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July 28, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NorCal Warriors bumped to Major Plus

TOKE9, I think we played your team at ssusa worlds in the major division three years ago.

I understand how frustrating rclassing can be.

Our MTC 50 team was stuck in Plus for the first two years I played with them.

We lost all but one game against Plus teams one year and ssusa rightly reclassed us.

I think we all have to understand ssusa is trying to create as much parity as possible but....UNFORTUNATELY, that is not possible unless they can figure out a method to eliminate the Powerhouses in Plus that seem to always make it to late Sunday in every tourney.

Maybe your team...much like ours, is a tweener team....ie...strong in major but below average results in Plus.

I call that senior softball purgatory...a place where we have to play great and the same group of dynasty level seniors that collect all those senior rings in every age group they get to dominate have to play way below average for us to win.

Who knows....maybe ssusa will finally start to weaken the dominate teams with some player list restrictions....until then....senior softball will continue to have a small group of players that almost always seem to be playing in the final two rounds of the tourneys...

Either that or.....the tweener teams start to look at NSA, USSSA and whatever other association is starting to try to get into senior ball.

But...I think those other associations are a few years away from getting their acts together.
July 24, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NorCal Warriors bumped to Major Plus

I have been told that the NorCal Warriors have been bumped to Plus as of Tuesday.

I think this is an example of SSUSA trying to do the right thing in the difficult task of ranking local/regional teams in a national association.

Unfortunately, once again, I think 99% of the bumps should only be considered after the whole of the program has been evaluated at the same tourney...ie Worlds.

This years Warriors return many players from a team that did not dominate the Major worlds last year...they might??? have two new defensive players on their squad.

Like other examples in the past of teams being bumped...I believe it's impossible to evaluate a team when maybe 10% of their "in class" competition has played against them.

An established team like the Barons/Warriors have a track record at worlds (not dominate) that should make up the largest portion of any bump consideration.

I think SSUSA has tried to tread softly on bumps...but...with the Warriors bump I think it's kinda penalizing a team.....if the Warriors had just not taken that 8 hour drive to play in the Cal cup...they most likely would still be a Major team.

I'd take much consideration if I was SSUSA on bumping teams based on them actually supporting your program.

Once again...Winning two events in one season when a HUGE majority of the Major Division was not present does not give a fair evaluation of over all strength.
July 14, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

Mango, Although I don't agree with the less defense thing..lets just say for the sake of this thread that your twist of less defense is true.

Would you not agree that the new dbo rule reduces the blow out potential, brings more strategy into the game, and rewards base hitters, speedy runners and when they need to use them/better fielders?
July 9, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

Well, this thread has been up for a few days and it's interesting there has not been a full on attack of the new dbo rule.
So far there has been no talk of lower scores, close games, more innings being played, etc, etc....

Other then....Mangos interesting twist that the new dbo rule eliminates defense, it's looking like, at least based on Reno, the end of the world posts based on the new dbo rule have failed to materialize.
July 7, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

I don't seem to recall any discussion after the Reno event on the new Homerun for outs rule.

How did it effect the game?
June 6, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

A friend of mine named Rick plays in the San Francisco softballs league and he says before every game guys on his team suck down some "pickle juice" and they never cramp.
June 1, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

We just completed playing our first dbo Ssusa tourney in Reno.

At least for the 50 division the dbo rule did not increase the amount of balls hit at the pitcher....every team in bracket play used the five man infield as far as I saw.

Games got to seven inning often.

Many players tried to turn down their swings to stay in the park, which meant less rockets through the infield.

More strategy was incorporated.

The better defensive teams had the best chance of winning...not just the best power hitting team.

Speed was more important.

Once again....I believe the only guys complaining about the dbo rule are power guys that don't want to work on learning to get its without having the ability to mis hit a walk/extra Homerun.

As far as breaking up the dynasty groups that dominate any one Division....if ssusa doesn't start to do that...the Plus Division is going to continue to have issues with team numbers.

Not doing this in the top division is guaranteed to do exactly what has happened time and again to every top Division that has not had player regulations....elect unregulated it Esther kills the division or reduces it to the point the top Division has to figure out ways to get a lower level program to play against.
May 29, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Alan, A and AA had Homerun limits then outs.

I agree Plus at the 50s is starting to look like AA when it was on its decline.

That's why I support breaking up the Plus Champions just a little (only allowing six of them on a team until they reach the next age group). I believe Donny Jr's inability to weaken the AA champions was a major reason AA died.

Allowing the same group of players to dominate a Division year after year has been proven time and again to destroy the Division they have been allowed to dominate....AA, Super, Major...they all have suffered this problem...

I believe to grow a program you must eliminate the ability of any group of players to year in and year out to be playing late into Sunday.
May 29, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Alan, not having outs for over the limit in Plus ball will reduce the chances of Major teams moving up.

It will also reduce the chance of not homerun capable hitters being Plus players (those not powerful hr hitters outnumber us power guys so with unlimited home runs your Plus talent is a very small pool of players)

This year alone in NorCal I could name a good share of players on plus teams that wouldn't be starting if we went back to unlimited.

It's way past time these power guys swinging senior bats learn how to hit while keeping the ball in the park...

It's also time senior ball gives more opportunity to defensive players instead of a bunch of power hitting pie eaters/and YES...I put myself in the pie water group.

May 28, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Another idea to give the pitcher a little more of a chance.

Only have umps call illegal pitch while ball is in the air for strike three.
Strike one and two are not called in the air.
May 28, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Other concepts for future consideration to give the pitcher a little better chance to throw of hitters...

A larger mat.
A smaller batters box.
1-1 count to start.
14 foot ceiling for pitches.
May 28, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

We will be playing our first ssusa hr limit tourney this weekend in Reno.

It's going to be interesting to se the results of the new hr rule.

I am all for doing away with home run derby tourneys so....I think I will like the new rule.

It's past time to do away with boring unlimited Homerun games.
May 12, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: We have lost another great person

Jim was definitely positive energy in every group setting he attended.
Parties, Games, BP, or just happening to run into him on the streets, I always enjoyed our time together.

I got to know his son John trough my step daughter Amanda. She to was saddened to hear the news.

My heart goes out to all those he continues to touch..

To his Old A's clan..I am sorry for your great loss
Feb. 24, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you get fit?

Alan must be sick... A whole day of this question and no input???

Ok... Here is the real health test...

I am looking to buy a bat...anyone know where I can find reviews or a place to purchase?;-)
Feb. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tim Millete

No way...your 50!!!!

It seems like only a few years ago Greg Cannedy was "barking out" your 28 birthday "burps".

Our team has Bundy, Gary Roberston, Wes, and myself...Gary Adams was playing till a Higher Power decided to call him up to the bigs.

Alverado started playing last fall ...

The only difference now is....we are much slower, can't bend over, have about three good throws a weekend and....need a uni at least one size larger.

Well.....except for Adair...I am sure those spandex leopard print oneses would still stretch enough to fit....my eyes hurt just thinking about that.

Who are you playing with?
Feb. 7, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DeMarini Swing Chute Trainer

I have been informed....Swing and Ricks mates are not saying chute...it's just sounds like chute.
Feb. 7, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DeMarini Swing Chute Trainer

A DeMarini Factory Hitter friend of mine named Rick Damon practiced for hundreds of hours with one of these DeMarini hitting tools....

Now after Rick takes a cut, most of his team mates say Chute....

I have also head...Ricks BP partner is having the same teammate results more often then not....Swing for the Fences ;-)
Jan. 30, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vintage Brand New Bruce Meade softball bats

Would those bats be the H&B Matrix?

That was so bad he didn't swing it.
Jan. 20, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

SSUSA STAFF... One problem with your post about turf fields batters boxes...

Many times they are not the official size of the SSUSA box.
Jan. 20, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

My pitching experience is limited to right around when composited entered softball.

I was around 43 years old and the travel/upper game was beyond my abilities so I came home and started playing local ball with my youngest brothers team. They did not have a pitcher so I started practicing...

The first time I started a game we played what was one of the top local B tourney teams...

I walked onto the mound in full catchers gear...you should have heard the laughter....the laughter stopped when they realized the couldn't intimidate me as I pitched and charged the plate (this was a USSSA event).

Over the next five years I was hit often while pitching...and NEVER got mad or expected some "sorry" line from the batter...matter of fact, many times I told them I would aim at a pitcher doing what I was doing myself.

My understanding is...if you pitch your on the playing field...if you don't want balls hit at you...become a catcher or AH. That's not to say I don't like it when batters hit the ball elsewhere.

Now at 55 years old...I plan on doing some pitching again..guess what...full cathers gear will be worn again....

I am happy to read SSUSA will be monitoring their umps enforcement of the batters box....I will bring a tape measure to end any arguements.

If...I do get injured while pitching I will not be screaming at the batter...middle is part of the game.... Balls being hit hard up the middle have been part of the game since I first started playing in 1976....

I have been in more then a few middle wars in my days...if your scared to be hit while pitching/wear catchers gear...if your scared to pitch with cathers gear on...find a new position.
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