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Dec. 17, 2013
Davy
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

OK Lets try to make everyone happy with a new experiment for MAJOR PLUS teams playing other Major Plus teams.

Associations will poll Major Plus players for all rules except a maximum game time limit and a mandatory requirement that teams must pitch to their own team. If you hit your own pitcher, you are out end of inning. Also you chase your own balls.

That could cover bats, balls, home runs, courtesy runners, unlimited runs per inning, mercy rules, unlimited player eligibility, safety equipment, etc.

The rest of the divisions, Major, AAA, and AA will play with SSUSA adopted rules.

Any Major Plus team playing a Major division team will play by the Major division rules.







Oct. 8, 2013
Davy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

State Roofing Systems 75's finished at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 3.

6 of our players became sick on Thursday, and especially on Friday and Saturday with what appeared to be severe flu eg. vomiting , weakness, diarhyea, etc. One went to the doctor and extensive lab tests confirmed that it was an intestinal infection requiring antibiotics, NOT the flu. All sick drank the dugout water. 8 others on our team did not drink the water and were OK.

We are wondering if any one else playing at Sunset experienced anything feeling like the flu and also drinking the dugout water.

Thanks for any input

Davy
March 11, 2013
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

Bittersweet memories. Our eighth grade PE teacher enrolled us in a baseball league which played other schools on Sunday afternoons.

As some of you old timers might know, there were some parents back then who were quite religious and did not believe in such frivolities on Sunday. I was OK to practice on Saturday, made the team, but never played or went to a game on Sunday.

I always worked so never went out for sports in high school or college.
Played a little low league softball in my 40s.

Thrilled by Senior softball and won SSUSA national championships as 70 and 75. And yes I can now play on Sunday's as well as Saturday.

Davy


Aug. 31, 2012
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Ratings

I agree that individual rating of all players, i.e. utilizing the 5 tools would be almost impossible.
However one indicator correlates fairly well.

At what level have they played for the last two or three years?

Seems to me that if you played for the same team for 2 or 3 years running at a given level, i.e. Major Plus, Major, AAA, or AA, the teams have already determined that you are valuable to them at that level.

If you changed teams but still played at the same level, that would indicate that the new team
also thought you would be valuable to them.

Analysis of rosters and levels is not that difficult.
June 23, 2012
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is winning the most important thing?

Perspective from a 76 year old softball player. Winning maybe everything when you are young but age has a way of providing balance in both life and softball.

Any tournament you come home from is one to be treasured both for the playing experience and friendships. Of course you do your best to help the team win but losing doesn't make you a failure.

Enjoy it, meaning present rules, bats and balls, etc while you can, win or lose, because it will not last forever.
davy
May 27, 2012
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

I can't believe this is a subject without an obvious answer.

This is almost like constantly griping about umpire calls, usually done by inferior or losing teams.

Do any of the new young guns talk trash today? They didn't 25 years ago when I was 50 nor do the older players today.

The most you might get is a quiet back handed compliment not heard by anyone else. I always took it as a sign of weakness by the talker.

Davy

Dec. 20, 2010
Davy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

Played senior softball for 25 years. Now on 75 roster.
Designate up to 2 players before game who will require courtesy runner. Takes care of unique cases.
Also allow 1 additional courtesy runner per inning who is in starting lineup or will be sub.
requires some strategy in batting order planning or situation. Perfect for older teams, 70 plus or AAA /AA teams who usually won't bring rabbits only to a tournament.
If the young guys or Major Plus/Major want unlimited CR's and rabbits only to compete, then knock yourself out.
PS I declined to go to The World Championships with a 60's major team as a rabbit only. What a joke.


Feb. 22, 2010
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for questions that YOU would like answers to.

how many courtesy runners per game?
a. unlimited
b. none
c. one per inning
d .courtesy runner can only run once per game
e. only one per inning and courtesy runner can only run once per game
I prefer e as it allows for the truly hobbled(maybe injury)etc. but keeps a more balanced team with all skills important, not just slug hit and no run.
Dec. 27, 2009
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: poll:who would like

Perspective from a 70's Major player who is 5'6" and 140 lbs. I play a decent ss, 2nd and 3rd and run like the wind, a singles hitter with good average and on base per %, also courtesy runner several times a game. Do I like the Miken Ultra 2? Of course when I'm hitting because of the sweet spot and ability to hit where you want to. But forget about my defense when playing the power teams. My range isn't important anymore so the arm is not a factor. Can't run down a bullet when its already by you. Unless its a tight game, my base running speed doesn't mean much as the next guy can hit it over the fence. If there were no courtesy runners the importance of the pure power guy would be reduced, thats one way to increase the balanced game. After all in baseball, you are out of the game if someone runs for you. A start would be only one courtesy runner per inning and that runner only once per game.
My vote of course goes to the balanced game, not the HR derby.
May 11, 2008
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: COACHES CORNER-DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE NOT A COACH

My basic principle is that the team comes first but the question is how best to manage. I bat leadoff for a sponsored 70's major team that has been in existance for 15 years. Here's what we do:
1. We have a non playing manager who makes game decisions.
2. We have a board of six players plus the manager who meet regularly and discuss and establish policy.i.e.
roster players, recomended tournaments to attend,
playing time for local shirt tournaments vrs championship tournaments, number to bat in local vrs championship, and personnel problems such as you described.
3. The team comes first, not any individual and is well represented by the team board.
4 We try hard to win but not at the expense of comarade or team chemistry which translates to FUN and SUCCESS.

Our solution would be for the team board to consider the problem and its history, make a decision and move on.
Hope this helps.
Dave State Roofing Systems 70's
Jan. 25, 2008
Davy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: hitting the pitcher

Have played alot of ball over the years at many different levels and positions. What a GREAT GAME!
My take is:
Agree with Einstein. Hitting the pitcher should be an out and if intentional, automatic ejection. Should also apply for all age groups and skill levels.
The solution to Major plus teams having no one to play or National tournaments without parity is really quite simple. Northern Calif. ranks its 105 teams covering all age groups from 1 to 105 based on games won and lost and strength of opponent. The best team in Northern Calif, is of course a 50 major plus team and the worst is a 75 AA team. Major plus/major teams usually play down an age group, ie. 60 major plus plays 55 major or AAA and so on for all age groups. It takes a bit of thinking to rank the teams but it insures equal and plentiful competition. Actually SSUSA already seeds teams. What needs to change is the present concept of rigid age groups at the national level. Bring in some 40/45 teams for the 50 Major Plus teams to play. The rest of the teams and age groups will fall into ranking quite easily.
Aug. 25, 2004
Davy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball credibility at Fresno

The 65 divison at Fresno was advertised on the web site and at the park as 8 teams playing round robin with upper 4 teams in Gold div. and lower 4 teams in Silver Div, playing double elimination.
The upper 4 teams were Fairway Ford and Seals, both 4 and 0 and Brea Merchants and So Cal Panthers 2 and 2. The lower 4 teams were all 1 and 3.
Just before the start of the Gold and Silver brackets, Senior Softball officals changed the format after complaints by Brea Merchants and So. Cal Panthers who didn't want to play Fairway or the Seals. As a result of the change the Gold bracket was just Fairway and the Seals and 6 teams in the Silver bracket. Brea Merchants ended up playing So. Cal Panthers for the Silver bracket championship
The lower 4 teams got screwed.
Forget Las Vegas Championship?
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