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Real name:
Alan Gohlke

Location:
Plano, TX

Division:
Men's 55

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Nov. 23, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What a year!

Spoonplugger: forget all the softball talk, how you making out with them spoonplugs? I prefer the larger ones in the white color trolled very near bottom. Will catch anything in the lake.
Aug. 31, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA IN BOERNE

Texas Silverbacks 50 Major team will add what most of you that were there already know:

1. Not enough fields which caused unbearable delays. We were supposed to play at 10:20 AM Sunday morning and did not play until around 1PM. We could not leave and come back because the two teams that were playing in front of us were playing a best out of three and you did not know when they would be done. Of course it went the full three and we were just sitting there trying to stay cool in the hot sun. We were in the 50 Major championship game and did not get done and into the parking lot until 7PM and most of us had a 5 hour drive back to the Dallas area and we lost two players because they had to leave to catch flights so we had to finish with 10 players which did not help.
2. no shade, no shade, no shade
3. field 3/11 was the worst field I have played on in senior tournament softball or any tournament for that matter. The infield near 2nd base was a rock filled sand pit and caused many dangerous bad hops at any level but certainly at the Major level in addition to causing two players I saw to fall down as they approached second base because they hit a sort of gully that was in front of second base. The outfield was spur filled and there were several instances where the outfielder picked the ball up to throw it in and had to pull spurs out of his hand.
4. Getting issued 4 balls in the begining of the tournament is not enough when it was a 5 game guarantee. He should give out 6 balls minimum even if it cost a bit more to enter.

But Kieth knows these things and I think is going to move the tournament next year...to Dallas I hope :)

Congratulations to Austin Rock for winning the 50 Major. We had them both times we played them until they put up 10 in the buffet inning in the first game we played against them in pool to lose by 1 and then they put up 12 in the buffet inning of the championship game.
July 19, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So who won the 50 Major in Dalton?

Or better yet, the top 5 please.
April 29, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA TOURNAMENT IN BAYTOWN THIS PAST WEEKEND

We played the 50 Major in Baytown this past weekend. The umpire in charge knew what he was doing but the umpiring in our games were very bad. Probably the worst I have seen in some time. Other than that, Layla and SPA put on a pretty good tournament, for the 50 Major anyway.

March 31, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Age 50: Looking to join a team in Texas

Played Carilto's several times. Good team and a good bunch of guys.

Alan
March 31, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Age 50: Looking to join a team in Texas

Email more details about yourself including height, weight, tournament team experience, ability to run your own bases, home run power ability, average tournament (not league) batting average, and most important your abilty to travel and afford travel and share of tournament expenses to alangohlke@aol.com.

Alan
Coach, Texas Silverbacks Major Tournament Softball team
Jan. 21, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tanel R.A.G.E, Bat Bag Question

The military duffel bag may be a solution but I also want a rolling bat bag to take into the park and Tanel seems to have a very large and nice rolling bat bag but I need and want lockable zippers.
Jan. 21, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tanel R.A.G.E, Bat Bag Question

I am considering buying a Tanel Rage bat bag. An important feature that I need in a bat bag are lockable zippers where there are two zipper handles with holes in each zipper handle that meet in the middle of the pouch you are trying to close and where a small lock can be used to lock the two zipper handles. This is particularly important for the bat carrier storage compartment for air travel. Has anyone made a recent purchase of this bag and does it have lockable zippers on all of the storage compartments or just some of them and if it is just some of them, which ones.

The Tanel web site relative to this product says that it has lock accomodating zippers to protect valuables and I am wondering if that means that all the zippers are lock accomodating or just one pouch where one might be expected to store money and other valuables. When I looked at this bag at the 2009 World Tournament in Phoenix, I think I remember not buying the bag because it did not have a lockable zipper for the bat compartment. Maybe they came out with a 2010 model that has lock accomodating zippers for all zippers.

With multiple bats worth $500 or more, a glove that is broke in just right for you,and spikes needing to travel, I can't believe the bat bag manufacturers haven't figured out this player need. Most of the bat bags do not have lockable zippers.

Any help would be appreciated.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

Actually I had a similar post on this board a few months ago requesting SSUSA to put the 1 UP rule back in for all divisions. I am just a believer that the 1 UP rule makes the senior game much better.

I have been at the SPA National in Dalton every year they have had it there and for every year they had it in Plano.

I am not sure if I was clear enough but I did not mean the small fields in Dalton as they were fine and the complex is great (the chance of rain for the area is a risk though), I meant the small field of teams. There were only 11 teams at the SPA National AAA division in 2009. That is not a very good showing.

I agree, Bruce can now have his thread back. I actually met Bruce at the 2009 SPA 2009 AAA National this past year. He is a great sportsman.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

Wagon 487: You are promulgating the idea that 1 UP is not needed in AAA and that a team that wants 1 UP in AAA should move to Major. By your logic, the major teams who seem to want 1 UP because they have it, should move up to Major + correct? Based on what you are suggesting for AAA, why doesn't your team move to Major +? How would you like it if Major did not have the 1 UP rule, would you then move up to Major + because there was no 1 Up in Major? My guess is that you would still have a Major team in that situation and the better answer would be to have 1 UP in Major versus your team moving to Major +. If you agree, why would it be any different for AAA or even AA for that matter?

In actuality based on my memory (which I admit :) I am getting older) there were more teams when there was the 1 UP rule in all levels of SPA. At least that is how I remember it.

I have never seen such small fields of teams at the SPA National...for AAA anyway. There were 12 teams registered and only 11 showed in 2009. They used to have 18-24 teams. High cost of the tournaments is certainly a factor but I also think that most teams would prefer the 1 UP in all levels of play.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

Wagon 487: You are promulgating the idea that 1 UP is not needed in AAA and that a team that wants 1 UP in AAA should move to Major. By your logic, the major teams who seem to want 1 UP because they have it, should move up to Major + correct? Based on what you are suggesting for AAA, why doesn't your team move to Major +? How would you like it if Major did not have the 1 UP rule, would you then move up to Major + because there was no 1 Up in Major? My guess is that you would still have a Major team in that situation and the better answer would be to have 1 UP in Major versus your team moving to Major +. If you agree, why would it be any different for AAA or even AA for that matter?

In actuality based on my memory (which I admit :) I am getting older) there were more teams when there was the 1 UP rule in all levels of SPA. At least that is how I remember it.

I have never seen such small fields of teams at the SPA National...for AAA anyway. There were 12 teams registered and only 11 showed in 2009. They used to have 18-24 teams. High cost of the tournaments is certainly a factor but I also think that most teams would prefer the 1 UP in all levels of play.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

I am not here to argue with you.
My comments remain the same.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

AAA is four day starting play on Thursday and ending on Sunday.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

Don't have 1 up in AAA and for me, high pitches were a problem at most tournaments.
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

I forgot to let you know that in my general comments I suggested that SPA's national tourney is 3 days instead of 4. Anyone agree?
Jan. 2, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

Filled out my SPA survey. Not a bad survey. The general comments or questions at the end did not have enough character capability. I was like 350 over and had to delete some of my wants/desires/ideas.

In the general comments at the end I let them know that I felt the high tournament fees were limiting attendance, the 1 up rule should be back, their national should be moved to a destination with less risk for rain at that time of year, and their umps needed to call high pitches illegal which in my experience, they have never been very good at doing.

Anyone agree with me?
Dec. 31, 2009
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Top 10 things I learned from this message board in 2009:

I know spoonplugger can speak for himself but my guess is that he is pretty good fishing with spoonplugs and more specifically the Buck Perry spoonplug trolling method. I know it works for me.
Dec. 7, 2009
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home Run Rule?

Texas Silverbacks would like the 1-Up rule back whatever the initial number of home runs is. Since we play AAA I will comment that we would like 3 HRs and then 1-Up. Don't really have an opinion about when you reach your 3 and the other team hasn't...whether additional home runs should be an out or a single. If forced to vote on singles or outs, we would say 3 HRs, 1-Up, singles.

PlanoPlayer
Dec. 7, 2009
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question for SSUSA staff/Rules Committee

I noticed in the recap of the rules committee meeting there is no mention of the one up rule being discussed for re-implementation.

I am not sure if I followed the right procedure but about a month before themeeting I asked via this message board, that the one up rule be brought for discussion and for it to be reinstated at the meeting because our team wanted the one up rule back and there were many team managers that responded to my post with support for bringing the one up rule back.

Does the one up rule have to come out of the rules committee and the meeting that recently concluded or can it still be put back in without benefit of rules committee discussion?
Nov. 7, 2009
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My team wants the one up rule back in SSUSA

We are a little bit all over the place now. I would like to see team managers continue to show their support for the 1 up rule via this thread so that SSUSA gets the message.

I am not sure if I like singles or outs after the HR limit is met because there are good pros and cons to each. But right now it is 3 HR in AAA with outs after and no one up. Speaking for the Texas Silverbacks, we would like the one up rule back, even if they keep outs after the limit and would prefer singles after the limit if SSUSA would make both changes.

If we could, let's try to keep this thread focused on the one up rule, because I have a feeling most teams would like this rule back.

Thanks.
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