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June 18, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runner

It's worse than lame; trying to get a cheap out called on a technicality when there's no intent to gain any advantage ruins the spirit of the game & those players/teams don't belong on the field . . .
June 4, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: In Need Of An ASA Bat

Just curious, what makes a particular bat better or worse for the 52 ball?
May 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Whats Best

Malo, how does the 2015 compare to the blue 2014 DeMarini?
May 19, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Bat Thrown Out Of Tourney, Why Not Player????

Tim, does this mean that from now on any bat that has the end cap come off during a game will be sent to Sacramento or was there something unusual about this particular occurrence?
May 18, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ball B.S. In lee county

True that; the SSUSA Trump Stote ball is such an inferior product that they had to add a new rule last year that penalizes a team for trying to put in any other 44/375 ball.
This ball performs more like a 40 COR ball with very little rebound or bounce off the bat so fly balls just don't carry as far as regular 44/375 ball would.
There was only 1 HR hit by either team in our 5 games; hopefully teams won't start shaving their senior bats to compensate.
April 21, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hot Bats and Hrs

The sub-par Trump Stote ball SSUSA now uses has drastically reduced HRs. (which explains why SSUSA had to put in a new penalty for teams throwing in non-Stote balls)
In Ft. Myers last November our 60 AAA team hit "0" HRS, all of the teams we played hit "0" HRs & our buddies playing 55 Major hit "0" HRs.
The concern over the bat/ball combo being too hot has been out of line for the last couple years.

April 15, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior bats vs. 52/300 ball

Oz, while that may have been the "official" reason the Shavers would disagree plus even if they're wrong they think their shaved bats hit the ball farther.
But the "real" reason for the 52/300 is that it's supposed to be designed to be safer than the 44/375 if a fielder gets hits by a batted ball.
April 14, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior bats vs. 52/300 ball

In our different local leagues we've found when it's over 75 degrees a 44/375 ball using an old single-wall metal bat like a DeMarini white steel will outhit the 52/300 ball using a high-end composite like a Z2000.
Which is why a lot of the young guys using the 52/300 are shaving their bats (allegedly).
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.
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