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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"
Nov. 18, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Awards for championship teams

Bottom line in all this. Seniors are going to tourneys even though they complain about the prizes. Senior are going to tourneys even though entrance fees are going up. When customers are not satisfied with a product they usually don't use the product. At least cut back on the use of the product until something changes. As long as teams dish out the money for these tourneys and nothing changes except the cost. Who cares what your complaints are your going to show up anyway it's the only game in town. It's no different than people complaining about politicians and congress not doing their job. Yet, they vote in the same losers year after year.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 14, 2012
boston
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Played with a pitching screen during senior olympics. The pitcher would always stand on the 3rd base side of the screen to pitch. Then stay there the whole time as a defender. Makes no sense if the purpose is protection. As I have stated in the past I'm all for eliminating senior bats.
Nov. 12, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Gary 19; say it isn't so. You're just a pitcher with the kids. I thought you were like me a stud OF, SS, 2nd baseman. Damn, Anyone can play with young guys if they pitch, catch or EH. I'm disappointed man, I thought there was another oldie that played a real position with the kids. lol
Just kidding man, but I hope you don't just pitch and can play somewhere else. As much trash as you talk I truly thought you were like a stud SS or OF.
BTW my question was simple and required an informed, non combative response. You definitely have a knack of turning honey into shit. Are you sure your not an Obama liberal.
Nov. 11, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Gary19: I would not say it is freshman or JV ball. I would say it is more like playing for a smaller school than a larger one. maybe AA is like NCAA Div. 3. AAA is Div. 2, majors is Div. 1AA, and major plus is Div 1A. This would be a more appropriate analogy and less insulting. I have played AA to play with my less talented buddies. I have competed against major and major plus teams when I played AAA. But which ever level I play at my decision is based on not how talented the guys are but how much I enjoy playing with them.

I also play D and E in USSSA because I choose to. I got tired of the nonsense in the C div. Plus at 58, it is more about having a good time. Not that I don't play to win but it's not the most important thing. The world does not end if I don't win as it did when i was in my 20's, 30's and 40's.

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Nov. 11, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

I was wondering why there are so few AA teams in all age groups? I have noticed that in the tourneys listed on this site when they post brackets. In fact, I noticed for Winter Worlds there are zero 50AA teams listed. Unless I missed it.
Nov. 4, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Manassas: I agree call the things whatever you want. I just want to play ball. I just finished playing in a USSSA fall state tourney here in las cruces. Back in Sept I just played in the state championships for NM. Did I care about the name hell no. Just another chance to play ball with my son and my senior buddies against the youngsters.

Fabe: Congrats on your teams' accomplishment. The impact it had on Hawaii people can only be people understood by the from Hawaii. We can make assumptions based on our states as Gary 19 has. But that is all it is an assumption. I know when the Depserados won the TOC and they were players from Albuquerque & Las Cruces. Oops and El Paso sorry big John. lol The senior softball community in NM and El Paso were extremely proud of these guys. So were the young guys in the USSSA softball community. Personally, I couldn't care less if anyone outside my teammates and my opponents wants to know or recognizes what my team has accomplished. As long as I get the respect from those I have competed against and those who understand what it takes to play and win.

This is off topic but needs to be said. this sort of goes along the lines of what Fabe was stating about the young guys congratulating his team. When you compete as an older athlete. You do what you can to set an example for your children, grandchildren and the other youngsters that are watching. They could be 5 yrs old to 40 yrs old. We have an obligation to demonstrate to them how to play hard to win. But, how to properly conduct yourself with class, dignity and use good sportsmanship. If you play USSSA or ASA as I do it is even more important to set the standard and be the role model.

Sorry to preach to you guys because I know most men on this board understand these ideals, responsibilities and values. We as older men need to pass on.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 31, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Warning on quality of Combat Bats

thanks for the update and input on the federal law concerning selling a defective product. I find it hard to believe that a bat that doesn't hit to a particular persons expectation can be proven to be defective. A dishwasher has many parts and the possibility of a part being bad is very possible as with any product with many parts. The only way to judge if a bat is defective is to swing it and then what? If you're not a HR hitter and you assumed getting a senior bat was going to make you when and it didn't is the bat defective? Did the ball only carry 315 not 340 does that make it defective? Unless you can see a defect i don't see how this is possible. Comparing a bat to an appliance or vehicle is far reaching. but then again stranger things have happened.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 31, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Warning on quality of Combat Bats

I can't believe guys are complaining about bat companies selling bats w/o warranties. You as a consumer buying the bat. Then complaining when it breaks or is a so-called dud the bat company not replacing it. Have you not heard the the Latin term "Caveat emptor" "Let the buyer beware". It doesn't mean,let the buyer beware, hen whine about their decision and demand special treament over the hundreds of other customers that got screwed buying senior bats that sucked or broke. These conversations kill me. Buy a bat with a warranty and you won't have these issues. If players insist on using senior bats fine. but stop pissing and moaning when they break and the companies don't do anything about it.

A few bats that are extremely hot and have 400 day warranties. The Easton Stealth 100 and Easton Stealth Helmer, they come with 2 warranty returns. Te Worth Resmondo WSE super hot,even a little 175 lb guy like myself can drop bombs with these. I can imagine the damage Major plus guys good do with these WMD's.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 26, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior bat care and durability

Trying to get these guys to get their senior cards. We have about 9 guys w/o one. Coaching grown men can often be more trying than t-ballers. If not, I may come out of the closet and show my senior side with a team my age. lol Big John H. kept calling me Gary 19 during league a few weeks ago. Guess I'm going to have to get my identity back. Nothing personal Gary 19. I may even break out my senior bat.


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 26, 2012
boston
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior bat care and durability

Webbie; My condolences on the lose of ur favorite bat. :)
Oct. 23, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Gary Heifner: Not going to Vegas does not disqualify me from voicing my opinion. I have played in Worlds for 6 years. I chose not to go, due to my own lack of committment to playing in a place like Vegas. Which I made very clear in previous posts. It is not due to a lack of ability, skill or conditioning, just committment. I have found playing USSSA with my son, watching my daughter play college basketball and coaching and watching my grandson play baseball a bit more fullfilling and important these past couple of years than attending senior tourneys.
I have played dozens of senior tourneys in the past and saw plenty of players half ass it on defense. The only thing I agree with you on is, I shouldn't have painted all seniors with such a broad bush. The reality still is, there are seniors that look at defense as a nonfactor. This is probably due to the fact you can only score a certain amount of runs per inning. It is your perogative to disagree with me, as it is mine to disagree with you.

Allan55: I agree about the use of the "Rocks". I have actually protested the use of these balls at a senior tourney. I was concerned about the dangers to my fellow seniors due to my experience with these balls in USSSA. Your correct about the bats not going away. But I am adament about the use of an 11th fielder hurting the game for the younger seniors. I think the run rule has offset the bats as much as anything w/o turning the game into a middle or high school PE kickball game.

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 22, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

I would vote to get rid of the senior bats before adding an extra fielder and bastardizing the game anymore. If players took defense a bit more seriously maybe the scores wouldn't be so bad. Most teams can barely field 10 guys committed to playing quality defense, how is adding another marginal fielder going to change anything.
If u add an 11th fielder let's widen the field and have a Canadian football type field. Even better whoever is in the lineup after the 11th batter has to play the field. This is absolutely laughable. I need a beer. Go Cardinals!!!


"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 22, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New Teams

Thx for the input. can I still submit a proposed roster if 9 of the guys do not have their senior cards yet.
Oct. 22, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New Teams

This is a team of 15 with only 4 players that have played SSUSA tourneys. Many of the new guys have been playing in r senior league for a year and playing USSSA league and tourneys. We have 3 players new to senior ball. We acutally want to start AAA and move up. We have only played 4 games together in league. We have had 7 different players hit HR's at some time during the first 4 league games. We r trying to develop that all mighty chemistry. We have only won 1 game loosing to veteran senior teams. So their must be something to that chemistry thing.


"Stay thirsty my fiends"
Oct. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New Teams

Do all newly formed teams still have to register AAA?
Oct. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cardiovascular Fitness

Mario: You are correct about P90X. I have been doing it for many years. As the injuries and surgeries piled up i had to scale down my versions of it. I highly recommend this workout. I must also add as i have told many people over the years do not attempt to stay with the people in the video right away. People tend to get frustrated if they cannot do a workout at a high level when starting. You must understand your limitations when starting a program.
Bike riding and ellipticals are probably the best cardio workouts with the least amount of impact on the knees.
Oct. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What does it take to be a Major player?

When rating players I believe it is more about physical skills. Those skills can be observed objectively. The intangibles such as leadership, chemistry etc. are far tougher to evaluate and are subject to various peoples perceptions of what those intangibles are. The one thing about these skills is they are mostly offensive skills with the exception of throwing. But in senior ball I see defense looked at as a non-factor. In many of the discussions a players status is usually based on their ability to hit for avg or power. While playing catcher, EH or pitcher and having people run for them. As much as I like hitting a softball, I enjoy stealing hits and keeping runners from advancing due to my arm and speed to the ball.

Some intangibles I would like added ability to play hurt. Ability to play effectively in 4-5 consecutive games in the OF and still willing to run for others while batting. These are other intangibles that we could add so I can be considered a major player. lmao

"Stay thirsty my friends"
Oct. 21, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: One pitch

I've played 1 pitch in both USSSA and SSUSA tourneys. these were done due to rain delays and tring to catch up or get games in with impending rains on the way. In SSUSA tourneys playing 50AAA in Georgetown and Pinetop they did one thing that was different, when we went to 1 pitch. They had teams play 2 innings in the field and bat before changing. You wold get your 5 runs or 3 outs, then start the next at bat. Only changing 3-4 times during the course of the game. Cut down on time and wasn't physically difficult for me.
I did like the idea that as a team we kept the you strikeout your still buying the beer.

If anyone thinks 1 pitch is bad in the Whole Enchilada tourney in Las Cruces several years ago. The rains were so bad the teams still in it had to do a coin flip to see who won. Now that sucked if you were undefeated and lost the title to a team from the losers bracket.
Oct. 19, 2012
boston
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cardiovascular Fitness

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