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April 10, 2006
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team Ratings

jimdandy-if you click the team ratings on on the SSUSA website and go to the 60's, scroll down to the team or teams you are looking for. If they have been moved up or down, you will see the new designation and the date when it took place.
Feb. 23, 2006
T.Burk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SPA homerun rule

I visited with Ridge Hooks day before yesterday to find out why his web site had a different homerun rule posted for AAA than what was on the comparison chart. He assured me that the rule was and is 2 HRs and then a single for AAA. I know the message board has been afire with speculation about AAA power hitters having to go up the middle to keep from making an out. I hope this information helps to clarify.
T.Burk7
Feb. 13, 2006
T.Burk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SPA AAA rule changes

As a AAA team, my concerns are why is it that the home run rule in the AAA division is the only rule that took a negative change. Major and major plus changed for the positive, and the AA rule for home runs changed in a positive direction. I emailed the SPA for an explanation and as of yet have not heard back from them. I can only guess is that there are too many teams in the AAA division and rather than move teams up into the major & major plus divisions, it is easier to sit back and see how many will voluntarily move up. When the SPA opted to allow the use of the U II and move to the 44/375 ball, it was viewed as a step in (if not right) a different direction. Maybe the number of teams has dwindled in SPA qualifiers over the last couple of years because of the bat issue. I don't know. It doesn't follow a logical progression. If SPA is worried about HRs, why not move to unlimited doubles. No penalties there and the idea that power hitters will opt for the middle to avoid an out is reduced.
Dec. 2, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: All Tournament Selection

It sounds like you have a good plan. If I have time, I rate all my players 1-15. It depends on how many are at a given tournament. I rank batting average, runs scored, and runs batted in. I then average those numbers and get another number. This gives me an offensive index. I do the same for defense. I rate each player at the tournament and end up with adefensive index. After that I take the two numbers and average them together to get an over all index. It isn't as complicated as it seems, especially if you have your stats figured. I use this for the big tournaments (Worlds, Nationals, or to determine an MVP). At smaller tournaments, I use my best judgement, and in many cases I attempt to spread it around.
Nov. 14, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ft. Meyers Update

In the 55AAA Florida Storm finished 1st, Kansas City Masters were 2nd, Lone Star (OH) finished 3rd, and The Suncoast Surays were 4th.
Nov. 14, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft Myers Winter Nationals

Paul P;
My name is Tim Burkindine and I manage the Kansas City Masters. I played second base this weekend. You guys played two great games against us and we had fun. I appreciate your wife's comment. I generally don't trouble engaging an umpire in conversation unless he is hung over or just a complete jerk. Either could have been the case with the umpire we had in the first game. Later in the day he was very loud and obnoxious about having to sit for two hours between games. He said if he waas going to be there he wanted to work. Another ump told him to sit down, shut-up, and wait for the umpire-in-chief to fix the situation. To bad for us because the younger umpire who was suppossed to do our 3:30 game got tired of listening to the complaing and let him have our game. As I say we enjoyed playing your team. You are competitive and play great ball. we look for ward to seeing you and all of the other teams that were in Ft. myers next season. Stay healthy
Oct. 2, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Illegal Players!!

There needs to be a clarification to an earlier comment wregarding Bruce Walker. Bruce has been OKayed to play in Phoenix with the Kansas AAA team he plays with. According to Terry H. in the SSWC, teams are classified not players. Therefore Bruce has been on my roster since the beginning of the year. Bruce's work schedule and family obligations have sidelined him as far as his not playing tournament ball this season with us and not because Terry's organization threatened to make us move up frommAAA to major. The SPA, on the other hand, has said that he is a rated major + player and would not allow him to play with us unless we moved to major from AAA. I have spent a great deal of time finding organizations that have player friendly rules and Terry Hennesy and The SSWC have been very good to me and to my team. We will be in Phoenix in October playing AAA and we will be playing without Bruce, because he isn't available that weekend and not because Terry said we would have to move up if he came with us.
May 5, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Indy Results

Nancy thanks for the results of last weeks tournaments. This is the second year that I ahve brought the Kansas City Masters to Indy, and I am just as impressed with the tournament in the second year as I was the first year. Tim and Co. do an outstanding job coordinating and running the tournament. Format, facilities, umpires, and balls are all well above average. We look forward to being able to return. THANKS Tim Burkindine
Feb. 28, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of a Friend

Tatterman, Jah#5, and KUUUP22. I apprceciated reading what you had to say about Mark. I will pass it on to his family. We just returned from Phoenix and had a short moment of silence for Mark before our first game. The weekend was perfect so I know Mark was watching.
T. Burk
Feb. 21, 2005
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of a Friend

For those of you who are unaware, on Monday Feb. 14, 2005, Mark Mathews - agreat friend, outsatnding athlete, and super person- died of a heart attack. According to his family, the paramedics got to him within three minutes but there was nothing they could do to bring him back. Mark played senior softball with the Chicago Classics. The Chicago guys lost a great friend with his passing. Mark and I had been friends since his sophomore year in high school. In a service held In Kansas City it was gratifying to see so many of our classmates come to pay tribute to a special person. In the past three years Mark and I would get to visit in different cities around the country as we competed against Mark and the Classics. The last thing Mark said to me as I was leaving Las Vegas in Octoberwas to take care of myself and he would see me in Phoenix in February. It will be the first time Mark has missed an appointment with me. Those of us on the Kansas City Masters extend our condlances to his friends and family.
Nov. 8, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rolling for distance

The discussion of altering bats seems to be more a discussion of semantics than of facts. To alter by definition means to change. Adding weight to the end cap would alter it. Hitting 500 softballs doesn't alter it, because there is no physical change occurring. Taking any bat removing original decals, repainting it, putting new decals to disquise it alters the appearance and is illegal. Hitting 500 47 core 525 compression water logged softballs to break in a bat might be foolish, but does not change the bat is not altering it. Placing and illegal end-load in a bat changes the bat the configuation of the bat and makes it an altered bat. Hitting it with a rubber mallet, bounching against a tree, rolloing (whatever that means), or vicing it doesn't change the configuration of the bat. In a court of law, the charge and therfore the proof of altering a bat would ultimately come down to showing how the bat congiguration has been changed. A bat that has been viced hasn't been changed any more by the vicing process than it would had someone taken the extra time to hit 500 + softbalss in practice/games. A bat the has been shaved or disquised, or end-loaded has been significantly changed thus altered.
July 29, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ultra II League

It is too bad you are not in Kansas. We have had the same problem with our senior league here in Kansas City. Fortunately I know the commission for the Topeka senior leagues. I drive 2 hours once a week to play in Topeka, KS so I can at least play once a week with good bats and good balls. We can use any bat and any ball we like (both teams provide a share a ball). Not only can you use a U II, but i9f you have a U I, you can use that as well.
July 28, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The Truth About Bats And Balls

Interesting thoughts on the bat/ball crisis. Might it not be time for a player's summit? If the associations continu to get closer together, the palyers will lose even moer ground. If that happens we will be back to wooden bats and cork center balls. Every time I ask the question about why, the answer always seems to come back insurence and fear of law suits. The fact is that most of the trouble and anxiety over injuries isn't senior related as much as it is under 40 softball, and that is a result of having homeruns be outs instead of asingle or a double. They also say that homeruns when not limited causes delays. If young ball and run limits per inning or homerun limits per inning, they could speed up play, keep the ball out of the middle, and have less impact on senior ball. Just a thought
June 2, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Fee collections?

Robert-for years we payed as we played. I always came up short and was the subsidser for those who didn't pay. The last three years I have charged up front. Now all of my players put in $500.00 at the first team meeting. This gives me an operating budget and I don't have to pay out of pocket for expenses. Next season I am going to require money be payed before anyone plays and only those who pay will participate.
May 24, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Anyone know the correct ruling on this?

The bat in question wasn't just dented. When it was piocked up by the catcher it was flat on one side approx. 2" wide rinning down the hitting zone6 to 8" long.The catcher asked the umpire, and he was a good umpire, to look at the bat. After inspecting the bat he asked the catcher if he was asking for a ruling on the bat. The catcher said yes. The umpire determined the bat was not legal, called the batter out, and ended the inning. The Dallas team responded the same way I would have responded. Eventually it was handed over to the tournament director who examined the bat, determind it should not have been used, removed it from play and upheld the ruling from the field that declared the batter out. All was prperly done. The Dallas argument stemmed from the fact that bats were not checked every game nor were they checked before the tournament. Nancy as for gamesmenship tag, credit the catcher with a heads up question of the bat and perhaps knowledge of the rules. I witnessed the events that transpired. Neither team was out of line, the field umpire did a great job, and when asked by the team from Dallas he carried his appeal to the tournament director, himself an umpire of long standing. The decision was made based on a flat spot 2" wide and 6-8" long on the hitting surface of the bat and not based on a random dent or ball mark. Each batter is responsoble to make sure he shows up at the plate with a bat that won't cause a problem. Does a flat bat create an advantage. Who knows? But there must be something wrong or the bat wouldn't have been tossed.
May 12, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: KC SPA

I talked with a memeber of the KC 50+ board about their meeting on Monday. One of the big issues was suppossed to be about the poor quality of softball that this league uses. It will alsop be used in the July 9-11 KC SPA tournament. Our team is planning on going to Glen Burnie, Maryland to play rather than stay in Kansas City. Last year's tournament used a very poor Worth 44 core softball and the ball that was purchased for this year is even worse. As I indicated to those teams we have played earlier in the year I would let you know what is going on in K C, and the word is -not much.
May 6, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Classic

Nancy, In the A pool at the Brickyard Classic the Kansas City Masters beat the Dayton Legends to win. KCM was 5-0, Dayton was 4-1. I don't know the order of finish for the other 4 teams, sorry.
May 3, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Classic

How does the comercial go: $250 for the tournament, $103 for the airplane, $66 for the rooms, the experience PRICELESS!!
Tim and his crew fought cold, rainy weather aall weekend, but ran a wonderful tournament. The complex was super, as were the umpires and the staff at the complex. This the fourth tournament we have been to and it ranks number one in terms of more than exceeding our expectations. We, of the Kansas City Masters, enjoyed our stay and want to let those of you who were not in attendance know this is tournament to put on your schedule for next year. Thanks Tim
April 19, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Hot Springs results

Yes, the KC Masters won their last two games on Sunday. They beat Team Honda 29 to 12 and the KC Avengers 15 to 14. They were 6-0. They won 3 games in the last inning.
March 11, 2004
T.Burk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HIT THE MIDDLE.

Stoneman; we had that problem here in KC with a power hitter from a local team (55+) who set as his goal last season to hit as many pitchers as he could. He nearly hit DC in an early league doubleheader and we kept DC from killing him. We then began palying a fielder up the middle and he discontinued for awhile. We played them again in OK City and he whistled one past the head of one of our pitchers. My leadoff hitter in the top of the next inning went after their pitcher ( a friend of ours) with the message that someone better let their guy know paybacks are nasty. The message was delivered immediately by the members of that team and we had no problems the rest of the year. It's not right that a jerk can have a free shot on a pitcher and the retalliation never seems to directly affect those who are guilty. But in the end, someone from the offending team will suffer the consequences and will then monitor their own team.
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