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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Feb. 23, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bill Allen

Bill's obituary is in the paper and online today (William) with guest book www.indystar.com. Online will stay out there. Midwest and Metro are both holding memorials if the snow ever completely melts. Midwest's should be in March, Metro's opening day of seniors. Will post details when final.

This used to be the time of year that he would take the team for spring training in Florida or Phoenix (thanks, Rick). It was always my favorite time of softball because we would meet up with local teams, and we just had a good time, no rosters, no line up cards, no stress over win in a t-shirt, usually no umpires (although I do have a funny story if we are having one of those parking lot talks). We just took swings and had fun. I sure wish we were there today.
Feb. 21, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dennis Wiley

I am so sorry about your loss. I lost my husband earlier this month, and he and I were very involved in senior softball, and I am fortunate for the support that I gave been getting from the senior softball community. If you need someone to talk with, just let me know. I will keep you in my prayers.
Feb. 12, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bill Allen

Thank you all so much. He just wanted a new knee to keep up with me and the grandkids and maybe play ball again. He got it Tuesday and then this. It is just not supposed to happen this way, but at least we had him for as long as we did.
Aug. 9, 2013
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior Boombah Bats

Anyone know anything about the senior bats that Boombah has on sale for $100 on their site? Someone asked me about it, and I have never seen one before after after looking at the picture. Thanks.
Sept. 30, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This was a first

Tim, I don't know you; so you are not going to get the negative feedback from me. I cannot imagine anyone having an ulterior motive for having gloves in their mouth no more than I think that the skunks that ran onto the field years ago having the ulterior motive of the outfielders exiting the field. Call it a senior moment (we know everything there is to know about softball...we just have trouble remembering it) or a stupid attack; things happen, and we could talk for hours on odd situations that we have seen over the years. The ball is in play, and it is what it is based on what you have said.

I guess if I have a concern, it is the umps being fussed at for 5 minutes that keeps coming up. Please if you are ever on my field, we are not going to take that kind of time unless there is an injury or a fight involving physical contact. I am not being rude, but this should never happen. This sounds like a good topic for an umpire clinic because I have never had a 5 minute deiscussion with coaches over anything so far and cannot imagine why I would allow it.

I wish you the best of luck and hope that you were not playing the Barons.

Sept. 28, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

Smokey, you are the best; maybe someday I will get to work with you. Umpires do not talk about situations as much as they used to, and we need to.

Tim, is this more about calls or the Barons? Their name keeps coming up in these posts, not just from you. I only wish that the umpire was here to give his take. Try to assume good intent from people unless they have proven that they do not deserve it. Remember there is between the lines, and then there is real life.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

Smokey, thank you for the further clarification of the situation and your thoughts.

I get a little cranky when people who have never umped talk about feelings, common sense, and do overs.

I only have 18 years including national tournaments from Alabama to California for several associations and a few hundred games of fast pitch bases. I know that at the levels that you have done that you have had even more training than I have.

Human safety is always first, but being fair and getting it right are my goals. You have my respect, and I am not saying either one of us is right or what we might have actually done in the situation. I also do not have the advantage of being there or talking with the ump that was there.

On the toddler, I still think that I did the right thing by shielding him with my body, and I am sure that I could have done nothing fair. Taking away the defense's double play just because it was their child does not seem fair to me, and I am glad that the child was not hurt.

I still believe that I would treat the original situation as a live ball, and you would treat it as you described. Maybe we are right, and maybe we are not, but at least we have backgrounds behind our thoughts. Those that have not umped do not have a basis. Maybe we can talk more about it another day. Thanks.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

Bingo, that is why there are rules. I may not always agree with them, but the job is to apply and to enforce them. While I might feel bad someone got a bad hit that is not a good reason to make up a do over rule. The Barons are more than welcome to fuss at me because given that everything Swing says was as it happened, the ump did the right thing.

Maybe you should ump before you tell someone else how to.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

Bingo, that is why there are rules. I may not always agree with them, but the job is to apply and to enforce them. While I might feel bad someone got a bad hit that is not a good reason to make up a do over rule. The Barons are more than welcome to fuss at me because given that everything Swing says was as it happened, the ump did the right thing.

Maybe you should ump before you tell someone else how to.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

HJ, I believe that applying the rules fairly is a very important quality in umpiring and hope that I always am fair when these situations arise. It always surprises me when anyone thinks the offense is more important than the defense or the other way around. Safety was not part of the original scenario; so I did not address it. In my original reply, the ones asking for time in the middle of the play can get emotional, but the ball is in play. I cannot take that away as part of applying rules fairly.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

HJ, I believe that applying the rules fairly is a very important quality in umpiring and hope that I always am fair when these situations arise. It always surprises me when anyone thinks the offense is more important than the defense or the other way around. Safety was not part of the original scenario; so I did not address it. In my original reply, the ones asking for time in the middle of the play can get emotional, but the ball is in play. I cannot take that away as part of applying rules fairly.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

Swing, I once had a toddler stroll onto the field in the middle of an infield hit with bases loaded. Fortunately I saw him and was close. I got him against my legs and said something to try and not scare him. I figured if the ball came our way that I could turn and take the hit instead. After I called time, I asked if the little guy belonged to anyone. No one had seen him but me. They sure watched out for him after that though.
Sept. 27, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is a first...

I have not had exactly this happen before, I sure have had a ball come on the field in the middle of play. Many times there is someone calling for time. Once the pitcher starts their pitching motion, it is game on, and only after play has ended legitimately can time be called. Anything else is not fair to the situation. So the SS had a senior moment with no ill intent. The outcome of the play is what it is except in the sand lot.
Aug. 10, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please pray for Steve Simmons

I have known Steve for quite a few years, both in a team and working capacity. I have always enjoyed my conversations with him and admired his spirit. Coachie and I will keep him and his family in our prayers.
July 3, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Michigan Senior Classic

Corky, there used to be a site that compiled them all regardless of association, but that is long gone, probably too many tournaments to keep up with now. The deadline for the ISA Senior World is July 14. The Southern (Alabama) and Northern (Michigan) are two different weekends in August. The World Championships start in late August, and that will be where more teams will be than any other tournament. I receive information on a lot of tournaments that I will share if you want, but SSUSA is going to be your best bet, especially in Vegas. I guarantee that you would not have to play another Brickyard team there. I hope the boys from Syracuse will make Columbus; if not, I may have to go to the Northeast in early September to find them.
June 21, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Newly retired and am interested in getting back into the game

DRF80015, it looks like you are in Colorado. Go to Links above, and under contacts find the area director as a start. Are you wanting to play leagues, tournaments, or both?

I wish you the best of luck.
June 20, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Looking For Team for Aurora Tournament

bronco68, you might want to check with your area director under Links, SSUSA Contacts.
June 20, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: advice on how to join a 40+ team

bt, I do not think that many 40s get on here. I am guessing that you are in CA because of your bay and valley references. Start with your area director under Links, Contacts above, and if you get stuck, I will try to help you.
June 15, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Pitching masks

Some people here use the Game Face by Markwort. They also make a heart guard.

Some of the young guys wear a full helmet pitching. It limits their peripheral vision, and they get overheated. Besides you only need the back of the helmet if you turn around and run away from a batted ball. I hope none of you do that.
June 4, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Discussion with rightrj1

rightrj1, see now that makes perfect sense. Anyone who has never seen BASA cannot understand how entertaining it is to watch. I do not think that I could play it.

I do not condone trash talk, but it is part of BASA, and I challenge you to go watch some if you never have.
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