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Alan Gohlke

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Plano, TX

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Men's 55

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Jan. 24, 2014
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat policy

I just corresponded with George at SSUSA to get a clarification on the new 2014 bat rule/policy. He responded very promptly.

Question setup - there are Miken Ultra 2's (black, red and grey) manufactured in early 2013 AND PRIOR that have 1.20 stamped on them AND the SSUSA Approved stamp, and not the 1.21 stamp. I believe Miken switched to the 1.21 stamp (still with the SSUSA Approved stamp) sometime in early to mid 2013 but I am not sure, and I am quite sure that now they are only manufacturing them with the 1.21 stamp (with the SSUSA Approved stamp). As it relates to bats manufactured prior to January 1, 2014, the new 2014 SSUSA bat policy states: All approved bats (1.21 bpf) manufactured before 2014 are allowed - so my question to George was: Do Miken bats manufactured prior to January 1, 2014 that have the 1.20 stamp and the SSUSA Approved stamp still legal for SSUSA play in 2014 and beyond?

His answer was: Yes, they have been grandfathered in.

So SSUSA approved bats manufactured prior to January 1, 2014 that have the 1.20 stamp are legal for play in SSUSA in 2014.

The current SSUSA bat policy statement that currently says All approved bats (1.21 bpf) manufactured before 2014 are allowed is misleading because it has the 1.21 qualifier when that is not accurate.

I asked George to change the language and to take out the 1.21 specification for bats manufactured prior to 2014.

I hope this makes sense to everyone.

Alan
Aug. 7, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 yrs old team in Dallas

Larry: my name is Alan and I have a 50 and over baskeball league team. The fall season starts on September 8. We play on Sunday nights only. Email me your height, weight and playing experience and I will see what I can do. We also play 50 and over pick up ball 3 times a week in Plano and I can give you details on that also. We can also talk about some senior softball. ...alangohlke@AOL.com.
Aug. 7, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 yrs old team in Dallas

Larry: my name is Alan and I have a 50 and over baskeball league team. The fall season starts on September 8. We play on Sunday nights only. Email me your height, weight and playing experience and I will see what I can do. We also play 50 and over pick up ball 3 times a week in Plano and I can give you details on that also. We can also talk about some senior softball. ...alangohlke@AOL.com.
Aug. 5, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55+ Dallas area tournament player looking for new team

Eligible next year. Already thinking of you!
July 28, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55+ Dallas area tournament player looking for new team

TTT
July 18, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55+ Dallas area tournament player looking for new team

Our tournament team disbanded last week. I have been playing senior tournament ball for many years now. I play 2nd base as my primary position but I could also play 3rd or 1st if necessary. Any TX, AR, LA or NM 55+ AAA team (have also played 50 major) need a player? I can travel and am always at the tournaments i commit to.
July 3, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: TEXAS 55's looking for a tournament team to play regularly

Crash: email me at alangohlke@aol.com. I might be able to hook you up with a Dallas based tournament team.
July 3, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championships - How were the fields and other Facilities?

Terrible fields, bags searched at entry, long walk to the back fields, and...I haven't heard this complaint yet, but the players had to go through the fan area to get to the dugouts and with the teams in the seating area getting ready for the next game, and the fans, and the fact that the ailes were way to slim, made for impassable walkways. The infields of every field we played on were full of rocks, small pebbles, and dirt dunes, and contrary to a post above, they did not water/maintain the fields in between games. That only happened once that I saw in preparation of one 50 Major game getting ready to be played. Terible location, terrible complex.

Kiest in Dallas wins, hands down!
April 29, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Stutter Step

I "walk the box" and learned to do so as a result of playing unlimited arc ball in Chicago. For those of you that have never played unlimited arc, I can tell you there were pitchers that could put the ball 25-30 feet or more in the air and drop it just off the point of the back of home plate. Very difficult to be effective against a great unlimited arc pitcher and there were many more ground balls in that format than now.

Anyway, although I still "walk the box" as I feel it helps me get my momentum moving forward for more power, and it helps my accuracy when hitting line drives, and probably most important for me, it helps me make contact with the ball in front of the plate, I am beginning to wonder if it is the best thing to do. When I see the big hitters in USSSA conference softball hit or the big power hitters in senior tournament ball, none of them "walk the box" and when I hear them talk about hitting and they comment about someone that "walks the box" they all say that they do not like that much movement in the swing and I am figuring who would know better than them? I guess for me, I have been doing it for so long, that I have made it work for me.
April 1, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 55+ team

Email me at alangohlke@aol.com and we can discuss further. I coach and play on a Dallas based 55+ AAA level tournament team.
March 17, 2013
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 55+ team

League team only, tournament team only, both?

What is your best defensive position? Can you run your own bases? Are you there when you say you are going to be there? How long has it been since you have played in a league or as a regular player on a tournament team? What is your height and weight?

If a tournament team is one of your desires, do you have:

1. the money to travel - I will take a rough estimate and say it will cost about $2,000 to play a full annual tournament schedule, maybe more. If you have to pay your fair share of tournament entry fees, definitely more.
2. an understanding wife that will let you travel on weekends to play softball?
3. a job that will not get in the way of weekend travel with the need to be off at least 2 Fridays and at least one Thursday for the big national/world tournaments?

Nov. 13, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make the Call

Assuming the original poster meant to say foul territory and not "out of bounds" (meaning "out of play") because it is implausible to me that a 1st baseman can field a fair ball and then drop it so that it rolls or flies into the dugout, or flies over the fence next to the dugout into the "out of play" area, or rolls under the fence into the "out of play' area AND have the 1st baseman be able to retrieve it, and get back to first to make the put out before the batter can get to first. Until the original poster clears this up, assuming my assumption that he meant foul territory instead of "out of play", here I believe, is the correct ruling.

Here is the applicable rule in the SSUSA rule book:

8.4 AFTER GETTING A HIT
8.4 (1) BATTER/RUNNER REACHING FIRST BASE
Each batter must reach first base without the aid of a courtesy runner. A Double Bag shall be used at first base, the double portion of the bag being in foul territory abutting first base. If there is a play on a batter/runner going to first base, the batter/runner must touch the portion of the Double Bag extending into foul territory. He will be called out if he fails to do so, except, in the umpire’s judgment, the batter-runner is avoiding a collision. This is NOT an appeal play.
Important: The defending player has only the white base, in fair
territory, to make the putout; his touch of only the bag in foul territory will not result in an out.

Assuming the runner was not out via the "give up" rule mentioned in my previous post above, the key wording in the rule is the following wording in the last sentence of the rule above "his touch of only the bag in foul territory will not result in an out."

The rule does not say that the defensive player only gets one chance to hit one side of the bag, and it better be the correct side. In fact, the defensive player could have hit the orange bag 5 times as long as he touched the white bag before the batter got there. The fact as given by the original poster, is that the defensive player, whether it was the 1st baseman or the pitcher with the ball, touched the white part of the bag before the runner touched the orange part of the bag, so...the batter is out.

It does not seem that the original poster meant for the discrepancy to be whether the ball was "out of play" or not, but rather the issue seems to be that the fielder touched the orange bag before touching the white bag. If this is the controversy, the runner is out by rule.


Nov. 13, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make the Call

In the words of Lee Corso...not so fast my friend.

This is probably not true because the original poster only says the runner stopped running, but if the runner had stopped running and moved in the on deck or team area, he would be out no matter what due to what is generally known as the "give up" rule:

C. When he fails to advance to first base and enters his team area
after a batted fair ball, a base on balls, or catcher obstruction. EFFECT:
The ball is dead, the batter-runner is out and runners cannot
advance.

The ball is/was fair if it was hit as described, between the first baseman and the bag.
Oct. 18, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

For what it is worth, my opinion is that the 2/3 is a far more preferred format than the 3/2. I wish SPA would go to the 2/3 for their national championships.
Oct. 4, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas 55AAA

Gonzales Insulation won the 55AAA in Vegas and the 55AAA in Dalton. Not a bad year for them! Congratulations to my Texas brethren.
July 27, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

Additionally, I still play young guy USSSA ball and when a higher rated team plays a lower rated team, they only have to give 3 runs and every inning is an open inning! (The higher rated team does have to play to the lower rated team's home run rules.)
July 27, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

ShaneV: your point about hitting at lower rated defenses and vice versa as another consideration of why an equalizer is necessary is a good one, but I am not suggesting that the lower rated team should not get an equalizer. I am suggesting an equalizer, but not an advantage and the current system creates an advantage.

My team does not average 5 runs maximum per inning, which in a 7 inning game is 35 runs per game as an average for every game played, (with only scoring 5 in the open 7th inning in this example). No AAA team I know of averages 35 runs per game and in fact, no major team I know of averages 35 runs per game when there is a 5 run per inning maximum for innings 1-6. My point is we do not average 5 runs per inning and even if we do score 5 runs in the inning, when the other team gets to go to 6 we have absolutely lost that inning, by rule.

My desire would be to give the lower rated team an extra run to help them to get to the 5 run max which is a huge handicap in my opinion since we do not average scoring 5 runs per inning, but don't let them get to 6 because by rule, my team cannot match that.

For those that think that spotting 5 runs is no big deal, I would agree if there were not 5 run maximum innings. Raise the runs per inning allowed, or help them get to 5 if that is the limit, but not over.

July 26, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

Guys: some of the posters in this thread understand my complaint, some are just taking my post in another direction, and some don't understand the issue clearly, I think because they think a team can actually hit to score their 6 runs in an inning. Just to clarify, here are the facts of the 5 run per inning limit and the 5 run spot rule in SSUSA.

To start either team is limited to 5 actual runs scored per inning, by rule.

However, when a higher rated team plays a lower rated team, the lower rated team gets 5 runs added to thier total score in the following fashion, 1 extra run is given to them in each of the 2nd through 6th innings, no matter what, even if they have already achieved their 5 run maximum allowed in an inning. So, if the lower rated team scores 2 in the second inning, they are given an extra run to get them to 3 for the inning. If they actaully score 5 runs in the 3rd inning (which is the limit through actual softball play) they are given another run so they get a score of 6 for the 3rd inning, while the higher rated team is limited to 5 in the 3rd inning. The lower rated team will always get their one extra run per inning, even if they score their 5 run limit in any inning. So...if the lower rated team happens to score 5 runs in innings 2 through 6 they will have 30 runs total for those 5 innings (25 actual runs scored and the 5 extra runs given to them at the rate of 1 per inning) while the higher rated team is limited to 25 runs total for those 5 innings as the higher rated team can only score a maximum of 5 runs per inning.

This is not a handicap or an equalizer! The higher rated team is giving the lower rated team AN ADVANTAGE, and that is my argument about this system.

Helping the lower rated team to get to 5 as a maximum by giving them one run would be acceptable to me, but not allow them to get to 6. I guess I would consider that a fair handicap or equalizer, but I do not agree with them gettting an ADVANTAGE by giving them a 6th run that the higher rated team cannot match, by rule.

DC Pete gets my complaint when he says this: "Why not just the opposite? If the Lower team scores their 5 runs they don't get an extra 6th run. If they get anything less than 5 runs then they get the 1 extra run in each inning they come up short."

And Allan 55 gets my complaint when he says "I like your idea. A true handicap is when you help a team. This does not mean giving a team an advantage. If a team scores five runs in an inning, it doesn't need any handicap help. If the team scores only three runs in an inning, they do need help and should receive only one run. The team receiving the handicap could receive no more than five total runs per game using this method."

I am not complaining about, or saying that the lower rated team should not get a handicap or equalizer. I am saying they should not get an advantage!

July 25, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

Guys as the original poster, my point was not to debate the merits of giving runs. It was to say that allowwing one team to go to six runs per inning whlle limiting the other to five is not a good system. That is not a handicap or an equalizer. It is an advantage to the team that can get to six while the other can only get to five and therin lies my complaint.
July 23, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

This has probably been discussed before but I thought I would add my two cents. I think the 5 run spot that allows a team to go to 6 runs per inning while limiting the other team to 5 is unfair to the team spotting the runs when you have 5 run limited innings. I would use to support my argument the handicap system in bowling and golf as I think the logic is similar and applies.

In golf there is a handicap system that relates to total par for the course and the handicap in golf is designed to get everyone close to par so there can be a fair playing field (in handicap events). In bowling the current par relative to handicap is 220 (at least for the leagues I bowl in). To use bowling as an example as it relates to our 5 run spot rule, you can't limit a team to 5 while allowing another team to go to 6...you can't limit the 220 average bowler to a maximum score of 220 while giving the 200 bowler (an analogous situation to Major to AAA or AAA to AA in my opinion) the handicap pins that allow them to score 230 while limiting the better player to 220. Get the lower rated bowler to 220 to match the 22 average bowler, and then let the better bowler for that game win.

I would submit that if par in our tournaments is 5 runs per inning, help the lower team get to par but don't allow them an unfair advantage by allowing them to beat par when the competitor is not allowed to beat par. Allowing a lower rated team to go to 6 runs per inning is not a handicap or an equalizer, it creates an advantage for them.

I could even buy off on giving the lower rated team 1 run per inning as a handicap for all 7 innings as long as both teams have the 5 runs per inning limit and then the open inning.


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