the ball. What is the call?
March 21, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tired of breaking bats

The bat companies can make a bat that is durable and has great performance. They just don't want to. It has something to do with greed. They don't want to make a bat last. If this happened, who would buy bats?
March 17, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

In a situation that closely resembles your scenario, if a runner is on first and a ground ball is hit to the shortstop, when he throws the ball to second, the runner proceeding to second is out and must not interfere with the play. When the throw is made to first, it doesn't matter if the runner tried to interfere with the ball or not. If the ball hits the runner, the batter/runner is out if the umpire feels the thrown ball would have completed the double play. I agree with you jackbrun.
March 14, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken 2 piece End Load (supermax)

ju25,

You are correct regarding the Z3000. They are due to come out soon. We were testing them recently.
March 13, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken 2 piece End Load (supermax)

BB#16,

I agree with you. Miken comes out with a new bat, and it gets 225-350 swings. I guess Miken is really not too serious about regaining the market. They are just looking for more suckers. One day they will open their eyes and wonder why they are not selling many bats. When TPS produces a bat, Mikens may be on their way out. The new TPS kid bat (Z3000) is incredibly durable. The break-in period lasts longer than a Miken. If they put together a senior bat...the bat companies will be forced to make a more durable bat. Right now, they are too greedy.
Feb. 13, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here's my question on RATINGS

SSUSA Staff,
I feel the two year time line is fair; just like I feel once a team is moved up, they should have to stay up two years before having the opportunity to move down. However, I don't feel a team that has been moved up and doesn't play in your World should have the opportunity to be able to move down in one year. You should not be able to move a team down one year after moving them up, yet have a two year time line for players. That is not consistent. You might as well only have a one year time line.
Feb. 5, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championship

I would like to know how many 55M+ teams plan on going to the Southwest Championship in Las Vegas in April? Hopefully, there will be good representation.
Feb. 4, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

taits,
There were 8 teams in our 55M+ World last year. If any five of those teams would have been in the TOC, I would agree with you. However, one team lacks on both quality and quantity. Maybe your age group is well represented...but other age groups (50&55) are not. I played in both age groups this year, and the TOC this year lacks quantity and quality...unless one team representing means that. The Winter Worlds was better, but that isn't saying much. The Winter Worlds drew a few more teams, but only one of the 8 55M+ teams that played in the 2012 Worlds played in the Winter Worlds, and OKI was the only team (I believe) from the 50M+ 2012 Worlds to play.
Feb. 3, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

taits,
I am also a member of NCSSA. I would have to agree with you regarding rosters that can be viewed by all. I feel if the SSUSA allowed rosters to be viewed by all, more eyes would make SSUSA's job easier. This is the players' association, and when it comes down to it, the players want rules to be adhered to and fair. That is the only way the association can grow stronger. After all, I would like this association to be around if my sons want to play.
Feb. 1, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

SSUSA,
Thanks for the information regarding players moving up.

Beasley,
I understand your points and also appreciate what the SSUSA is doing. Reclassifying teams is not an easy process. However, questions will arise and clarification will become important so everyone can be on the right page. As far as creating "an impact players' list," I also feel there should be a new method of determining players' abilities.

Omar,
Good viewpoint as usual. I also feel two or three players can make a huge difference. That is why SSUSA will be watching how the teams they lowered perform in tournaments this season. I know SSUSA doesn't want teams they lowered to dominate the bracket. That would defeat the purpose and lose credibility with its members.
Jan. 31, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

melvin13,
Over the last number of years the World Tournament has had the best field of teams. So when you say you don't want to spend $10,000 to play one team, that doesn't fly with me. However, I will agree with you on every other TOC I have played (with the exception of Reno, NV). The teams just aren't there. Currently, we are faced with moving up to M+. Most of the tournaments we will play will not have many teams. However, I know that the best field will be in the World.

I also understand how major teams feel about moving up. A number of teams are not M+, but they are, in the eyes of SSUSA, too powerful for major.

My question to the SSUSA (brought to my attention by Beasley) is when does a major team become a M+ team, such as the case with ENR players (a team that won the 2012 50 major) moving to Veltri, a major team? How many ENR players have to join Veltri before it becomes M+ also?
Jan. 31, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

LeeLee,
You are correct.

SSUSA Staff,
Inactive no. A no show at the World in Vegas...yes. Years ago I played on a major plus team. We were not a team that could win or even be competitive. It did not matter what we did in tournaments during the year. We could have gone 0-9. That would not have mattered. As one gentlemen (who wished to remain anonymous), informed me, our team was going to have to play in the World M+ tournament no matter what. After we went 0-5 (the games were not close), we petitioned to move down. After some resistance, (if you can believe it), we were moved down. The point is...we had to play. And that is the way it should be. If Rochester had played and gone 0-5 or 1-4, I would say it is a no-brainer. However, they didn't. There should be a rule that states a team must play in a World first before an appeal can be made. My question is if Rochester blows teams away in the middle of the season, will you move them up?

BruceinGa,
I also feel the same way. There are teams that are competitive but are not favorites to win. I know of a M+ team that went 3-2 in the last World, defeating the eventual champion, and petitioned to move down and were granted the move to major. That shocked me! Another M+ team played a TOC early in the year and went 3-3 and defeated the second place team in the tourney and petitioned to move down and was granted the move. Go figure. I also know of a 50M+ team that has played under .500 the last two years and has been denied a chance to move to major. They did not have nearly as good a chance to win as the teams I mentioned above. I don't see why a rule is not in place to automatically move down any team that goes 0-5 or 1-4 in the World. That would make it easy.

The Tone,
I hear you. Your team is solid and they play hard. However, the team lacks the power the M+ teams have. I also feel you should be given another year before moving up. Good luck.
Jan. 29, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

I see a number of teams were reclassified. I understand the process. If teams are too powerful or are not competitive, things must be done. However, there are some things I don't understand. How does Robert's Construction 55 move down to major. They were the only team to defeat MTC55 in the World. All of their games were competitive. They were eliminated 35-34 in the World. That team is tough.
Also...how does Rochester 50 major plus move down one year after winning the 2011 50 major World Tournament. They didn't even play in the major plus World this year. What message does that send? Any 50 major team that was moved from major to major plus need only sit out the next World and petition to move down.
Jan. 28, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Copper Classic

boston,
When it comes down to it, the victories and awards are great, but the friendships and the memories are forever.
Jan. 28, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: OFF season Hitting drills

Tim,
I have to admit, that was some memory. So was the light pole...or was it a telephone pole?
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