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Michael Adair

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Men's 60

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Dec. 18, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

Tim,

We disagree on this one. Your team is now M+, based on your current opinion:

If you win it all this year, you are advocating the disbanding of your team. The same team you have built and played together for years. Some of your teammates have been with you for 30+ years.

The top of the heap is just that, the top. Everyone is always trying to topple you and there should be no requirement to reallocate players when you are playing at the highest level.
Dec. 17, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

LeeLee I must have missed it, what M+ team do you play on?
Dec. 17, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I am going to weigh in on this ego thing, because the Lord knows I don't have one and have never been very opinioned. Guess that stocking is going to have coal in it this year.

AA through M+ is not driven by ego. YES Virginia, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS. It is driven by skill set, personal motivation and opportunity.

I do not care how much you want to play at a particular level, if your skill set is not needed by that classification/group, you are trying to sell ice cubes to an eskimo.

Skill Set: If you can run like the wind, but can't catch a cold or hit your way out of a paper bag, good luck finding a home. If you have one swing, going dddddeeeeeepppp, then AA is not the place for you. And as my brother would say, there are no more Hrs, try for a walk. Sandbagger.

Personal Motivation - ergo - ego - comfort - insert name of appropriate feeling here - Feelings, nothing more than feelings (released in 1974 year of my entry in the US Army, I digress). Whether you want to be a big fish in a little pond or a big fish in a big pond or you just want to play with your friends. There is a place for you, providing you have:

Opportunity - There are M+ players playing at every level within every association. There are players playing at the M+ level that are "role players" and would not be a superstar at another level. If you want to play a certain level and that level does not existing within your geographic area, you are going to play at the level available until the opportunity arises to play at your desired level. Mark Webber aka 3A. He burst on the M+ scene because he was formally limited to play in New Mexico, nobody except New Mexicans knew who he was. Now because of the message board, Obama is hiring him as a blogger. If you want to play with friends, you are certainly able to do so, you just should play at the level of your overall team skill set. The alternative is spending the majority of your time and effort, trying to figure out how to be really good, but not too good. (Insert name of sandbagging team here)

And then there is M+.

Gripe, moan, whine, beef, bellyache, bitch, bleat, caterwaul, crab, croak, fuss, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, holler, murmur, mutter, nag, repine, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, complain, yammer, all you want to.

The bottom-line. If we as M+ players don't have a problem with the rules affecting our division then why change them. If the other divisions have issues then address them within your division. I don't see any M+ players voicing similar concerns regarding other divisions.

This comment is going to create a boatload of responses, but the truth is....the closer you move the Major and M+ rules, the more likely that a reality exists where M and M+ merge. I am sure nobody in the Major division wants that. So instead of you trying to fight against the M+ players trying to keep a clear delineation between the style of play of M and M+, I believe you should be rallying around our efforts. In the long run it benefits the clear and distinct lines among the divisions.

It is not about ego, it is about desired style of play. The M+ division wants to bang it big time while we still can.

Rodney King 1992 - can't we all just get along.

IMHO

Mike Adair
GSC 60 M+
Dec. 16, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

That's what I said. (they failed to meet the internal approval process - mfg'er not sending the bat to a particular assoc for testing/inspection.) In order for a product to receive the stamp for an association, you must send bats to be tested independently of the your testing, your company must provide proof of liability insurance of X, and in some instances pay a fee to the association.

My use of the term of association, refers ASA, USSSA, SSUSA. The above does not apply specifically to anyone association. It does not matter if you did 1 and 2, if you did not pony up the fee, no acceptance.

That is why small boutique manufacturers are unlikely to receive stamps for use in the big 3 associations.
Dec. 16, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

FYI

Not to exceed 1.20 or 1.21 as indicated.

In some instances different associations do not allow other association bats because they failed to meet the internal approval process or failed to provide sufficient liability insurance or failed to pay association approval fees.


Dec. 13, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Titanhd - Which majority are you talking about?

I am in agreement with Mario, the majority of M+ players do not want DBO for our division.

The M+ division has always been the free swingers division, it does not mean we can't hit differently it means we do not want to. That is not a bad thing, it is just a thing.

You can approach this two ways between major and major+.

Truly separate the divisions. Unlimited or large number of Hrs, run per inning etc. for the M+. Significantly lower Hrs and DBO for Major. Result - Less likely you are going to get sandbaggers in the major division, smaller M+ division.

Narrow the gap between the divisions so as to lend itself to blend the divisions. Less Hrs, DBO etc.

As it is now, M+ teams will have a more difficult time playing M teams because of the DBO. I contend that when the statistics are compiled at the end of the year. M teams will beat M+ teams 75% of the time.

All of that to say this:
I do not know any M+ player or team that had a problem with the rules last year. Thus we did not need fixing.


Dec. 13, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Webbie 25

Talked to Webbie today.

He is in good spirits, at least he is, until the medication wears off. He and Patti will be in our prayers during this time and his upcoming rehab.
Dec. 12, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

This is not a democracy. It is a business. Private business only responds to owners and or board members. If an organization desires to increase profit or market share they employ focus groups. The focus group results may or may not be adopted resulting in change.

At best - a player advisory committee is a focus group. If an organization wanted a representative focus group, they could take a representative from each division, each age group and in each area of the country. Thus 4 reps from the 50,55,60,65, and 70+ divisions, and x number of reps from the women divisions. I am not familiar with the participation rate therefore unsure of the actual number. Hold a conference in each area of the country (4) and come up with a consensus for changes if any. The recommendations would be evaluated by the ownership and determinations made. Slightly cumbersome, but more input on the front end as opposed to the method currently employed.

Bottom line:
Businesses respond to profit and loss, the only true measure of change will be the increase or decrease in participation rate and thus affected profit margin.
Dec. 12, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

We are forgetting the prime reason for hitting HRs.

Chicks dig the Longball. When I get home from a tourney, my wife does not ask me how many singles or walks I got. She wants to know how many outs I made and whether I hit regular Hrs or were they "Oh My" dingers. You know the ones I mean, when the ball becomes a dot quicker than the government taking my money.

Seriously though, aluminum bats days are done, composites are here to stay. If the players were not griping about the HR rules last year then why the change. I support SSUSA, but over reaching rules do not benefit anyone.

IMO the same individuals who are for limiting HRs or making them DBO are the same individuals that rail against the combining of the Major and Major+ divisions. Personally that makes more sense to me, if you are going to have DBO, just make the HR limit 7 and combine the divisions.
Dec. 11, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

Marv 19, reality is: In the last two SCSSA tournaments I played in, Homerun limits were not an issue because the ball used was not going anywhere. There were 5 Hrs hit in 5 games and we hit 4 of them. All against Major and Major+ teams.

PattyMac can hit with anybody in the country and I have never witnessed him intentionally hitting at the pitcher. I think he may have hit at me a couple of times when I was in the field, but that is because of my glove or lack there of. There is a difference though when a true power hitter is forced to hit the ball down. I do not think there is an infielder around that wants to see Bully, PattyMac, or (insert name here)swinging down. Just commonsense. The power hitters in the game are not going to slap hit because the HRs are gone, they are going to hit the ball down and hard. In this instance, you can't legislate safety, good intentions, but I believe the application is lacking in proven results.

MD - I expect HR limits are set for the Super M+ teams because they want to limit game times. IMO - HR limits in Seniors have more to do with sandbagging than anything else.

Garocket - too much of a generalization, composites help no question, but HR hitters hit doesn't matter the equipment. These bats were inserted into the game to entice more players to play, mission accomplished.

HR Rule did not need tweaking. Major+ teams are at a huge disadvantage when forced to play Major teams. 5 runs, plus their HR limits, runs per inning and now DBO outs. If it had to be changed, I agree with Scrappy, 1 up after limit is reached and if you have to, keep the DBO.


Dec. 4, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

The number of teams within a division, especially major+ increase and decrease annually.

In the Worlds 60 M+
2010-6
2011-4
2012-9
2013-9

55's
2010-11
2011-11
2012-8
2013-5

50's
2010-9
2011-7
2012-7
2013-11

It has more to due with the classification of teams than the number of teams. M+ will always be between 6 and 11. I have played this division for 11 years.

Mike Adair
GSC 60 M+
Dec. 3, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

SPA - I agree with Mr. Hollis. Major + is Major +, there should not be a limit to the number of impact players on a roster. If we have 7 this year, I would hate to have to ask one of the players to stay home so we could go.

SSUSA - I agree with rightrj1 - the economy is not back where it was and it might never be. 3 day tourneys are a burden financially and should be limited to high turnout events.

I am looking at playing more NCSSA events because of the 2 day venues.

Mike Adair
GSC 60 Major +
Nov. 7, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Major+

GSC 60 is preparing its 2014 schedule. We would like to attend tournaments that have excellent participation by our peer competitors. The intent is to get 3 M+ teams at any given tourney regardless of association. We are open to other tourneys depending on the number of teams attending.

If you would like to share your potential schedule or recommend tournaments for our consideration, please send to softball4b@aol.com.

Tentative schedule to date:

April 25-27, 2014 Vegas
May 23-25, 2014 Reno
June - Open
SPA Jul 17 19, 2014 Best Guess on Date

We will probably attend 2 of the 3 tourneys in August
Western Nationals Aug. 8 - Aug. 10
August 16 & 17 Manteca NCSSA
August 24-24 San Clemente Top Gun

Sept. 27 - Oct. 6, 2013 Vegas

Mike Adair
GSC 60
Nov. 5, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for a 60 or 55 team So Cal / AZ

Who did you play for in SD?
Nov. 5, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Watermarks on pictures

Put on the watermarks, only way to protect your work.
Oct. 31, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC~~~Where Are You?

You are right about contract law being tricky.

It has been previously discussed on this board. This is a new company and the new company does not have any affiliation nor obligation regarding the previous assets/liabilities of Bill's company.

Steve has offered to replace those bats because he wants to, not because he is obligated in anyway to do so. You are wrong in your assumption that monies paid to Gates were used in anyway toward the development of the P413. Different design, different developer, different everything.

The only constant between the past company and this company is....none. When Steve determined the previous organization was fatally flawed, he went out on his own. As an investor, when it was apparent that Bill's company would never he successful he took the concept and found someone who could produce. When the people that sent money to Bill and never received product, finally get a bat. It will be a P413 and it will be because kindness, honesty and integrity are not just words.

Mike Adair
Oct. 24, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

Bottom line:

Every field can have problems with sun depending on the time of the day and time of year. The real problem was due to the number of teams and the increased number of games. Thus games were scheduled at times not normally played during that time on those fields.

SSUSA is addressing these issues and I feel confident they will make the proper adjustments. They fully understand litigation as a result of unsafe conditions is far more onerous than reduced revenue.


Oct. 22, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: My Last Review

In the past, I have expressed my opinion on bats with the caveat that I don't sell them, I just hit them. That part is still true today. I do not sell bats nor do I want to. It is my personal opinion that everyone should swing the bat they feel is right for them. In the past 4 years, I have used Miken then Reebok then The Dirty. In each instance, I had good results from them all, I liked the end load and durability of the Reebok and even more so of The Dirty.

That being said, I have been blessed and humbled to be given the opportunity to manage and play for God's Sports Company 60. We will be playing 60 Major+ beginning March or April of 2014. Thus, my individual opinion can no longer be viewed without an illusion of bias.

I hope everyone enjoys the Winter Worlds and we will see you in the Spring.

Mike Adair
God's Sports Company 60
Oct. 18, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Let me clarify, the urban myth I am referring to is the towels and or body parts in the water cooler. I do not know the cause of the sickness associated with the players or fans at Sunset park. Sorry for my lack of clarification.
Oct. 18, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Okay this urban myth has reached its zenith. This incident may or may not have occurred 3-4 years ago in a park in SoCal. Either way it did not happen at Sunset this year and did not contribute to the Vegas Flu.....while the water was not to my liking, I did not suffer any symptoms as detailed.

That being said, the conditions at the park were poor at best and I feel certain SSUSA will address them, regardless of the division.
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