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May 23, 2014
modi
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team

51 years old play any position, live in penna. played AAA last 2 seasons, anybody looking for a player?
April 28, 2014
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOO MUCH GLOVE OIL

great advice if you want to start an oven fire, lol, leave it out in the sun and just let the oil absorb, plus you can try wrapping it in a cotton towel and let the cotton wick out some of the excess oils
March 6, 2014
modi
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching rules

We here in penna. have been using that ball for over 5 years, in fact some of the original testing and developement was done in 2 of the leagues I played in, we use utrip and asa bats and nobody has been seriously hurt, like you said just a few bruises that otherwise would have been more serious with a 44 or 47 ball, the ball carries well but may take some undercutting spin to get it to travel but that is true with most softballs. You would think that common sense would prevail, try this ball in the beginning of the season for a few tournies and get feedback, then make an educated decision, allow pitchers to make up their own minds about wearing a mask or other safety equipment, plus the kicker is if the ball isnt as good then the games actually may go the 7 innings that we are paying the umpires for and waste our entry fees on when we only complete 5 inning games, do we forget when the composite bats first cqme out we were hitting 47/525 balls, then we changed to 44/375 balls after a few games nobody cared, now the bats are even hotter so why not reduce the ball again? It still travels when you hit it and infielders actually have a chqnce of fielding it instead of standing there and watching it blister by them with no chance at getting a glove on it, put defense back in the game and lets get the game back to talent and not equipment based
March 5, 2014
modi
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching rules

Vance, sorry if i misled you in my post, my response is not intended to have anything to do with home run hitters or keeping the ball away from the pitcher. I have no problem with guys hitting for power or the home run limits we play by. My response should have read something a little more like this: If we are truly trying to make this game safer especially for us older players then why wouldnt we make the easiest changes possible firt? We all know the bats are not going to change, but the quickest fix or at least quickest option would be to change the ball and see how that works out before we force players to wear protective equipment that doesnt even reach a standard to totally prevent injuries. I have pitched for over 30 years myself and have been hit by numerous ground balls and an occassional line drive. sometimes you react fast enough, sometimes you dont, its part of the game and you know that risk going in, do i want to get hurt or die from being hit by a ball?, no, but the desicion to wear a mask should be mine, not somebody else's. the associations want to change the bats and balls, that's their decision same as if they had the common sense to move the mound back a few more feet which also is an easy thing to do. in golf its crazy how that game has changed with the balls and clubs with driving distance, do you think if they didnt want players to hit the ball as hard and travel as fast or far as it does now they would make a player tie one behind their back or swing with one hand? no the would tone down the ball and clubs. it wont be long before an umpire gets hit with a ball as the base umpire, next thing we will only have 1 umpire per game because its too dangerous to stand in the playing field or the base umpire will need to wear safety equipment. god forbid a spectator gets hit with a foul ball or a tournament director standing in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets hurt, are we going to see safety equipment in the stands? my suggestion, change the ball, players will still play, this is proven by all the rules they jam down our throats and we adapt too and still continue to play. if changing the ball doesnt work, change the bats, move back the mound, do the easiest things and most sensible things first. before grasping at straws. the young guys dont play with the equipment that we use so why are we using it? dont get me wrong i like to hit the good ball with an ultra 2, but i am not opposed to using the same equpiment that i use playing with the young guys, the game is still the game and after a few games you dont even notice, sure guys will bitch at first, but hey those guys are going to bitch anyway about something even if its their playing time or where they are hitting in the line up, i truly hope nobody gets hurt playing ball in any way, good luck this season and stay safe.
March 4, 2014
modi
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching rules

everybody keeps complaining or arguing the same thing over and over without a resolution, the answer lies within using the 52/300 ball, you are not going to change the bats or convince the associations to change the rules, if player safety is truly a concern then change the easiest thing and that's the ball, you complain about games times, home run limits and pitching masks, you change the ball and all 3 of those things change as soon as the ball is put into play, just my opinion, that it's the easiest solution, I have played with the 52/300 ball for over 5 years in numerous leagues and tournaments it is a good durable ball and after playing with it for a few games you won't even think about it unless you are an ego guy with 301 power cause now you will have 290 power, bring the game back to it's truest form singles, defense and base running, not swinging from your heels so you can brag about your home runs, 52/300 separates the true power hitters from the almost power hitters and base hitters and remain base hitters
Jan. 15, 2014
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

I have been pitching at many levels of softball in many associations over the past 30 years. I have never considered wearing a mask, nor will I. I for one, when I see a pitcher wearing a mask think in my head that he has a mask on and the middle becomes open and it changes the way I approach my at bat. I truly believe in the freedom of choice especially since that is pretty much the foundation of what this country as a whole was built on. I do not wear a seatbelt when driving or a helmet when I ride my motorcycle. Many soldiers have died to give me those rights and freedoms which I respect very much, even though I never served in the armed forces I thank those that I see in uniform every chance I get. That being said, I also have to make a choice if I want to play in ssusa tournaments or not as a pitcher. I have chosen not to play in any of their sanctioned events, so has my team. We play over 10 tournaments a year and had 4 ssusa tournaments on our schedule for this season, that's 2 thousand dollars they will not being seeing from our sponsor since the rule change. The truth is you can bitch and complain all that you want, but that won't change a thing and bashing them on this message board won't do anything but piss them off. But freedom of speech is another freedom that we have as Americans, so if you feel the urge, have at it, you may make more head way not giving them your hard earned money. So all you have left to do is make a decision to play by their rules or play in other associations, it's as easy as that. There are plenty of places to play ball. It does seem kind of stupid to wear a mask that won't protect you to the standards needed to save your life or prevent serious injury, the only batted ball that it helps you with is the easy ball that takes a bad bounce or something and strikes you at a slow rate of speed. That ball hitting you may be a product of you not seeing the ball because of the mask or because the field conditions are not up to par, which to me is a bigger concern. The fields at myrtle beach are one example. Nicest fields that you could ask to play on, but the turf has dirt cut outs right where a ground ball is going to roll and launch at you as a pitcher along with the multiple pitching rubbers in the dirt. Plus the fact the sun on the one field is deadly for a pitcher in the late afternoon because you cant see the entire home plate area, but directors still schedule games there at those times, instead of having the common sense to suspend play on that field for 2 or 3 hours. If I had a vote, mine would be to move the pitching rubber back a few more feet, pitchers will adjust to the added distance, bury the pitching rubber completely or remove it and use a pitching "area" or "box", raise the arc, tone down the bats and balls, whatever, but don't force somebody to wear a mask they do not feel comfortable wearing, especially if the masks are not up to standards. Maybe we should make tournament directors and spectators also wear a mask and helmet so they don't get hurt by and errant thrown or batted ball? Just for their own safety of course. Can we vote on that for 2015? Of course umpires should all wear full home plate gear also because they do not even have a fielding glove to protect themselves. Like my dad used to say "to each his own" Pleas let grown make their own decisions in life, they are the ones that have to deal with the outcome of those decisions.
Jan. 14, 2014
modi
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NIW Triad Blackout from Team1 Sports and Alan Tanner

hey mike why don't you post an address for the guys on here to see maybe as a group we can scrounge up some funds and get it to you to help offset your costs or guys can donate some bats, gloves or softballs they are no longer using to help with your project. it might also be possible to put out a jug at senior events for guys to donate into to help the cause, I for one will help you out with this project feel free to email me at modi15@verizon.net maybe we can get something started
Jan. 7, 2014
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: suggestions to stop all the complaining about home runs & dead ball outs

What about some thoughts on these solutions: first off, if major plus is the highest level of play then allow them to set their own home run limits as a group taking a vote from all of the managers within that division? Give them 3 choices to choose from, 10 per game, 15 per game or if time limit is a concern what about 3 per inning? thats it plain and simple, anything over the limit is dead ball out, case closed. How hard would it be to send out a mass email to all the managers for their votes? If they don't respond to the email within an alloted time their vote is forefeited and they have no reason to complain.

3 per inning would keep games close and make teams use them wisely, plus it may eliminate some of the concerns about guys hitting the middle since the run limits may be reached quicker per inning, which would also speed up the game especially with walk off hit n sit rules

The same format can be used with the major division by just reducing the limits. Plus you can adjust the limits by age groups if you desire.


You can keep the runs per inning limits the same as they are now or change that also, but shouldn't the teams playing and paying make those decisions not the guys taking the money?

Games too long? Pay the umpires a few more bucks per game, turn on the lights and play ball.





Nov. 3, 2013
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: issa does the right thing concerning va beach

finally it appears that the issa staff has seen the light, entry fees for the rained out va beach tournament in 2013 will not be returned to the teams in full, but can be applied to the va beach tournament this season 2014 in in full
or they can be applied to the make up tournament in april and any tournament in 2014
thus all money will be credited back to the teams if they play in tournaments this upcoming season
if teams decide not to play, im not sure what the outcome will be, but this is a major step in the right direction
after expressing my concern and disappointment on tis subject a couple of weeks ago, I felt it only fair to give the man props for doing the right thing,
good luck to all this upcoming season
Oct. 19, 2013
modi
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: pitcher looking for a team, just turning 50, live in pa

sent him a text he said he will reach out to you, you can also give him a phone call
Oct. 18, 2013
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

it rained all day Thursday down there, all of Thursday night, all day Friday, all of Friday night, all day on Saturday until 1pm when skies started to clear by which time they had canceled the event at 10am that Saturday morning, I even believe it rained on the Wednesday prior to the event, the forecast also showed the storm wrapping back around for Saturday night and back into sunday
no way was this event going to be played, somebody dropped the ball that's for sure, the city told issa the fields were unplayable and they couldn't be used, half of the event was canceled on Friday sending some of the age divisions home, the remainder of the event was canceled on Saturday morning, so if the city says "no play" I assume they money was refunded or credited towards next year? in any case it's not the teams or players fault and they should not be responsible for paying the costs, without the players you have nothing, something to remember for those running events
Oct. 18, 2013
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

he isn't going to give you a free tournament entry for $225 or $300 when he normally charges $525 for an event. so that's out of the equation, he should just refund the money and start fresh at the next event, there is no need to keep any of the money that teams paid him. he assumes all risks when he holds an event, he shouldn't put that risk back onto the teams, he should deal with it in a professional manner, the teams take their own risk by paying for airfare, hotels, ground transportation, food and lodging, he needs to understand that everybody loses when weather cancels an event, for him to put it back on the teams, sponsors and players is shameful, it's not like when he holds a successful event with 60 teams and takes in $30,000 that he gives back to the teams and players some of the profit he makes, another stupid thing he does is give out an all tourney team plaque to every team, so if you go zero wins and 4 loses somebody on your team will get all tourney team award, really? like who on that team deserves an award? how about just giving those awards out to the top place finishing teams i'm sure there are more guys on those teams that deserve an award that won't get one
"to god be the glory" more like "to RB be the money"
Oct. 18, 2013
modi
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: pitcher looking for a team, just turning 50, live in pa

my friend and fellow team mate is looking for a team for the 2014 season, plays pitcher and catcher, singles hitter, lives in eastern Pennsylvania, turns 49 this November so I believe he is eligible to play now, our roster is full so we don't have room for him, he is best suited for AA or AAA, willing to travel, his name is Sean, please contact him if interested in adding a player to your team 610-357-0745 or 610-323-1610
Oct. 18, 2013
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

I just re-read the email sent out to the managers again. just to clarify: there were 61 teams in the tourney x $525 entry fee = $32,000 taken in roughly, I think the women's teams and 35 and 40 age brackets paid less in entry fees, so lets say $30,000 taken in. no games were played, no games in fact were actually started. I agree with the post above I think RB wanted to start the tourney then cancel it and pocket all the money, talk around town seemed to verify this conclusion as many managers and players were very upset about wasting time and money and stated "he just wants the rain to stop long enough so he gets the cash." RB has decided to keep $225 from each team entered and he will apply that as a credit to the teams that are willing to play in the make up event in Manassas in April as a one day 3 game guarantee event, he states that he will give out the awards and such that day and of course sell you a 6 month old out of date tee shirt for retail price. the kicker is he wants another $100 to enter that event, so he is keeping the teams money for 6 months and applying a credit towards another event? my question is if a team doesn't attend the make up do they get their money back or does he keep it without a refund? meanwhile collecting interest on it for 6 months. the other $300 that's left over from the Virginia Beach entry fee, he is going apply as a credit to the teams for a future event as long as they use it before October 2014. once again do the teams get a refund if they decide not to play in another one of his events? and now it could be a year collecting interest on our money. sounds like it could be illegal to me and maybe a class action civil lawsuit brewing, all teams have to do is band together and start complaining. funny thing is in the email it mentioned that they discussed this with numerous team managers and this is the solution that was come up with and agreed upon, really? are you kidding me? who are the idiot managers agreeing to this? he sure as heck didn't call our team, sad state of senior softball when this kind of stuff happens, I have run numerous tournaments in the past, when an event gets rained out, you refund the entry fee monies to the teams, you eat the cost of the trophies and tee shirts and move forward to the next event, that's why you never put dates on trophies or tee shirts, lol, but if he is holding a make up event and giving out those things he isn't losing money on them is he? he can still use the softballs he purchased for the event and i'm sure he didn't pay any umpires in advance and if he did pay for the fields in advance I would hope the parks and rec department of va beach would offer him some kind of discount or refund towards next year as good faith. so when teams win his make up event in april, they will proudly be displaying 6 month old tee shirts and plaques after traveling many hours for a 1 day tourney, which will end up as 2 nites in a hotel, plus food and travel expenses, that's another $500 per player on top of the $500 they spent for va beach, my kind of value, $1000 for out of date awards and tee shirts, awesome, he should give those tee shirts away that day to everybody that plays plus the spectators, he says he has 600 of them, that would be a good start in rebuilding a relationship with his teams again. peace out hope 2014 brings better things in senior softball, wonder if he will read this and respond or at least consider doing the right thing here, rain checks in softball, now that's a first, what's next? a "lay away" plan where you can pay $50 a month until you have enough saved to enter an event? guaranteed if you owed him money he wouldn't be happy if you told him "we will pay you at the next tournament, 6 months from now in april or before October 2014"
Oct. 17, 2013
modi
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

Total crap is correct they had over 50 teams there at 525 each and he kept 300 from each of those teams, you telling me he spent 15,00 on tournament expenses? Says he is going to credit the 300 to a future tournament and credit the 225 to another tournament if you attend in April where he will give out the awards from the rained out tournament. How about you just send a refund check to all the teams and take the loss like all the players did on over 50 teams? 50 teams x 10 players x 500 per player for airfare, rental cars, rooms and food is a lot of out of pocket money spent for not playing a single inning. To top it off he was going to make the tournament double elimination with no refund for the bracket games that were not going to be played. Total greed and poor management on the staff at ISSA. They will be lucky if they don't lose teams in the future over this kind of crap. Everybody understands that weather cannot be controlled and that's understandable, but when players spend hard earned money, lose time at work and travel to a tournament that never had a chance of being played is stupid. The staff at ISSA didn't lose hotel, airfare, food and hotel money, they keep 300 from each team, their expenses are covered, leaving the players who support their association screwed. They need to take a look in the mirror and consider how badly they are putting a bad taste in players and teams mouths. What happens if your team doesn't attend a future tournament, do you get a refund check for that 300? What if you don't attend the make up tournament in April do you lose that 225 or get a refund check? My guess is they are hoping teams do not attend the make up tournament and they profit from that left over entry fee money. Bad business, best thing to do is send a refund check to all the teams, say sorry we didn't get the tournament played and look forward to the future events. Guess when they lose teams and it hurts their bank account I tell hit home and finally sink in. Disgusting is what it is.
Oct. 8, 2013
modi
Topic: Bats
Discussion: I am breaking bats

look into monsta athletics, they make a senior bat called the zebra and fossil, they may fit your needs and a warranty is available, you purchase the warranty and its good for 1 replacement, whether it's 3 months or 3 years from time of purchase
you can find them on the web and on facebook, ask for carl and tell him mike from philly sent you his way
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