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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
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
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