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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
Dec. 28, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament

Hey Phillip, Thanks and Happy New Year to you too. Depending on game times, maybe we can have lunch and a beer. See you there.

Andy
Dec. 27, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: All the hate on DBO with senior bats...how about this?

rightrj1, You are right on, AMEN! Where are we having the beer?

Andy Smith
R & R Strokers
Dec. 27, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament

R & R Strokers will be there!
Dec. 27, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament

What 60 teams are attending the Menifee tournament in January?

Andy Smith
Dec. 24, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

To All,

In addition, this chart is used in tournaments when teams are playing out of their age/level, and thus the 5 runs and/or an 11th fielder scenarios.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Andy Smith
Dec. 23, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

txnighttrain, While you have quoted the rule book as to what team a player can play on in 2 different divisions, you have not interpreted the rule correctly as per your last sentence. As I have stated above, a 60 AAA player has an SSUSA rating of 5 and a 65 AA player has an SSUSA rating of 3. This does have an effect on the 65 team, depending on what other players are on the team and their SSUSA player rating. Using the same scenario, but reversing the age brackets from 60 AAA and 65 AA to 65 AAA and 60 AA, then there is no effect to either team, because both would have an SSUSA rating of 4. Just because the rule says you can play one skill level up or down, does not mean it will not effect your team. Below are the SSUSA ratings:

10- 40M+
9- 40M, 50M+
8- 40AAA, 50M, 55M+
7- 50AAA, 55M, 60M+
6- 50AA, 55AAA, 60M, 65M+
5- 55AA, 60AAA, 65M, 70M+
4- 60AA, 65AAA, 70M
3- 65AA, 70AAA, 75M
2- 70AA, 75AAA, 80M
1- 80AAA

Hope this clarifies this for you.

Andy Smith
Dec. 14, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Mike, I do not agree that Major teams will defeat Major Plus teams 75% of the time, because of the DBO rule. So far from reality. This might be somewhat of a reality in the 40, 50, and 55 divisions, I do not know? I have played in the 60 Major division for the last 2 years, and I can say that I have only seen a 60 Major team reach their limit in a game once. My 60 Major team never got close to running out of home runs. If we hit 6-7 home runs in a 5 game span or more, that was pretty much it. We actually averaged less than 1 home run a game. Most of the other 60 Major teams were worse than us in hitting home runs. If 60 Major Plus hits 9 per game, I find it difficult to believe your 75% theory. BTW, a good try in getting anyone to think that Major and Major Plus could be combined, especially in the 60's and above. JMHO!!

PattyMac, I do not think most of us are trying to get a reaction out of the Major Plus players. We are all entitled to express our opinions, whether serious or in fun. I believe that some 60 Major players might agree with you, some disagree with you, or in my opinion, the majority could care less, as they will rarely reach the limit in their division, let alone at the Major Plus level. Good luck with your quest to eliminate the DBO in the Major Plus level. I am all for Major Plus teams having it their way, as they will continue to have fewer teams to play, and that will not change, because of this type of thinking. Most Major teams do not care to play in the Major Plus division, or they would have moved themselves up there already on their own. JMHO

Sparky.1, I agree with your thinking about raising the height limit of the pitches. With these ridiculous hot bats and balls, that would make it more of a skill to hit, and give the pitcher a chance to move back more to better play defense. You suggested a 15 foot limit. Very few umpires can call 12 feet correctly, so what makes you think that they will call 15 feet correctly. If, and do mean if we raise the height limit, it should go to unlimited. This would take all of the argument of the height of a pitch. We all played it when we were younger, and can do it again now. There are still many leagues playing unlimited today, and they use a bat/ball combo similiar to the Huntington Beach tournaments, crappy bats and crappy balls. JMHO

Tim, Last but not least, that was a funny suggestion regarding a pitcher touching the ball, to be an inning ending situation. I would not count on that one ever being implemented, but we are all entitled to our opinions. LOL! JMHO

Love reading everyone's opinions and suggestions and possible solutions. Keep them coming. Play ball and have some fun gentlemen!

Andy Smith
Dec. 12, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

Pieman, Forgot to mention that safety is now more important, than those few I could have caught. Just saying!

Andy Smith


Dec. 12, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Hey Mike, Let's be real here. Your wife only asks those questions, to take the edge off of how much she charged at the stores while you were playing softball. LOL!

Andy Smith
Dec. 12, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

Pieman, I agree that there are a few balls that I could have caught in a tournament, if I was not wearing a mask. There are blind spots in all of the masks, but the Rip-It has the best vision and least amount of blind spots.

Andy Smith
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