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Nov. 18, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thoughts for the upcoming SSUSA Rules Committee meeting!

audieh,
How do you dilute teams from California with 33.8 million people and teams from From Florida with 16 million people. Those two states don't need players from touching states, much less east or west of the mississippi. The advantage is certainly in their court.
Nov. 14, 2012
Al33
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: fort myers

Hey Birdie,
It was very nice to finally get to meet you. Always nice to meet new friends and be able to put a name with a face. We had a couple of good games against you guys. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of each other now that I'm 60. We had a lot of fun down there and played against some real good teams. I met some real nice people down there. That's one of the great things about senior softball.

Al Drechsler
Pace
Nov. 4, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter National Schedule

Mike, How can I get hold of you?

Al Drechsler #33
Pace
Oct. 24, 2012
Al33
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior bat care and durability

Tri18 - Alan, you are 100% right on the money. Mighty Mike could hit it 400+ with anything and I saw him do it many times. Unfortunately it was against my team. Mike hit some of the longest and most majestic bombs I have ever seen. Over 6,000 home runs in his career says it all, and your years in 1987 and 1988 were mystifying.

We in the north know all about the tips you have provided to extend the life of any composite but mostly the senior bat. If it's real cold we'll use alluminum bats for BP just so we can get swings and work on our timing. Thanks for your continued assistance to senior players.

Al Drechsler #33
Pace Electronics
Oct. 20, 2012
Al33
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Southernson - You are exactly correct about the major flaw in the 2/3 process. That is exactly what happened to two teams in Raleigh this year. It's wrong and shouldn't try to be justified.

Garyheifner - Ditto what you said above. It certainly was much different when we were younger. There were way more tournaments all over the place where you could play every weekend if you wanted. All within an hour or two at most. So two and screw wasn't a big deal. You were close to home and it didn't cost alot of money.

The organization keeps insisting on refering to data that seems to have been tabulated in 2005 about the "vast majority" of teams liking the 2/3 format. So the change was made in 2006. Well friends, that was 7 years ago. It's been more than enough time to see the flaws and shortcomings of the format. Might be time to think about revisiting the concept since maybe the "vast majority" of those teams might not even exist anymore.

When I went to school and lost two games to put me at 0-2 but remained to play again only to lose and end up 0-3, no matter how you look at it or try to explain it - it's TRIPLE ELIMINATION.

stattad - You are correct. In this day and age no TD should be witout a laptop. None of that stuff should be done by hand. Technology allows for simple plug and play data results. There's certainly enough money collected for each TD to be supplied with a laptop. At least they could give them $50 bucks toward the purchase of one, or make it an "option to buy a laptop" tournament.

Webbie25 - At all our ages we should be looking to play as many games as we can. You never know when the last one will be.
Oct. 20, 2012
Al33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 70' bases at Las Vegas

For what it's worth. At Shadow Rock there were pegs in the ground for three different sets of bases. They could've moved them to where ever they wanted to, so the Clark County excuse is weak at best. Be that as it may, the 70 foot bases were fine and are an acceptable compromise. They do however yield to more double plays. more force outs at 2nd because the infielders can play deeper and less runners scoring from 2nd base.
Sept. 10, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "PRO" Softball late 1970's & early 1980's

I played for the Rochester Zeniths in 1978 and 1979. We didn't make very much money but all our expenses were paid for. The crowds were usually pretty good and it certainly was a lot of fun playing against some of the really great players of that era. It seemed like the people that did attend the games were softball fans who enjoyed the game which added to the excitement. We flew to the midwest and drove to the closer cities. You think it's tough now travelling around playing three day tournaments every once in awhile. In the Pro League we played every weekend on Saturday and Sunday. A lot of travel because back then we were all working full time jobs. In 1977 we finished last in the eastern division. In 1978 we won the eastern division. In 1980, the team name changed to the Rochester Express. They won the World Series that year over the Pittsburgh Hard Hats.
I am still playing today at the 55 major level and moving up to 60's next year. Still enjoy playing and still see some of the guys from those years of past around the country. Always great to see those guys and reminisce. Certainly was a fun time in my softball career.
Aug. 22, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: non tournament players

G19, you really are a piece of work. Last year there were 337 teams in the same tournament and it was held in Pheonix. Might be more if it weren't in Vegas. I know some teams that aren't going because of cost.
And you have said many things that may not be incorrect, but most certainly are yours and only yours opinion. And you know what opinions are like don't you?
Aug. 22, 2012
Al33
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Testing

Gary19, You personally could bring out the venom from a hummingbird. If you were half as smart as you think you are, you'd already know who Beasley is, where he lives, what level he plays, who he plays for and even what number he wears. It's all there for your reading pleasure. Duh!.

You have no point. The response was "too many variables involved and a lot of data to simply answer that". That means it's not a simple answer. Why would you want to do credible maybe not perfect test as you say? What would that prove besides nothing.

Give Alan a call hot shot. You couldn't carry on a credible conversation with him about the subject.

Beasley, the only thing the Gary19 test center could test is peoples patience.
Aug. 21, 2012
Al33
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Testing

Gary19, I failed to see where Alan said anywhere that testing cannot be done! Why don't you give him a call as he suggests and discuss the issue with him personally? Or is it that you don't have the guts to talk to him about it and would rather snipe at him on your keyboard? Your disrespect is pathetic to say the least. The man has forgot more about the game than you ever knew.

CAPT D5, I'm not sure Gary19 is a good guy as you suggest or he wouldn't act like the buffoon that he so often emulates day in and day out. It does get really boring after awhile and is actually comical in a sense. He sounds like a tape recorder. To bad he can't be erased. Has anyone really ever played against this legend in his own mind?

Alan, You are absolutely correct. Gary19's response is not worthy of a response as are about 99 out of every 100 of his. You are truly one of the guys out there who are genuinely trying to help the Senior Softball Community. Thanks for that.
Aug. 16, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Passing of Steve Simmons

To the Simmons family, Please accept the condolences of the Pace Electronics Softball Team. We are very sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

Al Drechsler #33
Pace Electronics
Aug. 10, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player qualification for vegas

jrhunch,
Either the SSUSA staff didn't see or monitor this post or they don't have an answer for you.
Aug. 7, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed for the Dowell family

May the lord give the Dowell family the strength needed to get through this difficult time. Once again softball doesn't seem so important but brings friends together to help each other out. The Pace Electronics Team sends their prayers.

Al Drechsler #33
Aug. 6, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My Daughter

Capt. Kirk, May the lord see your daughter through to a speedy recovery. The game of life is much bigger and more important than the game of softball. Wishing her a big win in the game of life.

Al D. #33
Aug. 1, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Passing of John "Senior" Sanzo

Johnny,
The Pace Electronics team shares your pain. It's never easy to lose someone close to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Al Drechsler #33
July 28, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad day for the Pace Electronics Family

I write this note with a very heavy heart. Our sponsor, Mr. F. Patrick Kehoe passed away early this morning. Pat was out in Indianapolis for the Brickyard race this weekend doing something he loved to do. He woke up and didn't feel well, decided to lay back down for awhile. He passed away in his sleep.

Mr. Kehoe was one of the most generous and kind men that I have ever known and it goes way beyond the softball field. He held my children when they were babies and has supported my wife for many many years after she had her first stroke at the age of 30 and second at the age of 40.

He has sponsored softball teams, both men and women for over 40 years. He has touched many many lives over those 40+ years. He was one of the best sponsors in the entire country. Mr. Kehoe has been recognized numerous times for his generosity. He is a member of the Rochester, N.Y. Softball Hall of Fame, a member of the New York State USSSA Softball Hall of Fame and also a member of the USSSA National Softball Hall of Fame. That speaks volumes as to kind of person he was. Better than that he was just a plain good man.
I am one of the original players going back to 1976 when I started playing for Pace Electronics. He never cared if we won or lost. He was always concerned that we respect the game and play it with class and dignity. This is something that I have tried to do every time I step on the field. I have tried to instill those values in my team mates over the years and remind them of such when needed. We all will surely miss him on the softball diamond, but more importantly miss the man himself. The softball community has definitely lost an icon. May god rest his soul.

We all should be thankful to be doing what we are doing as it could be taken away from any one of us at any time. Life is to short. Good luck to you all, my softball friends and stay healthy.

Al Drechsler #33
Pace Electronics
July 18, 2012
Al33
Topic: Bats
Discussion: gsc bat latest web site update

Steve has been trying to straighten out a huge mess that was left to him. Many people know Steve from the softball diamond. The company has told us that they will make good on any previous sales. They are in no hurry to introduce an inferior product to the public and want to make sure it's ready and up to their expectations. I and my team have the utmost confidence that they will make good on their promises. What they are promising is honorable as they don't have to do what they are saying legallly. Cleaning up someone else's mess isn't as easy as one might think. I'm quite sure if they didn't think they had something good, they would've dropped out long ago. Just the fact they are still at and now communicating should say to the naysayers, give them a chance to complete the project. I and my team have been waiting patiently just like everyone else and am excited to see the final product with a one year warranty. I'm sure the big boys (Miken, Reebok, etc) can't wait either. You all just might be surprised at the end product. The design is totally different than anything on the market. Good Luck GSC.
July 15, 2012
Al33
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Wintercrest muscle/joint rub

Winter Crest is great stuff. My team has been using it since playing in Las Vegas in 2006, when we got hooked up with the woman from Utah who was selling it. It's definitely worth the price.
July 6, 2012
Al33
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

Many years ago back in the late 70's I had a hitting conversation with Greg Fuhrman, one of the best of all-time. Back then when most were using heavier bats, 30 oz. and above, Greg was using a 26-27 oz. bat. He said something to me that has stuck with me ever since. He said, it is really quite simple. "Maximum bat speed at the point of contact creates maximum distance." Pretty simple indeed. One needs to choose a bat weight that can accomplish that for you. For some it may be a 26 oz. bat and for some it may be a different weight. Personally I now use a 27oz. bat and may switch to a 26 oz. bat as I get tired later in the weekend in order to maintain my maximum bat speed at all times. This has worked very well for me. I also believe that finishing your swing or follow through is also very important to complete the swing for distance. There are many hitting guru's out there, but Ray DiMarini was one of the best and in my opinion right on the money. Good luck to all in your experimentation. Hope you find something that works for you.
April 16, 2012
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LTB 26el or 27bal yellow senior combat

The gold Worth Launch 510 is a very good bat. Mine lasted a few years. It is a balanced bat and not endloaded. It has a 14 inch barrel and they couldn't make it in an end load model because it had to large of a barrel. Bought mine in Kansas City a few of years ago at the Worth tent. I bought a 26 oz because it swung like an ounce heavier to me. Don't know about the ones now, but I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't as good as the originals.
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