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Duane Jones

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May 31, 2007
BossBandit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: strike zone/mat

Rather than making the mat wider, I personally think that we should increase the maximum arc to better protect the pitchers. It stands to reason that if you give the pitcher the opportunity to move back farther from the plate for his protection then when he pitches the ball he will have to increase the speed of the pitch in order to maintain the same amount of arc. The effect of that increase, in essence, is a flatter appearing pitch. Compound that by forcing the pitcher to hit a path that is 17" wide and directly in the swing range of the batter and the ball will come back faster than ever through the middle. Give me 15 feet of arc and let's make it a challenge to hit effectively.
May 31, 2007
BossBandit
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Florida Half Century Promoting a Women's Division

We are currently accepting applications for teams to enter a women's division of the Florida Half Century ASA. Your comments and discussion are invited and we'd like to see who is interested in helping to promote this concept.
May 31, 2007
BossBandit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How to score an out when a sustitute runner is on base wrongly?

Ron, That's not a new rule...that is an interpretation of the existing rules that are on the books and have been all along. You are right about the situation with national tournaments and the fact that the player had to be listed on the card if he were going to participate in the game. Saw that come up a couple of times this year.

Cans not getting bigger, just wiggling a little to keep some of you older officials paying attention to the game.

Sal, with the mat and the plate being live, someone outside the backstop keeping the score, what else do umpires have to do but remember the rules and call 'em as they see 'em. That does require paying attention, I understand. Discussions like this help us get better because it makes us exercise those brain cells instead of just doing 12, 16, and 20 ounce curls.
May 27, 2007
BossBandit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How to score an out when a sustitute runner is on base wrongly?

SSUSA staff, you might want to relook your opinion on this issue. If the team at bat has a valid substitute on the bench(one who has not participated in the game to this point) he may be substituted for the courtesy runner who is about to come to bat even though he is on base. A courtesy runner is not actually a substitute in this situation and if the valid substitute then takes the runners place, not on the base but rather at bat and in the official lineup) then no out would be assessed. Of course, the player that is running as a courtesy runner could be re-entered if desired and the substitute would be done for the game and no longer available to play but still available to act as a courtesy runner. You need to keep the "substitute" and "courtesy" runners straight in your mind in order to figure this one out.
March 19, 2007
BossBandit
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ring tournaments--7 innings--1&1 count

All I can say about this situation after having umpired in the WinterNationals in Ft. Myers, TOC in Polk County, SPA WinterNationals in Tampa, and doing a lot of Fla Half Century ball is that playing 7 is a cooperative effort. The players and the umpires have to be working together to get it to happen consistently. I can tell you that in the W/Ns and the TOC played with run limits per inning, I had less than 5% of the games I called that were affected by the time limit. Only 6 games over a stretch of those 3 tournaments didn't go 7.

It would help matters if players hustled in and out between innings, courtesy runners were ready to go when needed, no infield warmups between innings, (I mean, how much can you cool off with a 5 run/inning limit),managers have line up cards ready to go before gametime, and umpires be on the field with timer set up and balls in your ball bag not tucked into the fence or a bag hanging on the fence before time to go.

I think a greater issue that should be open to question is tournament rules that do not have a mercy rule because there is a per inning run limit. At the last tournament that I worked I had a 25-5 score after 6 innings and couldn't call the game. Yes, the tournaments are for the players but the players need to give an effort to make the experience enjoyable for their fellow players as well.
Dec. 12, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Second baseman looking for 60's team in Tampa, FL

Hey Leatherguy, drop me a note at duanejones@mindspring.com and I'll see if I can't help you get hooked up. Also, we may have something for you on Thursday nights.
Oct. 31, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tampa SPA Winter Worlds Seeding games for Friday 10/27

Charlie, It's always good to see you at the park or wherever. Was also glad to see a lot of the other people there from my Florida Half Century experiences. Looking forward to seeing most of them this weekend coming or in Ft. Myers in another week. Fields at Greco were in good shape except for a couple of the outfields. Hope we'll have Radice in shape by next year as I understand that is becoming a priority, maybe. Just trying to start a rumor and see if anyone pays attention.

I had a great time umpiring and there were, as usual, only a couple of people without a sense of humor but we managed to work with them, also. Looking forward to doing more SPA in the state of Florida in the coming year. Hang in there.

Boss Bandit
Oct. 31, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: New to Tampa, 60

Eric, Give me a call when you get in and I'll be glad to introduce you to senior softball in Tampa...as well as the other groups. My name is Duane Jones and my number is 813-453-8302. We'll get you hooked up with someone for sure.

Boss Bandit
Oct. 30, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tampa SPA Winter Worlds Seeding games for Friday 10/27

Gentlemen, I want to thank all who participated in the 4 days of the tournament for the high level of sportsmanship and to congratulate all on their competitive spirits. I was at Greco for the 4 days of play and enjoyed the cameraderie and watching good competitive softball.

I was also good to see all of you Florida Half Century people out there and I look forward to seeing you all in Lakeland next weekend and Ft. Myers the weekend after that.

Rabbit, constructive criticism is always welcome. Just remember, anyone can stand off to one side and complain and point out problems, true team players suggest a solution to the issue while pointing it out. Nuff said, you're a credit to the game of softball.

Charlie, Dave North, Frank and the Naples Group, it was good to see all of you at the park.
Oct. 24, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who is going to Tampa Oct 27 - 28 SPA Winter national

Bruce, I was going to try but they want me to start everything off at Greco on Thursday morning. I'll be there from the begincement, I guess. I may be out at Radice on Saturday for at least part of the day...
Oct. 24, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Women's Softball in Tampa Area

There's a lady who's daughter plays in some of the leagues I umpire in Tampa who is considering getting back in to playing competitive softball. What are the prospects for this 46 year old in the Tampa area?
Oct. 24, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who is going to Tampa Oct 27 - 28 SPA Winter national

Dang it, sounds like all the folks I know are going to be over at Radice Park and I'll be stuck at Greco...Looking forward to seeing some of you characters sometime over the weekend. If you get over to Greco, give me a holler, I'll be somewhere on one of the fields trying to act official.

Bandit out
Oct. 9, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a Tampa Fl. league

Mr T -- Give me a shout...We've got room for you for sure on Thursday night.

BossBandit
Sept. 29, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA Winter Worlds , Tampa ,Forida

Rabbit, it was a good try by Ridge but let me correct the information that he gave...the Ed Radice Dr address is for the Ed Radice Park on the NW side of Tampa off Gunn Highway...The other park name was mis-spelled on the SPA web site and flyer information, it is actually the Greco Softball Complex which is on the NE side of town close to the USF campus. Lots of hotels, restaurants and adult beverage dispensing locations close to both venues. If you need more information, give me a shout. SILVER RAYS?, I thought they retired.
Sept. 29, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Tampa Bandits - 50+

The Tampa Bandits are looking for a few good men...This offer will only be open for a little while. If you play softball like you really enjoy it and you're a team player who is looking for the right attitude, then get in touch with me at duanejones@mindspring.com and we can talk. We will play a minimum of 12 tournaments per year (1/month) and almost every Thursday night of the year and practice also to make sure that your skills stay sharp. Remember it's not practice that makes perfect, it's perfect practice makes perfect. Come enjoy softball again.
Sept. 29, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a Tampa Fl. league

We've got a 50+ League playing at Greco Softball Complex in Tampa on Thursday nights. Also, there are probably 20 senior tournament teams in this immediate area. Give me a shout at 813-453-8302 and I'll fill you in on what's happening in this area. Thursday league runs year round and we're trying to build the program. My name is Duane.
Aug. 21, 2006
BossBandit
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Tampa 50+ Team

The Tampa Bandits Softball Club is looking for a couple of new players to join our regular league team as well as our Florida Half Century team playing in the 50+ age group. Contact the manager at duanejones@mindspring.com. You must be willing to commit to at least one tournament weekend per month and regular practice sessions.
Nov. 4, 2005
BossBandit
Topic: Associations
Discussion: ASA National Council Meeting, who's going?

Stoneman, you don't understand what I'm saying...If the players in Nevada have a problem with the major sanctioning bodies, then form your own. When the sanctioning bodies see that you can draw significant numbers, then you contract with them. If you don't like their rules, change them. Play under ISA(or whoever) rules with modifications as per the Busted Butt Softball Assoc. They will accept that if you can throw a major program at them. ISA calls 6-12 foot pitching arc in Florida for the Florida Half Century, why? They wanted to get that 80-120 teams in a tournament once a month to bring in additional revenue.

I hate people who can identify problems but never bother to suggest an alternative or a solution.

Play ball.
Nov. 3, 2005
BossBandit
Topic: Associations
Discussion: ASA National Council Meeting, who's going?

Stoneman, why does everything have to be just one way for you. Either it's the way you think it should be or it's all bad. You're giving some of us a headache by beating dead horses. Let up, pay attention a little bit, and moderate the volume level. No one's really out to get you, specifically.
Nov. 3, 2005
BossBandit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recreational Softball Leagues...What's Wrong?

I think that it is amusing to be seeing the ASA, which was rumored to be moving toward the 40 core ball for the coming new year, to now be considering approving the 44 core/525 compression ball for competition. Perhaps, someone up there finally realized that they were tripping over there egos and p*&&*ing off the masses. Could it be?
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