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Jan. 13, 2012
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving On Up 3

I have received an explanation as to why the Fangrabbers were moved up to Major+ after only one tournament in which they didn't win. It is as follows.

Categories of Change:[1] Winning a World/National Championship the year before; [2] A successful Rating Appeal; or [3] Performance based changes Up or Down.
The Fangrabbers move-up fell in the third group.
Performance Based Changes means that an analysis of a team's performance over time in all SSUSA tournaments played during the previous two years indicates they are consistently losing in their rating group by more than 5.0 runs RPG (a DOWN rating indicator) or consistently winning by more than 5.0 RPG (an UP rating indicator). In the UP category, there is also one other UP indicator, and that's if the team in question is hitting significantly more HR's than the Rulebook Maximum for their division.

The bottom line is the Fangrabbers hit too many HR's in the tournament. The nor Cal Reds obviously didn't hit enough HR's. So by this nonsensical logic it appears that the Fangrabbers are the better team because they hit more HR's and thus deserve the move to Major+. Real world common sense would tell you that hitting more HR's AND winning the tournament would be sound reason for a move-up. All these years in competitive sports and I thought it was about winning, how silly of me. The SSUSA achievement standard now appears to be HR's while winning has become secondary. Where is our trophy for winning the tourney HR total?

However, I'm grateful for the explanation and will now put it to bed and get ready for a boring year in Major+ with only one tourney (Worlds, with a variety of teams) to look forward to. Best Regards, Leon
Jan. 12, 2012
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving On Up 2

Thanks to everyone who responded to Moving on up. 39 responses from softball players and none from SSUSA staff. I also sent e-mails to SSUSA but no response. Ignoring ones constituents is poor policy and leaves a bad taste. Topic is posted again below to give SSUSA another chance to enlighten us regarding their decision. Thanks, Leon


This is in response to the NATIONAL RATINGS REVIEW • December, 2011 Actions & Decisions post. I play for the Fangrabbers 55's. A new team that has played one tournament,(Las Vegas Winter Worlds) as a major team. We placed 2nd in the tourney and got moved up to major-plus as a result. I wouldn't mind being moved except we'll be playing the same small number of teams over and over again because of the lack of major-plus teams. I have two questions: One, why wasn't the Nor Cal Reds moved up due to beating us to win the Las Vegas Winter Worlds? Two, if we play the Nor Cal Reds in a 2012 tourney because of a lack of major-plus teams, will we have to give them 5 runs? Best regards, Leon
Jan. 6, 2012
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving on up

This is in response to the NATIONAL RATINGS REVIEW • December, 2011 Actions & Decisions post. I play for the Fangrabbers 55's. A new team that has played one tournament,(Las Vegas Winter Worlds) as a major team. We placed 2nd in the tourney and got moved up to major-plus as a result. I wouldn't mind being moved except we'll be playing the same small number of teams over and over again because of the lack of major-plus teams. I have two questions: One, why wasn't the Nor Cal Reds moved up due to beating us to win the Las Vegas Winter Worlds? Two, if we play the Nor Cal Reds in a 2012 tourney because of a lack of major-plus teams, will we have to give them 5 runs? Best regards, Leon
Sept. 21, 2009
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NO BALLS!!!

EINSTEIN ALERT!!!
Southwest Championship in Tucson, AZ this past weekend used a substandard softball. It was a Miken ball approved for ASA play and sounded like a grapefruit when hit and of course had limited pop. Using this ball in any senior softball tournament, let alone a RING TOURNEY is unacceptable and is doing things on the cheap. This is a blatant example of senior softball officials acting like politicians by being out of touch and not giving a damn about what players want. If senior sofball is going to use a lousy ball it should advise beforehand so players can make a decision whether or not they want to attend. Players have been petitioning senior softball for a long time to not dummy down the ball. It's time to take to heart what we want. Leon
Dec. 17, 2008
Dillon1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

The new homerun rule is great. It allows for more defense and strategy, not to mention the opportunity for bat control for all you great hitters. It adds so many new layers to the game. Love it
Dec. 17, 2008
Dillon1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rule changes

An out after the homeruns are used up is a great new rule. It will allow for more defense and strategy not to mention the opportunity for bat control. Love it.
Oct. 15, 2008
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Favorite Quotes

Hey Einstein, here is a couple of my favorites:

The ulitimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Lurther King

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you NOTHING. It was here first. Mark Twain

Leon
Sept. 3, 2008
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Einstein "The Final Word"

Surprisingly, LVSSA ran a top notch tourney this pass weekend. Furthermore, I had the pleasure of playing with a good bunch of guys including the softball world renowned Einstein and due to his unremitting incredible insight, oral eloquence, rock n roll renditions complete with microphone and dancing and crystal ballism regarding any and all subjects known or unknown to our modern society, I have dubbed him “THE FINAL WORD”
I strongly suggest that senior softball implement a rule that every player before retirement must without fail play a tournament with “THE FINAL WORD”. You will come away scratching your head with a smile on your face and appreciation in your heart. Thanks Einstein for the memories. Leon
Jan. 8, 2008
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What would you change in Senior Softball?

Please, give us the 1&1 count. At least experiment with it in 2008.
Jan. 2, 2008
Dillon1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams going to TOC in Feb

Einstein,
I agree wholeheartly that congratulations are in order for Bax due to the victory in Tucson. But the second part of your quote: "one with such a rotten record on helping/letting players move to find better situations" is obviously based on you gathering information from those who didn't get their way. In other words you appear to have based your opinion on one-sided views. If you haven't done such I apologize but, I'm confident that if you heard the whole story or stories from all sides you would form a different opinion.
Feb. 9, 2007
Dillon1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to join team

Tam, I'm looking for a mens team. Thanks
Feb. 9, 2007
Dillon1
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to join team

I live in Las Vegas and am looking to tryout for a 50+ tournament team in any state that borders Nevada. Willing to play in any division and any position except pitcher. Willing to travel. I'm in good shape and played in the major division last year with the Bucaneers of Calif. before they disbanded.
e-mail address is bdillon@bonanzabev.com cell phone (702) 204-9702 Thanks
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