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Nov. 4, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Associations
Discussion: I.D.Fees

DMac- The $50 is for a 5 yr. card. Ten bucks a year also includes the newspaper for the year too and seems pretty reasonable. The single year fee is $15.
Nov. 3, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Clarification

Hey guys- Take a look at the top of this message thread. It was started by Dirty Gary. You are the fools that decided to post on his thread. You have no one to blame here except yourselves. If you don't like it, don't perpetuate the thread. Pretty simple really.
Oct. 8, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PHOENIX BALL FIELDS

Victory Lane has the ASA Hispanic Worlds the first weekend and the USSSA Halloween Scream youth baseball the second weekend of the ssusa Worlds. taits- I have played in St. George and in about all of the Phoenix parks. St. George has great fields and the Huntsman is a special event, but it's not like either the SPA or ssusa Worlds. They do a one-time a year thing with a lot of other sports. I agree with Dbax about Papago and Rose Mofford being exceptional. DW is very nice and Chavez gets better each time I see it. Don't know about Camino since it's new.
Oct. 3, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - PARTICIPATING TEAMS LIST

udaplayr- You are correct! The March Madness is a 1-and-done event. I forgot about the losers bracket winner getting that second chance. Nice analysis too. Even an old guy like me can follow that one. :)
Oct. 2, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - PARTICIPATING TEAMS LIST

udaplaya- I think it's really only 5 games in a 32, since it's 6 in the 64-team March Madness and that's only one more round. In any event, it's a lot longer in the loser's bracket. I looked it up and the if-game in a 26 team 3-game format is game #59 and in the 50-AAA with 34 teams that's game #77. Ouch!
Sept. 28, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: intentional walks

No
Sept. 16, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball At Sea

and making sure I had the nearest life vest in close proximity at all times
Sept. 12, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out at the plate

A few off the wall comments on a great topic thread.

Mr. einstein - Hope you hook up with a major plus team and get to play. Playing is the gift we have been given.

Walk- Looks like you are good to go next year as any Major plus team's one out of region player from that team's side of the Mississippi River.

taits- The Arizona Mob is the eleventh team listed on the 50's section of the Team Ratings link on the left side of this page. They are based in Tucson and are rated Major.

sisavic- I agree with you. Simple as that.

the wood- The Task Force stuff doesn't affect us, but thank you for the effort. This is what the Major plus teams want and they got it. Hopefully it isn't a case of unfortunately getting what you asked for and not liking it. I'm in theory (because I don't play in either) opposed to merging the Major plus and Major just becasue of a sense that the talent gap is too wide top to bottom. Would much prefer to see your new Major plus rules be attractive enough to have the upper end teams in Major volunteer to move up to that type of game to meet the challenge and play a more wide open offensive game.

Dirty- This is the perfect issue for public comment, excepting maybe yours. Commenting on every topic isn't required here. Sit on your fingertips if you don't like this being a public comment thread.

Mr. einstein- The ump you mention made the call. It went against you, as calls do occasionally against all of us. I would think Terry is "in position", since he and his staff see every team, see every score in their tournaments and talk to a lot of the people in the divisions affected. I still want you to play, but I tend to agree with not allowing a last moment roster cange to a team that most seem to think is pretty good to start with. This is the type of oversight I appreciate because it is made in the best interest of all of the teams in the division, except maybe the Mob. I hope you play. Major plus.
Sept. 12, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out at the plate

CRUSADERVB- I'm pretty sure from reading Mr. einstein's first post that he has not been BANNED from anything. The decision, agree or not, is that he won't be allowed to play for the MOB. And I'm a little confused about the relationship of letting Mr. einstein play for the MOB and moving Gekle up a notch. Did you mean moving the MOB up?

From what I hear from our manager, having ssusa not let a team add a certain player this late in the game is a pretty common occurrence. Loading up just before the Worlds shold be prohibited instead of encouraged.

The decision was apparently because of what Terry thinks it would do for the balance of power in that division. I hope Mr. einstein finds a place to play in the 60 major plus. Mr. einstein, my offer to introduce myself in Phoenix still stands and I hope you're here. Meeting me is not at all importsnt, but finding a place for someone to play who wants to is very important. Good luck.
Sept. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Person-ality

##7 and Dirty- Mr. einstein isn't going to admit that he sent the emails no matter how apparent it is he did. He has avoided a direct question from the wood and changed the subject when asked. Based on his past, and unlike most of the rest of us, he's not one to admit even an obvious mistake. Dirty, I'm still amazed that you posted it in the first place last week and can't believe you are still offering to pass them around now. Your mistake in going public is no better and you owe an apology too. You two are quite a pair. Please take this mess somewhere else and let us get back to the good of the game here. Thanks.
Sept. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Person-ality

I'll think about it. More likely, I'll wander up and introduce myself in Phoenix next month. I much prefer to look someone in the eye when I talk with them. Email can also provide a layer of anonymity that occasionally distorts intentions, and certainly provides unlimited access. I make no criticism of your comfort level in posting yours, I just don't share the same comfort level yet.
Sept. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerrated

And those studies are probably no less interesting than ones describing the use of the internet and information derived therefrom as an enabling device for unsavory behavior. I'm accountable to this community, both within the Board itself through what I post and outside the Board as it relates to any interaction I may have with its members. Seems as though you "may" have not performed quite so well in the second of those areas.
Sept. 9, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerrated

Mr. einstein- Not sure what you mean by "softball identity" but here goes. I am a registered ssusa player. I play for an Arizona based 60's team and live in southern Arizona. I play the infield. I use an Ultra II but seldom hit the ball out of the park unless it's foul. I play because I have for over 30 years and we have a great bunch of guys. I don't play in the major or major plus divisions. I bat right and throw right and most people say I field pretty well. Can't think of anything else that would be part of a softball ID,

Personally, although it's none of your business, I am almost retired. Have spent my entire career in education, am married and have a few kids. Just like 4x4, one of your possee (that's a southwest term I presume you understand) posted in the thread that went away, I am careful about how much information I release to the entire world here. That's why my birth name and my e-mail address remain items I give to people that have earned it. It also prevents receiving unsolicited e-mails on any topic of discussion.
Aug. 29, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Adopts Major-Plus Task Force Recommendations

Gary- I thought that recommendation #8 was a great idea. My thought is that the major plus guys wanted to monitor each other's rosters, but it sure has value for us as a 60-AAA team that sometimes ends up with a major plus in our division at a tournament. If they get put online here, it will be a big help for us to make sure things are fair.
Aug. 27, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Adopts Major-Plus Task Force Recommendations

Thanks for the info BW. I agree that most hit pitchers were not hit on purpose and I think that is more true at the lower levels (AAA/AA) of play where most of us don't have the bat control that the upper level players think they have. That's why I am happy the DBO rule has been applied at all ages and divisions.

As far as the umpires being able to call it correctly, I have a lot of confidence. The times when we have had a pitcher hit, or have hit one, I think most of us want the play to stop or be over as fast as it can so we can see if he's OK. The DBO is the best way to stop the play, take care of the player and not have a big argument a few moments later about where the runners should be and all that. None of that is as important as player safety.

The umpires will do fine. It reminds me of the old 1964 US Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, where Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain "hard-core" pornography, or what is obscene, by saying, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . [b]ut I know it when I see it . We all, and that includes good umpires, know when a play should be stopped in this situation. Good job ssusa on this.
Aug. 26, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Adopts Major-Plus Task Force Recommendations

I'm not a major plus player (never was, never will be), but must say I'm more than a little bit impressed with this posting today. It affirms what I have believed all along, that the ssusa is the most responsive of the sr. associations. They turned over the future of the major plus program to a committee and it would have been easy to just blow off the recommendations. Instead, they adopted 8 of 9, and really in a way adopted all 9. The pitcher rule will now be a part of the game at all ages and at all ratings, and they made it more practical in my opinion. Having the pitcher protected only in the box makes a lot of sense. It's the same thing as protecting a pedestrian in the crosswalk, but not if he decides to dart into the path of an oncoming bus (or softball). Good job, and thanks from one of those that got a benefit that may not have been forseen on the safety side, the non-major plus guys.
Aug. 20, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump......

wood- I don't think Gary did anything that had to do with that topic being removed. Gary's last post was one word: Wow. There was a longer post just above it by trumpball that was pretty strong and went after einstein directly. I went back a couple minutes later to re-read it and everything was gone. Wish I had printed it whan I first saw it, because it was classic bulletin board material! Reminded me of a couple of junior high school kids setting up an after school bare knuckles affair behind the bleachers. Hysterical!
Aug. 20, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: AAA Sponsored VIRGINIA Team Needs Player

Wes- They're 50-AAA from Fairfax, VA, according to the Team Ratings on this site.
Aug. 6, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RATINGS WARS

Ken- Actually, many of these posts are by people that do get the point. Your team was moved. Don't know if you should have been or not because we're 60s and don't play the teams you talk about. You appealed and ilost, so you took your case public instead of doing what others have done that had the same thing happen to them. I hope you do play, and I hope your results give more clarity. That's about the only sensible way to see who was right, you or the ssusa. But don't count on the other associations you play in sharing your scores. For our money, ssusa runs the best tournaments, publishes the most info., especially scores, and it's where the best competition is. Good luck whichever way you decide to go.
Aug. 4, 2008
DesertGuy
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RATINGS WARS

Duke- You and your team mates have made a mess of this in at least a couple of ways. Not plsying will certainly not result in any new data to base a change on. Your team will come back with the same rating it has now if you decide to play again. The public campaign made you look like whiners that couldn't take care of matters thru the proper channels. And your team mate that insulted TH the day his mother died was a disaster classic in trerms of evoking sympathy and subjective support for your cause. Good luck on sabbatical playing in substandard events of lesser organizations.
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