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Nov. 16, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR shaggers?

Seems like lots of good suggestions have already been made here. Someone in leadership just needs to pay attention to them and work it out. This ain't rocket science, unless of Einstein is on here somewhere??? lol just kidding Joe.

Anyway here are some really easy solutions that have already been suggested and proven to work:

1) Tournament provides the balls and pays kids to shag them. Bring your grand kids with you and they can maybe make enough money to pay for their trip..... :) Heck when I umpired if you paid me .50 cents a ball for shagging I'd do it between games!!!! LOL

2) Include so many balls in the entry fee and then teams are responsible for shagging them or buying more if they don't want to shag them. Already working in SPA!

3) Tell teams to bring their own balls and just specify what they have to be .44/375 and then brand. Young guys do this all the time. You can still sell more at the tournament in case someone forgot (happens to old people a lot). I'm sure all these reps you have at these tournaments would just love the opportunity to sell more products.....

Take your pick out of any of these options and it should work. You can also mix and match them since there should NOT be lots of HR shagging going on in AA & AAA ball... :)
Nov. 3, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2007 End of Year Observations

Now that we are just about to the end of another great senior softball year how about sharing some reflections about this year?

1) There seems to be lots of parity in senior softball at the national tournament level. This includes East and West of the Mississippi. Anyone can win on any given weekend. That is a good thing!

2) The younger guys coming into the national championship program are top quality players and more important they seem to be top quality people. While I'm not sure senior softball is growing across the board I do think the quality of the teams and players at the national tournament level keeps improving. That is a good thing!

3) SSUSA and SPA are certainly the big dogs in senior softball with the most teams participating in their national programs. Maybe that is a good thing?

4) Senior softball will start again in 2008. And that is certainly a good thing!
Nov. 2, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: results from phoenix?

55 Major+ at Rose Mofford. (Great Weather)

MEN'S 55-MAJOR+

1. MTC Softball Club (CA) - TOC
2. Hollis Appraisal (FL)
3. Premier / RSIG (MI)

Fields were very nice. Parks and Rec folks did an excellent job of keeping fields and facilities clean. Kodos to them for their efforts.

Tournament was run very well so kudos to the directors and UIC's. Games were close to starting on time every day which is always one of my concerns.

Umpires were good so kudos to them as well and thanks to them for taking so much grief and still being professionals. You know all senior softball players are experts on the rules and on seeing the correct call that should have been made :)

No horror stories here! Only little problem I saw was running out of balls and waiting for score boards to be updated. One day we had to pay a kid $1.00 per ball he retrived for us which saved us lots of time and energy. Maybe we can add ball shaggers in the future???? lol
Nov. 2, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: the umps in Phoenix

Only saw the umpires at Rose Mofford and all of them we had were very consistent and friendly, and the ones we had on Sunday were excellent. They didn't miss a call as far as I was concerned. You have lots of plays where someone disagrees with a call but that always happens at the Major and Major+ level. Just the nature of the beast I guess. Very good job gentlemen in green!
Oct. 12, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA - how Not to run a tournament

Einstein I think you give me way too much credit and again while I don't deserve it I do appreciate your kind words. You are one of the reasons I love playing and participating in Senior Softball. You are the best! I hope you are recoverying well and that I will get a chance to see you in Phoniex.

Mike Walker
Oct. 12, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA - how Not to run a tournament

I agree with einstein on some of the suggestions regarding how to speed up a game so everyone can play as many innings as possible. Having run tournaments before I can tell you nothing bothers me more than not keeping game times on schedule!!!!

While again agree with a couple of the things to help speed up the games the real issue in my opinion is what can you do to make sure you are ready for dealing with the following tournament schedule killers. If you as a tournament director are not prepared in advance for these then you are just asking for a train reck to happen.

1) Not being ready to start games first thing in the morning. This one is so often happening these days. Teams either show up late and get a grace period without having that time incorporated into the schedule so you are behind right from the start. As a player I hate it!!! Now your games are behind all day.

2) Umpires not moving games along or telling players to hustle on and off the field. Umpires can control the tempo of a game! I do when I umpire! If an umpire is slow starting the game and slow in moving the along then well the game will be slow and long.

3) Teams need to hustle as much as possible on and off the field. No warm ups and extra pitches between innings. If the Pitcher gets ready and tells his defense to get ready then the batting team will hustle out if not then the batting team takes their time as well.

4) Directors need to stop trying to maximize the number of games they can put on every field. They need to keep a spare field ready and a spare umpire ready to take a game here or there when fields fall behind. I know it is hard to schedule umpires because they all want to work the most games possible and not sit around but this ain't brain surgery and it can be figured out. Spend a couple extra dollars and plan game start times farther apart with breaks so you can stay on schedule. This helps everyone including the umpires who need breaks so they can stay as fresh as possible.

5) Keep plenty of game balls and shaggers available especially in the Major and Major+ divisions. Just look at how much time is wasted waiting for balls to be thrown back in or brought to the field.

I'm tired of typing so I'll stop for now but these are just a few of the ways you can get your games in and keep the tournament ON-TIME...

Mike
Oct. 9, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Master Photos:

Hey Great stuff Bashbro1... You did a great job with taking photos and posting in a creative way....

Mike Walker
Oct. 9, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA 55'S

Congrats to Sportsplex, GSF, Kelly's, Ruth, MTC, Grimes, & Nighthawks on your performances and thanks for making this a great Major+ bracket!!!!

Thank you Joe for all the kind words you used towards me and my teammates with Hollis. While I don't believe mine are deserved I do appreciate your saying so. That means a lot when someone who is as respected in the game as you passes them along. You are a great competitor and one of the best gentlemen in this sport. I hated to see you out of action and by your even playing after getting hit by that shot shows just how tough a guy you really are. I would never want to mess with you buddy!!!

It was a great tournament for seeing the best teams go at it. I really enjoyed the weekend and am looking forward to seeing all of you again in Phoniex.

Joe I sure hope you find out that it ain't broke and that you will be able to play again by then. I enjoy just being on the same field with you and the Kelly boys!!!

See you in Phoniex
Mike Walker
Oct. 8, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: lokking for a 50 an older team in Melbourne Fl

Sorry Scott the correct website address is: http://www.fhcsoftball.org
Oct. 8, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: lokking for a 50 an older team in Melbourne Fl

Hi Scott, try checking out the Florida Half Century website where you will find contact info for the program and they have a list of teams and managers from your area. http://floridahalfcentury.com
Oct. 8, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA 2007

I had the opportunity to play both weekends and it was very clear that the first weekend was a complete mess as far as organization and communications were concerned. Some rumors blamed the lack of organization on turnover in the leadership in LVSSA. What ever the reason it was the most unorganized LVSSA event I have ever attended. Second weekend was better because there weren't as many teams needing to be accommodated.

Teams in the Major+ divisions were the strongest I can remember ever seeing. Great teams, players and even better people. Senior softball is the best to play because the players, coaches and organizers care about the program and each other.

This tournament demonstrates what I believe is an answer to the problems of so few teams in the Major+ division: 1) To many Senior Softball tournaments. 2) High cost of travel and destinations selected for these events. 3) Winning at any cost means everyone thinks they should be playing in a lower division.

In spite of the problems thanks LVSSA for hosting this tournament where the best of the best can get together every year. Special thanks to all the teams who showed up and played their hearts out!!!!!

Mike Walker
July 30, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISA Worlds

Hi Nancy, I agree with your observations regarding the complex being great and the competition being excellent. The size of some divisions is an interesting observation. I think there are a couple of reasons why this is happening:

1) Same weekend as NSA
2) Close to other tournaments i.e. SPA, NSA, USSSA
3) Cost of travel and fees for teams
4) Trend in Senior Softball where there just ain't many teams playing at the Major and Major+ level in any age group.

Jerry Jackson works hard for ISA to support this tournament and I think he would appreciate anyone's comments and suggestions regarding improving the program. He can be reached via email at: jjackson@ntslink.net
July 30, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISA Worlds

50 Major+
1) Hollis Appraisals
2) Butch's Boys??? Sorry if I have the name wrong!
3) Mowtown
4) Randy Smith

Excellent competition and the players are the best people! I enjoyed meeting old friends and making some new ones!

Great tournament run by Jerry Jackson. Best bats and balls with very nice fields. The weather was excellent. I would recommend this tournament to all Senior Softball Teams!!!

Mike Walker
July 6, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MESSAGE POSTING & REMOVAL POLICY REMINDER

I don't mind being editted or censored from time to time if I break the posting rules. No problem with protecting ones property whether it is real or virtual. But I do take acception when such rules of stated for protection are NOT applied equally. Here is what was stated as the rules:

-1- Inappropriate language
-2- Disparaging comments directed toward any individual
-3- Promotion for other senior softball organizations
-4- Advertising for commercial products, services or websites

All well and good about deleting promotions for other non ssusa tournaments so stick to it when you have any tournament that is NOT posted under the ssusa tournaments listings on this website. Delete them all!!!

If disparaging comments directed toward any individual is also a reason then lets read all the comments that call people out, or say other things that aren't what any reasonable person would consider anything less than "Disparaging" so why aren't these deleted?

Seems like as long as it ain't a Miken Rep or similar on here trying to sell a miken product then the anyone can promote their favorite product(s) or even sell these product(s) for them? So I ask where is the equal application of these rules for all?

I'm not promoting letting everyone break these rules I'm just saying the application of them seems a little hypocritical based on the posts that are allowed to remain.

Mike Walker
July 5, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MESSAGE POSTING & REMOVAL POLICY REMINDER

So when you say "will be removed immediately" does that only reference the whole conversation topic or just those replies that include such items as you have listed?

Just wondering since each of the following topics on the first page of this message board listings include such items yet have not been removed?

U2 Handles
Worth Launch 510
Combat Antivirus
Softball Specs
Who would be interested...
rip it reaper

Just asking?
May 31, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maui Tournament - 2007

Mahalo Mike B. for the kind words you expressed towards Ed and I regarding this years trip. I hate to admit it but this years trip was the very best ever. That was mostly due to the great people, like you and Tita, who traveled with us to wonderful Maui, HI

I also agree with you that the locals make the trip so very special for all of us. They really role out the Aloha spirit and make this annual trip more than just about softball. Mike you and your group from the West Coast are the best people and great softball players. Congrats on your team winning the tournament this year. You guys played excellent and were great sports about it.

Next year we plan on making this a World Tournament to include all Masters and Seniors age groups with Women and Co-ed as well. The dates of the tournament will be May 7 - 11, 2008. We will be putting together travel packages soon so anyone and everyone interested can keep up with our plans by visiting our website: http://www.floridassa.com or by calling Ed Rose at: 321-223-9640 for more details.

We hope everyone will mark this down as a must do trip next year? PS - Congrats on winning the first ever Wally Ball event as well... lol

Say hello to Tita from Evelyn and I.

Sincerely,
Mike Walker
April 17, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: With all the controversy over illegal and doctored bats...

Aloha Stones 1B

I agree with your comments related to the single or even double wall bat tournaments. I would rather play with a good ball any day! I too believe supplying the bats is not that big of a deal or even taking bat donations and letting everyone from both teams swing the same bats. I like your discription of your Jan 08 tournament so please email me some details:

tcadmw1@hotmail.com

Sincerely,
Mike Walker
Hollis Appraisals 55+ Florida
March 27, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING NAT'LS - 50 AND 55 MAJOR/MAJOR+ ALERT

Thanks Ron for the feedback. You do a great job behind the plate. It is a thankless job being an umpire. I too hope that SSUSA figures out a better way of bracketing Major+ teams in the future. If not more players will move to other teams and find a way to play down! That is not good for the game or the Association.

Mike Walker
March 26, 2007
tcadmw1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPRING NAT'LS - 50 AND 55 MAJOR/MAJOR+ ALERT

This was not a good way to handle this situation in my opinion. I am not clear what or why SSUSA continues to conclude that combining age groups is the right way to handle having to few teams in the major+ division to play? The logic is hard to understand when all past rules related to this topic were directed towards combining divisions of play not age groups!!!! Many unhappy teams this past weekend at this tournament. Local directors left holding the bag and taking the blame for what appears to be a national office decision. Not good for SSUSA or senior softball in general when these kinds of things happen. I hope your group can figure this out and correct it in the future before teams decide to stay away.

Mike Walker
Sept. 6, 2006
tcadmw1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On the right track

First I think that it is important to point out at some point (and I guess I'm doing that now) that for every idea there is always going to be criticism regardless of the idea. Change always encounters resistance! Having said that I don't agree with calling anyone out over a message board posting unless they talk about your Mama or something. I guess sometimes we let our emotions overtake us when we feel strongly about something. Still this board is not the place for that regardless of who we are or how we feel about a topic!

Anyway, getting to the original topic that started this, I think compromise is always going to be the answer when we talk about asking for changes. So how about some middle ground on this topic? In ISA Fastpitch they allow you to bat upto 11 players with 2 of them being additional hitters (AH). You can also have 2 players who only play defense and don't get to bat. They are called (DEFO) Defense Only. You then have one Base Bandit. So in practice you can have 14 players in the game for one team but only 11 batting. This is similar to what is being discussed here but does not go all the way to having unlimited platooning as it is called here.

Maybe the model above in Fastpitch is more acceptable to everyone and accomplishes the proposed benefits if it is tailored back to a limited number of Hitters and Defense only players in the game at one time? Just a thought.

And my name is Mike Walker and I'll be in Vegas at both the 50's and 55's tournaments if anyone wants to discuss this with me.... haha :-)
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