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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
Jan. 23, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is not
out. EFFECT: The ball is live or dead depending on the position of the
fielder closest to the ball. If the closest defensive player is in front of
the base runner hit by the ball, the ball remains live. However, after the
runner in contact with the base is hit by the batted ball, it shall be the
same as hitting the ground. Since the ball remains live, the defense is
free to make whatever plays are available. If the defensive player is
behind the base runner, the ball is ruled dead, the hitter is awarded a
base hit and runners are advanced ONLY if forced to advance.

This is the complete answer.

Andy Smith
Jan. 14, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

I have been wearing a mask for about 6 months now. I agree with the safety of it and the shin guards that I wear. The only problems with it, is that I do not react as quickly as before, without the mask. In fact, since I have been wearing the mask, I have been hit on my wrist, hit just below my ankle where my shin guards cover my ankles, hit above my knees above my shin guards, and finally, an awkward bounce that hit me on my chin just under my mask. LOL! So far this protective equipment has caused me more injuries than protection, because of a split second of reaction time. When you are on the mound with Ultra II's hitting a ball at you, you need every second you have to react. BTW, this weekend, a super hot line drive just inches above my head that I would have snagged, I missed as I first saw the bar of my mask, then the ball was already by me. A little lower and I might have been able to test my mask. Great!? Just thought that I would share that with you.

Andy Smith
Jan. 12, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CERTAIN FEES!!

Guess I lied, two more comments. Winners in this tournament received a $3 hat that did not even say Champions on it. How wonderful. I vote to have Donnie run the tournaments in Southern California. He has always done a terrific job in the tournaments that he has run.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
Jan. 10, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CERTAIN FEES!!

Curveball,

For arguments sake and time, I will take your word for the tournament prices of the tournaments that you have checked. With that said, it has always been assumed that all SSUSA tournaments are a 5 game guarantee. This Menifee tournament has always been that in 13 years attending Menifee or any other tournament. We have all spent money for traveling and expect to get our games. Lately,it just seems that every time that Top Gun runs the tournament, that the same thing happens, too many teams for the number of fields available. They have either cut the game times down or as has happened in this tournament, only a 4 game guarantee. I think a $50 rebate towards their next SSUSA tournament would be in order here for all teams, or at the very least, the teams that do not play 5 games. Some teams will play 5 games, and that is all that I expect. Talking to teams that have played Thursday and Friday, they were disappointed, because they want their games as has always been in the past. Although I could figure out the profit made, I am not concerned about their profit, just want the product that has always been promoted. They deserve to make a profit, and we deserve to have our usual 5 game guarantee with the usual game times.

Omar,

I am not going to boycott SSUSA, although, it is their responsibility to make sure that whoever runs their tournaments, do what they always promote. I do not run the team that I am on now, but I will recommend to boycott Top Gun tournaments in the future, especially if, we do not get a rebate for the Menifee tournament. If they decide to go anyway and take it in the shorts, then I will attend as to the majority of our team votes. We now have over 6 California organizations running tournaments, but prefer to play in SSUSA, as they do know how to run a great tournament with competitive teams.

That is all that I have to say about this matter. Thanks for your responses guys.

See you at the fields,

Andy Smith



Jan. 9, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CERTAIN FEES!!

Apparently, I hit the nail on the head. Over 150 players have read this, and not one player has disagreed with me yet. In fact, I have received many emails and all agreeing with me. I guess since everyone does not mind spending the extra bucks for getting a lesser product, we will continue to be sponsors for Top Gun teams.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
Jan. 9, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CERTAIN FEES!!

The typical fee for a small 2 day SSUSA weekend tournament is $350. For a small 2 day weekend Top Gun run tournament, the typical fee can range from $375 to $395. My question to my softball friends is, why is it that we pay more for TOP GUN run tournaments?? Do they run any better than other SSUSA tournaments? I do not think so. What do we get for the extra fees? Here are some of the extras that you may get: 1) too many teams for the number of fields reserved, therefore, night games, 2) shortened game times, again because too many teams, 3) less games to be played(guaranteed), and 4) any combination of the above. SSUSA has always guaranteed 5 games and regular game times, unless there was weather issues, then the games and/or game times were altered, no problem. We are all geared to the usual guarantees offered by the SSUSA product, but not when Top Gun runs the tournament. For example: I have played in Top Gun tournaments, where our game was called on time after only 47 minutes?? Are you kidding me?? This is because they allowed too many teams to attend and not enough fields. I am going to Menifee this weekend, and we are again paying a higher fee than normal for a smaller weekend tournament, and only a 4 game guarantee. The fee should be lower for a 4 game guarantee, not higher. If you think that I am wrong about this, please let me know, thanks.

JMHO,

Andy Smith


Jan. 4, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament

Phillip, The schedule will be available some time before January 11. Happy New Year!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers

Dec. 29, 2013
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

Mad dog, "as for the pitching thing,i do the same and actually will tell them why i'm doing it,loud enough for the other players around to hear....let them explain why they are using a dirty bat......." Ditto for me too!! One player in league finally got the message and started using a legal bat. Another player did not get it, so every pitcher in the league walked him every time, and he does not play any more in our league.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers

Dec. 29, 2013
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

BTW, In tournaments, if I know an opposing batter is using a shaved bat, I will intentionally walk him, when it will not have an adverse effect on my team. In leagues, I will walk that player every time, regardless of the situation. Our morning leagues play for no prizes and keep no standings, AND, the players on every team range in age from 55 to 78, so there should be no cheaters, but there are a few. Can you imagine a strong 55 player using a shaved bat against a 78 year old? I just do not understand this kind of thinking.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
Dec. 29, 2013
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

Mad dog, The advertisements that I have seen for shaved bats have had disclaimers and/or warnings to use as exhibition only, i.e., home run derby contests. The reality is that players use them. Unfortunately, I know of 2 teams and many players using shaved bats. On teams that I have coached/managed, I try to make sure no one has a shaved bat, especially, with that ridiculous rule that the manager would get suspended for one year. Not my job nor could I monitor all this for players that may sub in for a tournament during the year. This goes with the above mentioned disclaimer from sellers, we only have so much control over the situation. Do I know players using shaved bats? Sad but true, I do! I even asked a player that I kind of knew when I was walking into a complex, why he has 6 Ultra II's. His repsonse was that 4 of his bats were shaved and they break after 50-60 swings. The fact that he openly said that to me, shows that there is no shame or pride with these guys. I replied what about the guys you call your friends. His response was that he has to keep up with his competition. My opinion is that more than 90% of the players play the game with integrity. Personally, I will not knowingly allow a player on my team that uses a shaved bat.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
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