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April 1, 2011
Sisavic
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SS USA Announces Major Changes


SS USA has asked me to communicate this important announcement.

In response to many comments from players and managers SS USA has decided to combine all age and all skill into a single division. Thus, there will be only one National winner starting in 2012. SS USA is developing an equalizer system to ensure a competitive environment for all teams. Although not yet cast in stone, the following are some ideas that SS USA is considering.

Bats: SS USA has consistently supported the use of the most powerful bats, so SS USA will not outlaw any bat. However, to make teams equal, SS USA will enforce a choke up policy. Older players (75 and up) will be allowed to hold the bat all the way down to the handle knob. Younger players (45 and below) must choke up on the bat, up to 18.6” from the knob.

Number of Defensive Players: It might put a bit of pressure on some managers’ recruiting skills, but SS USA expects to allow older or weaker teams to have up to 21 defensive players and the strongest teams will have only four on defense (like the King and His Court). Twenty-one players seem like a lot, but SS USA will require limits, such as allowing only 11 in the outfield.

Courtesy Runners: The weaker or older teams will be allowed unlimited courtesy runners and in some situations vs. substantially stronger teams, the courtesy runner will start at first base while the batter is up.

Safety Bases: Because of the possible danger of a 40-year old crashing into a much older player, SS USA will draw a 6 foot circle around every base and the younger player will be deemed “out” when the older player touches the circle or any place within the circle.

Run Equalizers: SS USA has heard the complaints about the 5 or 7 runs given to weaker teams and will reduce the run equalizer to only one run per game per age difference. SS USA understands that the run differential might appear excessive in some cases (a 75 year old team will receive 25 runs when playing a 50s team), research has shown that 50s win by an average of 28 runs vs. 75s, so the advantage is still with the younger players.

Pitchers: SS USA is not sure how this will work, but will experiment with multiple, simultaneous pitchers. Older and weaker teams will be permitted to use up to 3 pitchers at one time. They will all go through the pitching motion, but only two of them will pitch a ball – one ball is real and the other is a fake ball. The younger, stronger batter must decide which of the balls is real and which is fake. A strike will be called if the batter swings at the fake ball. SS USA is working with the National UIC to work out the umpire’s instructions.

Home Runs: You should all feel happy that there will be no limits on the number of home runs. However, SS USA will be fiddling with the distance of the fences. One suggestion is to start with the fences at 100 feet and move them out 10 feet after every home run. This way the fences will always end up further away than the best batter, regardless of the age or skill level of every team. SS USA believes this is fair and is talking to Halliburton about a fence-moving design that will work.

Rating Appeals: Since there will be only one division, the only appeal will be for age. Any player who thinks he is immature can submit affidavits from three psychologists which will be reviewed by the National AAA (Age Appeal Agency).

Roster Regions: All teams can recruit players from anywhere; however the stronger teams must have at least one lineup-player from a foreign country. So, for example, a 60s team must have one player from Europe, a 50s team must have a player from the Middle East, and a 40s team must have a player from Iceland, preferably Reykjavik.

Your comments and suggestions are requested, but must be submitted only on April 1st.



Dec. 22, 2010
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Origin of Slow Pitch Softball?

This might not be the offical origin, but here is how slow pitch softball started for me in NYC.

I've been playing slow pitch softball for about 64 years, starting in 1946. We initially played baseball on concrete school-yard fields and were injured just about daily. Yes, we could get true bounces, but the ball was too fast and too hard to play full time.

One of the kids got a "Clincher" ( a cloth-covered softball) for a birthday present. It was a bit softer and couldn't be hit as hard as a baseball; so we began to play softball instead of hardball.

The pitchers initially threw the ball overhand like baseball, but soon changed to throwing underhand as fast as possible. However, no pitcher could control the ball well enough and we had many base on balls.

We then decided to drop balls and strikes and went to letting the batters wait until they got a pitch they could hit. As you might expect, the pitches got slower and slower, and slow pitch became our game of choice.

I don't remember calling it slow pitch, for us it was just called softball.

We also played a lot of stickball, but the game was much different from our softball game. Our softball was played on a regulation-looking field with about 9 players per side, while stickball was played in alley-ways, on the streets, and against a wall - often with only 1 to 3 players per team.

Shane - thanks for the idea of this new thread.
May 28, 2010
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Individual Awards

Having the players vote for individaul awards works for my team. I've done this 2 ways: (1) hand a line-up to the players at the end of the last game and tell them to mark their top 3, 4 or 5 (depends on the number of All Tournament patches we've won), and (2)ask for email votes after I send the team stats and a tournament summary. Number (2) works best, but delays giving out the patches until the next tournament.


PS St George gives only individual awards (like the Olymics)and no team award - what do you think?

April 1, 2010
Sisavic
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SSUSA's Announces Major Changes

SS USA Announces Major Changes

SS USA has asked me to communicate this important announcement.

In response to many comments from players and managers SS USA has decided to combine all age and all skill into a single division. Thus, there will be only one National winner starting in 2011. SS USA is developing an equalizer system to ensure a competitive environment for all teams. Although not yet cast in stone, the following are some ideas that SS USA is considering.

Bats: SS USA has consistently supported the use of the most powerful bats, so SS USA will not outlaw any bat. However, to make teams equal, SS USA will enforce a choke up policy. Older players (75 and up) will be allowed to hold the bat all the way down to the handle knob. Younger players (45 and below) must choke up on the bat, up to 18.6” from the knob.

Number of Defensive Players: It might put a bit of pressure on some managers’ recruiting skills, but SS USA expects to allow older or weaker teams to have up to 21 defensive players and the strongest teams will have only four on defense (like the King and His Court). Twenty-one players seem like a lot, but SS USA will require limits, such as allowing only 11 in the outfield.

Courtesy Runners: The weaker or older teams will be allowed unlimited courtesy runners and in some situations vs. substantially stronger teams, the courtesy runner will start at first base while the batter is up.

Safety Bases: Because of the possible danger of a 40-year old crashing into a much older player, SS USA will draw a 6 foot circle around every base and the younger player will be deemed “out” when the older player touches the circle or any place within the circle.

Run Equalizers: SS USA has heard the complaints about the 5 or 7 runs given to weaker teams and will reduce the run equalizer to only one run per game per age difference. SS USA understands that the run differential might appear excessive in some cases (a 75 year old team will receive 25 runs when playing a 50s team), research has shown that 50s win by an average of 28 runs vs. 75s, so the advantage is still with the younger players.

Pitchers: SS USA is not sure how this will work, but will experiment with multiple, simultaneous pitchers. Older and weaker teams will be permitted to use up to 3 pitchers at one time. They will all go through the pitching motion, but only two of them will pitch a ball – one ball is real and the other is a fake ball. The younger, stronger batter must decide which of the balls is real and which is fake. A strike will be called if the batter swings at the fake ball. SS USA is working with the National UIC to work out the umpire’s instructions.

Home Runs: You should all feel happy that there will be no limits on the number of home runs. However, SS USA will be fiddling with the distance of the fences. One suggestion is to start with the fences at 100 feet and move them out 10 feet after every home run. This way the fences will always end up further away than the best batter, regardless of the age or skill level of every team. SS USA believes this is fair and is talking to Halliburton about a fence-moving design that will work.

Rating Appeals: Since there will be only one division, the only appeal will be for age. Any player who thinks he is immature can submit affidavits from three psychologists which will be reviewed by the National AAA (Age Appeal Agency).

Roster Regions: All teams can recruit players from anywhere; however the stronger teams must have at least one lineup-player from a foreign country. So, for example, a 60s team must have one player from Europe, a 50s team must have a player from the Middle East, and a 40s team must have a player from Iceland, preferably Reykjavik.

Your comments and suggestions are requested, but must be submitted only on April 1st.


Jan. 21, 2010
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tanel R.A.G.E, Bat Bag Question

I bought a bag-cover from REI for $20 which is designed to protect and secure the bat bag. It works okay and the Tanel bag fits into it. The bag-cover folds into a very small package and can be put into the bat bag when not flying.


Jan. 8, 2010
Sisavic
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Major+ Equalizer - What do you think?

IMO, one cause of too few teams in the Major+ division: Teams disband, reorganize, or stop going to big tournaments because they believe they have no chance versus the previous year's World's Champion. This is unique in Major+ divisions because the winners of the Worlds don't "move up."

How about instituting a 5-run equalizer for one year to those M+ teams that didn't win the Worlds. So all M+ winners of the 2009 Worlds in Phoenix would have to play with a 5-run deficit, but for only one year (unless it again wins in 2010). This might get more M+ teams to participate.

What do you think?



Jan. 4, 2010
Sisavic
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Combine Major & Major+?

To solve the problem of too few teams in the M/M+ divisions, many on this message board have recommended combining M/M+ into one division.

I suspect most recommendations are from Major+ teams/players. Are there any Major teams interested in idea?




Dec. 6, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

FYI. I looked at the top 2 Major+ teams at the SS USA Worlds for the past 5 years for the 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s. (A total of 50 Champions and Runner ups) Here's where they came from:

Cal 25 (50%)
Fl 5 (10%) (very few play in Worlds)
CO 2 (4%)
No other state had more than one team


Dec. 6, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

FYI. I looked at the top 2 Major+ teams at the SS USA Worlds for the past 5 years for the 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, 70s. (A total of 50 Champions and Runner ups) Here's where they came from:

Cal 25 (50%)
Fl 5 (10%) (very few play in Worlds)
CO 2 (4%)
No other state had more than one team


Nov. 25, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Because Las Vegas and Ft Myers are played after the Worlds (2009), they are considered the first tournaments of the following year (2010). It would be obvious if they were played in January 2010, but the weather in Vegas won't allow it.

Then, since they are for the following year (2010), teams are permitted to pick-up players who are too young this year (2009), but will turn to the next age bracket the following year (2010).

It would be unfair if the winners of these tournaments were permitted to play in the TOC because they won with younger players.

Another point: many teams use Vegas/Ft Myers as tryouts for new players who might join the team in 2010.

Questions?


Sept. 3, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maury Wilson

Maury Wills collapsed on Tuesday AM after a double header at Delta Park. A few players, including Dr. Leon Speroff, fought valiantly to revive Maury, but his heart was not beating and he wasn't breathing. The Fire Department and EMT arrived about 15 minutes after Maury's collapse and revived him with a full-court press of activities, including using a defibrillator. Although still unconscious, Maury's heart was beating and he was breathing on his own.

As of today (Thursday PM), Maury is still hanging in there. His heart beat and blood pressure are steady and the doctors have taken him off sedatives. When he regains consciousness, the doctors will evaluate him for neurological damages.

Maury, who is truly one of the good guys of senior softball, lives in Vancouver, Washington and plays for the NW 80s.

Stay with us, Maury!


July 30, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summertime softball trivia

What is the origin of "muffed?"
The outfielder "muffed" the fly ball.

Can you guess without the internet?
July 17, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth 510 Launch - Old or New?

I hit with a red Worth 510 yesterday and it definitely had less pop than the gold version. Maybe it's just the batch from China?

I'm a singles hitter and use a 27 oz. bat. I agree that the Worth hits about the same as the Ultra II. I could only find a 26 oz gold Worth and bought it for $139. I'm hopeful, but worried.



July 14, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth 510 Launch - Old or New?

How does the new red/maroon Worth 510 Launch compare with the "old" yellow/gold version?

Any objective reviews on the internet?



July 6, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Regarding equalizing teams.

Taits - Please send me a copy of your Excel file.

Mike
fsisavic@hotmail.com
June 30, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prostate Issues

Ed Andrews,

I had my prostate out two years with a robot and started playing 5 weeks after that. I'm 70 years old and still playing over 200 games a year.

I wrote a report on my experience and I'll send a copy to your email. It's informative and funny from a senior player's point of view. Call me if you want to talk about anything regarding PC.

Does anyone else want a copy?

Mike
Portland, Oregon
fsisavic@hotmail.com
March 26, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hobbies

I'm a supernumerary opera actor (non-singing) and an extra in local movies. Any Opera fans out there?


March 14, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Statistic software

I need software to keep track of my team's statistics. I want to use a scorebook at the field and then enter the game stats to calculate game, tournament, and year-to-date stats.

Any suggestions?

I currently do this with a spreadsheet program I developed, but it's too much work.
Jan. 24, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70+ teams: Which tournaments are you planning to attend?

It would be great to know which tournaments the 70s team will be attending. How about listing your "planned" schedule.

Some of these might change, but here's where we plan to play:

Peoria - Feb
Apache Junction - Mar
Kent (maybe) - May
Reno - May
Redmond, WA (maybe) - Jun
Portland - June
Shelton - Jul
SLC - Aug
Medford - Sep
St George - Oct
Phoenix - Oct
Las Vegas - Nov


Mike Sisavic
PDR/Fastsigns 70 AAA
Jan. 24, 2009
Sisavic
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Which teams are going to which tournaments - Use this site

Most of us want to know ahead of time who will be going to which tournaments. A few teams have started to ask the question on this site.

It would be great if SS USA could make this a permanent feature of this site.

I'm going to do this for my 70 AAA team in another string.
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