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Dec. 17, 2012
boston
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Run Outs

I am for removing senior bats, they are far too hot. But, I do feel using USSSA or ASA composites would be fine. These bats are very capable with plenty of pop for those that need it. They are also more durable and have 400 day warranties. You can also find many of them on sale for $149 to $220 instead of $300 to $340. Easton has several USSSA bats that come with 2 returns. These bats are also great in cold weather. I used my new Worth Resmondo WSE (Christmas present)this past weekend in 50 degree weather. It performed awesome 3-4 w/ 3 HR's. I'm a little guy at 175 lbs. Another player used my Worth 454 and hit 2 out. As you can see senior bats or USSSA bats composites are hot. As I have said in the past just a matter of hitting 340 to 400 feet or 305 to 330 ft. Still a home run.

As for going back to wood or aluminum no way. We should use the technology that is available today. Senior ball has changed alot of rules to accommodate for the age and skill of the players. Changing to wood and aluminum bats wold be ludicrous.


"Stay thirty my Friends"
Dec. 12, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Just played tourney w/ 1-1 count

This past weekend I played in the rec. tourney in Tucson. Some new speed up rules were applied and games were 55 mins. All the games I played in went 7 innings.
We used the 1-1 count but with no courtesy foul. Lots of foul ball 3rd strike outs. Didn't appear to be a lot of happy campers. It didn't affect me but I prefer the courtesy.

The umps also hustled players in and out and no warm-ups between innings. For the most part guys hustled in and out and the between inning stop and BS sessions were eliminated. You BS'd on the move.

Runners were also being put in quickly usually before on deck batter was in box.

I must state this was my first SSUSA tourney since march of 2012. I enjoyed it lots of fun and met some great guys. I went with a 55AAA team and we played 60 major, 50AAA straight up no equalizer.
I loved it ask for nothing and just play.
Dec. 7, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken SPU2P Ultra II USA 2012

Damn I hope these bats aren't duds. My daughter is getting me one for Christmas maybe I need to intervene and have her get me a Centenarian.
Dec. 5, 2012
boston
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

When I heard "The Rock' was being used in a senior tourney w/ senior bats, i was in shock. I play alot of USSSA and we use the Rock as much as possible. These balls are sick. I have several older ones my senior buddies & I use for bp as well and people hit the piss out of them. I can se where these balls made a difference w/ senior bats.
Dec. 4, 2012
boston
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Here's a rule that would help the baserunners on the corners. I believe I used it in a USSSA tourney maybe ASA anyway. Give the base runner the opportunity to step off the base and stand some 5' from the base. When the ball is hit the runner must tag the base first before proceeding to the next base.

I personally in senior and USSSA league and tourneys leave 3rd base as the ball reaches the plate and head into foul territory. I have never been called for leaving the base early. I make it a point to got back and touch 3rd before going home. I have also never had an oppossing team complain. In fact the response from every 3rd baseman is. "So this guy likes to pull" and we both laugh. If I know a player pulls I refuse to be a human target. lol


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Dec. 3, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Holiday tourney in Tucson

Anyone going to the Recreational tourney in Tucson this weekend?
Dec. 2, 2012
boston
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

I found the stats on the number of Hr's hit in AAA very telling. it appears there are a number of players and teams playing below what many may believe is their true level of play. It appears sandbagging is alive and well in senior softball. Maybe the new rule for AAA HR's will cuase some teams and players to move up to where they should be.

I am an advocate of the 1-1 count. Every tourney I have played in with the 4-3 count. Players sit and wait for the first strike anyway. A 1-1 count would elimate this writing and batters would be more inclined to swing 1st strike.

Wes: I concur w/ the on deck batter situation and add the chit chat going on coming on and off the field. Hustle in and hustle out is lost in the senior game. Guys complain they can't get all the innings in but aren't willing to change the way they do things.
I also say a courtesy runner should be available as soon as the initial runner gets to the base. If a batter is in the box no courtesy runner while that batter is hitting. Replace the runner while the next bateer is coming to the plate only.

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Dec. 2, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Anaconda Combat DaBomb

I have this bat but the OG. It's getting pretty beat up. Are the ones for sale at the Senior store a reissue? If so are hey as hot as the OG?
Nov. 30, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Performance enhancing

DC13: I have often called senior bats the 50 plus steroid. You hit a ball 350 with it and only 305-330 w/ a USSSA bat.
Webbie: That is one ugly brace. I hope you at least invested in a newer pair of shorts. lol

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 28, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Joey/Webbie; If you have some email addresses of public officials you would like me to contact send them to me or post here and I will see to it they get to the seniors from southern NM and El Paso. We have 18 teams in our league and a couple others in Silver City that do not play in our league. Should be close to 300 players that could send out e-mails.
Nov. 25, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Performance enhancing

I must agree with the PED assessment. I have been lifting weights for 40 yrs. As a youngster it was about mass, power and strength. For the past 20 yrs it has been more about maintaining my strength but a more concentrated effort toward maintaining definition and muscular endurance. I have been taking branched-chain aminos and protien for yeas. Throw in some creatine and now Bulgarian Tribulus Terrestris an testosterone enhancer I feel great. I have been able to maintain my definition and muscular endurance with my workouts.
When I started playing seniors I was amazed at the size of some of these Major plus guys. With all my years of working out I have never once used PED's that were banned. Now, don't get me wrong, had I known PED's would have gotten me into the NBA or MLB I would have used them no questions asked. But, to use them for senior ball which I suspect more major Plus players are using than will admit is BS. I have never found a good substitute for hard work especially at our age.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 24, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Want to share this with my bros.

This is an example of the beauty of senior ball. I just finished an impromptu BP/scrimmage organized by myself and another senior. We sent out a mass text to friends and teammates from 4 teams in the area. It was done just to get together with buddies to play some ball on a beautiful 70 degree day in Las Cruces. We took BP and played for 4 1/2 hours 9am to 1:30pm with a beer break for about 30 minutes from 11:30 to 12. I don't know how many people are able to do this but in Las Cruces this is not uncommon. We also invited sons, nephews and others to come out and have a great time enjoying the game. Without the friendship you establish as seniors, I doubt if we could ever pull his off. We played and laughed and had a great time enjoying the game and life.



"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 24, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Omar: Albuquerque would be a great stop for a senior tourney. I go there every year for Senior Olympics plus once a mth to visit my daughters and grandkids now. They have an airport, lots of hotels, casinos and great place to eat. Not to mention the history. There is a tram that takes u to 2 awesome restaurants about 10,000 ft in the mts. It's interesting how the city is neglecting softball but put 1 million dollars into a BMX bike track.
Webbie: If I can help in any way lmk. Even if it means getting southern NM seniors and younger players to send e-mails to the mayor.
Nov. 23, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Question to ponder: Why at my age I still haven't figured out, when a buddy says "Just 1 more beer" you, it's usually not 1 and you feel like crap the next day. :)



"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 23, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

Omar: Northern NM has alot of guys that love softball young and old. But, the city itself hasn't done anything to improve the facilities. In Las Cruces in southern NM we play year round. I avg about 150-170 games per yr incl. tourneys for the past 8 yrs. Between seniors and USSSA mens. I had to give up coed no time.
We have a 3 nice complexes all next to each other with a total of 8 fields for slowptich and 3 fastpitch fields. We have one of the largest slowpitch and fastpitch tourneys in the country. The Whole Enchilada draws 260 USSSA mens and womens teams class C,D & E w/ a waiting list of 30 to 40 teams. The Missy Molina girls fastpitch tourney draws about 180 teams from ages 7 to 18.

I know Webbie has spoken to the city of Albuquerque leaders w/o any positive results. anyway that's just a quick background on softball in NM.

Since this thread is titled "Questions to Ponder" I have one, Why is Gary 19 so negative? Sorry man inquiring minds want to know.
Nov. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Questions to ponder.....

That's easy to answer. Fall Worlds doesn't quite roll off the tongue like Winter Worlds. Mystery solved glad i could help.:)


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are you thankful for?

With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I just wanted to see how senior ballers are thankful for.
I for one am thankful for a wonderful and still beautiful wife of 25 yrs. Three wonderful and great kids and three beautiful and healthy grandkids. Especially, my 2 year old grandson that just 2 yrs ago was fighting for his life being 6 weeks premature.
I am also thankful for the great friends I have made when I relocated to Las Cruces from Boston.
I would like to wish all you board brothers a Happy, Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 20, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PHX 55 AAA

No Problem. Yes, I believe that group would do well in majors. Half the team I played with for the Sportsline Bulls 50AAA others are from the Albuquerque 50 Caliber 50AAA. Then some of them moved on to the Desperados 55AAA and some to the Drlliers 55AAA. They are a great bunch of guys and very talented.
Nov. 20, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PHX 55 AAA

JFF beat the Rio grande 55's in the "if" game for the title.
Nov. 19, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thoughts for the upcoming SSUSA Rules Committee meeting!

Interesting discussion for the few teams SSUSA has for major plus. I have read on past threads about the possiblity of widening the age groups. Such as, 50-58, 59-67 etc. maybe this would help. It's a tough call because I for have seen players in AAA and major that appear to be very capable of playing major plus. I do know population has a great deal to do with availablity of quality players that not only have the desire to play M+ but the finances.
Where I live and play league, Las Cruces, NM has about 5 senior teams w/ a population of about 100,000 incl the whole county. Albuquerque 250 miles north approx. pop. 500,00 and El Paso Tx 50 miles south approx. pop. 1,000,000 are far more capable of gathering a more talented and competitve team than little ole Las Cruces. So i can empathize with those that states like Ca., Fl., or Tx can pretty much survive on their own w/o pillaging other states.

All divisions should go 1-1, just about everyone takes a 1st strike anyway.

I play with the "Rock" ball in usssa absolutely sick ball especially with the new usssa bats. I can only imagine the damage done with a senior bat and the "Rock".

I agree with everyone that says a lower team getting 2 equalizers not cool. You either take 5 runs and play with M+ HR rule or no urns and play major HR rule.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
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