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Nov. 7, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Christmas Tradition

Brett,
Fantastic post. Does anyone remember the old bumper stickers that said: "Buy American, the job you save may be your own."

Maybe just maybe if we Americans start to smarten up, our illustrious leaders in government might get the message.

We can make a difference. God Bless America !

Nov. 5, 2011
Al33
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Entry Fees

Totally agree with you mad dog on this one. It's never to early or late for that matter to lobby for a time change for the TOC. It's a major sore spot with most if not all teams. Especially the ones from the colder climates.
The entry fee isn't the question at all. It's the timimg of the tournament. Doesn't really make a lot of sense at all. Using the excuse of contracts is a bad one at best.
Nov. 1, 2011
Al33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

stick8, No doubt that could be a contributing factor. However one thing calling pitches will do is extend a game. Make it longer.


Nov. 1, 2011
Al33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

On the contrary, what is REALLY sad is people like you twisting everything around to make your point. I never saw where anybody said umpires make more mistakes than players. It's a no brainer that players effect the outcome of any game.

What players want is consistency and umpires that hustle all the time.

Nobody but you has said umpires are clueless. What players want is consistency.

Players and umpires as well should and do know what 12 feet is. Again, what players want is consistency.

You Gary are both not funny and sad at the same time. One thing you are though is CONSISTENT.
Nov. 1, 2011
Al33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Phoenix Worlds

The Senior Softball bashing on this message board by a few guys our ages is just realy kind of sad!!!

The amount of games one officiates does not automatically make one a good umpire. Many umpires are reluctant for whatever reason to call illegal pitches. Could it have to do with speeding up the games. For any official in any sport consistency is what the players want and deserve. Simple.
Oct. 27, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here's the thing, seriously.....

Schones isn't Schones anymore. They're Docs. Kenny, Rex, Dave and the boys, they're a bunch of good guys. They were and are still very good. World Champs. Been playing against those guys for years.
I don't remember you.
Oct. 25, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Omar,
At least you have bumped up the distance from 260 ft. to 280 ft..

Like I said, I've never played on that small of a field in the 70's or 80's, much less even seen one.
With all due respect anything built nowadays is at considerable more expense and not because they're 300 ft.

It's a radically bogus statement that composite bats have turned all singles and doubles hitters like yourself into home run hitters that POWER the ball over the fences, Just isn't true. Again, nobody on my team to a man is a home run hitter today that wasn't a home run hitter years ago with alluminum bats.

We've been playing on 300 ft. or more for 35 years. Nothing new and nothing deeper and deeper. I've been playing Las Vegas for 9 years and every place I've played at the fences were 300 ft. Can't speak to Phoenix.

Watch out for those "budget watching" Rec directors...They'll agree to anything.
Oct. 25, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here's the thing, seriously.....

pushin60,

Hombre's intellect and education came through with flying colors in his last post. I concur with both you and him.

And Gary19, Please, if anybody needs to come up with something new, you should try looking in the mirror. Oh, you may not want to do that because you might see Hombre's description.
Oct. 25, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Like I said. Twice as fast. No Way ! Thanks for the support data. It also depends on who's swinging it.

Sorry Omar, Never in my life have I played on a 260ft, fenced slopitch softball field ever. Fast pitch maybe but not slopitch.

Oh and believe me, Mike, Scott, Craig and the rest of the boys had no trouble hitting balls well over 350ft. back in the day.
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

garyheifner, Great post.
You are 100% correct. Balls were hit as hard or harder and as far or farther back in the 70's and 80's. The game is no more dangerous now than back then. The balls came off the bats like missles. Yes Gary the home run is over hyped.

Rick Pinto of Snyders was one of the first pitchers to become the fifth infielder inthe 70's by covering 2nd base on force plays and double plays because the shortstop and second baseman played so deep.

Pricer - I guess we can agree to disagree. There's no way the balls come off the bats through the infield twice as fast. You're
memory is failing you about that.
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Oops ! Sorry about the multiples.
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Webbie25 - You're right on the bottom line. It isn't the equipment. If anything that should be drawing players.

Destitute doesn't even enter into the equation. I'm sure there are many players who spend money on softball that could be better spent elsewhere. They are the ones who love the game. I know I saccrifice some things in order to go to tournaments.

Gary, the problem with you is that 99% of your comments are of the critical nature and you rarely if ever have anything good to say about anything. Why do you think most people disagree with you. I really think that some of these guys are right. You enjoy being antagonistic and enjoy just stirring the pot. Why else would you do what you do???
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Webbie25 - You're right on the bottom line. It isn't the equipment. If anything that should be drawing players.

Destitute doesn't even enter into the equation. I'm sure there are many players who spend money on softball that could be better spent elsewhere. They are the ones who love the game. I know I saccrifice some things in order to go to tournaments.

Gary, the problem with you is that 99% of your comments are of the critical nature and you rarely if ever have anything good to say about anything. Why do you think most people disagree with you. I really think that some of these guys are right. You enjoy being antagonistic and enjoy just stirring the pot. Why else would you do what you do???
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Webbie25 - You're right on the bottom line. It isn't the equipment. If anything that should be drawing players.

Destitute doesn't even enter into the equation. I'm sure there are many players who spend money on softball that could be better spent elsewhere. They are the ones who love the game. I know I saccrifice some things in order to go to tournaments.

Gary, the problem with you is that 99% of your comments are of the critical nature and you rarely if ever have anything good to say about anything. Why do you think most people disagree with you. I really think that some of these guys are right. You enjoy being antagonistic and enjoy just stirring the pot. Why else would you do what you do???
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here's the thing, seriously.....

That's good, except back in the 60's everything was ASA and the field dimensions for ASA were 275 ft. Back then 275 ft. was a poke. USSSA didn't come into existence at any level until 1968.

For once you're right. The players do make more mistakes during a game and that's the way it should always be. The players should always decide the outcome of the game. Nobody else.
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here's the thing, seriously.....

Gary19,
I've been playing on 300 ft+ fields since the mid 70's, even when playing against Galloway, Meade, Scherer, Rathman, Ford, Cellura, etc, etc. so that ain't a wash at all.

The ASA worlds has time limits, run limits, second home plates, second 1st bases, home run limits, so what's your point about equipment?

6 ft. arc to 12 ft. arc is the same no matter how tall you are. If it hits the plate or the mat it's a strike. Keeps things consistent and makes me responsible for hitting a strike rather than putting my fate in the hands of a wishy washy umpire who has trouble with the strike zone. Hardly absurd.

Webbie, you are correct again.
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

Webbie25 -
You are correct that we are old and very fortunate to be playing this wonderful game. IMO it's not the biggest reason there is a drop in teams and tournament entries. The fact is that each year more guys are turning 50 and so on up the chain. There are less teams at most tournaments than there were several years ago. I know how expensive it is to go to these things. The cost is alarming. It's worse if you don't have a sponsor. IMO, the biggest reason is the economy. 9+% national unemployment, house foreclosures, $10 per hour jobs, $4 gasoline, outrageous health care costs, less than 5% of all americans have more than 100K in there 401K's, etc, etc, etc.
People have more critical things to spend their money on.
Those of us who do play are indeed very very fortunate.
Also, I know many people who don't play that could play, that haven't played in many years. They are afraid of failure and the inability to compete on a level that they were once accustomed to. Those who we have been able to persuade to come out and play are in fact having a ball.
Oct. 24, 2011
Al33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

25 million people live in Texas. Only 30 travel teams???

Ohio is the seventh largest populated state in the country. 4 out of 5 live in metropolitan areas. 5 or 6 tourney teams in NE Ohio???

I live in a city of 300,000. We have 10 travel teams and all the players are from the same city. No out of towners or players from touching states.

It doesn't have anything to do with equipment, egos or any of that other BS. It's called a bad economy and the hardships associated with it.

Omar, nobody I know has more disposable income these days. Less sponsors today. $4 gasoline, Outrageous air fares, high entry fees, hotels, food, etc. etc. etc.

I'll say it again. There have been very few games where the home run limits have been reached this year that I've seen or played in. There is nobody on my team that hits home runs now that didn't hit them when they were younger. Nobody to a man.
Oct. 22, 2011
Al33
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Made in USA Ultra II

Made in China?

Assembled in USA?
Oct. 20, 2011
Al33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Balls

Gary19,
Give a 65+ year old player a stock ASA bat with a 47/525 ball and yes oh yes, they will still hit them out.

Just what is your point anyway? Oh and by the way, how does collecting social scurity have anything to do with the discussion?
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