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Real name:
Michael Adair

Location:
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Division:
Men's 60

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Oct. 3, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

I catch therefore I interact with umpires regularly. I have found that the majority of the umpires working the Major/Major+ division are professional and knowledgeable. Even with that, they experience brain farts and unusual situations.

Like the guy making the line up card, failed to include himself. The best pure hitter on the club, now had to sit out the game and they recorded an out because a pitch was made. I thought this was incorrect, but I did not have a rule book.

1. Offense If the illegal player is discovered by the defense before the offensive manager, coach or player in violation informs the umpire and:a. After one legal or illegal pitch has been thrown while he is at bat, he is ejected and a legal substitute assumes the ball and strike count.

Stuff Happens.

I did suggest to SSUSA that they schedule this tournament over a longer period of time by splitting up the divisions further. 4 weekends instead of 2. The leagues will not budge on their schedules therefore the tourney must be completed daily to accommodate prior commitments by the park.

Lastly:

I have read a number of comments referencing that if SSUSA wants this many teams to play then they should be prepared. I agree, however try to look at it from a different perspective. I think without question this is the premier tournament of the season across all associations. No offense to the others, but considering location and time of the year, this is a great event to attend. If your team / team manager sat on his/her thumbs and did not get into this tourney on a timely basis where does that leave you the player. SSUSA is a money making operation, no question. Everyone should have the opportunity to play in this event and if the staff can make it happen, they should. With that comes challenges and I have complete confidence that SSUSA will review, what worked and what did not.

Joe Brown All Stars enjoyed their participation in this tourney and greatly appreciate the effort put forth by the SSUSA staff, the umpires, field crew and tournament directors. Now if I could get the hang of winning at the slot machines, it would be a win win.
Oct. 3, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VEGAS

I doubt anything will be posted until the end of Oct. The staff will return to the office after Oct 8th and I kind of figure their mailboxes will be filled.
Oct. 1, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60 Major Results

My prayers will be with Paul. We have lost too many good people this year.

TG 60 has played well all year and regardless of your HRs you are very tough team. Timberworks and Old Dawgs are not what you call power teams, but they are very very tough to beat. Great defense and good hitting put them in a position to win every time.

The 60M+ was as competitive as it gets. Everyone could and did beat up on each other. There will be at least 3 new 60M+ teams next year and the competition will be even tougher.
Oct. 1, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60 Major Results

Great job Top Gun....welcome to Major+..LOL
Sept. 30, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40's and 50's session #3

Just tell Dave you want to play the first game, then it is all good. No stress, no problem.

Sept. 30, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World Masters Updates

It was great seeing everyone this weekend. Weather was outstanding and SSUSA made the best of a difficult situation at Sunset Park. 2013 is in the books and the Lord willing we will start it all up again in 2014.

Congrats to all...1 through 9 were tough teams and the games competitive.
Sept. 25, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Teams to beat in 60's AAA or Who you don't want to see in your first bracket game.

Of course this is the same guy who want having a cocktail or 2 after a local league game, swore that he saw a guy in full leathers galloping a horse in the outfield.
Sept. 25, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Teams to beat in 60's AAA or Who you don't want to see in your first bracket game.

Is it true that at least one of the FV Outlaws sometime plays on a 55 Major team playing against 55 Major plus teams?
Sept. 23, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

I finally broke my 28oz Dirty..700-800 swings. Got a 29oz...has about a 100 swings....it is ready for Vegas and so am I..
Sept. 21, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Teams to beat in 60's AAA or Who you don't want to see in your first bracket game.

Oh you mean who is sandbagging???????? OTE...LOL, Good Luck guys.
Sept. 20, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 50+ AAA Team looking for Pitcher for Pensacola October 11-13

I have a brother in Ohio that might be interested.
Sept. 19, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thanks Dave

Thanks for getting the schedule up for the 60's. That beer I promised you must have worked except, a 7:30 AM game. It is a good thing beauty sleep would not do me much good. I guess my wife will come to the games on Saturday. LOL
Sept. 19, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Schedule

IMO The real deal was slightly chiding DD to get the schedules out as quickly as possible. DD is slammed trying to accommodate all of the teams and their particular travel needs especially when coming cross country. Just be ready to play and just be ready to pay when the wife finds out she has to go to the Thunder Down Under Show all alone.

Entry fee is what it is. No question this is the primary funding mechanism for SSUSA. Until teams don't show, the fees will not go down. If you aren't interested, I believe there is an ISSA tourney in Cincinnati this weekend.

Seriously though, this is the highlight of the year, located in a prime tourist location and the premier tournament in the country. Supply and Demand and Market pressure dictates pricing, not costs alone.

My wife is leaving on Sunday with her friends to enjoy the shows and stuff before I get there on Thursday to play softball and take up the rest of the weekend. Not sure why, but she asked me to stop by the bank and get $500 in $5s. I think she sits up front at most of these shows.
Sept. 16, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Any tournament administrator is in a tough spot regarding selection of balls for a tournament. If they are too soft, they don't travel well and teams don't want to hit city rec league balls in a tournament. If they are too lively then you have a liability issue.

Regardless of the situation, the balls in Sacramento (Western National) and in Hemet (Southern California Senior Softball Championships) did not perform well in hot humid weather. When a Major+ team does not hit or could close to hitting their limit then there is a problem.

A team can go flat, but not to have a homerun (by our team) in the Championship game on a 300' fence, something is not right. To play 5 games and only have 4 Hrs hit for both teams, again this is an issue.

I am not an attorney, but I would be careful about anyone labeling a ball, a cheater ball. The ball is not labeled by the manufacturer as such and any comments 3rd party or otherwise can be construed as libel if it results in loss to the company, perceived or real.

Bottom line - Team costs $5,000 to travel to an away tourney (Western Nationals for JBAS), are you going to get your bang for your buck. Hemet $75 for local guys and $350-$400 for travel guys. Either way, you have to ask yourself is this the best use of our budget.

This is not unique to California, I have seen the same posting regarding tournaments throughout the country.

One alternative....if you use the stote ball, then place a cooler (No Ice) on each field and place the game balls in the cooler. Switch balls every half inning or as needed. Just a thought. Another alternative play every game between midnight and noon.


Sept. 16, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

There was an unsubstantiated rumor that you could not find The Dirty. I heard from Mike over the weekend. They are in stock and available for anyone that wants to purchase one.

Kelly's Ultimate Sports.
Sept. 11, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play in Vegas

I believe Alan is East of the MS and therefore ineligible to play on a Major+ team West of MS.
Sept. 10, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

My brother hits the Baden Fire Ball in Ohio and he believes the ball is very effective.
Sept. 6, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Hemet this weekend - need a 55+ player

We have 11 still looking for another.
Sept. 6, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Hemet this weekend - need a 55+ player

The injury bug has hit our team for this weekend. We need 2 players to play in the 55 division in Hemet. Stud N Duds, please contact softball4b@aol.com with your immediate interest. Of course we have an 8AM game on Saturday.
Sept. 1, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSHOF

Just heard Vern Fowler made the HOF. Great teammate and voracious competitor. Besides a great outfield/pitcher and all-around hitter, he can make some mean elk jerky.
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