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Feb. 11, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament of Champions

Would like to agree with John, a big THANK YOU for all of your efforts in the planning and execution of the tournament and festivities. Excellent weekend....thanks.
Feb. 8, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rosters

Guys it's extremely discouraging that Rosters are not made public. There is no rational reason or barrier to not make them public.

SSUSA, put everything in the open, make them public online, remove all questions, and allow for possible corrections when they are needed.

We all want a level playing field, and when you see a pickup player that you were denied, be able to be picked up by another team, that doesn't meet the rule criteria for picking up players, you have to ask why. You have to ask how....except we are all used to seeing this happen too often.

It's time to show complete and open transparency. Published rosters lead to nothing but fairness, and we all deserve to play by the same rules.





Feb. 7, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count no extra foul tourney

Wood,
Thoughtful post, well put. Those are things that really count, and like you, love the game, love to compete. But the relationships and camaraderie formed with people you meet and share with, that's the best benefit of all.

Thanks for the reminder...
Feb. 6, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count no extra foul tourney

Olden Slow and Wood....points well taken, understand the thought process.

And if I haven't said it enough, I will now. Thank you Florida Half Century, thank you, thank you, thank you for some sanity with league play. Unlimited home runs, unlimited runs per inning, and yes, a 1-1 count.

Did I say thank you yet? Thank you FHC....


Feb. 5, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count no extra foul tourney

Wes, I understand what you are saying, but does 9 years of playing 1-1 once or twice a month count for anything? Let's see that's about an extra 400+ innings of experience with the effects of the 1-1 count. Think the SSUSA vote count would have been the same if EVERYONE had 9 years experience playing the 1-1 count? Not hardly.....






Feb. 5, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count no extra foul tourney

The notion that the 1-1 count does not speed up the game is folly. It's just pure math for those who skipped that class. We don't need to drop an apple more than once to prove gravity, it's going to happen no matter the opinion, and the same can be said for the 1-1 count as it saves time and overall increases the number of team at bats per game. Florida Half Century has many years of using this successfully.

The SSUSA vote is already cast, and the old guys who should be concerned that Father Time never loses a battle, obviously had a temporary lapse in adequate blood flow and chose a playing option that reduces the number of times they will now come to the plate in their lifetime. Go figure....

At the same time I agree with a lot of the sentiment here, we can't just blindly say "let's just be happy to play" when the opportunities to make the game better present themselves.

A big thanks to SSUSA for allowing this board to function with open opinions. Now, can we have a blood pressure check for those over 60 before we vote again on the 1-1?









Jan. 31, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

Beasley,
Of course I'm not comparing FHC to SSUSA, but I'm not going to see ANY of those top FHC teams in AAA either.
SSUSA disagreed with you and denied FAS a return to AAA from the Major rankings in their recent appeal.

But they will play in their 3rd consecutive TOC AAA tournament, after winning 3 AAA Nationals, and 2 TOC AAA Nationals. Not whining here, you play who they put in front of you. It's a little hard to explain to players....

BTW, you guys when you have a full team Team 1 has a really good group. We played you in the SPA 2012 at Jax and lost...

All the best to you guys this year....



Jan. 31, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

Beasely,
Still think FAS is a AAA team? Then FHC should be interesting this year.... Let's see what are the FHC rankings in Jan 2013. 1. Good Times 2. Blast, 3. Hollis, 4. Team 1, and 5.Florida Automated Shade...

Trust me, there's nothing AAA about that group...
Jan. 31, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

SSUSA, Thanks for your patience. OK think I got it,
FAS team won a National in AAA, which qualified them for a 2011 TOC AAA event, and they won the 2011 TOC in AAA and remained rated as a AAA team.

Then they won ANOTHER National in AAA the next year which qualified them for the 2012 TOC, and they won the 2012 TOC AAA tournament for the second year in a row.

Then before they are re-rated to Major, they win ANOTHER National in AAA 10 months later, which now qualifies them for the 2013 TOC AAA event, and have the luxury of playing AAA teams in the 2013 TOC, a tournament they have won the last two years.

Imagine the reaction of telling that story to players.

Jan. 31, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

SSUSA, I still don't get it with Florida Automated Shade and your response.

They win the TOC in 2011 and 2012 in AAA. By your own records they are denied a move back to AAA in Jan 2012, which means they were rated Major at that time and previous and all thru this last year with no rating change. So any tournament they won would have been as a Major team in 2012.

But they are playing AAA again in the TOC? Please lay out the timeline so we can all understand, we don't.



Jan. 30, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

Is it possible to win the AAA TOC tournament two years in a row 2011 & 2012, be moved and play the 2012 year in Major, and yet for 2013 play in the TOC AAA for the third year in a row?

SSUSA, how does this happen?
Jan. 25, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Pitcher

Webbie,
It was a good thread, you get to compare some opinions, and learn about some players you may not know.

Full Monty, Snot Nose, All I said was I didn't care about listing the women pitchers. There was a time when I did as I coached a travelling team of women and played/coached a travel team of men. But that time has passed.
Jan. 24, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Pitcher

Full Monty,
Yes, you would be correct, "I don't give a rats azz about the women that play senior softball."
You see, none of them play on my team.
Jan. 22, 2013
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

This stuff is funny....
Jan. 18, 2013
southernson
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC teams

SSUSA,
Thanks for getting this information out early so we can plan ahead for travel and lodging.

Just an fyi, it appears that the Teams link does not support Back from a browser. That's my experience as of 1/18/13.
Jan. 18, 2013
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Anybody look at the Facebook entry yet?
Jan. 17, 2013
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Cerce,
You must wear bi-focals, that would explain the double post. Course could have been that unique delivery from the inner thigh.

So, it actually moves inside on a batter? Yeh, we're all rubes here, we only see that pitch every tournament we play.

This is no longer worth the keystrokes. BTW for the group, Cerce is the name of a hardcore punk band.....for real....
Jan. 16, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Adding Players to the TOC

Thanks again, this statement clarifies it for me perfectly:

You may then get from 12 to 15 with OLDER age and SAME or LESSER rating experience history.

Got it, thanks for your patience, much appreciated.
Jan. 16, 2013
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Ho/rigjtrj1/Olden Slow,
Now that's funny right there, still LMAO. All our players will get this in an email believe me. Even the sisters at St. Mary's Home for Unwed Mothers can't wait to get to the plate. The're gonna make it a "habit" of going up the middle....Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...

Well, as we say in the South, this guy must be from Long Island.....
Jan. 16, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Adding Players to the TOC

SSUSA Staff,
Thanks for the information and your answer is what makes it a little better, I think(#1). In some places it appears that it's OK to have a roster of 15 players, so if 3 have moved, they can be replaced according to the guidelines. And as I write this, it's still not clear to me from your answer if they could only go to 12 or go to their original roster of 15. It seems to say different things in the same couple of sentences.

For #2, your answer is clear, but there sure seems to be players being picked up (even here on the board) that would not be eligible according to the guidelines. As in "I'm gonna be in Florida for 3 weeks, would like to play in the TOC, and ......". A list would assure other teams those situations didn't happen, and that #1 did.

In many tournaments pick-up or add-on players are identified on the roster.

Thanks again for your quick response.
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