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bernie white

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Northeast, PA

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Men's 55

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July 4, 2014
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northeast Team Ratings

Please do not confuse SSUSA tournaments and ISSA ones. ISSA has absolutely no process to verify rosters from even a previous tournament. No matter what division you play, teams often rated at a division higher in SSUSA decide to play below that level in ISSA so they can dominate. The rating system is not perfect but even if you are a champion at the Holy Grail Manassas Int'l Championship, you can still play at the same level the following year. In essence, ISSA just wants the money and cares not about a level playing field because teams will load up with whom ever they want and come anyway. In SSUSA you play to the level you are at because you dominated at a lower level. Usually there are no surprises when you go to a SSUSA event and the playing field is much more level.
June 24, 2014
bernie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 4th Annual Diamond City Classic is filling up.

Contrary to any rumors, the 4th Annual Diamond City Classic tournament in Wilkes-Barre PA is going strong but the date had to be changed to avoid conflict with another association. 65, 70 and 75 teams will play July 24th and 25th while 50, 55 and 60 teams will play July 26th and 27th. The format we changed to four games in order to accommodate more teams this year and we have added another new field nearby to take on even more teams. We have space for up to 40 teams now and hope to increase the field from the fastest growing tournament in the northeast from 21 last year and 14 the year before. The host hotel, Gus Genetti's Best Western Inn right on the Square in Downtown Wilkes-Barre PA where you will find many restaurants, pubs and entertainment venues along with a huge classic car show on Friday night July 25th. Special discounts to restaurants and pubs will be made available to teams in the team package envelope and we even have our local International League team, the Railriders, a Yankee affiliate, in town for the weekend playing the Pawtucket Red Sox both Friday and Saturday night.
Wilkes-Barre is a 4 hour or less from Delaware, Maryland, New England, New York, New Jersey and most of Pennsylvania. Go onto the tournament page and register your team today so you won't miss out on all the action.
March 28, 2014
bernie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Moving to South Carolina

Vic: Best of luck on your retirement. Bernie W from Stroudsburg.
March 28, 2014
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good Luck Mike S

Best of Luck to you Mike. You will be back on the diamond before the season is over I'm sure. Give me a call if you need any info or encouragement as three of us on Roadhouse are Zipper Club veterans and can give you some good tips to get back better than ever.
March 7, 2014
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PA 50+ League seeks Teams and Players

The Palmer (PA) Veterans Softball league in eastern PA (Lehigh Valley) is seeking at least one team or more for the upcoming season. Games are played Monday to Thursday but the league is proactive to scheduling to suit particular needs of each team. Double Headers begin at 6:00 PM each evening. Players in search of teams will be accommodated with both younger (50+)and older(60+) teams now playing in the league. Each team is allowed up to two players age 47 and up to fill a roster. Two playing divisions assure competitive balance among teams and end of season tournament is also held. Season runs from beginning of May through end of August. For info, look under leagues section of the site or contact me here.
Jan. 13, 2014
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are teams not rated the same in USSA SPA ISSA

The ISSA used to set standards accordingly with others but have become aligned with the ASA National office concerning classifications. The ASA relies on Local Commissioners to provide a class for teams entered in their National Tournaments. Since no local official wants to stand in the way of someone playing, they usually let the teams make the call. The exception is the State of PA where classification is actually scrutinized and teams for the most part play where they belong. As long as there is money to be made, the ISSA is oblivious to real classifications as is apparent when National Tournament winning teams continue to play at the same level year after year.
With the SSUSA tracking players over the past few years, we have a much more fair and equitable tournament field week in and week out. Just wish we wouldn't constantly see the same teams going back and forth between divisions where they sandbag when class is raised, appeal, get reinstated and then dominate at the lower level again and again.
Dec. 21, 2013
bernie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: New Team 50 major PA,NJ,DE,NY

Contact me Bob. I may have a few guys for you. rhblues1@yahoo.com
July 12, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dover Classic Schedules are now posted

Tim: Your email is not working. What is the deal with single elimination on Sunday for 55 AAA division??
July 7, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batting practice

Birchwood Park in Plains PA is home to the Monday night 50+ league. Games start at 5:45 PM.
July 1, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Player Hannington/ Bay State Bombers 55 Bill Curry Dies in Ireland

I got to meet Bill when the Hannington's boys came down to Wilkes-Barre a year ago this past weekend. I got the chance to meet him and all the guys there from my home state (Watertown)there and have to say they were one of the nicest group of players we had the chance to compete against. I do wish to pass along condolences from not only me but all the guys from our Roadhouse Blues 55 team. I know there will be a big hole in the hearts of all his teammates. He will be sorely missed. Bernie White.
June 13, 2013
bernie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Diamond City Classic Count Down

Update June 13, 2013. The 3rd annual Diamond City Classic in Wilkes-Barre PA on June 27-30 has currently doubled in size over last year. The field now stands at 26 teams in age groups of 50 -70. Because of the sudden explosion in interest, we have secured an additional nearby Softball Complex to help us handle the overflow for either the 50 or 60 divisions. It is only 25 minutes from Downtown Wilkes-Barre.

In doing so, we have additional spots available to handle teams from our region and nearby. We have extended our deadline to enter back to Wednesday June 19 for 65 and 70 teams and Friday June 21 for 50, 55 and 60 teams.

With eight 65 and 70 teams we have room to add another four for Thursday June 27th and Friday June 28th play. In the 50 55 and 60 divisions, currently 18 teams are committed with room for another six in all divisions.

If you are already entered, we welcome you to beautiful Northeast Pennsylvania to play in the fastest growing and only SS-USA event in PA. If your team is not entered yet, call your sponsors, managers and players to get in this fast growing tournament. You can enter online with SS-USA or email me at; rhblues1@yahoo.com or phone to (570) 236-3319. Hope to see you all here soon.

June 4, 2013
bernie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Diamond City Classic Count Down

The Third Annual Diamond City Classic Tournament in Wilkes-Barre PA if filling up rapidly. Over 22 teams are entered and with a few new fields becoming available, we will be able to expand the field from last year. The tournament in held Thursday June 27 and Friday June 28 for 65, 70 and 75 divisions. Saturday June 29 and Sunday June 30 will showcase the 50, 55 and 60 divisions. Contact the Sacramento office or the tournament director, Bernie White at (570) 236-3319 or at rhblues1@yahoo.com to enter. Deadline is June 23. Please see flyer on the Tournaments segment of this site. Hope to see you all at this years expanding event.
Feb. 22, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Over 45 Softball Players and Teams Wanted


Palmer Veterans Senior softball is looking for teams or players over 45 interested in joining our Easton PA 45 and over, formerly over 50, softball league. The league is headed by John Dinunzi(610)659-6728 and he is available for contact by those with any interst or look under leagues section here under the Pennsylvania header. The League is expanding to include 45+ players and teams to increase competition. League play begins May 3rd and scheduling is progressive to meet the needs of each team. Contact Bernie White also with questions at 570-236-3319.
Feb. 20, 2013
bernie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: PENNSYLVANIA PLAYER LOOKING TO PLAY TOURNAMENTS

Kenny: Did you and the HOF coach part ways? Hope you hooked up with that 65 guy.
Feb. 15, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Really wide and/or comfortable cleats

I have a 4E width foot and have been wearing Boombah Turf Shoes now for eight years. Absolutely the mot comfortable show I ever wore. The new rage shoes, both turf and trail all shoud be odrdered a 1/2 size up for maximum comfort. Just giving you my personal experience.
You should try a pair before having custom shoes made up. They are priced really reasonable and come in a variety of colors and styles. Check 'em out.
Jan. 25, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new softballs

In Pennsylvania, the ASA used the 52/300 ball for all the senior state tournaments last year. The ball was implemented to negate the effects bat doctors work. It is the reason ASA bats now are a little hotter than before because the ball more than makes up for the increase in performance.

With senior bats though, a lot of fly balls that were easily out of the park with the 44/375 ball, only flew to the 290-330 foot mark. It turned into a warning track ball. Another problem is that because the 52/300 is actually HARDER than the 44/375 ball, I saw four instances where a pop-up to shallow outfield actually bounced so high upon hitting the ground, that the ss-2b fielders over ran the ball as it bounced over their heads back toward the infield. Infielders, wear a mouth piece because this ball does screwy things on a less than perfect infield. Any ball not hit square becomes a pop-up or a ground ball.
Jan. 12, 2013
bernie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 1st State Classic

We are in Joe. 55AAA, Roadhouse Blues.
Jan. 12, 2013
bernie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

Being that statics play a large part in how we determine success in this sport over time, many fctors play out in choosing a lead-off hitter.

On Base Percentage is probably a top priorty along with natural speed, ability to hit to all fields, base-running smarts and a natural ability to step up in big situations.

Given that the lead off spot in the order would always have the most AB opportunities over a season, why wouldn't you put that "lead-off" hitter in the number one spot vs 12, 13, or higher where he can maximize his opportunities.

Having a good hitter on the bottom of the order is of importance to set the stage for the top, but certainly not your best hitter. The only scenario I could see is if that hitter has no "wheels" forcing him to limp to first and foregoing extra base hits. Then it may make sense to some.
Jan. 12, 2013
bernie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for league or tournament

Budda: I play in a local league in the W/B area. Email me and I can be of help to you. rhblues1@yahoo.com
Jan. 1, 2013
bernie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 2013 AAA Florida Team Looking for Players

Rick: This guy is a true five tool player. Wish he didn't have a hankering for warm weather or he probably would be the centerpiece of our 50+ team. By the way Hank, it's 18 degrees and dark in PA.
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