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July 7, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team

tg69, I wonder if his dad plans to still be alive to watch him play?!
June 18, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

WD? Wooden deck? Western Drive? Whistling driver? Workout diamond? Whittling device? Wife's derriere?

Wildtimes, loved your comment that batting practice is not to gain further bad habits. Know a lot of guys that become fair bad ball hitters because they swing at everything thrown them and other guys who reinforce bad habits because they are determined to hit the entire bucket in their turn, even if their shoulders or arms are drooping from fatigue.
June 18, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

Great topic. I agree that discipline is a large part of it. Because I was hitting in the high 600s, my manager moved me to leadoff. Since then, with more responsibility to start the game off right, I am more selective and now hitting around .800 since batting leadoff. However, my slugging percentage is down a bit since I tend to hit more singles than trying to hit a long ball through the gaps.
June 12, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

One of the sweet things about senior ball is that since we are all on the decline in strength, stamina, etc., we can become better than our peers just by staying in shape or having good genetics or losing weight, etc. For example, I was never the fastest player on my teams in the past. I was usually in the top half since I gave running my all and I was slender, but there were always guys with more natural speed than me.

Now, those greyhounds are having knee or hip problems, or have gained significant weight over the years, or have a heart condition, or are paying the lung capacity price for decades of smoking, etc. and I am becoming the faster runner just by staying much the same but not diminishing as fast.
June 12, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: June, 1970

A couple of games come to mind (good topic, by the way, Southpaw)
I'm playing in a company picnic softball game in July, 1974. I'm one of the more experienced players on two coed teams, so I'm riding the ump a little bit from the bench on his calls. Naturally, I'm only challenging those that would benefit my team if reversed. But what's the ump going to do? Throw me out of a picnic game?

My team loses by fairly close score. Game over. On with the hamburgers. Game forgotten (by me). But some of the guys on my team are upset after the game. They get in the umpire's grill. Looks like it may even become physical. They are are accusing him of bias. I had no idea anyone would take this game seriously! Now I have to intervene and smooth things out. Who knew.

Second game of note.

I am in a tournament in Palm Desert. Some of the fields have no fences around the outfield. I'm playing left and hear a rustle in the bushes and cactus at the edge of the field. I go to investigate, thinking it might be a snake. Instead I find a roadrunner, an honest-to-goodness roadrunner. I walk toward it. He moves. Then I remember all those cartoons and I start running through the brush after him to see how fast he can move. I hear my manager calling. The game is starting and where is the left fielder? Red-faced I leave the bird and run to my position in the outfield.
June 5, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

rightrj1, only if we can reach the cut off man to relay and try to put out the turtle! I also warmed up with that weird heavy ball once and it made my arm sore also. Never again. Yet there are guys who swear by it. Takes all kinds, I guess.
June 4, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

rightrj1, a great question. I hope there is discussion. I never had a great arm. I never even had a decent arm! Second base or pitcher for me. I have noticed, by playing the outfield a lot more the past year, that long tossing has strengthened my arm but probably by only 15 or 20 feet. I still have a less than average arm (although it is a very accurate arm).

I can't remember a single player in my decades of softball who progressed from an average arm to a decent or good arm, never mind a strong arm. I think you are right that throwing-arm power is God-given and there is a limit to how much you can develop it.

On the other hand, I have seen players who had a strong arm lose that strength as time went by, usually by lack of use (not warming up, not coming to practice, etc.) to the point where as an older player they have a very average arm.

I wonder if there will be other opinions.
June 4, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno results

SSUSA, God's Sports explains some, but check out game 9 and game 11 in the 70+AA mens and game 21 in the 60+AA mens. Again, great job getting these scores out so promptly.
June 3, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno results

SSUSA, thanks for getting the scores and results up so promptly! It can be done!. I read the scores of all the divisions and there were a few typos where the "losing" team according to the scores posted was the one that advanced!:=)
May 30, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thinking of retireing from tourney ball

I think Mad Dog is just bored and depressed because he doesn't have einstein to argue with any more on this site.
May 30, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno results

75 AAA
1. State Roofing Systems
2. Oregon Roadrunners


May 20, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Signing a waiver protects the park, TD, or association from nice guys who honor their signature. Here are some things that can't be waived because of negligence:

Guy breaks leg in gopher hole in outfield. Maintenance negligence, especially if there are many such holes in the outfield.

Guy runs into unpadded light pole in centerfield and gets concussed. Design negligence.

Pitcher slips on watering cover behind rubber and hits head. Design negligence.

Guy slides in to base and it tears loose and runner collides with fielder. Maintenance negligence.

Batter strikes defender with batted ball and results in serious injury. Association negligence since they did not check/approve all bats and it might be altered or illegal.

Player injured and never signed waiver to start with. TD rules negligence.

The potential goes on and on. This is what lawyers would look for if there was serious money in it with a lawsuit. Caveman is right.






May 20, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Unusual play

Webbie, how right you are. You are cheering the bomb that no doubt your teammate rolled to the fence, you're expecting two more runs, and suddenly—two outs and maybe the end of the inning! Part of the excitement of senior softball and why I look forward to every game.
May 20, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tee-shirts or other prizes?

One of the best prizes I've seen recently (again this year, in fact) is a windbreaker, not only printed with the tournament name and year and designated as the champion, but also the team name! That's right, a personalized team windbreaker, and in my size!

This is the prize for Dean Perkins's Hayward, CA tournament, a $300 tournament, that draws a lot of teams from all over northern California. Of course they can't be handed out when you win, but they are hand-delivered by giving them to the manager of another local team that will be playing in the future in the same tournament in northern California as the tournament winner. We usually get them within four to five weeks this way, and with no postage costs incurred. We turn in the size preference of every player on the team to the TD, and he has them inscribed, and then gets them to us. Neat, huh?


May 15, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Golden Eagle Complex in Sparks

LS, here are a few reasons why we oldsters get Shadow Mountain instead of Golden Eagle:

Golden Eagle fields are spacious. Outfielders don't have to run as much at SM.
They have artificial turf, so there are few bad hops. What fun is that? Boring.
They have a great view of mountains and open sky. Very distracting when you want to concentrate on the game.
They have an actual restaurant, while we can enjoy the hot dogs of our youth.
The vendors tend to be there and ignore SM. No temptation saves us money.
Headquarters is there, so disputes or questions can be resolved easily. We all know how geezers enjoy arguing.
The drive to GE goes through modern malls and shopping centers. We would miss Classic Reno.
SM is close to the Sands. Otherwise you'd be stuck with Atlantis, Peppermill, Grand Sierra, etc. Too new.
There is no chance of a broken windshield parking near GE. Lots of chances at SM. Don't we all want new glass?

Just a few reasons off the top of my head.





May 14, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

This is how those wise old codgers like Fred beat you!
May 10, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Duke, I agree with you about lawsuits. Of my many injuries over the decades, it never crossed my mind to sue somebody to recover medical costs. I knew the risks, and potential injury is part of playing softball. But this is a litigious age, and suing someone, for the most trivial of reasons, seems to be more prevalent. That said, it wouldn't surprise me that in case of a serious injury, with tens of thousands of dollars of medical costs, it might prompt some player to sue to recover, especially if the association/rec department/field/player with altered bat/etc. is widely perceived as liable. And if a widow is approached by a hungry lawyer after her pitcher-husband is beaned and killed, it would take a rare woman to say "my husband knew the risks and this is just life".

On your other topic, glad to hear that leagues with single and double walls only and dumbed-down balls are booming in your area. I've argued for years that players would continue, or even return from "retirement" if conditions approached those of the past when many of those men loved softball without having to hit the long ball, and when power hitters were proud of their ability that was earned. And like you, if I was playing with single wall bats (which a majority of players use in my league play), I wouldn't mind using the current balls (which we do in our league).
May 8, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

corvette_ace and others, SSUSA is in an awkward position. They have now mandated pitchers masks for safety reasons. Why is it more dangerous now than, say, 20 years ago? The hot composite bats, which everyone agrees increase in liveliness as they get broken in, have made it dangerous to start only 50 feet away (and more dangerous for corner fielders, for that matter). The obvious solution is to ban composite bats…and any other technological design that makes the ball fly so fast and so far. But to do that is to upset the majority of older players who have become addicted to these bats. So, SSUSA takes its chances that no pitcher is seriously hurt so that a lawsuit by a sharp lawyer proves that SSUSA was aware of the overly dangerous conditions and did not take adequate steps to control the danger.

Same thing happened in a way with bowling. Bowling establishment owners learned how to goose the lanes so even the casual weekend bowler could get high scores. This did nothing for the serious bowlers who practiced and perfected their skill. The result? In 10 years, bowling went from one of the most popular participation sports to the dumps. In our area, in the 80s, there were ten bowling establishments within 12 miles from me with 300 lanes, now there is one! The sport lost its appeal as it became too easy and serious bowlers dropped the sport. Same thing, I fear, with senior softball as the participation percentage of seniors is dropping, dropping, dropping, even as more and more healthy men with softball backgrounds enter the senior years. Hot or altered bats ruined it for a lot of them, including my son who no longer plays.
May 6, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

corvette_ace, I had enough time in unlimited arc years to run back behind second base if I wanted to!:=) Now that is protection! The strike zone with that high arc was incredibly small, but if you could put it within 3 inches of the back of the plate, the ump would give you the strike. I remember one ump, especially, a pitcher himself, who just smiled and kept calling strikes if the ball was within 6 inches of the plate. He's not the ump of my one-hitter game. And I think I pitched 4 or 5 shutouts that year. It was indeed a great year!
May 6, 2014
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

corvette_ace, I could live with a high arc, even an unlimited arc (especially now as we pitch to the mat). But that might be tough to bring about. The year that ASA allowed an unlimited arc was the closest I ever came to throwing a no-hitter in slow pitch softball (one hit in the 5th inning). But boy did the batters scream! Unfair! Unhittable! And for the guys on your team who can't hit a fungo fly ball to save themselves, it was nearly unhittable. What a wonderful year for a pitcher!
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