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Men's 60

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Jan. 21, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FUTURE ALL STAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Congrats Fran and Dave and to the parents!! Maybe we can combine grandkids and make a full team. My 7th is due in April.

Andy Smith
Jan. 8, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

Well, you cannot really expect to use your 2015 roster for a 2014 TOC qualifying event. A little more flexibility would be nice. My team was planning on attending, but we only had 9 players and one of those players was injured. We had 3 other players that played with us all year, but were not able to attend the tournament that earned us a TOC invitation. We ran into a time factor and a non-response issue from SSUSA. Once we got a response very late, SSUSA said no to our requests, at least that is what I heard. Due to the lateness of their response, it really did not matter at that point in time. We all decided it was too costly to wait any longer for that response. They did eventually answer, but we had already decided to not attend. Therefore, we canceled all of our rooms and flights and saved $1,200 per person. I have never attended one of these tournaments, and probably will never do so. For $1,200 per player and the weather conditions at that time of the year, it is just not that desirable to me. It is just another tournament and very costly. I hear it is a lot of fun, especially, if you are able to attend all the special events before hand.

Hope everyone has a great time and the weather is good!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Jan. 7, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

Jawood's answer is the most accurate in this subject matter. Everyone knows that the timing of this tournament is backwards and should be switched with the Winter Worlds in Phoenix. This is also why so many teams need to add players for this event. As Jawood has said, SSUSA has a binding contract for the next 6 years, therefore, nothing is going to change for some time.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Jan. 7, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

Pitcher22, The actual draw may not be out for a while, so how about figuring it out yourself, and it is not that tough. This can be accomplished 2 ways. 1) go to the tournament page and click on the TOC tournament. Click and print the 114 teams that are listed. Right below that is the list for those that qualified and their division and click on that, or 2) take that same list and click onto ratings above and look up each team. Good luck at the TOC!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Dec. 30, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please Forgive My Naivete!

southpaw, when I was very young, winning was extremely important. If we did not win, then it was not fun. As I have aged some 4 decades later, having fun is first and winning a close second. I enjoy playing softball with the guys on my team, and doing things together off the field or in between games.

To put into perspective the second statement that I made, in leagues, I could care less who wins, although, I do try to win. Leagues for me is having a fun time practicing for tournaments. Tournaments at my current age is definitely for fun and good competition, but I really want and care to win tournament games, but that is secondary. After all, you are usually guaranteed 5 games no matter how your team performs in senior tournaments. In my very younger days, you lose 2 games and you were on your way home.

BTW, sharing the love of Christ and his blessings, is always the real number one choice. Amen!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Dec. 21, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

Well, no sooner than I wrote my message, the SSUSA staff was writing their's. LOL! They did confirm what I was thinking, therefore, no more worries Curveball.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Dec. 21, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

Curveball, There are many teams that should be moved up, even though, they were not automatic move up. At least a dozen that are on the West coast. I am not familiar with all of the teams on the East coast. Anyone care to know, well, we can save that for another discussion.

Since this discussion is regarding automatic move ups, I will stick to the subject matter at hand. Regarding the mentioned team Vacar not being moved up to Major plus, is an easy answer here. I have checked their other tournaments, and not to mention all of them, they did win the TOC the previous year.

Vacar has qualified for the TOC again at the Major level. Since the TOC is right around the corner, SSUSA keeps or changes all team ratings for that tournament, to what they qualified at. Once that tournament has concluded in February, Vacar will be given a rating of Major Plus. If not, then you can inquire as to why. That is my thinking on this matter.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Dec. 16, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Hope and pray that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season! Look forward to seeing you next year.

Happy New Year!

Andy Smith
Dec. 4, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Bruce, I did play in one tournament about 6-7 years ago, and the mat was round. It was a bit different.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Nov. 27, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanksgiving

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Nov. 27, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

The mat is large enough. If you want to help out the pitcher, then go to an unlimited arc and unlimited home runs for all.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
60 Major
Nov. 18, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Elegiblity

Ceres, Mr. Tait answered more than you asked for. Simply put, as a AAA player, you can play for a AA team in the same age bracket. If that team does not have on their roster more than 3 AAA players. If the AA team has more than 3, then they will be moved up to AAA.

The other item that Mr. Tait addressed, is a different issue, and the number is 6.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Nov. 12, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

I am not going to get into how to compute batting average, on-base percentage, or slugging percentage. As Billy Beane sees it, on-base percentage is most valuable in the long run. For the last 10 years on teams that I coach, I have only kept on-base percentage, which I included walks and errors. Mostly, because too many players were too concerned about how a batted ball was scored, a hit or an error. Too many arguments, so I decided to get rid of all that, and only be concerned about on-base percentage, then all the arguments/disagreements went away. What a pleasure, so now go out and concentrate on what you need to do to help your team win a game and have fun.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Nov. 12, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2015 Schedule

Dean'o, It is being worked on right now. I would guess that the 2015 schedule will be out within the next 1-2 weeks. Hopefully, some time around Thanksgiving.

Andt Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Nov. 1, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

Hey Jerry, great season for you guys as well, thanks. Gary and I are looking to sub on a 65 AAA team this season for 2-3 tournaments. Mostly, 2-3 of the larger tournaments. No one local seems to have a need. Probably because Gary is too short. LOL! Our 60 Major team is staying together this season. Have to concentrate on this season for now. Surprised OTE is not going to Phoenix. Guess you cannot go to every tournament. Good luck this season!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Nov. 1, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

Unfortunately, the trend did not continue, as there are only 6 60 Major teams this year. 6 teams is not too bad. It will give us time to enjoy what Phoenix has to offer us and watch our friends play. Look forward to seeing you out there.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
60 Major
Oct. 16, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Funny guy Jerry! I know they just put that there within the last 1-3 days, as I have checked many times. Hopefully, at least 8 or more of the 18 teams will show up. See you there or at the Phoenix Worlds or maybe January in Menifee.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Oct. 16, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

Let's try to have at least 8 teams. Spending all of that money to play a best 2 out of 3 is a waste of time and money. The tournament is only 28 days away.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Oct. 15, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worlds in Vegas

Tournament was run extremely well, thanks!!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
Oct. 15, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

What 60 Major teams are attending this tournament next month?

Thanks,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
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