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Real name:
Allen Ferguson

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Woodstock, GA

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Men's 60

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Jan. 14, 2009
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: To the current 60 and 65 year old players a question for you

Lecak, first let me say that I've never had more fun playing softball, than I'm having now......

I have always admired ball players that keep playing into their 50's,60's,70's and even 80's, regardless of their level of play. I have an especially high regard for those that work hard at maintaining a high level of play at what ever age groupe they are in. They have always been an inspiration for me to stay in playing shape and keep working on my skills. They are a constant reminder that we can be a rookie every five years and play serious competitive softball as long as we have that desire. As far as I'm concerned, these guys are a major part of what keeps the softball "FIRES" burning. I'm proudly playing 60 + AAA and don't plan on stopping any time soon. The 70's and 80,s guys are true heros of the game..........
Jan. 8, 2009
AlleninGa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher Safety Rule

Pitcing has always been a risky position to play, but I don't agree with changing the rules. With the advancements in technology for safety equipment, light weight safety gear is available. I've witnessed pitchers wearing headgear, shin protectors and even chest protectors perform very well defensively. They can exercise the option of wearing the equipment without changing the rules. How many pitchers have been seriously injured while wearing protective gear?

My hat is off to "pitchers". Good ones are worth their weight in "Gold".
Jan. 6, 2009
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: some rules will change

I am not in favor of runing thru the bases. Leave it as a choice. My experience with the don't slide rule resulted with in me getting run over. Sort of defeated the purpose I thought.
Dec. 31, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I don't care what bats are used......

Dirty, I'm curios......... Did you have the same concerns about "Homeruns" and 'Equipment" in your earlier years? I seem to remember more bat/ball related injuries in the 70's and 80's than I'm seeing in Senior tournament ball today.

Softball is not simply a pastime to most on this blog. It is a game played with a passion and a drive to compete at highest level possible with the best equipment available. We accept the risks as well as the challenge, with respect for all levels of play. There is a level of comfort and security for everyone who wishes to play the game, find yours and let us have ours. I fully respect your opinion, but I've heard scenerios like yours all of my sports life and have never agreed with "dumbing" the game down. Let "Old Race Horses Run" and if you want to play with "Sawmill Slats and Pet Milk Cans", I won't chastise you.
Dec. 30, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The love of our game

Same to you Santo, softball is truly a great game.

There's always that feeling I get when I'm at a ball park, "This is where I belong". it's pretty obvious that a lot of others feel the same way.

Happy New Year everyone.
Dec. 17, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

I would like some feedback on ASA bats.

1) What seems to be the most popular (endloaded) ASA bat used in tournament play?
2) Which ASA bat do you prefer to use?
3) If cost was not a factor, which bat would you buy?
4) If cost was a factor, what bat would you buy?

I really like my 2005 Extended, but I'm curious about the other bats on the market. I figure you Senior softball junkies can offer a wealth of information in this area.
Dec. 1, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of your favorite Famous quotes, lines or sayings?

Growing old is inevitable; Growing up is optional (Play ball)

Quitters never win and winners never quit

Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining ( From the movie; The Outlaw Jose Wales)
Nov. 24, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations Bruce!!!!

Sorry Elmo, I didn't mean to spell your name wrong. What the "L" was I thinking.
Nov. 24, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations Bruce!!!!

No Emo, he didn't get best physique, although he probably lost a pound or two runing back and forth to the trophy table. RT didn't show, I guess he didn't want to help carry the hardware, Bruce put that burden on his poor little wife. You're right, like most softball wives, she deserves an award.
Nov. 24, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations Bruce!!!!

We had our annual CSSA Softball Banquet Saturday in Woodstock, Georgia. Mr. "Bruce" Fairchild received a phenominal list of awards. Home Run Champ, MVP's, Highest Bating Average, Best Offensive (All-around) and i'm sure I've missed something. The banquet covered Spring and Fall Seasons, and he took them both. I'd like to point out that there are some really good players in that league (a lot of 50+ tournament guys). Bruce hit 15 HR's, some over the scoreboard and to my knowlege is the only player in our league to lead the batting statistics in EVERY category (amazing). His fall average was .895 with 8 Hr's.

I wanted to mention this because Bruce is a classic example of Sportsmanship and Humility an I believe he deserves the recognition.
Nov. 21, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Nokona gloves

Bruce, I remember that glove, it was massive, but you controlled it well. I didn't realize it was a Vinci. I will definitely check them out before I make my choice.

I would be interested in opinions on preferences between a 12.5"/12.75 and a 13"/13.5 glove. Do you feel the shorter glove holds shape better over time?
Nov. 20, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Bruce, does that mean RT's not attending?
Nov. 20, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Nokona gloves

Thanks Nancy, I've been wondering what to get Debra for Christmas. She's been great, so she deserves the best. I might even spring for a new Senior Combat to boot.

You posters have exceeded my expectations on feed back. With all of the GOOD products onthe market these days, it's sometimes difficult to decide. I'm only 60, so with 15+ years left to play I might as well get a really good glove. I believe the best glove I ever had was a Wilson A2000. I bought a new one a few years back but sold because it was 11.75". Thanks again
Nov. 20, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Nokona gloves

Battery???? I guess so.............she can put a charge in those butt whuppin's. Sort of like an "Everready"; they last a long time:-) Just kidding,Debra's a sweetheart (just tough as hell)
Nov. 20, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Nokona gloves

Thanks guys, the information helps a lot. I 've been using Mizuno's for the last couple of years, but they tend to get a little loose for the infield after about 2 years. I started using a 13" and the ball tends to spring out on hard grounders if it doesn't hit in the pocket or web. I may go back to a 12.5. I looked on the GloveSmith website like # 6 suggested and that is definitely an option. I will probably visit a local GloveSmith retailer and get a little more information. If ya'll don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'll be recuperating from the beating my wife gave me for buying another glove. What the heck, it won't be the first whuppin' I ever got. Nokona is still in the mix.
Nov. 19, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Nokona gloves

I am considering trying a Nokona glove. I would welcome input from anyone who has had experience with this Brand. I have heard they are lightweight and soft leather (Kangaroo) and wonder how they holdup over a couple of years.
Nov. 13, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Hey, it's good to hear from you Mark. Debra and I really enjoyed your visit and I'm glad to hear you're getting fired up for next Spring. Softball will keep you young.

You really ought to sign up for the 2009 Classic Spring Training in Jacksonville Fla.. You will not regret it. I attended last year and had a great time and got all of the BP I wanted. Go to www.classicspringtraining.com, check it out and sign up.

After you sign up, get an Ultra II, Worth Launch 10 or a Senior Combat. You're old enough now, so take advantage of it. Life is good, Softball makes it Great.
Nov. 10, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

FredScerra: I am 60 and attended CST for the first time last year. I enjoyed every portion of CST and Curt did a great job making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. We are all just kids at heart, getting a jump on the up and coming season.

I am signed up for 2009 and looking forward to it. I am a constant student of the game and there's plenty of talent to draw from and great friends to be made. You will not regret signing up.

Thanks Curt, see you in February.
Aug. 12, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just Curious

Thanks guys, that pretty much sattisfied my curiosity. I've always been under the assumption that is wasn't legal, but having seen them in use on occasion, I got curious. Thanks again. Bruce, good luck in your upcoming tournaments.
Aug. 12, 2008
AlleninGa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just Curious

Is it legal to use a first baseman's mitt at anorther position other than catcher or first base, in slowpitch softball?
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