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Dec. 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

Reads like more then a few on this thread were on the adiktive team that averaged around 15 homeruns per game in their last ssusa event.

Could it be that you guys don't think you will be able to compete in Plus without playing a glorified home run derby?

Don't be scared...

Learning to be more then a one dimensional home run hitter is fun and challenging...

Learning to field...now that's a different story.

Welcome to Plus ball.....

It's very challenging....

As an example.....we/MTC hit 780 as a team in Vegas and went 0-2

It's good to hear you guys screaming about playing unlimited will be playing in the top division next season.

With as vocal as some of you are about top players..I have one question....why didn't you guys volunteer on your own to play up last season;-)

Although...that might explain why patty a few posts up is calling for major and plus to be merged....that Plus sickness didn't take long to come out....."Now that we got bumped....lets get some teams we can beat up merge with our new Division".
Dec. 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

The main reason I support senior bats is that to many cheaters will be swinging shaved kids bats.
Dec. 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

He plays on one of the few major teams that were bumped in the last few years and actually tried to compete at Plus.

I believe his new rule will help teams that get bumped to try the next level. Why? Because power very often is a big difference from one Division to the next and this GREAT RULE reduces the power advantage.
Dec. 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How about a discussion on ow we think dbos will effect our games? And our assumptions why.

1) There will be less missile/rockets hit per game.

Why?
A) Because the very powerful hitter know if they cut the ball just a little it's going our of the park so they will adjust to aiming a little more often (when there is no one or just one baserunner) instead of just swinging hard.

B). Because once a team gets to around 2 or 3 homeruns from their limit, the powerful hitters will try many things to keep from WASTING one of the few homers left...pushing the ball, throttling down the bat speed for location instead.



2) There will be more balls hit up the middle (which will put pressure on the official to enforce a batters box)...

A) this will require the younger age groups to play a five man infield more often (thereby adding value to fast outfielders/even if they are not great hitters).



3) Hitters will pull the ball hard less often...

a) reducing the risk of injury to runners and first and third basemen.



4) less powerful teams will be "more able" to compete with the power teams..

a) power teams will have a harder time powering their way past less powerful teams., no more just hit it out then we you get close to the limit and then just hit dead ball walk after dead ball walk to fill the bases.

5) faster/smaller defensive players will have more value.

A) because defense will be more important because the opposition will be trying to keep the ball in the yard more often.

6) big sloths will be less valued (probably why some are crying so much about this dbo rule)

A) there are only so many catcher/AH/1B positions available.

There are a few....how about some more?
Dec. 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I hope the powers are looking at this.

I say that because I want to thank them for making softball more then a glorified homerun derby.

On the other hand....USSSA is going to allow 15 home runs/then walks in their top tier, 10 homeruns in the next lowest.....so those of you that just want to pound homeruns will have a choice.

Personally....I believe the SSUSA new rule puts SSUSA in the drivers seat when it comes to building a better top program.... If I am going to fly to one world...SSUSA's new dbo rule sure is appealing.

Other then a couple teams...I believe most senior teams want to make power a little less valuable in softball. SSUSA is doing this. Thank you.

Dec. 15, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Not every player in Plus wants unlimited home runs with no penalty.

Some of us that actually played with the youngsters later in life have experienced the enjoyment and challenges that home run limits add to the game.

It's using timely home runs instead of thinking your some stud after you hit that solo or two run home runs.

It's watching a talented hitter, hit a liner down the opposite line, it's that skilled hitter placing soft line drives all over the park.

It's being part of a game that isn't just a pull the ball all the time yankfest.

It's speedy outfielders covering the gaps.

It's second baseman that need range.

It's middle infielders that need to be able to bend over.

It's right fielders that need to be able to play defense.

I am also with leelee, reduce the amount of pinch runners...on our team, that will save the legs of our outfielders.
Besides....if all but one or two players in the lineup have to run for themselves....the smaller players could, have more value in the game.....

As for making Plus more Homerun dominated....that will reduce the amount of teams...not grow it....
Dec. 14, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I think it will be great to see what this dbo rule does to the SSUSA game.

It's my guess it will REDUCE the amount of rockets hit.

Will increase the playing reward for the singles type players.

Will increase the playing reward for defensive players.

Make hitting much more challenging.
Dec. 13, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Patty, ...I have yet to read of major guys not liking this rule....and more then a few Plus guys like it...especially the players that like defense and hitting with with skills instead of just blindly swinging away with senior bat "power".

Is the freedom your looking for...

*To hit softballs farther then you did when you were young.

*To hit more homeruns then you did when you were young.

* To hit rockets through the infield harder then you did when you were young.

If your all worry about the pitchers...how about inning ending outs for any hard hit ball that a pitcher touches.

It's amazing how many senior composite bat "Homerun hitters" are crying about a rule that I believe will reduce the amount of rocket balls hit per game, and actually bring back more defense and the need for better hitting SKILLS.


Dec. 13, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I am with hammer and leelee...major plus as its been is nothing but a glorified homerun derby....

lets only allow one pinch runner per inning and every player can only pinch run once per game.

Maybe better yet...you can only pinch run for a player that last inning played catcher or AH...

If Plus is supposedly all great players.....how about forgetting pinch runners all together.

If all of a sudden everyone want to protect the pitcher..how about any ball the pitcher touches with his glove or any part of his body is inning ending.

Yah...DBOs after the limit and inning ends if a pitcher touches the ball at all.

That protects the pitcher and brings hitting skills back into the game.
Dec. 13, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

If we are going to open everything up to voting.

Lets vote on softer balls.

Lets vote on 1-1

Lets vote on two day tourneys

Lets vote on a larger mat

Lets vote on enforcing a smaller batter box

Lets vote on only allowing six Plus Champion players to return in the same Division

Lets vote..lets vote..lets vote.

On the dbo rule....I vote Yes...I like the new rule.
Dec. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Alan, I agree southern heat does a lot to soften softballs.

Out west there are many events, rock and roll Reno as an example, where it's not uncommon for average power hitters in the Plus Division to misfit balls 400 feet.

You were in Vegas.....some miss hit line drives were going 375.

Once the home runs get close to being gone...it's my belief that most Plus power hitters WILL NOT try to drive the all as hard as they can through the infield because they will fear cutting it just a bit and using a valuable home run or worse...hitting a dbo.

It's comical players talking about the risk of injury in any capacity in senior softball....that flew out the window with the senior bats.
Dec. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

ASA bats get shaved or rolled....

I cannot see any relation to merging plus and major with dbos.

The two divisions should not be merged because the over all team talent levels are different.

I love the Dead all put ruling.

I'd support a one home run.... then one up rule..... with every up homerun counting as a foul ball over doing away with the new rule.

It's funny.....guys crying about player safety and supporting senior bats and rock hard balls at the same time...just amazing!!!!
Dec. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I like the new home run rule...I hate composite bats and the rock hard balls we use..

Go to a softer ball or back to aluminum....

I agree...if the top level of ASA has home runs for outs....why shouldn't we?

But again.....if I could change anything...I'd vote for a softball that even to biggest hitters couldn't hit 350 feet.
Dec. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

I think garocket in a post a few up the thread has it right....if we are going to make any rule change...

Make Plus an aluminum only level...if we are the best..we shouldn't need composites....at least do it till the 60 age group.
Dec. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

I like the new home run rule in terms of making plus ball something other then home run derby.

But....I think the biggest need in Plus ball would be using a MUSH softball ball to make hitting a ball over 350 almost impossible, along with eliminating the LAZERS through the infield.

If PLUS ball is indeed supposed to be the best players we should not need to use some Rock ball that allows for 400+ foot home runs by guys in their/our later half of 50s.

If we are going to push for any change i say......Bring in a sock ball and bring defense and bat skills back into the game...

Oh.....I forgot.....most seniors get all excited to hit LAZERS by infielders not being able to react 90 feet away, and mis-hitting a 5-6 hole line drive 380 out of the park.
Nov. 20, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth Legit

I had the chance to use one a the Worlds in Vegas...I don't know about the durability since I only used it for one game but....the bat was very good. I would say it rivaled any senior bat I have used.
Nov. 14, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: passing of a friend

Sorry to hear about Dennis passing.

Another smiling face gone from softball...my thoughts and prayers to out to all his loved ones.
Oct. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did SSUSA decide which Division had teams shorted to four gg?

I don't know exactly what their game plans are but, I am sure ASA and USSSA that both attempted senior programs late this season are re adjusting their game plan on getting OUR senior dollars.

SSUSA has a HUGE head start but....those two have DEEP pockets, many Directors, many venues, many senior league teams to tempt, many connections.....

As a consumer I see competition as a good thing...just imagine what we could get if say...USSSA came out with a reduced player ID fee, tourney staff supply and chase all the balls, reduced entry fee alternative, awards that are not the same old hats/bat bags....

With SSUSA having Worlds in Vegas....two thirds of the teams across the country (central and eastern) could be lost instantly. Those loses could also tempt some western teams to head east (kinda like the eastern teams head west right now).

I know ASA in their ineptness put their first western senior worlds four hours from the nearest metro airport (Medford) but....I wouldn't count on that stupidity lasting forever.

If ASA moved that tourney into one of the strong senior areas in ca towards the end of the summer...ssusa western worlds would be a locals only event.

Heck....what would happen if they took the NorCal fields vacant on Reno weekends.....

Once again....SSUSA has opened themselves up with many actions that a lot of seniors see as gouging or ignoring concerns.
Oct. 12, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did SSUSA decide which Division had teams shorted to four gg?

Staff....I am still waiting for the first explanation as to why it was the Plus Division that had the lessened losers bracket.

I didn't follow the other events so I don't know if it happened anywhere else or not...

nor do I know if some losers bracket Plus games could have been played elsewhere.

All I know is...a division ssusa has been trying to grow finally made it to 11 teams and you shorted three of us one game.

I do hope ssusa figures out a way to help the Plus program, because at this time it is not very enticing to play most of the time.

I think the teams were all evenly matched and 11 teams is a great jumping off point to grow the Division...

I think your office does a great job getting rosters and such together for teams...but....

There is huge competition coming your way for OUR senior dollars and I hope you pay attention to it...your days of being the only show in town could very soon be over.

I'd recommend doing everything you can to show your doing everything possible for us.....even if it requires explaining more then three times why 50% of the teams that were bumped to Plus without winning anything only got four games.

Huge player registration fees, 3 day events in many 50 events/when many times they can be played in two days, buying and chasing our own balls, the same cheap hats and bags as awards for many years...and what many see as gouging entry fees, has many believing your not in it to give us a good value for our senior dollars....

I know your here to make money...and your very successful doing that but.....I'd start taking OUR senior softball dollars a little less for granted....

A game or two at Cheyenne sure would have sounded like a better option then the hot tub.

Oct. 11, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did SSUSA decide which Division had teams shorted to four gg?

Fabe, so what was the reason they chose to short the Plus teams instead of the others?

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