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Dec. 31, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

I reviewd the 2013 tournament schedule from SSUSA and currently the Houston Sportsplex complex is called out as a Tentative Field for the 2013 Texas State Championship.
Capt
Dec. 27, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

My suggestion on where the 2013 Texas State Championship should be played, survey the players. We had appox. fifty teams that played in the 2012 Texas State Championship, that is good sample size for a survey,
I just responded to a survey from SSUSA on the whether I support or oppose the 1-1 pitch count.
Capt
Dec. 25, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Dec. 23, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

Jack, I know that when we played in Reno and Las Vegas at Big League Dreams we used our Ultra's, I guess each location can dicate their on policies on bats, to bad.
Capt
Dec. 23, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

If scheduling would be an issue, I believe there are only three (3) fields at League City, I would suggest scheduling the Texas State Championship on back to back weekends. The 60's, 65's, & 70's teams would play Friday-Sunday the first weekend and the 40's, 50's, & 55's play the following weekend.
Capt
Note: Or we could start on Tuesday and finish on Thursday for the 65's, 70's, & 75's teams, and starting the 40's, 50's, 55's, & 60's teams on Friday and finishing on Sunday.
Dec. 23, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

League City has a big league dreams softball complex, can't go wrong playing on those fields. If you want to draw more teams, this would be an ideal complex to bring in more teams from other states. I am sure it is more expensive to play there but in the long run it would payoff.
Big League Dreams - League City, Texas
1150 Big League Dreams Pkwy.
League City, TX 77573
(281) 316-3400
info@bigleaguedreams.com

Capt
Dec. 22, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

Since the Texas State Championship (TOC) is the biggest SSUSA tournament that is held in Texas and the most expensive, we should be playing on the best fields. The fields at Georgetown, College Station, and SSUSA is hosting a qualifier in Euless (don't know about those fields, but the other aforementioned fields are quality fields.
Capt
Dec. 20, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors Manifesto

As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don't really give a rat's hiney. It's the tortoise life for me!
If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, but
A tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so. I'm retired. Go around me.
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Now that I'm older here's what I've discovered:
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
My wild oats have turned into prunes and all-bran.
I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
If all is not lost, where is it?
It's a lot easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
Some days, you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.
I wish the buck did stop here; I sure could use a few.
Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.
When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone want to play chess?
It's not hard to meet expenses . . . they're everywhere.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . .
I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm hereafter.
Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
DID I SEND THESE TO YOU BEFORE..........??????
Have a Merry Christmas and a better New Year!
"The greatest way to live with honor," the playwright Sophocles said, "is to be what we pretend to be."


Dec. 20, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

The 2013 Texas State Championship is scheduled to be played at the Houston Sportsplex, here are some of the comments about this facility:
I think its $5.00 per person, non player I believe, for the weekend. Not really sure if its a daily fee or not, but would think the 5 would cover the weekend,. We ran the Wounded Warrior tournament there and infields are hard and not well maintained. Bad hops often. From what guys told me about the outfields, not much better. Plus, the back fields I was told are not even as good as the 2 front fields. Overall, I would not run a tournament there.

It's $3 to get in, which is annoying. But you do get a drink token . . . but I don't really want a drink when I'm about to make the long trek back to the suburbs. I suspect it's to keep some of the riff raff out as the Sportsplex isn't in the greatest part of town. The lot is half paved, and half not. The paved side is almost always full. I wish they would use the entrance fee to pave the rest of the lot, because not all of us drive big honking trucks that can handle accidentally falling into the massive pot hole in the poorly lit lot. I do like that they've now added a big watch tower over the parking lot, which makes the laides (me) feel somewhat safer.

Capt
Dec. 17, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

When will field assignments be posted for TOC?
Capt
Dec. 16, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

Thanks Jack, you would think that the Texas State Championship would be played at a first rate complex. Here are some of the comments I read online about the complex: It's $3 to get in, which is annoying. But you do get a drink token . . . but I don't really want a drink when I'm about to make the long trek back to the suburbs. I suspect it's to keep some of the riff raff out as the Sportsplex isn't in the greatest part of town. The lot is half paved, and half not. The paved side is almost always full. I wish they would use the entrance fee to pave the rest of the lot, because not all of us drive big honking trucks that can handle accidentally falling into the massive pot hole in the poorly lit lot. I do like that they've now added a big watch tower over the parking lot, which makes the laides (me) feel somewhat safer.
Capt


Dec. 16, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

I received a survey form from SPA that I thought was worth the effort in filling it out. It covered a variety of issues:
home run limits, max runs/inning, tournament format, pitch count, ratings and etc. I believe that it is important that senior softball association provide an outlet for player's feedback. Just my two cents worth on this subject.
Capt
Dec. 15, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A Moment of Silence

Some thingS cannot be explained why they happen, the tragedy in Newtown, CT defies any explanation.
As you release this butterfly in honor of me,
know that I'm with you and will always be.
Hold a hand, say a prayer,
close your eyes and see me there.
Although you may feel a bit torn apart,
please know that I'll be forever in your heart.
Now fly away butterfly as high as you can go,
I'm right there with you more than you know.

Dec. 13, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

There are many factors that go into rating a team, I believe that we have two (2) benchmark tournaments, Reno & the World Championships. I have played in both the 60's and 65's AAA bracket and usually there are twenty plus teams that are entered in these brackets and at the World Championship for the 60's AAA there were thirty eight (38) teams, these tournaments provide a realization if your team is in the upper, middle, or lower tier in your classification. These tournaments should be weighted differently in the overall scheme of tournaments when it comes to a team rating.
Capt
Dec. 11, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

Should the SSUSA Rating Committee determine what a team rating is based on their won/lost record, runs allowed, runs differential,& roster? Thus eliminating the appeal process, since SSUSA has all of the team stats for tournament(s) played. Ratings would be done after the World Championship Tournament.
Capt
Dec. 3, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Toys for Tots

LP, we had a good time and the tournament was for a good cause. The ball didn't bounce our way, congrats to the 60's winners. Maybe next year, consider using a 52/275 or 52/300 ball that would restrict the flight of the ball and level the playing field.
Capt
Nov. 30, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softballs

Thanks for info, what about Easton Alum 28oz bat, would that be a good bat for this type of softball?
Capt
Nov. 27, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softballs

What I remember aboutthe ball they were using it was more like a rubber ball, I don't know if they used special bats. We are playing in a tournament that will be using a similiar ball, just trying to figure it out what is the best bat to use. I talked to Corky and he recommended a heavier bat and that does not have the trampoline effect, a harder bat.
Will pull out an old alum bat and give it a try.
Capt
Nov. 27, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softballs

I think in 2010, there was a Japanese team in the Phoenix Tournament and they were using a softball that they use in league play. Does anyone know anything about this ball?
Nov. 27, 2012
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching screen

We use a pitching screen when we practice, our league has open practice three (3) days a week.
We got a pitching screen from Corky, it is compact and easy to setup and tear down, it fits into approx. 6"x 36" container that is part of the setup. If a league is going to use a screen this is the one to use.
Capt
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