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Bobby K

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Feb. 1, 2009
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any 60 Major's going to Mesquite

So. Cal Braves will be there.
June 13, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Announces Major-Plus Task Force

To Major + Taskforce: There seems to be strong opposition to limiting hom runs. I to am not an advocant of liming the amount of home runs at the major skill levels. Now having said that, I suggest, as a possible compromise, that the piching height and low minimum heights be adjusted: Maximum height to 14'------low minimum to a slight ark. Appreciate your comments. Bobby K.
Feb. 4, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to Start a Major/Major+ Circuit

Hi Mike & all: On previous postings, I have sugested that a slight modification of the pitching arch might be a partial answer to the home run controversy. Progressively increasing the pitching height and lowering the illegal low pitch requirement will offer a greater challenge to hitting home runs. Also strict enforcement of the batters box rule will also help. Your thoughts?
Jan. 31, 2008
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Topic: Associations
Discussion: 2008 National Senior Softball Summit

Hi Fred & all concerned: The intent of the DBO rule is, in my view, attempt to increase awareness of the importance of safety and that there are consequences. Once the hitters accept and adjust to the DBO rule, it will have little to no impact on game outcome. The rule should apply to all divisions and skill levels however. I'm not in favor of home run limits at any age or skill levels. Yet at the higher skill level perhaps consideration could be given to increasing hitting difficullty by progressively increasing the pitching height and an adjustment of the illegal low pitch along with stricter enforcement of the hitter in the batters box rule ie. both feet in the box at all times. Welcome comment and thoughts.
Jan. 24, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule changes - where are all the Major Plus players opinions?

Hi Trumpball: You made the comment that many winning teams are reluctant to move-up in class because they feel they cannot compete/win at the higher skill level. Therefore, they opt to break-up and regroup. You also stated that a dominate major+ team has nowhere to go. I'm suggesting that the dominate Major+ team could play down in age the help the competitive inbalance that so many teams seem to fear.Example: 65 major+ plays 60 Major/Major+. Your thoughts?
Jan. 24, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rule changes - where are all the Major Plus players opinions?

Hi Trumpball & all concerned: Has anyone given any thought to dominant major+ teams playing dowm an age group or two for the purpose of increasing competitive balance? Any thoughts?
Jan. 13, 2008
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What Would You Change - Have More Teams at Tournaments to Fill the Divisions

Hi All: Well established Major+ teams, epecially those that are heavily sponsored will continue to always dominate. Perhaps the associations should consider shrinking the geographic territory rather than expanding it. By doing so, Big money becomes less of a factor which helps more teams and more players to compete at that level. If we only could put our personal egoes asside for a moment to consider what is good for the game. Any thoughts? Bobby K
Jan. 13, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What Would You Change in Senior Softball-Part II

Hi cpope: In general, umpires that conduct themselves the way you described, should and are relieved from umpiring duties. We all have a responsibility to conduct ourselves honorably at all time. Players and umpires that have a "chip on their shoulder" attidude, sour the game. Personal confrontation has no place in senior softball. RESPECT!! Appreciate your comments. Bobby K
Jan. 10, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What Would You Change in Senior Softball-Part II

Hi cpopo: Some of us that umpire take issue with your comment that its"all about the money". When everyone [players,managers,umpires] do their PART, almost all games will go a full 7 innings well within the current time limits. For me, it's not about the money although it is nice to get paid for doing what I would probably do for free. Bobby K
Jan. 8, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What would you change in Senior Softball?

Hi All: There is rarely a good reason for games to end in less that 7 innings.However. 3 basic things need to happen 1] player hustle 2] team organization re: CR etc 3] umpire controll. Regarding the 1-1 count and increasing the mat size, both will quicken the pace of the game and also save considerable down time. Will also help balance offence/defence. Your thoughts!
Jan. 7, 2008
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What would you change in Senior Softball?

Hi all: A few sugestions: 1] Start with a 1-1 count; 2] Increase the mat size 2-3"; 3] eleminate the low illegal pitch in major & major+[ if the pitch hits the mat/plate, it's a strike. 4] 7 runs per inning; 5] a standard core/compression/size softball; 6] flexible regional rule to accommodate players that have nowhere to play within their regio Wlecome your comments. Bobby K
Dec. 26, 2007
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Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: when managers picks all-tournment players

einstein: I agree with you when you stated that"Defense" not "Offense" is how you win championships" but it is not a GIVEN, not in senior softball. When a team loses all to often the reason stated is that the team just didn't hit. It is a rarity when a losing team player will acknowledge that their defense gave up more runs than they could score themselves. Consistently good defensive teams are almost always in a position to win and it all starts with with a consistently good defensive pitcher. Our Top Gun pitcher, Tmi Taylor, was awarded co-defensive player of the year in recognition for his contribution to the team success in 2007. Bobby K.
Dec. 9, 2007
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IT APPEARS THAT SOME SENIORS HAVE NO RULES.

Hi Wagon: I like your thinking. Eleminating use of senior bats could be a major problem, but perhaps a standard low performance ball would be more acceptable. Your thoughts. Bobby K
Dec. 9, 2007
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IT APPEARS THAT SOME SENIORS HAVE NO RULES.

Hi Stoneman, Jim 16 & all concerned players: At the root of the problems identified by you is the selfish attitudes by a few players and managers to find a competitive edge by stretching the current rules and/or by egnoring the rules completly.If this attitude is allowed to pervail, it will continue to grow. If we do nothing to help protect our game than who will. The challenge is finding solutions. What is it that we want the Nat,l Assoc. to do to correct these problems? Your thoughts. Bobby K.
Dec. 8, 2007
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Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a senior team in Claifornia to join

Hi Serge: Are you looking to play on a tournament team, recreation ball or both? Perhaps I can help> E-mail me @ BobKap7@aol.com.
Dec. 7, 2007
Hotcorner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: moving up

Hi Mike& all concerned players: The addition of a players rating program could work something like this. At the time a team enters any quailafying tourmant, along with a roster of players, the manager would also submit a data sheet on each player. The data form would include players primary playing position, any special health info, and a grade point average based upon the managers assesment of the players skill level. There could be other info requests also. The sum of the GPA is divided by the total # of players. The average of the GPA is the starting point to determine the skill level within a given are group. This info along with all other statistical data will help clarify justification for questionable team ratings. Welcome your input and thoughts. Bobby K
Dec. 7, 2007
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: moving up

Hi Mike & all concerned: Recently spoke with a SSUSA official re: the current method of rating teams and offered my sugestion of incorporating a player rating into the current system. The response was the assoc. does not have the manpower to undertake such a large project. I suggest applying the player rating system in the age groups and divisions where there are the most and ongoing rating problems. Perhaps initiate the system at 55 major/major+, then refine and expand to other troubled divisions. I suggest that all concerned players write to the Nat'l Associations to include this topic in the upcoming Summit meetings. Any thoughts on how it can work? Bobby K
Dec. 4, 2007
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: moving up

Hi all: We all recognize that there are problems with the current ratings system and procedures. I offer a possible solution for consideration by the Rating committee. Rather than rate a teams skill level exclusively by wins/losses and run differencials, perhaps there should be a rating points system team players. The teams with the highest accumulative points play at thie highest level{major+]. It will take some work and some time to work-out the glitches, but will help eleminate some of the subject judments. Recreation leagues have good success with this style of rating system. Your thoughts anyone? Bobby K
Dec. 4, 2007
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: moving up

Hi Don&Mike: The first priority for playing senior softball at any skill level is having FUN, the discription of which is open to personal enterpretation. Too many of us equate fun=winning when the grass roots focus of enjoyment should be in the process of playing the "Game." I personaly am very grateful for the opportunity to play at the major+ skill level and I fully expect the Top Gun 65 team to take it's lumps next year. Having won 3 world championships this year has earned us the a promotion to major+. However, the Nat'l Rating Committee and Associations need to devise a meaningful system of rewards/benefits for successful teams that are promoted especially when promoted to major and major+. Not enough teams stay together. How can we change this? Bobby K
Dec. 1, 2007
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Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: moving up

Hi Mike: As stated by Terry Hennessy in a recent letter, "the first priorty of the National Rating Committee is protecting the teams in a skill division."Teams must not be too strong to remain in a division or rating level. The 10 Nat'l softball associations agree that teams that win 1st place in any of the 10 Nat'l Assoc. final championships are moved-up for the next season.Overwhelmingly, team managers and players view this promotion as a penalty: a curse to be avoided thru the rating appeal process. I'm suggesting a new system of rewards an benefits ie; cost savings, tangible individual rewards etc. The new rewards/benefits system, if structured properly, will serve to motivate teams and players to improve their on-field performances, to strive to be champions at the highest level possible. I personally am looking forward to 2008 a major+. Bobby K
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