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Michael Adair

Location:
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Division:
Men's 60

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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.
Oct. 17, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

Again, I have no first hand knowledge of the incident. I believe that suspensions should be limited to the participants themselves and not extended et al. If an extensive investigation revealed that all individuals on both teams were at fault, then so be it. Otherwise if you do the crime you do the time.

As my brother would say....assume the position, you know what it is. Major-Ohio Correctional
Oct. 17, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

I was not there, but the incident was escalated because of the interaction between some players and the family members of the other team. I cannot speak to right or wrong, only that anytime the discussion goes outside the lines, it becomes larger than the causation of the conflict itself.
Oct. 14, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad state of affirs at Huntsman.

Illegal PEDS and altering bats is cheating, plain and simple. If you need to do that to win, then you have bigger issues.

The few who do it or are thought to do it, at any level, but especially at the senior level, lack the courage, honesty or ethics to compete fairly.

Don't bother anyone coming back with, everyone else is doing it. I DO NOT CARE. I compete fairly and pray for those who do not.

You work hard, put in the time, know the rules, and compete. Take pride and live with honor. I don't cheat on my wife and I not going to cheat my friends and fellow competitors.

Mike Adair
Oct. 10, 2013
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did SSUSA decide which Division had teams shorted to four gg?

I don't believe Major+ is treated more poorly because they are classified as M+. I do believe that any organization will respond/cater to their core business group. In truth there is no one place in the country that can handle the number of teams that come to Vegas for the Worlds.

In order to put the teams only on the best fields, the tournament would have to be spread out over 5 or 6 weekends. That really dilutes the financial and political impact of the event within the host city.

IMO, SSUSA works hard at anticipating the number of teams entering the tournament and the resources needed to bring it together.

That is not to say that there was not problems and room for improvement. Of course there is and the SSUSA will make every attempt to identify and correct them. If they don't the tournament will suffer for it. Regardless of what said to Ron, I don't believe that to be general opinion of the SSUSA at the management level.




Oct. 10, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rukes of the game

Webbie25 AKA 3A...best hitter on one leg in softball.

Golong..SSUSA does not nor does it maintain a "super player" list. It does declare teams and rosters a certain level, major+ or whatever. If a team/player feels it is unjustified to have received such a designation, then an appeal can be filed. Teams at a specific level are allowed to remain at that level as long as the roster does not contain X number of players at a level higher than they are playing. For example a 60 Major+ player may with approval play on a 50AAA team. That same individual could never play 55AAA. The SPA impact player list is not used by SSUSA, that is not to say that some of those players are not also considered Major+ within SSUSA.

Bottom line

Webbie aka 3A was just that, until he played on a Major+ roster. Now he will play at the Major or Major+ level because of his recent exploits. He has always been a Major+ player, but just never classified as such.
Oct. 3, 2013
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISSA WINTER NATIONAL AT VA BEACH

55+ AAA Goodman/Tri County Title
55+ AAA High Street Bucs 55s
55+ AAA Tri-State Merchants 55s

These are listed as 55 Major in SSUSA, but AAA in ISSA. No major+ in 55s.
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
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