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Rich P

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Campbell, CA

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Men's 65

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Oct. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any unbelievable, spectacular, unusual or funny plays or calls to share?

With all the games going on this past weekend in Phoenix, did anyone hear about or see any spectacular or unusual plays, like a triple-play or an infield HR or funny senior moment incident, including unusual umpire calls?

I'd like to hear a few!

Nothing for me to report except a player being called out for stepping out of the box while hitting a foul ball...haven't seen that call in a while, but it's not too to uncommon...
Oct. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ok, dumb question...new to Seniors

Sideshow,

I don't believe I know a Jack Campbell...does he play Senior ball in SJ?
Oct. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ok, dumb question...new to Seniors

Our "Vintage" league in San Jose, CA allows the grey ultra, however, most tournament players prefer not to use it 'cus you can't use it in tournaments!
Oct. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NIght games in Phoenix 60 AAA

I totally agree...night games are a big problem and should not be scheduled for 60 and older players.

I pitched for two night games at Desert West and I agree with Fred and others...I was feeling very vulnerable, especially after I heard one hit whiz by me that I never even saw!!

Line drives couln't be easily picked up because of the lack of background contrast, high fly balls would disappear if above the lights.

Some would have preferred to postpone the night game and play at 7:00 AM instead...heck most of use can't sleep late anyway!

It sounded like a good idea but I guess it would create other problems like too many games (5 or 6) may have to be played in one day in the elimination bracket.

However, I played at Papago last year and I thought the lights were acceptable at that park...Desert West (especially field 3) has very poor lighting (only 2 banks vs 3 banks).

If we're going to have to play night games, maybe they should ONLY be scheduled at fields with adequate lighting such as Papago.


Rich
Oct. 15, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 3:30PM scheduling conflict Mens 60AAA elimination bracket?

I happen to notice a scheduling conflict for the Mens 60 AAA Division

In the elimination bracket, game 22 at 3:30PM, the loser is supposed to go to game 23 which is also at 3:30PM?

Am I reading this correctly?


Rich
Sept. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOOKING TO PLAY FOR AAA 55 TEAM PHOENIX 10/24-10/26

AAA55,

You can call me at 408-838-0321 (cell)...I will give you the contact info...

Rich
Sept. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOOKING TO PLAY FOR AAA 55 TEAM PHOENIX 10/24-10/26

AAA55,

I know of a 55 AA team from the San Jose area looking for a player(s) as they only have 10 palyers going.

I would have considered helping them out but I'm playing the week before (60 AAA).

I'm not sure if you may be eligible (or interested)?

Rich
Sept. 22, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOOKING TO PLAY FOR AAA 55 TEAM PHOENIX 10/24-10/26

AAA55,

How old are you?

Something to consider with your request to play 55 AAA in Phoenix.

The rules state that teams in any division can add players ONLY from the next OLDER age group and in the SAME skill level.

If I understand the ruling, you could be added to a 50 AAA team but not a 55 AAA team (you're from the next older age group)...unless you're currently 60AAA, you may not qualify to be added to 55 AAA.

Can anyone confirm this rule?


Rich
Sept. 9, 2008
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Phoenix fields

Our team is 60 AAA and scheduled to play at the DESERT WEST complex this year, I'm sure it's not nearly as nice as the fabulous fields of PAPAGO, where we played last year...what a great place!

Most of us will be staying at the Residence Inn at Glendale, I believe it's about 6 miles (as the crow flies) from the field.

Looking at Google Earth and it shows a large bldg in the center of the 4-field complex, I assume this would be the clubhouse where food & drinks are available, right? (anyone know?).

I also noticed by using the "ruler" feature of Google Earth, that all 4 fields measure exactly 300" and look pretty decent, however there is not much shade for spectators except in the clubhouse.

Anyone know if we are allowed to bring-in our own coolers (food & drinks)?


Rich
Sept. 9, 2008
Hacker
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: teams going to Phoenix??

The MUSTANGS 60-AAA out of Northern California will be there.
Scheduled to play at Desert West.

Rich
Aug. 25, 2008
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA World Championships Phoenix Mens 60 AAA

Vito,

I would venture to say that many teams west of the Mississippi (and a few east) put the World Championship on their schedule. There always seems to be a large turnout in all the brackets.

The Mustangs 60 AAA from Northern California will be there.

See you there!

Rich
June 2, 2008
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any Rockin' Reno unofficial results?

The Rockin’ Reno tournament concluded this past weekend, can anyone share some unofficial results in the various brackets?

Also, any comments about playing on the 1.4 million square feet of artificial turf at the new Golden Eagle Complex?


Thanks,

Rich
Nov. 1, 2007
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Flying with your softball equipment?

I always lock my bat bag using the plastic "ty-wraps" ...just loop them through the zipper tabs...if security wants to check, they simply cut them open...this also let's you know if someone has opened you bag!!

You can buy a small bag of these for cheap at the local hardware store!
It's cheaper than a small lock which is worthless anyway!!

Note: Don't forget that YOU'LL need to open them after you reach your destination...if you bring a knife with you, you'll get it confiscated!

I usually put a small pocket knife or nail-clippers in an outside pocket of my bat bag or luggage, that way I'll have something to cut these with when I pick up my bags.

Rich
Oct. 25, 2007
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call - umpire gets over-ruled by TD in Phoenix

JonCon,

Although the home team's first batter popped up to left for the 2nd out, they still ended up winning the game.

This demonstrates how important it is to know your rules!!

We played a game in the Calif Cup where the opposing pitcher deliberately walked a batter with two outs to get to a vacant spot in the batting order (because a player was ejected) for an automatic out (3rd out)...we had no subs 'cus we were batting everyone.

some associations don't allow you to walk a player (with 2 outs) to get to the vacant spot for the 3rd out and we were not sure if that was allowed and are still unsure of the rule!

Rich
60 AAA
Oct. 22, 2007
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call - umpire gets over-ruled by TD in Phoenix

Interesting ruling…how do you think this should have been called?

Situation:

elimination game - 60AAA - Papago Park:

Game score is tied…visiting team did not score in the top-half of extra inning, the home team is coming to bat in the bottom-half of the extra inning and is supposed to start the inning with a runner placed at second base (last batter from previous inning) per the tie-breaker rule.

Before the inning starts, the home team wants to use a courtesy-runner to replace the runner on second, however, there is much dispute among the home team players as to whether it is allowed, so to be on the safe side and before they allow the courtesy runner to even touch second base, they ask the umpire…he is uncertain but after much discussion, he allows the courtesy runner to replace the original runner on second.

The visiting team immediately disputes the umpire’s ruling and seeks the tournament director’s decision…the TD over-rules the umpire and calls the courtesy runner out before the inning even starts!!

Although the ruling is correct to not allow a courtesy runner until the runner reaches third base, do you think it was the right call that the courtesy runner is out after the umpire incorrectly allowed it?

The home team had to start the inning with no runner at second and 1 out!

How would you make the call?



Rich
Aug. 28, 2007
Hacker
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum U2 ???

Mtman,

I believe you friend Bob owes you a six-pack!

I remember back in the late 90’s when Demarini came out with there new Double Wall Distance, they soon became the leader and had all of the other mfrs scrambling to catch up. As a result, a variety of new alloy’s & designs hit the market.

Also note that the balls used back then were not as controlled as today’s balls and there were some very hot balls used with these new alloys.


The 1997 Demarini Doublewall Distance is one of the few “holy grails” of softball bats. This bat was not known for its durability (dented easily) but is one of the hottest bats of all time. In 2003 Demarini re-introduced the “Classic” Double-wall Distance but it never had the “pop” of the original 1997.

In 1998 Worth introduced the SUPERCELL “EST” One of the best overall bats in history. The 1998 Worth EST line combined excellent durability with great performance…I still see this bat used in tournaments where the ULTRA is not allowed.

In 2000 the first WORTH PST introduced was the Powder Shell Technology version (red) and some argue that it was the hottest PST ever.

Later in 2001 WORTH followed up with the PST Vanadium (blue) which featured WS137 alloy, the highest strength alloy available, it came with a 2-yr warranty and could be used in 45 degree weather…it was the most durable bat available (and most expensive) but did not have the “pop” of it’s predecessor.

In 2000 Easton's introduced the CONNEXION ST1-Z it featured a two-piece design using an elastomer connector to mechanically interlock the handle to the barrel, allowing the two pieces to act independently for no vibration and a larger sweet spot than any other bat design. It had a super-thin, Scandium-enhanced SC500 alloy wall for the highest strength and thinnest wall of any bat on the market. This bat had an extremely end-load swing weight feel and you really had to take a full swing to “flex” the handle. This bat became a very sought-after bat when ASA banned the composites. I sold mine for $250 (should have kept it).

Being an outfielder, I remember when the Miken Ultra (grey) was first introduced. I could not believe how deep I had to play (especially with no fence). I did not know how to defend against it…If I played normal depth, I would now get burned by almost everybody in the line-up, if I played deep, then normal singles would become doubles. We had to have the catcher announce (shout) when a batter was using a “Miken”.

Although the best alloy bats of the 90’s were extremely hot for their time, I don’t believe they were as hot as the composites of today, especially the ULTRA II…which some would argue the hottest bat of all time…virtually the same as the grey Ultra without the endload.

I would say that your friend owes you a six-pack!

That’s my opinion,

Rich – 60 AAA
June 6, 2007
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: foggy sunglasses

team55,

OAKLEY has a variety of sun glasses...their M Frame model comes with "vented" lens as an option which are small "cut-outs" along the top of the replaceable lens which help to prevent or minimize fogging.

check out their website...locate the M Frame, then M Frame accesories.
They may also have other models more suited to your taste...give them a call!

Good Luck!
May 31, 2007
Hacker
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rockin' Reno - 60AAA results!

Hot off the press!

Congratulations to the newly formed MUSTANGS of San Jose, CA for winning the Rockin' Reno 60-AAA bracket. They defeated Chico Pioneers in the championship game.

All Tourney congratulations to Jed, Pete, Rusty, Nick, John B.

Good job guys!

Rich
Aug. 26, 2005
Hacker
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Phoenix SSWC

Blackhawks 55AA from Modesto,CA will be in Phoenix
As a separate format, we will also play the 55AA Eastern National Champs (Indy Fog) in Phoenix for the National Championship (part 2 of the Triple Grand Slam event)
July 26, 2005
Hacker
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Congrats SS-USA on Western Nationals

Dave, coudn't agree with you more...especially about the field prep after the rain. When I went to the Russell Road complex on Friday morning and saw the infield under an inch of water...I thought no way are we playing today and it looked as if Sat was in jepordy as well...boy was I amazed when I received a call that the games are scheduled for 2PM and to find the fields in very good condition blew me away!!
Great job to the field crew!!

As far as elgibility problems...we had an incident in the Championship game where a new player who hadn't played in the previous round-robin or seeding rounds mysteriously showed up for the championship then disappeared after they won. Fortunately it was our 1st loss and we won the next game...whew!
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