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Greg Broeckelman

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Colorado Springs, CO

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Men's 65

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Oct. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Membership

I need to renew my card as I'll be 70 next year. Presently the only option online is to renew for one year. Will that be changed the third week in October so one can renew online for five years?
Oct. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO TAKES CARE OF THE FIELDS @ ARROYO GRANDE?

Just the opposite problem at the Shadow Rock fields. Staff did a good job of maintaining the infields, batter's boxes, etc. Food was good and restrooms were okay. However, the grass outfields were terrible. More weeds than grass. The grass was supposed to be the foul line in the outfield but the grass has not been maintained in a straight line so only line of sight could be used. The turf fields were great but the grass fields were bad. Not championship fields. Would suggest they turf the two fields with grass.
Oct. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

Scrap Iron Phiten 65s won AAA. So. Cal Gusto was second and Suburban from Washington was 3rd.
Jan. 23, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

I'm right handed and probably hit up the middle to the right field line 90% of the time. To me, what "softball4b" said doesn't "sound stupid". I used to be a pull hitter in my younger days with adequate power. When I'd go into a hitting funk I'd try to go to right field because I felt it helped me get my eye back on the ball better. I stand back and to the rear of the batter's box and try to wait for a pitch in the middle to the outside of the plate and then wait before swinging. The belly button theory is accurate; similar to playing golf. The ball goes where your belly button points at the end of your swing.

Even though I used to go back to pulling the ball, I finally realized that even though I sacrificed some power, my average was about 200 points higher going to right field so now I'm mostly a right field hitter. For Gary, I never apologize for "bleeders". I just say that makes up for the line drive shot that got caught.
Oct. 22, 2013
Brock
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a new 50 player play in the TOC with a team that has previously qualified?

Andy, I too have voiced exactly what you've suggested now and in the past. Playing in Colorado, none of our Scrap Iron teams are in mid season form in February. Not sure how many more years SS USA is committed to having them in February in Florida but I would not see this changing until it's time for a new contract.
Aug. 9, 2013
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

Hey All, I'm very aware of the process. I worked on getting the Western Nationals to Denver for three years before it happened. I know what their requirements are. When we did land the Western Nationals, Terry was figuring on 50 teams and I was hoping for 100. We had 89. The requirements they have for the Rocky Mountain Championships are less than for the Western Nationals which is the first leg of the Triple Crown. Being a new tournament this year, Terry was figuring about 50 teams for the RM Championships for the first year. For several reasons that I won't enumerate here but Terry knows, I was not that optimistic. We hope to grow it from here because it will be played at the same great complex. Reno and Aurora are different in that the Aurora fields are grass but anyone who has played there would tell you the grass is like a carpet. Unless Terry is willing to accept less for the Western Nationals in the future it probably won't get played there again because the Visit Aurora Tourism Board hasn't found any new money and the Scrap Iron Club doesn't feel we can continue to throw money in the pot to make it happen on a regular basis.

As I've said before, I think teams want two things when they play tournaments. They want good fields and a well run tournament. Last year you got both in Aurora. This year it appears you got one of the two. As long as money means more to SS USA than well maintained fields, we will find out with time what is really important to teams. That's why we hope to grow the RM Championships in future years. Denver is relatively easy to get to and flights are reasonable in comparison. We hope teams attending this year have a good experience so the word spreads.

I'm actually playing with Rusty's in Arizona this year so I'm sure I'll see some of you at the Worlds in Vegas. Because of the Master Collision 60s team I played with the last several years plus a 65 Scrap Iron major team that folded for lack of players, I had a major plus tag and there was no Scrap Iron team at the 65 level above AAA. Then Master Collision folded before they were moved back to major but I had already committed to Rusty's for this year. That's another issue that has been hashed over on this message board a number of times. I'm not going there.
Aug. 7, 2013
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

Curveball, like others, I'm still waiting for the results to be posted. Dave Dowell must be the only person they have that can do this. He needs an assistant so he can catch up!

I think the Colorado Rcckies 55 AA team got second and our 70s major team did bad but I'm not sure how bad. Not sure about the other three.

Aug. 7, 2013
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

Swing, I don't disagree with you. I know CA has way more teams than any other state and you can basically play somewhere close every weekend but with 89 teams last year we had teams from Minnesota and Missouri to Texas, all the West Coast states and states in between. That's what I meant about a "true" Western Nationals. It's supposed to include everyone from the Mississippi River west. Just as you say you're not going to spend the money to go to Colorado or Florida, most teams very far east aren't going to spend the money to attend in CA. This year is a good example. Five teams from Colorado and none from states south, north or east of Colorado. Our Scrap Iron teams have no choice but to travel if they want to play in very many tournaments.

Anyway, as I've said to Terry H several times, when they have the Western Nationals in CA, it looks like another California Cup. Yes, it's financially advantageous for SS USA to have it there but it's not reflective of a cross section of teams west of the Mississippi.

Denver(Aurora) is about as centrally located for the Western Nationals as anywhere west of the Mississippi and as others have said, we used a great 12 field complex where nobody, to my knowledge, complained about the fields. That's why I said what I did. You had a well run tournament but people like to play on well maintained fields also. Remember the chatter last year after the Worlds in Vegas. Some of the fields were terrible. People didn't like that. Will there be bad fields again this year. You bet there will be. Will people complain again? I think you know the answer.

I want to thank all the teams that are coming to Aurora in about ten days. You won't be disappointed in the fields and I'm sure SS USA will do their usual great job in running it.
Aug. 7, 2013
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rocky Mountain Classic

JB Texas -The teams aren't yet posted but I was told this morning that 60AAA will probably be one of the biggest brackets. When there were only about 20 teams signed up there were six 60AAA so I assume there may be more now.
Aug. 6, 2013
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rocky Mountain Classic

I'm not sure how many 60s AAA teams will be there but you'll love the fields. Maybe you attended the Western Nationals there last year at this 12 field complex. I'm guessing the teams will be posted this week. Thanks for coming.
Aug. 6, 2013
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals observations

See post under the other "Western Nationals thread". Sorry about the mix up.
Aug. 6, 2013
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

I posted this under the wrong thread. It should have gone under the "Western Nationals Observations" but the point is the same.
Aug. 6, 2013
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

We'll see what we can do to get the Western Nationals back to the Denver (Aurora) area again next year to the excellent 12 field complex where it was last year. We heard nothing like I see here about the fields. They are some of the best grass fields in the country! To SS USA it's "make a buck". To the teams, they want a well run tournament and great fields. Appears you only got one out of two in Sacramento.

I hope SS USA staff reads this thread! It's not always about the dollars. I tried to impress this fact on the staff last year but it was all about who put the most dollars up for this year.

I realize there are more teams in California but you had 104 teams and almost 4 out of 5 were from California, more than even attended the California Cup by at least 20 to 25 teams. No teams east of Colorado attended this year. How does that make this a true Western Nationals?




Dec. 5, 2012
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

To Allan55 - You're correct that the Western Nationals drew 91 teams at Yolo County in 2011. Aurora drew 89 in 2012 or at least 30 more than SS USA was expecting. The difference was that 68 of the 91 teams or 75% were all from CA in 2011 and most of the rest were from WA and OR with a few Scrap Iron teams from CO whereas Aurora's 89 were spread from all over west of the Mississippi River including about 20 teams from CA, a more representative sample of teams for this tournament.

I wish you the best for the 2013 Western Nationals but I hope it doesn't look like a second California Cup like it did in Yolo County. I realize all teams west of the Mississippi can come to the Western Worlds in CA but the fact of the matter is that Aurora with their 12 field well maintained complex will draw a better representative sample of teams for the Western Nationals than CA will. I think that's what the Western Nationals are supposed to be about. Terry H and I have had this very conversation but the fact of the matter is that Aurora didn't come up with enough money to keep it there in 2013. Hopefully, 2014 will be a different story.
Dec. 5, 2012
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

See above post by me. Like I said "you can do a whole lot worse than coming to the Denver/Aurora area in mid-summer". All teams that came last year were very pleased and it was hot then. Low 90s but there's very little humidity. I figured with the California State Championships and the Western Worlds in CA this summer that we wouldn't be able to expect many CA teams coming back to Denver/Aurora in 2013 so this is a good sign. If you weren't here last year you'll be very pleased if you come in 2013. The weather for playing ball is about as good as anywhere in the country and you'll marvel at the fields in this 12 field complex. Everybody will be playing at the same time on a 12 field complex so no travel to another complex to see your buddies play. The hotels and airport are close. As you can see from other comments here, people loved coming here last year. Welcome and bring your friends.
Nov. 28, 2012
Brock
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Step across the aisleuit the game and go fishin'

In Colorado we have a Saturday Senior Travel League that's been in existence since the 90s. We don't use umpires but have the catcher and first and third base coaches double as umpires. One year in the mid to late 90s we all showed up at the post season tournament to find out that unlimited arc would be used in the tournament. The commissioner at the time was tired of hearing that the catchers/umpires weren't calling the 6 to 12 feet arc rule correctly. One team had a pitcher that could throw it as high as he wanted and have it drop on the mat. Needless to say, that team won the tournament. I play on the same team with that pitcher today and if this rule came back into play, I would definitely want to keep playing with him because I wouldn't want to hit against him.

dMON, you might be onto something here. Beats the heck out of putting a screen on the field.
Nov. 19, 2012
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Charity Golf tournament-Mesa

This is great. Since SS USA, as I understand it, is a recgnized 501 c 3 non profit organization, I've often wondered what organizations they might support. As one who really feels that those of us who have been fortunate in our lifetimes, that it is our duty to help support the less fortunate, especially kids. If we don't support kids now we will in the future except that we might not be happy about how we have to support them later on!!! I'm talking about us, as individuals, not tax money from the government. This is a great way for SS USA to set a good example for everyone associated with Senior Softball. Thank you.

I salute the organization and those who supported this effort this year. I'll try to participate next year if possible. I could not this year since my flight home was Thursday night.


Nov. 19, 2012
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

Just so there is no misunderstanding, I'm the "Scrap Iron veteran" that Surf 88 is referring to because I talked to him in Phoenix last week while playing with Rusty's. What he's saying is true for 2014 but it is my understanding the Western Nationals will be in Sacramento in 2013.

I worked three years to get the Western Nationals in Aurora before it happened so I'm obviously disappointed that it won't be there in 2013. However, the tourism board in Aurora knows what monies they need to raise and our contact for SS USA and myself, has promised to try to find those funds for 2014. Personally, I would like to find a permanent home for the Western Nationals and Terry H has mentioned several times that Aurora has the potential to grow to 140 to 150 teams based on this year's turnout. After all, Aurora is as centrally located for the Western Nationals as anywhere west of the Mississippi River. My concern is how do you assure the tournament staying there when you have to bid or match a bid every year? To me if a tournament will draw 140 to 150 teams versus somewhere that has the high bid but only draws 90 teams or so, that should be the driving force, not who is offering at least the minimum bid. 50% more teams at $550 more than makes up what the additional expenses will be.

My aim is to try to get them back in 2014 but in the meantime, SS USA is planning a new TOC qualifier at the same fields in Aurora called the Rocky Mountain Championships. Our hope is that many of the teams that played in Aurora this year will want to come back to this 12 field, well maintained complex and bring your friends with you. You can do a whole lot worse than coming to the Denver/Aurora area in mid summer. Who knows? maybe the Rocky Mountain Championships can grow but I have my doubts when there must be close to 10 similar type tournaments around the country already but I'm hoping for the best in 2013 and that we have a shot at getting the Western Nationals back in 2014.

Thanks for your support....Greg Broeckelman
Aug. 6, 2012
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Scores for Western Regionals

Scrap Iron Master Collision won 60 major plus, Minnesota Prize won the 65 major, Scrap Iron Phiten won 65 AAA, Nor Cal Reds won 55 major.

On behalf of the City of Aurora, CO and the Scrap Iron Club, I personally want to thank all of the 89 teams for participating. We had 30 + teams more than SS USA expected. Feedback I received at the park from a number of teams was that the fields were great, the weather very tolerable, centrally located and hopes that the Western Nationals will be held in Aurora at these fields again next year. Even though there were water fountains outside the dugouts, most still want water IN the dugouts.

Again, we appreciate your support. Most areas of the western United States were adequately represented which makes the case for having this tournament in a central location.

Greg Broeckelman, SI Master Collision 60s and past president of the SI Club.
Dec. 20, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fortunate

Had a big surprise here in Colorado Springs when I got up this morning. Four inches of snow and all on the level. What a beautiful picture and it wasn't even forecast last night. Ed, you live so high up in elevation that I'm surprised you don't have a nose bleed all winter long. Merry Christmas to all and may your Christmas be white. We're all so fortunate.

Greg Broeckelman
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