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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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Feb. 20, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So the question was....how to get more teams to play Major Plus

Cal50, it does not happen every year, but in the past we have had 5 or more Major+ teams at the Brickyard in Indy. For many years we often had more Major and Major+ teams (50, 55) than some of the bigger tournaments. We have only consistently had one Kentucky team because it falls on the same weekend as the Derby. Let me know if you would like any more information, and it is only a couple of months away.
Feb. 19, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Round Robins

Years ago Jim Brumund of Chicago 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." We had traveled everywhere and kept playing each other all over the country; so it was a pretty good suggestion, wish we had done it. He and Coachie are playing on the team upstairs now.

The thought occurred to me then that it would be really nice to have senior round robins on the weekends. My idea was maybe to have a house team or two and have other teams from around the area meet on a Friday night and play three games to give everyone a chance to play when there was a not a tournament.

Does anyone do anything like this in your area? Would you be likely to join in a team that was traveling to a city 50 - 100 miles away with a round robin team that was not necessarily your regular team? Men's round robins are pretty big here on Saturdays, but I would appreciate any input. You have to remember that my perspective is a little different because I am not trying to make any money on softball. I just love to be around it, especially senior softball and look for ways to create more play.

Thanks.
Feb. 19, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time

Neck10, I am glad that he got in touch with you. If you have any contact information for that league, let me know, and we can work to get them added to the Leagues list. I also need to work on Indiana because there is a new league trying to start up in northern Indiana, and one of the leagues listed no longer exists.
Feb. 18, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Mo. player looking for 50AAA Team

Rickey, where are you when I need help with geography? The Missouri director is Randy Rowe, 816-623-3355. There is more contact information if you look under Links above for SSUSA Contacts for him. I always get confused on the Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas, and I used to travel there for work and am still not sure that I knew which state that I was in while there. Forgive me if you live in either city. I am pretty sure that I flew into Missouri and had to drive to Kansas, but that is about it. I know when running bases that once you get to first that you turn left and keep going until you get to second, then left again...
Feb. 18, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Mo. player looking for 50AAA Team

Just to help with research, if you go out to the Ratings listed near the top of the page, you can go into Men's 50s and touch the states heading which will sort the teams by state. It looks like in 50s that there are 11 teams listed in Missouri. I do not know a lot of city names and locations there; so he may find something close. Also you can go to Leagues at the top of the page, and Missouri (listed under Central) has 7 listed. You may get some good contacts out of that. I did not see a state director, but if your friend cannot find someone, I can try to assist.

Feb. 18, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Grand Rapids Mi

Looking under leagues earlier, I saw Traverse City, but as Neck10 pointed out, I am not an expert on Michigan cities; so you might want to look through the list for others that are close to you. Here is what was listed for TC:

League Contact: Barb Becket, Phone: 231-933-9692

Games are played on Monday Evenings

Age Divisions: 55+

Seasons: Summer (May - July)

Field: Civic Center, Traverse City, MI

This is one of my favorite cities in Michigan, nestled in the tart cherry capital of the U.S.
Feb. 18, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Grand Rapids Mi

Thanks, Neck10, I figured someone would help me with geography in Michigan. I seem to only know the places that we played ball, skied, or went to the beach on the west side of the state. I have been to the UP more times than I have been to the actual thumb. I just knew that Lansing and Traverse City among some others were a stretch from Grand Rapids. I hope that between all of us that we can get Bob playing senior softball.
Feb. 17, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time

Thank you to all Veterans for your service. It is a positive that Vietnam Veterans can now share with us. They were treated so badly for so long. Thank you, Southpaw, for sharing this. I hope others will follow because we need to hear those stories to keep them from being forgotten. If you are in Indy, our war memorial is supposed to be one of a kind. They also offer no cost funeral facility services for Veterans if you know anyone in need. Let me know if you need any information about it. The Shrine room upstairs is probably one of the best kept secrets in Indy and will touch all inspirationally. There is also a Vietnam Cobra helicopter downstairs in the museum. We must never forget our Veterans and their service to our country.

Neck10, sorry, I do not have Mike's number. I have about 5 inches of snow here, but my county is not well known for snow removal or road maintenance. 60s are Thursday and Friday at the Brickyard because the 50s have increased so much each year, and we played about 15 to 16 hours a day last year on the weekend.
Feb. 17, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Grand Rapids Mi

If you are looking to play leagues, you can go to Leagues at the top of the page,and Michigan has some listed. I did not recognize any as close, but you may get some good contacts out of that.
Feb. 17, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Grand Rapids Mi

Bob, if you go out to the Ratings listed near the top of the page, you can go into Men's 50s and touch the states heading which will sort the teams by state. It looks like in 50s that there are 11 teams listed in Michigan. The only cities that I recognized the names of were closer to the thumb side; you may recognize one closer to you nearer the west side of the state. You did not mention if you were looking for league or tournament play. You will have more options if the latter is what you are seeking. Your state director is listed (under Links, SSUSA contacts) as Dave Mossoian 734-775-2869, and there is an E-mail link there. If all else fails, I can try to help you. I wish you the best of luck as senior softball can be a great experience and gives us an outlet to play.
Feb. 16, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time

Neck10, yes, I am back in Indy. Your guys played really hard, and you should be very proud of them. It just was not an Indiana weekend.

Lefty, while I was rooting for the Indiana teams, I was working at Auburndale. I wish that I had gotten to see you again. You never know; your team might have the Brickyard on their schedule this year. Hope to catch up with you soon.
Feb. 15, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time

Thank you for your service and for sharing the story. Never forget. Never let that part of your life be forgotten.
Feb. 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Thoughts on the new ISSA Super Divisions?

Bruce, I know this may seem odd, but this board is pretty much my participation in social media. I just thought that you might know the details. Nothing against RB, but you are much more entertaining to talk with, especially on softball topics. Besides we do not have a pony in his race. It could make a big difference to those teams depending on how they define Midwest and what the roster composition is allowed to be for their exception. Fortunately you are from Georgia, and I do not have a Major Plus team. If I did, they would be playing SSUSA, and I would try to recruit you.
Feb. 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Thoughts on the new ISSA Super Divisions?

Bruce, thanks, that is interesting information. When the Midwest is the exception, do you know what they define as Midwest? I know here we think that Indiana and the surrounding states (although I have had people tell me that this is the Great Lakes region) plus maybe Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin are Midwest, but if you look at other states, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska may consider themselves Midwest (correct me if I have left off your state). From here, we consider that the Plains region. Anyway, I would be interested in how they define Midwest in terms of the exception, and if those teams can only use what are considered Midwest players (or some other criteria defined for the exception). It just seems like it could be more complicated than using the big river as a divider. Of course softball and geography do not always align.
Feb. 10, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Best Hitters in Senior Softball

Since everyone is admitting to bias, let me join in and suggest the boys from Indiana, one with us and one not, both formerly of the fair city of Columbus, current home of the ISA Senior World Series. This would be Steve Imlay and Lou Giovanini. Now we have a lot of other good hitters from here, but these two are/were kind and selfless. Neither of these gentlemen would ever tell you that they were great in any way, but they are two of the nicest men that I have ever met, both on and off the field.
Feb. 9, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Look for a team

Scooter25, SSUSA is very organized. The tools to find your answer are actually on this site. If you look at Gator's earlier posts, he says SoCal Knights. Assuming 50s, if you look under ratings, it has them listed as from Long Beach.
Jan. 31, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Facing one batter

Of course I would have to have been there to really be sure, but the umpire side of me is thinking that there is a clock running down. You said the pitcher is STILL putting on his equipment, and you have time to warm up the infield. My inclination with adults would be to award a ball on the batter as a remedy to try to get a team to institute a little hustle on getting ready to play defense without wasting precious time. Now that is not the remedy in 5.10(3) and does not fit 1.54 for declaring "play ball"; so now I get to have some lively discussions with others. Do we need to think about time limits like the younger guys have? For them it is easy, get the batter in the box, call play ball, and for the time listed in their rule books, give the batter a ball for as long as it takes the defense to get ready. I ended up with a batter on 1B once in a regional years ago, but that defensive team made sure to be ready after that (it actually ended up to their advantage because the next batter hit into a double play).

I know this will not be a popular thought, but remember that the umpire has the responsibility to keep control of the game and keep it moving along. It was not fair to the batting team if the defense was using up the clock. This might be fine in leagues but not tournament play. Everyone knows that there are 3 outs per half inning and should be ready to switch from offense to defense.
Jan. 26, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What to do with trophies, uniforms, tee-shirts?

Midwest, our local softball park, gets so many things that get turned into the lost and found each year which are never claimed that Tim does what he calls "bag and tag" and donates them to the local Boys Club. I have donated things in the past to Special Olympics. There is also a potential tax write-off; so keep a list of what you donate.
Jan. 15, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: nw indiana player

cop298, you might want to include contact information to give coaches a way to start a conversation. southerinman did in an earlier post. Just remember that if you do not have any luck that the Brickyard is in Indy in May for 50s, and there should be several teams that you would be eligible to play on and be able to see first hand. You could meet the coaches there. The competitive senior leagues start in April at Metro, and a few of the younger seniors play there. Good luck in finding teams to both of you, and let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.
Jan. 8, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An Old(er) Post for Southpaw

Southpaw, I will hope this thread does not become a hijack victim, but I had something happen today that made me think of what you were trying to say.

So today is Elvis' 80th birthday, and the radio is playing Return to Sender for it. I explained to my older friend (59) that the "no such zone" was because we used to have postal zones before we had zip codes. Now we lived in Indy, and ours was 20 (now 46220), but he grew up in rural Indiana which may have made the difference of why he had never heard of that.

Of course the conversation got into when the first 2 digits of a phone number were shown as letters (ours was TI9) and party lines. Coachie remembered when one of the main streets in Indy (Washington) was all brick, and when there was a cable car running on it. He also remembered pigeon shoots on the Circle downtown. He had about a decade on me though.

I would love to see some of our technical wizard kids in a room with a dial telephone and a TV with no remote control just to see what they do.
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