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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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April 28, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Game Schedules & Brackets

Knowing Dave, he will post it as soon as he lands. You will not find someone who does more on negative hours of sleep than him. I checked with Tim, and he said that you were welcome to have batting practice on the open fields.
April 25, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IS IT A CATCH

Webbie, you know the rules. You can only wear a glove on your foot if you wear a boot on your hand.
April 25, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Game Schedules & Brackets

Curt, I am only Dave's sidekick for the week, and he is working his tail off in LV; so let me try to help you. I double checked with office, and you can bring the form with you. Also on the tournament page the location listed is at the park. I am guessing from other posts that you have a 50 team.
April 16, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bill Allen

Steve, you were right there with me and Butch. I hope to see you soon. I will never forget the care that you treated Bill with when his father passed while we were playing in Plano. He adored you, and I do too. Maybe we will get a chance to use that old Broadsider in Columbus or on one of Ralph's Saturday batting practices in Indy. Thanks for reminding me about it. You will always be our kid from Indiana.
April 15, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bill Allen

I want to thank everyone for making these events very meaningful which really helped me after this and the awful winter. I will cherish the stories told for the rest of my life. I want to give a special thank you to Lee Sullivan and Tim Fishburn for presiding over the respective events and also give a specials thanks to Butch Drake, Johnny Gannon, Denny Niendorf, and Jeff Case for all of your support to me and love of our buddy Bill Allen, Coachie. Terry, Fran, and Dave, thank you for helping me with remembering Bill for senior softball.

...but as Bill would say once the memorials were done, "Play ball".

I looking forward to seeing everyone at the Brickyard.
April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

There used to be a group in Missouri that challenged others to come to their park and play wiffle ball against them. The design of their diamond was pretty interesting. They could quickly swap backstop with outfield to work better with the wind. We never went there, but they also had 2 models of metal wiffle ball bats for sale, and I bought them for Coachie. After the teams would leave at Metro on Sunday night, we played wiffle ball against each other for hours into the early hours of Monday morning on Diamond 1. One of them was more prone to denting. We had more fun on those nights/mornings, but now I am going to have to look for those bats because I know that he kept everything but the Tidal Wave. Did I mention that he was an only child and a little spoiled by his parents and me?

Best Metro Stadium trivia, when Eight Men Out was filmed, they were at Metro for I think a couple of weeks. The only part that appeared in the movie was the very last scene with Shoeless Joe Jackson (there is about 5 minutes on YouTube). I get sort of choked up when I watch that scene (that is not in New Jersey) because I love that little park. Coachie and I almost lived there for 13 years, and it was there that he saw the NSA senior world series and decided that he wanted to play senior softball.
April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bill Allen

Thank you everyone for your kind words and actions during this difficult time for me.

There will be 2 celebrations of life for Bill Allen next week in Indy.

April 10 4:45 Metro Sports Complex Diamond 1
April 11 5:30 Midwest Sports and Social Complex Diamond 3

In case of bad weather at either park, we will meet in their upstairs concession area.

At both celebrations, I want to encourage you to bring stories of Bill Allen that you would like share.

Dress is casual or softball attire. We want #12 Coachie to recognize us.
April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

Webbie and Imlay, thanks for this mental diversion. Coachie never wanted the curve handled bat. We were sponsored by One Cryo for a couple of years, and it was more durable than the Demarini and had good pop. There are some really old Demarinis in that collection too. The one bat that I could probably never part with is a black prototype EST. We were at a tournament (won't post just in case rep still works for Worth), and Coachie really wanted it. Near the end of the tournament, I was able to convince the Worth rep to sell it to me (at the time I was young, cute, and had cash). Coachie was working at Metro, and the Indiana Worth bat rep and showed him their new EST's which included the blue one with the small knob. Coachie told him that he had a black bat like that. The rep told him that he didn't because there were only a few prototypes made like that, and only the reps got them. Of course he goes to his bat bag in his office and brings it back. The rep wanted to know where he got it, and of course he told him from his wife. That bat is the most durable that I have ever seen, any everyone liked the grip with the small knob. It made it through Red Dots and his A players hitting with it in the Armory in St. Louis where we played indoor, winter ball. The new blue, green, and red ESTs that Worth released that year all really dented easily. The red was my favorite bat ever for me, 26 oz and hit so well. It only lasted because I would not let the boys hit with it. I bought the newer model a few years later, and it was not as good but better than the bats that I had used for years. Steve, if you make it home to Columbus, I will see if I can dig out that Broadsider for us to hit with. Thanks, guys.
April 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

Coachie was a bat collector. The only one that he ever actually let go was the water bat because he had a friend that really wanted it. I think it was called a Tidal Wave. It froze and broke over a winter in his barn. Now the Broadsider is still here, which is the 3 sided bat. The biggest problem was hitting the ball squarely on a flat side. If you hit it and caught the points, it was not so great. Of course these were aluminum bats. Thank you, Ray Demarini, for shaking up that concept and all of those 36 and 38 ounce bats you guys used back then. I remember having a really hard time finding even a bat as light as 30 which was still way too heavy for me, but I used that Tennessee Thumper for years before Demarini changed the bat world forever, and there were actually light bats available to improve our bat speed when swinging.
April 1, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Garocket, sorry to frustrate you. It is a Nancy Allen opinion and expression only what I call Heart Rules because players get emotional without knowing the actual rules, and they will usually never let it go because they get emotional which also has nothing to do with common sense. You do not need to agree with me, but I have seen this many times over the years with the situations that I described being the most common in my experience.

I do find it very interesting that any umpire clinic would ever tell the umpires about a rule making sense or not. I have never heard that in all the ones that I have been to over the years. There have been rules over the years that I did not agree with, but as an umpire it is my job to enforce the rules as they are, not as how I think or feel that they should be. Sometimes those rules change if there are enough issues with them; sometimes the changes are even worse.

I really have no opinion on the situation described. I was not there; so I do not have enough information to really comment on it. I do not have a pony in this race; I just thought that I would share something from an umpire's perspective; so I am not agreeing or disagreeing with anybody. I think that we only learn by discussion, maybe not though.
March 31, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Jonesy and Garocket, you have fallen into what I call Heart Rules. Players interpret with their emotions instead of the rules. The worst ones are this (Jonesy, thank you for using the word obstruction; I usually get the player yelling "Interference" passionately when my arm is extended for the delayed dead ball waiting on the outcome), the perception of out of the box when a player is not by the rule, the "Blue, he was in fair territory when he touched the ball" when it is based on the trajectory of the ball which was foul, and sometimes the infield fly when a player is just sure that it is a dead ball. Do we as umpires always call this 100% correct based on our judgment? Sometimes not, but we should have a better understanding of the rules, but judgment is judgment after all. Will I or any umpire ever be able to convince you that we used the rules when making the ruling? Probably never. Will you talk about how it upset you in the parking lot over cold beverages? Of course. Will you ever completely understand unless you try umpiring and get some experience? It is OK; the answer is "No". I could never even convince Coachie at least on the is the ball fair or foul based on the position the fielder instead of the ball; so I gave up trying. I can hear him now saying "Stupid rule then". Would any rule change ever fix this? Never until eternity. It is OK; we as umpires are used to it. You are not going to change your mind's, and you are not going to change ours. Softball and life still go on. ;-)
March 23, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

Hey, Corky, I've been right here. They play indoor at Sports Park too. What Steve and I talked about was indoor senior qualifiers and an indoor senior world. There are a lot of facilities that play indoor in the Midwest, but there is no competitive senior program. The facility that you are at is where the last NSA Indoor World Series was held long, long ago. I played coed in it; so you know it was ancient history.
March 19, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

We were just voted #3 for best downtowns by Livability http://www.livability.com/top-10/top-10-best-downtowns-2014/indianapolis/in, and this is a great picture of our downtown canal http://www.livability.com/top-10/top-10-best-downtowns-2014. They color it green for St. Patrick's Day. I really just hope that people come here because of the nice complex and good competition.

I think that my softball goals are pretty small this year:
1. Get Fat Nancy's to play in Indiana
2. Further pursue senior indoor softball which Steve Simmons and I often talked about. Those of us in the snow belt states need a way to stay engaged in playing since we cannot play outside unless we go snowbird.
March 17, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CHICAGO CLASSICS BOBCATS PITCHER PASSES

My prayers go out to his loved ones. He once said to Coachie and me "You bring the beer, and we'll bring the steaks, and we'll meet somewhere between Chicago and Indy and play games all day." I think that he knew steaks would be cheaper. We had traveled everywhere and kept playing each other; so it was a pretty good suggestion, wish we had done it.
March 17, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

The Senior Softball Store from this site has a couple of face masks that should work. The biggest complaints that I have heard on helmets is loss of peripheral vision and overheating during summer play.
March 12, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

After looking at the tournament information for the Northeast Championships, I think that I get it on things to do listed there. So here it goes, I am not into shopping (other than for softball), but we have lots of first class shopping if that is what makes your woman happy. We are not known for BBQ, but we have lots of options for it and even chicken and waffles. I prefer chicken wings, and while we may not be Buffalo, we have lots of different takes on it. We have many local breweries, and you can get growlers on Sunday at some. You can stand in the shadows of our Colts' or Pacers' stadiums or see Hinkle Fieldhouse of Butler and Hoosiers fame. Some people like the NCAA Hall of Champions, never been inside, just walk past it on our city canal. We have 3 IMAX theaters and lots of museums. Need suggestions for grandkids? Just ask. Of course once a year in May, we are graced by the lovely Dave Dowell. Did I leave anything off from the Syracuse categories? Still hoping to see Fat Nancy's here this year. I thought about this when I drove into work this morning and chuckled because Coachie and I always only thought about things to do when the team did not survive until Sunday. Otherwise it was ballpark, motel, food, and hanging around the motel parking lot or public area.
March 12, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sofball Pants

Gary, I have a hit or miss idea that we have used. I am not plugging anything, but if you keep an eye on Boombah's clearance, sometimes you can find what you want, might have to settle for a tiny bit of color, but you will still look game ready at the Brickyard. I am so ready for softball after today's snow storm.
March 7, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW "ROOKIE" ON TEAM SSUSA

I hope that you do not mind that I have already signed her up for the Brownsburg 6 and under slow pitch league. You are very lucky to get a girl and a Pisces, heck, maybe I should just go coach the 6 and under where she is. If it is not near Sacramento, then let's work on a contract deal and trade her for you to always keep her close. Make sure that you bring lots of pictures to the Brickyard.
March 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

What an interesting question, In all the years that we had a team, I guess that we concentrated more on competition than on attractions. Since you asked though, we have the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is a museum there, and often in May tours of the track or being able to watch cars testing on the track are possible. Nick Goepper, our Olympic medalist, skied the track today. We are the racing capitol of the World, and there are several asphalt and dirt tracks in close proximity that race on the weekends. We hosted a Super Bowl, and our downtown is first class including many things to do and eating opportunities. St. Elmo Steak House is Peyton Manning's favorite restaurant here; it is expensive but worth it (Harry and Izzy's is the baby brother restaurant). If you are looking for other types of restaurants, just ask. Our Monument Circle is a great place to visit in May, and our Indiana War Memorial is the only state memorial like it in the country and is very meaningful to veterans and those of us who support our military, and the Shrine Room is a treasure. It was built by WW I veterans, both Americans and allies. We have a minor league baseball team, the Indianapolis Indians in a beautiful stadium. They are away during the Brickyard weekend, but they play Syracuse here April 26 - 29 by coincidence. If bringing wives or grand kids, I can offer other venues. If there is something else you want to do besides play softball, just ask, and I will find it. I have been watching Fat Nancy's from afar; we traveled with our team up until 2007. So it is only a timing issue that I have not seen them play yet; I know about the bait shop. I have been to Syracuse many times as my work often took me to Rome, New York, and we rooted for Eli in both the Super Bowls he played. So let me know what else you want to know about our Indy, and I am at your service. I just have a small goal to try to get Fat Nancy's to play here too. I should not be the only senior softball Fat Nancy here. Even if they don't come, I will continue to be a fan.
March 2, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

In Indiana we have two of the finest tournaments in the country, the SSUSA Brickyard and ISA Senior World, but still no Fat Nancy's team has been sited yet in the state playing senior softball. Since I am about as close to a Fat Nancy as we have seen here yet, and I am very hopeful since we had a team from Delaware at the Brickyard last year, I wish to issue a challenge to the Fat Nancy's team to play in Indiana this year for at least one tournament on your schedule. Hopefully you will take me up on it and not make me bring a bus to Syracuse. ;-)
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