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Dec. 27, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

If you're an outfielder on a hot summer day, the 1 - 1 count will cause the batters to swing earlier in their at bat, which beats the hell out of standing around shooing the gnats away while the hitter waits for the perfect pitch with the 0 - 0 count . . .
Dec. 16, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Run Outs

Memory might be faulty here, but didn't aluminum bats also have durability issues especially with denting and/or cracking? Didn't the umps start using the ring to check if bats were out-of-round from denting?
Seem to remember the alloy bats denting easily in the cooler weather, especially the hi-performance ones that had thinner walls?
Nov. 14, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

This is another argument for a return to the unlimited arc.
The pitcher has time to back up or move to the side and the umps no longer have to make the call or argue with the hitters about illegal high pitches.
Sure it's more challenging for the hitters, but this helps to reduce the impact of the senior bats on the overall balance of the game.
There were arguments in the past with unlimited arc as to what constituted a pitch that was too deep; with the mat the only possible ball/strike argument left would be the flat pitch call.
Nov. 13, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Basically, makes no sense at all. If the pitcher stays behind the screen, then what purpose does the mask serve?
And if the pitcher doesn't stay behind the screen, then what purpose does the screen serve?
And if the pitcher doesn't stay behind the screen, why should it be a dead ball out or even a strike if the ball hits the net?
Are they trying to protect the screen from being broken?
Whoever came up with this clearly didn't think any of this thru . . .

Nov. 12, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

It's not very complicated; AA teams that win get moved up to AAA but there aren't any "Single A" teams to be moved up to AA.
Sept. 28, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: future of senior softball

Looking at Omar's chart, a lot of states only have 1 M+ team. If these teams were dominant and you broke them up, where would the rest of their players end up playing?
Sept. 26, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

Are the dud Ultras all stamped 1.20 or 1.21?
Sept. 11, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it too much to expect ice water in the dugout?

A plaintiff recently won a $14.6 million dollar judgment in Little League. The pitcher was hit in the chest by a batted ball & suffered permanent brain damage when his heart stopped. The plaintiffs sued the manufacturer (Louisville Slugger), the retailer (Sports Authority) & the Police Association sponsoring the game even though the bat was certified and approved for play.
All the defendants were found guilty even though parents routinely sign waivers holding these associations free from liability in the case of non-negligent injury.
Go figure . . .
Sept. 11, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it too much to expect ice water in the dugout?

Pretty likely you would also be liable/sued if a player collapsed/died in a dugout that didn't provide any water.
Not saying that's fair, just saying that's reality . . .
Aug. 28, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ambush Review

Bunch of us swung a brand new Ambush (plastic wrap still on bat) this week & no one seemed to like it. Stiff & lacking any more pop than an average U-trip bat.
Maybe it takes awhile to break in but this one sure has a long way to go to approach U2s, Reeboks, etc.
Aug. 21, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

GB; you might want to add a wrinkle to your project which would be how many swings the bat lasts AFTER break-in.
Don't know if that's doable but that would be the more critical factor since a bat that lasts 500 swings but takes 400 swings to break-in isn't wouldn't be a very good product in most players minds.
Aug. 15, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 game guarantee

The 3-game guarantee is a very flawed concept that SSUSA adopted 2 or 3 years ago because it resulted in a few less total games than a 3-game round robin with a straight double elimination bracket.
Then when teams that lost their 1st 3GG game starting forfeiting their 2nd 3GG game since it was essentially meaningless, SSUSA adopted a new rule stating that a team forfeiting a game would be automatically eliminated.
Now it sounds like the 3GG format was taken to a new level of ridiculousness at the Raleigh tournament.
It's very discouraging that SSUSA chooses to adopt policies that are not in the players best interests even though the players are their paying customers.
Aug. 2, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

Looks like the rest of the "equalizer" is being conveniently overlooked. It's not just the 5 runs, it's also using the lower-rated teams HR rule so when M+ plays M they get 5 Hrs instead of 10.
That's probably a bigger impact than just the 5 runs but taken together they hopefully make for a (more) competitive game.
Just saying . . .
July 26, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Round robin seeding

This problem would be minimized if they just used Run Differential instead of Runs Allowed. Using Runs Allowed doesn't fairly seed teams since a team that wins both their games by a score of 10 - 9 would be seeded ahead of a team that wins both their games 20 - 10.
Have never understood why it's done this way; the math isn't that tough & Run Differential is often the next tie-breaker anyway . . .
July 24, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

Why not just the opposite? If the Lower team scores their 5 runs they don't get an extra 6th run. If they get anything less than 5 runs then they get the 1 extra run in each inning they come up short.
July 21, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

The irony here is that if the Major + teams are broken up or otherwise restricted to reduce their dominance, they will no longer be Major + teams.
Just saying . . .
(ISSA combined Major + & Major this year but it's probably still too soon to assess the results plus they are based on the East Coast where there aren't a lot of Major + teams to begin with)
June 29, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is winning the most important thing?

Everything a Team does on & off the field matters but Winning is always paramount.
Just check out everyone's reactions the next time your team comes from behind in the bottom of the 7th to win a tournament game; nothing else even comes close to matching that moment . . .
June 13, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II balanced and end load.

Miken's website says the new USA (American Flag) model has more flex in the handle than the original U2. If you use this model in cooler weather, the added flex does seem to help it outperform the U2 original.
Haven't used it enough to know if the durability is better or worse.
June 12, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52 300 ball

Only explanation is that the different brands/models of these 52/300 balls must vary quite a bit in their performance & heat resistance. The Trump Stote 52/275 that Wagon is referring to is absolutely horrible whenever it's over about 80 degrees and says right on the box not to store them in your trunk because they are HEAT SENSITIVE.
(on the flip side these balls might actually be better than the 44/375s when it's below 50 degrees and they can sail thru the cold, dense air a little better)
May 29, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

You might want to check the FIRST PAGE of the rule book under Article 3 of the Code of Ethics where it states that players aren't allowed to taunt or degrade another player.
Remember, this is amateur Senior softball we're talking about . . .
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