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July 29, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP - Part II

Combine Major Plus and Major. Analyze all existing Major teams and move the least competitive ones to AAA unless they choose to stay at Major. When M Plus and M cross over to play each other use the Major HR Rule with home runs in excess being DBO's (not walks). Give the Major team their option of Home or Visitor. Whoever is visitor is given 1/2 run.
Make California a "Region" just like Texas and Florida. Include Arizona in the Southwest Region.
Do away with the 2 player out of Region rule.
Lastly, give everyone the same budget that Sommerville has. Just kidding, don't get your undies in a bundle Mr. Newhard.LOL!
July 22, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS....A concern?

Jimmy - I read that they are 310 to 330. No problem for you!
July 22, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS....A concern?

Webbie - I'm sure that what you are saying is correct and I am looking forward to going and having a great time. You mention that you live in Albuquerque, so you are at roughly the same elevation as Denver. My concern was/is for senior players who are used to playing at Sea Level. Altitude sickness is a real concern. Players need to take that in to consideration. Especially those who are overweight or have pre-exisiting health conditions (i.e.COPD and heart issues).
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Wood & Swing - You sound like 2 guys that know their S_ _ t when it comes to Senior Softball. I feel bad for the guys playing M Plus. They go to a tournament and play the same 2 or 3 teams all of the time. Our guys up here have opted not to play in the Western Nationals because of it. They would rather save their money and play in a couple of local tournaments against the "kids" or the 40's. Something has to be done. That something is combining Major and Plus. Of course, the Devil is always in the details. Just the same, it needs to be done.
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS....A concern?

Ho - Thanks for your input. Sounds like you did everything that you could to offset the affects of the weather. I'm sure that SSUSA has also taken these things in to consideration. I am just concerned about the "double whammy" of heat and elevation. There will be a lot of players that are not acclimated to that kind of elevation. Hopefully, we have no incidents.
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Okay Tim, thanks to "swing for the fences", I see where you are coming from. You have a "dog in the fight". You want a chance to dominate at the Major level before you come under scrutiny and possibly get bumped. Let's be honest, you really don't want to be put in to the same bracket as Sommerville. Because aside from them, there really isn't much difference between the rest of the Major Plus teams and the majority of Major teams at the 50 age group. You say that you are looking out for the bottom feeders in the classification but I think not. Let's face it, there is the Mavericks and there is the rest of the Senior Softball Universe. I have been told that their budget is around 250K a year. That sounds like a ton of money and I'm not sure that it is accurate but safe to say that they have the largest budget in Senior softball. There record in Senior Softball is phenomenal. They usually bring 18 or so players to a tournament. They have players play only in prelims and have guys who just run, etc. If I were the one making the rules, I would designate them as an "exhibition team" and not allow them to win any tournaments. They may get pissed when they read this but that's the way I feel and everyone is welcome to their opinion.
Tim - You make a point of people not knowing each other and M Plus teams adding and cutting players (no loyalty), etc. That may be your reality in Cali., but up here in the NW it is a pretty tight Softball Community. Jawood stated in a previous post that 13 of the 16 players on his roster live within a 50 mile radius. All of these guys have played with and/or against each other for 25 to 30 years. You probably can't relate, but that is reality up here. By the way, I don't have a dog in this fight. I play 60 plus.
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Sounds like somebody is PARANOID about having to play a team one classification above them. When we play local tournaments we are always having to play teams that are classified higher or they are younger or both. If you want to play in tournaments and you enjoy playing different teams that is what you have to do in our part of the Country.
Your "plan" might work for California, Texas and Florida (states with a large population base and lots of senior players) but it doesn't make sense for a lot of other parts of the Country. Players like to play with longtime friends that they have played with since back in "the day". Your plan over legislates. You are trying to dictate which team a player can play on. Most everyone plays on a team because they like the team and the players who are on it. Afterall, the vast majority of us are playing because we still love the game and the cammaraderie that comes with it.
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS....A concern?

I'm posting this topic to solicit ideas and opinions. As most people know, the Western Nationals are being held in Aurora, Colorado the first weekend in August. Aurora is at 5500 foot. Daily temperatures will most likely be in the 90's and may approach 100 degrees. There is also a good possibility of Thunderstorms, which means there may be high humidity as well. Many of the players attending live and play at Sea Level and do not live in Regions where it gets that hot. Many of these players are in their 60's and 70's.
One of our players has been told by his Cardiologist not to go. Is this a concern for players attending? How will senior players be affected by the combination of elevation and heat? Is there anything that can be done to prepare for it? Has SSUSA considered this in their planning?
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Jawood's got it right. He should know, he's been dealing with it for several years. As has been said by MANY people on this sight, combine the 2 and when a Plus plays a Major make the Plus teams play with the run and home run rules that the Majors have. With the exception of the number of home run hitters, there is no difference between the teams in the 2 divisions. You may need to re-classify those few Major teams that are just not strong enough to compete. That would be a minor issue and easily resolved.
July 20, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Age groups

You've got it backwards. It's 50AAA and 55 Major.
July 18, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hamstring Pull

Just what "swing" said and after a few days you might want to schedule some deep tissue massages with a therapist. It will help to release and stretch the muscle. Works well for me. I am also a 60.
July 17, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Wintercrest muscle/joint rub

First of all, I am not a paid spokesman. LOL! I've been using Wintercrest for about 4 years. I found that it really helped for aches and pains, sore muscles, etc. But last year I was playing 3rd base (I'm an outfielder)and took a shot off of my ankle. It hit so hard that it knocked my leg off of the ground and the ball caromed back to home plate. I went down like a ton of bricks and was helped to the bench. There was no ice around so I applied some Wintercrest and elevated my leg. The pain seemed to subside pretty quickly. I continued to apply Wintercrest 3 times a day for the next 3 days. The swelling was very minimal and the area never became discolored. I was back playing (outfield) the next week. I couldn't believe how affective this stuff was on such a severe injury. I am a believer!
Note - when you use Wintercrest a lot over a short period of time you will find that the smell stays with you. It comes out of your pores when you sweat. Luckily, it's not a bad smell. Women don't like it, but that's okay! I believe that it is because Wintercrest contains DMSO which aids in the body's absorption of it's healing properties.
July 13, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60's AAA Western Nationals

Love your shirts and love your team. Great bunch of guys that know how to have fun on and off the field. We'll see you there!
July 13, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Thank you. As most people on this site, I am looking for transparency and consistency. As you previously mentioned, the automatic re-classification is misunderstood and a frequent topic of discussion on this site. Now that you have stated that subjectivity is involved there is no need for further discussion.
July 13, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

SSUSA - I am still waiting for you to provide details of what makes up the "preponderance of information" and "performance data" when determining whether or not a team should be re-classified. You stated that the "automatic rating increase" was the most misunderstood and misrepresented subject on this site. Maybe if you were to provide a detailed explanation of what goes in to the process this subject wouldn't be such a big issue on the message board.
July 12, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60's AAA Western Nationals

Jimmy - I'm willing to drive up to Vancouver if I can ride on the chartered flight for all of your teams.LOL!
July 12, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Combining M & M+

I have played Major and have been to many National Tournaments. I would combine Major Plus and Major for tournament play but have those teams still keep their designation. When a Major Plus plays a Major they should use the Major Home Run Rule. There should be no runs or extra defensive players given and any ball hit over the fence in excess of the maximum should be a DBO. Afterall, the main difference between the two divisions is the amount of Home Run hitters and the number of home runs hit. If you take away that advantage, play between the two levels becomes even.
July 12, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Combining M & M+

I have played Major and have been to many National Tournaments. I would combine Major Plus and Major for tournament play but have those teams still keep their designation. When a Major Plus plays a Major they should use the Major Home Run Rule. There should be no runs or extra defensive players given and any ball hit over the fence in excess of the maximum should be a DBO. Afterall, the main difference between the two divisions is the amount of Home Run hitters and the number of home runs hit. If you take away that advantage, play between the two levels becomes even.
July 11, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

SSUSA - Now that you have come forward and involved yourself in this discussion, please define for all of us "preponderance of information" and "performance data". Are these things transparent and quantifiable or ethereal and elusive? Lay it out for us so that we may all be more enlightened.
July 9, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

I don't think that a team should be moved up just based on winning a National event. The "powers that be" should look at your team's body of work for the entire year. They should also take in to account how dominant you were against teams in the same classification. Most every team has a streak where everything is going well (hitting and defense, etc.) and you can actually beat teams that are better than you. Many teams avoid going to Reno because they have learned that winning a Championship in May in Reno almost always guarantees that you will get bumped. At least, that is what I have been told by lots of players who have been playing in SSUSA for a long time.
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