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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???

Oct. 30, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

The 1 & 1 count and Unlimited Arc would provide a faster-paced game with more emphasis on good pitching & defense since the hitters would have a harder time making consistent flush contact.
Really don't see any reasons Not to make these changes plus the umpires wouldn't have to deal with all the "too high" arguments.
Oct. 27, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Seeding Criteria at Senior World Tournament

Dave, thanks for the detailed & mathematical explanation. I guess it can work out for better or worse depending on the particular situation.
We were in a 2-day qualifier this summer when Mother Nature decided to punish everyone by making it 100+ degrees with hi humidity. After playing our 2 RR games in the morning, we started the 3GG at 3pm. Because we lost that game, we then had to play the meaningless "exhibition" 2nd game at 6pm followed by the meaningful 3rd game at 8:30. A number of guys on the team voted to forfeit the 2nd game but we decided to play anyway since we weren't sure if forfeiting would eliminate us from the rest of the tournament plus we would still have to wait around until 8:30 to play the 3rd game.
(and for the record there were open fields available during the evening so total number of games wasn't an issue)


Oct. 26, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Seeding Criteria at Senior World Tournament

SSUSA; with all due respect it's much better to play an "exhibition game" in the Round Robin than it is to play it in the elimination bracket. With the 3GG, ALL the teams that lose their 1st game in the elimination bracket are basically playing an exhibition game in their 2nd game.
And instead of 1 team having to play an exhibition game in odd number round-robin brackets, up to 50% of the teams end playing exhibition games in the elimination bracket!!!
Seriously, let's mix in a little math here . . .
Sept. 24, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Changes to the HR Rule - needs more thought

Our team has been on both sides of this rule at past LVSSA tournaments & not surprisingly, you love extra HRs as walks when you're hitting them & hate the rule when they're being hit against you.
A better rule might be to make the extra HRs foul balls; the pitcher still isn't put in jeopardy and teams aren't punished or rewarded for hitting the ball over the fence when they've used up their HRs.
Plus it adds some strategy to when you hit your HRs and prevents teams from just walking up to the plate with their Ultras and trying to hit every pitch as far as possible.
Sept. 24, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52/275 Ball

MD; you might be absolutely correct about the Bat Shavers having no advantage with the 52/275 ball, but until/unless they actually believe that they will continue to shave & roll & regardless of the actual performance, it just sucks that this ball seems to motivate some to cheat.
Just saying . . .
Sept. 22, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52/275 Ball

We've been using the Trump Stote 52/275 for 2 years in league play and a lot of the infielders say it definitely bounces differently than the 44/375.
And our pitcher had a routine 1-hopper bounce up, hit the end of his glove and then his mouth resulting in about 25 stitches.
Also saw a fly ball hit the warning track and bounce clear over the 10 foot fence so you can say what you want but it's absolutely a far different product than the 44/375.
Worst of all, the 52/275 probably has or will cause an increase in bat shaving, rolling, whatever as players (cheaters) try to compensate for the ball's inferior distance.

Sept. 15, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Round Robin last Saturday night

Webbie; agreed an original, fully broken-in Freak (500+ hits)can hit with an Ultra 2 with the only difference probably being the Ultra's bigger/more forgiving sweet spot.
Don't have any 1st-hand knowledge of shaved bats but they must be Super Hot/Ultra-like or they wouldn't be advertised all over E-Bay.
And unfortunately, that would probably be the main problem if we ever did cut back, ie the shaving & juicing would greatly increase.
Used to think that using Senior bats keeps players from wanting to use altered bats was just an excuse, but now realize it's a valid argument plus when a player comes to the plate with an Ultra the fielders at least know what to expect.
So until/unless they develop tamper-proof bats, the status quo of Ultras & Combats is no doubt better than the rampant shaving/juicing/whatever-else alternative.
Sept. 13, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Round Robin last Saturday night

Unfortunately a lot of the young kids bats are now shaved, juiced and/or rolled so they may be just as hot, or hotter than Senior bats.
In fact, would love to know from any expert on this board, how the shaved/juiced/rolled U-trip bats compare to Senior bats?
And would really like to know which is more dangerous: a 52/275 ball hit with a shaved U-trip bat or a 44/375 ball hit with a legal ASA bat?
Sept. 5, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Age Brackets & Divisions

Combining the 50's & 55's like they do in Florida 1/2 Century should create bigger brackets especially for Major+ where a lot of the problems exist.
Not sure why this isn't given more consideration but I haven't heard of any big complaints with this system in Florida where they've been using it for years.
Aug. 2, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: There's so much wrong with Senior Softball - Brackets

Don5, completely agree with you and the ridiculous thing is that the 3GGB only saves 2 or 3 total games vs "3 seeding games + Double Elimination" and at almost every tournament where there are 4 or more fields you'll see empty fields at some point during the day.
The seeding games at least have some importance in deciding who you play 1st in Double Elimination or maybe even getting you a 1st round bye instead of that completely meaningless game in the 3GGB that up to 50% of the teams end up playing.
There's no point in having a 5-game guarantee if 1 of the games is a completely meaningless exhibition game; it's really then just a 4-game guarantee.
Come on SSUSA do the right thing & bring back 3 seeding games instead of making teams play exhibition games on Saturday or Sunday when they're more tired and trying to win a tournament.
Aug. 1, 2011
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: There's so much wrong with Senior Softball - Brackets

What SSUSA has failed to address regarding the 3-Game Guaranteed Bracket is that for all the teams that lose their 1st game, the 2nd bracket game is absolutely meaningless.
This is worse than playing a 3rd seeding game which would at least determine which team you play in the 1st game of the elimination bracket.
Our team recently found itself in this situation of having to play the meaningless 2nd game in the 3GGB and considered forfeiting the game except that we would still have to wait around to play our 3rd game and/or might have been thrown out of the tourney for refusing to play this completely unnecessary game (in 100-degree heat).
This is just wrong on every level no matter what SSUSA or anyone else tries to claim.
July 8, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Poll

MD - curious what 52 ball you are using? We've been using the Stote 52 ball and it's been terrible in the heat; in fact it says right on the box "Heat sensitive - Do not store in trunk" which of course everyone does since where else you gonna put them?
July 7, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Poll

Our local leagues have been using the Trump Stote 52/275 ball (with non-senior bats) for 2 years now & it's an absolute cantelope when the temperature gets above 80.
And sadly, while MD may be right about all bats being equal with a 52 ball, we've had way more rumors & accusations of shaved/juiced and/or rolled bats than we ever had with the 44/375 ball (using ASA bats).
Home runs have become almost extinct and outfielders are playing so far in on the singles hitters that they are trying to throw the runners out on force plays on a clean single.
Overall a very disappointing experiment . . .
June 30, 2011
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Damn, we thought we had problems with team ratings!

Check out this link for some real problems with team ratings (lol)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/30/sports/softball-case-raises-question-who-qualifies-as-gay.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
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