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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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May 5, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Southwest Championship

I never heard anyone curse out a rule book before, but now I have. The balls should go in through the umpire to inspect before going into the game. I also ask in the plate meeting for the pitcher and catcher to also help me with monitoring the ball just in case something should happen such as the foul or home run ball returned not being the same one.
May 5, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new umps

I sure wish that you could have done the two games that the golf course grounds maintenance guy and I split Saturday night. I had a good game, but I try to stay off the diamond during the tournament. I always mention mileage because my two man partner had been umpiring thirty years and never realized it.

I am still concerned by Gary's comment because I tried to have the older, more experienced umpires in the first session and am hoping that he was treated correctly here. No one was a new umpire this year. I want to thank Tony Maxwell of Midwest for helping us get the umpires that we requested and filling in the gaps with umpires with experience. I also want to thank him for the work on the fields by his grounds crew.
May 5, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new umps

Rich, it would probably be better for you to contact the individual directors. Each tournament may be handled a little differently. I make some specific requests for the Brickyard that I give to a scheduler; Jerry usually brings his own crew for the ISA. Also I did not match up your dates, but there is no tournament July 24 in Indiana for SSUSA, but the ISA is July 31 in Columbus, Indiana.

Being an umpire and making the contacts should allow you to write off the mileage whether you end up doing games or not. Of course always check with your accountant. It looks like you have a lot of miles ahead of you. Feel free to contact me if you need any advice.


May 4, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard

Thanks from both of us. I am glad to see that you made it home. I was a little worried about you with all of the miles that you put in last week. Of course I know that it was well worth it with yesterday's results. Take care. I am glad that you enjoyed your time here in Indy.
May 4, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new umps

Gary, you are very correct. I present it to our umpires as "It is just like regular softball except..." because it is not that different. I also let them know that at least in the older divisions, they can pretty much watch the players as they do the right things almost automatically which will only help teach the umpire. I also tell them that while everyone appreciates the hustle to the bases that they should not stop watching home if someone is heading that way because if they mess up on senior rule at home that they will not be forgiven.

If you ever have an issue like this with an umpire, and I am at a location, please let me know, and I can help get them on our frequency. I am sure that other directors and UICs would feel the same.
April 28, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is or what makes a player a major plus player?

We are very proud of the kid from Columbus, Indiana here. Whenever I am asked about the best, he always comes to mind first. His kindness and not having a big head about his ability only add to the person that he is. I know Coachie probably watches him hitting every day and says to himself "You did good, kid."
April 27, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Actually AA has many of the same participation problems as Major+. They often go to tournaments as the only one and go into the lion's den to be potentially beat up by AAA and Major teams, even when equalizers are used. Yet they are more worried about playing and competing, and you hardly ever hear them complain about the lack of participation of other AA teams at some events.
April 27, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Benji4, I can tell that you are really upset, but I can guarantee you that female anatomy has nothing to do with it. Tim knows that I do not agree with him on this point. He is younger; so don't let your blood pressure get up.

The one point people ignore when this discussion comes up is availability of coaches and managers. Having been in those roles before I know that the roller coaster suggested would cause many to quit, and Major and Major+ players need someone in a role willing to take care of a team.

April 25, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is for Bogie

While officiating a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting an 80+ team from Louisville that I did not know about. Maybe when you two are not farming or cruising, we could meet up at Metro in Indy to film that episode. It opened the year after WWII ended, is where senior softball began here, is where Coachie and I spent much quality time, and where we memorialized him. Filming for 8 Men Out was done there, but only the last scene with Shoeless Joe Jackson made the cut. I always get that little girl feeling when I watch that; I have so many good memories there and know that I am surrounded by good spirits of all the players that went before us. I would be glad to share stories during the Brickyard.

Of course now the episode will probably be Bogie and Gary Do the Boogie.
April 25, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is for Bogie

Gary, I will see you in Indy. It looks like you are part of Coachie's and my Bikes N Strikes. He really tried to get me to go to Sturgis, but it just was not going to happen. We went to the Boogie here once. I grew up in 70s, and the 500 here used to mean the whole month of May was a drunken party. Even so I had never seen as much nudity as I did at the Boogie. I was not offended and think everyone should attend once, but let's just say that mine were probably the only ones never displayed. Of course Coachie thought that I was too ate up with softball to make the trip, but he started that merry go round with me. I would have been glad to go when there were not a million bikers. I feel like an equal in my softball life, but typically on biker events let's just say women are objectified and treated like dummies. Softball has been much better therapy for me than anything to do with motorcycles. Your last comment kind of sums up what I think about it, no offense taken though.
April 25, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

Thanks. Hopefully the schedule master is catching some Zs to deal with the almost 200 teams in Vegas. I made sure that he knows. This is a perfect example of why schedules are draft and tentative. Everything else looked OK to me, but I have always wished that I had as much experience with brackets as Dave and Tim. Of course I should be careful of what I wish for.
April 23, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is for Bogie

Maybe you two could meet in Indy next week and film an episode with Gary at Midwest? You might even get an interview with Dave. Looking forward to the Brickyard.
April 15, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

There is a team that I should probably give a shout out to. When Coachie and Rabbit went down with Mert and Ed for their first senior event, we met up with teams to play scrimmage (what I called spring training) with during the week before playing their first SSUSA tournament that weekend. One of those teams was from Canada, and they were quite a bit older than these two new 50s because they made us play 11 like them, and we were not doing so well at that. I cannot remember if they all moved to Florida, or if they were snowbirding, but their name was Sons of Beaches.

Coachie is my FOG. INDY stood for I (Coachie), Y (You which is me), and ND are my first 2 initials (or maybe Notre Dame during NCAA games if you are a fan). I root for any team from Indiana. I also like the name Fat Nancy's of course, but I cannot seem to get them to come here. So maybe I need to go up there and see that NY FOG.
April 14, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

I have named a couple teams because of Coachie. We had a coed team that I named EZ GO after John Gannon's golf cart at Metro Stadium that Coachie had to fix constantly due to the abuse that cart suffered. He started a new men's team and wanted a different name than his well known ACs. I was thinking about his initials and came up with Bat Attitude. He assembled a very talented group that came from players that did not know each other. They could not get along; so I named them too well. Coachie disbanded the team after four tournaments.

A men's team was having trouble with a new name recently and asked for help. I gave them Brokebat Softball.

Something unique on the ACs team was the players' last names. We had 2 Longs, a Short, and a Whyde.

We played on a coed team that the coach did not figure out a name for. The park used his last name, Firehammer.

Did I mention that I love this game?
April 14, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

Webbie, there is a coed team here, and the men are firefighters. It is called Pitches and Hose.

Back in 1998, Coachie and I were at a senior world series in Memphis, and it was extremely hot, and games were way behind. We were in the parking lot late at night waiting for our game when I made a comment to him about all the guys out there. This was where FOG came from, and it can stand for whatever you like.

Glenn, thanks for inviting us to that tournament.
April 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

jfsully, we had talked about this and some others in another thread. We had one, but one of the players was crazy for it, and Coachie let him have it. It froze and burst over the winter. I still have the Broadsider which is a triangular bat. These were all prior to Ray Demarini showing us that lighter weight meant faster bat speed.

Bruce, thanks. I am probably just over thinking it. I know it is very controversial on some of the tournaments here already. I think it is more about just not knowing about it since they really could not explain why. Since you did not say that you were trading in your bat for it, I know it probably cannot compete with what we have in seniors already.
April 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

OZ40, I did get a chuckle out of the average comment. Sorry, Bret. Bruce, how did the ball come off the bat, any differently?
The furthest that I have ever seen a ball hit in senior softball was in a world series in Memphis. I believe that it was Bruce Meade's rookie senior year. He was amazing.

April 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

I know that we have discussed bat gimmicks from the past, but I was at a clinic yesterday where they discussed a bat that has been causing some issues and discussions. It is the Easton Torque, and the handle evidently rotates with your hands. It made me thnk of the Baden Axe that I saw last year with its odd knob design that did not feel comfortable in my grip at all. This apparently has not caught on, but it at least is stationary. I cannot even imagine that a rotating handle would feel right or help your swing. I wish that they had one there to see what it feels like. I guess they have caused some controversies already in tournaments here. Has anyone swung one or seen any other odd bat gimmicks lately? I know they mentioned a fast pitch bat that changes color as it breaks in (Xeno?), but that would not feel different in your hands.

I am hoping that Tim's bat compression tester will be at the park during the Brickyard. While it is calibrated for younger adult bats, we have had some fun watching the senior bats exceed the acceptable scale for that specification. Of course the youngsters are jealous, but I tell them if they keep playing that they can some day swing one too. Some things you have to earn, like senior softball.
March 29, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

We had 50 teams last year. Only the "young" boys are playing over the weekend this year to help with expansion. The Mini Marathon is that Saturday but am not aware of any other events in Indy that weekend, but then if it does not involve softball, I am probably clueless. Midwest does have a person that helps them handle rooms if anyone wants any help. Just let me know, and I can hook you up with her.

The Brickyard is only a month away. Hopefully it is on your schedule. This is the 16th year of Coachie's dream for Indy, and it has one of the best turnouts in the Midwest. So be there, or be square.
March 16, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

We are just over 6 weeks away from the 2015 Brickyard qualifier in Indy. This is the first senior tournament of the year up here, and we are all getting pretty excited about playing outside because it was a brutally cold winter. I am hoping to see a lot of you there. If you have never been to the Brickyard, you might want to consider adding it to your tournament schedule. It is one of the best attended senior tournaments in the Midwest.
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