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Real name:
Mike Leighty

Location:
Oxnard, CA

Division:
Men's 55

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June 10, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching Arc Limits

This is getting to be old very quickly !! The umpires aren't calling the lower "illegal" pitch at 6 feet, as the rule stipulates. It is more like 4 feet. So why don't we just change the pitching limits to reflect what the umpires are actually calling.

When we played in Menifee, Ca. the limits were 6 to 14 feet. When we played in Laughlin, it was 4-9 feet. We just got back from Reno, it was 3- 8 feet.
So I say to go with the majority and call it at 4- 8 feet.
April 7, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need 2 players 50+ AAA- Calif., middle inf or outfield

Need two players for the Laughlin Tournament Apr. 15-17th, we are from Calif. 50+AAA. Our team has won 2 rings, we need 2 guys - 55 AAA is ok too. Send an e-mail ASAP to michaelleighty@yahoo.com
We are an extremely fun and competitive team.
Feb. 5, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Daydreaming

I can't help but feel sorry for all of you guys that are snowed in. Here in SoCal it's been 70 -75 for a couple weeks, with a low 60- high 50 day here & there. Before that it was 80 for a week. Been a mild winter so far. No major earthquakes in my area in over 1200 days either. Flying out tommorrow morning for the TOC. Staying @ Disneyworld for a few days before the TOC.
Jan. 30, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Are some Positions more important than others?

I think we have a lot of different viewpoints regarding catchers because there are different circumstances in each case. And I respect everyones' take on the position. I'd love to have a catcher hit .900 and scoop like the best first baseman in the world and be able to chase down wild throws etc... But, I draw from a limited pool of players in my area, and I choose to go with the "hot" bat for now. I choose to fill my team with character guys instead of all-stars. So I don't actively recruit out of our general area, Ventura County- California. We are the only "travel" team within 100 miles north of us, LA is only 80 miles south of us, there is no west of us because of the Pacific Ocean, and there is no east of us because of the mountains. We are extremely lucky, in that, we have great team chemistry and but we are also highly competetive. I don't have the luxury of a more densely populated area like Los Angeles to recruit a superstar catcher from. So we take turns manning the position. In a tight game I will put in a better defender, but we all provide insight to the pitcher and fielders so they can make adjustments. So everything that people have pointed out as necessary in this thread, we deem equally important as well. We just don't have that 1 size fits all type of catcher in our area, we have to piece "him" together. I think geographic location, talent pool, age group, division, and simply who you know- define our logic and reasoning. Our softball experiences also shape our outlook on the level of importance.
Jan. 27, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Are some Positions more important than others?

When I pitch, I control the game ! I communicate my intentions to the infielders, who relay that info to the outfielders. The catcher, manager, coach, SS, 2B, etc... can point out something to me, but ultimately I control the game when I am on the mound. The catcher can help me with where the batter sets up, but everything else is up to me. Yes, he can disrupt my rhythym, if he keeps doing it, I'll replace him. He may call out the cuts, but I decide how to pich to someone and where to place our fielders, I take into account : how I am feeling ( can I control my pitches) , wind direction and strength, where the batter hit last time, was the pitch short or deep, fast or slow,who's playing 3B or SS for us, who's in left, how many home runs have they hit, does he hit HRs, etc.. I have a good memory, I have some quality pitches, so I make those decisions. Can a good catcher help ? Yes, if you don't have a very sound manager, bench, or coaching staff - who also supply exactly what you are saying, then maybe you may need a more highly skilled catcher ? When I build a team my first call isn't to Joe, the best catcher on the West Coast ! No, I call Sam the best pitcher first. I never call a catcher, because everyone can play catcher. This isn't baseball where this guy is calling pitches ! And if your catcher made an error to lose the game, shame on your manager for having him at the dish when it mattered the most. As for working the umpire, a good bench coach can do the same thing. That's how we do it in Cali !!! Sorry, gotta run it's 78 degrees and surfs up !!! See you guys @ the TOC in a couple of weeks !!!
Jan. 25, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Are some Positions more important than others?

What a great question ! I don't think there are too many wrong answers. Pitcher is probably #1 on 99% of the peoples "ballots" and SS #2. After that, there would be great discussions about all the other positions. I've won Major Senior Tournaments with stellar play @ 1B and the middle outfielders and with great play by SS, 3B, and 2B. But, if I had to put the Greatest player in the world in 1 spot, I'd say : P, SS, 2B,LC, RC, 3B,LF, RF, 1B, and C. I think catchers are being over rated, anybody can remember where somebody hit last time, in the past, etc... I hear the other teams' scorekeeper telling them where I hit last time. I know the catcher can provide feedback on the batters position in the box and scoop like a 1st basemen sometimes. But, he is really either the sponsor, a big bat without a good glove, someones' friend who has some pull on the team, a sub, someone who can't move, or another starting fielder taking a rest from their normal position.
Dec. 9, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rockin Reno Dates 2011

Does anyone have the dates for the Rockin Reno for 2011 ?
Dec. 9, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a 40 or 50 and over tournament softball team

We just want a tune-up for the Florida TOC in February. I am having a meeting tonite with the team, we'll have a vote. I need your best reason why we should go to Hemet ! The reason for Menifee is only as a qualifier.
Dec. 7, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a 40 or 50 and over tournament softball team

rick7, We are going to Menifee in January, let me know if you are interested.
Nov. 30, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50+ AAA registered player from Alabama

Anthony, I tried to e-mail you and it was returned as undeliverable. Shoot me an e-mail, michaelleighty@yahoo.com
Nov. 30, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a 40 or 50 and over tournament softball team

rick7, Did you ever find a team ? I have a 50 AAA team and I need a pitcher ( that can hit )and some fresh legs in the outfield. E-mail me : michaelleighty@yahoo.com
Nov. 18, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50+ AAA registered player from Alabama

Anthony, You can e-mail me at michaelleighty@yahoo.com. We won the 50 AA World Championship in Phoenix (Oct. '10 ), but we had too many injuries to go to Vegas. We are the Oxnard Rookies ( a few of us moved down to play this year, because our team disbanded) , let me know if you have found a team yet. I have a lot of other guys from our AAA team, R&R The Other Team, that I am picking up for next year.
Nov. 10, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Combining Divisions

No problem if you want to combine divisions. Here's 1 thing I haven't heard proposed, do away with the fences ! No more home run derbies or touch 1. Play defense for all 7 innings. That means all skillsets are important, not just hitting pop flys ! We have guys who are 5'8", 175 lbs. hitting 325 foot bombs. No fences, no problem !! Make mine a chicken mcnugget !
Oct. 1, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50AA or AAA player looking for a team

I 'll track it down for you
Oct. 1, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Las Vegas Winter World Championship

Bruce, you didn't specify a division
Sept. 26, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50+ AAA registered player from Alabama

There is an ASA Senior Softball Association in Central California called " Central California Senior Softball" I know duh !, it is run by Ike Purcell. We like to play up there sometimes, it is closer to VAFB.
Sept. 26, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50+ AAA registered player from Alabama

If you are in Calif. by 11/18 there is a tourney in Vegas. We might be able to use you.
Sept. 26, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50+ AAA registered player from Alabama

Anthony, We are located about 55 miles south of Lompoc.
Sept. 26, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50AA or AAA player looking for a team

We are ordering more team shirts ( if you can't make to Tuesday game call me and give me a number for your shirts ), hats, etc.. this Tuesday night, and the wives / girlfriends are ordering womans shirts , blouses, tank tops, etc.. as well. I am assuming you want to play with us, we have 6 outfielders now- we share innings !!!
Sept. 26, 2010
Uncle Mike
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50AA or AAA player looking for a team

Hi Dave, This is Mike, Georgie and I run the Oxnard Rookies 50AA team. Our Phoenix roster is already set ( we could only carry 5 R&Rers from AAA )Steve Glenn and I were the last 2. George, Joe, and Jaime are the others. We had already wanted to pick you up for next year ( we think we are going to get moved up again). You could start working out for the Las Vegas Tourney in Nov.if you want to go, this team is being run a lot smoother than R&R ( Georgie is the sponser and I am the manager ) Come on out to the Senior League on Tuesday Nights, we play on Lou's Team. This coming week Beck Park 7:45 PM. We picked up Alex Padilla, Andy Mendoza, Larry Lopez, Doug Hamlet, Rockey Colburn, Freddie Macias, Vic Borjas, Rollo Romero, etal.. for this year. Next year we have Kerri Cleric and Kiko Saragosa already signed up and playing on Tuesdays.
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