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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Jan. 4, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Tim, I appreciate the apology. I know circumstances are different there than here. We have not had a 65 minute time limit for over 20 years in leagues. Of the two largest parks here, one dropped to 55 minutes this year, and the other does not allow another inning to start if the game clock is under a minute (why not just set the clock to 59 minutes?). I think the only thing left for them to shorten the game on us is to start with one out each half inning or limit us to less total innings, probably both eventually.

I grew up with 0-0; so as with increased taxes, I feel something has been taken away. For seniors, it is a little bit more about respect to me. I figure that having survived softball this long that players deserve all they can get since every at bat could be their last. So my focus is more on individual batters than the game as a whole. Both of us will feel how we do which is fine. With attrition of those of us who started playing 0-0, you will probably get your 1-1 count some day.

One thing I found interesting was at a Utrip regional that I umpired a few years ago, in our meeting before the tournament, the UIC went to great lengths to explain to us that Utrip did not have a 1-1 count. He said it was a 0-0 count, they just had one less ball and strike. I guess it all depends on your perspective. My indicator has 4 balls and 3 strikes; so I still set it at 1-1, no matter what he said.
Jan. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2015 Tournament sites

Curt, I hope to see you at the Brickyard in Indy this year; 50s are the first weekend in May, and you can call the SSUSA office to sign up. Just be patient, it was much harder figuring out team schedules so early in the year before the internet exploded, and even the senior associations should get to enjoy the holidays with their real families. Happy New Year. May your hits be plentiful and all your parts work.
Jan. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Southpaw, I love your thread's original message. I apologize if my response to a bad assumption that seniors are afraid of a 1-1 count caused a hijack. Hug your wife a lot because every day we wake up is a good one.

Mad dog, I never said anything about losing time or innings. I was only explaining how the 1-1 count was started here. I prefer 0-0, and you may prefer 1-1. It's OK, there is room for both of us. I just happen to fit the demographic that Dave has had to explain a million and one times. I promise if MLB or senior softball goes to a 1-1 that I will go peacefully with zero arguments. Heck, even ASA dropped their arch to 10 feet, Utrip got rid of the extra foul, and NSA adopted the 1-1 count; so anything is possible.

Getting old often causes some people to think that only their opinion is the only way; so let's stay young and open minded. I value all of your thoughts and opinions even if they do not match my own. So leave this thread alone, and call me if you want to.

Southpaw, let's answer that bat phone; it's for us.
Jan. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Bruce, I am glad that we agree on yet another part of the game. I remember the first time that I met you in Georgia when your team kept getting nailed by obscure NSA rules. I have really enjoyed our conversations over the years. I hope to catch up with you again some day. The last time we talked in person, I believe we were in Texas. Who knows maybe this year?

OK, everyone else, I hardly ever share my opinion on charged topics, but since I did, let me share one other that I rarely mention since it was thrown at me in this thread. I really don't like being called Nance. Nan, Nancy, or other nick names are fine. My nick names at the ball park here are Juliet and Nsquared. These are great after game stories if I am ever fortunate enough to get in a conversation with any of you. With 30 years of softball behind me, I have enough stories for a book; so be prepared. I have seen the sun come up many times at the ball park when we get to talking softball. I love this game.
Jan. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Tim, we all have our own opinions which makes life interesting. Please do not throw an I-bomb on me for that; I respect that your thoughts are different than mine. I thought that I worded it carefully enough, but let me try again. Here in Indy it was introduced as a way to cheat players once again. I do not know about where you live and play. Here in Indy we have seen many things introduced over the years that were designed to shorten games which in my opinion only were designed to cheat teams out of playing time. Teams pay over $600 for leagues here, and every year a park seems to find another way. This year it was dropping the game time to 55 minutes and mandatory flip flop in the last inning with a 5 run difference.

Also I have umpired major Utrip tournaments many times, and as an umpire, I like that it is different because I like shaking the game up, but I would not play it. Many of our umpires refuse to do the plate because they were raised ASA and would rabbit for me doing the plate only. I don't have a pony in the race and enjoy doing different 'styles' of softball.

From what I have been told, Utrip senior softball uses senior rules. Is that your experience?

I hope that I am more open minded than most people because I value being viewed as fair. There is room for all of our opinions, but we all must deal with the rules at the time.
Jan. 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Tim, on number 6, I think you meant pinch instead of pitch, but they are actually courtesy runners; this is only important when informing the umpire because there is a difference. I respectfully disagree with number 2 because at least here, the 1-1 count was started as a way to shorten games (another way to cheat players out of a full game as is a one pitch in extra innings or a 55 minute clock). Please no one jump on this to open the old argument, I am fine that everyone has their own opinion on this. You may be just a little younger than me or brought up on Utrip and be used to a 1-1 count; most players here have never played with anything else because once one park did it, they all changed to try and shorten games. So I am not a fan of it because of the way that it was started here as another way to take something from the players. I tell our umpires here that with senior softball to always remember that it could be their last at bat every time they come up to the plate and to give them that respect because let's face it, it could be.

I also tease that they use Poligrip for their bat grip instead of pine tar.

For the 80s, I tell them welcome to 80 and over softball. Pick one:

Hitting
Running
Fielding
Throwing

They always pick hitting.
Jan. 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Southpaw, as long as you are not purchasing matching bed pans, you are probably OK. Be grateful every day to have your partner.

One of my favorite lines on the subject is that we in senior softball know everything there is to know about softball...we just have problems remembering it.
Dec. 31, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Terry McClaskey

John, thank you for sharing this. My heart is broken because Terry and I had so many good talks over the years, and he was always so supportive and helpful to me in our dealings. I know that Coachie will watch after him, and they are probably playing with or against each other right now. I know that we always had a good game when our team, INDY FOG, played against the Silverados. If there is anything that I can do to help the team or its members, please do not hesitate to ask. If the team travels to the Brickyard this year, we can plan a memorial at the park, or if they attend any Indiana tournament, let me know, and I will come share prayers and hugs with you. The team and family are in my prayers. 2015 has to be a better year; we have lost too many of our senior softball community this year.
Dec. 30, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

I curious to all because I am not sure how players/teams feel. I know we always looked forward to the November tournaments because they were the play ahead ones where we could bring players that would not be eligible until the next calendar year. This not only gave them an opportunity to play, but also was a chance to play with our possible "new" team. Now the TOC is all about the winners which means the bulk of the senior teams are not the winners. So for the very small percentage that are eligible, congratulations, but this discussion seems to ignore the bigger group that are not eligible and are playing with the hope of some day being able to be a TOC team. Remember these play ahead tournaments have been around much longer than the TOC and are very well attended and enjoyed. So is everyone commenting just the winners or one of the majority that are not? Thanks.
Dec. 18, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thank you for your support.

Corky, that is really touching. Thanks.
Dec. 17, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: player qualification

Fisherman, you gave a good clue in an earlier post because you stated that you were 75. The trick now is the team from Minnesota 70 or 75? It also looks like you asked earlier about contacting the team that Steve plays on. I left his contact information on your other post. They are a 75 team. Except for one team here, our older guys often call me for help with the internet. So it is nice to see a 75 that knows how to use it. Good luck, kid.
Dec. 17, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for new team

You can call Steve at 317-796-9174, and he said that he may be able to help you. We have several teams here that you would be eligible for in Indiana, and I will try to help you keep playing. Feel free to contact me at 317-212-6310.
Dec. 15, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thank you for your support.

Rick, Jo was well loved in life and at the ball park. She was one of the only wives that would come out to watch the games, and I always liked seeing and talking with her because she was a great girl. We both lost our spouses right before our wedding anniversaries, but we were fortunate to have them for the time that we did. I know that the senior softball community has been integral in getting me through this, and I hope that you have the same experience. You are in my prayers.
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.
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