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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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July 12, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

Antieinstein, I agree that there are some wonderful fields there. We only ever had one complex that we thought was not good. All are right that working scoreboards do not correlate to field quality. I just found it interesting that all the times we played in Vegas that we never had a working scoreboard irregardless of which complex. Most of ours work here. To me Vegas is sometimes about the lights, only the ones on the ballpark scoreboards were not on.

Neck10, the balls are still going through that gate even when it is closed. Yes, there are also a few bulbs burned out on that scoreboard. I guess he hasn't allocated budget for those major expenses yet.
July 10, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Simple Hamstring Question

My only advice is to never go out on a diamond unless you have compression shorts on. They have saved me many injuries. Also if you already have a pull, there are special wraps that you can get, and compression shorts help hold them in place. My experience was from an upper quad. They all hurt on the diamond.
July 10, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

We played in Vegas for years; so this may have changed since then. Even with all of the nice complexes and all of the technology of Vegas, we never saw a scoreboard actually working, and we played at 6 different complexes and visited a few others.
July 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Of course he didn't. He knew that the shortstop was going to throw the ball wide and give them an extra base, right? I told you if you could convince me that he was cheating right then that I would have a different answer. I don't think either of us believe that he was thinking that far ahead. Balls keep going through even when the gate is shut though. Timmy really needs to spend some of your $3 on field maintenance. Bats disappear all the time just right of the plate. Thanks for adopting me; you have been a good friend and know how to make me laugh...except maybe in some tournament situations.

God bless Kinnco, and have a fun and safe 4th.
July 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Tim, now shaved and altered bats are a whole different subject than just composite or not. The first time that I heard the concept of bat speed was from Ray; so maybe it was not original. I think that I still have a copy of his shows somewhere. I still have that DeMarini bat with Coachie's collection. I do know from the videos that we started carrying a Wiffle ball bat as he said that this was a better way to train the muscles without loading them like a weighted bat and promoted bat speed.

I sure miss those Sunday nights at Metro after leagues were over. We would play Wiffle ball and drink beer sometimes until the sun came up. There was a group from Missouri that had their own field and welcomed all to play them. We never went down, but we bought 2 models of their metal Wiffle ball bats. I remember on Sunday nights/Monday mornings that we called them the double walls.
July 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Not every girl can play fast pitch, and not every boy can play baseball. Some of the surrounding towns here in Indy have good slow pitch programs for the girls; they are not affiliated with the high school sports. The only place that I have ever seen boy's slow pitch is in Columbus, Ohio at Berliner. I have pitched the idea to Midwest several times about developing a local summer program for boys and girls at the park especially since the diamonds are generally empty during the day. I also suggested that this not only helps build a future client base, but if you have a league that the boys and girls can play coed together at 16, this is probably a huge hook (especially for the boys?). Of course like anything else if I was willing to donate my time and build it, they would love it. They are in it for the business; I am not. If I am going to give up my time, it is going to be for what I am passionate about which is senior softball.

Slow pitch softball is basically a baby boomer sport. I disagree that the newer bats have been a factor in cutting the number of players. This happened because of attrition, other sports for the young, sponsorship dollars drying up, and other factors. I never heard anyone say that they quit because of composite bats. Now I am a little younger than some of you, but I remember the revolution when Ray DeMarini introduced the concept of bat speed. Some of you really complained because you liked your 38 ounce bat. You probably swing a 28 or 30 one now though. I have not seen a bat over 30 in a very long time. Back then I struggled to even find a 30. I have my 25, 25.5, and 26 that I am very happy with because I am a little fellow. Things change. Traditions die. Let's enjoy this sport as long as we can.
June 23, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: First timer

If you are near Indy, you might want to come up to Metro on Thursday night when the seniors play. They also have hit club there on Monday mornings. If there is anything that I can do to assist, please let me know.
June 22, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Benji4, I guess that you did not get my subtle hint last time and have now used your word 2 more times. Female anatomy has nothing to do with what you are trying to describe. So please find another word or analogy. You are lucky because I have you with 3 strikes on this and would be ejecting you immediately. How would you like it if I was trying to describe something stupid and made up a word referring to male body parts to describe it? Would it seem sexist to you then? These are my opinions only, but would you talk like this in front of your mother, wife, or daughters?
June 22, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

Neck10, that gate is closed, but the balls still go through it. It could definitely use some maintenance. That is my field; so I know it very well. Probably one of the best field conditions ever on that field was years ago when it was not draining very well. There was a small lake behind the infield between the center fielders. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were swimming in it the whole night. Fortunately the drainage situation is fixed. It would have been your team playing defense that would have had a ball landing in that lake, and then your outfielders would probably have been attacked by the ducks. While I am explaining this to you, of course Dave would have to lock himself in the umpire room to keep from laughing at all of us, or at least keep us from seeing him laugh. As they say at Midwest "Playing through". Good luck with your season. Hope to catch up with you soon.
June 21, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

Gary, thanks, I seem to have mastered that. I just cannot lay off that inside pitch, and as you indicated, I do not have good results. I was taught to go up the middle and usually hit to the right side. I am only jealous of how lefties seem to do well when they take an inside pitch. So I always go back to my philosophies when it comes to pitches when I am batting. We like what we like. It is bad luck to swing at a good pitch. I will hit the first pitch if it is even remotely close.
June 20, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

D-Ballgame, point well taken. I have always been 10 - 20 years younger than the senior players that I hang out with; I played ASA starting out as that was what was here. Midwest was the first NSA park in the country, and the owner also had Metro; so I played that also. I do believe with attrition that things will change at some point. I have heard my friends talk about when there was unlimited arch, or how no one believed that slow pitch would catch on when they were playing fast pitch. I have played neither. I have younger friends that go to Canada to play and find the unlimited arch a challenge but take it as part of the game there.

Lb16, you are a little off. ASA only went to 10' a few years ago. I will say that it was surprising as that was one of their mainstays. All ASA leagues here have kept the arch higher either for tradition or to protect the pitcher. Only one ASA park here still allows steel cleats. None of the local ASA parks allows stealing.
June 20, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

I can tell you as an umpire, right, wrong, or otherwise, I call illegal at the pitches' highest point on the flat pitch because I am trying to warn the pitcher. I call it louder than the high ones, and I know it. I believe that I have a pretty good idea what 12' is, but I agree with Gary that it looks a little higher since ASA went to 10'. My opinion only, I think seniors should stay at 12' because we "grew up" on this. I am 5' 1/2 "; so please don't tell me a pitch that doesn't go above my eyes is 6' because that makes me at 7'. My feet do not show in my driver's license picture, but you know what I mean. 6' is about a foot above my head. I am sure that they get 5' 9" or 10" on me all the time, just saying. Remember, I am the same dummy that likes to hit an inside pitch anyway. Would never call it on anyone else. I just cannot lay off it.
June 15, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

Garyhitter59, I have thought about this. I work with a very good umpire that throws anyone out that uses the word "you" in a sentence because he says that they just got personal and crossed the line. My automatic word is "BS" because you are talking about me. Now using "you" and "lying" in close proximity, possibly in a volume loud enough to hear, sorry, I have to side with the person making the ejection. I do not say that anything he did was right prior to that. It is ok; it happens some times that good guys go. Even Coachie was ejected once. You are welcome on my diamond any time.
June 12, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Which Home Plate

I have only ever seen SPA mats with a painted on home plate.
June 12, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

Garyhitter59, not really judging, I am only commenting on what I read based on someone that needs to take control of the game. Without going into the details, one of the sweetest 50 year olds that I know got tossed at the coin flip in Bedford last weekend when he was totally correct. I keep telling him that he needs to come play with us seniors. Wish me luck. He would be an asset to any senior team, and he has not even hit with one of our bats yet. Actually one of my friends that I tried to get to play for years reminded me that he finally gave in when I told him that he needed to play with kids his own age.
June 11, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

Sparky.1, I would rather that they blame me for losing, dropped balls, hitting the wrong pitch, etc. because I am going sleep alright that night, and I would like for them to also.
June 11, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

In our ASA clinics here, we are taught to treat the runner hitting the white as a live ball appeal, and believe me, I can call time before you can appeal it. I wish all associations would adopt this (OK, Dave, maybe this year I will put it in writing and try to sell). So it is on the defense to get it. I will try to see if I can copy the actual rule in here later (hopefully it confirms this).

We use older umpires during the week because they are generally much better with senior rules and 12' arch. Some of them cannot handle more than 4 games any more. I disagree with the choice of the younger umpires. The park here only pays the umpires $2 more for the longer, senior games, and I have yet to have one of them complain about that.


June 11, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smoky Mtn.

Graphite, I have not been down there in years, but in my experience it was always that way. History and the experience were always the draw.

Garyhitter59, I would hope that I am more approachable than the umpire that you describe. However if you made sure to position yourself in front of the backstop and bad mouth me, especially in more than your inside voice, I would probably hook you too. It happened to one of my best friends about 20 years ago; it was how we first met. He ended up umpiring because of me.

Now in full disclosure, I threw my own husband and the other coach for verbally fighting. It was his only ejection too, and he deserved it. Unfortunately we rode in the same car that day, what a long car ride home. Of course the joke for years in tournaments was, "Careful; she threw out her own husband, and she loves him".
June 9, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Old stories of bat doctoring

Rpaulas, I do not; I have never spoken with the man. Oddly enough 2 years ago during a tournament a couple of NSA directors went out there with bats, and he did them on the spot before they told him who they were. He was still back the next tournament.

Tattoball, you know the 40s and over have been after me every night to hit your Nightmare before the games. Hey, if that is how I get them into senior softball, more power to us; they love that bat. I already have gotten 3 from the park (Charney aka Oren Alexander) addicted to playing 50 and over tournaments. When we had our last senior league at Midwest, there were only 3 teams in the competitive league; so they were not going to be able to have it. I told them since our guys were older that we would be the fourth team if we could have no more than 2 45 - 47 year olds. I had a total of 4 guys that I used, no more than 2 at a time, and I am happy to report that they all got addicted and play senior tournaments. I know that I told you this, but the one guy took a 3/4 swing, and it went over the trees and the railroad tracks. He handed it to me and said, "Please take it away. This must be what addictive drugs feel like." I was rolling, too young for Nightmares.
June 7, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Old stories of bat doctoring

Rpaulas, it is too bad you are not in Indy. There is a guy that does it in the back of his van during big tournaments. He is never at Midwest or Metro but shows up regularly at another park. He has even been busted by some of the associations but keeps coming back.

The guy with the tennis balls is glad that I did not call him out here. It is more fun to still heckle him all these years later. This is not CSI Softball.
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