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Feb. 13, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Thoughts on the new ISSA Super Divisions?

Not a good move...

maybe SOME seniors have not been paying attention to the young softballers but...EVERY division infested with national all star teams shrinks in team numbers..

SSUSA and SPA should be happy a competing association is hurting their chance to compete with them.
Feb. 5, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Correcting a downswing, brings BIG results." Swing Makeover Episode 26

Leelee, you drop your back side and hands and we will be having a little talk.
Jan. 6, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

There are a couple day time city senior leagues in our area that allow senior bats...

But the night time city senior leagues around here do not allow senior bats.
Jan. 4, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Nancy, I am sorry about being a little over aggressive with my initial reply.

I will put some of the blame for my over reaction to how much crap I got when I helped push the 1-1 count into our Concord league.

In the end...only a small minority of league players did not end up liking the change..

With 65 minute time limits, the 1-1 count averaged awarding us at least one more inning per game of actual softball play.

As for tourneys and the 1-1 count..before it was installed in no time limit brackets of play some brackets would get as far off as 3 hours...the 1-1 count drastically reduced the scheduled time over runs.

I have to admit...I am a HUGE fan of the 1-1 count...it redices the down time during games,, helps a good pitcher a little, it keeps games on schedule...

Jan. 2, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Second to last paragraph should have read...gave us more INNINGS to actually play softball
Jan. 2, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Nance and Bruce.

Let's make this a teachable moment on some of the facts....

USSSA incorporated the 1-1 count in an effort to speed up tourney games in the major and AA events that were going ways over the bracketed time posted on the tourney bracket.

These events had no game time limits/always went the full seven other then run rule...

so your IGNORANT view that it was initially used....

"to cheat players out of full games" is neive and just flat out wrong...

This 1-1 rule allowed Major and AA events to stay closer to on schedule.

It was in no way meant to cheat teams out of innings. This should be obvious because innings were never removed from those games.

The same goes for the next move USSSA made with the 1-1 count....many leagues went to 1-1 to try to get Innings of play....that in my view is giving your customer more chances to actually PLAY instead of sit and watch a batter watch yet another hit able pitch go by.

As for Nancy's neive shortened games theory...

All the leagues I played in...concord, walnut creek, pleasant hill, Pinole, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Pleasanton. Orinda were the same.....

When the league went to the 1-1 count..all games times were NEVER shortened...ie....all the teams still had the same mount of time to play...they were never "cheated" out of any time...what the 1-1 count did was speed up the time for a batter to swing which...helped out the pitchers a little, and gave all of us more innocent nags to actually play softball.

We can leave out the USSSA 1-1 no rule education for another time...;-)
Jan. 2, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Signs of getting softball older

1) You will not play night games
2) You are scared to play like the youngsters with a 1-1 count
3) you are scared to play like the youngsters with homerun limits
4) they sell wintercrest at your tourneys
5) they hand out heart related health info at your events
6) your team needs pitch runners
7) you spend three days playing five games in a tourney
8) you fear facing USSSA pitching while you used to love that game
9) when roids are refered to during a game its "hemerrh" instead of "ste"
10) even with senior bats it's hard to hit a homerun
11) you get to play defense with 11 players and even then..the other team gets five runs almost every inning.
12) every five years you get to be the YOUNG GUY.


Jan. 1, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please Forgive My Naivete!

In my late 20s for a few years I was all about winning.

A teammate of mine..Jeff Peterson who won all world at the utrip World Series and a AA MVP and I used to argue endlessly about the goals of playing softball.

I would argue that winning was what made it fun...he would counter...if your having fun your winning.

In the end...Jeff, I believe was right....

Since then...my main goal is to be a part of a group that has fun whether we win or lose...and you know what? When you achieve that...the game is fun no matter what.

In NorCal we get to play NCSSA....win or lose we all get five games...in ssusa no matter what...we get to play seeding games at at least two bracket games...as long as no surprise that ne gets hurt and we are competitive alls well...

Now....the only frustrations I get in softball are when I let my team down....when a teammate fails...all it is, is, another thing to poke fun about...

I am fortunate to be part of a Great group of people on our team..

We don't cut players to get better...

we play everyone that shows up at the game all season long (except for the double elim of the world) many times our line up starts where the last out the game before ended.

Our MTC 55 Jaycee team is great to be a part of.
Dec. 20, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

I think swings team told he he should wear "ear plugs".
Dec. 16, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

Ron, is it ok for us to refer to you as the "one hit wonder" from now on.

It's not our fault you were stuck on the mound and had to see that weaker right fielder not get to that hard hit line drive over his head.
Dec. 16, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a team to play on

Mario brother is a beast with the bat...he had the game changing hit against us at the worlds last year...a five hopper down the first base line.

He always had a good time and carried himself in a professional manner during all games.

If Dale lived in our neck of the building (we don't have to many woods around here) I'd be working hard to add him to our squad.
Dec. 16, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

You are right swing..it could have been caught...

That's probably why the Rated brain trust moved the pitcher that "one hit us" to right field the next game.

I am sure the "one hit wonder" would have caught that ball if he wasn't stuck on the mound...

"One hit wonder" now that's a nick name I can remember;-)
Dec. 15, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

Leon..I haven't followed this thread but...is a guy that pitched a one hitter against our "major plus" team while playing for another major plus team complaining about having to play major plus to the point they traveled across the country to play down??

I don't understand?? Did this marvelous team that one hit us actually run all the way to Georgia for a major instead of driving a few hours to Vegas to Play SSUSA Major Plus?

Leon, Is that what happened?

Or is there something else evolved? Maybe they found discounted tickets to the east that were cheaper then the price of 30 gallons of gas????? You gotta remember gas was expensive last summer..I think it got up to around $4 a gallon down south.

I thought that rated team was good enough to at least try to compete in Plus last year???? Kinda like we "tried"..

If I remember correctly????? Their catcher/coach/sponsor was a pretty funny guy.

I remember their shortstop was good but...I can't remember any one else?

Oh...I think I do remember...wasn't that guy that used to drive up to play with Ranaldi the rated pitcher?? I thought his name was Geoge or something like that..not Ron

You remember Leon...the guy that didn't pitch when we beat them the next time we faced them.

I think that's the case because I seem to remember saying...what coach doesn't start a guy that one hit a team the next time they play them;-)

Anyway...isn't senior ball fun? We get to act like five year olds well into our late 50s.
Dec. 15, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

Letting go with your top hand should not effect your bat speed at contact unless/which does happen occasionally...the hitter slows down his hand speed before he finishes hitting through the ball.

It's not guaranteed but a do know a couple top hand release hitters that ended up with elbow/forearm issues latter in life.
Dec. 14, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

My view is...seniors should not waiste any time trying to learn to make a seniors swing look like the younger "elites".

For the most part those guys have purchased (steroids) their ability to shorten their swings and still have HUGE bat speed. I'd call it the Bonds factor.

They also mostly play against USSSA pitching which is like comparing apples to oranges for our senior games.

Also understand that many of the younger elite power hitters have had to become pull hitters because the elite events are being playing on baseball fields with the shortest distance to the fence being down the lines. Our senior fields are symmetrical/usually 300 feet all around.

While talking about baseball field demensions..there is a reason the park gets bigger the farther you go from the foul lines...linear extension hits the ball farther and...it's easier to get extension hitting a ball alley to alley...so don't waiste your time becoming a pull hitter...there is a reason it's called the power alley.
Dec. 14, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

Ken, your swing evaluation two posts up is right on, although I think we see proper weight shift and arc of the bat slightly different based on some of your videos I has seen.

I assumed when you were talking rotational hitting you were talking about the craze that's taken over many baseball schools of thought..ie...short arming your linear arm extension.

In the end...tutoring senior players limbs/backs/legs/eyes..ok..lets just say BODIES, into a successful softball swing is more of a Rube Goldberg then an exact science.

The first thing I ask a new senior student is..do you have any ailments that limit your mobility?

After that question is answered...most often I have to pull out my Rube Goldberg senior softball hitting book.

The power chapter is the shortest chapter..it's one page long...it says..

I don't know how we are going to get there YET but somehow we need to get the bat head from here to there moving as fast as possible.
Dec. 13, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

It's my believe rotational hitting is senior softball reduces your power.

The main reason rotational hitting is often used in baseball is because the batter doesn't have the hand speed to catch up to the fastball.

In senior softball...no pitcher can throw a fastball past the hitter so..if your a senior player shortening your linear extension by rotational hitting is cheating yourself of as much as 20% of your bat speed. There is a reason bats cannot be longer then 34 inches it limits your linear extension.

If you doubt my believe on this subject??? Just look back to the top precomposite softball players swings. Linear swings is what was required in the aluminum era...unless of coarse..you stuck a needle in your azz.

That same linear extension still gives you more bat speed then short arming your swing with a rotational swing you do not need to use because the pitcher has no way to throw a fast ball at you.
Dec. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

nazzerino not hazarding
Dec. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Cal energy is no more we picked up one of their guys, the MTC varsity picked up another and hazarding picked up two..

Does anyone know if Flip is building a 55 team?
Dec. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Dave, that's great news.

I figured you guys were making a 55 team when you added a "chicken" to your pot of stew.

The more teams the better.

It sounds like Northwest Legends are a year away from getting back together for a 55 team also.

We are looking at 50 majors and or, the 55 Major Plus World.

Our guys are really looking forward to being one of the younger teams on the block instead of aging out..

This senior stuff is interesting...you get to see many/most players drastically slow down for individual divisions as they get to the back half of the age group.

As the say...the new young is 55 or 60 or 65 or 70. And......

The new old is 53/54 or 58/59 or 63/64 or 68/69...



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