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Don O

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June 17, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Making a ball choice for a recreational league.

The 52 cor ball stinks for more standard size fields, but would be your best bet for such a tiny field. 40 cor ball travels far unless its hot out, and I'm not real sure about 47-375 ball. I'm only familiar with the 47-500 (don't use it).
The 52's are very limited it flight compared to the 44cor and should hold up well. But warn the infielders, the thing bounces in the infield like a rubber ball.
Just my practical experience and opinion.
June 17, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cal Cup & Western Nationals

JU Entertainment 50M will be at both.
June 7, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 piece Ultra broke after 6 games..... extremely disappointed

I broke my third Reebok this year in Reno and bought a 2 piece EL out of frustration (same reason I switched to Reebok 2 years ago. Put about 45 swings on it today, and though it's not broke in yet it is a very good bat. Not as hot as a new Reebok but if it lasts a little longer it will be well worth it. I'm not holding my breath though.

Mario there is no way your team should be an indicator of a bats durability haha. I saw a couple innings at Reno's finest facility, Rancho San Rafael (Reno you should be ashamed)and was wondering who let the football team in.
May 9, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW COMBAT DIRTY

haha, swing's going to love that one...
May 9, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Jersey Info Needed

x3 Rated Athletics & Arnie.
May 1, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Guys, the only agenda I have is with what appears to be SSUSA decision to drop a team down that may or may not deserve it, and tell everyone else you have to play three tourneys first before we even think about it. That is BS.

Swing, right on the money.

Allan I agree.

400, I guess I mean guys that do it at-will with ease. Most people know what true M+ guys hit like. If you remember Friday was a beautiful day, low to mid 80's, no wind, only two games, no cramps. I stand by what I said about the one RR game I saw. I never said anything about the other teams in the tourney, from what I saw they are all strong. You can spin it any way you want, I really don't care. You got your trophy, guess you're happy.
May 1, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Not sour grapes at all. I just thought it was dirty pool when I first heard of it. And telling people what I saw.

edit: should be ALLOWED
May 1, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

I saw parts of several games this weekend. My observations, Fangrabbers were better then anyone else out there this weekend. They have quite a few guys who bang (obviously + players) but not a whole teams worth. They wouldn't have a chance against MTC55, and IMO that's why they sandbagged down here. In one RR game they were up and cruising, then just stopped playing the last two innings. It was so obvious, half swings from their big guys, suddenly balls getting to the fence, huge holes in the infield. Not just my opinion, but several people around me just shaking their heads. Does this take away from the team that won? Yes, which sucks because they are good friends of mine.
I'm only saying this because I think they would compete where they were in M+, but wanted that trophy sooo bad they somehow get re-classed the week of the tourney. AND SSUSA ALOUD THIS. What a joke. There were a couple teams that bumped up this year that have little chance of winning, but were told no these are the rules, when asked to re-class. Rules until now, I guess. This is what I saw and what I believe, hate me if you want. But this was just another black eye for SSUSA.
Don.
April 23, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Well it's now obvious "staff" isn't going to try to defend themselves (probably can't). So how about you Fangrabbers? Whats up with this? You guys care enough to explain this?
April 21, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

You mean follow the rules, like these:

How the Rating Process Works

Here is the SSUSA process for reviewing team ratings and appeals two times per year (ONLY in January and June):

We do an internal review of all teams based on all results of games played in SSUSA. The SSUSA database program flags teams that win or lose by an average of 5 (or more) runs per game.

We also independently review all teams that have filed appeals, and look at umpire recommendations on Game Cards for the teams and reports from Tournament Directors.

After that review is complete, we send a list of recommendations to our 12 key SSUSA Directors for their review and comment. When their comments comes back, we may modify the recommendations.

As soon as the decisions are made, the team ratings are changed electronically and managers are sent a letter (and/or an email) confirming the decision.

Terry Hennessy
(Cut and paste from this site).
April 21, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Holy crap, are you talking about Fangrabbers? You must be. This is unbelievable. Reclassed how? Did their whole team quit? Any thing short of this is a major slap in the face by this association.I'm real interested in hearing how these guys got around the so called rules.
Staff, whats up with this?
One week before a major tournament. Unbelievable.
March 8, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

Did a BP session last year with a guy who bought two Toxics and paid an extra 100 bucks to have them shaved. He played in the 65 age group last year but doesn't play now, so I won't rat him out. They were 28 oz shaved down to 24 oz according to the stickers on them. He was hitting the ball around 300' until the thing exploded in half after 30 or so swings. We had to take a break because we were laughing at him too hard.
Dumbest thing I've seen.
Oh yeah, he wouldn't let anyone swing the other one.

To 0, tapping bats together or lightly against a pole is not an attempt to alter or break in a bat. I do all the time, by holding the knob you can tell where the sweet spot is and how wide it is. They vary by make.
Feb. 18, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Doug, won't take the bait, huh?
Just messing too. Congrats Dawgs see you guys soon.
Don.
Feb. 18, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

The Dawgs breaking up? Why, because you got moved up?
Jan. 7, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: More 1-1 Count Talk

Staff, talked to your office today about something else and you have my correct email. I am sure I did not receive the link for the survey. Maybe there's something more to the low response totals?
For the record, if anyone cares;
YES for the 1-1
Jan. 7, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: More 1-1 Count Talk

I didn't receive my survey either. And I always check my spam.
Every thing is current.
Dec. 5, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 50 over Travel Team in Nor-Cal

Yes what Tim and Taits said. I referenced the old site, the new one is better.
Dec. 5, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 50 over Travel Team in Nor-Cal

DonnieF we have a tourney in Hayward this weekend and there are a couple of teams from that area entered. Look on the NCSSA site for directions and other info.
http://ncssa.info
I have no idea if they need anybody, good luck.
Dec. 4, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

Brock hows the weather there in Aug?
We were thinking of adding this stop when we thought it was the Westerns. We still might make it though just to go somewhere different. Sacramento is not a nice place in July-Aug.
Dec. 4, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Pricer, the X-Rock had a lot to do with the very high count in Vegas. Tattoo is not exaggerating at all about his ball. Every BP session we have the longest ball hit is the Rock 9 times out of 10. You can really feel it compress the bat more then any other ball I've hit.

I find it ironic that staff used the worst run tourney I've been in, to base their decision on. Vegas' dry air, coupled with playing at 1 in the morning with a ridicules ball, made for some out-of-whack games. WE played in Phoenix with the regular Stote ball and normal temps. around 80*. The games were close and nowhere near the homers hit in Vegas. I guess it just pisses me off when people like "staff" make shit up. You got the money and make all the rules, just quite jacking us around.
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