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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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March 12, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

After looking at the tournament information for the Northeast Championships, I think that I get it on things to do listed there. So here it goes, I am not into shopping (other than for softball), but we have lots of first class shopping if that is what makes your woman happy. We are not known for BBQ, but we have lots of options for it and even chicken and waffles. I prefer chicken wings, and while we may not be Buffalo, we have lots of different takes on it. We have many local breweries, and you can get growlers on Sunday at some. You can stand in the shadows of our Colts' or Pacers' stadiums or see Hinkle Fieldhouse of Butler and Hoosiers fame. Some people like the NCAA Hall of Champions, never been inside, just walk past it on our city canal. We have 3 IMAX theaters and lots of museums. Need suggestions for grandkids? Just ask. Of course once a year in May, we are graced by the lovely Dave Dowell. Did I leave anything off from the Syracuse categories? Still hoping to see Fat Nancy's here this year. I thought about this when I drove into work this morning and chuckled because Coachie and I always only thought about things to do when the team did not survive until Sunday. Otherwise it was ballpark, motel, food, and hanging around the motel parking lot or public area.
March 12, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sofball Pants

Gary, I have a hit or miss idea that we have used. I am not plugging anything, but if you keep an eye on Boombah's clearance, sometimes you can find what you want, might have to settle for a tiny bit of color, but you will still look game ready at the Brickyard. I am so ready for softball after today's snow storm.
March 7, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW "ROOKIE" ON TEAM SSUSA

I hope that you do not mind that I have already signed her up for the Brownsburg 6 and under slow pitch league. You are very lucky to get a girl and a Pisces, heck, maybe I should just go coach the 6 and under where she is. If it is not near Sacramento, then let's work on a contract deal and trade her for you to always keep her close. Make sure that you bring lots of pictures to the Brickyard.
March 3, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

What an interesting question, In all the years that we had a team, I guess that we concentrated more on competition than on attractions. Since you asked though, we have the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There is a museum there, and often in May tours of the track or being able to watch cars testing on the track are possible. Nick Goepper, our Olympic medalist, skied the track today. We are the racing capitol of the World, and there are several asphalt and dirt tracks in close proximity that race on the weekends. We hosted a Super Bowl, and our downtown is first class including many things to do and eating opportunities. St. Elmo Steak House is Peyton Manning's favorite restaurant here; it is expensive but worth it (Harry and Izzy's is the baby brother restaurant). If you are looking for other types of restaurants, just ask. Our Monument Circle is a great place to visit in May, and our Indiana War Memorial is the only state memorial like it in the country and is very meaningful to veterans and those of us who support our military, and the Shrine Room is a treasure. It was built by WW I veterans, both Americans and allies. We have a minor league baseball team, the Indianapolis Indians in a beautiful stadium. They are away during the Brickyard weekend, but they play Syracuse here April 26 - 29 by coincidence. If bringing wives or grand kids, I can offer other venues. If there is something else you want to do besides play softball, just ask, and I will find it. I have been watching Fat Nancy's from afar; we traveled with our team up until 2007. So it is only a timing issue that I have not seen them play yet; I know about the bait shop. I have been to Syracuse many times as my work often took me to Rome, New York, and we rooted for Eli in both the Super Bowls he played. So let me know what else you want to know about our Indy, and I am at your service. I just have a small goal to try to get Fat Nancy's to play here too. I should not be the only senior softball Fat Nancy here. Even if they don't come, I will continue to be a fan.
March 2, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fat Nancy's Challenge

In Indiana we have two of the finest tournaments in the country, the SSUSA Brickyard and ISA Senior World, but still no Fat Nancy's team has been sited yet in the state playing senior softball. Since I am about as close to a Fat Nancy as we have seen here yet, and I am very hopeful since we had a team from Delaware at the Brickyard last year, I wish to issue a challenge to the Fat Nancy's team to play in Indiana this year for at least one tournament on your schedule. Hopefully you will take me up on it and not make me bring a bus to Syracuse. ;-)
Feb. 24, 2014
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bill Allen

Mel, so glad to see you here. John C has been providing me updates. I am going to be talking with the funeral home because there are 2 links; so there are 2 separate sets of messages. I don't have FB (did set up one for Bill because someone suggested that he might want one to see his son's FB after he died) and was able to post without one on the guestbook link. I did not try from funeral home link. Take good care of yourself. I am sure you will be mobile when Bill's memorials occur.
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.
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