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Feb. 12, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bad idea by SSUSA

gary#27- If you're talking about the Mesquite Spring Worlds, doesn't seem that tournament is in the hotel deal. No different entry prices based on hotels and from being there before, those 3 hotels are all owned by the same company. It's a small town! But I guess we have to take a stand sometime, even if the one you're taking is based on false facts.
Jan. 23, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: Bats
Discussion: How to play softball

As they say in the MasterCard ad campaign: "PRICELESS!"
Jan. 21, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Response / Question

Thanks Hitt2- Appreciate your clarification, especially now that the SSUSAStaff has weighed in on the matter. Hopefully this will all stop.

On your question, I'll ask our team business guy what we do and get back to you.

Regards,

DG
Jan. 18, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

Nice, and responsible, post zatta. Welcome to the Message Board. You've figured out very quickly that he will belittle dissenting opinions almost as a reflex reaction, even though you did post a name in your Member Info. I read your post a couple of times and couldn't see any indication referencing bat doctoring, but that's not unusual. He's so predictably automatic in his replies, that he grasps for anything to play the bully role, more often than not being completely non-responsive to the original post. It's probably nothing more than a last gasp attempt to stay relevant.

He seemingly fancies himself as one of the premier hitters in the game, but a couple of recent posts by some of the universally recognized members of that group, Bogie and The Gorilla, have raved about a new prototype ball they hit at the TOC earlier this month. Apparently it flies a bit slower, and therefore safer, but can still be hit hard and far with the proper swing mechanics and strength. Personally, I'd like to see that ball adopted, which would then allow the people in charge to maybe get rid of that new Pitcher's rule! (Being responsive to the thread title, here!)

But those rave reviews scare him to death, because if the ssusa changes to that ball, he's likely outside the inner power circle, looking in. So that's what drives the "economic conspiracy theory" rant you'll see so often. It completely misses the fact that the ball manufacturer has a net zero should any such change be made! For every new ball they might sell, they sell one less of the old ball, which fully voids the economic benefit argument.

Hang in there, and most of us will evaluate what you type by it's content. We won't automatically apply the "no name, no game, incredibly lame" excuse to dismiss your opinions.
Jan. 18, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

Well said zatta. A very concise reply to another 250+ words of redundancy. When the ssusa requires a different standard for having a user name, maybe this will stop. One can only hope.
Jan. 16, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

Mr. einstein: You are more predictable, and less interesting, than thousands of rats I've seen in mazes over decades of studying behavioral science. Your response predictability rate is astronomical on thre high side of the charts. Nothing changes except the topic. Agree with you or suffer the insufferable boredom of your no credibility response. Yopu are a bore.
Jan. 15, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

mad dog- Mr. einstein has a belief, actually supported by a good body of credible research, that persons are more accountable and, accordingly, more likely to reveal their true beliefs when they are specifically identifiable. In many, but not all instances, he is largely correct.

Mr. einstein is a bit of an idealist (personal opinion), and seeks to impose that identification theory to ALL posters here, primarily through either belittling those who wish to protect their privacy or secondarily by dismissing anything they might type as not worthy of consideration, regardless of meritorious content. I am unwilling to grant him license to judge or ignore my posts solely on whether he is able to reply to me on a first name basis. He may certainly ignore them as he wishes, but not under the false front of 'no ID, no merit'.

This is where he and I differ sharply. This forum, and many like it on the internet, does not require anything other than a currently working e-mail address to register. It's not the best system there is, but it's the one we have here to express our views. I have revealed my age group and town, and am a registered ssusa player. For personal and, to a limited degree, professional reasons (my career is in the behaviorial sciences education area at the university level), I choose to keep my name private. Many others here feel the same as either Mr. einstein or I do on this issue, and that's fine with me either way. Even one of his friends here was a victim of identity theft from postings derived from this forum, so his identity is now guarded. Good for him, and I wish him continued security. Mr. einstein, and many others know who this person is, but many of us do not. It's not important either way to me.

Regardless, I post responsibly (I hope) and evaluate others' postings based on the merit of their thoughts expressed and the skill with which they express them. To me, that's the only criteria anyone should use, absent any other personal agenda. Learn from what you like, ignore what you don't, but don't apply some artificial criteria to the mix to fulfill your own desire to be perceived as the moral compass of the message board.

I am confident and hopeful that I have fairly expressed Mr. einstein's position, and if I haven't, I apologize. Since I'm not one of the full disclosure people, we may never know!
Jan. 15, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

#19- Shake that one off like a floating, high and inside one from an aging veteran pitcher who just doesn't have it anymore. Despite the advice of his friends, he has to take another cheap shot at you like he did at trumpball. The frustration must be mounting as the slow, inexorable slide into complete irrelevance continues. Sad.
Jan. 15, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

#19- Again, someone has attempted to speak for "us", so let me say you do carry weight with "me", or at least your recent post does. Which got me to thinking, and doing a little bit of digging, about some interesting comments made by someone known as "Anonymous." I was impressed at how much more he or she has to offer than some of the statements made here by "known" idiots. They fall into the "life in general" category and, apparently, the "ssusa message board" category, too. I maybe should have posted these in the famous quotes thread, but they seem more appropriate here in light of the unfair criticism you got.

The "life in general" wisdoms:

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg.

Persistence is a strong will. Obstinance is a strong won't.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

Learn from the mistakes of others, because you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

It's not the fall that kills you, but the sudden stop at the bottom.

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they find laughable.

If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse.

A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.

The world is so fast that there are days when the person who says it can't be done is interrupted by the person who is doing it.

The "ssusa message board" wisdoms: (The first one shouldn't be too hard to figure out who it may be)

I live in my own little world, but it's ok, they know me there.

You wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you knew how seldom they do.

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Some authors should be paid by the quantity NOT written.

#19- Keep up the insightful posts!
Jan. 6, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: AA 60 Colorado - Scrap Iron

Must be getting old! Forgot to add the actual rule and where you can find it. It's from this web site. Click on the "Summit" link on any page here, then click on "Winning teams moving up in 2008" . Here's what it says:

Winning Teams Moving up in Ratings for 2008

According to an agreement between the 10 National Softball Associations, teams winning first place in divisions of more than 2 teams in any of the 10 National Association final championships are moved up in rating for the next season.

Teams winning in divisions of between 3-5 teams may appeal their rating after playing in three tournaments at their new rating. There is no appeal for the 2008 season for teams that won a National Final in divisions of 6 or more teams.

Teams are considered the same team regardless of name if they retain 6 or more players from the winning team even if the team "ages up".

Teams winning the Huntsman Games do not automatically move up because the association allows open rosters.

WOW, I don't think the list has been updated yet for 2009 because of the other crazy stuff going on with rules and such.
Jan. 6, 2009
DesertGuy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: AA 60 Colorado - Scrap Iron

WOW- This has been discussed and clarifed before on here. The ONLY tournament win that requires a move to the next higher division is the World or National Championship of each of the Summit associations. For SPA, that means Dalton or Tulsa, for ssusa, that means Phoenix, for ISSA, that means Manassas and for ISA that means the one in St. Louis (I think).

Winning the other major tournaments CAN get you moved, but it's not automatic. (This also seems to bother you about the Las Vegas team too, even though they have yet to win one of those year-end World or National tournaments).

Sometimes it's a good thing to learn the rules before one starts to incorrectly criticize teams that have done nothing to merit a wrong application of a rule you don't seem to understand clearly.
Dec. 31, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Happy New Year Thanks SSUSA

With all of the at times controversial posting here, it's nice to see the most important post of many years being frozen at the top for now. The link to the CPR DEMO - Health & Safety Institute video is incredibly important. Thanks to ssusa for making it asvailable. If one of us has a cardiac problem and there's no one available to help, that's one less poster here. Thank you!
Dec. 21, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Word on existing 50 M+ teams that will not play under the present rules.

T-H-J- Not sure if you're giving us good or bad news, but my first reaction is it's more than likely GOOD. The Major Plus make up maybe 3% of all teams in ssusa, but they generate about 97% of the noise here! This is a positive development if you are correct. DG
Dec. 18, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

softball4b- But no more unfair than the Major Plus types hiding out on Major and AAA rosters. Time for a lot of teams to step up to where they belong, on their own or with a push.
Dec. 17, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2009 World dates

Not sure which list you guys are looking at, but my computer shows Friday to Sunday for each of those tournaments for 50's and 60's.
Dec. 17, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

SlowPitchRR- I agree with you on the facts of trying to get more teams into the Major Plus from the Major and have them be able to compete, but you have left out the rest of the package. The rules restructure SHOULD also result in AAA teams that should be playing Major to be moved there effectively and possibly the same from AA to AAA. This is a good solution to move teams who hide down in a lower division when they, and a lot of others, know they should be playing up.

Your comments isolate the Major Plus as the only problem area, but I know the same issues exist with our division, the AAA. We may well end up being a team that gets moved to Major, but if it's done fairly, we'll welcome the challenge.
Dec. 16, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

E4/E6- Sound like, with 3 or 4 long ball guys, you're perfect for Majors in the new scheme of things. Each can hit at least one a game, which is pretty strong for a AAA team. Give Sacramento a call and ask them for the move to Major. It's tailor-made for your team!
Dec. 16, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

DCPete- Thanks for getting back to part of the meat of this issue. Home Runs as outs after a certain limit is reached was undoubtedly a factor for the changes at the Major Plus level. Take a look at some of the scores in the Major Plus at the World Championships and the recent Winter Championships. There were some very lopsided games, but not being there, I can't comment on how boring they may have been or how long they lasted. Many seem to have the 25 run mercy rule involved too, so who knows. But reading between the lines a bit, the problem of being competitive once moved up is not a problem exclusive to the Major Plus.

What's more significant to me, and for which I cast my vote of approval, is the excess HR's as outs being extended to the Major and AAA too. Having fixed limits everywhere will shut down the currently popular hobby of seeing how many Major Plus type players can find their way onto Major or AAA rosters.

I'm not sure how anyone would know exactly how many balls a AAA or Major team, or even a AA team, hits out in a tournament. But this new rule set is important because it now puts the pressure on the teams to want to move up if they can't resist hitting the ball out of the park every time instead of actually playing the game of softball again. This puts me in agreement with NYTX.

Lastly, so many people comment here about wanting larger brackets at tournaments, no matter who sponsors the event. If more teams believe the brackets will be larger, and filled with teams of approximately even talent, and teams are playing where they are supposed to play instead of spending all of their time trying to avoid being moved, this is a positive change.

Well done ssusa.
Dec. 12, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAN THE ULTRA

Jeeeezzz WOW. This thread was SOOOOOOOO close to falling into oblivion on the second page, and you bump it back to the top! Ya gotta think things thru a bit better!
Dec. 2, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAN THE ULTRA

As usual, Mr. einstein, hypocrisy runs rampant in your posts:

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Division: Men's 60
Location: Tucson, AZ

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Yet, THJ gets his own personal reply! I actually feel fortunate. Now if we could just start up a collection to get you a nice fancy TV where you could spend your days, instead of here, all would be good!
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