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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 . . .
May 21, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Please no more 8AM games SSUSA

It would be a great improvement to the tournament experience to do away with starting games at 8am. The sun is still too low blinding the hitters or even worse the Pitchers & IFs.
The OF grass is still wet so the balls get wet & heavy increasing the likelihood of breaking yet another $200 Ultra 2.
And having to get up at 5:30 in the morning to get ready & get to the field on time can be a real problem for a lot of players & their wives, families, etc.
More often than not there are open fields & plenty of daylight left when the tournaments are done for the day around 6pm on Saturday so why not start at 9am when the sun is out of everyone's eyes & the grass has a had a chance to dry out?

April 30, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Product review
Discussion: 52/300 slow pitch softballs

MD; "heat does not affect them (the 52/275 ball)? Are you talking about all 52/300-275 balls? I have a box of Trump Stote 52/275 balls and stamped in big, black lettering it says: "CAUTION! These balls are heat sensitive. Do not store in trunk of car."
(and they're right, these balls don't go anywhere in June, July, August)
April 30, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2012 Home Run Rule Clarification

Swing; you bring up another good reason why the extra HRs should be foul balls instead of Walks . . .
April 26, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2012 Home Run Rule Clarification

Neither team (Home or Visitors) has any room to complain now that extra HRs are Walks instead of Outs.
Extra HRs really should be foul balls instead of walks so there's at least a little strategy in the game vs just seeing how many you can blast over the fence.
April 14, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dover tourney

Anyone ever play at either of these parks? How are the fields?
Jan. 10, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Care

Pricer; yup, was asking about the Classic M ball since it sounds like it serves no useful purpose from the the board comments. I guess MD answered the question although it sounds like the ball didn't live up to its intent of being a safer U-trip ball?
Jan. 9, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving on up

Foothills; fair enough except that the player ratings don't necessarily equate to an individual player's ability since All players on a Major Plus roster are rated as Major Plus players.
There are plenty of hitters playing on Major teams that are bona fide HR hitters capable of playing Major Plus and there are plenty of Major Plus players who are Not bona fide HR hitters.
Just saying . . .
Jan. 9, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving on up

You're absolutely right #19; EVERY team could make some kind of claim like that plus the Reds new? #4 & #5 hitters might be better than the guys they're replacing.
Jan. 2, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Care

So if these Classic M's get hard as a rock in cool weather and break Senior bats and turn to mush in warm weather, why were they ever created in the 1st place?
Never used one, but it sounds like they don't serve any useful purpose???
Dec. 23, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules of the Game-Love them

Sure the mat creates a 1-size-fits-all strike zone but the reality is without the mat most umpires will still call about the same strike zone for all hitters. The umps tend to make far worse ball/strike calls without the mat than with it and as far as the corners go, the 1-piece mats now come in a variety of different sizes some of which are larger than any regular strike zone area.
Dec. 21, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Out of the box idea for "courtesy runners"

Why should a player with a bad shoulder who can run but can't hit be treated any differently than a player with a bad knee who can hit but can't run???

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