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April 22, 2015
STL0
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Mid South NIT Cartersville Ga.

Weather.com is still showing 100% chance of thundershowers Saturday as of 4:22PM Central time. That doesn't mean that it's going to rain all day though. It just means that they are guaranteeing that it will happen Saturday. Hopefully it will not be a big deal. Can't wait to play.
April 22, 2015
STL0
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Mid South NIT Cartersville Ga.

We're going to have a might long drive to watch it rain Saturday. Hopefully they got the forecast way wrong but not likely.
April 15, 2015
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

The first team I ever played on in my early 20s was called the Nads....go Nads!
April 10, 2015
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Want More Power? Get Arm Extension within the Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover #29

Thanks for continuing to share this kind of information. It's appreciated.
April 1, 2015
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley lightning question

I haven't seen any issues with any of the Dudleys but I will add this comment regarding bat knobs coming off in general. We were seeing a lot of issues with bat knobs coming off last year including on one of my bats and I wanted to make sense out of it. What I saw when observing people is that people have a tendency to have the knob of their bats hanging out of their bat bags (not all of the way in the bag) and that they were sometimes dropping their bat bags on concrete which put a lot of pressure on the knob. People would pull the bags by the handle and just let go of the handle when they got to their destination instead of laying the bag down. That's just my observation and might be something for everyone to consider. I hope everyone enjoys the 2015 season.
March 27, 2015
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: AZ Roadrunners have disbanned

That's a shame that you currently are not able to play. I hope it works out for you in the long run. We need everyone playing that we can get.
Jan. 29, 2015
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

I would have to say that our teams are probably closer to 90% EL. I personally go back and forth just based on how I feel each day. I spent most of last year using balanced but switched to EL in Vegas.
Jan. 2, 2015
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

We used all versions of the Dudley bats for the last few months of the season and didn't have any endcap issues so not sure why you are having the issues. We did have a lot of issues with Worth Ligits and Ultra 2's knobs coming off the bats. I like those bats but hated losing an at bat during a game because the knob would come off.
Jan. 2, 2015
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: We are Ready!!!

We are looking forward to seeing you guys again this year Tim. Life in Major Plus should be interesting but looking forward to the challenge.

Happy New Year!

Doug Pelletier
50 Cal
Jan. 2, 2015
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

As long as you are not older than the greeter at Wal-Mart, you are still OK.
Dec. 9, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

I have had the same problem noted by others with the sole separating on Boombah's by the toe and the return process is painful. I have had 2 pairs that have done the same thing after not much use so it definitely appears to be a design flaw.

Can anyone provide comment on the Tannel and Salomons with respect to fitting a wide foot and how heavy they are compared to Boombahs? That would be very helpful so I appreciate any feedback that anyone can offer.
Dec. 1, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Joel 1975. I have no problem with the HR limit as it exists. I just think that the rule needs to stay the same and anything over the limit is a DBO. I think it fair and reasonable to say the same rule that got us there is what should be played.
Nov. 26, 2014
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

I haven't really paid attention to the spin of the ball off the bat but I will just say that both the balanced and the 13" barrel Dudley bats performed very well when I used them compared to other bats I have used. Maybe I should be worried more about what the spin was but I really only care about what the performance was that I experienced and how the bat feels to me when I swing it. I intend to swing Dudley in 2015.
Nov. 21, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

JDub - Right on with that idea. The HR rules could change a lot if we didn't use those bats. It's crazy in Vegas when you think you popped up and a ball still goes out. That's just not the way it is supposed to be.

OZ40 - Sorry - not picking on you personally but there have been a few posts this year about coin flip issues and whether you should take home or visitors. I'm not concerned with us being home or visitors so I don't get wrapped up in the coin toss outcome.
Nov. 20, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

The home runs rules are good the way they are. We got bumped to major plus this year (which is fine) but it will put us at a disadvantage if the home run rules are changed because we are more about defense and we can control the bats when needed. We didn't hit our HR limit much last year at major so I don't see us hitting it next year in plus. If you can just hit it over the boards at will, it doesn't allow our defense to come into play as much. It wouldn't seem fair to bump us because of being successful under one set of rules and then change the rules that allowed for us to succeed. As for the comments about more balls going middle when teams are out of HRs, I just never saw that this past year. It may be because we play a five man infield but it just never happened.

I will send an email about the 1-1 count though. As an outfielder, it is frustrating when it's 100 degrees out and you watch each batter take so many pitches while your melting away. I'd rather play where you have to hack away.

The coin flip comments are pretty silly though...who cares who calls it and I still haven't seen any data showing home team wins more than visitors. It's who cares all around on that one.

Hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving!
Oct. 10, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

In Men's 50 Majors, Team USA won a 3 team tournament (East) and obtained the #1 seed in the brackets, which gave them a first round bye. They went on to lose their next 2 so they were 0-2 in tournament play.

Cornerstone won a 9 team tournament (West) and obtained the #2 seed. They went 3-2 in tournament play.

I did not see either team play so I cannot comment other than those are the facts for how they performed with respect to wins and losses. My opinion is that all of the teams that played were capable of beating any other team so who knows whether the seeding of those teams is reasonable or not. I'm sure the seeding benefit is used to try to draw teams to Eastern and Western championships which apparently didn't work in the East but weather may have been a factor there.
Oct. 9, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: results

Player: That topic has been beaten to death in recent posts. The relaity is that it doesn't look like there will be any changes coming anytime soon in SSUSA.
Oct. 9, 2014
STL0
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Choosing Home team vs Visitor

I personally don't care when we play if we are home or visitor, each has advantages. I think it would be interesting to review the data from a tournament like the World Masters and see what that data says over that many games. My GUESS is that it wouldn't appear to make a difference over that many games but it would be very interesting to see what the numbers say.
Oct. 6, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

If I recall information in the newsletter a while back, the younger players wanted 1-1 count and older 0-0. How about 40, 50 and 55 play 1-1 and 60 and over play 0-0. I think your numbers supported that but I'd have to go back and check where the break actually was. If the age where the majority wants to use 1-1 count is actually different, then we just use whatever that age is.

My personal opinion is that 0-0 is extremely slow and boring to play. The 1-1 count makes the batter be more aggressive. I play 50s so my opinion is in line with the metrics.

Is it possible to have different rules for different age groups? if so, that looks like a potential solution.
Oct. 3, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

This is great entertainment for my lunch break. Usually only the boards for the young kids softball is this good. Keep it going.
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