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June 15, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

ODB,
I have nothing against Texas BBQ but my preference is KC BBQ. Could be because I grew up on KC BBQ and to me nothing compares. I am sure everyone has their own style of BBQ they like or grew up on. besides you left CA to retire in Texas so you only know one style;)


Brett Jack Stacks on the Plaza is great also.
June 15, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Brett,
You know KC Masterpiece is to far from Liberty and cannot compare to the above mentioned places.;)
June 12, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

I hear that Bob. There are other places just as good but y'll will need a guide for those places.
June 12, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Salio,
They will not let me play in those tournaments. Right now I can only play in SPA events with the Mavericks. I hope that changes in the near future and some other associations do as SPA has done but for now it is SPA only.
June 12, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Yes the do Bruce. Some of the best around.Make sure you look me up bro and I will be looking for Curts team also. I hope everyone enjoys the tournament. This is the first time in a long time we have had a senior world here in KC.

Donnie Thanks for trying to help but I don't know of anyone going to those two tournaments this year.
June 12, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Bruce KC Masterpiece is no longer in business. Try Gates, or Jack Stack. There are many others but you will not have the time.

I know you don't know who this is and because of work rules I cannot post my name but here is a good clue. Except for the SPA I cannot play out of region because I am land locked in KC which means I have no major plus team to play for. So this is my one and only tournament this year. I will be playing for the Mavericks.
June 12, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Looks like the 55 Major and Major Plus will be big this year. There is suppose to be a couple of good AAA teams from KC playing major also. Cheaper to play here than go to GA. I guess.

Bruce I hope you guys got rooms at the Casino's since they are the closest motels to the fields. Also since you are coming to my town make sure you get a good steak and bbq before you leave.

Unless they have changed the open fields around the ball parks to soccer fields there is plenty of room to take bp at the park and don't let the area fool you the complex is only 5 years old and is very nice.

If you want more info about the fields and area e-mail me at.
sg550223@yahoo.com
May 28, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Bats
Discussion: getting better all the time

The other thing Rip-it does well is having player reps. Guys who hit the bats and they can help sell. The Miken guy is great as is the Combats guys but if you want the bats to sell and keep selling then companies should have player reps.

All too often companies start out with the reps but then end up dumping them when they get bigger. I don't think Rip-it will follow this trend.
May 11, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA bat inspection at their nationals

I agree Bruce but I guess even with those options guys will still try to cheat. I would say it is a shame but the fact is it has been going on in softball and baseball for a very longgggggggggggggggggggg time.
May 11, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA bat inspection at their nationals

Why would anyone need to remove the sticker? Don't we get to use the U2 and the Anaconda Combat in SPA? I mean what else do you need? The Combat comes in an EL so if you don't like the balanced U2 use a EL Combat.
April 26, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Geographic rules

After this post I am done with the regional rule discussions. I have been fighting it for years and have come to the conclusion that in this association, the LVSSA, and ISSA things will never change. It is their right to do as they wish because these are privately owned associations and it is my right to do what I need to do which is to retire from these associations. While I am only one person and it will not matter at least I won't get my hopes up at the beginning of each year. SPA is where it is at and where I will play.

I hate the idea though that these associations brag about how they are for the senior players. While they maybe for some they are not for all but that is JMHO.

Bob to answer your question I played in the 1999 tournament. I played against 6 different teams at that tournament and watched Crush one and two, Smith, Hendricks Sports Management, and Fergies play on Sunday. So that is 12 of the 18 teams that are on the list that were there. In 2000 I played against every team I mentioned and would not have mentioned them had I not. Fast forward to 2007 with the rules we have in place today I doubt you will ever see that many teams at the Major Plus level again. In July SPA will have it world Major and Major plus tournaments here in Missouri I guess we shall see how many teams show up. Even if it is no better at least Ridge knows this system of regional rules and the snow bird rule is flawed as it stands right now.

Everyone have a great season.
ENess semi retired and out.
April 25, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Geographic rules

Bob I took those names off the ISSA site and the SSUSA site. At the time mentioned Major was the highest level one could play at. Major Plus came after the 1999 season for many associations as did the regional rules. The ISSA went to Major plus in 2001

Even subtracting those two teams you still have 16 teams. When was the last time you played in a 16 team world tournament? For me I have only done it twice at the senior level and that was when there were no regional rules. I am not saying lets go back to open rosters. All I am saying is the obvious and that is to do what the SPA or the SSWC is doing. Or at least do what they did in 2003.
April 25, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Geographic rules

The Wood,
Not too often we disagree but this is one time. I started playing in 1999 at the major Plus 50+ level At this time there was no regional rules except for the SSWS which allowed two guys out of the 100 mile radius for the manager home.

My team went to the ISSA worlds, the SSUSA worlds, the SSWS and I think the USSA worlds. To name a few of teams that were there the list goes something like this (I may not know all the teams names but I do know where they came from)
1. Sawtre (sp) Texas
2. New York Statesmen New York Duh
3. So Cal Mavericks So Cal Duh
4. Dan Smith Cal
5. Fl Crush Brevard Melbourne, FL Ed Rose
6. California Rebels Modesto, CA Larry Campbell
7. American Metal Recycling Aurora, OH Sheldon Hoffman
8. Las Vegas Posse Henderson, NV Wendell Taguchi
9. Fergies Edgewater, MD Steve Ferguson
10. Coasters San Clemente, CA Bob Woodroof
11. Faith Electric Cartersville, GA Winky Blackman
12. Texas Legends Arlington, TX Bob Mann
13. Grimes
14. Scrap Iron out of Col

1999 ISSA world tournament looked like this
SeaCrest Mavericks
Knox/Worth
Florida Crush Brevard
Norelco Statesmen
Dan Smith Softball
Florida Crush Gold Coast
Hendricks Sports Management
Classics
Express/Bricker Insurance
All Star Sports
Players Club
Syracuse Blizzard
Fergies
Codgers
Gents
National Associates
Carolina Cobras
Joe B's A.C.

From 2001 to 2003 we had the strict regional rules then in 2003 each major plus teams was allowed one player if he got permission and this was going well until the Old A's problem with a team who has a conflict of interest in 2004.

2001 7 teams at the 50+ Major Plus level at the worlds
2002 7 teams at the 50+ Major plus level at the worlds
2003 10 teams at the 50+ MPL worlds (one player rule)
2004 Same
2005 back to 7 and now we have strict regional rules
2006 4 teams
2007 ?

Seems to me the regional rules do not work for the Major Plus division. The SSWC tried the strict rules last year and found out that it does not work so they are back to allowing two players out of region. The USSA found out it was discrimnation so they have opened up the Major Plus and allow one or two players per team though out the lower divisions. Same for ASA, SPA, and the NSA. Now if only the SSWC, ASA, USSA, and NSA would have held their worlds in decent places they may seen more teams
April 24, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Steve Imlay suspension

Back a few years ago there was a team that was sponsored by D Smith playing senior softball. His team was one of the best as was a team from Texas and a couple of other places. These teams were fully sponsored teams who played in the Major Plus division. The of course was back when the division was much larger than it is now.

To make a long story short the powers to be decided it would be in the best interest of senior softball not to allow these types of professional teams any more. To restrict players to their region thus ridding the sport of fully sponsored teams and in their words increasing the numbers of players at all levels.

Problem is it decreased the number of teams at the Major Plus level and Major level. It allows for forced sandbagging and it causes situations like this. The snow bird rule was never a problem until the regional rule was put in place. One of my questions has been from the beginning is this. The powers to be said this is just senior softball we don't need fully sponsored teams. This is just for fun. And yet rings are given away for the best teams each year at the different worlds, we have a senior hall of fame that seems to only elect major and major plus players, we travel all over the country to PLAY THE BETTER TEAMS TO MAKE OUR TEAMS BETTER, and of course we have end of the year world tournaments.

To me we are no different than the associations where all ages play. We are just as competitive (maybe more so) and play just as many tournaments. This has become big business and is not the rec senior softball we were told it was when the regional rules were put in.

The only difference between us and the USSSA, ASA, NSA, or ISA is our very stupid regional rules that have done nothing to add numbers to the Major and Major Plus divisions. All it has really done is decrease the number of teams at those levels, caused this problem with the snowbird rule, and retired players who cannot play below their playing level and have no team. The regional rule for Major Plus is out dated and does not work and everyone knows it. The problem is some don't want to admit it and admit there is a confict of interest problem in more than one association.
April 23, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Steve Imlay suspension

The Wood is right on with his assessment. Ridge did it right in my opinion with dividing the country in two halfs at the Mississippi and I bet he will not have any problems this coming year.

Bob did you guys ever get rooms in KC?
April 23, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Steve Imlay suspension

PPS,
Steve Inlay suuspension is wrong and the SSUSA knows it. Steve is an honest man who tried to do his best to do the right thing. His problem was the team who protested him. I often wonder how things like this can be justified when a conflict of interest is involved.
April 23, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Steve Imlay suspension

PS the reason we play senior softball is to play not to be retired or forced to play where one does not belong.

As far as losing the right to vote. Where does it say people who no longer have the right to vote cannot play senior softball? They have the same right as anyone else does to play.

I deal with this everyday. I do my best to protect this country from people who want to destroy it and have put many in prision but they are still human beings and still have certain rights both in and out of prison. So the answer to your question is yes we should worry about those who have lost their right to vote. They are seniors wanting to play senior softball too.
April 23, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Steve Imlay suspension

Gary 19 your suggestion does not cover those who are rated Major Plus players and live in a state and region that does not have a major or major plus team to play on. Once again this means they cannot play senior softball in the SSUSA.

Most of the other associations have gone back to the one to two player out of region rule. SSWS allows two, SPA allows one, USSSA allows the whole team, ASA allows one, and the NSA is allowing one on a player by player bases for the major plus divisions. Why is it that only the SSUSA, LVSSA, and ISSA cannot see the wisdom of this rule? Get rid of the snow bird rule and go to this one player rule instead. Things would be easier for both the player and associations.

I have played on a team for seven years now and this year because my job moved me back to Missouri I can only play one tournament with this team which is not right. I am being forced to play AAA and if I play it will cause all kinds of crap. Already been there and done that. I get accused of sandbagging by other AAA teams and complaints are voiced but they seem to only fall on deaf ears.
April 14, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA Spring tourney who has info

The Stoneman is speaking the truth. The SPA is allowing one out of area player so those of us who have no Major Plus teams to play on can play.

The LVSSA is not which is within their right but how can this up coming tournament be a SPA qualifier and not follow the SPA rules? I just thought it was me but it seems there is more to the story.
April 11, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in KC

Sorry I forgot to give the address. It is 132 and Switzer RD.
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