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Sept. 16, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major Plus

Dave, I would like to attend. But...I will not be able to attend the coaches meeting so if the get together is then....I can't make it.
Maybe we can get everyone's email and do a group discussion.

Tmservices@pacbell.net
Sept. 11, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play in Vegas

Thanks Mike. I don't know much about the rules... Then again...some say that last sentence should have stopped after...I don't know much.
Good seeing you last weekend.
Sept. 10, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play in Vegas

We are the 50 MTC Plus team.

We have 12 going, and can easily play with just our 12 but, I just thought??? If my team agreed...Alan could share my time.

I think Alan is a valuable asset for senior ball, and if he wants to play, and there is any way I can make it happen/my teammates vote to allow me to do it...I would be all for sharing MY playing time.

We usually play everyone in the 3 seeding games then go to 10 or 11.... Alan was a very good hitter when we were younger/and an even a better person...if he showed he would be about equal to me as a hitter (which shouldn't be to hard for him) we could share my place spot in the lineup in the double elim.
Sept. 10, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play in Vegas

I don't understand Jeff? He is just looking to play. Maybe I can help? Maybe I can help connect him with a team needing an outfielder.
It sure looked like the team we played in the finals last weekend could have used a right center fielder;-)
Sept. 10, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play in Vegas

Alan,one of our players just went infor knee surgery. Give me a call. 925 878-9245
Sept. 6, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

Jawood, there currently isn't a Plus program..

.there is no there, there.

Teams flying out to play one, two, three team brackets is useless.

Maybe you can start listing all those teams that have stayed together after getting bumped to Plus....

If you don't agree with my view...here is your challenge....can you name another reason why more bumped teams seem to stay together up till the Plus Division bump? I say it's because the jump from Major to Plus is to large.
Sept. 6, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

There are no dynasty group of playering winning multiple rings year after year in the AA, AAA, and Major programs for sure..

And....all those Divisions don't face the same problems Plus is facing in every age group.

Do you want to know the difference between the floundering Plus Divisions and everyone else....in all the other Divisions groups of players don't get to stay together and play year after year Sunday afternoon at the World Finals.

I like to think letting Plus fall a part would be ok because of the ring collectors...then I think about all the teams that get bumped to Plus year after year and break up and I say...Waite a minute...there has to be a better way.

That's why I suggested the only six or maybe seven Plus champions on a plus roster rule..you see...I believe turning over the top of a Division every year is a good thing. It's proven.

As it is....all of this has very little effect on me playing softball.....It's just one weekend of the many softball weekends I can play. Winning a world means nothing to me.

But...again...I just think its obvious year after year that the current Plus system is failing....
Sept. 5, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

Do you know who was home team. As an example the final score in our loses to Legends and MTC55 were not as close as the final score. The 55 didn't bat in the last inning and the legends only needed one run in the bottom of the last...their lead off hitter hit a solo to win it...

Again...final scores are meaningless unless because it doesn't take into account who is home or visitors.

If anyone is to judge teams based on the final score it should be average runs per out. Not inning
Sept. 5, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Im not buying that porsche thing.....In my town all the middle age Porsche drivers drive right past the softball fields on their way to the country club.
Their porches of choice is something called a Rolf?

Even though I have not played more then 15 rounds of golf since high school I am usually in the top three in/or winning the long distance contest at the school fund raiser"...that testosterone stuff must not help club speed.

On the losing it thing.....in the vast majority of senior ball home runs are overrated....a lot of the time they count as walks or outs....I'd say losing it has more to do with defense/foot speed/flexability and arm strength.
Sept. 4, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

Tattoo, we are a team that came in third in last years Major Worlds in Vegas and got bumped.

We are probably a tweener...

last year we were a little above average Major team that did not win anything.

We are going to this years Plus world to see how it works out?
Sept. 4, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

I was in the hall of fame tourney and NO all the games were not close.

Some scores looked close because the strong plus teams were home team. Which definitely is something SSUSA has to figure out how to put into their rating/reclass Matrix.

Our MTC 50 team won one game against another just bumped to Plus team.

We lost every other game against Plus teams we played.

The Warriors (a very good major team) did not win a game.

Merging the two divisions makes no sence at all...all it will do is push down Major teams to AAA.

Plus has problems and will continue to flounder until the dynasty groups of players can be separated a little to entice the bumped major teams to stay up.

If Joey (just pulled out as a random name) and his group of always dominating their plus age group want to stay together after winning events that would move them up in every other Division...I say allow them to stay together and play major in the next you best age group... If they want to have a Plus team in the division they just dominated...limit them to six or seven players... Every other Division only allows you to return with 3...so I don't want to hear the crying about returning with 6 or 7!
Sept. 4, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for an Aluminum Bat - TPS AI SB21 E

I live in NorCal and have a few AIs, I'd just need to find them in the barn. If your still looking give me a call.
925 878-9245
Sept. 3, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

Jt9, I am on a Plus team and I think just merging plus and major is a STUPID idea.

It seems to only be mentioned as a remedy by Plus supporters.

I agree with SSUSA in keeping major and plus apart as much as possible.

The dynasty Plus teams play softball in a different mindset then almost all Major teams.

If plus wants to earth their program they must come to the table with ideas to bring their top teams back into a more balanced level with the average Major team....which.... Has not happened to this date.


Aug. 20, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NCSSA Championships kudos

Sorry Marv.... I don't understand the rain stuff....I work outside and usually from the middle of March to December we get a gotal of at most three days of rain.

As for our NoCal/SoCal thing... We have the MTC 55 and 50 Plus teams, EBO and Barons/Warriors plus to start the year we had GSC before they became a travel only team.

Add to that many good forty teams that allow us an extra fielder when we play and there are at least 12 competitive teams in NorCal...even more when you use the NCSSA 1 up homerun rule (which reduces the power advantage).

As I see it...Vegas or PHX is a SoCal event... It's kinda like NorCal teams going to Reno.

Anyway....it's looking like the Plus teams and some of the major teams are going to get together and look at scheduling for next season. If we do get together as a group maybe we can give you the info/tourneys we are looking for and make us an offer.
Aug. 20, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NCSSA Championships kudos

Sounds interesting but.... I only think it was two SoCal teams... Not like that really matters.

LA would be a good travel event...... Do you guys use BLD turf parks?

What's the entry fee?

Hotel rooms were dirt cheap? $49-$70...including a breakfast.

Also...three metro airports to chose from for those that fly in Sac, SFO, San Jose.

SoCal can probably do a good job.... Like I have said many times before....in NorCal we have many playing options so getting us out of town is a little difficult.

I have heard stories about other areas where senior ball is struggling. But NorCal is not one of them.

Aug. 19, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NCSSA Championships kudos

I'd think any team wanting to come west for a tourney should consider the NCSSA Hall of Fame event.
If they called it a World and let you buy rings it would be the best dollar value in senior softball.
$300... Five game minimum, no I'd cards to buy, no balls to buy....how does that saying go........

WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE.
Aug. 19, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca

It was great that ncssa allowed the open bracket to have out of area teams.

Nazarino, Rated Sports, Legends and GSC sure added to the talent pool.

It was also nice that the NCSSA directors set it up so the top division started at 6 PM Saturday night and ended by mid day Sunday.

Imagine...5 or six games played in about 20 hours... Or....about 50 less hours then other events....great job.

On a personal note....going 1-4 with our only win being by two runs over a major team sure gave us an understanding of what competitive Plus ball looks like. Yikes!!!!!

It looked like everyone had a great time.
Aug. 6, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships

Swing, if they base it on home runs....you guys probably hit more home runs then us last weekend...... Does that mean we can switch places:-)

I think? We averaged a little less then 3 HRs per game...

Congrats on the Title.


Aug. 1, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

Crusher, I have a mid 90s Demarini double wall I will trade for a new ultra...
Aug. 1, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

My first softball season was 1975...

I still play in that league (Orinda/Moraga).

We used wood bats.

A year or two later the aluminum came in...as stated above. The rubber handles were glued on...

mine came of while hitting off a tee in my parents backyard...it flew straight through a plate glass window and stick handle first into a heater duck in the basement.

I have only played senior ball for 5 years...in my time I have not seen a noticeable reduction in hit ball speed do to any ball change.


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