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Aug. 16, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Aurora LostCooler

Dave, we found with several new Trump Stotes in it... would this be yours? (:p
BW
May 31, 2014
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Softballs

There are 4 different balls that are approved by SSUSA. Three of them look alike other than two of them have additional logo stamps on them (those two are the Texas and Florida Half Century balls). The 4th ball is the ISA ball and it is a slightly different color and it does not have the SSUSA stamp on it. This ball seems to perform a little better (maybe 5%) than the other three.
Is there anyone out there that really believes that putting a THC or FHC stamp on a ball makes it better? I ask because we were accused of using better balls than our opponent in LV. We used both the standard SSUSA and the THC Balls against them.
We've tested those 2 balls along with the ISA ball over the past 2-3 weeks and have found that only the ISA ball offers any type of advantage. We did not have any FHC balls or we would have included them in our field testing.
We were told by SSUSA that we could use either of the 4 balls in Reno but this changed when we began play. Only the standard SSUSA ball could be used unless both managers agreed otherwise. I had no problem with this because there would have been controversies throughout the event.
While we would prefer to use the ISA ball, I personally feel that it does offer an advantage and not every team has them. We would not want to use a superior ball any more than we would use an Ultra 1 when other teams are using double wall bats.
Bob Woodroof
May 1, 2014
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: We have lost another great person

I've known Jim for 10 years or so and have always had a great deal of respect for him... both as a player and a person.
Whether his team was 20 up, tied or 20 down Jim was always the same guy... intensely competitive but extremely affable. I find this to be a rare combination.
He will definitely be missed.
Bob Woodroof
April 30, 2014
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ROLL CALL FOR "ROCK N RENO"

Full Circle 65 M+ will be there.
BW
April 28, 2014
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Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championship results

Thanks, LL.
Coming from you that is high praise indeed...
BW
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
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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
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