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Jan. 1, 2006
LA
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: OHIO AAA team.........

looking for a few good players from Ohio or surrounding states to compete in several world and national tourns. Team has much experience with National, World titles and well as several all world/tourn. players. Need to fiil in a few spots. Looking for good team players, no egoes, who enjoys good fellowship and traveling. email; funinsun333@yahoo.com
Nov. 16, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Just curious on the Winter Nationals field conditions.

Bob and Bruce, thanks so much for the response. I have only played on that field complex twice, once with the ISA four years ago and now. Both times I have torn the cartilage in my right knee trying to plant my foot and release a throw from second base on a double play ball. I saw the squad at the complex a few times and I was wondering. I actually may have hurt me knee when we played your team Bob......Larry (Combs Garage & Body Shop)
Nov. 16, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Just curious on the Winter Nationals field conditions.

This was the second time in five years that when we played in Ft. Myers, we played at the Northwest Sports complex. Has anyone out there experienced any knee or leg injuries due to the enormous amount of lose sand in the IF and around the bases??!! It is not only bad enough to have the U II's but the lose ground, to me, just does not cut it. Thanks........
Oct. 25, 2005
LA
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

Hats off to Dave D, Fran D, Terry and all of the others for a supurb, class act world tourn. They took the advice and misstakes from 2004's tourn. and made the corrections for this year's. I don't think that players and sponsors mind paying out the fees, if they get their money's worth. Thanks again for the tourn, and your friendliness and kindness.....LA.
Sept. 20, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How about a pre-Phoenix warm-up??!!!

When: October 8th.
Where: Berliner Park, Cols, Ohio
Contact: Larry (alva33alva@yahoo.com)
Planning on playing three games per team for a senior warm-up to Phoenix. We will try to keep the same format as SSUSA with a few exceptions. Intentions are to get in good practice games and to minimize or eliminate the potential for injuries. Fee will be minimal and depends on number of teams. We have to take our best to the WEST!!
Sept. 5, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ASA National Update

Bulington was one of the best run tourns. in all of the years that I have played senior softball. Fields were dragged after every game and watered down each night. The umpires, knew that they were not always perfect and did what was necessary to resolve argumentive issues. Some good ole fashion softball was played at the best. Good balls, fields, umps, and Southern hospitatlity. The competition was fierce at all the levels. Next year Burlington is having the tourn. back, so it should be a MUST on your team list. The pre-tourn party was inviting and another great way to meet teams from other areas of the country.
Aug. 28, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Des Moines format

The original owner, Ken Maas, who passed away last year truly believed in the game and spirit of softball and NEVER intended the format to be so much taken advantage. However, we teams are so obsessed with winning, I guess that they will do just about anything. I thought that when his kids had taken over, that there would be changes. Apparnently they are not, and I cannot really see any posititve direction for the SSWS. I can see the organization up for sale in the short future. I really think they need to get involved with the BIG 3(SSUSA, SPA, ISSA) and work on somehing that benefits the players and the usefulness of our money in going to these events. Several teams from the Miidwest have opted not to go because of the format and with it being in Palm Springs next year there could be even less teams, East of the Mississippi. I hear your complaint..........
Aug. 24, 2005
LA
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Phoenix SSWC

Archie, Archie, Archie, always stirring up the pot !!!!
Aug. 15, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Lansing??

50+ Majors 1st.- Chicago Classics 2nd. Schones. Field soverall were nice. No complaints about the bats or ball. Grounds crew were great. Only exception: Infields needed to be cut back about another 10ft. Didn't like taking one to the face with those short IF's and the U II's. NIce to see some of the old guys and meet several new friends.
Aug. 7, 2005
LA
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dayton Legends 55's AA.............

are in dire need for a few players to help them out in the Aug. 19th ISSA tourn and the ASA Labor Day. The sensitive age of 55 has just created one too many injuries for us. We could use your assistance. Please leave your phone number or email and we will get back to you ASAP..Thankyou.....
July 26, 2005
LA
Topic: Associations
Discussion: All World, All Tourn. Selections

Guys; thanks for some nice replies to my topic. I have been Blessed over the last two + years to be able as player/coach to select players to our 5 World and National wins. I told all of them that if you made it one time, you had better be even darn better the next tourns. to even be a candidate. I just like to spred the glory to others on the team. However you do have to play into some childish egoes or frustrated abilities from their childhood playing days and that I have seen creates the issue with team breakups. Again, I strongly suggest that the TD takes a serious look and get the umpires involved for each game for player selection. Afterall, we DO pay our above fair share for the entry fee to their tourns.
July 24, 2005
LA
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking For A Team ASAP

Kids, let's settle down. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to play with and against the both of you. This is senior ball and let us try not to forget the fellowship of the game. What is not good for someone or a team my be the missing link to another. It happens in all levels and types of sports. Sometimes a new beginning is what many of us need in our lives.(At least that is what I told my ex!!). Have a good day guys and enjoy this nice summer of softball.
July 19, 2005
LA
Topic: Associations
Discussion: All World, All Tourn. Selections

In the seven years that I have played senior softball, I have seen good teams torn apart because of the All World selections. Egoes and sensitivities quickly get into the way of good friendships that was the original foundation of the team's formation. One possible suggestion, is to have the ump(s) from each game to add two(?) players,with postitions, from each team, to his or her's official score card. Then the tourn. dir. can talley up the votes for the end of the tourn. In this fashion it gives every player and equal opportunity to make a true All World team whether they are on a good team or not. As a player, you would have to be mentioned at least twice(since double elim) to make the tourn team.It would take the politics away from the vote of the players and/or coaches. It would also create more of a sportmanship among the players to the umps and the game itself. What do you think?????
July 10, 2005
LA
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Who do you think..........

are the best organizations for senior softball play?? I will give you my 2 cents or for whatever it is worth. I just got back from a SSWS(NASCS) qualifier in Cols.,Ohio.They were bickerning about the softball used from the 75 age group on down. We offered to put 2-3 teams in the qualifier but because under 5% of our players did not have their cards, they would not allow us in. These oraganizations tell us the cards are necessary for them to stay afloat!!! What do they have to offer us for the cards?? I have played several years in senior softball and each year it get more disappoinitjng. I feel that some of the organizations that are truly listening to the players are the SSUSA, SPA, and from what I have heard from others the LVSSA. We had an unfortunate incident with the SSWS World's last year and were unable to go as a team. NO REFUNDS. They will only carry it over to the next Worlds. Of course they stack their Worlds among the others giving us around 6 consecutive worlds in a row. So would you rather go to N.C., TEx., Mich, Va., or DesMoines ?? you make the call. As for R.B. with the ISF and ISSA, it has been spoken loud and clear about the softball being used. In the ISF they are still using the wihite leather ball which turns brown after the first inning. And then they use one new and one used ball each game. God forbid if your team fouls off two in a row. He also did NOT do an entry fee refund for a team that had to cancel the last minute because one of their players had major bypass surgery and for solidarity, they decided not to go. If these directors do not trust our word about going, that they make the fees non-refundable, then why should we trust them when once they get paid, the formats can change, the balls change, the number of umps/game can change, etc. All I expect from senior softball is to play the game that I have loved my entire life and create new Christian fellowhips each year. I wish that these organizations would PLEASE hear us players out and give us what we want. To start: good bats: good balls: same rules: All of this and more can create some good old fashioned softball. Have a safe and enjoyable season guys !!!
June 29, 2005
LA
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

mdf I figured that might "ruffle your feathers" a little. The ;point that I was getting to is that you have to abide by stringent rules when playing in these Worlds This weekend coming was a good qualifier to get a new player on the roster. If you have ever coached, you know that you need to have the full comittment of each and every player. I play/coach and I strive for the frienships and Christian fellowships. As I tell our team, 10 years from now you won't even know where you have all the jewelry that you have won; but hopefully you still have those friendships that you created on the way to victory. At our age there is more to the game that just winning. I seem to think that we do our better share of winning but it has to do with a values system. Good luck !!
June 28, 2005
LA
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

Mdf I gave you my email to answer any of your questions. If you don't want to go so fast, than I suggest that you check with other teams. We are playing this coming weekend and I was hoping that you had some interest,.We are a traveling team and we cannot wait for slow decisions. Good luck with you endeavor.
June 27, 2005
LA
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

Give me a wy that I can contact you. I can be reached at funinsun333@yahoo.com. However, I will need to get your info within the next couple of days. thanks.........
June 25, 2005
LA
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: July 2nd Dayton

This tourn. is really growing into being a fine event. The fields are great and the tourn. director is very accommodating. Unlike the SSWS (NASCS) he will do what he can to promote Senior softball and will try to develop the interests of those that are not yet members. This tourn. should be on your team's list as a must. Pretty soon we wil be getting into the Worlds and we do not want those Sun Belt teams to have any advantage over us Snow Belters.
June 7, 2005
LA
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Ohio/Pa. 55's

Herb; give me your email address and/or telephone #. We just may have an opening. I will contact you as soon as I receive.
May 25, 2005
LA
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sam Leo of the Ohio(Akron) Silverados....

passed away earlier this year of a massive heart attack. Even though he was mostly know locally among the senior softball players, it should not go unnoticed about his character and softball ability. He always came with a competitive attitude and left nothing on the field after the game. A speccial thanks should be given to his coach, Terry McClasky who went beyond his call of duty as a humanitarian and assisted and consoled Sam's family through the entire tragic ordeal. I am not looking for responses to this email other than to bring forward how fragile each and everyone of our lives are and how thankful we should be to be able to play this game that we so dearly have loved since our childhood days. Again, even though few have know Sam, he is still a member of the senior softball family. We lost a good person. Our belated condolences goes out to Sam's family, his teammates, and especially to Terry McClasky. Remember, there is more to this senior game than what is between the lines. LA (Dayton Legends)
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