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March 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

OK; wasn't really presuming that the border-state rule is unfair, but that just seems to be the consensus of the board members on this thread.
March 27, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Ok, so since the existing border-state rule is unfair, why not go to a Regional rule where teams can roster any player living within their region?
Regions could be based on population and/or number of existing SSUSA teams so there might be a New England region for example where a team could roster any player living in Maine, N. Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island.
Anything unfair about this option?
March 27, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

What would prevent a team from Maine (for example) from saying they're "based" in New Hampshire so they would have more bordering states?
March 17, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

Omar; duly noted.
Our team's injury history has been closer to that of Swings so maybe everyone's is slightly different.
We've had a couple of batted-ball injuries at Pitcher & 3rd base but thankfully nothing serious.
We've had too many injuries to count from pulled or even torn hamstrings & 1 OF-SS collision in particular resulting in a broken jaw for 1 and an ER visit to get their forehead stitched up for the other.
March 16, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

Don't really understand what all this commotion is about w/batted-balls when 85%? of all on-field injuries have nothing to do with this.
There are far more injuries from collisions, slips, falls or just aging old body parts giving out.
March 11, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Best 44/375 ball available?

Any opinions on this? Were using the yellow Decker Shark but apparently they've stopped making them.
Looking for the best alternatives & must be yellow for night use.
Thanks.
March 4, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Baden 52/275

Unfortunately, the 52 ball has also caused a huge increase in the number of shaved bat cheaters (ALLEGEDLY)!
And it doesn't even matter if those bats help to hit the 52 ball further or not as long as the Shavers think that they do . . .
Feb. 22, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So the question was....how to get more teams to play Major Plus

When and why was the 1-Up rule eliminated?
The 1-Up rule used to be in effect for all divisions and in addition to being the most fair rule for both teams, it often added a lot of strategy to the game.
What possible downside was ever discussed for getting rid of it?
Feb. 16, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

For the record, the ISSA plan really hasn't been working as they intended.
Most of the Major teams are now entering as AAA to avoid the Major+ teams and the AAA teams are mostly playing AA to avoid the Major teams.
So there are still only a small number of teams in the combined M+/M divisions and really what's happened is that AAA & AA have basically been combined.
Jan. 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BP Bat?????

There's some U-Trip tanks out there; the 2013 black/yellow Mizuno Blackout can be had pretty cheap on the Bay . . .
Jan. 26, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run

Hard to understand how a lot of players are still opposed to the 1 - 1 count (without anyone ever giving a solid reason why) when we almost never play 7 innings anymore.
Jan. 4, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Why not have the ump ask both teams before the coin flip if they want to play 1 - 1 for that game? If both teams agree then they play 1 - 1 for that game; there are plenty of times when this would probably happen even with teams that prefer 0 - 0 like when it's 100 degrees or late in the day, etc.
Dec. 30, 2014
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

Curly; one of the biggest reasons this happens is because only the players on your team that actually played in your qualifying tournament are eligible for the TOC. So even if you had 20 guys on your roster but only 12 were at the tourney you won, those 12 would have to be your complete TOC roster.
Dec. 28, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

You're right OK, we've never used the Baden Fire in our area & have only hit the Rock out in Vegas which we don't go to anymore, and the caliber of the ball being used is a bigger safety (and performance) issue than any type of bat that's allowed.
Seems like the screen will always be an issue with pitcher's fielding since a lot of guys have pointed out on here that not being allowed to field a ground ball potentially takes away many double play opportunities.

Dec. 27, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

Actually there already has been some toning down of the bat/ball combo in the last decade. When the Ultra 2 came out in 2003 the most commonly used ball was the Dudley Red Thunder which was a .47 cor/525 comp product.
It was quickly replaced with the lower-performing Dudley (and others) 44/375 ball & SSUSA is now mostly using the Trump Stote "44/375" which isn't nearly as lively.
So the balls have been noticeably toned down while the bats have stayed at about the same performance standard as the original Ultra 2.
(not to say there aren't still some hard shots being hit up the middle)
Dec. 12, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Thanx Bruce; if you ever watch golf on TV you'll see the pros club shafts bend an amazing amount on their downswing (in super-slo motion) before they hit the ball.
Wonder how easy it would be to see bats flex in slo-motion?
Dec. 11, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Bruce; no, the golf ball itself nothing to do with the shaft flex. The shaft flex is a product of the swing & as a rule a shaft that's too stiff tends to cause a slice or block to the right (for a RH golfer) while a too flexible shaft creates hooks or pulls to the left.
This link explains it much better:
http://golf.about.com/cs/tipslessons/a/shaftflex.htm

Softball's a lot different since the bats are way shorter & thicker than any golf club & the ball is bigger & heavier. And unlike golf, we don't really care if the softball hooks or slices a little so the question is what impact does bat flex have on your swing & the flight of the ball?
Dec. 10, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

So what happens if you swing a bat with too much or too little flex?
In golf the shaft flex mostly affects how straight or crooked the ball flies but not so much distance or height.
Do you want the bat to flex at all when it makes ball contact or would that mean the bat has too much flex?
Dec. 10, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

So is the amount of bat flex a good thing, a bad thing or just a personal preference (like balanced vs end-loaded) when it comes to a bats performance, durability or anything else?

Nov. 14, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

Maybe someone that knows or owns a rolling machine can set the record straight. Never seen a roller but thinking it's probably as long as the bats so it would be able to roll up & down the entire length of the barrel and actually could extend the sweet spot in both directions?
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