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Audie Hollis

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March 5, 2009
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MATS - One and One Count

We play with the mat and 1&1 exclusively in the Florida Half Century and it works very well. A third strike ball foul is an out. It speeds the game up and we have no run limits per inning and no restrictions on home runs. We do have mercy rules after 4 innings, etc., so the tournaments stay on time.

The 1&1 does give the pitcher an advantage but my gosh he certainly needs it. Pitchers have all sorts of strategies but basically no pitcher can consistently put the ball where he wants. Just like no bowler can consistently roll a 300 game. The results are batters clobbering the ball or taking walks. I perfer to swing away but my strike zone like most hitters is not limited to a perfect pitch. If it is close it is going to be tagged.

Two things come to mind on this subject. The 1&1 definitely speeds up the game. I can't tell you the number of times in national tournaments I have seen batters turn their back to the pitcher and not even look at a pitch until they get one strike. The full count for softball is a dinosaur that needs to die. You do not need 3 strikes to hit 1 ball, unless you cherish TV time, ie, love being at the plate! :)

I have also seen many of the best hitters in the country strikeout on a last strike that hits the plate! What you say? Yep, all those great hitters with those unbelievable eyes can miss judge a ball just like the rst of us.

That is why I know when a batter is really teeing off on a ball and is a little late it is subject to nail the pitcher. We are imperfect people playing an inperfect game the best we can which is why I enjoy the game!
Feb. 9, 2009
audieh
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Need For National Ranking System

I love the way the Florida Half Century is run with unlimited home runs, unlimited runs per inning, good balls and senior bats. It is always well run and extremely competitive as you play one tournament a month with 4 games in your bracket of five teams. For example. My team is rated fourth. Therefore, the next tournament we will probably play #1, #2 #3 and #5. If we have a losing record after 3 months they will move us down and a hot team up. Now, this works fine for us but how would this work at a national tournament. Say 100 teams show up. Do you have the top 16 as one bracket, the next 24 as another, the next 24 as another and the remaining 36 as another? Or just how would you propose dividing the 100 teams up so for example the #15 team thinks they have a chance and will be willing to play?
Feb. 2, 2009
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somebody needs to say it!

Somebody needs to say it!

First off, my brother Curt and I would like to thank SS-USA for this message board which allows the players at least an opportunity to be heard. We think that says a lot for SS-USA and their intentions and we really appreciate this organization. There has been a lot of discussion regarding the recent rule changes. However, since we are only 56 and 52 years old and relative :pups; in senior softball, we know we are deficient regarding the historical aspects of senior softball. However, we want to express our opinions on a number of items.

1) Few major plus players comment on things that affect AA, AAA, or Major players. Most posts by major plus players are about rules/regulations affecting their game. However, there appears to be many posts and negative comments by players that are not playing on the major plus level about major plus issues. Why? Why do you care so much about major plus when you do not play on that level? Let the major plus players and the owners of the associations figure out what they want. We do not desire or need your input. So please quit your whining!

2) Apparently there has been a recent decline in Major Plus teams after several years of increased teams. New rules were recently adopted, to in theory, increase the teams in the major plus division through reducing the strengths of major plus teams, thus allowing more major teams to move up into this division. Unfortunately, many strong major teams would rather stay down and beat up on lesser major teams then attempt to compete with the big boys. What are you guys afraid of, a little competition? The answer is yes. Sure, you have your excuses. :We just want to play with our buddies,; or :why should we be forced up.; You don・t seem to mind changing team names and a few roster spots to stay down in major and whip up on lesser teams. Why don・t you grow some gonads and move up. Any major team that wins a major tournament such as SSUSA Worlds, or SPA, or Vegas when you have more than 8 teams in your bracket should be automatically moved up for the following year. If you can・t compete after a year it will be obvious and the rating committee will send you packing. But, hey, at least you tried. Damn girlie men! Those Hall of Fame points you are earning should be Hall of Shame points!

3) Now listen, we really understand that not everyone was made or has practiced enough to play on the major plus level. However, there is a level of softball available for anyone that wants to play. We personally understand that on the top level there will be limited competition as a simple bell curve would demonstrate. Just like at the lowest level there are just a few truly, terrible teams. But that is the way it is in life so get over it and quit the complaining.

On the flip side, to you big bad major plus players, you・ve developed your teams to play at the top level and have recruited almost all of the top homerun hitters, so bear in mind that there will be little competition in your area. Sure, each region of the country should be able to field one and maybe two teams, but that is it. Get over it. Sure, you have to play the same teams in the nationals. Why? Because you want to play the best and you have the drive for competition and the ego to match. Be thankful there are other similar minded seniors in every region of the country. That is what playing at the top level is about. Our senior rules allow territories to keep the dominant open :Dan Smith type teams; from taking over and ensure a relatively level playing field. However, don・t expect that there are going to be 8 strong major plus teams coming out of Florida, or Texas, or California, or Michigan. There are just not enough players on that level. You say you want to play the best so shut the heck up and play!

4) Right or wrong we believe that the :Major Plus; division was originally created to keep the one or two "Super" teams, such as the Dan Smith team, away from the major teams. So it seems to me, this is a major policy shift 180 degrees back in the other direction and there will be numerous blowouts. So, how do you prevent that? Simple, you dumb down, yes I said dumb down, the rules and thus throw true competition out the window. With the limited homeruns and limited runs per inning it now becomes not a game of who is the best, but a game of chance which boils down in many cases to who has the best open inning. Why even play the other innings? Let・s just play one open inning and leave it at that. It would be quicker games, you could pay umpires less, things would run on time, etc, etc. These rules make a farce out of true softball and determining who is best. But, you・re continued complaining in major plus has resulted in this plight.

5) We suggest that the highest level of senior softball that should be highly regulated by the senior associations is the Major Division. Maybe regulated is not the right word, but in other words, the highest level a team could be forced to move up would be to the Major division unless that team has won a number of tournaments or shows true dominance. Then, that team of egos (now don・t get mad at us but if you are continually beating weaker teams and you chose to stay there then it is all about your ego and not competition) would be moved up no matter how much they complain. We suggest having a Major Plus Division that is basically voluntary as it has been in the past. Granted there would be fewer teams in the major plus division. This voluntary division should be almost unrestricted in rules and play under the old :open; type rules that softball used to be played under when :we grew up in; the 1970s. That was before the current politically correct crowd took over and has shielded us from competition, or should we say reality!

6) We think that the recent rules proposed by the task force for major plus would work if given the chance and we shouldn・t assume that the reduction in major plus teams is due to limited competition, but to economic difficulties, etc. Also, major plus teams have to understand that there is little competition, so if you chose to attend a minor national tournament, there will be few teams. However, have enough guts to show up at the big tournaments like the SPA, Vegas, Phoenix Worlds, SSUSA Spring, and Winter nationals and show us what you have. Keeping a voluntary major plus division would move some of the most talented players out of the major division and would help create a level playing field for teams that would be moved up to the new :Major Division;. Where do you think most major plus players come from? Two sources, the first is name players who are just coming eligible that are snapped up immediately, and secondly, from scouting major teams and word of mouth from AA and AAA players and coaches. Granted, some players of great talent prefer to play with their buddies at a lower level. There is nothing wrong with that. But, play under the rules which have been dumbed down to lessen competition and be happy. We suggest further limits on home runs in these divisions which should, in effect, force the better home run hitters to move into the major plus division. No homeruns for AA, one for AAA and two for Major. That should drive the big hitters to the major plus division. That is our only input to the lower divisions and we will say no further on this as we do not play in those divisions.

The teams that volunteered to play in major plus would be off the associations back because they would return to the old major plus rules or the rules suggested by the task force.

7)Whether you・re playing in your local league or tournament ball, one thing is common, the most talented teams always only have one or two teams capable of playing with them on a consistent basis. If you put the top 10 major plus teams in the country in one tournament there will be a couple who have no chance and a couple who would be the favorites. The other six would be in the middle and that is the way true competition works. If you don・t like where you finished then go out and recruit better, practice more, get better coachingK but don・t try to change the rules to :make it fair!; It already is fair. Compete or shut up. Don・t whine about wanting to be dropped back to major so you can win a tournament against lesser teams so that :I can make the Hall of Fame!;

8)Further, some of you major plus teams using players from outside your areas should be ashamed of yourselves. Play by the rules or lobby to change them, but quit your cowardly cheating. The same could be said of cheater bats and rolling bats. If you need more help than a senior bat you should drop down a division or two and quit being a girlie man!

9) Regarding the :dead ball out; pitching rule, which is an artificial rule that is not tangible. It is only a feel good solution for those creating the rules and an attempt to limit their liability. This will not keep balls from striking pitchers. A pitching screen, which is tangible, would prevent the pitcher from being hit. By the way, we are not for the pitching screen or the DBO but understand the reasoning and think it would solve a number of problems. We think the extra home plate and extra first base have prevented numerous injuries and certainly, for safety・s sake, a small screen can be tolerated as we have to, in all good common sense concede that good balls, coupled with senior bats and older reflexes, are a disaster waiting to happen.

10) Regarding the over limit home run as an outK. What a joke! Do not take the home run out of the game. SSUSA, you need to quit caving on this and get on board with a vast majority of the players on every level. Suck up your pride and just change the dang thing. When there are restricted home runs, make the over homeruns walks. That is enough of a penalty and will keep shots from going up the middle. I don・t care what the rules are in flat belly ball. We are seniors, and between the players and the associations can make our own rules and play the game the way we want to. Don・t keep telling me what the young guys do. Heck, we sired many of them and quit playing that game just because of the overly restricted rules!

11) Now, let・s make a few comments on using good balls and bats. I think the market has shown that senior bats are here to stay. Taking that as a given, the only option to control the game is the ball. We played in the SPA last year, and during the hot part of the day, the balls we were using were mush. No one seemed to appreciate the bad ball and it forced even the best hitters to shoot for singles, and most seemed to go right up the middle. The major plus teams playing early or late and on fields with the wind blowing out were able to hit OK. However, very strong teams during the heat and in no wind or moderate wind in the face, struggled to hit the long ball. For most of us Neanderthal, egotistical thugs, it took the fun out of the game and created a safety hazard for the pitchers. Therefore, I strongly encourage any and all senior organizations to allow a good ball and bat combination. If not, your tournaments will not be well attended as some of the organizations have found out, and have thankfully amended their bat rules.

12) Also, this new ball that requires us to back spin it to hit out will not be acceptable. We have each played over 30 years without having to chop the ball so why would you want us to change our swings to accommodate this ball? That is not going to happen. We・ll play a different association or coach our 12 grandkids before we do that.

In summary, from a player's prospective, if you are not playing on a level that is being discussed then keep your comments to yourself. We don・t need a 135 pound punching Judy trying to dictate the rules in major plus. On the flip side we don・t need a one dimensional; 300 pound clown dictating what rules should be played in AA or AAA. If you・re playing at the highest level, don't complain about the limited number of teams. Expect to play the same guys over and over again. From the associations prospective, you・ll have a safer league, less griping from the major plus guys because of the new rules, and less griping from the teams that had to move up because now they won・t have to play the strongest teams. If a strong team elects to stay in major, then they have accepted the watered down rules which creates a level playing field for the teams moving into the division. However, after a certain number of wins you need to be moved up and earn your wins. Repeating ourselves, you major teams that win at SPA or SSUSA Worlds or the big tournament in Vegas need to move up. To win you・ve beaten the best in your division and you need to respect the game, your fellow competitors and take the next step up. Mandate a pitching screen for safety and change the over the limit homeruns to a walk. Use a good ball and bat combination, and above all, remain open to the opinions of the people who are your customers. Hey, that・s our opinions and we・re entitled to them!

Ok, squirrels, start chirping!

Jan. 22, 2009
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Yogi Berra once said.......

Allen, I like your thinking. On another subject though, isn't it funny when some football player says to the interviewer, "football is 90% mental and 10% physical". It makes me wonder why we don't have more asians and mensa members playing football if that was true. The other phrase that makes me chuckle is when a player will say he gave 110%. Gee, how do you do that?
Jan. 22, 2009
audieh
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

BigPop, give Don Ward a call at 828-674-8802.
Jan. 16, 2009
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fran Dowell Named One of Top Sports Planners in America

Great job, Fran. Well deserved. You folks do a great job for seniors! Keep up the good work.
Jan. 16, 2009
audieh
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run Limits

I suspect if you looked on the inner circle there is someone who has a 60 team that would benefit from this rule. No other reason for it. My gosh, when you're 60 and can still hit a homerun, God bless you. Let my people go! I vote for unlimited homeruns for the 60s!
Dec. 15, 2008
audieh
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

I do not like the rule changes but understand the intent. I would strongly suggest though that you make a homerun over the limit a single and not an out as otherwise there will be some pitchers "lit up" for no other reason than a dumb rule.
Dec. 14, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Big Daddy 77, if the web page classicspringtraining.com does not register you just call Curt at 904 303-7798 anytime and he will get you in. The more seniors the better. I'd like to see the seniors challenge the best of the young guys to a game and they use their bats and we will use ours!
Dec. 12, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Challenge

Gary is definitely an original. Lets see, after we get through security and a pat down he whips out a cigar and lighter he concealed in his shirt sleeve. Then they ask us to stay together on the field for security reasons and I lose Gary. I spot him a quarter mile away talking to a group of black inmates and walk over and Gary's got a hundred dollar bet on the game and that he will hit more home runs then their entire team!

So i tell him you can't do these things and he says, sure i can, I was in here with some of these guys dads and relatives. It's all good. I finally get him back to the group and then he starts challenging several of the inmates to bets on who can hit the furthest, etc. and pretty soon we have 1,100 prisoners against us and wanting the locals to kick our butts.

Friction is building and we are totally surrounded so I ask the one guard. Do you have a gun. Nope, but I have a radio. Great, and how long will it take for backup to get here. About 5 minutes. Gee, thats re-assuring. However, once the game begins tempers settle and we proceed to pound them into submission.

The opposing players were very respectfully and appreciative of us being there. Now, the other 1,100 didn't seem to like us but all knew Gary by the time we left. Bottom line is we had a great time and it certainly makes you appreciate freedom!
Dec. 11, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Challenge

Elmo and Mad Dog, two things you need to consider. First, none of the Jags are good enough to make my team and second, why would we bring in Del Rio who is a California guy so obviously he has no abilites or football understanding.

Nah, I'll stick with my geezers. By the way, do either of you girls want to play in the prison game if we can pull it off?
Dec. 10, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Challenge

Dude, it is true that the first string on the softball team averages 6'3" and 258 pounds. But, our second team that you haven't seen is known around here as the midget mafia and averages abut 5'6" and 145 pounds. That being said, the BBQ will be on me and the case of beer and the egg will be on you! ;)
Dec. 9, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Challenge

Pete, I hear the Georgia boys are looking for a fast tight end. I think you are the guy. Maybe after the slaughter we can make it back to my house for some BBQ! Yahoooooo, the south will rise again!
Dec. 9, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Challenge

This is going to be like taking candy from a sleeping baby! Football!, we're talking football. This isn't a game, it's football. Lets see, how many years has it been since Georgia beat Florida? Somebody hand me a calculator!

This should be a blast as the Florida seniors pound the rest of the country into submission.......again! Bring it on girls!
Nov. 20, 2008
audieh
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: who hits it the longest

I just talked to Curt Hollis and he thinks the long ball contest is a great idea for his ClassicSpringTraining.com this February and in addition to having the flat belly and senior home run hitting contest he will also have a long ball hitting contest. Don't know the format yet but it should be fun.
Nov. 20, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Well, just to get the competitive juices flowing and seeing how the Kitrell bunch is now going to be Major Plus here is the challenge. The senior Florida boys challenge the senior Georgia, Alabama, Carolinas, Colorado, etc, etc boys to a best 2 of 3 on Saturday!

Also, what are your thoughts on Friday going back to the prison and whipping up on some of the inmates. That was a great experience 2 years ago and we can arrange it if there is enough interest.
Nov. 20, 2008
audieh
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: who hits it the longest

There are many great hitters in senior softball. The best 2 long ball senior hitters that I have ever played with are Bruce Meade and Mark Martin. Both of these guys are gentle giants with Meade being about 6'6" tall and 275 pounds and Martin being 6'5" tall and 260 pounds.

Both of these fellows have great swings, are team players and fine ambassadors for the senior game. I personally saw Mark Martin hit a ball 1.5 years ago in Vegas 535'. Now, the wind was blowing out, the air was dry, the balls were good, the altitude is over 2,000' and a senior bat was being used. Never the less it was awesome. Most likely in his prime no one could consistantly out distance Bruce Meade.

Other big time senior long ball hitters that I have played with include Gary Deaton, Pat McLellan, Bobby Davis, Baer Chandler, Mattie Digennario, Cecil Whitehead, Davie Reed, Ed Rose, Curt Hollis as well as a number of others. All of these guys can consistently mash it.

In retrospect, I have truly been blessed to have played this game on a competitive level with some of the finest players and people I know. Every area of this vast country has exceptional hitters and people so I don't know that we could ever come up with one answer but the last time I checked the Guiness World Book of Records does list Bruce Meade as the longest hitter of all time at 510' wind unaided! At about 60 years old now I would not bet against Bruce still being the man as he is in fabulous shape!
Nov. 10, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Florida half Century

Hellbender, Firebird. The FHC has the best rules of any association with unlimited runs per inning, senior bats, unlimited homeruns and they place your team in brackets of 5 according to your ability. Our team is ranked #4 and this weekend we played the #1, #2, #6 and #7 and went 2 and 2. It was alot of fun and very competitive. I would guess that the #67 team playing against the #70, #68, #66 and #69 had just as much fun with the same rules.

I talked to Duane Jones who pretty much runs the show and he indicated they may be interested in opening the FHC up to Georgia and Alabama teams. Their questions would be how many teams from the adjacent states and how would they divide the states. Florida is broken into 5 districts. Maybe they could divide Georgia and Florida into north and south divisions and then hope for an additional 10 teams to join the FHC. I know the membership would be in favor as the more teams the better and I can pretty well asure you that south Georgia and south Alabama could assemble some very competitive teams.

Give Duane a call at 813-453-8302 and give him your feedback or just post it here as he monitors this board some.
Nov. 7, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Florida half Century

Nancy has it just about right. Anyone or any team from outside of Florida can play 2 tournaments a year. However, you do need a lifetime ID card and application filled out that I believe is $25. If it is a team they will also need a team fee of $125. Nancy is also right in that you can play in any monthly but not in the state championship in December since it is obviously for in state teams. The man in the know is Duane Jones - 813-453-8302.

I have been lobbying for years to let it be open to others as I'm certain we could pick up some Georgia and perhaps Alabama teams. The more the merrier!
Oct. 31, 2008
audieh
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dirty: Bats & ball info

The type of balls and their ratings make a difference in how they fly but humidity, air temperature, and altitude do as well. I live in Jacksonville, Florida at an elevation of 19.7' above sea level in a high humidity area. Nobody but a true monster hits a ball over 400' if it is a 44/375 ball. When we have played in Phoenix at an altitude of 1086' and dry air the ball travels much further. The same can be said of Las Vegas at 2001' of elevation and very dry air in the desert. I have not been to Reno but at an altitude of 4498' and dry air I would assume that the balls must surely fly.

Trumpball is right. On the east coast with the high humidity (read that heavy air) balls just do not travel as far. I only know of one player in Florida that is a senior that can hit a 44/375 over 400 feet pretty consistently and that is Mark Martin. At Vegas last year he hit a ball 535' that we measured.

Maybe, different balls are needed for different locales and different weather conditions. Now wouldn't that open up a can of worms?! Trumpball, can you make us some 44/375 balls that hit like Reno rockets?
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