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July 2, 2008
chollis
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Major- MajorPlus

Hey M2,

E-mail sent

curt hollis
June 14, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Description of a Major Plus Player.

Mango, thanks for the reply. I understand were your coming from and I think we all have those same thoughts. I wouldn't call that a selfish standpoint.

Don, thanks for the kind words! I enjoyed reading your response. I've been a part of 7 national championships with the young guys and 2 or 3 since starting last year in 50 ball which doesn't make me an expert on anything. So take this with a grain of salt....I'm OK with the Major Plus being voluntary. The only problem I see is what do you do with a team that wins every Major tournament there in?....and they don't want to move up. What would the other Major teams have to say about that? Might they demand that this team moves up? What would prevent a Major + team from sand bagging? Just asking the question as I don't want to stick my big nose in the Major division business.

Now, to address your other issue......and I'm assuming lets say, you were force to move up to Major +. You said, "Why should a team have to dump guys (often friends) mid-season who were recruited legally within published and unpublished SSUSA alleged rules and guidelines?"

I don't know of a requirement were you have to dump someone mid season. I think you might have to take a look at your team and ask yourself what your goals are for the remainder of the season. I would suggest you see how the guys you have handle it. There might be some pleasant surprises. The next season you'll have to make some choices regarding your goals, do I want to play with my friends or do I want to win at this level? or do I want a mixture of both? I understand your comment about recruiting your son off a team. What we try to do is make sure I'm the worst player on the team, then I know we are as good as we are going to get (lol). I think most the guys that play at this level pretty much understand how it works. That doesn't mean you can't be dedicated to your players. Be upfront with the guys you bring on. Tell the guys your not sure about that you would like to give them a couple of tournaments to make the team and then talk to them after two tournaments. But most of all, have fun!

Keep the great thoughts rolling guys!!!

curt
June 13, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Description of a Major Plus Player.

Guys I'm enjoying the discussion even though I don't agree in a lot of what is being said here, which is fine. So, chew on this (LOL).

Mango and Tate, I understand your fustration in the number of teams in the Major + division. However,I believe that merging the Major + and major division would be only a tempory fix that would dwindle after a lot of the Major + guys grow tired of playing with the numerous restrictions and just disappear. Almost all of the Major + guys I play with don't want any restrictions (with possibly the restriction of residency being the exception). Its not hard to find a place to play with restrictions..... BECAUSE THAT IS ALL THERE IS. So if your playing AAA or Major, be happy. If you team gets bumped up to Major + don't try to change the rules so your team can compete immediately. Start changing your team to play by the rules! Believe me, we had our share of bumps coming into the Major+ division but we worked hard on the team and we are really starting to make progress and then BAM! Homerun run limits, over the limits are outs, etc.

Now more than ever, softball needs the elite division, it doesn't really matter what you call it, Major + in senior ball, Major or Super in flat belly ball, etc. Guys that play this division should realize that though they are few in numbers, and have to suffer because of the limited number of teams in this division,....and always facing off against the same "Old" guys,....that this division does more to help softball grow than probably any other division with the possible except of the church league.

The elite divisions of softball (Major + in senior ball & Major with the young guys) are the games that draw the lower division players over to watch,young or old, this is the division that dads bring there sons to watch, this is the division that younger players watch and say "one day, I'm going to play on that team". This is the division (Major) when I was young that inspired me to keep playing.

I think we all can agree that there are a limited number of players that belong in this division. I hope the players in this division and the associations that carry this division realize the important of having this "pain in the butt" division up and playing.


Curt Hollis
Hollis Appraisals #51
June 7, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Announces Major-Plus Task Force

Now this is the way to run an airline! Great job SSUSA and Terry Hennessy. Terry you have put together a great group that I'm sure will look out for the interest of the major plus division in senior softball.

I happen to believe this division needs very little restrictions. My personal thoughts on developing and building softball reflect on having a healthy upper division of play, whether it is the Major division with the young guys, the Major Plus division with the seniors or an "A" league in the local league play.

Healthy doesn't mean there has to be lots of teams. Matter of fact, usually it means just the opposite. These are the divisions that dads take there sons to watch, these are the divisions that younger players watch and say "one day, I'm going to play on that team", this was the division that inspired me to work real hard as a young player and get better.

Whether it is the senior Major Plus division, the young guys Major division or our "A" division in league, the complaint I hear from these players in these division are "I'm tired of playing the same ole guys" or "there are not enough teams in this division or tournament". Sorry guys, if you were to take all the softball players and arranged then in a stack based on least talented being placed on the bottom to the most talented place at the top you would end up with a figure shaped like a Chirstmas tree. There is a limited number of players that can play at this level.

That said, I think one of the restrictions that does help this division is the restriction on roster limits by state and connecting states. Maybe allowing one or two pickup from outside the region would be ok. I guess that is one area the task force could look at. Anyway, I trust these guys to decide what is best for the division as a whole. Over my 35 years of playing, I have seen rule changes come down by "the powers to be" that were written with the intent to help their own team. This approach is indeed a breathe of fresh air for softball. Thanks SSUSA and Terry.

Curt Hollis
Hollis Appraisals #51
March 11, 2008
chollis
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new red senior Combat

Kev, We are hitting the balls I used at the Classic Spring Training. The balls we were hitting until recently were last years spring training balls. They are all Trump 44/375 Miicrocells balls I got from you. Great balls by the way!
curt
March 10, 2008
chollis
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Super Mjor Softball-The way the game was meant to be played

DoubleL 10 I just want Walker to work hard for those MVP's! Actually, a guy with his talent would really show out on the larger outfields more so than the 300' fields. If they held the tournament in a stadium you would be lucky to get two games a day in because every team would be on the same field.

Lecak, You may have a point but the younger teams do it every weekend. You could do a triple elimination if you had multiple fields. You probably couldn't do it in a stadium.
March 9, 2008
chollis
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Super Mjor Softball-The way the game was meant to be played

JIm,
Thanks for your hard work in putting this together. I agree with Audie Audie's first 7 points. I would like to suggest you play the tournament in a stadium and make it a one of a kind tournament, If you did play in a stadium you may need to increase the balls to 44/525's, increase the base lengths and play double elimination with no seeding games. Let me know if I can help in anyway.

Sorry Mike Walker, I know you have enough room to cover already.
curt hollis
Feb. 18, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 50 Champions

Bob, Congratulation to you and the rest of the Florida Sluggers! Great job!
curt hollis
Jan. 30, 2008
chollis
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: hitting the pitcher

OK, I have seen so good points while reading this thread. My guess is the new pitching rule was made for “Major Plus” because the association removed the unlimited homeruns on this division, making anything over the home run limit an out. Being this division has some of the hardest hitting players I can see were they felt the need to try to protect the pitcher. This is why I think they made the rule for this division only.

My thoughts - If they truly felt the need to protect the pitcher in Major Plus, they would not have changed the home rule, it’s as simple as that. Is there anything else that would add some safety to the pitcher that could be used in all divisions? Yes – Two Things

#1. Add an additional infielder that must be played behind the pitcher near second base. Nobody hits at an infielder on purpose. But we don’t think twice about shooting one by the pitcher because we all know it’s the quickest and easiest way to get a hit.

#2. Change the “out” to read “a single” in the new home run rule.

These two simple rule changes would make the game much safer in all the divisions. The last thing I ever want to do is hurt someone while playing softball. I also will do my best to not make an out when my team is out of homeruns.
Dec. 21, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2008 Classic Spring Training

Lefty,
What Don said except the "standby list" will be allowed to attend the event also even if the don't take a non-payers place.
curt
Dec. 11, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lakeland

I'm guessing your talking about Lakeland, Florida? I would say about 2 and a half hours, maybe a touch more depending on the time of day.
curt
Dec. 10, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2008 Classic Spring Training

Hey Mike,

It is www.classicspringtraining.com

curt
Dec. 5, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2008 Classic Spring Training

Stoneman,
It's great to see that you are going to make it. I hit with Don Norquist last night and he was excited that you are coming. I haven't heard from the other half of the Blue's Brother. Hmmm....since he got a job he won't return my calls. But, I know he reads this board and I should see him this weekend.
take care,
curt
Dec. 1, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2008 Classic Spring Training

Thats because that is a given! LOL.
Nov. 26, 2007
chollis
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Bring back 3 game Round Robins !!??

Well said bro!
Nov. 26, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2008 Classic Spring Training

I\'m posting this information for the seniors that have expressed interest in the event. The web site is at www.classicspringtraining.com The event will be held at Ringhaver Park in Jacksonville, Florida. The dates are February 8th, 9th ans 10th, 2008. I hope to see you there.

curt hollis
Sept. 25, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Are geographical restrictions for 2008 being eliminated by any of the major associations?

Wow, thread hijackers everywhere. Maybe you should have asked about the safety issues on the bases and then someone might try to answer your original question. NOT

Being you have two strikes already on the question and I hate to see my bro strike out, (not really), I repost your original question and we'll see where this one heads off to.

Are geographical restrictions for 2008 being eliminated by any of the major associations?
Will any of the associations change their antiquated geographical restrictions for 2008? Currently Hunt, NSA and LVSSA have the least limiting restrictions. I believe this is the best way to go for the major plus divisions in all age groups. Lets get back to real softball and do away with geographic restrictions, inning run limits, limited home runs,
Aug. 27, 2007
chollis
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum U2 ???

I'm with Bruce on this one. The green Ritch's Superior bat was the best aluminum bat I have ever used. The walls were so thin that me and Roy Eppley destroyed three of them in one BP session.....and they still hit bombs triangled. Do the have the big sweet spot like the U2, no. Distance wise,......not sure, probably not, but the hit bombs compared to everything else out at the time.
Aug. 16, 2007
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anyone had a Worth Launch 510 break

I broke mine this evening. It had about 80 swings on it. Very hot towards the end.
Aug. 12, 2007
chollis
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Just a thought

This is a great message boards and I want to thank those in charge of putting it up and running it for doing that. If I had a complaint, .....and it would only be a little itty bitty one such as the small print or font size when typing or responding to a message. Maybe it is my fault due to a default setting or my browser's fault. I have my glasses on and I really have a hard time seeing what I type.

PS, I the guy that thinks newspapers should put out a senior edition with larger print. LOL.
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