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Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

All points are welcome and good. Some may be silly, but are welcome. I will say that the jump from Major to Major Plus may or may not be too large, but rather a waste of time to play tournaments with such a small group of teams. Better to meet half way between each other at a park, and play 2 out of 3 and have lunch.

Andy Smith
55/60 Major
Sept. 2, 2013
Duke
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Re-rating teams

Scott, we all know what the rules state for the majority, but it is not necessarily applied to every team. I will continue to state my best example that occurred about 5-6 years ago, where a team that won the 55 Major World Championships in Phoenix the year before, was moved down from 55 Major Plus back to the 55 Major for the Phoenix Worlds again a week or 2 before the tournament the next year. They finished 6 or 7 in that tournament. After the tournament was completed, they were moved back to the Major Plus division. Where is that in the rules?

Ronkers, there could be many reasons for what has happened, but you cannot control ownership decisions. Happy that you brought out yet another instance of another possible illogical situation. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last. BTW, I do not follow all of the issues any longer, as it takes the fun out of playing and trying to follow the rules as stated. When the fun is gone, it is time to say good bye. I will say this about the Fangrabbers(that I do not follow), if they are in the 55 Major division now, it is odd that they have qualified for the TOC for this February in the 55 Major Plus division? Please correct me if I am wrong.

In any event, do not be too concerned, because if you should win a ring tournament, with the exception of the Vegas Worlds and the TOC, you win a ring that you have to purchase. Although I have and can afford to pay for a ring, I have many team members that refuse to purchase a ring for winning a tournament. BTW, the cost of those rings are quite inflated. Just check the cost of a High School ring, and you will know for yourself.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Aug. 26, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

Thanks Michigan Vet!
Aug. 25, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

I was one of those player hold outs that utilized no protective gear of any kind. At 63, I finally woke up and now have a mask and shin guards. I thought with all of the injuries that I was reading about, that I did not want to continue to press my luck. I only have to remove my mask to bat. The shin guards have no effect on my batting or running, so I leave them on the entire game. Maybe a chest guard in a few years too?

Andy Smith
55/60 Major
Aug. 22, 2013
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Solar Bat Warmes

Thanks Tony! Just ordered one and he was going to ship it to me today. I told him to bring it to the Hemet tournament in September. It was good talking with him, because we both played with the same players from 30-40 years ago, like Rick Adams and Billy Messina. We just never played on the same teams. Very reasonable price too($25). Good luck in San Clemente this weekend. My team will be in Morro Bay this weekend. Hope to see you and say hi in Hemet.

Take care,

Andy Smith,
60/55 Major
Aug. 10, 2013
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Huntsman St George Utah 65 year old team St George Huntsman

Thanks Guys!!
Aug. 10, 2013
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Huntsman St George Utah 65 year old team St George Huntsman

Do you know the dates of this tournament?
Aug. 9, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

I heard from someone that Get-R-Done won the 55AAA?? Did not hear from anyone on their team yet. If so, congrats to your team Tommy!!
Aug. 9, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals observations

Hey Tommy! All is going well here, thanks. Hope the same for you both. Please say hi to Martha and give her a hug from me. Hope to see you and Martha in Hemet. If not, maybe in Vegas at the manager's meeting and/or dinner before or after. Take care and see you soon.

Andy
Aug. 9, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals observations

I was not there, so I have no idea about the field conditions. My only observation is that too many teams in all of these qualifying Nationals, had too many winners with only 1 or 2 teams in their division. Not a true barometer of the best. Why is that? I can only guess that it is because a lot of the Southern California teams have refused to continually go to Northern California to play the Western Nationals and the Cal Cup the past several years. These 2 tournaments should be rotated between Southern and Northern California every other year. Very nice complexes down here in Southern California and maintained. I used to love to play these tournaments in the past, but my teams have chosen to not attend any more, mainly due to location.

Just My Observations!

Andy Smith,
60 Major/55 Major
July 30, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

the wood,

Wow! You are right on target about everything. As important as all of your statements are, I intentionally left off my statement above regarding Bill Ruth, because I have commented enough in the past about W.E Ruth and their goings on to benefit themselves. It is worth repeating your statement though......."But... if I'm wrong about this (and I've been wrong many times before) one team that would benefit from such a change would be Ruth Realty (any of the Ruth teams currently rated as a M team). If you connect the dots you'll find that Bill Ruth owns part of SSUSA. It was Bill that felt that the FL & CA borders ought to be closed even though there was/is no compelling evidence to support this." Nice to have someone else say it!!

You are absolutely correct. Talking to players during the week in league play and at tournaments, all are aware of this, but accept the obvious, that ownership has its priviledges. By that deduction, most players/teams just do not care to deal with it, but are not happy about it. I know SSUSA has a huge following and has plenty of revenue, because they put on the best tournaments. They could be making much more, but teams have been playing elsewhere, to not have to deal with these issues.

Just my opinions! Have a great day gentlemen! See you all on the fields some time!

Andy Smith,
60 Major/55 Major
July 29, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Crusadervb,

"All major teams will be allowed 6 Major Plus players" does not sound like a sensible solution for Major teams. May be good for Major Plus splits, but do you expect Major teams to dump players to make room for 6 Major Plus players. This also would assume that SSUSA would be rating players. There has to be more to this or it will just not work out. Many teams drop players from one season to the next to improve their teams. I have done this, but I will not drop players to add 6 Major Plus players. If I did do this, I might as well fold my team, and hook up with 6 Major Plus players. I think many teams would agree with that too. Too drastic of a move for SSUSA and could be very costly for them too. This might be the worst move that this organization will make, so I am doubting that this will occur.

Another note, while most of the Major teams stay as they are for the most part, Major Plus split up teams will pick up all of the players leaving their current teams after the Vegas Worlds and still have a Major Plus team by the standards of the current rules. What a joke and disaster for SSUSA.

Like I said previously, this is supposed to be fun, keep seniors active, and about dollars and cents. On the last item, this is a business and here to make a profit, and to change it as Crusadervb has indicated makes no cents(sense).

Just My opinions,

Andy Smith,
60/55 Major
July 3, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

I have listened to this topic of combining Major and Major Plus for the past 12 years. I feel for the Major Plus teams going to tournaments and the time/costs involved, and playing a best 2 out of 3. Probably a third of the Major teams could compete with the Major Plus teams. Looking at this from a business standpoint, why would you chance losing teams by combining these 2 divisions, in particular, some Major teams to satisfy the few, which exemplifies the Major Plus teams. Yes, Major Plus teams represent the few in SSUSA softball. Not that the few are any less important than the majority, but it is just the fact. If you took a third of the Major teams and put them in with the Major Plus teams, then what do you do with the other Major teams? Oh yes, put them with the AAA teams, so they can beat them up. Again, from a business standpoint, that would probably not go well. If you check how many teams are Major versus Major Plus, you would see this business concept in place. With the 50/55 divisions, 81% of the teams are Major(178 Major and 42 Major Plus). With the 60/65 divisions, 70% of the teams are Major(85 Major and 36 Major Plus). At the 70 division, 59% of the teams are Major(39 Major and 16 Major Plus). That is pretty much the business standpoint.

As I stated previously, I have listened to this topic for many years. It does not fall on deaf ears, just not that attractive to many teams that are not Major Plus teams or the pocket book for someone to run these tournaments. Many good suggestions by all, but these have been made in the past. When I hear that we just need to tweak the rules a little bit, just will not sit well with the majority. I believe the Major Plus teams need to give a lot a bit, if they have hopes of combining Major and Major Plus and happening in our lifetime. In reality, in the smaller tournaments, there are not that many Major teams to play either. OK, what tweaks do we make? In my opinion, the big reason is the home run rule. Honestly, half of the top Major teams do not need 5 runs or an eleventh player, to compete at the Major Plus level. What is the corect number of home runs, 9, 7, 5, or what? My 60 Major team is averaging 3-5 home runs per 5 games, which is only one per game or less. Heck, we only hit 2 home runs in our last tournament in 5 games. I am sure that other Major teams are in the same situation. There are always exceptions. I will tell you now, if you ever expect to combine these 2 divisions, you need to tweak this rule a lot. My suggestion would be 3 home runs and after the 3rd home run, you could only hit a home run when the situation becomes a one up situation, otherwise, it would be an out. Major Plus teams do not like this type of limit, and that is why we are still talking about this after 12 years.

One other issue is the paying for players. Well, I do not care. If you have a sponsor that pays for your expenses and/or pays for a player to play on your team, then so be it. You cannot control that situation, other than to get a sponsor to do the same for your team. I have played against teams that are sponsored and played with teams that are sponsored. I prefer to play with friends and do the best that we can and have a great time. A good sponsor is a good thing for the pocket, but not necessarily the only important thing in this world.

Enjoy the time you have left on this Earth to play the game that you all love to play. Unfortunately, in the next 20 years, 40% of us will not be here to play this game, so live it now and enjoy. Also, in the next 20 years, no one is going to care what any of these issues were or remember.

I know many will not agree with me, and that is OK. These are just my opinions and suggestions. Stay healthy and see you all out on the fields.

Andy Smith,
60 Major/55 Major
June 26, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Classifications 60major + versus 55 major

Hey Tony,

No one can ream you for that answer. Take a stand and see what happens. LOL! Have a great day Tony. See you out there in Huntington Beach or Vegas.

Andy Smith,
60 Major,
55 anyone that will take me,
50 if you are desperate,
40 if I can play on a woman's team.
May 15, 2013
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: soc. aaa 50 team in need of players

Marv,

You might add that it is in Temecula not Hemet

Andy
Jan. 29, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who's Playing Palm Springs in the 60-division Feb. 16 & 19

Venom will be there.

Andy Smith,
60 Major
Jan. 29, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sal Silva Passed Away 1/28/2013

It was a blessing to have known Sal as a person. I played many tournaments with him and against him. He will be missed by all that have had the pleasure of meeting him. God bless Sal and his family.

Andy Smith

Jan. 2, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament Jan. 12 & 13,

at 9AM.
Jan. 2, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament Jan. 12 & 13,

BTW Phil,

If you want to practice with your Ultra II, we have BP every Saturday at Ventu Park on diamond 2.

Andy Smith,
60 Major
Jan. 2, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament Jan. 12 & 13,

Hi Phil,

Our team name is Venom. Mac is playing on our team. Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. If not, see you in Menifee. Happy New Year!

Andy Smith,
60 Major
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