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Steven Imlay

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Phoenix, AZ

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Men's 60

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Dec. 13, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I still don't know what prompted the change in the rules. I play 60 and 65 Major Plus and we have a lot of good hitters in both divisions (You have a lot of good hitters in the other divisions as well but I'm speaking mainly about Major and Major Plus.) I have not seen the 400 and 375 ft MISSED balls going out of the park, maybe in the 50 & 55 divisions that happens. I have seen balls go that far but they were hit very hard. Do balls go out on 300 ft fences when not hit solidly - occasionally in all divisions? The point of this thread is rules were changed and we don't understand why! Many of the discussion points are good but need their own thread.
We will and can adapt to the new rules it just doesn't mean that we like the new rules or agree with it.

SLi

Dec. 13, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Webbie 25

Webbie,
Happy everything went well with your knee replacement and look forward to getting you back on the field when you get healthy. Call you later today!!!!
Be smart about rehab!
SLi
Dec. 12, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

George brings out a great point why change? You have lots of options besides DBO if you really need to make some adjustments you have other options (many of these have already been posted.) I see more negatives than positives coming out of these rule changes. Please explain the reasoning behind this because I really don't understand.
Do people think Major Plus players can't control their bats? What they do is hit the ball very hard and down when they are trying to not hit the ball out of the park and that is not good news for any of the infielders because a slight mishit is going at someone at a very high rate of speed and bring out unknown factors (such as extra ball movement.) If you think we are trying to hit at other players that just doesn't make sense because the odds of making an out go way up if you do that!

Someone please explain the logic behind this because I don't see it.

SLi
Dec. 12, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

No disrespect to the members who represent the voting committee (especially since I don't know who they are), but I don't think you represented the desires of the Major/Major Plus with the new rules. I don't really think any Major Plus players (long term - impact players) were really on the committee to express concerns over these rule changes. It sounds like we were represented by tournament directors and coaches - which arenít bad except we need the players swinging the bats to represent us as well!!!
I understand running this association is tougher than most realize but you really need to listen to your customers. You did a survey last year which I thought was a great idea and it was hard to argue with the results. I recommend doing the same thing with this issue.

SLi

Dec. 12, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

This really doesn't make much sense to me??? Why change something that is working well? Now you have a large group of players unhappy and frustrated. I understand that changes need to be made with all the lower divisions especially to give then incentives to move up a level. But I don't see that happening under the new rules...why move up no advantage to do so.
Make the Major Plus unique and desirable to play at that level instead you have penalized this group for some unknown reason. At the 60 Major Plus level none of the teams are going way over the limit on the HR's in fact most don't use all of the allotted HR's, however now they will start changing their swings and strange things will start to happen.
The new teams that were moved up last year were very competitive especially for first year teams playing at that level and they will only get better. The national tournament showed parity among all of the teams with good close games and very competitive situations - why change?

PattyMac we need to stay with this!!

SLi
Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTER WORLDS 60's MAJORS

Should have mentioned this was the "55 Major Division."
SLi
Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTER WORLDS 60's MAJORS

What a competitive division with great teams and ball players. It's been a while since I have been fortunate enough to compete in this division and now I remember how tough a division it is. First thanks to Double Play for allowing me to participate in this tourney with them. Very impressed with make up of the team and their approach to the game and quality of their players.
I would like congratulate the other teams on the quality of their teams and how competitive they played. 4Seasons has a strong team that will only get better and Fan Grabbers as always fielded a very strong team with both of our games with them going down to the 7th or 8th inning. Didn't get a chance to play Phil's Just 4 Fun and Rio Grande's 55 but both teams played well and beat some very good teams.
So Cal played outstanding really putting it to us in the Championship game and getting off to a good start in the "If" game. Pete, Tony, Jack, Wayne and all the guys played great...very impressive. I believe they got a little tired after 3 straight hard fought games and Double Play started hitting and pulled it out in the bottom of the 7th.
Well run tourney and I have to wonder why this tourney was not attended by even more teams.
SLi
Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Al Dreschler - Pace Softball - Suddenly Passed Away

This is very sad news as Al was an exceptional person. With all that he has gone through it was a shock to receive this news. I only had a few interactions with Al but enough to establish the quality of a man we all will miss.
Steven Imlay
Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Webbie
Good luck with the knee replacement and look forward to seeing you back on the softball field hitting your normal impressive long Home Runs!!!
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Rock softball

Matt43
We have taken out some Rock balls to hit to prepare for Vegas and have not seen the irregular flight problems either. However I believe other factors do affect the ball because we did see the ball do funny things in the Spring tournament in Vegas.
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ARROYE GRANDE BATTING PRACTICE LOCATION

AzTomC
I would check out the Silver Bowl over by UNLV's football field. Plenty of open fields and it's not too far away from Arroyo Grande.
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Marv

I want to thank you again for looking into this matter and making a viable attempt to address this situation. You have some good ideas and hopefully they will provide some solid answers. If your attempting to find a solution I will continue to support you and your organization any way I can.

Maddog are you going to be in Vegas? Bruce I know I will get the opportunity to see you in Vegas and Happy Birthday!!

SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

Gary
You hit the Dirty very well!! Good luck this weekend.
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

Gary
You hit the Dirty very well!! Good luck this weekend.
SLi
Sept. 20, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Bruce
Glad rehab is going well and look forward to seeing you in Vegas.
SLi
Sept. 20, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Bruce
Glad rehab is going well and look forward to seeing you in Vegas.
SLi
Sept. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

RoyHobbs,

Sorry I haven't responded to your question - missed it somehow?? Anyway I swing a Dirty 30oz FL and I'm still very happy with the bat. I just ordered the new 29oz and another 30oz from Kelly Ultimate Sports. I have been getting somewhere between 700-900 swings before the bat breaks and then I get an additional amount of swings using the Tuff Sleeve utilizing the bat for batting practice. Look forward to see all the posters in Las Vegas just come up and introduce yourself I'm number 12 with Joe Brown's All Stars 60 Major plus and you will recognize me as I will be carrying Webbie's bats!!!

SLi
Sept. 17, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

We need to be giving examples of balls that will work not necessarily balls that don't work. Jim I respect your opinion on balls but I have never found the Baden ball to be a "hot" ball more like the Stote ball it just works better in the heat. Bam (David Winslow) suggested Dudley 40/400 ball that holds up in the heat in Vegas. Kevin, Jim and Mike should have some good recommendations on balls that perform comparable to Stote but hold up in the heat. We really need to give some viable options to the Directors so they can make an intelligent decision.
Thanks for all input...

SLi
Sept. 14, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock balls

Webbie thanks for bring this discussion back up. It's always good to hear from Mike, Patty Mac and Fabe and their opinions on these issues. Rock is a fun ball to hit and I know I look forward to Vegas because of the Rock, chance to catch up with all the players, the competition and it's a great place for a well run National Tournament.
SLi
Sept. 14, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

It seems to me that we have gotten off track on this thread. It's turned into a debate about the Rock and that really is not what I intended for this discussion to get into. I realize that the Rock is a potential answer but it seems like it's not a very good answer from the Directors point of view which I can see their argument- not that I agree or disagree. We have other threads that discuss this topic which is a good topic but!!!!
The topic here is hitting the Stote ball in heat where it turns into a sock. We need to be discussing alternative solutions to this problem. What will happen is this will be swept away and not addressed by the associations if we don't address this issue now.
Marv I appreciate your responding to this and you make solid arguments from the Tournament Directors point of view which we should consider (I'm surprised that SSUSA has not responded.) This is a real issue and one where I have made the decision that I'm not going to participate in tournaments using the Stote ball in high heat in the future. I'm hopeful that other players and teams agree and make similar decisions about these tournaments. I believe the Stote ball is a very fair ball when the heat is not above 80-85 degrees. Why can't we find another ball that will respond equivalent to the Stote ball in normal conditions when it's above that temperature? This is not about an ego driven desire to hit the ball 400 ft but an expectation to be hitting a fair ball in the warmer weather.
Patty Mac I know you can hit any ball out but I also know you feel strongly about this topic. I also agree why travel to Vegas or any tournament if your going to have to hit a sub par ball!! (I'm not trying to bring LV-SSUSA National Tournament into this discussion because it's not an issue in this tournament.)
Mr. Manassas, I agree all we want to do is hit a good ball which you do very well- see you and Patty Mac in Vegas.
I appreciate all point of views on this subject but it's time we get this issue resolved to all partiesí satisfaction.

SLi

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