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Real name:
Len Rizzuto

Location:
Pensacola, FL

Division:
Men's 65

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Jan. 2, 2010
Airbosn
Topic: Associations
Discussion: We'll see who wants good balls.

As a tournament committee treasurer I can tell you this,
1. If we use crappy balls you da player will scream and yell.
2. You will recommend that we get better balls or you will not attend.
3. No matter what age group (50-75), you all want great balls to hit.
4. If a tourney gets a bad rap, teams will avoid.
5. BTW, We (the locals) make very little money on a tourney. We do it for the love of the game.

Jan. 2, 2010
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's Wrong With--

When I was inspecting reserve centers in the Cleveland to Columbus area I remember a few fields around Columbus that actually had a line accross the diamond at a 12 foot height to aid pitchers and umpires in guestimating the whereabouts of 12 feet. I think they removed the line for regular league play. BTW, Gary I did a lot of playing around Brookpark, Independence and Brecksville, Nice area of the country.
Dec. 15, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Herb Oliver?

Bruce, Herb sent me a package. The package includes rules, accomadations, official roster,etc. He is scheduling the tournament to start 25 August in Chattanooga. Phone 423-320-8518.
Dec. 6, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Would it be acceptable to just make a pitching Mask and shin guards mandatory?

Encourage the use of protective equipment...Softball is not OSHA regulated...Yet. lol.
Dec. 6, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

Audie, Well Said. The rule will hurt 6-8 panhandle teams since we have Bama and Georgia players on our teams. My guess is that we will play SPA during the coming year.
Dec. 6, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New PPR & Middle rule

The PPR and this latest attempt does nothing for me when I pitch.

1. On many occasions I stand with the left foot on the extreme right side of the rubber and on occasions not even touching the rubber, lol.

2. After the release I am usually out of the box, either to the left of right depending on where I pitched the ball and what pitch I used.

3. In a number of situations I will be covering second.

4. The pitchers that I have observed move around in the area of the mound/rubber making it difficult for the umps to make a reasonable call.

5. SSUSA, Please review the rule with safety professionals.
Dec. 6, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nashville meeting

Bruce, I believe that the committee did not look at panhandle (Pensacola to Tallahasse) population. The teams in my area depend on Alabama and Georgia for players. Well, I guess we will play nothing but SPA.
Nov. 27, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 60 Major

JohnBob, I am not sure, was down in south FL for the SSUSA Winternational and heard that there was some reorganization going on.
Nov. 7, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: South Alabama or Florida Panhandle

Knightrider, We have a couple of teams from the Pensacola area. We also have a league of eight teams that play doubleheaders on Saturday morning at Exchange Park in Pensacola. In addition to the above we play "choose-up" each Monday and Thursday morning at 0900 and have batting practice each Tue and Wed morning at 0900. All this occurs at Exchange Park. Need further info contact me at Airbosuun@aol.com

Oct. 29, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 60 Major

JohnBob, Morris Farm (60 major) is planning to play in the TOC.
Oct. 13, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just information

Dirty, The below listed references are there for your reading pleasure. I believe that they could link you to other sites

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Through the public information link on the AAOS home page (www.aaos.org), you can access fact sheets on injury prevention for many popular sports, including baseball. AAOS's phone number is 1-800-346-2267.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Review AAP's policy statement, Risk of Injuries from Baseball and Softball in Children 5 to 14 Years of Age - (http://www.aap.org/default.htm). AAP's phone number is 847-228-5097.

American Red Cross

If you coach a youth sports team, get advice from the American Red Cross on conditioning young athletes. ARC's phone number is 703-248-4222.

Brain Injury Association

BIA's fact sheet about sports and concussion safety (http://www.biausa.org/Prevfacts.htm) provides data on brain injuries for several sports, including baseball. Call BIA at 1-800-444-6443.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC's phone number is 1-800-638-2772.

Little League Baseball, Inc.

Link to the Little League home page (www.littleleague.org) to access facts on health and safety.

National SAFE KIDS Campaign

Visit the SAFE KIDS home page (www.safekids.org) to access fact sheets on sports and recreation injuries, or call 202-662-0600.



References


The data and safety tips in this fact sheet were obtained from the following sources:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Baseball. Available at http://www.aaos.org/wordhtml/pat_educ/baseball.htm. Accessed July 8, 1999.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Seminar (Sullivan J, Grana W, editors). The Pediatric Athlete. Park Ridge, IL: The Academy, 1990:141,149-151,259.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Risk of injury from baseball and softball in children 5 to 14 years of age. Pediatrics 1994;93(4):690-692.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Sports Medicine: Health care for young athletes. Elk Grove Village, IL: The Academy, 1991:148-150.

American Red Cross. Red Cross gears up to help prevent sports injuries this spring: coaches advised on proper conditioning of young athletes. News release, May 7, 1998.

Caine D, Caine C, Lindner K, editors. Epidemiology of Sports Injuries. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 1996:63-85.

CDC. Sliding-associated injuries in college and professional baseball - 1990-1991. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1993;42(12):223,229-230.

Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine. Softball injuries: Phase I of a study on the costs, causes and prevention of recreational softball injuries. Available at http://users.aol.com/wwwipsm/pubs/softball_I.html. Accessed July 7, 1999.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Baseball safety. CPSC publication #329. Washington, DC: The Commission.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Reducing youth baseball injuries with protective equipment. Consumer Product Safety Review 1996;1(1):1-4.

Len Rizzuto
Environmental / Safety Specialist

Oct. 11, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA Winter Nationals

41 teams were in attendance with the 50/55 playing at the new park on 9 mile roda (John R. Jones Sportsplex. A new Baden ball was used and enjoyed by all. The new Axe handle bat was made available for players to swing and buy.
Field crews did a great job in getting field ready for each game. Heard nor observed any issues with umps...Did heard some grumbling about teams playing down, however, it was very minor. Go to exchangepark.net and you will find the brackets.
Oct. 7, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Baden balls and AX_HANDLE bat

Jimmy, According to the Baden rep, "The ball is a NEW 44/375". We were asked to test the ball at the Winternational and provide feedback. Hopefully they are what they are, 44/375 and not a restamp.
Oct. 6, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Baden balls and AX_HANDLE bat

Larry, You could use a broomstick and hit them out...LOL
Oct. 6, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Baden balls and AX_HANDLE bat

Jimmy / Lefty. A few local guys are proud owners of the AXE...They hit with it today and all the batters had very good things to say. I have heard from another source that it will that about 200 - 300 hits before it is broken in.
Lefty you are correct about this ball. We hit that ball before the tourny and decided to use it without making a big fuss about a new ball. I am now selling my usssa balls from Dalton to the local teams so I can get more Badens for next years tournaments. BTW, I made that shoe string catch...LOL, How much did you pay the ump...LMAO.

Oct. 5, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing Down

Taits, You are correct about TRYING to level the playing field. However, there should be written guidelines vice my "gut" feeling which is the way it goes now. It could be stated that if you play down an age group you will also play down a rating...Very simple.
Oct. 5, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing Down

To the greatest minds in senior softball. I am looking for rules or regs pertaining to age group(s) playing down. Example: 65 major team has to play down to the 60 level.
Question(s),
1. Does the 65 team stay in the same rating level, i.e., major?
2. Are there instructions stating the procedure?
IMHO I would think that playing down would also include moving down a rating.
This situation came up this past weekend and I could not find a clear rule. I read the associations rules, however, they more or less were written for platium /gold /silver breakdown.
Oct. 1, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new ball talk

Balls, Balls, Balls. As a tourney official I can state that if we are using poor performing balls, YOU will be bitchin up a storm. I was involved with a national a year or so ago and used a poor performing association approved ball and before the first pool games were finished by the 70 / 65 / 60 age groups the bitchin was loud and plenty. I could not wait for the 50/55's to arrive, lol. Man can those guys get mean. Gentlemen, I am fully
aware of no advantage when teams are using the same equipment. However, team demand good performing balls. If they are not provided they will spend their hard earned money somewhere else... This I have experienced and YOU the players demand good equipment.
Sept. 4, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Safety in Softball (A little humor)

Larry, since 7 05 8 of us are in the 65 bracket and Bill is now in the that rare air we will play the Winternational as a 65 year old team. Don't know what the team name will be but I vote for the "Rockin Oldies".
Sept. 3, 2009
Airbosn
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls again?

Joe, The balls used at Dalton were great balls. I was fortunate to procure all the leftovers for the Winternational at Pensacola. Additionally, I will be conducting a ball survey and keeping track of balls used. I am leaning towards giving each team a dozen and then they can buy additional if necessary. The ball issue is really a easy fix. Thanks for your passion.
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