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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.
March 26, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When is the last time you saw a pitcher have to leave a game from getting hit or get seriously hurt?

If you haven't seen a pitcher get hit just keep watching, it is inevitable. No matter what is said and how many apologies are half heartedly given out, there is still a group of players who don't care if they blow up the pitcher. Old guys with slower reflexes and hot bats and balls is a dangerous combination. I wouldn't mind seeing a rule that mandated the use of a screen in all tournaments.
It's really no better in the kid's leagues. Almost everyone is using shaved bats and they care even less about shooting the middle. I pitched for my son's team for a few years and was hit in the chest, the arm, the chin and the shin. And I have the scars to prove it.
March 5, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Bats
Discussion: looking for yellow mm

Email sent to you.
March 4, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Bats
Discussion: looking for yellow mm

Got another one for you. Give me your email addy again.
March 3, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Giving 5 runs to "inferior" teams

neck10 - If you have a team go 2-0 you have to have a team go 0-2. Sweet Construction went 0-2 in the round robin.
March 1, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Giving 5 runs to "inferior" teams

If you are a bowler or a golfer you establish a handicap and any time you compete against someone else you compare handicaps. If there is a difference between the two competitors the one with the highest handicap gets some type of scoring advantage to try to equalize the playing field. This allows players from different skill levels to be able to compete against one another. Essentially, you are really competing against yourself, trying to do better than what you normally do. The run advantage/extra defender option is Senior Softball's method of handicapping. As long as the age/classifications are legitimate this is probably the best way to handle the issue of two teams that are at different skill levels playing against each other.
In most parts of the country there are not a wealth of senior softball teams. To be able to hold a tournament you must be willing to play teams in different age brackets and different skill levels. It's not a perfect solution but it's the best that the association could come up with.
I am certainly not a fan of "all things SSUSA" but in this matter I feel that they are doing the best that they can. My beef is really with the classification system, especially when it involves teams named "Ruth".
Jan. 9, 2012
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of the factors players look for in deciding which tournament team to play for?

1. Team chemistry. It has to be a team of guys whose priorities are in line with mine.
2. Must not have selfish, immature and/or devisive players (cancer causers) on the team.
3. The Coach must be impartial and consistent.
4. Tournament schedule must be in line with the type of tournaments that I want to play.
The team I am on has 1 main criteria for adding new players - "No A_ _ holes Need Apply". I like it that way.
Team chemistry usually wins out over superior skills.
Nov. 13, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Impact player rule is a joke!!

Duke - Being a Northwest player, I have an intimate knowledge of the team that you speak of. They had been previously rated as a Major Plus team and begged to be rated as a "Major" team this past season. Then they proceeded to stack their team with players who started the season playing on the same sponsor's 55 Major Plus team. By the time they reached the World's this year they had at least 3 of those players playing for them. It was a big surprise to me that they didn't just walk through the World Championships. Not that I am disappointed!
Oct. 27, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How would you feel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As Seniors, we have spent a lifetime in school and our careers being surrounded by individuals that were/are not of our choice. You accept and deal with everyone because you have to. In Senior Softball, as in others hobbies and forms of recreation, you have a choice of who you play with. I have chosen not to play with individuals who are selfish, devisive and immature. Afterall, softball is a team game. There is no place for a player who puts himself and his personal accomplishments ahead of the team's goals. I don't care how good a player is, if he is putting his personal goals and needs before the team's he is a detriment to the team. If there ever comes a time when I can't find a group of players who care more about the team than themselves that is when I will hang up my glove. I won't compromise my ethics and values just to play a game.
June 23, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Jim Sherman Memorial Northwest Championships Lacey, Washington June 24 - 26, 2011

First you need to get registered with SSUSA. For the event this weekend you need to have already been registered and on a SSUSA team roster. Your best bet would be to show up and talk to some of the team reps. It would also help if you had references. Guys who currently play and can vouch for you.
Good luck!
June 20, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western Nationals

Jimmy - The Woodland and Davis fields are about 13 miles apart. The Woodland Complex that I believe they are using is all synthetic.
June 17, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classification question

That's an answer but not a reasonable one. I would like someone to tell me how this happens?
June 17, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classification question

How does a AAA team roll through a 14 team Winter World Championship, beating teams by an average of 8 runs, carrying a Major Plus player on their roster, not get bumped? Can anyone give me some insight as to how this could happen?
June 13, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Attention all 50 Major Plus Teams!

Western Nat'ls are played in Woodland and Davis California July 15th through 17th. Would like to see some new faces.
June 10, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Attention all 50 Major Plus Teams!

I'm looking to get a count of how many 50 Major Plus teams are planning on playing Western Nationals in mid-July. If your team is going please respond with your team name.
Thanks!
June 4, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: xReno 2011 50, 55s

If I were the UIC I would conduct Regional clinics for my umpires and make it mandatory that they attend. I would have practical demonstrations showing what is considered a legal pitch and what is illegal. I would also invite team Reps. to attend. Hopefully, that would put everyone on the same page.
June 4, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: xReno 2011 50, 55s

If I were the UIC I would conduct Regional clinics for my umpires and make it mandatory that they attend. I would have practical demonstrations showing what is considered a legal pitch and what is illegal. I would also invite team Reps. to attend. Hopefully, that would put everyone on the same page.
June 3, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: xReno 2011 50, 55s

Given that this is a hitters game, as a pitcher I will try to push the envelope any time that I can. I will test the arc, test the speed, attempt to quick pitch, pitch from beyond the allowable distance. I will do anything that I can to turn the odds in my favor. Even then, the hitters still have the advantage.
May 31, 2011
leftyodoul
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: xReno 2011 50, 55s

Donny wasn't doing anything different than what he has been doing for years. The head of the umpires was there at the complex and watched Donny pitch. He did not direct the umpires working the games to make Donny change his delivery. If his pitching got in to the Maverick's head more power to him. Bottom line - it is still a hitter's game. The ball must be delivered in a range from 6 to 12 foot. If you can't hit a ball delivered by a slowpitch pitcher then you better move to a sport where you can place the ball on a tee.
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