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Andy

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Simi Valley, CA

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Men's 60

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July 23, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals - Who's Playing?

Great turnout! Hope the other divisions are as large too.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
July 23, 2014
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Huntington Beach Tournament

BTW Mark, you will definitely want to forget you get to 60. LOL!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
July 23, 2014
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Huntington Beach Tournament

Bruce,
You have it correct. Single wall aluminum bats and no composite handles. Your only other option for a bat is a wooden bat.

Don N, It is the 26th annual tournament. You are correct, that it will be well attended. It is a nice break from the Ultra II's and other bats.

Have a nice tournament everyone!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers

July 21, 2014
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rubber bat knob

I have purchased from Sports Authority in the past 2 years. Most recently, I purchased 4 new one's from "Play it again Sports". They had many more left.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
July 15, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batting title

I do not have a formula. I just institute an average of 2 at bats per game/season to qualify for the average leader(s) per game/season. This takes into account what stattad eluded to(batting 9 or 15 players), AND, the fact that we do not always get 7 innings in every game with the time limits.

Just My 2 Cents Worth,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
60 Major


July 10, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runners from the plate

This is an individual league situation, and probably has not been addressed in any rule anywhere. In our league, there is the same courtesy runner rule, but no 20 foot line as you indicated. Now that this situation has taken place in your league, you need to come up with a ruling for a future occurence. THe only similar rule would be when a runner passes the runner in front of them and is called out, and the other runners continue to advance????

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
July 8, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

Not sure that I would agree that playing to the lower rated team's home run limit would "significantly" limit the higher rated team's ability to overcome the 5 run and/or the extra fielder. I can see that it is another handicap for the higher rated team. I would think the one up rule or something similar would suffice. Maybe take the AA rule of 1 home run and take the AAA rule of 3 home runs and average them to 2 home runs??

On the other subject about hitting up the middle, I think the definition of hitting up the middle may be bit out of context. I believe hitters will go up the middle, but realistically, try to hit a ball between the pitcher and SS or 2nd, or a line drive over the pitcher. Yes, nobody is perfect, so some balls may be hit directly at the pitcher. As a pitcher myself, I do not care where a batter hits the ball, as long as you get out some where.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
June 24, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams going to Call Cup in Hemet

Looks like a great turnout for the Cal Cup, which is the first year in Southern California. Only 58 teams last year in Northern California, and 73 this year! Many divisions have several teams in the same classifications, which is nice to see. Having it here in Southern California should revitalize the Cal Cup up North, as SSUSA alternates between the North and South. Good luck to all and have a great time. Go R & R 40's and 65's!!

Andy Smith
June 18, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recommendations for lodging in Hemet

I have actually not stayed at any of these Hotels in Hemet. From what I have heard is that the Hampton Inn is the nicest of the one's in that area. As for the Travelodge and Quality Inn, I have no idea. Several guys have stayed at the Best Western in Hemet and like that one. If you are looking for clean and cheap, there are 2 motel 6's in the area. The one in Hemet is in the same parking lot as Marie Calendar's and what the guys say is an excellent Mexican restaurant. The other motel 6 is located in Sun City, which is a freeway exit from the Menifee fields and an easy 9-10 mile drive to the fields in Hemet. The Sun City motel 6 used to be a Super 8 that was remodeled, so it not too bad. I believe both of these motel 6's have refridgerators. If you want something nicer for the lady you are bringing, you might consider staying in Temecula. Many nice hotels there and great places to eat. Temecula is about 15 to 20 minutes to the Menifee fields and about 25 to 30 minutes to the Hemet fields. Hope that helps!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
June 5, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championships

FOFO, I concur on both statements, especially the last one!! LOL!!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
June 4, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championships

Hey Phillip,

I was going to add this to your comment, but that thread is now closed. All I was going to say is that SSUSA may have lost some of the bracket boards and that is why you have not seen the scores. If that is the case, they might be trying to reconstruct them from the team managers. That tournament is over 6 weeks ago. Yet Reno results and scores are already posted.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Counting runs correctly

Tad,

Get a life! LOL!

Andy
May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thinking of retireing from tourney ball

Bob,

I can say one thing for sure, you definitely have not retired from the message board. LOL! Just do not play for a month or 2, and you will be back. It's in your blood! What else are you going to do?

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers

May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Softballs

SSUSA Staff is correct. The ball is not as good, and it keeps the ball in play more. The teams with the strong power hitters, still are hitting them out of the park, just not as far. I have to admit that at Golden Eagle, the ball was flying out of the park frequently, just not for our team. I guess my team needs to go back to the weight room. I do have to say most of our players will be ready to play 65's next season and several are already over 65, so that is probably our problem playing 60's this season. Next season, we will be a young 65 team with no power. LOL!

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Hey Guys,

All good comments above. I wanted to say 2 things too. First and foremost, I welcome anyone to hit the ball up the middle, but would be better protected to field the ball without a mask. I know that is really not the topic here, but had to throw this in again. BTW, I am tired of all the sorries for the batter hitting the ball at the pitcher. I refuse to acknowledge that anymore. If the push is to not hit the ball up the middle, then you might as well put a screen there, but I am not in favor of that at all. You should be able to hit the ball where ever you want.

More on the actual topic here. Secondly, as far as batters hitting up the middle, because their team has reached the home run limit, that is so far from the truth in the games that I have played. Since 2010 to present, I have played 60 AAA and Major and 55 AAA and Major. In over 200 tournament games, only 1 game has our opponents ever reached the MAX home run limit. The DBO, walk, or single just has not played any significant factor in our games. In fact, my current 60 Major, we average about 1 home run every 3 games. With our main home run hitter out for the season, that will diminish further. Our opponents seem to be averaging about 2-3 home runs per game.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
R & R Strokers
May 30, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cal Cup Attendees

Just a heads up for some teams, that my team will not be attending this tournament. I did mention to some Northern teams that we would be attending. Several players on our team are quite beat up, and 3 are probably out for the season. Since we only have 11 full time regulars, we have decided to play some smaller no big deal tournaments, so we could pick up 3-4 players from other teams. Not possible do that with the rules in SSUSA. The guys that may be out for the season, have no scheduled time frame for returning to the team, especially this season. Of those 3 players: one has a chronic lower back issue, another is having issues from his heart surgery, and the last player has an Achilles tendon issue. This is our situation, until these players are ready to return.

See you all out there soon,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
May 8, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Raising the arc of the pitch would do wonders for the protection of pitchers and others on defense. We all know that unless the majority all ban together in strength, that an unlimited arc is never going to happen. The San Fernando Valley in Southern California, is the only league I am aware of, that has an unlimited arc and use a crappy ball and only single wall bats. Their many leagues are always full.

The scenario mentioned about raising the arc a couple of feet, is a complete joke. Right now the arc limit is 12 feet. It is a rare day in hell that any umpire lets a pitcher throw 12 feet. This is because most umpires do not have a clue what 12 feet is. Let's be honest, it is just a judgement call. In my last tournament in the winds of Vegas, I was not allowed to throw a ball higher than about 8-9 feet or it was called too high. In those winds, I only throw it high, if I got ahead of the batter. It was a challenge to throw strikes that weekend, but quite fun. In the Vegas Worlds last year with the Director watching our game, I threw a ball that could not have been more than 8 feet tops and it was called too high. I looked up at the Director, and he just shook his head and walked away. He knew that was wrong, but I think that umpire did not call any more games and/or was talked to after our game??

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
60 Major
May 8, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Omar,

You are correct about lawsuits possibilities against an organization for getting seriously hurt playing under the current conditions. It is an admission of the fact it is dangerous to be a pitcher. With that said, what I would have done, if I were the head of an organization with these issues, I would not only made it mandatory to wear a mask, but made it mandatory to wear a helmet, shin guards, chest protector, and a cup. As mentioned so many times and in this post, the only option to protective gear is to outlaw composite bats. To be quite honest, there are many leagues in Southern California that are loaded with teams of different quality players that love to play and do not worry about getting hurt, because they only use single wall bats and a crappy ball. I would be OK using the current ball with single wall bats. In my town of Simi Valley, they have gone to a lesser ball and can only use single and double wall bats. The leagues are filling up again with these changes. There will always be those that disagree, but they will still play for the love of the game.

My last 2 comments. I will address the raising of the arc limit in the other post on pitcher masks. Lastly, there are too many sue happy people in this world. As for me, if I got hurt playing a game that I love to play, I would not sue anyone or organization. It was my choice to play under whatever conditions, and I know that going into the game. If you hit my car, then I am suing you.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
60 Major
May 4, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Sunshine,

I am not in favor of the DBO or the use of a screen. I actually encourage any player to hit the ball anywhere they like, especially up the middle. The problem is that I cannot pick up the ball quickly enough with the use of the mask. I feel like I am in the movie Dodgeball 2 and I lost. LOL!

Andy Smith,
60 Major
May 3, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

I have played softball for 48 years. I have been pitching for 33 of those years. Have utilized the mandatory pitching mask for 9 months in leagues and tournaments. I consider myself on most occasions, a good fielding pitcher. In the 9 months of pitching with the mask, I have been hit twice as much, as I was in the past 33 years without the mask. Of all those hits, I have never been hit in the face area or shins, where I am wearing protection. The mandatory mask has become to me a danger, because it hinders me from reacting fast enough to field my position adequately. The shin guards do not hinder me at all. It is like I do not have them on at all, so I will continue to wear them regardless. I am actually waiting to get hit in the shins, so I can see how they work. When I was not wearing the pitching mask, if I got hit, it was usually in the shins. I was hit 7 times this past weekend and I am black and blue in all of those 7 hits. I could be dead from a blood clot with all of those hits. I would rather take a chance and hope that I do not get hit in the face, which has never happened. Not to say that it could not in my old age, but not real likely. In conclusion, I am reversing my agreement with the new rule, and now am in favor of it being optional.

Just my humble opinion,

Andy Smith,
60 Major
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