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Jan. 28, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

taits,
I agree. I can't justify the cost either. If it was the World, I would go. However, the TOC is not any World. Also...is it me, or does it appear there are a number of players looking for teams? Maybe that is how to pick up a quick ring. Boy...if I only lived in Florida, I would have a chance at a ring every year, even if my team didn't qualify. Some teams would be so desperate (because of last minute drops) that they would be willing to pick up anybody to fill the roster.
Jan. 27, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

rightrj1,
That is correct. Show up and receive your ring. I don't see why you shouldn't receive a ring if you were on the roster. I believe each champion receives 15 rings. I also agree that is BS. I don't think you should be able to pick up players from anywhere in the U.S. to play. I also think your roster should be frozen. If you don't have your players, you don't go. This another reason I am not a fan of this tournament. A number of teams pick up players to go. The team ends up being a modified version.
Jan. 27, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Copper Classic

That is not much of a tourney with twenty-two teams. Why are there tournaments in January? If you moved the tournament to the end of February or early March, the tournament would probably double in size. I also imagine a few teams opted for the TOC in Florida rather than play the Copper Classic.
Jan. 24, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

hitnrun5,
That is the comical point. With four teams in the bracket, two are automatic winners and the other two teams will probably play a two-out-of-three playoff for the other championship. Four teams are entered in the bracket and three are crowned champions. This is not much of a turnout when three different divisions are represented by four teams. I know it is billed as the big tournament, but it does not compare to the World.
Jan. 23, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

softball4b,
Expense is one thing...but going across the United States to play in a three team tournament doesn't mean much to me. I would have to agree with your Pro Bowl definition.

birdie,
I also like to play tournaments where you must qualify to play. However, how prestigious is a tournament where of all the teams that qualified, only three or four teams showed up? Would you be happy playing in a bracket that included another age group? What would happen if you were a 55 team and you were mixed with 60 or 50 teams? Would the tournament lose some of its luster? I feel the TOC (like you do) would need to be moved to late Oct. if it had hopes of attracting more teams. I also feel JDub is correct regarding one year-end tournament. I felt the World Tournament was outstanding last year. Maybe the World Tournament will have a tougher qualifying process in the future.
Jan. 23, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

rightrj1, canljack, JDub, and taits:
I agree. I have heard a number of players talk favorably regarding the TOC. However, the number of teams that actually show does not make the TOC much of an attraction. I would play in the tournament if I lived a few hours away, however, how can you talk players into a costly tournament without competition...or playing against different age brackets? It receives hype but can't compete with Reno or the World.
Dec. 31, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Jawood,
1-1 counts don't extend PT. As for kid bats being doctored...I agree. However, I just took swings last week with a TPS Z2000 and balls exploded off the bat. Balls were flying out of the park.
Dec. 30, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

The main reason we all participate in senior softball is to play. I hear a number of players indicate they want the 1-1 count to get 7 innings in. What difference does it make if the game time is the same. The umpire is still going to call "open inning" after 4,5,or 6 innings after the allotted time. Everyone still gets to play the same amount of time. The 1-1 count will actually reduce our PT.
I think we need to address the courtesy runner. I will bet the courtesy runner adds an average of 1 minute per team per inning. If that is 2 minutes per inning, that is 12 minutes in a 6 inning game. If we reduce the courtesy runner to 1 per inning (at the younger age divisions and two for the older divisions), I feel this would allow for more PT.
...and if you really want to reduce PT and keep the same rules, ban the bats. The kids' bats are lively enough.
Dec. 28, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Performance enhancing

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Dec. 27, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

I have to agree with you Tate22. I feel the 1-1 count would change things dramatically. I hear a number of you talk about leagues you participate in using the 1-1 count. I also play in one. However, the league pitchers can't compare with the tournament pitchers. Some players have also indicated they want to play 7 innings. I played on a team that never played 7 innings in the world and batted 4-6 times a game. I don't know about most of you, but I am happy getting up that many times. I do feel, like most of you, the courtesy runner problem slows down the game. What would happen if there was only one per inning? The upper age divisions could have more.
Dec. 26, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Before any decision is made, I would like to see 1-1 in seeding games in the first two months to see how it is received and how it impacts games. Then the SSUSA can review the results and either go forward with it, amend it (by eliminating the foul), or postpone it for another season.
Dec. 10, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

softball4b - The Trump ball is much better than it was three years ago, and the Rock is too lively. I feel M and M+ players are talented enough to use the Trump ball. However, you might be right...maybe the old guys need to play with the Rock.

Swing - It would not bother me at all if we played with a 1-1 or 0-0 count. Who said I swing at strikes anyway. I will say one thing about the 1-1 count. In our league's test, the pitchers learned to move more quickly with all of the shots up the middle.
Dec. 9, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

I have heard a lot of talk regarding the 1-1 and 0-0 counts. Our senior league conducted a test with the 1-1 count two seasons ago. It was conducted due to board members trying to reduce games times. Well...it worked. It worked so well that it was stopped after a month. The reason being batters were not getting the at bats they usually get. I think it had something to do with someone calling this a hitters' game.

My approach to shortening the games is simple. Use the Trump ball instead of the Rock. I played with the ball in Reno in 95+ degree heat and it was still leaving the park. Some players have indicated the ball gets soft in the heat. My answer is to man-up. If you miss the ball badly...the ball should not float out like it did in the World.
Dec. 4, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

d45,

You are correct regarding the Western National. The Western National was posted yesterday. It will be in Sacramento, CA.

d45,

The Western Nat. drew 91 teams when it was in Yolo, CA in 2011. I will be curious to see how many teams play is the Western this year. I think it will top 100 teams.

JamesLG,

The complex in Lacy, WA might be nice, however, in 2010 the tourney only drew 51 teams.
Dec. 4, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

d45,

You are correct regarding the Western National. The Western National was posted yesterday. It will be in Sacramento, CA.

d45,

The Western Nat. drew 91 teams when it was in Yolo, CA in 2011. I will be curious to see how many teams play is the Western this year. I think it will top 100 teams.

JamesLG,

The complex in Lacy, WA might be nice, however, in 2010 the tourney only drew 51 teams.
Dec. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

Surf88, There is now a Rocky Mountain TOC qualifier in Aurora, CO. You got your wish of playing at the Aurora complex. I think the SSUSA does a good job of moving the Western National around to accommodate teams that can't afford to do much traveling.
Dec. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Like a number of you, I also feel the AAA home run rule change making any homer over three an out is a good move. However, changing the Major HR rule to six and the Major + rule to nine is not the answer. The AAA rule change was to force teams to move up. I feel the HR rule for Major should be seven HR's and an out. The bigger gap (from 3 to 7) would entice even more teams to move up to major, and outs after seven HR's would force Major teams up. I also feel the M+ HR rule should not be reduced to nine. The HR rule for M+ should be at least ten. After all...this is M+.

Cal50, I would also like to see all senior tournament games get rid of the 50 minute games. Sixty minute games should be the minimum time limit. Why can't that be a rule?

Webbie25, I agree with you regarding the 4-3 count and adding inches to the plate. Adding inches to the plate is a step in the right direction.

I feel the association did a good job addressing concerns. They get a solid "B" from me. Remember...you can't make everyone happy all the time.
Nov. 8, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a league 45 and older

aaasg7, The Stanislaus Senior Softball League in Modesto has a 45-54 year old league. I know players from your area south who have played in the league. However, this might be more miles than you would like to travel.
Nov. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Gary19, I agree with you regarding qualifying for National tournaments in the 70's and 80's. I remember having to qualify for the National in a regional tournament. Our state also received three entries. It was not an easy road to the National. There were not teams from all the states. However, a number of states didn't have teams wanting to play in the tournament. And, yes, I played in Parma, Ohio, and Burlington, North Carolina, more than a couple of times. Those were great tournaments.

I do want to add that the 50 Major tournament was the best yet. All the top teams were there, and the winner (ENR) played great. Although the tournament had some bumps in the road, this was a tournament with the best competition from the U.S. and Canada.

If people remember, the USSSA isn't too far from the SSUSA. Although you had to qualify in a NIT, I remember a number of teams finishing third, fourth, and even fifth in those tournaments and receiving berths to the World tournament, since all the teams finishing above them in the standings already earned their berths. I didn't think the USSSA World tournament was nearly as difficult to qualify for as the ASA National.

Stick8, Your friend is correct regarding Reno as being a place to play if you want to see great competition. The 50 and 55 M+ divisions had the majority of entrants that participated in Vegas. There was great competition and facilities this year.


Oct. 26, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA - When do you think the 2013 ratings will be finalized?

Jawood, On another note, when do you think SSUSA will have the brackets filled out from the World Tournament in Las Vegas? A number of people have asked me how other teams did, and I haven't been able to tell them anything.
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