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March 13, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sofball Pants

Gary,
You can find several different types of softball/baseball pants on both of the following sites:
www.baseballsavings.com - many different brands and colors to choose from... from $18 up... several of our players have bought the 'Worth Titan' pants and are very happy with them... they tend to run a bit small so go up one size.
www.boombah.com - they have a couple of different versions of solid color pants, including black... unless you find a sale item they start in the $35-40 range... these pants tend to be a little heavier fabric... if you wear 34 waist better order 36s.

You can get a multitude of pants, shoes, etc. on both sites.
BW
Jan. 21, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: suggestions to stop all the complaining about home runs & dead ball outs

Silk:
I believe that you are 100% correct. I do not remember any team moving up for that reason.
Conversely, I can recall plenty of them who did not want to 'give up equalizers'... and moving up would force them to do so.
Whether or not any individual moved up in order to take advantage of the higher HR numbers is similar. But because there are 15 times as many players as teams, the possibility of some doing just that is greater. Most of the people that I know who play M+ do so because of the competition itself or because their teammates/team moved up.
But I clearly do not know every M+ guy.
Whenever we've played M+ it was due to better competition and because no one can move you up from there... never because of HRs.
BW

Jan. 16, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Now his 'freedom' really has been impacted. Serves him right.
I admit that I was fooled into thinking that this guy was someone other than Gary19. I felt that he was somewhat more reasonable and less childish than Gary.
I do appreciate SSUSA Staff's efforts to eradicate him once again.
What kind of loser needs to be heard so badly that he has to 'layer himself' through a weak maze of ISPs? (rhetorical) Where is the pride (to steal phrase)?
BW



Jan. 14, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Skeptical:
Sorry that you don't like my analogies... few people ever do when it conflicts with their views.
SSUSA has the right to make their own rules. Their 2014 rules are what they are until the next rules committee meeting and, unless changed, will be the same next year.
I don't necessarily agree with them but I accept them as they are... not what I want them to be.
If you feel real strongly about certain ones then, by all means, make the effort to attend the meeting and speak your mind.
You haven't said anything that hasn't been said in the past... whether it be about this rule (face mask) or others. It just sounds like the same sour grapes over and over... but SSUSA believes in your journalistic freedom.
We have 5 guys who pitch for us. Three of them had to buy masks because of this rule. Two already had them due to the rules of a local senior league. One of the three did not buy one and he did not pitch last week when we played (based upon the rules). We allowed him to exercise his own personal choice... not to be a smart ass but what choices did the team have other than this? It is what it is.
BW

Jan. 14, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Skeptical:
As J Sheeran has stated, SSUSA has allowed you to exercise your freedom of choice... play SSUSA and wear mask or play elsewhere and don't wear it.
If you smoke and visit my house, I'd ask you to to not do so. If you still choose to smoke you'd just have to do so outside.

A story about 'getting used to things'...
There has been a mandatory seat belt law in TN for over 10 years (adults and children). My first cousin felt very strongly that this was unfair and that 'TN was legislating personal choices' (to paraphrase). He chose to not wear them and was thrown from his pick up and was killed upon impact. His wife was wearing hers and lived through the accident.
His two children were teenagers at that time so he never got to see them graduate from HS or college. He never met their spouses or witnessed the birth of their children.
Oh, the part about 'getting used to things'... his widow got so used to 'him being gone' that she remarried and her new husband witnessed all of the things that my cousin didn't. True story.

SSUSA hasn't squashed your personal choice when it comes to 'beating a dead horse'. Have at it.
BW
Jan. 13, 2014
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CERTAIN FEES!!

Steve is 100% correct. We were expecting a 5 game guarantee and only received 4 games. As the mgr, I have to take responsibility for the assumption as it wasn't advertised as such as a 5 game guarantee.
However, when I communicated with the Top Gun and SSUSA personnel (via emails, prior to the draw being posted) I asked about the format. No one ever responded to my Qs regarding the number of seeding games.
Steve is also correct that we liked everything else about the tourney. The draw made good sense (the structure of it, not the # of seeding games), the fact that we had the 'early shift' on the 1st day and 'late shift' on the 2nd, 90 minute game time slots... all those things were great.
When you do the math... $375 for 4 games you'll see that you're getting close to the cost/game ratio of the World Masters Chamionships.
But we appreciated the fact that we played in Menifee and not shipped out to the Hemet fields as we were last year.
BW


Dec. 14, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR MIKE MACENKO'S RECOVERY

Mike and family,
I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. You're in my prayers.
Bob Woodroof
Dec. 5, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

Alan,
I initially responded to your 'no comparison' comment because I felt that it was/is an unfair statement. I had read your disclaimer to MM but I interpretted it as applying only to your purported status as the most informed bat person around. I did not get the impression that you were disclaiming your statement about the Ambush v. Dirty part.
That is why I posted my comments.
In your reply to me you insinuated that Kelly Sports is dumping the Dirty line of bats. This was after you stated that 'BSing is not something that you do'. Well, if you aren't BSing about the future of the Dirty bat you must be poorly informed.
In your role as one the leading bat gurus, making statements that are less than correct can't be a long term positive.
I was unaware that Kelly Sports was 'dumping them' so I called Mike Kelly. The current price of $129 is a holiday sale, similar to previous holiday sales that his firm has had over the past few years. He also stated that they zero thoughts of discontinuing the Dirty senior bat.
As I said before, I have no ax to grind in the 'Dirty v. Ambush' debate other than I like to think the posts are accurate. Everyone has an opinion as to which bat works best for them... and rightly so. But because you have placed yourself on such a lofty perch shouldn't you be more forthcoming or better informed (disclaimer or no disclaimer)?
BW
Dec. 4, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

Alan,
You may be a very knowledgable bat guy, as is Mike. There are some other ones as well... Kevin Schullstrom comes to mind.
But you previously stated that there is no comparison between the Dirty and the Ambush... why? because you say so? I recognize that you are involved with the Ambush and that it's impoosible for you to be impartial. But come on... no comparison?
I look at the bats other players swing and I see 3 times as many Dirtys as I see Ambushes. Perhaps in another area it would be closer... I play in the So West.
But I've tried both and, for my money, the Dirty swings better.
Neither of them is my bat of choice because I prefer a shorter barrel... I use the White Combat. I am not involved with bat sales of any type so I am not obligated to any of them. In fact, I have bought bats from you... an Ambush and a White Combat.
Give credit where credit is due. You want to sell bats on this message board, fine. Just don't BS us.
Bob Woodroof
Nov. 10, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Something to consider!

Andy,
Good point about the Cal Cup.
You apparently have a list of 2014 of several different assns. Would you send a copy to me @ awtgroupsc@aol.com?
Thanks,
BW
Nov. 7, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

Birdie:
I was considering having the shoulder replacement procedure as well. Mine was bone on bone, too.
My surgeon suggested that I have a shoulder re-surfacing instead, which I did last November. It involved scraping the joint of all arthritis, honing down the shoulder ball and inserting a metal cap on it. It takes 4-5 months of rehab in order to be prepared to play.
Had there been structural damage (labrum, rotator cuff, etc.) they could have fixed that during the same procedure. There wasn't any.
Should the re-surfacing not totally work out you could still have a replacement.
This has worked well for me but perhaps it won't for others. Still, I'd discuss this possibility before I'd consent to having a replacement.
It wasn't until we ruled out hip re-surfacing that I had replacements.
Speak with your doctor about this option but know that not all surgeons do re-surfacing.
I'd bet that your strength is lacking in and around that joint. This will come back some each month following the surgery.
BW
Oct. 31, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

I wasn't a witness to the issues between the two 40 teams. In speaking with a friend who was very much there it seems as if it was ugly.
I have been present in many 'on the field' skirmishes in my 40+ years of playing softball. When it hits the fan like it did in LV there are usually a few guys who create the problem, a few who exacerbate it and a majority who act as calming influences. Without the latter group these things continue to escalate.
I fully understand that suspensions make sense for the ones that made negative contributions but why would you suspend everyone who was there? Isn't that like 'throwing out the baby with the bath water'?
We also had an incident in LV (4 weeks ago) and without the intervention of 3-4 guys it could have been a real ugly scene. As it turned out, no one was injured and the game resumed. How else does it get back on track? Can the umpires really control it when it gets that far? He definitely couldn't in our game.
I would risk being suspended before I'll watch one of my teammates get 'cheap shotted'... if breaking up a potential fight is truly worthy of a suspension.
BW
Oct. 24, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good umpires / bad umpires

I know who Tommy (Nor Cal) is as he has done several of our games over the past year. He is the gold standard, IMO. Dave Barnes (from LV) is another one.
While they and other good umpires have a lot of commonality, it is my feeling that the number one characterisitc that I take with me is 'attitude'. Two years from now I won't remember their mechanics or their ability to quote the rule book. But I will damn sure remember their attitude.
Were they approachable? Did they seem to react to everything said regardless of to whom it was said? Did they waste time telling us of their many attributes?
I do appreciate hustle and I do appreciate knowledge. But it's their attitude that means the most to me. Both Tommy and Dave have awesome attitudes... in addition to their other qualities.
We actually had a guy call a strike while the ball was 8' in the air. It ended up hitting 6-8" behind the mat (didn't change the call). He actually bragged about this as his way of showing us who was boss. He did know the rules and he did hustle. I hope to never see him ump our game again. This occurred in LV in April.
When you have an attitude like that, what difference does hustle and knowledge make?
BW
Oct. 22, 2013
the wood
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11th defender

Fred, I was replying to the last sentence of the first post and the last sentence of the 2nd post.
BW
I like your way of thinking much better.
BW
Oct. 22, 2013
the wood
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11th defender

In instances where the 11th fielder is allowed, why would we want a rule that requires that he/she must be in the infield?
Wouldn't common sense be enough? ... and/or... wouldn't we prefer to have the discretion of where to place him/her?
BW
Oct. 10, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Sparky:
We played there last week and felt that the top teams in our division were there. The scheduling was done very well and the umpires were pretty good as well.
Las Vegas' climate works against having really nice fields. But I've been playing there for 30+ years and its fields are improving.
I take it that you weren't there.
No, teams do not have to 'win their way in' like they did years ago. I can remember winning our way in (USSSA 'A' World, Petersburg, VA, 1982) and seeing so many teams there that it took us 4 days to complete it. We played on some horseshit fields there. Lee Park had 2 good fields but not the alternative sites.
I cannot argue with your point about SSUSA's 'the more the merrier' comment. You do know that SSUSA is a 'for profit' business?
I would prefer that they reduce the number of teams to the point that we don't play into (or away from) the sun. SSUSA isn't the only senior organization that ignores this issue. Most TDs pretend that they were not aware that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
On what basis would I reduce the number of teams? First come, first served. Quality over quantity for me.
BW
Oct. 4, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

We played @ Sunset Park we well and I saw all of the same things as the others... both positive and negative. I liked the umpires that we had... they were congenial, they hustled, they knew the rules.
I believe that an emphasis on quantity over quality is a mistake. I'm less impressed with the total number of teams than I am with with the product itself. For this reason I would be in favor of limiting it to a finite number. There are only so many available time slots due to the raw numbers and the local league restrictions/needs.
When the umpire has the pitchers sign the waiver forms while hardly anyone can see (early morning sun) it seems like more than an irony to me. It's definitely dangerous when middle infielders and pitchers cannot see, particularly when you throw in the condition of the infields (as Double L 10 stated).
Black out certain times on certain fields and reduce the number of time slots. From this, figure how many teams can enter. The reverse is also true... no one wants to travel to LV and bat facing the early or late sun.
We usually had to qualify for national tourneys years ago and the total number of teams allowed was usually a function of the previously mentioned things.
BW
Sept. 21, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2013 SPA World Series

Thanks, Mel. You, too
Sept. 20, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2013 SPA World Series

It ordinarily takes something like roster or rule violations to file a protest. Amazing.
Mel, I play with Full Circle, a 65 team. Yes, we'll be in LV.
BW
Sept. 20, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2013 SPA World Series

So the underlying issue was that the player in question didn't receive a formal release from his previous SPA team?
I don't want to run this into the ground.. just trying to get a better understanding.
BW
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