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March 9, 2010
The Pro
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 40 teams for Las Vegas

Yes I am, and I am looking for a team but I live in Las Vegas.
Nov. 23, 2009
The Pro
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds Las Vegas 40 division

There was also a AAA division in the 40's which was won by Nor-Cal with a local Las Vegas player. Very good team, great guys and a wonderful experience for a him to win in his first ever "Senior" tournament. On behalf of Mike Pro thanks again for the opportunity!
Nov. 16, 2009
The Pro
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 40 teams for Las Vegas

Eric, I just sent you an e-mail. Call me at 702-632-3708 if you don't get it. Thanks.
Nov. 13, 2009
The Pro
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 40 teams for Las Vegas

I have 2 sons that qualify for the 40 division. If any one has a need for players in the Winter Worlds in that division let me know. They can pitch and play the outfield and both hit for average and power, one has tremendous power. They have above average speed and are very athletic. They live in Las Vegas.
Oct. 23, 2009
The Pro
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix 60's Major Plus

Jim, just want to clarify your statement that the balls previously used in a LVSSA tournamnet were "incorrectly labled on purpose". Those were Decker Sharks and I am the one who ordered them. I want to make it perfectly clear that if those balls were as you have stated not accurately stamped it was not at the request of LVSSA or me. We ordered 44/375 and that's what we got from them. As a matter of fact the balls were actually ordered through a third party distrbutor. Glad to hear from you, That was a great explanation of the difference between the Micro Cell and the regular Trump.
Oct. 14, 2009
The Pro
Topic: Bats
Discussion: LTB WORTH WSRSB LAUNCH 510 26 OZ

Go to batsunlimited.com, they have the 510 gold in 26&27oz, a bit pricey at $239.00 but they are very difficult to find.
Oct. 14, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Viva Las Vegas

By the way I am a member of LVSSA but I am not on the board nor do I have any administrative role with LVSSA. I'm a life long ( 50+ years) fan and player currently trying to return from double hip replacements. I love the game and am very interested in all issues that affect it.
Oct. 14, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Viva Las Vegas

Don't know how many pitchers left with bruises or knots, but my guess is there was no more of them than any other infielder. Pitchers and infielders I believe are leaving tournamnets played with any kind of ball, any kind of bat and at any age and skill level, with bruises and knots.

There was, however, in my observation, more pitchers wearing protective equipment than ever before. As Wood said this is a viable and voluntary option and it takes nothing away from the game.

The only division with "unlimited" home runs was Major Plus. All others had a limit then "singles" except AA where after one they were outs.
Oct. 13, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat and Ball

The recent LVSSA tournament had 140 teams, used a 44/375 Micro Cell "Rock" ball for all ages and levels.All Senior bats were allowed and used.

Anyone want to guess how many injuries we had in this tournament that required medical attention during which hundreds of games were played? Two - one from sliding and one from diving after a ground ball.

As it as been said many times, injuries are an inherent risk in all competitive sports, but we take the risks to play the game. The "ball" is one of the least dangerous aspects of softball. There are no facts, studies or documentation to the contrary. So argue all you want about this issue, the fact is Senior Softball is safer with it's bats and balls as almost any other head to head team sport.
Sept. 22, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NO BALLS!!!

Gentlemen, I went and watched the 65 Major + Blue Jays play the Florida team yesterday at Lorenzi and there were 7 home runs hit in that game. That should end any doubts about the ball. By the way the sound of the ball coming off the bat was a sharp crack.

Also for the teams coming in this weekend I just found out that on Saturday there will be a "blues and brews" festival at Lorenzi and although the parking there has been greatly expanded you'll probably need to be there before 11am to find a good spot. Again good luck and play well.
Sept. 17, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls and All

Gentlemen, LVSSA has never used a "crappy" ball. Up till last year I was the one who ordered the balls for our tournaments and I made sure we got the "best" available at the time. I can assure you if you don't like the ball we are using this year then we (seniors) are in a world of hurt, cause there isn't a better 44/375 currently made. Only way to improve is to go to the 44/400,s or 44/500's. As Lecak says we use this ball all the time even though it is more expensive and we have players of every level and age hitting it hard and far no matter the temperatures and it will be at least 10-15 degrees cooler than we've had in recent months. Good Luck to all that are coming to the LVSSA Masters tounament, play well and enjoy!
Sept. 3, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls again?

You'll love the ball, guaranteed and you'll love the "new" Lorenzi diamonds.
Aug. 25, 2009
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls again?

LVSSA will be using the same ball as last year, the 44/375 Rock, soft to the touch but seemingly more "alive" than any other 44/375 ball, heat does not seem to affect it.

We use it for our "scrimmiages" every Saturday and it stays "fresh" all game long.

Also, I hope teams are entering the LVSSA Masters tournament this Sept. and Oct. (it's posted on their web site). Best balls, best bats and the most player friendly rules in Senior softball!
One set of diamonds we will be using is the "new" Lorenzi diamonds ( that are just beautiful, all new parking,new recreation area for the kids and shaded areas to sit and brand new diamonds (no more light poles on the diamond). Our tournament will be the first games played on them.
Dec. 26, 2008
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should I get an AARP membership and why?

I highly recommend it. It has advantages too numerous to mention, but we'll talk at the ball park. Oh by the way don't be insulted the sad truth is you are old enough to join!
Nov. 20, 2008
The Pro
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: who hits it the longest

I think anyone who has seen Bruce Meade hit as either a "young" man or a Senior has to include him in this discussion. I'd like to mention a very powerful hitter who I had the pleasure of playing with on the Mavericks years ago who I'm sure hit a ton of home runs over 400 feet and that's Greg Garret ( God rest his soul).
Aug. 22, 2008
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacements

Thanks for all the response. I had my right hip replaced 12/27/07. I weighed 297 at the time. Now weigh 270 and going down. Everyone that mentioned weight loss is critical to all our joints is dead on! I'm taking BP, but still can't run (those that know me will say I never could). Looking to return full time in November when the new teams begin playing for next year.

I have osteoarthritis in both hips and the left one is now "bone on bone" They want me to have that one replaced, but I'm resisting it through "pain" management. I had a very bad experience with an infection after my hip replacement that literally almost cost me my life and I can't get it out of my mind!

My advice, put it off as long as you can possibly tolerate the pain, then if you need it get the "big ball" metal one if you want to return to playing. Follow your re-hab religously (I didn't because of the infection"). Everyone recovers at a different rate, so be patient and don't forget, this is a major trauma to your body and give it all the time it needs to repair itself.
Aug. 14, 2008
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacements

Is there anyone out there that is actively playing Senior Softball that has had BOTH hips replaced, Please respond if you have.

I'd like to know what age you are, what position you play, what you weigh and how long from the operation(s) to the day you played in your first game. Thanks!!
June 11, 2008
The Pro
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Announces Major-Plus Task Force

When SSUSA decided to allow the UltraII to be used in it's Association when no one else allowed it the vast majority of Senior Softball players at every level were completely supportive of that decision.

Now we have almost all Senior Associations allowing the Ultra II as well as all the "new" Senior bats from varing manufacturers. The trade off at the time and currently, was a new ball, a 44/375. SPA, if you'll remember conducted a national survey before allowing the Ultra II asking SS players if they prefered the Ultra II with a 44/375 ball or the NSA approved bats with a 47/500 ball. Ridge made the switch based on the feedback which overwhelmingly favored the Ultra II and the 44/375 ball.

Basic to the decision to use the Ultra II by SSUSA was the fact that Terry publically stated that there was no research documenting the fact that the Ultra II caused more injuries than other bats. As far as I know that fact still stands, despite the addition of the new SS bats.

So why deveolp a new ball? Why is anyone messing with what has proven to be the almost perfect combination of bats and balls that we currently have in SS?

With all the other issues the new committee has on it's plate, changing either the bat or ball should not be one of them. That's the one issue that is working and I'm guessing still has the support of the vast majority of SS players at every level!

Kevin, has the right to develop a new ball, hopefully he'll peddle it to the ASA as it appears to be an extremely "conflicted" association when it comes to bat and ball standards.

Hopefully, SSUS and all the other Senior Associations hold to the old adage "if it ain't broken, don't try to fix it".
April 21, 2008
The Pro
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 bats for trade

Wes, Boston, both are Ultra II Advanced models. The Red one was also only sold at the TOC 2 years ago. Both have the large extended knob.

Wes, I beliieve you are thinking of the Red Combat.
April 21, 2008
The Pro
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 bats for trade

I HAVE 2 ADAVANCED MODELS, one is a 30oz "Red" model used with ususal ground scratches and one is a "special" collectors Gold model given to the MVP's at the TOC 2 years ago, it is still in the wrapper and is a 27oz. Trade both even up.
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