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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.
Oct. 22, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Garyheifner,
I feel you have to let the 11th player play anywhere on the field.

RIK56,
I agree with you. Some teams would play a six man infield.

Boston,
You indicated that adding an additional player in the field would ruin the game. In my estimation, the ridiculous bats did that. Since the bats are not going away, something else needs to offset the bats. That's why an additional player was brought up. I have also suggested using balls that were not as forgiving as the rock. However, I am willing to listen to constructive comments.

Gary19,
You commented on the additional player being a "whacky rule change." I think the first whacky rule change occurred when senior softball allowed the bats. You know what they say...one whacky rule change leads to another.

#19,
You mentioned you were against using an additional player. Does that mean when you play 70's you will retire? I understand 70's use an additional player.

I appreciate the constructive comments.
Oct. 21, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

The reason many of us got into senior softball was to play. I know the games went long this year...okay too long at times. However, eliminating seeding games or triple elimination games cuts into playing time. That is what most of us are here for. Remember...most of the teams didn't even make it to Saturday night.

Since most players want to keep the existing rules, I would like players to consider something else. I feel adding an additional fielder would make the game more challenging. I know the pitcher would feel safer. Most teams bat everyone in seeding games or more than ten. Would teams be in favor of adding an additional fielder just for seeding games or for the entire tournament? This would reduce game times (not dramatically) and get more players involved. Getting players involved is what senior softball is all about.
Oct. 18, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When will the brackets and scores be filled in for all the divisions?

I was wondering how some teams did in different divisions. I try to follow a number of local teams. Will the brackets and scores be completed soon?
Oct. 18, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home Run Rule For 50 Majors

JMAC 00,

I agree with you regarding "walks should be outs." That is the only way to force teams up. If teams make outs because they hit homeruns over the limit, they might think about moving up versus staying in major. This would eliminate the talk I heard regarding a 50 AAA team hitting 18(?) homeruns in a game. However, I do think the homerun rule for major should be increased to eight or nine. Seven humeruns for major to twelve homeruns for major plus in too much of a gap. Major teams have to completely re-tool to compete. Teams have indicated they don't want to break up, so move the major humerun rule closer to the major plus rule. By increasing the number of homeruns, teams would learn how to power-up and be more competitive with the major plus teams if they have to move up.
Oct. 12, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat issue

ronnied8,
I heard this story two years ago. I had an Ultra, and it broke after approximately 40 cuts. My friend informed me he would take my bat, along with his (which also broke after a limited number of cuts) to Corky. He said Corky will take care of it...and gave the bats to him. When my friend and I saw Corky some time later, we asked him what was happening with the bats. We wanted to know if they would be replaced. Corky informed me that my bat would not be replaced, because I must have been swinging too hard. I thought that was interesting, because I was not under the impression he had ever seen me swing. I will also bet your bat, ronnied8, still had that nice new shine on it like my bat did. Yes, I would say you are barking up the wrong tree. Five months later, I was informed I should have called Miken direct and shipped the bat to them. Instead, I did not have a bat to ship. That was my fault for dealing with the wrong person. Good luck. I hope your story has a better ending than mine.
Oct. 12, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Thanks for a great weekend

I would like to take this time to thank all of the people involved for their efforts in running the tournament, officiating games, taking care of the fields, filling the water jugs, and running the snack bar. This was a larger commitment than was anticipated. People were running around doing their best...and I appreciated all of it.
Oct. 11, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Retired63, I agree with you. I disagreed with the associations when they agreed to count homeruns as walks after reaching the limit. All divisions (AA, AAA, and Major) should have all homeruns over the limit count as outs. That is the only way to promote upward movement.
Oct. 10, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

I saw a number of games the past two weekends last longer than 90 minutes, each setting their respective tournaments back. I feel steps should be taken to keep games more in line with the times. However, I don't feel starting with a 1-1 count is the answer. I do feel all games (not just seeding games) being 65 minutes plus the open inning would be a start. The double elimination game should also be eliminated in tournaments with twenty or more teams. Those touranments should guarantee four games instead of five. I also feel the ball (the Rock) is too lively. Those balls were ridiculous. We already play with a bat that is better than anything we used as kids. Remember when the Titanium bats came out and games lasted well over two hours before they were pulled? Why can't we use the Trump ball? It was good in Reno in the heat and was not as forgiving as the Rock.

If no adjustments are going to be made, the only other alternative is to have teams qualify by allowing a certain number of teams in each division. Don't worry...that would never happen, because that would cost the association money.
Oct. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Associations
Discussion: future of senior softball

I feel the Senior Softball Association should shoulder some of the blame for the limited number of M+ teams. Over the last few years, I have seen teams moved up only to be moved down after a year or not even a year.

If a team goes 1-4 or 0-5 in a World Tournament, they should be moved down (if they have been in the division two or more years). However, I have seen a major team place third in the World Tournament...be moved up and moved down for the very next World Tournament.

I have witnessed a M+ team have a .500 record one year and be moved down to major...and miss playing on Sunday by losing two one run games. That would not have been a high point for the SSUSA.

I have also seen a M+ team go 3-3 at the Reno tournament this year, only to be moved down for the World Tournament even when they lost close games and beat the second place team and current Western Champ in the tournament.

If a team (AA, AAA, or Major) finishes in the top three, they should be moved up for a min. of two years. If the record in the second year is not good (1-4 or 0-5) they could get dropped. If players try to stay down and play for another team, they should be evaluated. I know someone out there probably has a good idea. Please feel free to comment.
Aug. 22, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Any Reviews on the UltraII USA model SPU2P

I purchased a Miken Ultra 2, and it broke after approximately 50-60 cuts. This bat was good after 10-15 cuts. I called Miken and they gave me a R.A. number. I sent the bat in and they replaced it with a "W" (I believe) stamped on the end cap. The replacement bat had to be from the bad batch of Miken bats everyone has been talking about, because it took me between 90-100 cuts to break it in. Finally, with the bat broken in, I started using it in tournaments and was able to get 35-45 cuts before it cracked. What do you do if the replacement bat was bad? I would like opinions on what I should do?
Aug. 1, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP - Part II

The Wood,

If teams with 2,3,4, or 5 major players were moved up by rule next year, wouldn't that be one-sided, due to the fact major plus teams have 7,8, or more plus players on thier rosters? That appears to be no better than combining M and M+.
July 31, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP - Part II

Donll,

I never said anything about moving up only one team. I said, "How can you move up a team that hasn't reached Sunday in a World Tournament?" If a team doesn't advance to Sunday, they are out of the top eight. I know you don't advocate moving up teams that finish lower in the World Tournament...while allowing higher finishing teams to stay in the Major division. Each year, the top TEAMS in the World should move up.
I also feel performance on the field should be the deciding factor over what players a team has on paper. After all, that's why "we play the game."
I agree with your factors determining a move up in the ranks to a point. Win/loss record and margin of victory are important. However, win/loss record and margin of victory against AAA teams is not valid. Major teams should beat AAA teams. And Major teams will most likely play more AAA teams than Major teams, due to the fact there are not as many Major teams.
Tim indicated his record against tougher competition. It has not been impressive. I don't know of any team that would be happy getting bumped up with that record.
July 30, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP - Part II

Donll,

I have a very simple question. How do you move up a team that hasn't reached Sunday in the World Tournament the last two years?
July 26, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

There is not an easy fix to the major plus problem. However, I don't feel moving a number of major teams up (that haven't won anything) is the answer just because there aren't enough teams to play.
The fix can be found in the area of which teams choose players. That means not allowing teams to pick up players from 2, 3, or 4 states and dividing the larger states in half. That would be the starting point.
July 25, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

Stick8,
Your point is well taken. Remember, I mentioned I thought like you do. However, after playing general senior softball tournaments, I have played against teams that weren't very strong. They had difficulty scoring in double figures and really needed help.
On the flipside, if you are playing in a big tournament, the spotting of runs is certainly difficult to understand.
July 25, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

DCPete,
I like your idea. A true handicap is when you help a team. This does not mean giving a team an advantage. If a team scores five runs in an inning, it doesn't need any handicap help. If the team scores only three runs in an inning, they do need help and should receive only one run. The team receiving the handicap could receive no more than five total runs per game using this method.
Stick8,
I do understand a team needing to earn the extra run by scoring five runs (that was also my thinking). However, the team receiving the handicap might not score five runs in any inning, leading to no handicap at all.
July 21, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2 Performance

Bruce,
I recently purchased a Miken Ultra II (black) bat that lasted 60-65 cuts. I returned it and Miken replaced it. It has been the worst Miken I have ever received. The Miken had a reputation for being hot from the start. However, I have personally experienced the break-in period first hand. I am not the only one. Another player on one of my teams experienced the same situation. It has taken me over 100 cuts to finally see a difference. I have heard other players taking up to 200 cuts to see a difference. I feel some players became impatient with the Mikens and called them dead instead of continuing with the break-in period. This happened with a single's hitter I know. However, before he returned it, he had a power hitter use it for a few days. After the power hitter took 85-100 cuts, it started to break in.
I am hoping Miken has made some changes to the bat to make it more durable. Hopefully, once the Ultra is broken in, it will last much longer than previous Mikens I have owned.
If the bat you receive is anything like mine, don't be shocked to have your first swings feel and sound like you hit a rock, with the ball traveling a less than desired distance. I hope this information helps. Good luck.
July 14, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

I have listened to numerous ideas players have for improving the method of moving teams up the latter. Although I understand them,I feel the problem is with the system.

For example, the M+ divisions are highly competitive. You can hit 12 homers in a game and score up to 9 runs in an inning (this is too many...it should be 7). In the M division you can only hit 7 homers and score up to 5 runs in an inning.

That is too much of a gap to bridge. The best M teams would have to drop a number of players to be competitive on a week to week basis in order to compete with the M+ teams.

My suggestion would be to change the M division rules to 9 homers and 7 runs (if you were going to keep the number of runs per inning at 9 for M+). The M teams would then be able to learn to play the power game the M+ teams display and be more competitive.

All the divisions would have to be altered to provide teams with progressive steps. I don't feel the current steps are working.
July 13, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Combining M & M+

I agree with Tim. In order to level the playing field between M and M+ teams, you must reduce the players M+ teams have to choose from. Larger states should be divided and players should be choosen from the state (eliminate the bordering state players). I know this will not make everyone happy...but I believe some concessions must be made in order to strenghten our program from a competitive standpoint.
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