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Jan. 6, 2007
doubleplay10
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Summit & SSUSA help


Thank you, gentlemen. I would love to be a (silent) observer and stay properly up to date on issues (not third hand opinions), since I'm also a coach on a AAA team.. Looks like Vegas may not work for my schedule this year, but the email is good to know - thanks!
Bob
Dec. 17, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Bats
Discussion: I need to get a grip

For throwing in colder weather, I've sometimes gone to putting a small amount of Firmgrip on the backside of my glove between innings. I then slightly touch it, mix it with some dirt and work it into my throwing fingers, ready for defense. A new ball may require another touch of it.

Also, try to keep the throwing fingers warm prior to each pitch (obviously, don't get the Firmgrip in your pockets!).
Bob Falkins
Kayson's Grille
Dec. 5, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Summit & SSUSA help


Any chance we can get info on the scheduled "Summit" meetings for 2007 ? Can anyone attend? It would help the managers, etc.
And, SSUSA - can a 2007 tournament list be developed through your site? It seems the association links are sometimes not kept up to date? Thanks.
Nov. 22, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Injury at the Winter Worlds

WHY ARE THE TD'S NOT MORE RESPONSIBLE WITH KEEPING THE INFIELDS IN SAFE,PLAYABLE CONDITION?
THIS IS A PROBLEM, SYSTEM WIDE.
OUR BEST TO HERMAN FOR A GOOD RECOVERY.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
BOB FALKINS
KAYSON'S GRILLE
Oct. 21, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plate As A Strike

I like the plate and mat - in fact, I'd suggest we further enlarge it to accomodate a better target for the pitcher.... allowing more distance and PROTECTION. Umpires can focus on other happenings, not so much on the boring strike zone calls. Also, makes for a faster/more aggressive hitting game, fewer arguments...play ball!

Oct. 20, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Injury that has set you back

Other than a quad muscle tear this year in Plano, I've made it through the years pretty well. I had shoulder surgery in '95 (Atlanta) and it tok me 10 months to play again - maybe 2 years to get back to almost normal arm strength. I'd postponed the surgery, since tearing the labrum and partial tear of the ligament.....in '93! I actually changed my (SS) throw to a sidearm style, but it just didn't cut it.
Hey, Tater - I know you've had your battles with knee problems. I've seen the excellent hitter you still are, even with the knee issues! Keep on swingin', man!



Oct. 20, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Orthopedic Surgeon in West


Ed/ Surf88:
Sorry to hear about your elbow. I had shoulder surgery in '95 and it has worked out well. Mine was done in Atlanta, the Huston Clinic. Rehab and ease of return to full use were my biggest challenges. Do you have a floater or some kind of bursitis?
As far as the west....not sure, but you might check out these sites for more info:
Web listing for MD reviews:
http://www.physicianreports.com/

Elbow discussions:
http://www.kerlanjobe.com/index.php~practiceId=1052&lib=Injury&dir=categories&categoryId=2022.html

web elbow MD list:
http://www.ases-assn.org/memdir/memdir.cfm

Also,fyi, Dr. Frank Jobe, LosAngeles,CA: http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/bp/1431308.html
(Tommy John surgeon)

- Just a few suggestions out of many sources....hope to see you at Spring Training again, in Jacksonville in Feb. Get better !
Bob Falkins





Oct. 5, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vote on Changing SSWC Format!!!!!!!!

- 5 games guarantee.
- 3 RR Friday - start late for 50/55.
- Under lights ok only if GOOD and on EARLY.
- Sat & Sun (2 days - not Friday) if not enough teams for
a 3 day.
- More discussion with team managers re championship
round play or for finishing Sat vs. Sun.
- If a team leaves tourn early, w/o notifying director of their
expected absence for a Sun. game, there should be
a penalty.
- Please use better balls.
Aug. 14, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA AAA-AA Plano

Congratulations to a well run SPA Championship in Plano this past weekend. In spite of 106 degree temp\'s. and dry fields, the contest was well organized and executed by caring people. The 50+AAA division was won by Coors Light (MO), 2- Oxford Graphics (ARK), 3- Indiana Classics (IND),
4- Team Houston (TX) (I think), 5- Kayson\'s Grille (GA).
There were ten very good teams in this bracket. My only additional comment is that some teams apparently had players who seemed to be major type level .
And, is there any chance we could have this National in a cooler climate? Many thanks to all the water boys & girls !!
What were the other results??
Aug. 3, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the NSA Tourney in Rock Hill

I watched the last two games on Sunday - great contests !
I only wish the fields were dragged better on Saturday.
Congratulations to all the teams who played hard through the heat.
I think the following are official results:
70M - Ga.Peaches, Stafford Sales, Papa Johns
65 AA- Burlington Classics, Triumphs
60M - Naples Heat, Corp. Sports, Bogey's
60 AAA - Mike Pruitt Auto, Harris Real Estate, Southern 60's
55 AAA - So.Softball, Steel Dawgs, Jim & Joe's Ice,
M&D Power
50M+ - Conn.Sports Complex, Turn2, Team Miken, Specialty Tank (disq.)
50M - Lewis Rental, Travel Lodge, Carolina Curve, Varsity
Courts, The Zone.
50AAA - JJ's Jags, Hacker Sign, Kayson's Grill, Triangle
Cobra's, OG's/Dayton Legends.
July 27, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Senior Softball Official Rule on leads on base

Bruce, you shouldn't worry too much about the runner on 1st, since you often get to tag him out on a DP, anyway!
However, I think the rule is clear, as stated by Mitch & Smooth.
I worked at the "push-off", as described, and carry the back leg over, so the resulting momentum gives you a good spring off toward the next base.
Problem can be - many umpires/players do not know or like the "jump" a good runner can get.
I've been called out twice over the years for having left early - it never happened! Some guys see the BODY movement and interpret it as FOOT movement off the base.
If I leave truly early and correctly get called OUT, I'll accept it and play ball.
Thanks for the question, Bruce - see you in SC.
April 18, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Looking for a team in Tucson and LV

Cabs51, et al - Where do you guys practice in Tucson?
- I'm visiting the area and could use some practice!
Thanks.

March 21, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Montgomery tourny

Thanks, also, to the field crew at Montgomery, who promptly kept the infields dragged and in good shape each day! It was an enjoyable tourney. See everyone in CHS in April.
Feb. 20, 2006
doubleplay10
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2006 Classic Spring Training

Many thanks to Curt and Deb Hollis for all the work in the terrific spring training event in JAX last weekend. It was a blast.
See you guys in Montgomery next month.
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