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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
Dec. 11, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

Jawood and Mario,

As some player on my team would like to say, "I concur!" If you want unlimited runs and no time limit, then you will need to pay extra fees. Not sure what amount for tournament fees, but definitely triple in umpire fees, because they will be there for quite a while. I would probably like to get dinner and bring it to one of those games and see how it goes. One game would most likely be enough for me. Good luck to you guys!

JMHO,

Andy Smith
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
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