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Greg Broeckelman

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Colorado Springs, CO

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Men's 70

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Nov. 13, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Card Renewal

Should have waited one more day. New card came in the mail today.
Nov. 13, 2014
Brock
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

I agree with the majority of you in that On Base Percentage is a very important statistic. In fact I say the most important statistic. Everyone has the opportunity to walk and get on base on an error. Some won't walk and will swing at bad pitches so they don't. NOT GOOD! This is a TEAM game. The truth be known, everyone that has a high on base percentage will usually have a very good batting average plus as several have said, you do away with the argument of whether it was an error or a hit. It's true that if you're on second base and I walk, I won't drive you home but as Tony B said, if you don't have base runners a hit won't drive you home either.

Duke, your Billy Beane example is great. Until the A's got rid of Cespedes, they led the American League in runs scored this year with one of the lowest team batting averages in the league. That's because they walked a lot which led to run scoring innings. Two walks and a home run =s three runs. As the saying goes in baseball and applies in softball also, "walks will kill you", just like errors will.

Stick8, I hope the manager you referred to either changed his thought process or is no longer coaching because that's a good way to bring a team down!

I'm a player, not a manager but if I was a manager, on base percentage is what I would look at. And those people would be at the top of my batting order.
Nov. 13, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Card Renewal

Dave, I renewed mine online on Oct 13th and my profile has been updated that I'm in good standing until Oct 31, 2019. Is mine in your "stuff" for Phoenix also. I'll be there with the Scrap Iron 70 Legacy team at Papago Monday morning.

You must be the busiest person in the office. It seems you have to do everything (:>)) - Greg Broeckelman
Nov. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Fred Purvis

WOW! This is a shock. I played with Fred last year when a couple of us Colorado guys were playing with Rusty's. I remember we shared a rental car with Fred in Reno. We were staying one place and Fred was staying somewhere else and was going to play the weekend. We told Fred we'd just take a cab to the airport the morning we were leaving. He wouldn't hear of it. He said, "I'll be there at 5:00 AM to take you to the airport" and he was. This is just an example of what kind of guy he was. He couldn't hear much but he was always there to compliment you on plays you made and even plays you almost made. He was an amazing individual. May he rest in peace!!

Greg Broeckelman - Scrap Iron Club
Oct. 21, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: online renewal

I renewed online and so my prompts are different now. Even though I haven't yet received my card the website shows my card id now good until Oct 31, 2019. Assuming you have a logon and password established on the Senior Softball website, you should get the prompts to renew your card if your current card expires this year. You will be able to renew for up to and including five years. But you have to be registered on the site.

Oct. 21, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

I would like to address the comments about teams not having the finances to attend the Eastern or Western National tournaments because they're on the coasts.

It's my understanding that the Mississippi River divides west from east. The last two years the Western Nationals have been in the Sacramento, CA area and the Eastern Nationals have been in Raleigh, NC for a number of years now. This year in the Western Nationals, all but a hand full of teams were from the West Coast - CA, OR, WA and BC. There were several Scrap iron teams from Colorado attending but NO teams from south, north or east of Colorado that I remember and there are a lot of teams in this area west of the Mississippi River that won't go to Sacramento but would go to Aurora, CO. Just check where the teams came from in 2012.

In 2012 the Western Nationals were in Aurora, CO. We had 89 teams. I was hoping for 100; Terry H was hoping for 50. Terry made the comment then that the tournament had the capacity to grow to 150 teams. For those of you that played there then or since then you know the fields are great, the weather is nice and there have been no complaints from anyone playing there that I have heard. The Rocky Mountain Championships that started in 2013 had 41 teams which increased to 51 teams this year and we're hoping for at least 60 to 70 in 2015.

Back to the Western Nationals. How do you grow a tournament to 150 teams when you pull the plug the following year because you have a better offer from somewhere else. Terry didn't like me mentioning it being a money situation then so I won't repeat it here but a TRUE western or eastern national tournament should be more centrally located so ALL teams in the region might be able to afford to attend. However, I was told by a SS USA official at the Rocky Mountain Championships this past summer that the Western Nationals will never be in Aurora, CO again. Time will tell.
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.
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