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Nov. 18, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching Mask

I want to like the Rip-It--metal construction and better visibility on ground balls near your feet. But the one I bought two years ago just didn't fit. They were made for girls softball pitchers and the largest size didn't accommodate my head comfortably. I bought it on-line because no local sports store had it in stock.

I suggest you try it on before buying. Now that more and more pitchers are wearing a pitching mask, they may be making larger sizes, particularly with the newer model I hear about with a top bill to help with pitching into the sun.

If it fits mad dog, it may suit you and be a winner. Let us know if it fits you.
Nov. 11, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Something to consider!

Duke, you're right that it is only fair to alternate the Cal Cup between north and south. I'll suggest to my team that we try to make it to the southland this year.
Nov. 9, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

stick8's interpretation is probably fairer. Here is a real situation from last season. I am pitching and there's a man on second. An easy two-bouncer comes at me on my right side. Somehow my brain freezes--I not only don't field the ball, I don't even touch it as it bounces over my glove. The guy on second assumed I would field it and didn't want to be thrown out at third, so he is holding near the bag. When I miss it, he takes off.

In this real situation, by the time the ball reaches him it is going so slowly a turtle could jump over it and he is one of the batters that made my middle infielder play deep on the grass. (I guess I could claim my pitch fooled him!) Had it somehow hit him, I'm hoping the ump calls it a live ball since I misplayed it, not an out because I did not get a glove on it.

This is one of those plays that makes me occasionally wonder if I should still be pitching and fielding so close! :-) Nah! Most pitchers are crazy anyway about standing 50 feet from a Miken-struck hot ball (we use the Baden Fire Ball in NCSSA tournaments).
Nov. 1, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

Wasn't there and haven't talked to anyone who saw it, so I don't know how much the other teammates tried to play peacemaker. If they did, it's a shame they were caught up with the suspension. But according to SSUSA's initial statement, the issue went beyond name calling and a few guys getting into it.

"Umpires and the Field Director reported that both teams showed extreme disrespect to umpires, the other team, the women and children watching the games and the Director during their championship game on Sunday."

SSUSA also noted that one of the teams had been suspended recently for the same behavior! Unlikely it is still the same guys, but SSUSA evidently thought it was a continuum.

I agree with the wood that this is not uncommon in softball (as much as we like to think we are mature men), and sometimes it is only a single loudmouth who can get it started, especially if someone on the other team responds. And yes, it usually only takes a few peacemakers to work on their own teammates to avoid escalation. I have admired managers whom I've played for who have this ability to calm down their overheated players. But don't wait for the manager to do it!
Nov. 1, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Boombah Turf shoes

I've had a great experience with the Tanel turf shoes. So comfortable that I don't change out of them at a tournament but wear them throughout the day. Our league play is also on artificial turf, so I get about 150 games out of them before I buy another pair. Only one in the last 5 years has actually worn out where threads have loosened on the side. The others just lost their edge a bit, so I wanted sharper turf "spikes". I do wear regular spikes in tournaments when I play on a dirt infield, so I don't have a lot of experience wearing Tanel turf shoes on dirt. A couple of my teammates wear them all the time, and they claim they work well on dirt.
Oct. 23, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

jrd231, fantastic success story of accommodating umps and good sportsman manager. Of course some TDs would complain because it upsets their schedule, but player safety should come first.
Oct. 23, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Umpires

paul0784, I have played in games with Tommy umping and you are correct that he is a role model. I don't know how he has the energy for a whole day to run out on the field for every call at first and home, stay consistent, always in charge, never biased or argumentative. Makes you appreciate umps who love the game and try hard like him, even if they don't have his stamina.
Oct. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

softball4b, sorry to misunderstand. I have personally seen guys dunk their towels or kerchiefs in the water cooler because it is faster and less messy than coming from the spigot--one of the reasons I never drink from any water cooler in the dugout and bring my own small container of water.

And I would agree that the story of the guy who plunged his twisted ankle into the icy water is likely an urban myth--we have heard of it, but no one seems to have witnessed it. It would take quite a Neanderthal, as gott2play says, to do that in front of his teammates, and I would rather not play with Neanderthals (unless they can hit it 400 feet LOL).


Oct. 18, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

Sparky.1, I have to agree with cal50 here. Guys on two teams get into a shouting/shoving match, they involve the fans as well, and SSUSA lowers the boom and suspends both teams.

No entry fees for next year from these two teams. Angry players who feel they were innocent and might play on other teams as well but can't because of the suspension. Disruption of a tournament with two missing teams.

How do those actions represent a greedy profit-at-all cost attitude? Seems like SSUSA loses profit because of a principled action.
Oct. 18, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

softball4b speaks definitively that this is an urban myth because he did not get sick after drinking water at Sunset. I assume he went to every dugout and drank from every cooler to be sure none of the eight were contaminated.

If it is an urban myth...
Davy is confused when he states the six who drank all got ill and the eight who didn't drink remained healthy...
the Las Vegas Doctor didn't know what he was talking about when he diagnosed one of the six as NOT having the flu...
Dbax was mistaken that one of the wives got food poisoning--it was the flu...
gary#27 drank the water at Sunset and got sick but it was just a coincidence...
Mark44 had food poisoning after Sunset, evidently not the flu but another coincidence...
Mr. Manassas also had six teammates who got sick after drinking water at Sunset but he too was mistaken like Davy...
Mulewhipper drank the water at Sunset and was ill--just another coincidence...
Stick8 had a teammate in ICU after Sunset, and it was not the flu, but again L.V. doctors don't know much...
bkb555 has a friend who was the only one who drank water at Sunset on his team and the only one to get sick--what a string of coincidences.

Also note that none of the flu that softball4b attributes this too was contagious since teammates in close quarters in the dugouts did not get sick, only the water drinkers. Hmmmmmmm

Maybe softball4b can tell us his inside knowledge as to why this is just an urban myth.
Oct. 17, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

FOFO, you are probably right about LVSSA. Doesn't change the point that SSUSA should register its alarm.

Problem with LVSSA doing the water coolers is that they probably pick them up from all the fields and store them somewhere. If there is a contaminated cooler, how do you find it among the 20-30 in some storage area? But perhaps LVSSA has permission to store them at each field? Our club has some privileges like that since we are such frequent and year-round users of the fields.

As to dunking a towel, or even feet! in the cooler, what grown man would do that? And who, seeing it, would drink after it? No way any field or association can protect against such behavior. Do the same adult dunkers use the cooler as a spittoon as well? LOL
Oct. 16, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Yikes! JDub makes it serious. Now that I remember, my grandfather died of drinking tainted water (never met him, he was just a young husband and father when he died).

Considering the number of reports on this website about Sunset Park, seems like it should be seriously looked into. Perhaps SSUSA can forward these concerns to the park management.
Oct. 15, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Redwood City in California also provides small bottles of water by the hundreds at its tournaments. Plenty of money to provide that within the tournament fee if they are bought in bulk at a warehouse club.
Oct. 15, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad state of affirs at Huntsman.

softball4B well said and amen.
Oct. 10, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

the wood, I would allow all truly qualifying teams (those who actually won official qualifiers) to ensure a spot up to the deadline. Then I would allow all champions from last year the same privilege. After that, it would be first come, first served until the tournament filled up (and filled up would be playing on decent fields and schedules that avoid hurry-up game shortening for evening leagues and consideration for sun problems that make the games either ludicrous or dangerous).
Oct. 10, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

Sure, it could be a Vegas thing, but Davy's original post was definitive that those who drank their own water were not affected and the six that drank out of the jug became ill. Also, the doctor diagnosed it as definitely a bacterial intestinal infection. If SSUSA has to pay for the water to be provided, they should protest and get a refund, hinting that there could be legal action. If the parks just routinely do this for softball players, they should at least be notified and change their hygiene practices. Won't help with the guy who plunges his twisted ankle into the jug! LOL

Marv is right. I never drink out of the water jug, but bring my own. And, like mad dog, I have never been challenged at BLD for bringing in my 1/2 gallon water jug which I tell the attendant up front is water. If I were challenged, I would open the top and pour some out so the attendant knows it is water. Don't be scared by the sign about no outside beverages. On the other hand, I was wandering in after a lunch break once with a Pepsi cup and legitimately was asked to dump it, which I did.
Sept. 21, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Teams to beat in 60's AAA or Who you don't want to see in your first bracket game.

Very creative bracketing. I like it. Let's see how players like it after the tourney is over.
Sept. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hr or out

I never played hit and sit, although it makes a lot of sense. However, I bet there are times on a sweltering afternoon when the hitter stands there admiring his "home run", only to see it hit high on the fence and then he has to hustle to try to get a double out of it.
Sept. 19, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hr or out

stick8, I would think third out at home...and a very angry home run hitter (not to mention coach), but if crusher is correct, the ump is not even watching the runners on base, but following the ball to see if it clears the fence, then to see if the hitter touches first, and then stops watching or just senses that the runners went toward the next base. Unless the runner on third ran in front of a lazy ump parked behind home, or stepped on his toe, touching the wrong home plate would probably be missed.
Sept. 17, 2013
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hr or out

I agree with BruceinGa that batter is safe once he touches first base. Change the scenario slightly. Batter hits a long ball, hoping for a double, maybe a triple, so he barrels down to first only to see that the ball has flown over the fence as he makes the turn at first. He strolls back to pick up his bat and in doing so steps on home plate. Out? I think not. Once ump has called home run, and batter touches first, he can run around the bases, do cartwheels, moon the opposing team's dugout, go back for his bat, whatever and it is still a homerun. However, some of these activities are not recommended if he is the pitcher as the other team might choose to buzz the control tower in their next at bat.
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