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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
Sept. 20, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2013 SPA World Series

Lemons:
I changed threads to avoid highjacking the other one.
First of all, no need for the formalities, Mr Woodroof died in 1962. :-)
I still do not understand the basis for the Dayton team's potential protest. If I protested every time that I played against someone that pissed me off I'd be out a lot of protest fees.
If I fully comprehended your post, the Dayton team had an issue with one of your players in an entirely different tourney and a different association. If I stated this correctly there it should have been a non-issue in SPA. I say this because Ridge has told me on more than one occasion that what happens in one assoc is irrelevant to another. He went on to use the analogy that 'if I was guilty of shoplifting in WalMart Target could not keep me out its stores'. He told me this in 2000 and again in 2007 (two separate incidents that had occurred).
Now I don't care if this is legally accurate or not because I'm only conveying what Ridge thought (as told to me).
Did I miss something germaine?
Bob
Sept. 20, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Congratulations To 65 Scrap Iron Phiten at SPA Worlds

Lemons:
What would have been the basis of the protest? SPA rosters can be changed prior to the event. Did US Jobs have too many M+ guys or what?
BW
Sept. 19, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Schedule

Dave, this is in line with what the other senior assns used to charge. Most of them are now defunct.
What seems worse to me are the regonal qualifiers such as Spring World, Cal Cup, Western Natls, etc. They cost $525+ and we have no one to play... but it takes 3 days to do it.
The exception to this, IMO, was the Southwestern Championship that was held in LV. We had a FL team here to play. Of course, I'm only speaking for the division that our team plays.
BW
Sept. 16, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sliding on Turf - Big League Dreams Fields

The infields are indeed turf @ BLD. From what I've seen you'll most likely want to slide later because the turf has more friction and slows your slide down a bit. It is fairly soft though... but the guys who live in LV can probably offer a more definitive answer.
BW
Sept. 15, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

Dave is the best in the business when it comes to creating draws/brackets. He gets it. IMO, this is clearly one of SSUSA's strengths.
Too many other guys have us coming back to the field all day long. What don't they understand about 'we don't want to warm up 3-4 times in the same day'? Not to mention that some teams do not get to LV that often and Dave's draws allow them to spend some 'off the field' time.
Dave definitely gets it. When it's all said and done he'll arrange it so that we get in and get out. Then another division can come in and do the same. (we = all teams, to the extent possible)
Why is this so hard for others to grasp? If they had 800 teams in LV Dave would still do it correctly... it would just take him longer. I know that the total LV fields do not allow for 800 team time slots... it was a hypothetical comment.
BW
Sept. 10, 2013
the wood
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Tate22:
It is my understanding that the Rock MUST be used in the pending event in LV. Not because of popular demand but due to the merger/acquisition terms when SSUSA and LVSSA became one.
I do not recall how long this will/must be (# of years after this).
Personally, I like neither extreme... balls that are too lively and/or balls that are 'decompressed' in the heat.
Having a ball that is fairly consistent throughout the year (i.e. weather) would be more to my liking.

Safety? That isn't even on the table. Why it isn't is because, IMO, safety doesn't sell bats and it doesn't go far (over the fence). MD, no point in re-stating all of the properties of the 52/300 ball... not to me anyway. I understand where it would help as much as why it won't.

BW
Sept. 3, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re: USA National Game Teams

Omar,
The same was/is true for us... we went to Cal Cup & could have just as easily gone to the WN (in lieu of Cal Cup).

Taits, the TOC is as irrelevant as the EN/WN events. Perhaps more so. It isn't the 3 months as much as it's the time of year (read = WINTER). In addition, your team may not have many of the guys who qualified with you.
Calling it TOC or EN or WN is easily done. Making it a real meaningful event seems to be much tougher.
BW
Sept. 3, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re: USA National Game Teams

Sweet P:
I couldn't agree with you more. This weak gesture should have been made long before teams determined their schedule. I won't even speculate as to who is behind this.
Why not award the MLB World Series home field advantage to the team that plays an exhibition game in Sacramento? Equally weak.
I'm sure that you'd like to make the Eastern and Western Nationals relevant but it will take more than this.
BW

Sept. 2, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Official Retirement

Sparky, has anyone alerted the media yet? BW
Aug. 20, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SPA HOF

Congratulations to Audie for being inducted into the Senior Softball HOF. I've known Audie for 6 years or so and find him to be one of the really, really good guys. It's never about him, it's always about the game or about his team (as opposed to himself).
I've served with him on committees and he was always pleasant, straighforward and knowledgeable. In addition he had a very clear idea of what it was that we were trying to achieve.
I can think of no one more deserving.
BW
Aug. 6, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Championships 2013 updates

I stand corrected. Perhaps that is why there were no HRs hit (the lower starting point).
BW
Aug. 5, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Championships 2013 updates

LL, I was referring to the CalCup last month. We/I weren't @ the West natls. BW
Aug. 5, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Championships 2013 updates

There were zero HRs hit in our division
Aug. 5, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Championships 2013 updates

Swing, when a Stote 44/375 is used in 90 degree heat it is really a 44/285. We played in the Cal Cup last month when it was 95 so we were using a 44/260 ball (in essence).
I'm not a ball salesman but, given a choice, I'd prefer a 52/300 over a down graded Stote.
But a Rock is a better choice yet.
BW
Aug. 5, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Championships 2013 updates

Swing,
If your only two choices were a 52/300 and a 44/285, which ball would you prefer to hit?
Obviously, we are speaking hypothetically here. Therefore, brands are not important.
So which would you prefer?
BW
Aug. 1, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

Tim,
I thought that I did spell out the era that I was talking about by saying 30-35 years ago. Since this is now 2013, subtracting 30 and 35 from it would put us in the year 1978 to 1983.
More than 'very few' hit HRs during that span. But, as I said, there was a clear distinction between table setters and power hitters. Of the guys now playing senior ball (bear in mind I'm not talking about the 50 division) only a handful were deemed power hitters years ago.
I'm guessing that you're 12-13 years younger than me so our areas were different.
BW
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