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July 2, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Waterproof Softball Shoes?

Taits:
A pair of Boombah turf shoes cost about $45 + shipping + a sponge insole ($3)... so call it $55-60. I'm not totally concerned about the long term health of the shoes as I view them as 'disposable'.
However, in my use of camp Dry over the past 7-8 years I have not noticed any issues with the laces or the upper elements.
But I did fail to research it thoroughly prior to use. I tend to neglect this on items viewed as disposable.
On the other hand, I take great precautions on fielder gloves, bats, etc... as I wish to avoid replacing them... not as much as about cost as it is about time (break in time)... or because they're no longer manufactured.

Extra socks - an old friend of mine told me 35 years ago to keep an extra pair of socks in my bat bag. Putting them on later in the day is like therapy to my feet. If we play 3 or more games I'll probably switch them out.
BW

July 1, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Waterproof Softball Shoes?

I've been using 'Camp Dry' for many years... on both Boombah turf shoes and assorted cross trainers. It seems to work fine...
I spray it on them as soon as I take them out of the box and then leave them alone for 1-2 days... never have needed to do it again.
BW
June 26, 2015
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

IMO, sobs3 said it best but I disagree with the automatic home team part... but don't really care how SSUSA, or anyone else, treats that part. I do not believe that being home team is that big of a deal.
We like the seeding games because it allows us to get acclimated as a team, it allows the non-starters to get ABs and defensive time and for other reasons.
In lieu of a 2 game seeding bracket and a potential triple elim DE bracket we'd prefer either a 4 game guarantee (lower entry fee) or a 3 game seeding with DE. The latter would be our first choice. We can live with either of the 3.
USSSA used to offer an immediate DE bracket with losing teams falling into a DE consolation bracket. IMO, nothing could be more meaningless... it's a bit like losing out on the starlet and ending up with your own sister. A triple elim can also produce games like this.
I also feel that whether you call 'heads' or 'tails' do it the same way all of the time (if you want to benefit from law of avgs). But being visitors offers some unspoken advantages, particularly in seeding games.
BW
May 20, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ball B.S. In lee county

We have used the Trump Stote 44/375 Optic Yellow ball for 10 years in BP. Everyone knows that the heat does impact its compression, hence the change in performance.
In addition, we have received 1-2 shipments that were totally different than others... i.e. they were sub standard. We used them under the same conditions as the others and there was an obvious disparity. The 'bad ones' had higher seams than the others.
How balls are stored is a factor... but we store the bad with the good...
I am not one who believes that an FHC stamp would cause a ball to react in a different way than one stamped 'SSUSA'. The likely difference could be storage or it could be exactly as previously suggested, there is a difference in product.
Bob Woodroof

May 4, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sore Toes

I wear Boombah turf shoes and have had the same problem. I use a Dr Scholl's lightweight insert (very thin foam pad). I cut the insert 3/4-1" short so that my toes are not pressed upwards against the inside top of the toe box.
This has made a huge difference for me.
BW
April 27, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is or what makes a player a major plus player?

Henry Ford said.. 'whether you think you can or you can't, you're right'... or some close variation of this.
M+ ball is more about the space between the ears than it is about the width of the shoulders.
Most guys do not play M+ because they just do not enjoy that level of play because of the pressure that comes with it. That's ok since there are 4 levels to choose from.
But to think that everyone in M+ would be skills contestant is incorrect.
BTW, the 65 M+ winner in 2014 hit zero HRs in final game, 2 HRs in previous one. Power is over rated and it doesn't show up every day, IMO. Smart power beats basic power 90% of the time.
BW
April 27, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Kevin, might I suggest you find an older map... perhaps pre-1776 will work. Quite frankly, I never thought of that being an issue... it doesn't seem fair.
Not all of us (Left Coasters) are complaining... just a few.
Our team has the opposite problem... hardly any of us can play leagues together because of the distance.
BW
April 27, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

then win one big event and then break up.
Don't equate winning with sponsorship. They are not the same.
The Old A's won quite a bit with minimal or zero financial help. I use them as an example because they're in your neck of the woods.
I get it... more often than not, sponsored teams win... it isn't 100% of the time. But it would be 100% if all of the unsponsored teams had your mind set.
But this is still moot until SSUSA puts your idea on its rules committee agenda... or have you forgotten that little factoid?

April 27, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Tim, why don't you build a M+ team, win two straight years (in order to comply with your definition of dynasty teams) and then voluntarily break it up?
That would be the ultimate in 'putting up'. No amount of key board filibusters will make the nearly the impact of an actual demonstration.
BW
Feb. 17, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

What part of 'my only issue is breaking up M+ teams' is the most challenging for you?
I can't speak for 'all the plus guys'...
Tim, I have zero interest in discussing what I perceive as ancillary matters... most notably with you... for the reasons previously stated.
If I wish to retrace my steps I'll take up dancing.
Feb. 17, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Tim, you either don't get it or just choose to ignore significant info... I'm going to take the high road here and presume it's the latter.
Earth to Tim... the 2nd thru 4th comment was about M+... not about the other divisions... surely that didn't slip right by you.
Yes, when we win I do feel good about it... don't really care how u feel about it now or when you were 30.
My attitude toward you is not similar to the changes in M+ rules... they are worth discussing.
How does my lack of patience with your constant effort at grabbing attention have anything to do with rules changes (ASIDE FROM BREAKING UP THE M+ WINNERS)?
Your responses don't match the points being stated... Sort of like brown shoes a d a black tux
I'm not passionate about the HR rules. I've long ago given up on merging M & M+. I don't have a strong opinion on bumping teams up.
I've never met you but have heard mostly good thing about you. But it's crystal clear to me that I'll avoid discussing anything meaningful with you. I take this position when someone either intentionally confuses an issue or shows a complete inability to understand even the most elementary of concepts. I truly feel it's the former.
BW
Feb. 17, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

I like most things about Tim... I particularly like his comments about hitting as I know that he is a respected hitting coach (and hitter).
Beating the proverbial 'dead horse' is one of his many attributes, IMO.
BW
Feb. 17, 2015
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Tim, 522 is a number to keep in mind.
What significance does it have to this dialogue? It depends upon the beholder...
It's been 522 years since C. Columbus sailed west in search of India. It was his premise that Earth was round and not flat.
Whether he 'discovered' North America is in itself subject of debate but he does merit a annual holiday. Several cities are named for him and more...
He may have been several centuries late to lay claim to North America... but the question of 'is Earth flat' has pretty much gone away, which brings me to my point...
is there any chance that you'll move on to a different premise during our lifetimes? Statistically speaking, my life expectancy is roughly 18.6 years... it was closer to 20.1 when you started this campaign. My, how time flies...
It has been clearly pointed out that...
1) M+ has grown over the past 4-5 years... this is on a total collision course with your thoughts.
2)There are many different winners since 2010... I do not believe that 2nd-4th place would coincide with most folks' definition of 'dynasty'... break up the Broncos! (just an example and I do like P Manning and his team, for what it's worth).
Given that M+ is the highest level, it naturally follows that it should be treated differently.
Those of us who have been playing at that level for 10+ years (without whining about it) prefer to build a better mousetrap rather than have our opponents be forced to reduce the effectiveness of their own... not to mention that we build quality relationships with teammates.
You've made it clear that YOU didn't want to be in the M+ division... you've made it clear that YOU weren't planning to play a lot of SSUSA events because of this... as well as other points repeated numerous times. That's fine... we just don't need YOU telling us what is best for US.
If it aint broke, why fix it?
Bob Woodroof



Feb. 10, 2015
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Best Hitters in Senior Softball

Ron Parnell's work ethic is second to none. This is one reason he owned practically every World Series hitting record at one time (as a younger man).
But more important than his hitting is the fact that he is an awesome leader. The teams that he plays for usually end up winning... he also attracts other great players.
While some guys play to be a star, Ron plays to win... there are hitters and there are players. Many seniors tend to be wowed by hitters... I prefer to watch guys who care more about winning.
Bob Woodroof
Dec. 6, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

JFSully:
I actually do have a historical book about the evolution of baseball, published by Murray Books in 2007. It credits Shane Riley Foster as being the person who wrote the first official rules.
I have read it and found it to be very interesting.
A lot of what we have accepted as 'fact' has been slanted in some way, whether we're discussing baseball, assassinations, military battles or whatever.
In this case, I googled 'when did Abner Doubleday invent baseball' and it gave me 1839... clearly, it was a bad entry on my part. My baseball history book was about 35 feet away at the time but I took the easy route.
I'm always open to reading about baseball and may well heed your recommendation...
BW

Dec. 6, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Thanks for the tip... I'll pass it along to Google.
BW
Dec. 5, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Tim,
USSSA always ran their Series World Series in August. I can tell you that August in Little Rock, AK, is no box of chocolates but they were consistent in the timing. It was a big deal to seniors until the senior bats came around. Even then, it hung around for 4-5 years.
They only had 2 divisions... major and AAA. They had no resemblance to present day classifications. Major was essentially M+ and perhaps a few M teams. AAA was everyone else.
They started with DE and the eliminated teams went into a DE consolation bracket... games that were sort of like kissing your sister (or so I've heard).
Aside from these two issues, I liked their tourneys having grown up on USSSA from my early 20s.
It would be great if they could offer a good alternative. We would like to go to more than one... we've considered the senior version of the Smoky Mtn Classic but weren't certain that we'd see enough teams.

Laramie,
I hope that you're right about the trend. Without sounding pessimistic, I've seen the ebb and flow (size of brackets) over the years. Following the trail backwards, we (players who are my age or older) were the SO CA pioneers with USSSA in the 70s. Behind us came larger and larger groups of younger players. This may be true today as well.

Fred,
You're 81 and still going strong... to me, that is impressive. My father-in-law is 81 and in poor health... a sedentary lifestyle, working in TX oil fields, 2 packs a day 'Jack & Coke... I hope to meet you some day.

BW
Dec. 4, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Tim, in our division (65 M+) we went from 5 to 6 teams (2013 to 2014). As anomalies go, this may well be an example.
But the larger grouping (50-65 M+) had 38... who can really call this one anything other than an increase at this point? Could it have been a perfect storm of positive forces that generated a huge turn out? I cannot say unequivocally that it was or was not... i.e. I don't know.
I can say that the trends have not followed your prediction.
I see that the 50 and 60 M+ divisions are as healthy as I've ever seen them. In 2000 we had 8 teams in the USSSA 50 M+ World Series (Salem, OR)... there were 5 in 1997. You had 15 this year. We have NEVER had 15 teams in our divisions... except for SSWS which had 'drop down' divisions of M/M+ teams... the 60 M+ in 2008 had 3 teams.
I also see that the teams/players are much better than when we played... line ups are complete (v. 6-8 deep back then). There were a couple of teams with deep line ups but not all 5. There were no geographic boundaries at all (until 2000).
It is with these things in mind that I feel that the SSUSA model isn't broken. Are the rules perfect? No. But they never were...
The biggest concern for me is that we have fewer choices today (national events). You had said 'wait and see about USSSA in October' but that didn't really pan out... zero teams for us to play.
At one time we had 8-9 senior assns... we could go to 3-4 each year. But folks said that this was too many. Little by little, the competition weeded them out. Be careful what you wish for... you just may get it.
BW
Dec. 4, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Tim, it's too bad that you weren't around in 1839 when Abner Doubleday created baseball. I'm sure that your insight would have been a big help to him.
And maybe Al Ramsey could have let you design the strike zone in the late 60s when USSSA was developed.
Somehow MLB and USSSA are still active organizations.
It wasn't that long ago that the readers of this board were treated to your continuous diatribe regarding the best way to handle the M+ division. One of your suggestions that I'm particularly fond of was your 'break up the winners'... surely you'll remember that one.
SSUSA paid you no heed and there were 38 M+ teams in LV 2 months ago (from age 50 to 65)... however, SPA did instigate an idea similar to yours in 2013. Anyone care to guess how many M+ teams that they've had over the past 2 years?
Keep the thoughts coming, Tim, as you're a real beacon of enlightenment.
To quote you... 'Now I know...according to many...I have shown my ignorance so...maybe you geniuses can use this as a teachable moment and help me out.'
You want help? Try not to waste time fixing things that aren't broken. It isn't complicated at all.
There were 506 teams in LV, which is roughly 25% of the total number enrolled... 7,500 players out of 30,000 (using round numbers).
I know from reliable sources that you are a good guy and a good hitting coach. But a prognosticator? Not if history means us anything (no pun intended).
Bob Woodroof

Dec. 3, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Tim, I'll pass your thoughts along to my sister, Woodie.
Fred, IMO, is very qualified to speak on pitching since he's been doing it for a long time. The fact that there is an additional fielder in his division does not detract from his ability or his expertise.
Do you pitch with a 5 man infield? If so, does this impact your expertise?
When we're talking about widening the plate in senior ball who should be eliminated from weighing in?
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