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Real name:
Mike Leighty

Location:
Oxnard, CA

Division:
Men's 55

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Sept. 12, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50's AAA who is going to vegas in oct.

WOW !!! 46 teams !!!! Good luck everyone !!! Who ever wins it, earned it !! Ave Towing just dropped down from the majors, they'll be in the mix too.
Sept. 12, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A Few Thoughts From the Hemet Ca.Tournament Qualifier

Touche Marv !!! Point taken, we like your events !!!!
Sept. 10, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: A Few Thoughts From the Hemet Ca.Tournament Qualifier

The Oxnard Rookies were eliminated from the Hemet Ca qualifier yesterday by forfeit. The coach of LAF, who we were supposed to play @ 12pm threw a childish tantrum because the "directors" had decided to change the starting time of our game. The problem was they neglected to tell us of the change. The directors excuse was:

1) it is up to each teams' manager to check the board for updates and start times:
We did that- but they had 2 boards, and only updated 1 of them- and of course we
checked the wrong one. But of course that's our fault. Next time I'll ask how many boards are in the complex.

The directors said they told 1 of our players about the change- if you told a player that wasn't the manager, why do teams have managers ? I know my guys, they would of told me right away- so YOU ARE LYING !! Anyone who has ever played against us knows how close we are as a group- ALL 20 OF US !!! We were playing at the complex when the Desert Dawgs dropped out- why didn't you walk over to our game and tell us then ? We returned to play @ 9:30am the next morning, why didn't you tell us to stay on the field ? You let us leave the field and people went back to check out of the hotel and pick up loved ones who didn't attend the first game- because no one notified us of the changes, which they knew about the day before. You had my cell number- I know that because because you texted me on Friday.

Don, for $350 I expect you to make more of an effort to keep people informed- $350 should of bought me someone walking 50 yards to tell me the bracket was changing- OR update BOTH boards. That was pure laziness. All I am getting from you is lip service, that was utterly pathetic. Giving us a 10 minute deadline when we are 15 minutes away.

We really take offense to you, LAF #13, LAF SS, and the LAF coach to suggest that we could put 5 injured players on the field to start the game. 3 pulled hammies, 1 pulled rib cage muscle, and most of all- our guy recovering from brain surgery.

@ the Coach of LAF- Senior Softball is a little more about stepping onto the field and deciding games between the lines- not lobbying for a victory that way. You acted like some AA Team by taking that route. Thank you to the LAF guys that wanted to play- we respect you guys !!! @ the Nighthawks- Don great game !!! You guys are awesome, see you again- but probably not in Hemet unless we absolutely have to. @ both Mike's- Desert Dawgs & TG Thunder- nice to see you guys again !!







Aug. 31, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50's AAA who is going to vegas in oct.

Last year a California team actually took 4th, Who Cares. Top Gun and the Rookies tied for 9th too.

This year watch out for the Desert Dogs, Grants Posse, and South Bay 50's- when these teams have their whole squad, bring your A game- but there are other dangerous teams, such as: Rookies, Team Viagra, Top Gun Thunder, etc... These teams normally go to Worlds.

But, as ham24 mentioned, watch out for those 3 teams especially Chicken Coop- and Rio Grande from New Mexico who won the Western.
May 29, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

There are few people that haven't learned the necessary social skills to properly interact with the rest of us. The situation really doesn't matter, these same people will be socially inept in all aspects of life.

To all of you that are merely joking and "playing" mind games with me, I love it- let's have a beer together. To the few bad apples- I'll pray for you.

I am just happy to be alive and breathing and still able to play this game I love. Thank you
May 29, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

There are few people that haven't learned the necessary social skills to properly interact with the rest of us. The situation really doesn't matter, these same people will be socially inept in all aspects of life.

To all of you that are merely joking and "playing" mind games with me, I love it- let's have a beer together. To the few bad apples- I'll pray for you.

I am just happy to be alive and breathing and still able to play this game I love. Thank you
March 10, 2012
Uncle Mike
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT TEAM DOES EVERYONE PLAY FOR

R&R TOT 50 AAA Oxnard, Ca. (2008-2009)
Oxnard Rookies 50 AAA - manager #17 (2010- 2012)
Next tourney is LV in April- good luck to everyone

June 14, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching Arc Limits

@ Joncon- when I used to pitch a lot of U Trip, I would actually release the ball at my kneecap or lower. I didn't have any problem hitting the strike zone. Some of the pitchers , I used to see, would barely clear the ground with their knuckles.

There is a new game out here called Outlaw Softball- modified pitch- above the front knee is the lower limit. And the pitchers can hit the plate !!!!
June 14, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching Arc Limits

Thanks Mad Dog, that's all that I am saying.

I am from Southern California, We play SCMAF rules only !! So. Cal Municipal Athletic Federation- arc limits are 6 feet - 16 feet. Senior rules are 6 feet- 12 feet.
The umpires around here, the ones who are also certified to do Senior Softball, call a lot more illegal low pitches than high ones. The umpires in Reno, that I talked to who were calling more illegal high pitches, started umpiring in USSSA.
When my team plays, the umpires that are "pinching us" on upper arc limit, are allowing the extreme lower limit strikes.
Conversely, when we are allowed to pitch above 12'- our perception, those umpires usually call more lower illegal pitches.
There seems to be more umpires of the USSSA variety, who SEEM to prefer a lower strike zone, that's all that I am saying. But, being from SoCal, we aren't allowed to pitch that way in OUR leagues ( locally).

So, I would like to see a pitching limit rule change to reflect what I see at the larger Senior Tournaments.






June 11, 2011
Uncle Mike
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching Arc Limits

@Gary, my clue is that I am 6 feet tall and I have umpired for over 22 years. I was a certified senior softball official last year, as a pitcher I have continually analyzed pitches from the umpire position for decades. I have pitched USSSA, ASA, NSA, ISA, and SCMAF. My point is that each umpire calls their game based on his/ her regional association. My home town sends 6-8 umpires to many of the Southwestern Tournaments, we play 6 feet to 16 feet limits here in town. Whenever they umpire a team that plays ASA, the ASA Team takes exception with the strike zone because they pitches at higher limits. A USSSA umpire lets pitchers throw at lower limits because that's what they are used to calling. It's a fact.
@ Stick8- Exactly. We are taught to position our hat brim to what we deem to be 12 feet, don't move our head, and anything that goes over the brim is illegal. It takes some practice, but it is so easy to be consistent.


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
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