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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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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.
June 3, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Discussion with rightrj1

rightrj1, I am starting this because I am not going to a long thread that gives someone a thrill as it gets longer and more off track. Hopefully this one will not go down the same path.

While in seniors I have heard very little trash talk, it does seem to happen more in the upper divisions in my experience. Of course there is always someone who never gave it up. I am a yacker, but I have a few expressions that get some players in relation to where they hit. I never talk bad about anyone, but the "noise" does bother some competitors. I have had a couple of guys tell me that it caused them to change their swing when we got an out.

There is a context though with trash talking in softball. The BASA is here this weekend and have been here for about 15 years. They play like Utrip which is very different than the softball most of us know and tends to be a little more aggressive. BASA has an additional rule that allows them to talk all the trash that they want as long as they do not touch each other. It is fun to watch and listen to though. The umpires just stand and listen to it. I will not try to duplicate everything that I have heard, but let's just say that it is entertaining to listen to the batters and pitchers during an at bat, but it is part of their game.

You are more than welcome to contact me if you want anything or more discussion on this.
June 3, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

Gary H, thanks that sounds more playable than the ones that have been used here for leagues. One was actually the site of the last NSA indoor World Series years ago and has nets on the ceiling and signs that if you hit them that you got HRs, triples, etc. (signs not used during WS). That is now only used for youth. It is in an indoor complex that also houses basketball and soccer. There is another indoor facility here that started indoor leagues this winter. There are a couple of indoor facilities that specialize in youth here also. I have fond memories of the adventures of the winter round robins at the armory in St. Louis and of the leagues and tournaments that we played for several years on the NW side of Indianapolis. I hope that we might find somewhere that we non-snowbirds could have some senior competition, maybe even eventually an indoor world.
June 1, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

Thank you. Ray DeMarini always recommended warming up with a Wiffle Ball bat, and I still believe in him. I just wish he was here to play senior softball with us.

Someone also sent me some information on a dome in Pittsburgh, Island Sports Dome at Robert Morris University.

There used to be some indoor softball in southern Illinois and Missouri. Anyone know if they still exist?
May 30, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: who's going to louisville this weekend

Corky, it looks like more time in the penalty box for you. I know you; so it is OK if you want to call me out on here instead of dialing me, but please don't call Johnny out by name here. Your concerns may be valid and are voiced here, but she is running a tournament and is dealing with the coaches as she should.

There are not very many of us girls in men's senior softball; so we are a little protective of each other. I am hoping to come down Sunday, but I want to wish everyone good luck and more good weather this weekend. Corky, give Johnny a hug, and stay away from the river.

If you want LOTS of competition, let's talk about getting a Brickyard team to Rock 'n Reno next year. I will even help your coach out with it if you want to play in a world class tournament. Yes, I wish that I was there now.
May 28, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

Thanks again; it is the Superior Dome. KBL, for years I spent a lot of time in Chambersburg and Mechanicsburg and a couple of places in between for my job. I wish that I could have seen this one. A hangar would definitely have beat the armory, and of course there is the chocolate.
May 28, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

Joe, thanks for calling about the Super Dome in Marquette. It looks like it would definitely take some planning to get another softball tournament in there besides the one you mentioned, but the facility sure looks awesome.
May 28, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Congratulations Atlantic Coast Championships

Congratulations, Ohio Silverados, way to represent the Midwest far away from home. Also nice job to the team from Syracuse; the offer still stands if you are interested. Hopefully I will get to see you play this year.
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