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Dec. 30, 2013
The Kid
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: All the hate on DBO with senior bats...how about this?

I have said it before and I will say it again ---I am truly saddened to see the direction SSUSA has chosen to take on rule changes pertaining to homeruns. When you mandate homeruns in excess of the inappropriate lower limits you have established, you increase the level of injury to all infielders, and this is especially true for the pitcher. No single rule change could be more detrimental to the Major and Major + brackets. Your excess home run out rule has just increased the level of danger to all players and diminished the sport in general. Actions of this type are primary reasons why so many players and teams had turned away from SPA. Your actions will probably send them back. More and more players and teams will be leaving your organization to play in non sanctioned tournaments in which they can still go for the homerun. Show me a player who claims to not wish to be able to hit a home run and I will show you a liar or a person who should find something less challenging to do with his time for they are not actually ball players. Any player who approves this type of restriction should work to increase his or her ability rather than work to drag this fine sport down to there level. I further believe that mandating the use of facemasks is inappropriate. The last thing I want to worry about while fielding a ball is the possibility of loosing sight of it while making a play. If a pitcher wishes to use one fine. Let him do so but don't mandate it. Many pitchers will object to the mandate but will certainly accept the use voluntarily. I consider this decision to be ill-conceived and can certainly see a time when a pitcher is hurt while using a mask and believes that his view was obstructed because of it. This could certainly be considered grounds for a law suit. Over the last few years we seem to see more and more rule changes which hinder the more competitive ball players and most notably the hard hitters. The name of this game is (Slow Pitch)and that is a hitters game!
Nov. 27, 2013
The Kid
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: TX 65 Travel Team Looking for Players

What city are you in? How often do you intend to play? Do you intend to make all the THCC tournaments in Texas and will you go to the big ones in Reno, and Las Vegas? What positions do you need?
May 29, 2013
The Kid
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heart of Texas (Georgetown)

No the tournament was not perfect but not everything can always be done to satisfy all of us. I did not care for the 2&2 count and no one said the 2&2 count was ideal but we did have a vote on it and few people at the managers meeting voiced opposition. One thing that would help a lot is to have enough teams in age and skill level brackets to prevent the co-mingeling and diferential awarding of runs. We can't blame the organization for that or the actions of mother nature. It was not perfect but it was a lot better than the other options available to us seniors. I think these guys will listen to the comments and do the best they can given the cards they are delt.
May 23, 2011
The Kid
Topic: Bats
Discussion: curious umpire

The endcap you mentioned on the Combat is stock. The nuts they use have a relatively consistant weight. This makes it simple. X number of nuts go into X weight bats. It works well.
Jan. 16, 2009
The Kid
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

Guys, The one thing we all share is a love for the game. The bigest problem with this game is that we as people tend to try to change it too much. Why follow the lead of organizations like ASA. If they are so good why do you think these other organizations exist? Why does a ASA western national mens B draw only 12 teams and most are from the town holding the tournament??? I bet Ridge is at church thanking the one above for the home run rule changes SSUSA has made. Amen
Jan. 2, 2009
The Kid
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Personal Perspectives on New Home Run Rule

I am truly saddened to see the direction SSUSA has chosen to take on rule changes pertaining to homeruns. When you mandate homeruns in excess of the inappropriate lower limits you have established, you increase the level of injury to all infielders, and this is especially true for the pitcher. No single rule change could be more detrimental to the Major and Major + brackets. Your excess home run out rule has just increased the level of danger to all players and diminished the sport in general. Actions of this type are primary reasons why so many players and teams had turned away from SPA. Your actions will probably send them back. More and more players and teams will be leaving your organization to play in non sanctioned tournaments in which they can still go for the homerun. Show me a player who claims to not wish to be able to hit a home run and I will show you a liar or a person who should find something less challenging to do with his time for they are not actually ball players. Any player who approves this type of restriction should work to increase his or her ability rather than work to drag this fine sport down to there level.
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