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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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Oct. 9, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Choosing Home team vs Visitor

As someone who took the flip for a senior team for 10 years, whenever I won the flip, I always chose to bat...second,
Sept. 29, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BLD Las Vegas help

Thank goodness the turf field is gone here, but you have no idea how scary a "true" hop can be. The ball picks up speed whenever it touches the turf. I always suggested throwing it to each other with a bounce between you first. If you start with a bat, someone might be going to the hospital. There are different turf heights; so I hope they figured it out, and I hope your experience is different. I will have to look at the facility closer because there were also runner issues with the turf. When it was all turf, we had people sliding into the outfield because they could not stop, especially at second. Once they made cut outs around the bases, there were issues due to the change in the field composition under your cleats, especially rounding third. I would guess with the baseball theme that you would have green and brown turf or green turf with dirt cut outs.

Good luck at the World Championships and enjoy your games at BLD.
Sept. 18, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Gary, the website is in Kevin's original post. Thanks, Steve. I am just so fortunate that Bill left me this legacy of softball. It has definitely gotten me through some tough times this year. Too bad I do not have an engineering background because imagine the bat that I would create and dedicate. Kevin, thanks for reminding us that we keep those that go before us alive.
Sept. 17, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Kevin, that is really touching. You got me doing it too though. I had not thought about this for years, but I used to buy bats for Coachie from a place that would engrave on them so did not have to worry about off the warranty. I always put Bill Allen 12 on them. I still have those bats along with the rest of his collection. I will have to pull one off the rack and have a good cry with it now.
Sept. 15, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Railice96, thanks for bringing it up. Kevin, will there be a 26 oz coming out for us little fellas? This weekend when I was doing bases my partner called me by name. 1B gets rattled and is talking to 2B about it; he thought plate ump was calling him a Nancy boy. I told him not to worry that it was just me. I love this game.
Sept. 11, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 9/11 and Senior Softball

In 2001 we were preparing to travel to the worlds in Las Vegas. Our flight was September 12. The terrorist attacks on our country changed that. For the next couple of days we kept running into our team mates at the parks around our airport just staring at parked planes. SSUSA gave those of us flying in the choice to either adjust schedules or to cancel. Our team met and decided that the terrorists were not going to take away our right to play, and we would not be ruled by fear. Our flight was one of the first ones into Las Vegas. I will never forget walking off that plane to see our friends, Country Bins. They had won their division, but they had been trapped there. There were so many hugs and tears of joy between our two teams in those moments. Coachie and I declared that FOG was Flying Old Glory for that week. We had a great tournament and came in third. Even out of the worst of times, our battles to get to the worlds and compete still make me very proud of us as Americans to not let evil take away our freedom to do what we love.

If you are playing in the world championships this year, do not forget how fortunate we are to have the privileges that we do in our country that allow us to play this game we love. God bless America and senior softball.
Aug. 27, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: huntsman games

Thanks to the guy that just called and said that I could also courtesy run. You made my day.
Aug. 27, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: huntsman games

Gary and Bruce, thanks. Coachie always wanted to go there. I am thinking about selling myself as a used scorekeeper to get to the worlds somehow. Poor Coachie, some husbands cannot get their wives to the ballpark, and others cannot get theirs wives out of it. Guess which one I am?
Aug. 23, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

Mulewhipper, I have made a note to mentally wear you out the next time I ump your game. Don't worry, I get the joke. I just wish that I was still able to play instead. The only real option to play here is coed, and I decided not to play a game with guys half my age hitting at me. It is much better to hang with you guys. Sometimes umping is the hardest position on the field. Only having an indicator and a brush is not great protection when a hard hit ball comes at you.
Aug. 19, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

Just my opinion from years of playing and umpiring, no scientific data, hardest hit, 3rd base; least reaction time, pitcher; most "wicked" (movement, hardest to judge), 1st base. The hardest ball that I have ever seen hit to the infield was at a softball World Series in South Bend. Rusty Bumgardner mis-hit a ball that short hopped in front of the short stop and about took his head off. When Rusty got to first, I remember him saying, "Sorry, short".
Aug. 18, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad News in Indy

There's that kid from Columbus. Denny looked better than he probably had in 20 years. He came out to Bill's celebrations of life at Metro and Midwest. He was at a convention in Texas when he collapsed. We lost him and Bill 6 months and 1 day apart. At Denny's service the word softball came up a lot. The team picture of INDY FOG in Roseville, CA SSUSA Worlds was displayed, and there was Coachie sitting in front of the team cheesin' it. Yes, I was crying for 2, but I was in the right place for it. I know they are playing softball in Heaven right now.
Aug. 14, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

We had something that I found so out of the ordinary in the same vein happen that I thought that I would share it. Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with senior softball. We have a tournament here every year called the All Niter. Early Sunday morning, a team came into the office complaining that the team that they had just played against was switching out their good balls for junk ones. Now, of course after the game is over is never going to solve anything, but I just really had a hard time believing that the other team would actually engineer that unless they were also magicians, but I have been wrong before, and as some of you point out, cheaters may go to great lengths to accomplish their cheat of choice. It would not have helped in this situation, but in the BYOB tournaments here, I always ask the coaches at the plate meeting to have their pitcher and catcher help in policing the balls. Catchers can be an umpire's best friend on the details sometimes. This is not how it is done in senior softball, but this works for me here because the umpires never touch the softballs in these tournaments.
Aug. 14, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad News in Indy

For whatever reason the actual arrangements did not show up in paper; so here is the link to funeral arrangements http://flannerbuchanan.tributes.com/obituary/read/Dennis-Ryan-Niendorf-101592976.
Aug. 13, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad News in Indy

I forgot to add that Denny's mother is still alive. He was always a good son too.
Aug. 13, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad News in Indy

If you had told me at New Year's that we would lose 2 people who were so integral to senior softball in Indy this year, I would not have believed it. We lost Bill Allen in February, but we also lost our good friend Denny (Dennis) Niendorf unexpectedly last Saturday; he was only 66 (67 in senior softball years). Denny owned historic Metro Stadium for many years which was Bill's and my favorite park and the hub of senior softball in Indy. We grew to know and love Denny, and when his father, who took care of the park, passed away, we decided that we would help him. So Bill made a career change and worked as the grounds keeper for many years at the park that we loved so much. It was at Metro that Bill saw his first senior softball tournament that made him want to play it so badly. So Bill started a 45 and over team at the park, and Denny was on that team. When Bill started his senior softball team in 1998, we were called the Indy Metros after Denny's park, and Denny was the first baseman; we changed the name to INDY FOG the next year. He was on the team until 2001 with us that year when we had to fight 9/11 to get to the Worlds and was playing first when we were able to finish third in Las Vegas; so it was a good softball year for both of them. When Bill decided that he wanted a senior softball tournament in Indy, he talked with his friend Denny first. Denny helped him to realize that our beloved Metro would probably not be able to handle the tournament as it grew. So Denny had a big part in the Brickyard too. He has been very supportive to me this year since we lost Bill and was very touched by the service that we had at Metro. Denny was a good man, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and team mate. I know that the 2 of them are playing right now with all of the players that called Metro their home park. It was opened the year after WW II; so I know that there are a lot of teams.

There is supposed to be information on the arrangements that will be later this week at www.indystar.com under obituaries tomorrow.

God bless Denny and his family. I am only glad that we had some time with him here on Earth.
July 13, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runners from the plate

HJ, I definitely get the senior moment. The people in senior and special olympic leagues that needed this could not run; so if your example keeps getting out, maybe he should wait to get that courtesy runner at first for now (tell him Nancy said so - silly girl). League special rules are sometimes the oddest ones ever. I have a league that I do that the courtesy runner cannot go more than on base. Of course the ball stays live; so sometimes the young runner gets out trying to get back to that bag after passing it. Another one the courtesy runner can only be the last batted out; so if you are in the first inning, there may not be one, so no runner available. I agree with some of the others on this one, especially since it is almost always just a force out at first. Since the runner in question should not confuse the fielders on the force, I think the league should save the chalk and eliminate the line. Maybe you could tie a rope to your repeat offender or just let him run for himself to first.
July 11, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: who's goin to ISA WORLDS Columbus Indiana

I guess no Fat Nancy's since it is right in between the Northeast and Eastern. So I will have to wish for the next Brickyard. I plan to spend some time in Columbus for the ISA; so that is about as close of a siting as anyone will have. So good luck to all playing the ISA. It should be a great tournament. Be sure and add it to your schedule. I am still rooting for those NY FOG in their tournaments too.
July 11, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runners from the plate

Wow, I have only ever seen a courtesy runner at leagues in Shelbyville (held onto rope tied to backstop that had to hold onto until ball hit) and special olympics (runner had to stay behind a line until ball was hit). The line you talk about is an interesting twist, but why would a batter even run if they had a courtesy runner from the plate? I am not even going to wager a guess on what should be done since the batter should not run at all. I was always more concerned about the runner leaving early because they were behind me.
June 15, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

When Ray D had his series, he said that using a Wiffle ball bat was the best exercise. I believe the reason was more about training the muscles and helping increase your bat speed before swinging your real bat, but I would have to look for the video since I do not trust my memory right now. I just remember that we kept one in Coachie's bat bag. Of course Ray was the one that trained all of you to give up your 36, 38 ounce bats in the first place with the concept of bat speed. I have yet to hit a home run, but Ray also made it much easier for me to even find a bat under 30 ounces which really helped my batting. I still remember being delighted at finding a 29 ounce Tennessee Thumper because it was the lightest one that I ever had. My favorite is a 25.5 EST, but most of mine are 26 bats. I could never bring myself to use a fast pitch bat.
May 20, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Unusual play

Saw it once in league play at Metro. A really good team was playing a much weaker team. Batter bangs one to the outfield fence. He and his buddy ahead of him laughed and carried on as they went around the bases for the in the park homerun. The weak team did not give up and kept relaying the ball in. About 10 feet from the runners making it to the scoring line, the catcher gets the ball for the force, double play. The looks on the runners' faces were priceless.
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