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Feb. 23, 2010
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for over 50 team to join

Hey Bosox...The Top Gun Senior Softball organization has two outstanding 50+ teams. Both teams have players living throughout Southern California and get together for good softball competition. Send an e-mail with your contact information to me and I'll put you in contact with the 50+ managers. Look forward to your reply.

Kevin Evans
Top Gun Senior Softball
Jan. 29, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Want to play! # 2

Great comments by everyone. Two areas that I feel are important is how a player plays on Championship Sunday. Many players play well leading up to the final day and collapse on Sunday for whatever reason. The other item that I keep track of is the batting average for a player in a two-out situation. Teams that score a lot of runs after two outs are usually the successful ones. Confidence under pressure is a key to winning. As for me, I manage the team and play outfield.
Jan. 8, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing to win or keep everyone happy?

Great topic. Winning solves everything. You get no complaints in batting order, number of batters, defensive positions, etc. when your team is winning. Players don't complain about the money they spend as long as the team keeps winning. As soon as you lose a tournament or multiple tournaments than the second guessing and finger pointing starts. When you lose, all managers are now placed in the situation you just discribed. Best rule, communicate with your players and let them know what is expected.
Jan. 5, 2010
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Combine Major & Major+?

I see a lot of different opinions but the division that comes in to play is the Major division. Since many of the Major teams are actually very good AAA teams and or weak Major+ teams, what would be the criteria for separating the division. My list in order would be Homeruns, major tournament victories, run differential,and calibur of players. Before we combine divisions, we need a set criteria agreed by a majority of the managers.
Dec. 22, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: position

Great question. Both positions are equally important in the role they play. However, games are won or lost based on the outfield. A fatigued outfielder will play next to the fence, not charge the ball, and have nothing on their throws. This creates an extra base situation for the offensive team and good teams will take advantage of it. A fatigued outfielder will also have a hard time hitting as their legs are dead and they are now swinging only with their arms. A tired infielder will not give up extra base hits, so theoretically it will take three hits to score. A tired outfield will give up a run with two hits (excluding homeruns). A fast outfield will win a lot of games. However a well timed doubleplay will break the back of any team and change momentum.

Have a Happy Holiday
Dec. 14, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous

Webbie25...thank you for the comment about a low outside pitch being hit back up the middle. My experiense has been that if you throw a low outside strike with two strikes there is a high percentage of the balls that are hit back up the middle. I know pitchers that when they throw a certain pitch, the probability of that pitch being hit back up the middle is very high. The pitch is usually thrown when a pitcher wants a doubleplay grounder. Thank you for your comments.
Dec. 11, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous

I have never seen this question asked and I'm not sure pitchers will share their secrets, but here goes. What is the best pitch you throw to get batters out? I find a lot of pitchers throw low, flat, and outside. From the hitters out there, where do you hit a low, flat, outside pitch? Just wondering?
Dec. 10, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

E4/E6.....I have never played in the Major+ division so my opinion is strictly based on the Major and AAA divisions. I live in Southern California and the teams that I play with are regionally based. The majority of the teams are San Diego County based with a sprinkling of players from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. Players on our teams come from all walks of life and are usually recommended by other senior softball players in the area. Most of the players come from the senior softball recreation leagues and with the AA, AAA, and Major classifications, there is usually a team that fits their particular skill level. Your observation appears to be accurate that the majority of the comments are from Major+ players. I would suspect that recreation softball is widely played throughout the country and that there are a lot of players that can and do play senior softball. Unfortunately there are only a few players that can compete at the Major+ level. So the rule appears to be fine if you are forming a teams in the AA, AAA, and Major division. As far as the best players (Major+) they should have the opportunity to play on the best teams without geographical restrictions or boundaries.
Dec. 8, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home Run Rule?

Marv 19, PlanoPlayer, and LP. I respect your opinions and understand your reasoning. I would like to share a different prospective. I witnessed a set of games at the Winter Worlds that the Home Run rule balanced the game. I saw a AAA team hit 15 homeruns in two games. The unfortunate part was that all homeruns after they reached their magic number of three were outs. The team had a few open inning because of balls hit over the fence and put the team in a hole. The team was an excellent group of players with a lot of talent. However a team that hits 15 homeruns in two games is not a AAA team and would probable be on the high end of Major or Major+. The rule balenced the game for both teams competing. Both pitchers were not subjected to lazer shots back at the pitcher but skilled hitters placing the ball to all parts of the field. Whether you are a Major+, Major, AAA, or AA player, you have the skills to compete and probable place the ball wherever you want to. Let's let teams play within their skill range and properly place homerun hitting teams in the catagories that support the skill level as well. Don't change the Home Run Rule because it is doing exactly what it was intended to do. Keep an even playing field for all of us.
Nov. 23, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Condolences to Terry Hennessey


From all of the players and family members of the TOP GUN III team we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at the passing of your brother.

Kevin Evans
Nov. 5, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My team wants the one up rule back in SSUSA

I would agree with adding the one-up rule if the following rules applied. If a team continuously exceeds their homerun limit as designated in their division they should be moved up to the next division. My team recently played in the 55+ Major division and we did not even come close to our limit of 5 homeruns. If you need the one-up rule, move up a division. AA and AAA teams should not be subjected to teams that maximize their home run limits. There is no defense that can defend balls hit over the fence. I know SSUSA is now tracking homeruns and teams that meet or exceed their limits. Maybe they will use thise numbers in determining a teams classification. The Major+ division should be unlimited homeruns. For those that can hit the homeruns, let them hit homeruns without penalty.
Oct. 14, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Iced-down softballs


I know what you mean. We played in a tournament that had iced down balls and two of our bats were broken because of it. The ball really flew out of the park but we paid a huge price for broken bats.
Aug. 24, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defibulators at SSUSA tournaments

On behalf of the players and family members of the Top Gun III team we send our thoughts and prayers to James' family, friends, and teammates. A few years back the Top Gun Softball organization first held a fundraising tournament in Menifee to raise funds to purchase an AED to be on-hand for all Top Gun Tourneys. Since that time the Top Gun Board through proceeds from the Top Gun Tourney's has purchased AED's for atleast two of the Top Gun teams to take with them to all tournaments. As funds become available more AED's will be purchased so all Top Gun teams from 50+ to 80+ will have the tools to help save a life. If you get a chance, get trained on using an AED, you might be able to save a life.
July 10, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: team ratings

Team Ratings: The Top Gun III 55 team was one of the teams re-rated on July 5th from 55 AAA to 55 Majors. Our first reaction to the re-rating was the move was made as a result of our team's successes early in the season. That maybe a contributing factor, but Terry H. was kind enough to mail an explanation for the re-rating. This correspondence is sent to the managers and if the reason for the re-rating is not communicated to the team, then there are all sorts of misconceptions. Our team was moved up based on our teams play against higher rated teams (Major and Major+)and the run differential in those games. Since the run differential was 5 runs or less, it was felt that our team could compete at a higher level, thus the move. Terry also included the caviat that the team could be re-rated after a minimum of three tournaments, which I think is fair. I appreciate the explanation rather than having to guess why our team was moved up. I wanted to share this information with others on this website this to hopefully help alliviate some of the misconceptions. Hope to see you on the ball field.

Kevin Evans
Top Gun III
June 30, 2009
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Passing of "The Franchise"

To the DuPont family and friends of "The Franchise", the players and families of the Top Gun III Softball Club extend our prayers and condlences.

Kevin Evans
Top Gun III Softball
June 9, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Steven J Weibel

The players and families of the Top Gun III softball team send our condolences and prayers to Steve's family and to the members of the Doubleplay softball team.
June 2, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player in need of Prayer

Paul and the Doubleplay team

Please extend the thoughts and prayers from the players and families on the Top Gun III team to Steve and his family. Through the years we have had fellow players and friends battle cancer and collectively we continue to keep them in our thoughts. We lost a courageous player/friend earlier this season and know how the senior softball family reaches out and embraces the individual and family members in a time of need. Please keep us updated on Steve's health.


May 6, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Escondido results

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in Escondido this past weekend. Special thanks to Nate Hines and Carl Gustafson for putting on a fun tournament. The results from the weekend:

Green Division:

OLR Nighthawks - winner
LAF - runnerup

Orange Division:

Magic Sports - winner
Top Gun 50's - runner-up

Black Division:

Last Call - winner
Nine Eleven - runner-up

Purple Division:

Fountain Valley Outlaws - winner
Marauders - runner-up

Blue Division:

Top Gun 60's - winner
Gusto - runner-up

Red Division:

Top Gun III (55's) - winner
Titans - runner-up

You can catch all of the Top Gun tournament information on the clubs NEW website

See you on the ball field

April 15, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: YOU MAKE THE CALL #5

Freddie....the umpire called the runner out at first on a play 7 - 6 - 3 - 1. Actually the batter was out for going into the dugout as well. Since the 3rd out was made on a force play at 1st, the 5th run did not count. The umpire reversed their original call of the 5th run scoring to end the inning and the team only recorded 4 runs for the inning. Great point by ShaneV. I have seen the same type of call when a batter hits a homerun with two outs and the runners do not advance to the next base.
April 14, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call #4

There are two outs. The runner from 2nd going to 3rd is out on a force play. The runner headed for home plate is out on a force play once the runner passes the commit line and the throw goes to the catcher. Now watch the runner on 1st head to third in all of the commotion and is tagged out sliding into 3rd.
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