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Real name:
Cliff Hansen

Location:
Henderson, NV

Division:
Men's 50

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April 11, 2011
thndr1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: laughlin/Bullhead City/Kingman Field Conditions

To Ed and all concerned...

Unless Bullhead City Parks and Rec has done a ton of work on Rotary Park, we won't like those fields very much. Clumpy grass in the outfields, the dirt was really dry and blows in your face whenever it gets windy. The dugouts are small and the two north fields face houses and have really short fences. Those home owners have started to complain about softballs breaking things.

For the money SSUSA and the other sanctions have to pay (and its alot) you would think we would get an awesome facility to use. I just keep my fingers crossed that they at least cut the grass this time.

One nice thing about Rotary...if you like to fish the park is right next to the boat launch on the Colorado River. Tons of parking.

Everyone should keep in mind that it is about a 20 minute drive through Bullhead to get to the park from the Laughlin casino's.

Cliff
April 9, 2011
thndr1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SENIOR REEBOK

I know that several of the guys from the After Party 50's and the Southwest Legends (both from Las Vegas) swing the Melee and love it. We had one of the original castings and it broke really quick but we have been told, and take this for what it is worth, the newest version of this bat is supposed to have been reworked to add some durability to it. We used ours in Mesquite and didn't break any so, so far, so good.

Cliff
April 8, 2011
thndr1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Warm up tourney for Reno May 7th at the Canyons in St. George

For this warm-up tournament I have 2 40+ teams interested in playing but I wont have them in the tournament unless I have 4 teams in the division. Any 40+ teams interested in playing contact me at the number listed above.

Wes Tallon, Robinson Transport, and anyone else in the Utah or other area, come on down and play. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cliff
April 8, 2011
thndr1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Warm up tourney for Reno May 7th at the Canyons in St. George

My name is Cliff Hansen and I play in the 50 major division with the Southwest Legends out of Las Vegas. Half of my team rolls out of Utah.

I have been involved with softball for over 30 years and believe in bringing the best possible venue for the players that I can. I originally umpired for Rocky Mann's Senior World's in Las Vegas many years ago. Back in the days when they didn't have divisions, only age level play.

What I am trying to do with these tournaments is to have them right before some of the major events around the Southwest. Teams can come in, work on things that they would rather not work on during a "National" tournament. Try out new players, work different positions, get extra swings in, etc. Our game is designed toward the offense, thats why I don't have extra home runs being outs (they are considered walks after you hit five).

I also allow each age group to bring in 3 players 2 years younger than their age bracket. This helps us to bring new talent into the sport. This works very well in the 40 and 50 year old divisions.

My contact info is:
Cliff Hansen
1050 Whitney Ranch Dr. #3014
Henderson, Nevada, 89014
702-287-1070
thunderone2@cox.net
April 2, 2011
thndr1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Screen vs Rocket Bats/Balls

Gary,

I think I am starting to understand you a little better as I read more of your posts. I agree with you on knowing when to move on. I do know that my time has not come yet and I love the sport more than ever.

I am one of the old timers that prefers outstanding defense to 4' nothings jacking the ball over the fence. As Samg posted, there were times when home runs were earned by players who could truly hit, not just throw their hands at the ball and let their bats do the work.

We will always have some issue with going middle on the pitchers. Even if they adopt the new .52/275 ball, someone will still have to dodge it sometime and the war of words will start all over again. I honestly believe that the bat manufacturers will go out and develop a bat that will drive that new ball just as far and just as fast as they are today. Its what makes them money.

Cliff Hansen
Southwest Legends
Las Vegas, NV
April 2, 2011
thndr1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Warm up tourney for Reno May 7th at the Canyons in St. George

Winning teams in each division of this tournament will receive half their entry fee back as well as new dri-fits or pullovers. Second place to get team shirts or hats.

Cliff
April 2, 2011
thndr1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Screen vs Rocket Bats/Balls

Gary, I wasn't lamenting my reduced abilities, just being honest. I know I have slowed down but it hasn't kept me from pitching in every single tournament our team plays in. We all know that most SSUSA tournaments do NOT use a screen. I think the screen is good in league play. I would hate to lose one of my tournament guys because he got blasted in a league game.

I still pitch in the young adult leagues and I usually don't wear my helmet unless I am playing against guys I know like to middle pitchers. You know as well as I do that they are out there.

I love playing this game and hopefully I won't have to quit anytime soon. I also know that we all have our own opinions about how the game is going and where it is going, but inviting me to move to another sport??? Was that the best constructive advice that you could offer?


March 30, 2011
thndr1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Warm up tourney for Reno May 7th at the Canyons in St. George

We are hosting a warm-up exhibition style tournament at Canyons Park in St. George, Utah on May 7th. It will be a one day, 4 game guarantee tournament with a $250 entry fee +sanction. SSUSA pitching rules, 5 home runs per game with walks after the 5 (runners must be forced). Teams will be allowed to bring three players who are 2 years younger than the age bracket they are playing in. 60 min time limits + open inning.

This is a great opportunity to work on things before going to Reno and a chance to play at one of the nicest parks in the country.

Cliff
March 30, 2011
thndr1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Screen vs Rocket Bats/Balls

This is always going to be one of "those" subjects. As another long time softball pitcher who has taken his share of shots I am in favor of the screen. The manufacturers are not going to "dumb" down their equipment, even the new .52/275 balls will be changed if enough people stop buying them. Its all about the benjamins when it comes to the gear we are using.

Senior softball has become an entirely offense based game now. In the past I remember the cuban guys coming in and playing sick infield and now some of those same players dropped from the sport once the composite bats came into play.

While I am still hugely competitive, I also know that I have to get up Monday morning prepared to go to work. That may not be so easy if I have a broken leg, shattered face, etc. I like to think that my reflex's are still up there with the best of them but I have seen shots go by me that I never had a chance to react to. Those are the ones that worry me.

Cliff
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