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Brian Crisp

Location:
Tracy, CA

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Men's 55

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June 15, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Championship game scoring

E4/E6 the game you long for is called baseball, they use a smaller ball and pitch overhand.


June 3, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 x 275 ball

Maybe Kevin can supply us with the balls for this (demo) tournament. The best Trump 52/275 ball that he would recommend for Senior Softball.

The caliber of players are 50, 55, and 60, Major to Major Plus, base and power hitters. The Sheriff Department team is a regular USSSA Men's tournament team.

In the end I would offer an honest opinion, and recommend that those involved offer their's on this board.
June 3, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 x 275 ball

Mad Dog,

Would love to demo the "new" 52/275 ball. The original didn't past the test.

The specs, numbers, ratings don't mean a thing if it doesn't "feel/sound right, didn't perform'. This was the biggest complaint during our demo.

The complaints were not only from "power hitters" that some say have an ego, but from line drive base hitters to punch and juddies.

We that play for the MTC teams have local tournaments for charity several times a year, next one is in September. MTC 50, 55, 60 and a men's team from the Sheriff's department will be there, would be a good time to demo this new ball.
June 2, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 x 275 ball

Joe,

As you know I demo'd this ball. My opinion is the only way this ball servives in Senior Softball is that it's implemented across the board SSUSA, SPA, NCSSA, etc, at the same time. And there's no where else to play.

I beleive if given a choice between associations A or B, teams will choose the one with the better ball 44/375. Dollars will be the ultimare factor in any permanet changes. If an asociation changes to the 52/275 and the numbers decline the ball will die on the vine.
May 29, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Be very careful what you wish for

Taits,
I umpire as well as still play with the "kids". The equipment I see is stupid. USSSA, NSA and ASA are shaved bat city. Rarely do you see clean equipment. Atleast in Seniors you see/know what you,re up against.




May 29, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Be very careful what you wish for

Was involed in tne 52/275 ball demo last year in Northern Cailf.

Mini tournament, summer day, high 80's. Teams were rated AAA to Major Plus. 50-60 age group. Senior rules on bats.

There wasn't a player in the end that would endorse the 52/275. The managers of each team said "gven a choice they would not enter a tournament using the demo'd ball".

In all fairness to Joe, his statement of "majority of players" has merrit. To this day I haven't found anyone that's actually hit this ball recommend it over current equipment.

Suggestion...Have a 52/275 ball bracket in a few tournaments and see how many teams sign up.

BC
May 7, 2010
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno 50 MAJOR

MTC 50 is in.
Oct. 26, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fifth Place in the Land of the Sun

Joe,

Had to know the Mavericks would be in the finals. East Bay Oldies would be a suprise to some, but us Nor Cal players know what we see almost every weekend. Congrats to the East Bay Oldies regardless of first/second finish. Hell of a accomplishment.

I thought the balls were fine. Those that should have hit 'em far, did. Those that shouldn't hit 'em far, didn't. I know the previous weekend the temperatures were higher but we all play under the same conditions on any given weekend. Maybe in certain locations where high temperature and humdity are common we should use the Micro-Cell ball.

As for Desert West, having played there in "08" I had fore warned our team about the lighting. Still, they were suprised as to how bad. Having teams walk of the field regarding safety sents a strong message to SSUSA.

As the season ends and rumors fly we'll see where teams and players end up.
Sept. 16, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls and All

All things considered I perfer the micro cell ball.

Not going to LV. Next for us PHX.
Sept. 15, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls and All

Why did they discontinue the mico-cell ball? Seemed to be an answer.
June 29, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Northwest in Portland

Joe,

Good to see you. Good tournament, Dave and Fran with an excelleant J.O.B. Mike Clary very good to see you. Keith, take care of the ACL.

D.C. and the MTC 50's thanks and way to go. Great guys and sponsor.

BC
May 27, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Batter's box at Golden Eagle

Turf.....
May 18, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First Taste of PPR it was BITTER!

Leagues BLD Manteca uses PPR. Any line drive up the box (3'each side of mound, as high as arm length)from homeplate to centerfield fence is an out. There is a chalk marking the with of box, picther has 6' from rubber for release.

USSSA bats 44/375 ball. Play with the kids and no doubt not a clean bat to be seen. Youngers guys look like the sideshow, atleast with Seniors nonody's trying to fool anyone.
May 18, 2009
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rumors about balls

Was involved with this demo in Elk Grove.

4 games with the 52/275. Hot day, temps mid 90's.

I could see where some would love this ball when there playing infield defense, but change their minds once they had to hit it. What I could see nobody except for a couple 50 Major plus players hit the ball out of the park.

Defensively, played the shallowest outfield I've played in many years. Not one ball hit over my head.

Opinion: I don't see how anyone would want to play this ball. It is to far to the extreme. Trumpball, honestly I would find it hard to sell this even to the 40 and 50 divisions.

You would have to come up with a ball in between these two examples. If this ball was to become the norm I could see alot of guys staying home or playing another association.

Brian
50 Major Plus
Dec. 17, 2008
Smokey20
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule Changes - A New Thread

We should all relax. See how it plays out. Give SSUSA credit for addressing issues and trying different to find remendies.
Nov. 16, 2008
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New location for world.

How bout the new BLD in Texas?
Nov. 1, 2008
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dirty: Bats & ball info

Joe,

Thought the ball in Phoenix was fine. We had night, morning, and mid-day games. I think what SSUSA has established is perfect.
Oct. 30, 2008
Smokey20
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Combining parts of the Major & Major + divisions

Why in the 50 Major Pus did we play one set of rules in seeding and different set of rules in the bracket. 7 runs per in seeding and all open innings in the bracket.

I say Major division only. Eliminate Major plus. 1-1 count. 5 per inning, open.Pitcher safety rule, from home plate to second base on the line drive.

Let JK Inc (40)and Secrest Mavricks (50) play brackets by themselves best two out of three.
Oct. 12, 2008
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40 major+

What changes are you refering too?
Oct. 9, 2008
Smokey20
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is the state of US economy going to impact your travel plans next year

Joe,

We have a large talent pool here in Cali. Any given weekend in our local tournaments you could get you butt kicked. This makes for a tested team when one travels to worlds. Others parts of the country may not have as many teams or deeply talented brackets but at the top those teams are just as effective as Cali.

In the youger days we always had to travel east to play worlds, it's refreshing for us to travel a few hours to Phoenix instead of 11 hrs back east. We traveled this year to play the SPA event, after the travel time and cost I was a disapointment when I saw the facilities and hit that Baiden ball. At this point I wouldn't return to that tournament.

Prediction for Phoenix, Cali wil be strong in the 40, 50, 55, maybe the 60's.

As for 2009 we may have a smaller schedule, cost being a factor. Maybe three tournaments east of thr Rockies everything else in the west.
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