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Jan. 7, 2009
CAT
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Championship team looking for a Championship Player(s)

We are looking for a player(s) that can help us move into the 55 Major level with the continuation of our winning ways. Very well established team that have won several Nationals and Worlds at the AA and AAA level. Defensive versitility with excellent hitting skills preferred. We attempt to stress friendships and family orientations during our travels as well as playing. We are OHIO based. For further information, please email me with your information at funinsun333@yahoo.com......thank you.....
Nov. 23, 2008
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Is the TOC a true TOCs ???

What the SSUSA has done to inspire teams to pursue the ultimate win in the TOC is commendable. However, is it a true TOC? I understand the $$$ issues for these organizations, but why cannot they be put aside &possibly share a piece of the pie by allowing the other(such as ISF,ISSA,LVSSA, ASA, USSSA.ASA, NSA, etc) to participate. Then we truly have a champion.Over tha past few years, rings were throw out to winners of small bracket tournaments. This eventually took the flavor out of winning.However, it would be MUCH more meaningful to have a champ of real CHAMPIONS !!
Nov. 17, 2008
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Natl's in Fl.

We had that "halo" call made against us in Phoenix and it knocked us right out of the finals in the winners bracket....With this call being highly judgemental, the controversy will NEVER end...My feeling is that there should be a verbal warning to the hitter and as well noted.The notices could be kept on an card such as the score card and exchanged to the TD after every game..Then if the player does it for a second offense, it would be an automatic out....and the 3rd. or 4th. time, a game suspension. I know there is a little work involved, but the fees that we pay could warant the issue....I do not think that the majority of us are good enough to maliciously try to hurt someone....at least I hope they don't.Most of us have to go to work at the beginning of the week to provide and income.
Nov. 11, 2008
CAT
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fort Myers - Men's 55+ Major Division

I do not feel that the Major division had to move to Naples.. The teams that I know that are playing in the Majors could have quite comfortably played in the Ft. Myers are of Cape Coral or Lee County. I do not know of any true power homerun teams in this divison that requires the 325 fence.The last minute notice of moving up our team created a huge inconvenience and expense to us. Plus, it takes us away from the main venues of the tournament and does not allow us to meet up with our friends from the other teams.Looking at the times for the AAA and AA, it appears that their finish times in the late morning could have accommodated another division. If you are going to factor in late starts for the entire divison, it should have been known far enough in advance for all teams to make arrangements. I know that it is about $$$$ and SSUSA promising revenue to the community. But many times it is at the expense and inconvenience of the teams which makes up the backbone of your organization.
Oct. 28, 2008
CAT
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: dead ball out

The "dead ball out" probably cost our team a chance to go to the finals in the winner's bracket. All of the umpires can NOT be on the same page with this type of ruling - too, too judgemental, It affected many teams, other than ours, in Phoenix this past weekend. I, as many other ball players, like using the high powered bats, but when we start changing the basis concept and rules of sofball, something else needs to be done.
Oct. 6, 2008
CAT
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Lookin to play 60AAA in Ft. Myers

Turning 60 next year (yes, difficult to get out of my mouth !) and would like to hop on a team. LIve in Ohio. can be reached at: funinsun333@yahoo.com..thanks.
Aug. 8, 2008
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pruitt chevrolet player

If someone from SSUSA wants to contact me, I can give you our best price for an AED... I sell a few and feel that every tourn. should have an AED on hand. It seems that more and more players are falling to this dreaful disease....
June 14, 2008
CAT
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

If any of you guys need a player, this is the guy to pick up. He has more heart, desire, and ability then men twice his size. A very good OF and hitter...Wish he were a few years older....we would pick him up !!
May 28, 2008
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bob Chapp -Qualifying tournament for the Senior Softball World Championships

As always, I was really saddened when I heard that someone from the Lansing tourn. had passed away while playing. But when I just read that it was Bob, I was totally devasted. Bob not only was truly a fierce competitor but also would be a kind, gentle friend. I know that I am one of many, many others that have had the opportunity to have played with him .It was just an honor to have been able to be on the same field with him. I strongly believe that there should be a moment of silence for Bob at the Midwest Nationals. Another fallen hero of the game has left us. We must remember how precious is life amd enjoy every game that God allows us to play. My sincere sympathy to the family.....Larry.
Dec. 15, 2007
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A wish list for Santa.......

this is the time of year to make out your list for Santa...I will start by asking him that I would like a bat that meets the specs of ALL of the organizations, has some pop, and sold at a reasonable, warranty price !!!!
Nov. 18, 2007
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Bring back 3 game Round Robins !!??

I believe that the organizations need to bring back the three game RRs. Sure, SSUSA gives you five total games, if you loose the first two games in the tourn., they then give you the extra game. However, by playing the 3 RR games before the double elim., it gives everyone an opportunity to get some games in before the start of the tourn. I have been reading the message board for the past few years and I have seen more and more disgrunted players than ever before. I feel that it is because they are not getting enough playing time. And please do not use the excuse that the addtional game tires you out. We all should be in good enough shape to play or you should consider the subservient role of coaching bases.
Oct. 26, 2007
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Midwest and Midwest Metro

The other thing that I found in Indy and gave me a heads up with other tourns .......and that is the Indy softball organization gave you a list of host hotels that are with you packet but they failed to tell you that there is a 10% mark-up to each room, each day that goes to their club. It is expensive enough for traveling expenses, tourn. fees, etc. to also have to pay an increase for hotels. So I suggest that whomever is scheduling your rooms for away tourns., to check and see if there is a mark-up that goes to the TD or their organization.
Oct. 23, 2007
CAT
Topic: Insurance
Discussion: Health Insurance......

Thanks Southpaw 55. I have tried them, but due to my athletic injuries, especially from softball, they find me pretty much uninsurable. When we were in Vegas two years ago for the SSUSA Worlds, our team had to play 15 game in four days, and that took a toll on my back which now most companies do not want to insure me. But thanks for taking the time to offer me some good info.....
Oct. 22, 2007
CAT
Topic: Insurance
Discussion: Health Insurance......

Does anyone have any good suggestons and directions as to where to go for individual health insurance ? I am loosing my COBRA coverage next month. IT seems that Insurance companies would much prefer to insure "Couch Potatoes" than senior athletes who strive to stay fit.. Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated....
Oct. 15, 2007
CAT
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix tournament

That is a good point 2121.. In the past you are correct with 2 RR games and then the National championship. We would use the RR games as a warm-up and preparation for the National game. It was very difficult for us to find practice fields and that is why it was so nice to have a few games under our belt before the National game was played...I really think that teams need to speak up and make certain things are done correctly...More enty fees and less games ???!!!!
Oct. 11, 2007
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NO National Champion Game in Phoenix

Mike........what they have done in the past, was to give you the win. And for the game, they would comprise an All-Star team from all of the other teams to play you. No HR rule or max. HRs. It was fun for all and a challenge for both sides to try to win the game. It really prepared you for the World tourn......
Oct. 5, 2007
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Loose tooth !!!!

Remember when you were a kid and had a loose tooth. You kept playing around with it.....the more it hurt, the more you aggravated it, until it came out. The issues with Gary and the others is like a loose tooth. If you saw Gary in a crowd or line-up you would never be able to pick him out. I have played against him a few time and observed his presence on a local. From what I have seen, he was always quite and respectful. I think that he enjoys \"stirring up the pot\" and everyone plays into it like the loose tooth. Gary has a respectful job and I am certain that he amusement with the messge board, makes his day go by much quicker. I do not reply to too many resonses but there IS a redundancy of many and also many personal comments that should be taking up on personal emails. SSUSA has done a good deed by presenting us all with the message board, and please kids, let\'s try to make it a useful and fun tool. Sooner or later the loose tooth (or teeth) gets pulled and we have our permanent set. Let\'s all try to be a lot more positive but realize that venting is also good for our health.......just don\'t take life too serious, we are never going to come out of it alive.......Larry 33......
Oct. 2, 2007
CAT
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results from Vegas?

The city location for the tourn. is great but that is where it stops for me. I decided after last year to not take a team back. For the fees, the fields were deplorable. We also, lost our first game of the double elim. for an umpire threatening to kick our #4 hitter out of the entire tourn. for having the incorrect color shirt on. We had to take a out, lose the RBI from the hitter and ended up losing by one run. Too far to travel for the inexcusable crap. The games should be decided between the lines and NOT by insignificant calls by the umpire. I am sorry to hear about the other players dissatifactions, but I am not surprised. Congratulations to those that endured and did win....
Sept. 18, 2007
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Rich Nicodemus

When we came down from Ohio and Indiana this year for the NSA Worlds, Rich was spoken highly by his peers. Every time a player passes on, it should be a reminder to all of us that life is short and there should be much more to the game than winning. My condolences to his family and team.
Sept. 6, 2007
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Jerry Lestardo passing

Even though we compete against one another and don't always know or remember names, it still feels like family when someone in the senior softball community passes away. Makes us all realize how short and precious life can be. My deepest condolences to you, your players and the family.
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