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June 22, 2014
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

Great topic: Perl & Bruce are 2 players that I know & will state they are great hitters; I'd like to augment the replies above with what I have observed in softball (I started in 79) & this is the biggest problem that I have: watching the ball hit the bat.
I watch batters all the time & the ones that watch it all the way to the bat; whether low, medium or higher pitch; these batters catch the ball solid. they also know how to have a more linear swing when they are going for a base hit as opposed to a circular swing when swinging for the fences.
I think most will agree with me; 1/2" up or down contact with the ball can make a big difference in how far or how hard the ball goes.
My observance is that the consistent hitters watch the ball all the way in & make good contact.

You cannot fool the man in the mirror

Columbus LXL
June 10, 2014
Tater50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

Taits: "Heck the batter has 40 inches to move in front of the plate, how much run up room does one need?" I have never seen this before!!! SPA in Pensy had about 8-10"!! There is some good input on this subject; but this is another question that should be put to the players in a Player Poll. I am talking it up with everyone that I know to push ALL associations for a PP. Hope it works.

Thanks for the input!!

You Cannot Fool the man in the mirror

Columbus LX L
June 5, 2014
Tater50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

At Pensacola: I witnessed 2 guys (not on my team) that got called out for stepping out of the front of the box; I have not seen this called since I started in 1999. If you're going to start calling the plate as a strike when you enter Senior Softball; then there has to be some adjustments of the front of the box. IMO: This is an important rule that needs to be addressed in ALL associations. Your opinions please!!


You cannot fool the man in the mirror!!!

Columbus LXL
Dec. 24, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

Perl: I do not think I know Roger; but I remember back a few years ago in Pensacola that an Ump Ronnie W. had cancer & we brought him into our circle; ALL the band of Brothers laid hands upon him and the Spirit moved and he is now clean. I was in NC & was praying & speaking of RW & some in the group in that area had heard of the healing......Amazing!!

Every time we see him; he gleems with joy; so the same can happen for Roger.

Lord: he that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the Shadow of the Almighty; under His wings shall we be shielded; therefore; we the Senior Band of Brothers stand up with prayer in Faith to this condition in Roger and we declare that thru your mighty words that you will send physical deliverance his way.........This We Believe!!!


Dec. 14, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Patty Mac & others: since MOST SSb players NEVER look at this board, I got a suggestion that I did many years ago with another SAssociation. I wrote a business type letter listing my dislikes about the snowbird rule (was a REAL VAGUE).
I sent it to this specific organization & to ALL of my softball friends indicating that if THEY agreed w/me to forward this to the SA & the RULE was changed.


You Cannot Fool the Man In The Mirror!!!
Dec. 14, 2013
Tater50
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

It does not matter your classification: how great your avg is; your strength; how many times U BP; how many HRs U have hit; there is not a PERSON on the planet that can say I will not hit the pitcher when I go up the middle!!

DBOs cause players to think of the middle!
I think (someone can correct me) that SPA did a survey last year about DBO's in any class & the majority voted against it!!

You cannot fool the man in the mirror.
Dec. 14, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Comparative Analogy:
I think a PPoll is the correct way to go & I have been pressing it for years to ALL SAssociations. We ALL pay to play & we ALL should have some input; democratic, well yes; if we ALL leave, then there will B NO SAssociations.
I have NEVER believed & will NEVER believe that a HR hitter should B punished with a DBO, NO matter the class. Walk or 1 & 1 Up.
Let's do a CA: If you R going to continue w/these rules & allow 12 people out of thousands of members (way below 1%) to dictate the rules; then conside some more rules that need to B administered.
1. HR hitters above limit get DBO's.
2. Fat players like myself that stretch a dbl into a sgl; should B awarded 2B; just for the reason that I am not as fast as other players that can make 2B on the same hit.
3. Slower outfielders should B award an Out whether they catch the ball or not, because they R not as fast as the other fleetfooted players.
4. I/F players that R not as skilled should B awarded a catch, because they R not as skilled as others!!!

Sounds silly!!!! So does the DBO's N ANY classification!!! Sandbagging?? Every time a player renews their card, their class is ID'd on the card; it will B picked up at every tourney. Let their ID number end in M+, M, AAA or AA. When entered on the roster it is evident. ID present players with the additional letters that have to B added at their 1st 2014 tourney & repeated thereafter.

Do a PP: C if the majority wants whatever bat, whatever ball & whatever other rules that R pertinent to the game.

WE R NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER!!!

You cannot fool the man in the mirror.
Dec. 12, 2013
Tater50
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

I hardly ever post; but why did 12 people decide the rule changes when there are thousands of members that spend thousands of dollars (some have been doing this for more than a decade)every year to play in the SSUSA?

With the computer: why could you not take a player poll on ALL these rules? At least: thru simplification; poll every coach & get the ruling of the majority of players on their team.

Would save ALL the flying, meals, gas, motel bill & etc for these winter meetings!!!

Just my $.02 worth. I have posted about the Player Poll for some time; maybe others will step up to the plate with me & see this thru.

You cannot fool the man in the mirror!!!
Sept. 9, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dale McWhorter inducted into NSSHOF

I rarely post; but this is a worthy thread; way 2 go to a great guy who always has a great bunch of guys surrounding him on the field and as always at the end of the game wants to give tribute to our God, country & troops!!!

Columbus LX L
July 30, 2013
Tater50
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Boaz results from this past weekend

Gadsden: I talked with Joe, the TD & the 52/275 balls will not change as long as this organization has its present owners; but irregardless, this was a very competitive tournament; we used Senior Bats, some even used ASA bats. All around a very good tourney; defense & offensely.

What made it very, very special; the family of the late Mickey Hardin was there & ALL the 60 & 65 teams gathered around them & gave them some love; truly an incredible moment!!!!

I have gone since 1999; I highly recommend. You cannot find a better guy than Joe Cothran.

Columbus LX L
June 29, 2013
Tater50
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Origin of the Plate as a Strike

I guess I think too much!!! I tried to get an answer for this question a few years back & have asked numerous players & Umps in reference to the plate as a strike.

I am not trying to start a discussion as to whether the plate should B a strike or not; just trying to find the origin of the plate being a strike.

We play ALL of our years with the plate as a ball; then we hit SSBall & it becomes a strike. I have done some research & can find NO info.

Does anyone know When & Why the plate became a strike on SSBall?

Curious Tater50
LX L
June 23, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Columbus LX shows senior softball class

Steve: thanks for the Love & thanks for being a part of the presentation.

Columbus LX L
June 23, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Proud to be an honorary member of Columbus LX!!

Steve: I am part of that LX team & the concept was brought about by one of our great team financial organizers, Dan B; he is incredible. I am so glad of the results about your Granddaughter; I do not think there was a dry eye in the whole group at the presentation.
I have been in SSBall since 99 & that is the most moving event that I have ever witnessed. I will never forget it!!!

Glad to hear the awesome report & hope to see happy Mena 6 Flags Pics very soon.

I do believe that there were other teams involved in the whole process; I do not know exactly which ones, but I do want to extend a BIG thanks to my other Band of Brothers.

We are on different teams; yet we are on the SAME TEAM!!!!

Columbus LX L
April 29, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Your Prayers are Needed

Steve: I cringed when I read your story. The Columbus LX team definitely are praying for her & your family.

The Band of Brothers are here for You in your time of Need!!

LX50
April 4, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP Daytona Area

Anyone know of any teams in this area; hate to spend time there & not be able to swing the bat.

Allworld84@aol.com

Columbus LX50
April 2, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP Daytona Area

Going to be visiting for a few days in the Daytona area around 4.05; any teams that will be taking BP? Would like to get in a few swings.

LX50
March 26, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just Wondering

Steve: I was a helicopter technician with the 16th Air Cav @ Can Tho, VN & we now have our own website; U probably can do a search & find yours, if you have not already!!!

LX50
March 26, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

We do not know Roger but the Columbus LX Team sends their prayers. We await in faith the future message of hearing how the operation was a "total success" & how he will soon be able to continue playing the game.
Keep us posted!!
LX50
March 24, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tired of breaking bats

Big Mike: "should I switch to utrip bats?..."

I cannot afford to buy any more SBats. I bought a New C Centanarian 30 oz; took about 150-200 BP swings rotating the barrel per suggestions on 7 year old balls (not waterlogged) in warm weather. Then I attended the NSA in Gadsden, Al where we hit the 52/275 & it got a 4" split in 8 swings. Everyone else I have spoken to has had excellent results w/this bat.

I have 2 recommendations: If you can find an Original Velocite (I have owned 18, down to 2); they suit my swing, but are EXpensive. My
2nd suggestion is the Miken Maniac 585. I have owned a stock one since 2007; I swing a 30 oz & have pounded this bat forever in BP & it is a tank (have not been able to find another). These 2 are what I plan to use in SSB w/the only SBat I have left (an orignal ASA model U2). I can't spend $700+ a year.

Good Luck

LX50
March 24, 2013
Tater50
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Blood Clot ALERT!!

Something that slipped my mind: Senior Moment; in 11.05 @ the Winter Ft. Myers Tourney; I took a swing & something popped behind the LKnee & I fell to the ground; then a silver dollar size red blood image showed up; figured it was the hamstring. I could not bend my leg w/o falling.

Anyway: anyone who played with me in 05 could see that I ran (more like walked) very slow when I hit; my legs were going. The following year 11.06, I had another Lknee cleaning (orthoscopy);

Now; I do not know if the hamstring & LKnee surgery had anything to do w/the BClot or not; but the Docs did not indicate that it was a possibility, since the BC came 2 years later.

Logic: I would think that if I were inactive, driving or flying a lot, that I'd be more prone to BCs; had no history of BCs in my past genealogy.

Still mysterious: I have never been a bad eater; hardly ever junk foods (on occasion); got a Turtle's metabolism (Hrate about 39-40 BPM); NO one can figure the reason for the BC.

Thanks for the input; I hardly ever post, but wanted to give a headsup to anyone that may be feeling this sort of pain. Need to have it checked!!

LX50
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