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March 2, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Proposed changes in our local league

I appreciate all the responses thus far but a draft isn't an option.

Does anyone think it would be to harsh to insist the 2 60+ teams either play even in the the 50+ division or play in their age appropriate division? Their entire argument rests on the fact that they don't feel competitive anymore in this division. They both have entire rosters of 60+ players and there is a 60+ division.
Feb. 28, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Proposed changes in our local league

It sounds like a good idea, making it a draft league, but I don't see how it would ever happen. There are 22 teams total, some of these guys have been playing together since they were in their 20's.

I find it interesting no one has opted for them to play in the 60+ division. We do play in a "age specific" league.
Feb. 28, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Proposed changes in our local league

Shark, we play a 30 game season(barring rain outs). 3 homeruns per game in our division.

Feb. 28, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Proposed changes in our local league

Draft league will NEVER happen. There are teams that have been intact for a decade or longer. Quite a few of the teams in this league play tournament ball and have been pretty successful. My team will be playing tournaments this year as well.

Feb. 28, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Proposed changes in our local league

We had our standard preseason league managers meeting a couple days ago and were hit with a proposed change to our division.
A little background first, our league has four divisions. Divisions 1 and 2 have 4 teams each, division 3 has 6 teams(last year we had 7 but 1 team folded) and division 4 has 7 teams. Divisions 1 through 3 are all 50+ and grouped based on skill level, division 1 being the highest. Divisions 1 and 2 play crossover games with div. 1 teams spotting div. 2 teams 5 runs, division 3 plays amongst itself. Division 4 is 60+.

The proposal is to division 3 which I play in and sponsor the team I play on. They gave us 2 proposals. 1 is to divide div. 3 into 2, 3 team groups and would be called 3a and 3b. The teams in 3a to give the teams in 3b 5 runs. Proposal 2 is the division plays even and at the end of the regular season divide into 2 divisions for 2 separate playoffs.

This has caused a bit of controversy because in seasons past div 3 has always played even and over the last 3 years there have been 3 different champions. The real sticking point on this is 2 of the teams are legit 60+ teams with no under 60 members. Several team managers are of the opinion that the 2 60+ roster teams should move down to division 4(60+). Both these 60+ teams are being put into the 3b bracket and will receive 5 runs per game. One of these team won the division 3 championship in 2013 playing everyone even. Last year they had a tough year and finished 5th but are always competitive.
The feedback from the league board is they feel these 2 teams are too strong for division 4(60+) and will crush everyone.

I'm asking for opinions bacause I'm not really sure which way to go on this, my first instinct says these teams are 60+ and should be given 2 choices. 1, stay in division 3 and play even or 2, move to their appropriate age bracket. When I brought this up at the meeting the manager of one of these teams argued that they play in a lot of tournaments and want to stay in division 3 to play against stronger teams to keep their competitive edge for tournaments. They play 60+ AA. Their manager was the most vocal arguing in favor of the 5 run spot.

Proposal 2 I just had to laugh about, who wants to be champion of a 3 team division? For the record my team has not won the league.

Opinions? Any questions I can answer to help you form an opinion?

Jan. 3, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament team

Thanks, email sent.

Jan. 2, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament team

I play in the R.I. senior league 50+. I have tried to get my team to play in a few tournaments but about half the team isn't interested so I've decided to put together a tournament team for 2015.
Approx. half the players on my team are into it and have committed(7 to be exact). I have rounded out my team by recruiting some players from other teams in my division who are basically in the same boat that I'm in.

We're planning on playing in the Ct. Masters tournament, the Northeast Championships and the R.I. Classic and possibly others if we fair well. All these tournaments are qualifiers so I want to make sure I make no mistakes when it comes to eligibility.

Having not done this before I have a couple of questions and would also be happy to hear any tips.

Questions:
Do I just submit a roster at the tourney or do I have to submit one to SSUSA? All players are on sanctioned league teams and registered with SSUSA.
How do I get the team classified? AA, AAA, etc.
Are there any sanctioning body rules for tournament play that I can refer to?

Tips? Hell, whatever you've got I'll listen.

Thanks in advance!
George
PGC Enterprises Softball
Jan. 2, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Stupid question

Thanks for the responses, much appreciated.
Jan. 2, 2015
PoollShark
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Stupid question

What is a ring option tournament?
April 10, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

I have to agree with Lefty, I have about 80 swings on one(I bought 2) of my new Barrage 27's and it has really opened up. It has been put in my bag till the season starts, it is also game ready. How long it will last we shall see.
April 8, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shared bat rule.....really?

Yes, I did. I just made sure my antivirus software was up to date and went to the site anyway, it appears safe.

The rule:

"After lengthy discussion and comments regarding the 4 proposed options regarding bats, 50+ Division teams voted for a change in which all (ASA approved) bats, provided by individual players, may be used by any player on either team during each UCSSL game. Bats must be placed against the backstop (or other common area) prior to the game, and returned there after every at bat throughout the game, for the common use of all players."


That rule sucks my friend but it does say it was voted on by the teams. Did your rep at the meetings agree to this? If so I'd be having a word with him.
I spend my hard earned cash on a top of the line composite bat and the players on the other team can use it whenever they want? I don't even want to let the players on my team use my bats, these things break too easy.
I'd like to think that a rule like that would never fly in my league and if it did I would most likely never buy another bat again.




April 8, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shared bat rule.....really?

I attempted to access the UCSSL website and got this warning:

"Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!"

If you could copy and paste the pertinent info here it would be greatly appreciated, I really would like to read it.

Thanks
April 8, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shared bat rule.....really?

What's this rule you speak of? I can't find any reference to it.

April 1, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shared bat rule.....really?

He posts here regularly in the bat section. Email him @ superv10@msn.com
March 20, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2nd batch 27 Barrage

Thanks Alan, I just received 2 27's from the 2nd batch, I'm also going to grab a Combat. I took one of the 27's to an indoor batting cage Sunday and although I couldn't judge distance in the cage it was very obvious that the ball jumps off this bat.
In your opinion which Combat is hotter, the Ambush or the Centenarian?
March 15, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New tps

Dave, do you have any plans to review the 2nd batch Barrage bats? I just grabbed 2 off of a local guy but won't be able to swing them for a couple months most likely as it's still too cold up here.
March 13, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

I use the RIP-IT Defense Pro Mask and I like it. Lightweight and comfortable and excellent range of vision. I'll add that I've never used another one so I'm unable to give a comparative view.

http://www.ripit.com/defense-pro/
March 13, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok?

Thanks Alan, good info.

March 12, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sofball Pants

I found some on Ebay, also try Googling "Easton Mens Rival Baseball Pants"

Hope this helps.
March 12, 2014
PoollShark
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok?

Rumor has it up here in R.I. that Reebok is no longer making bats. Can anyone confirm or dispute this? Ed, or Alan???
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