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May 3, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: southwest vegas...50 and 55 Major+

Can any share who came out on top in these divisions? Thanks in advance.
April 25, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

another thing...

bring back night games, especially in lieu of those 8 am games, at least for the 50 and 55 (a lot of you already play under the lights in local leagues, yet it is almost a taboo idea in senior softball).

the cost of putting on big tourneys would go down considerably, which would hopefully translate into reduced entry fees (i know, what a dreamer)



April 25, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

My preference (which isn't even worth two cents):

no ratings (the whole AA, AAA, Major, Major+ designations is ludicrous),

the 5 year age bands are a good enough delineator for the level of play, so one bracket for 50s, another bracket for 55s, another bracket for 60s, etc. You know, s owe could get back to those awesome 30 and 40 team tournaments

no seeding, double elimination

worlds would be the only three-day tourney

i know this doesn't cater to the little league mentality that has creeped into senior softball (if we create enough sub-divisions, eventually everyone will be a winner)

i liked the old days where you had to show up prepared and ready to play from the first game, not wanting to go 2 and Q, of going 5 - 2 and only placing 7th but getting to play different teams from all over the country.

Clearly, what SSUSA has done is extremely popular and my comments above wont resonant with many, but i sure there are a few of you out there who miss the good ol' days of rock 'em sock 'em.






April 23, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA: a few player classification questions

Titan, thanks for the information.

i knew there was an index floating around, but i could not locate it on the website.
April 22, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA: a few player classification questions

Assume that the team that i played on was not re-rated higher or lower for 2013

So, let's say...

55 Major player in 2012, who then aged into the 60 division in 2013. If I play 60's, do i carry my Major rating with me? If i choose to continue to play 55's, i am rated a Major player or do i drop down a level to being 55 AAA rated?

Basically, as i move-up a division in age, but i choose to play younger, does my rating level automatically go down accordingly?

This was a lively discussion at a team meeting yesterday as we prepare for life beyond 2013. A number of people were of the belief that "aging-up" is not being taken into consideration when SSUSA does its "run differential" rating review.

Your help is appreciated.
April 12, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: rockin reno game sites

Thank you, Allan.

We do play the first weekend, so it looks like Golden Eagle, which is a very nice complex.
April 11, 2013
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: rockin reno game sites

SSUSA: Any idea when you will be posting where each division is playing? i sense that players are hedging their bets by reserving rooms in both Reno and Carson City, thus resulting in hotels being artificially overbooked.

Thanks in advance.


Aug. 24, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken.....why no official recall?

In any other industry, Miken would be absolutely crucified on their recent stance vis a vis their recent production of defective bats, to the point that their would be a Congressional inquiry.

Meat industry....tainted food. Could you see a meat company, knowing they have tainted food, state "we know we have bad meat out there, but go ahead and buy our product, and if you get you sick and/or you become infected with mad cow disease, let us know and we will have you see our doctors and then let you know what our responsibilty is"

Pharmacy industry...we have all lived through recall of bad/tainted drugs either due to contamination or production issues. They don't guess which individual bottle may be good or not, they take the safe route by removing all from shelves.

Car Industry....known defects that puts consumers at risk are recalled on a national basis, whether or not your car has experienced any of the symptoms of the defect or not.

Miken has admitted they have bad bats out there. Are their inventory control procedures so lax that they can not identify by serial number, lot number, design number, or some other identifier, whether a bat that was purchased or one that is currently for sale, is form the "bad group". This "send it in after you have used and we will test it" stuff is bunk. Can you imagine any of the above industries telling its constituents that - they would be villifed.
SSUSA has informed us via this website that there are/were bad bats out there, but no one is willing and/or able to identify which bats were affected. At the Worlds, what assurances, other than "we say so", do we have that the bats sold by the SSUSA approved vendors meet the standards?
I know many people who are afraid to buy Mikens right now due to uncertainty. I was going to buy two Mikens for the Worlds, but i can not take the risk of buying one that might be from the "bad group" and using a tournament game as a clinical trial. Even if they replace a bad bat a month or two later, that ship has already sailed for this year's World.

There is a lot to love about senior softball, and always a few things we would like changed, but the way this has been handled by Miken is wholly unacceptable.

On another issue, i, and many of my teammates, would glad fork over more $ if we could get even 300 (yes 300) swings out of a bat - and we baby our bats, only using them in games. it is sad that we have set the expectations so low with senior bat manufacturers. i read on here that guys get more than 500 swings and i am envious.
June 15, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: AAA...american arbitration association

Gary19,

you certainly are no dummy, as you continue to defend yourself admirably against the rest of the message board posters. i agree with a few of your positions on the state of senior softball.

let me play mediator for a moment...how about you publish your complete, unabridged manifesto on senior softball - the good, the bad, and the ugly, along with any recommendations to improve the game. we will ask SSUSA to place it at the top in red, up there with all of their important messages. This way, if you want to comment on a particular thread, you can just write "see my manifesto above" one time per thread, and lay in wait for the next thread.

this is not meant to be censorship, but merely a possible solution as a way to keep threads on point and more streamlined
June 15, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN NATIONALS IN AURORA, COLORADO

Gary19,

you certainly are no dummy, as you continue to defend yourself admirably against the rest of the message board posters. i agree with a few of your positions on the state of senior softball.

let me play mediator for a moment...how about you publish your complete, unabridged manifesto on senior softball - the good, the bad, and the ugly, along with any recommednations to improve the game. we will ask SSUSA to place it at the top in red, up there will all of their important messages. This way, if you want to comment on a paricular thread, you can just write "see my manifesto above" one time per thread, and lay in wait for the next thread.

this is not meant to be censorship, but merely a possible solution as a way to keep threads on point and more streamlined.


June 12, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: housekeeping.....

SSUSA:
thanks for getting the Rockin' Reno results out so quickly.

Umpires dismissal:
Unless it is guarded by confidentialty provisions, can you elaborate on why the umpires were dismissed? More to the point, is it anythign we as players/members of SSUSA need to be worried about?

Bob Strand NCSSA:
I did not know Bob personally, but his website work on behalf of NCSAA was exemplary. Although it did not have a working message board per se, the website had everything else needed to support our efforts to play in NCSSA. My hat is off to him for a job well done, and my prayers and wishes to his fmaily during their time of mourning.

NCSSA:
We are fortunate to have a top notch organization here in Northern California, but i guess success comes with a price - tournaments are starting to turn away teams, ugh!

See ya' on the fields.
April 24, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2012 Home Run Rule Clarification

W25...

Please note my comment..."to be clear, i do like SSUSA's interpretation...", but it is not supported by their rulebook.

i agree, homefield advange is very favroable in senior softball, no need to give the home team an added hr also.
April 24, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2012 Home Run Rule Clarification

SSUSA staff,

this very issue came up in our game at the WW in LV. After the reading the rulebook and the addendum, i do not find where it supports your positon stated above. It does state that you can not win on a 1-UP homer, but it does not say you can't go 1-UP under all other circumstances.

To be clear, i do like your interpretation above, but i worry that a manager, armed with your rulebook, could argue successfully against it. i think if someone said, "yeah, but forget the rulebook, i read this on the message board", they woould be told to take a hikedl to take a hike.

if it is in there and i missed it, i now look silly and apologize.

gary, to your question, the 1-UP only applies after both teams have hit their maximum. Up until that point, if you are still below your limit going into the 7th, you can hit as many hrs in the bottom of the 7th, short of going 1-UP.
April 6, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Product review
Discussion: new combat centenarian......short

Will call you on Monday, Kevin (heading out the door for easter weekend).

No worries, i am fine with the bat, will probably order another one when i call you on Monday.

Have a good easter.
April 6, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Product review
Discussion: new combat centenarian......short

Hit with my new white combat for the second time today, and although it is does not yet have "Miken pop", it is a very solid bat.

One surprising fact, when we were standing around after BP, one of the guys noticed that the Combat is short by almost a full knob length than all of the other bats we had. I measured it when i got home and it comes in at slightky less than 33.5 inches. So, rather than being called "the white centenarian", it is now referred to as "shorty".

No biggie to me, it still hit well.
April 5, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bat/equipment bag....

Those bomber bags look nice, but no stock on my color. Also, saw where coach on another site was lambasting Sports55 for delivering product and customer service.

Do you know if any company other than Sports55 sells that bag?

Thanks in advance.
April 2, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bat/equipment bag....

Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated. i spent part of the rainy weekend searching online for a good bag. i never realized there were so many quality options, problem is that it is hard to make a choice based on photos.

i guess i will just need to go with one of the "known" brands.

Thanks again.


March 30, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bat/equipment bag....

I have used a boombah beast bag for the past few years and need to replace. Has anyone tried boombah's new brute rolling bag? If so, please share your experience.

Can anyone recommned a few good bat bags in the $75 - $100 range?

Thanks in advance.
March 23, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: why is scoring down......

sooooo, with all of the supposed change to the game mitigated by the senior composite, why is scoring so low or down? Now, one obvious answer might be the 5 run limitation, but i look at the scores of tourney games (checking the SSUSA and NCSSA websites)and one would wonder why all the fuss over the bats. i will admit that the bats have increased hr production for SOME players, but why is that not translating into increased scoring?

Anyone that played competitive ball "back in the day" would recall that the scores were routinely in the 20s and 30s, with the big boyz getting into the 30s, 40s, and above. Yet, the majority of scores in the senior game tend to be in the high teens or 20's.

one another issue, i do agree with the "why so many divisions within an 5 year age group" folks. The size of the field in many tourneys is ridiculous. Heck, "back in the day" (i like that phrase), we would cancel a tourney if they only had 4 or 5 teams, now some divisions are happy to have that many.

Oh well, food for thought...
March 13, 2012
udaplaya
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bats

Please don't do what reebok has done. They promised performance and durability, and judging by the never-ending posts on here regarding their bats, they have failed miserably.

In talking to players around here, Mikens and Reeboks can be lumped as one...great performance, weak durabilty. i hope you the best, but i think we have reached the tipping point on the trade-off between those two issues - gonna have to dial back the performance to get a longer lasting bat.


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