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Andy

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Simi Valley, CA

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Men's 60

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Dec. 11, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

PattyMac, combining Major and Major Plus teams is just not going to happen. I agree that we need to stop changing the rules. We have enough senior rules, that make a newcomer want to not play after playing with the young ones. I am sure the game times will not be reduced, just the innings might be played in full. BTW, your Major Plus division can have 100 homeruns and a dead ball out, I really do not care. I have played in all divisions, and I find the AA, AAA, and Major divisions the most fun. We do not have to buy extra softballs, nor do we have to chase them too often over the fence, and we get to play a lot of defense. Also, many more teams to play at tournaments. This is not to say that Major Plus players do not play defense. I am sure that all of the Major Plus players can catch fly balls on the other side of the fence. Just kidding!!

JMHO,

Andy Smith
Dec. 11, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

I like the new home run rule. I think you the need to add the one up rule would make it more complete. Nowadays, it has no impact on my team or the teams that we play. As for our team, defense has been made an important part of the game, because with the ball being used in tournaments now, there are not too many homeruns being hit. We have played 14 games this season, our team has hit a total of 4 homeruns and our opponents have hit approximately 3. You can see that the homerun rule has absolutely no effect in the 14 games that we have played. In fact, with the ball being used, I have noticed the outfielders playing about 25-30 feet from the fence.

As for the pitching mask rule, I thought having the option of wearing one or not was just fine, and the signing of the score card. Maybe some of the reasons for making it mandatory was due to too many injuries with a few being deadly and the lawsuits that went along with it? Although I have been wearing a mask the past 6 months, I really never felt that a ball could hit me in the face. If that was a possibility, I would not be pitching. Like someone said above, a bad bounce off a pitching rubber is very possible. I once had one take an awkward bounce off the pitching rubber and it almost severed my tendon in my arm. I could not even lift a bat for about 6 weeks. I think we should get rid of the pitching rubbers, but that is another issue. In fact, when I play first base, I usually play in front of the bag, because after pitching, it appears to be too far back and an extra bounce, if I play behind the bag. I kind of go along with the rules, because I just want to play. I will say this though, if we ever go to a pitching screen(other than because of the sun), I will not play anymore.

BTW, Mike and whoever else, hit that ball hard up the middle, because I accept the challenge to get you out. LOL! Please, no apologies if you can hit me, because that is just part of the game.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season Ladies and Gentlemen.

JMHO

Andy Smith
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching Mask

John, I thought it was more like my Bob Big Boy look! LOL! I actually look like the Wolverine when I bat, because the sides of my hair are up on the sides when I remove the mask. How the heck are you doing John? Say hi to Pam for me. Hope to see you and Pam some time in the future.

Take care my friend,

Andy
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers shin guards

Bruce, I did not wear mine for 2 years after buying them, but felt at my young age of 63 now, that I might be pressing my luck. I finally started using them the last 7 months.

Andy Smith
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Armour up with shin guards and a Rip-It mask, and you will not have to be concerned about a screen. If your defense is not satisfactory, then invest in a chest protector too. With my extra weight, I already have a built-in chest protector. LOL! I would only like a screen, when the sun is in the pitcher's eyes. It would be very helpful, if the pitching rubber was removed, especially the extra pitching rubbers. I play on a field that has 3 pitching rubbers in front of the one that I pitch from. That is not good. Balls hit on those pitching rubbers can take some strange bounces.

Andy Smith
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers shin guards

I have catcher shin guards from Play It Again Sports for $20. They looked almost new and heavy duty. The only thing I did not care for was the knee coverage. Therefore, I just cut that part off. With that removed, after a few games, I do not even know that I have them on. I never take them off during the game and bat as normal with them on.

Andy Smith
Nov. 30, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

jwo-9, I have never attended a SPA tournament, but have heard from many others, that playing one level down in SPA is quite common. Unfortunately, if you are a AA team per SSUSA, then there is no lower classification. It appears you only have 2 alternatives: 1) add 3 from a higher level for a SPA tournament, or 2) do not attend a SPA tournament. That is the way they operate from everyone that I have spoke to about this situation.

Andy Smith
Nov. 25, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching Mask

The Rip-it mask is the best. I have never been hit in the face, but at 63 I started wearing the mask to keep it that way. Absolutely no effect on my pitching. I still field my position quite well, but not as well as with the mask. There are 1-3 balls that I feel I might have caught in a tournament if I did not have a mask, but feel it is smarter to be safe.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
Nov. 19, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter worlds Phoenix

I believe that I heard Git R Done won?

Andy Smith
Nov. 10, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Something to consider!

Tommy,

I will be going to Phoenix. If nothing changes, I will be at Rose Mofford Friday, Saturday, and hopefully Sunday.

Take care my friend,

Andy
Nov. 10, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Something to consider!

I was looking at the tournament schedule for the 2014 season. I always check out the costs for increases or decreases(yeah right, LOL)! Anyway, costs are pretty much the same and vary depending on whether SSUSA is running the tournament or some independent is running the tournament for SSUSA. You can figure it all out for yourselves.

I did discover one out-of-the-ordinary change. This pertains primarily to California teams. Although we may not quite understand why certain decisions are made, we can be assured that on the top of the list is money. On the other side of the coin and on the top of the list, is listening to what teams and players would like changed. Not always going to happen, but when it does, I want to let it be known to all, that they do listen, and the outcome is not always what we may like.

It is quite obvious to all that play tournaments, that there are so many tournaments in California to choose from and different organizations. For example, in July you could possibly go to Paso Robles, Morro Bay, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Temecula, Northern California, or THE CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS(CAL CUP). The reason that I am writing this message, is that the Cal Cup is being held in Southern California this year(Menifee/Hemet). I would hope that the Southern California teams would support this tournament, and go to whatever other tournaments they choose. This is a huge move for SSUSA, and I would hope rotated every other year, North and South, between The Cal Cup and Western Nationals. Let's not disappoint the Northern California teams that will be traveling to Southern California for this one. I know teams have already signed up for the Top Gun tournament in San Clemente, which has a waiting list. Not to lessen the the Top Gun tournament, but I would hope that teams would consider The Cal Cup and/or San Clemente. Thanks for listening and decide for yourselves.

Andy Smith


Nov. 5, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

gdup1, a 60AAA team has 5 rating per SSUSA and 65AA team has a rating of 3. Therefore, that may very well effect the 65AA team status to be able to keep you.

Softballnuts, a 55AAA team has a rating of 6 and 65AA has a rating of 3. That will definitely have an effect on the lower level team.

All questionable situations can be answered by George as per mentioned above. Sometimes it can vary depending the team's history. Good idea to check prior to doing something you may not want to do or a team may not want to be moved up per your new status.

Andy Smith
Oct. 22, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a new 50 player play in the TOC with a team that has previously qualified?

Brock,

You are absolutely correct. From my current knowledge of the situation, this is going to stay as it is for a very long time. I will be done playing tournaments, when the current contract expires. At this time, I only plan on playing tournaments at best for another 7 years. Even when the contract expires, it does not mean that there will not be another extension of the same. Therefore, I am accepting it the way it is and will not comment on this subject again, because it will not change.

Andy Smith
Oct. 20, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Can a new 50 player play in the TOC with a team that has previously qualified?

Again and again and again, that is just another reason why the TOC is held at an absolutely dumb time of the year. The TOC is 4 months after the previous season ended. Many teams have changed their rosters by then with additions and subtractions. Does MLB have their World Series 4 months after their 162 game schedule, which would be spring training for the next season, and after some trades or retirements have occurred? After the Vegas Worlds, the TOC should be next, the first week of November. The Phoenix Worlds and Florida Nationals should be the end of November and first week of December, or January or February. I know, this has been said all too often and fallen on deaf ears many times. Now it has been said again.

Andy Smith
Oct. 8, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PLAYER REGISTRATION

cw,

You are correct. I checked on the SSUSA website, and player cards expire October 31. Not sure how long it has been this way, but it is this way now. Most likely, a new card may not be received by the time of the next tournament, but it will be in the SSUSA system. You can apply over the phone with a credit card, or you can bring your completed registration form and money to the tournament and submit upon check-in.

Andy Smith,
50/60 Major
Oct. 7, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PLAYER REGISTRATION

The new season does begin after the Vegas Worlds, but your card runs January to December. I used to play in November, and I did not have to renew till January. If that has changed, I am not aware of that.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Oct. 7, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PLAYER REGISTRATION

The card is a yearly card, so you are able to play in November without renewing. Any tournament beginning January 1, you have to have a current registration. This is how it has been in the past and I have not heard anything different to present.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major


Sept. 18, 2013
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Flip Flop Rule

Once you flip flop, it remains that way for the rest of the game.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 15, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

BW, Could not have said it any better. Dave is the best at what he does!

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 15, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

I recounted and from the original list, there were 15 Major teams. I noticed from the current list, that K C Kids is not attending now. Also, RCM is classified as a AA team, not AAA as I had guessed. It would be nice to get 2 more Major teams for 16 teams and the best bracket set up. It would make it easier on Dave too. Have fun on Monday Dave with setting up the AAA bracket.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
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