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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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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.
May 28, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just wondering about the merge

The last time that the World Championships were in Vegas, LVSSA was also having their tournament the week that we were there. As part of our bat habit, we went to watch part of it. They had over 100 teams, and we immediately ran into teams we knew from Michigan and Illinois. Maybe I will see you there.
May 28, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

Stick8, thanks. Someone called me and told me about a dome in Jackson, MI also. It would be nice to have at least a couple of winter tournaments in our home elements, maybe even an indoor world (always dreaming).

Steve, I need to remember to tell you the best line of the tournament which I believe will never be duplicated. The second best line of the tournament, "Act your age." This might be also applied in another thread as well.
May 25, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

Hey, Steve, my job is trying to kick my butt, and softball is about my only release right now. I thought for the most part the Brickyard went well. The weather was perfect, and there were 39 teams. This was the first year that there were 4 70 teams when there is usually only 1; so that was a good thing for their division. I hope all is well with you. Hopefully I will see you soon. Indiana is very lucky this year because Johnny's tournament is coming up soon, and the ISA Senior World will be in Columbus, Indiana.

I knew that you played inside up north, and I appreciate the details. We have had different variations of indoor facilities here inside of existing sports buildings. The seniors here that stay in the winter still like to hit indoors, but those floors make the ball a little scary to field; so there has really only ever been one senior league years ago that I remember (correct me if I am wrong, ISSO). It would be nice if there was a place fairly central that the seniors could have some indoor winter tournaments. I have heard of a place that tarps/domes over an existing diamond in Michigan, but I have never been there. Does anyone know about it? There used to be an old armory building in downtown St. Louis that we used to go to a lot, but it is closed now. The floor was the old basketball court, and the dimensions were a little odd. There was also arena softball here one winter, and that one is too hard to even describe; it is a whole different game with the same equipment.
May 23, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Those Who Play in the Winter States

If you stay in a cold climate all winter, who plays leagues/tournaments in a dome, indoor facility, etc? I have heard of places in Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri but does anyone have details on these or any others?

For the rest of you, I am only jealous that you can play all year round.
May 23, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

ChiPrimeMarty, it sounds like you are trying to do it the right way. As to some of the other suggestions, I was at an umpire clinic a few months ago where we were told that breaking in a bat with anything other than softballs made it an altered bat. I did check their rulebook (this was NOT SSUSA), and there were no details like that on what was an altered bat. I try to follow the rulebooks whether I agree with a rule or not, but I guess that I just want to make sure that anyone who suggests a method other than the ones you are going to use may be subjected to an umpire deciding that they have an altered bat, right or wrong. I recently heard of a bat being taken as an altered bat because the umpire saw (actually heard first) a player beating their bat on a telephone pole. So just beware, guys.
May 17, 2012
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is this yelling out OK.

HJ, while most of my games have been NSA, I have also done many ASA and USSSA games. While I know that there are different perceptions of softball associations depending on where you live and play, from an ump that knows a lot about Indiana and surrounding states, I would not agree that Utrip is more about gamesmanship. It is more aggressive, and deception is part of game. It is very different than the way most people play softball. I could not play it, but I find it fascinating.

For your question, I would have to see/hear the situation for a real answer, but from your description, it sounds bush league. This is going to be based on ump judgment if the act made the fielders react based on the words that you stated. It does sound like a possible verbal interference, and this is not an appeal situation. I reserve my opinion because I was not there, but if I was, and I thought that he changed the fielders' play, I have an out. If I did not believe that it changed the play, I might pull the coaches out and have a discussion. If I believed that it was nothing but some moaning, I would do nothing.

Does your league always have as much controversy as you detail in your posts?
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