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May 25, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrat' MTC JV Rock and Reno Champs!

Nope ...Kurts group is still the Varsity.

We have a ways to go to match what they accomplished in the 55 Plus Division...

Besides...I think we have won maybe two out of five games against them this year, so they still have the upper hand.

As for this weekend...there were four teams there and all teams were pretty evenly matched...we were just the ones that got the breaks and won last weekend...everyone was a pleasure to play against. Even when we were losing.

May 25, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrat' MTC JV Rock and Reno Champs!

Cal50

Nope...if we won Words I would still support us being given one of two choices as plus world champs...

1) Return with no more then six players or..

2) stay together with more then six world champion players and play only 50 major tourneys.

Like I have posted bofore..our group is tight so I am sure we would stay together and attempt to play 50 majors as an older 55 team.
May 20, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

ALWAYS TAKE THE FIELDER...

Because...

it closes the middle of the field with an extra infielder

It closes the short/third hole for right handers and the same for lefties.

It keeps your three man outfield from running to death.

And...the number one reason...it frustrates your opppnent offensively to the point that the awake hitters make more outs and the power hitters trying to be more "fine" with their hard line drives tend to misfit more balls over the fence (which in the dbo era of senior ball is a good thing)

Oh...I almost forgot the second biggest reason....Manyo doesn't like it;-)
May 19, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENO WEATHER

Let's see... Weather mans odds of being right on his forecast are around 50-50.
Or put another way... (I will start the fun) it's better odds than..

My first ten...

1) Senior umpires being ably to see and call correctly, what happens in the outfield.

2) Senior infielders. fielding percentages

3) Senior pitchers throwing a strike

4) Senior players finishing a tournament without injury

5) Taits not posting on a thread

6) Leelee being tall enough to ride all the rides at Disneyland

7) Mango not posting on a thread about breaking up or handicapping Plus teams

8) Alan not posting when someone is looking for bat info

9) Einstein posting on this board again

10) me being in the right uniform or taking home team
April 28, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Let's use last weekend in Vegas as an example of why you should not consider merging Major with Plus...

In the tourney in Vegas they put the 55 Plus teams with the 50 Major teams.

I "assume" the 50 major teams are better then the 55 major teams.

Taking that assumption into last weekends results...the 55 Plus teams were competitive with the 50 Majors to the point I was told...the two 55 Plus teams came in first and second.
April 27, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Wood,

Actually putting up would be winning it once and having our roster held to the no more then six players on the following years roster.

Since our Plus team doesn't cut guys to get "better" we would probably vote to stay together and play the next youngest Manor Division..

You see...we see success and having a group that stays together and has fun.

Most of the time that puts us in the middle or lower part of the pack..hence we have never been it the finals of any World tourney...either major or plus...

I just find it amusing how the "way into it" Plus guys get their undies all bunched up when I mention a process I believe would bring more parity into Plus ball.

That makes me believe those undie bunchers care less about the game then their own little.... Softball RINGS!!!!

Again...those dominant Plus teams could still stay intact if they wanted to... it's just they would need to play against teams in the next youngest age group.
April 27, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I guess it just comes down to...

Me still not understand why something that seems to work (regulating how many top players can be on a roster) in every other SSUSA division is not used in the one division that's has the biggest participation issues.

As for being something special because you work to "compete" at the Plus level... That's for another threat..this one was about lack of Plus teams and ways to address it...

To this date...I don't know anything other then the Mississippi Plus rule that they have attempted to try to reduce the talent divide between Major and Plus.


April 27, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I never named/addressed teams.

I talked about PLAYERS....its very hard for players to earn many AA, AAA, MAJOR RINGS over their playing years but....

the huge majority of multi ring earners have collected almost all the rings from the PLUS division...

that I believe shows individual players groups as dominant and...is one of the biggest reasons I believe Plus is almost never tempting for the Manor teams to try to move up to.

As for the elimination of regional requirements goes...I think the Plus limits being used now are fine/I'd actually support them being stricter.....

I mean really...you cannot find 12 good players from half of the United States?? Really!!!!

It would be interesting to see how the only six champion players per roster would work..

I think it would spread out the PLUS talent, weaken the big money PLUS style teams and make it a little more enticing for the bumped Major teams to see how they stack up to the slightly weaker Plus dynasty's.

Remember...it's my "assumption" that what's keeping Plus numbers down is the dominant players in that Division get to stay together and still stay in Plus ball...that's not allowed in any other division of SSUSA..

Every other Division your only allowed to have three players ranked higher and that seems to be working pretty well..I still have not heard why restrictiing Plus to having twice as many (6) dominate as any other SSUSA division is not worth trying
April 26, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

My answer is...

make it more enticing for major teams to move up by reducing the huge difference in talent from the couple/few dynasty groups of players that win multiple rings in one division...

hello...if you have guys walking around with three or four Champion rings in any one division/age group...there is one of your biggest problem.

********Make a rule that no more then SIX Major Plus champions can be on any individual roster till the join the next/older age group..ie...

You win Plus 50 Worlds no more six of those players can be on the same roster till they reach the 55 group...

One caveat...those players can stay together if they want to, but...they have to play in the next youngest Major Division.
April 24, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Farms/Gardens

I have a "liquid" farm....we produce around four tons of petite and Cab...also harvest around 5 tons of pears each year.
Pears go to the food bank..the wine?? Well let's just say it's enjoyed not donated.
March 30, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA survey

Dmac, I gues the fact you addressed my lack of skoolin instead of the points I raised, reflects your schooling agrees with minz on the faculty room ignorance...;-)
March 27, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA survey

Used for? HELLO.......ADVERTISING $$$$$$$

As for the teacher crying about income...now that's funny....

I am a guy that mows lawns/landscapes in an open boarder country and find it comincal a guy/teacher that gets three plus months off work/vacation/sick days/fed-state holidays/most likely health care and retirement income to start openly crying about pay.

You better get out of that faculty room and see what most of the rest of the country is getting for their labor before you open your neck about earnings.

And yes....I would eliminate the fed education department and openly allow all parents to put any gov education money's into charter schools if they want to.

Ok...I guess it's time to jump down off this soap box.

March 14, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

Everyone knows that the bat/ball combos are to hit for any senior divisions.
unfortunaetly..nothing is going to change.
With that said...if your pitching without a helmet/face guard your putting your life at risk.
This might sound a little uncaring but...if a pitcher gets killed or seriously injured because of a shot to hit head while NOT wearing a helmet/face guard...it's his own damn fault...I will be sorry he died but...he did it to himself.
I also think a light chest protector should be warn.
March 8, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

Einstein is still "occupying" the SF softball leagues.

He's building such good teams that many of the top players are jumping over each other and bailing on their friends to get on his team.

He is pitching and shutting down the middle so well that even Swing has gone an record that we will not even try to hit it up the middle when Einstein is on the mound;-)
March 6, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

Does PMSL stand for P iss M iddle S izzling L iners?😄
March 6, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

RJ, don't feel like your alone...

you do know Swing is under investigation of EEA in the SF softball league.

What's EEA???? It's Elder Einstein ABUSE.😀
Feb. 28, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 MAJOR & MAJOR PLUS COMBINED

Mario, we are blessed indeed.

In NorCal many years ago the older players got together and formed their own players association....NCSSA...

Once organized, they stood together and TOLD the tourney directors what they were looking for.

The organization has around 100 senior teams...they break every tourney up into six team/5 game brackets...

There is a ranking committee that breaks the teams into groups based on ability...

If by chance a team from one group plays another lower level group team in the tourney there are runs spotted and or an extra player...

We use the 1 up homerun rule to keep scores close.

If...there are some senior leagues in your area...you could get all the coaches together and attempt to do as NCSSA...

I am sure the NCSSA board of directors would be up for sharing just how they built such a successful program...they can be found at "NCSSA 2014" on the net.
Feb. 26, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 MAJOR & MAJOR PLUS COMBINED

Mario, you'd have to break into three per team not four.

I also believe if my concept was emplemented there is a good chance two groups of six would find find six quality players to make TWO Plus teams....

Also....it is my belief if the plus champion was weakend each year more bumped Major teams would stick in Plus ball.

As far as sponsoring teams goes....I have no pity for the guys that will not pay for their own hobby....if you need to split an entry fee 13 ways it's peanuts...and....you'd be hard pressed to find more then a very few teams that pay for their players hotel/rental cars/air fare....

As for the tourney thing....in NorCal we are lucky...there are 25 back yard NCSSA/all world/NSA/Ssusa events we can play in. We even have a ton of over 40 events to play in..
Feb. 25, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 MAJOR & MAJOR PLUS COMBINED

So Mario.....the question to ponder is...

If the powerhouse players that seem to most of the time be playing on Sunday at Plus worlds/events were limited to a certain amount of players per team per team...would more Major teams move up?

My answer is........YES

IF MORE MAJOR TEAMS MOVED UP????

Would there be more spots available to players (like yourself) to be on Plus rosters?

AGAIN....my answer would be......YES
Feb. 25, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 MAJOR & MAJOR PLUS COMBINED

Mario, sorry to read a player with your prowess has no options for a Plus team.

It kinda ends the notion some on this site has have written about Plus doing fine/just leave us alone.

My view has kinda evolved on breaking up Plus champions...at this time I would first try to allow the keep Plus Championship teams together EXCEPT..at Worlds they would have to play in the next youngest age groups Major division for the next two seasons...

If...the champion team wanted to build a team to play in the Plus division they were champion in...they, along with every other Plus team, would have to fit under the roster restrictions of no more then 6 "in age group" plus champion players.

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