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Dec. 26, 2013
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: All the hate on DBO with senior bats...how about this?

PERL:

Too bad the young guys don't support their opinion by attending the SMOKEY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC.

Two 55 MAJOR and/or PLUS teams attended in 2013 (DOCS and REALITY CHECK). The attendance figure of TWO 55 MAJOR'S ranked that tournament 26th of all other SSUSA, ISSA and SPA tournaments held east of the MISSISSIPPI.

A little better for the 50 PLUS and/or MAJOR as SIX teams showed up (DT EXPRESS, KRYSTAL BALLERS, MID-ATLANTIC, SOUTHERN ELITE, TEAM ARKANSAS and TEAM TENNESSEE). For the 50's attendance at that tournament ranked 11th.

Apparently sometimes when you actually have to vote with entry fee's the polling numbers change.

Ho
Dec. 9, 2013
Ho
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

You can complain all you want to SSUSA and probably SPA and ISSA in ther near future about the FACE MASK RULE. But you will be barking up the wrong tree.

Due to the numerous injuries nationwide (I know, I know you haven't heard about them but the lawyers have), private and public softball complexes are the ones writing the rules.

If organizations wish to use their facilities, they HAVE TO or WILL SOON HAVE to adhere to the face mask rule...and you can bank on the screens are soon to follow.

So don't blame the senior organizations, they are only following the rules and protecting themselves.

Ho
Sept. 18, 2013
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Players moving form Major

Current standard is you can only move down one rating level from one team to another.

So a AAA may move to AA; a major may move to AAA..a major can not move to AA.

You didn't ask but I don't even know what the time limit (years) is before a Major could move down to AA.

Ho
Sept. 17, 2013
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: roster question

Hi Chuck: Haven't talked with you since THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC. How are all the GEEZERS doing?

Here is your answer for SPA rules. Your age is determined by birth date in the year starting on January 1 and ending December 31. So if you were born 12/31/39 your age for senior softball this year would be 74.

A 75 team may have FOUR 74's on their roster, so if you are a 74-year young player on a 70 AAA team you may play up on a 75 AAA team, providing they do not have four 74's already on their roster.

A 75+ AAA player may play down on a 70 AAA team.

Hope this answers your question. Hope to see you in JUNE, 2014 in Barberton.

Ho
July 28, 2013
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Missing post

It is still there...same page under TOURNAMENTS,

Ho
July 15, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dalton Georgia

Schedules are up (Monday)
July 13, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dalton Georgia

Don't know who they are but there are 16 major and 4 major plus 50's teams attending as well as 7 55 majors and 2 major plus and 7 60's majors and 5 60 major plus teams. Forty-one teams from 21 states.

July 5, 2013
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lower Back Pain Home Remedies

Stick:

Going through the same thing right now. Doc gave me muscle relaxing pills and the "happy" pills for pain. It just made the pain tolerable but didn't take care of the cause.

Had x-rays today and scheduled for ultra sound Tuesday. I want to find out what the problem is, then treat it.

Do what you want but I would go to a doctor first before screwing around with home remedies...especially since you are not even sure of what the problem is.

Ho
June 12, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Tournament

Well I understand Lonnie..that round robin format isn't for everyone, but 82 teams did like it. Also drew 77 last year and 75 the year before.

That is the problem with a round robin when after you are o-4, there is no reason to stay and play your last two game.

It is almost like losing your first two games on Sunday in a double-elimination tournament after losing your two pool games on Saturday and have to go home 0-4.

We'll miss you next year.

Ho
June 12, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Tournament

While you're at it check THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 82 teams All AA and AAA.

When you take the masters and majors from SALEM they have 61 teams and that includes the majors which are playing down as AAA and AAA's playing down as AA.

Ho
June 11, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Tournament

That is why we have three organizations each one has it's positives and each one has it negatives. You get to pick and choose which ones you want.

Makes it better for the players and teams when they have choices and can decide which best fits their needs.

Ho
June 11, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Tournament

Birdie, I would expect a lot of teams would like ISSA ratings. Did you notice that of the TEN AAA teams in the 60's tournament you were talking about FIVE are rated MAJOR by the other organizations and of the FIVE AA's, THREE are rated AAA by the other organizations.

That is a no-brainer as to what tournament I would play in if I was one of the MAJOR teams which are rated AAA or one of the AAA teams which are rated AA.

Teams go where they get the best chance to win.

Ho
June 10, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Tournament

The ISSA ratings shouldn't surprise you, they are that away across the boards in all ages and divisions.

They are lowered to make teams think they are getting a break to play down in a lower division. They don't realize most of the other teams in their new divsion were also rated down to try and intice them to come to the ISSA tournaments.

There are a few occasions where SSUSA and SPA do not agree on a team's ratings (usually because of different showings in a SSUSA tournament compared to a SPA tournament or vice versa), but for the most part they do agree.

The reason they match is, regardless of what you think of the rating system, both SSUSA and SPA DO TAKE INTO consideration lots of different factors, input and results to make a decision. It is not just a "if I rate them lower maybe they will come to my tournament" reason for a rating.

If you want to go to those tournaments, you will pay the price.

Me I'll stick with SSUSA and SPA, where I know some thought actually went into the rating.

Ho
June 9, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Tournament

Is this the same ICE LADY who helped with running the SSUSA LOUISVILLE BLUEGRASS and SSUSA JIMMY CLARK Tournament?

Ho
May 9, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Kuuup22

Usually the SSUSA BRICKYARD is a well run tournament and I don't remember ever hearing many complaints about the tournament.

Anytime you have double elimination tournaments the pre-scheduling plans usually go out the window. I would give them another chance based on their previous tournaments.

However, that said, to avoid future problems like this you may want to check into ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENTS where the schedule is locked in, possibley the 85-team AA and AAA Buckeye Classic Tournament.

Me, I would give the BRICKYARD another chance next year.

Ho


May 9, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA...Pull the plug on Springfield

No justification for what you guys are going through, I would probably react the same way. But just to set the record straight...this is only the second year SPA has run the Springfield tournament.

Don't know who had it the years prior to it.

Ho
April 26, 2013
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in SE Michigan

Bill:

There are a lot of travel teams and leagues in Michigan but to narrow your search you will have to list your age and what city (near-by) where you live.

After that you should get some good responses.

Another option is to go to the horizontal menu on this page and click on leagues. Then go to the Michigan area on the map, click it and you will find a few Michigan league contacts.

Hope this helps you.

Ho
March 27, 2013
Ho
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Promoting Tournaments

Some tournaments do list the teams entered and up date the list daily as teams enter and drop check www.theebuckeyeclassic.com

Feb. 10, 2013
Ho
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsors Question (Poll)

Black:

Hope to see you guys at THEE Classic again this year..check out the web site theebuckeyeclassic.com

Jan. 16, 2013
Ho
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

They will probably have to wait awhile before facing him..heard he dislocated his shoulder patting himself on the back.

Ho
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