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Aug. 20, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

Swing - Especially if you play a 3 man outfield.
Aug. 20, 2014
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

JamesLG - Why move the fences in? I never played on fields with 275' fences. That is going back to the same philosophy today which is it should be easy to hit a home run. It shouldn't be easy in my opinion.
Aug. 19, 2014
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

I would still play and prefer it over what we do today.
Aug. 19, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Warranties

I should have noted that the bat I personally bought specifically did not come with a warranty (although I didn't think it would fall apart like that) so I got what I paid for I guess. Others on my team with Legits and U2s did have warranty and were told that they would not be replaced. They were told to glue them back on as it wouldn't impact the bat performance.
Aug. 18, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Warranties

SLI - I agree. We have seen a lot of issues with Miken's and Worth Legits having knobs come off. I was surprised that on a new bat, you would not get support from the manufacturer. I followed the process above and used gorilla glue which has lasted through 2 tourneys.

One thing I did notice though is that we all may be contributing to the problem. I watched a teammate let his bat bag drop to the ground and noticed that the full impact from that was on the knob of the bats in his bag. He has had about 3 bats have that issue. I would caution everyone to be aware of that. Lay your back down as opposed to dropping it or hang it up.
Aug. 18, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference or not

Thanks swing...I always knew I was smart :). After all I did finish grade school in 10 years. Runner should be out for being dumb. Just hit the deck if you don't want to run.
Aug. 18, 2014
STL0
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western National Tournament? Or ?...

I don't see why a team should not be allowed to play in whatever tournament that they care to. We have enough problems getting enough teams in tournaments, why limit it unnecessarily. It doesn't make sense to put any restrictions on who can play where. Having said that, if you went with the concept of only teams in specific areas could play in certain tournaments, you would have to define maps for regions otherwise it is arbitrary.
Aug. 14, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference or not

That doesn't seem like a plausible scenario. Did that actually happen? It doesn't seem possible that if the man on first was trying to get to second that he could collide with a second baseman that was attempting to cover 1st on that play. I just can't see that happening unless the runner on 1st just took a few steps and then went right.
July 14, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Thanks Staff and txnighttrain but my comment was theorectical as I'm not smart enough to think of that while running the bases so it makes it a moot point. If I actually pulled that off in a game situation,that would be amazing. I guess you just have to make it look like an accident which requires more thinking and that is not my specialty.
July 9, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

Tim: I think you hit the nail on the head. There has been no discussion at tournaments so far this year about this impacting the game in any meaningful way at this point.

We have played 4 tournaments and have not seem more balls hit up the middle nor have we heard anyone complaining about the rule in any discussions during the game or while enjoying a beverage after the game.

What's the next world is ending topic?
June 9, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

I agree Southernson. What I typically see are very tall HR hitters get way out in front of the plate so your short pitch can be taken through the chest and hit for a HR instead of it coming in near the knees where it would be a line drive or grounder. It gives you nowhere to throw.
June 6, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

So from a strategy standpoint of a baserunner on third, if you have a situation where bases are loaded and let's say no one out, if a person hits a ground ball close to the bag that you know will be a double play or perhaps triple play, you get purposely make contact with the ball while maintaining contact with third base and it would either be everyone advances a base or a live ball depending where the fielder is (mostly likely behind the runner so everyone is safe)? It seems like that would be against the spirit of the rule but by rule a base runner could do that?

Anyone disagree?
June 6, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

I've seen teams walk up to the box before the first game and wipe out the line at the front of the box so the umps cannot call it. No one seemed to care though. You do have a good point though in that the batters box should be adjusted to move forward as the strike zone moves. The line should be moved up the same distance as the length of the plate. That would make sense.

I have seem batters called out for that but it doesn't happen often. You see calls for stepping on the plate more than stepping outside the box.
May 29, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

A lot of the discussion about the HR rule seems to circle back on the safety issue related to balls being hit up the middle once the HR limit is reached. If safety is REALLY the concern, get rid of the bats. That is the most unsafe part of the game we are playing. That would also likely result in the HR rule being less important because the HR limit would be met a lot less with the possible exception of the M+ divisions.

I don't care what the rules are or will be to be honest. I'm just glad as heck to have an opportunity to still be playing and will play no matter what they come up with.
May 28, 2014
STL0
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

We play 50 major and have played 2 SSUSA tournaments so far. I have not seen middle shots increase in either of these tournaments. The only time I see middle shots increase is when a team plays their SS or 2B closer to 3rd or 1st forcing you to hit towards the middle because that is where the opening is. We play 5 infielders so we have the middle covered and that may contribute to not seeing balls hit up the middle.

I don't care for HRs being a walk...it makes for an extremely boring game in the field. I am fine with a 1 up rule though and that would seem to make everyone more satisfied (but many would still complain I'm sure).

Just my 2 cents. Have fun playing the game and don't sweat the rule changes.
May 21, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tee-shirts or other prizes?

Caps are a pretty good idea. Don't have to worry about sizes if they are adjustable. They gave out SSUSA/Tanel hats at the Brickyard and I thought that was reasonable. It doesn't note the event but it is a pretty nice cap. I wouldn't be too interested in cups or travel bags. Most people have too many of those already. Just my 2 cents.
May 5, 2014
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: brickyard

I play on a 50 major team but got to spend a good amount of time watching the 55 major teams play. There were a lot of good teams and games were fun to watch. That's a very competitive division based on what I saw. Good luck to all for the remainder of 2014.
April 9, 2014
STL0
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: brickyard

All 3 50 Cal teams from St. Louis are planning to be there. 50M, 55M and 60M.
April 8, 2014
STL0
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Legit need reviews

I hit with the 2014 model this past weekend and the bat was great. They do swing light as mentioned above. I used a 28 which has a lighter feel than that. If you like an end load bat like the Melee, it would likely take some getting used to. Bottom line is that I've got nothing but good things to say about that bat. I just hope it is durable and makes it through the season.
Dec. 17, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

This is definitely an interesting read. I personally like the rule change but I understand why some people/teams wouldn't. As many have said, I love the game and will play no matter what the rules are. Sometimes we all just have to step back and think about how lucky we are to still be able to do this. I have many friends and people I've played with that would love to play but just can't do it physically or because of the money involved. No matter what the rules are, I will enjoy the hell out of playing and getting to meet more softball lifers as we travel around to play. This was my first year playing after a few years of not playing tourneys with the kids and it has been a great experience. My glass is half full so looking forward to some warm weather and playing ball in 2014.
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