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July 9, 2013
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team

Where are you located?
July 1, 2013
southernson
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championships - How were the fields and other Facilities?

Sounds like you guys had some significant problems for this to be a Championship tournament at $500+ a pop.

My question is this, what happens to the TD who used a non-SSA size mat and also failed to assure the fields were in good playing shape?

Refund?
Never an SSUSA TD again?
Letter to the local rec department about the poor performance?
???


June 14, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Orlando area BP

There is also a place we hit indoors at www.hit-n-run.net which is just off I-4 in Sanford. Really good facility, a slow pitch pitching machine, the whole team gets a lot of swings in just one hour.

It's a must stop for us when playing in Altamonte...

May 3, 2013
southernson
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Sparky,
Old School softball isn't dead at all, there are still a lot of "old school" type players and teams. I applaud you giving back to the game, and 10K is no small amount, and you should find a team to sponsor.

I don't think the chatter here should discourage you at all, the only difference between then and now is back then, many times peoples real opinions or agendas were discussed in private, sometimes to the detriment. Now the opinions and the background chatter are public for all to see in a forum like this....and that's a good thing.

Don't let it discourage you, take it with a grain of salt.
May 2, 2013
southernson
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Pricer,
I agree with you 100%. I sponsor a team and I'm just an 8-5 working stiff. 10K can't come close to buying team chemistry that's developed from hours of playing together and succeeding together.

I sponsor a team and I'm just a regular working stiff 8-5 each day, but 10K with a problem player just isn't worth it.


April 17, 2013
southernson
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Time to change the format of the board

bkb555,
Signing on each time is not a big deal at all and it is the correct system design for any message board or social exchange. It's a 2-5 second task at most. And it is by far not the only site designed like this. Most sites are like this requiring signon.

Products like Norton Vault can be helpful if you have many login accounts to manage. Good suggestion ShaneV.



April 9, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Travel Discounts

Mad Dog is right, bidding on priceline.com is a good way to save money. We average about 40-55 for Doubletree, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and more...

Try biddingfortravel.yuku.com to find out what some of the recent bids were for your particular hotel. It is non-refundable, but if you wait till the week you travel, you'll have good luck.
April 5, 2013
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The "P413" is nearly ready

surf88,
OMG am I slow.... Have the Phillipians hit the bat? Nice touch...and humorous as well. The P413 huh... Lots of catchy slogans going thru the head...
April 5, 2013
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The "P413" is nearly ready

surf88 (Ed),
We all follow the board and the peripheral discussions away from the clay, it's become a part of the game( thanks SSUSA). And we have all certainly followed the GSC and pre-GSC threads regarding this discussion with warranted skepticism.

Well I must say, for the first time in this thread of multi year discussions, I believe you that there will be a bat produced. And me, I'm usually a doubting Thomas by nature, but somehow your words just seem to resonate truth. Best of luck...



March 26, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

Alan,
Prayers sent from the Florida Classics. I've been there as I had a triple bypass myself a couple of years ago. All the best to Roger....
March 25, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

stick8,
Thanks for the info, appreciate it.
March 19, 2013
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher's verbal interference

What happened to the days of accepted methods of handling problems on the field? Catcher a problem, nothing an elongated warm-up back swing won't cure. Runner coming into second standing up, a little imprint on the forehead that says Dudley should do the trick. Player on the other team mouthing off, then everybody hits at him till he stops....and I mean everybody. About the second or third error and it will be quiet as church.

So now in these days we need softball marshalls to hold up a sign and keep the crowd quiet? Ushers to lead fans to their seats so as not to create movement and distract the players? If a player yells cut does that now mean there is an odiferous waff of offensive air on the way and they must now warn everyone?

Please, this isn't tennis or golf, quit whining and hit the ball.
March 19, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

stick8,
"That does not matter one bit"? If the runner had not crossed home plate, I agree. But if he had crossed home plate before the dead ball incident, I respectfully disagree. The runner crossed home plate already and you took the run off the board because??? And it doesn't matter??? If the run had already scored before the ball made contact with a "coach", then the run scored before any dead ball situation occurred. And the other umpire should be a help with that timing.


Besides that....
Is it a dead ball if it hits a player in the on deck circle? A coach in the coaching box? A fallen shoe of a baserunner? A bat on the ground that was just used by a batter? Those are all live balls right?

TIA
March 11, 2013
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

cal50,
It is extremely naive to think it is a rarity for bat modification to be occuring. Labels and paint mean nothing, they can be purchased as part of the process, icluding the BPF label.

Rolling is a norm and I will guarantee you a teammate(s) on your team has a name and number of someone who rolls bats. But that's mild alteration, and personally, even as a pitcher it doesn't bother me. But what does bother me is the number of shaved or pressure injected bats I see regularly at tournaments. Do we know for certain, no we don't unless we cut them in half. But what's that saying, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, well you know the rest. You see-
1) There are more bat doctors now than ever
2) I've seen rolling machines in the parking lot
3) I know that there are some teams that have a "tournament" bat bag and the regular assortment of individual bats
4) Tight fisted pitches hit 320 feet with just a sneeze? Saw the pos in half...

There is rarely a fair softball game played in a big tournament with only stock issued equipment, and that's the truth. Not only with the young guys, but also with the seniors. Their just hasn't been a cost efficient way to stop it yet, or either the willingness to do so. We got signed statements required for the pitchers who won't wear the hockey gear as the solution for now. Really??

Quack, quack...



Feb. 25, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

One things is for sure, it doesn't matter as much which bat is used if it's shaved or otherwise altered.
I saw more altered bats this last weekend than I have in 9 years. Something has to be done about the cheating that occurs, it's more rampant than most will ever admit.

Feb. 15, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is the team to beat this year?

canljack,
Bingo Long and the Travelling All-Stars.....was made partially in Macon, Ga.

One of the Florida Classics (50+) players, Joe Hicks, was in the movie, he lived in Macon at the time and played catcher in the movie along side Richard Pryor, Billy Dee, James Earl Jones, and more.

And who played "Rainbow"? Otis Day, of Otis Day & the Knights....yes, Animal House, that Otis Day...

Have a good Friday....
Feb. 13, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is the team to beat this year?

Sorry for the typo...it should read

canljack,
Which Senior Softball team has someone currently playing who was in the movie Bingo Long and the Travelling All-Stars?
Feb. 13, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is the team to beat this year?

canljack,
Here's a trivia question... Which Senior Softball team has someone no playing who was in the movie Bingo Long and the Travelling All-Stars?
Feb. 12, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fastest Home to Home Base running time

I heard someone in the 50's group ran home to home in 12 seconds and change.

Feb. 12, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Outfielder-in your opinion

Hands down, an unknown to some in Major ball - Ira Turner, LC, Florida Classics, Jacksonville, FL. Best defensive player, has all the tools, arm, judgement, speed, accuracy, and consistency. His love for the game shows on the field, played in the recent TOC All Star game. Played pro baseball in the KC Royals organization as an outfielder and first baseman in AA.

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