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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.
Dec. 13, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: best article ever on Physics of softball bats

Holy smoke...I need to block off an entire weekend to get through all of that info. Where do I find the cliff notes?
Nov. 15, 2013
STL0
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 major looking

Team Arkansas is the only team I've seen from AR playing. There is a person on this board named jake7 that you may be able to contact. Not sure how often that person looks at this but it's worth a shot to message him.
Nov. 15, 2013
STL0
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: finding results of tournies

Dave Dowell - One of the things I have an issue with at work is people telling me why thngs can't be done as opposed to telling my how we CAN get them done. Reporting tournament results doesn't need to be tied to scheduling software. The fact that it currently is isn't relevant. People just want to see ther results and it shouldn't take any type of software development to do that. As someone noted previously it could be as simple as having someone at the tournament with a computer and an air card starting a thread for each tournament and posting scores of games as rounds are completed. I appreciate all that SSUSA does and like I said before is a pretty well run organization. It's just an opportunity to improve..."that's a simple fact".
Nov. 14, 2013
STL0
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: finding results of tournies

It is hard to understand why this would be difficult to do. They could at least post the information the day after the tournament at a minimum w/o too much difficulty. Maybe there is something we are missing but no one has explained it yet.

SSUSA is really a service organization and should be working to satisfy it customers (the players). It would seem something this easy to implement that their customers want would be something they would have interest in doing. I think overall SSUSA does a darn good job of running things but everyone should always be trying to get better.
Oct. 21, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

I don't have a dog in the fight for this but my opinion is that if ISSA expects you to share in the loss from ancillary items like t-shirts, then you should also be able to share in the profit. It can't be a one a way deal. No business works like that. If you share the risk of loss, you should also share the risk for the reward. So if they expect you to pay money when they can't sell shirts or have other expenses that they cover, then a portion of the profit (when they make it)should go to reduce fees for taking part in the tournament when it makes money. That of course would never happen.

I'd like to be in a business where profit is guaranteed but haven't found it yet. Maybe it's time to start running tourneys.
Oct. 14, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sliding on Turf - Big League Dreams Fields

Here is the post mordem on sliding at BLD. It was actually a little faster than sliding on dirt but not much and it was way easier on the body than sliding in dirt. I'll caveat that by saying that I wear pants and sliders with pads underneath but I'd take sliding there over sliding on dirt any day of the week.
Sept. 30, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World Masters Updates

Thanks for the info from everyone. This looks like the best way to keep people informed...do it yourself. I'll be there next weekend and will try to post whatever I can get info on. Playing 50M so I can definitely provide updates on that.
Sept. 28, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40's and 50's session #3

Our 55 Major team played at 7:30 am Friday and the brackets were loaded with early games. I agree with twotwo...be ready for early games.
Sept. 27, 2013
STL0
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World Masters Updates

Just curious...does anyone provide results in a somewhat realtime manner for the World Masters tourney on this board? nI'm guessing not but had to ask.
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