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Greg Broeckelman

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Colorado Springs, CO

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Men's 70

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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
Dec. 16, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fortunate

Now this is a refreshing thread after all of the courtesy runner and bat discussion.

I attended a retirement luncheon where I used to work this past Wednesday and after hearing all of the ailments being suffered by others and other people we know, I feel very fortunate. Here I am at 66 years old playing on two very competitive 60 and 65 senior tournament teams in good health with really no physical ailments that hinder my play either.

I'm glad I heard about senior softball shortly after I turned 50 because I thought I was going to have to give it up. Now we can be a rookie every five years. Life is good and I also thank the senior associations for giving us the opportunity to continue doing what we all love to do. Thanks for starting this thread, Steve, and thank you, my LORD, for watching over me and the rest of us so we can continue doing this for some time to come.
Dec. 15, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CR

Gary 19, he doesn't have to quit. he can still AH and be a CR. Unless his arm is completely gone, he could probably pitch if he has that aptitude or catch or possibly play first base also.

If it's not a "strategy" then why when a guy runs that probably should have had a CR is thrown out at home by a half step do you hear someone say "we should have put in a pinch runner"(CR). Sounds like "strategy" to me.
Dec. 15, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CR

Correction. See second post above on the rules meeting from SS USA concerning courtesy runners.
Dec. 15, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CR

I can't believe this. One thread is closed and the next day another starts on courtesy runners. This was discussed at the recent meeting in Florida and was decided to leave as is. See first post from SS USA.

As several have mentioned here, it's just another strategy to help win a game. I play on two teams and am the base running coach on one of them. I'm also one of the runners but if I'm on second base in the last inning as the tieing or winning run and I know there's someone on the bench faster than I who has not yet run that inning, I'll call for a pinch runner for me. I know we all do this to have fun but winning is more fun than losing and I've always said there are three elements to this game - offense, defense and base running. Why would anyone want to disallow one of the three strategies of the game?

One of my teammates has posted on this before and was planning to get a knee replacement in the off season but will probably not have it done now. In the Winter Worlds in Las Vegas in the first inning of the first game, his cleats caught in the turf and down he went injuring his shoulder and he was finished for the tournament. Yes, it could have happened to anyone but don't tell me his bad knee had nothing to do with it. Some would suggest he should be playing AA or AAA if he can't run for himself at the major/major+ level. The truth be known, he would be laughed out of AA/AAA because he is that good of a hitter with power. Does this mean he shouldn't play? I don't think so. John (Goforit) I hope you see this. I know you commented on an earlier thread but by the time I saw it it was closed. Here's another opportunity.

I don't get on the message board that often but enough is enough! Greg Broeckelman, Scrap Iron Master Collision 60s and Scrap Iron Redux 65s
Dec. 7, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Roster addition question

Just throwing my two cents in that the TOC should be played in Nov/Dec in the same year as qualified, not the following year. Many feel this way but in discussing with SS USA, it definitely won't happen until their contract in Florida expires and I'm not sure how many years that might be. I suggested the TOC after the Worlds in November and then they could move the Winter Worlds and Nationals to December or as the first tournaments in the new year. I also suggested that if it gets moved to also consider a warm venue closer to the middle of the country like possibly somewhere in south Texas as an example. Being in Colorado we don't play much ball in the winter time but November still works.
Sept. 6, 2011
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Denver Inaugural SSUSA tourney

As current president of the Scrap Iron Club and playing LCF on two teams that did not fare well this weekend, Scrap Iron Master Collision 60s and Scrap Iron 65s Redux, I must say that I had my doubts before this tournament when I saw that 12 of the 16 teams were Colorado teams. However, for Terry and his team at SS USA, I must eat crow. I thought everything went like clock work and I heard no grumbling from anyone about playing only other Scrap Iron teams which some did. I also want to thank the four teams from out of state that did attend this inaugural tournament.

We have better fields in the Denver area and I hope Terry and the City of Aurora can work something out for the Western Nationals in Aurora at the Aurora Sports Complex in the near future on top of the the Rocky Mountain Classic which appears to be on the road to success in the future.

Steve, it was great talking to you and we'll see you on the field in Dalton this weekend assuming they can get the fields dry by Thursday.

Greg Broeckelman
July 25, 2011
Brock
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: check this out!

Just reviewed again. Appears we have two teams, one in the SS USA Worlds and one in SPA that have kind of done the same thing after winning automatic move up tournaments.
July 25, 2011
Brock
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: check this out!

I think I can give you the facts. Double Edge from California won the 60 major worlds last fall and were moved up to major plus. About two weeks later they folded the team. I believe Double L Roofing is a Florida team. I play for Master Collision in Colorado. We were beaten by Double Edge in the finals of the winner's bracket and ended up third in the Worlds behind Double Edge and the KC Kids. For bbullet, I've been scratching my head trying to figure why you were moved up also.
July 18, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: night games

I agree with anyone in this discussion suggesting we don't play under the lights. In Phoenix, Cesar Chavez has already been mentioned but Desert West is no better. I talked to Fran the last two years about this. I play on both a 60s, Master Collision, and 65s, Scrap Iron 65 Redux and I know nobody on either team wants to play under the lights. Even though our Master Collision team was fortunate enough to avoid playing at night last year at Desert West, other teams did and also complained about the lights. Fran told me last October that Desert West had received grant money and that the lights were going to be upgraded with it. Someone will know this October. Even if they're better, I still suggest not playing under the lights. I'd rather go back to a four day world tournament instead to avoid someone getting hurt or worse yet, killed.
Feb. 15, 2011
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing 2 age groups

I play with 60 and 65 major Scrap Iron teams in Colorado which works very well with SS USA. The 65s play during the week and 60s on the weekend. I like to play a lot so this works for me. I turned 65 last year and started playing both age divisions and will be doing so again in 2011. The biggest issue for me besides the additional expense is being away from home for a week at a time since my wife doesn't travel with me very much.
Oct. 19, 2010
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Can we make this a PHX Worlds Score thread?? Post results here

To Bart Prieve and the entire Scrap Iron Diamonds 60s team, a huge congratulations. As is Master Collision, this team is another one of the 12 total teams in the Scrap Iron Club in Colorado. Now we have a team moving up to AAA. Great job Bart. Thanks for the info Dwayne!!

For Harry from the N. V Force, the Master Collision team is planning to attend the TOC in 2011. Hope to see you there.. Greg
Oct. 19, 2010
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Can we make this a PHX Worlds Score thread?? Post results here

To the whole Double Edge team, congratulations on a great win in a bigger than expected bracket.
Pushin60, I agree with you about the fields; they were in great shape. Overall things were good but I'm sure those of you who played under the lights found them to be poor at best and the cooling elements for the water fountains in the dugouts didn't work for the most part so ice water should have been in all of the dugouts. I talked to Fran Sunday morning and she indicated the city has received a grant to redo the lights completely so they should be better by next year.

Again, congratulations to the winners and to everyone else able to play in this tournament. Well said, Andy.

Greg Broeckelman, LCF, Master Collision
Oct. 12, 2010
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: need a new knee

This guy isn't playing tournament ball as we know it but he does play senior softball in Colorado Springs. He had both knees done several years ago. He plays second base and runs bases for others during games and is FAST. If I didn't know his history, I would not know that he has two new knees. Good luck! Hopefully, you can end up like the guy I just described. Greg B.
Sept. 7, 2010
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA 2

Playing with Master Collision we had four games on Saturday due to us being the lucky team that had to play an extra round robin game. Somehow we were able to squeak out a win each game even though we played more games than anyone else that day in our division including two in the afternoon. Just a suggestion. Why not go back to starting this tournament about a month later and finish before the Huntsman Games as was done in past years. It will still be hot but should not be as hot as starting in August. I assume LVSSA people still read this message board.
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