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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.


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

In my experience

1980-90.... Very few could hit homeruns..hrs usually max 340 feet

90-till Double walls came out...a few more could hit homeruns usually max 360

Double wall era... Maybe 70% of the team could hit homeruns....usually 390 max

Composite era... Almost Everyone can hit a homerun... Max for above average power hitters 480...elites 500?

So if your going to talk about comparisons you first have to decide what earlier era your talking about.
July 31, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is maidu park dog friendly

We are playing there this weekend...anyone know if dogs are welcome.
July 30, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

I think the six plus per major team would be a mistake...

plus has value if you weaken the dominant teams with some kind of player restriction once they have proven to be dominant at the worlds.
July 26, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major Plus

I don't think our coaches meeting should have anything to do with the ssusa coaches meeting....

It should be a stand alone get together where many difference ideas can be shared.

Again....i believe this should be only managers/sponsors of Plus teams...50 and 55s.... Together we could accomplish many things....and....it would be good to have the major coaches also.

I think having all of us together supporting one agenda could create a large group that could be quit tempting for associations.....

The senior associations have what's called the senior summit.....I wonder if its possible to have a senior players summit?



July 25, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Here is my contact info....our MTC team votes on all issues so I really don't have final say... Tim Millette 925 878-9245
July 24, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major Plus

Count me in for the meeting.

I'd say we all look at three events during the year.

With them changing locations every season, so no one area gets a travel exemption every season.

We could call them the plus grad slam...

I'd suggest we also include the 55 Plus coaches.

It would be a lot easier to convince senior associations to help us out if we were coming with 20 + teams.... Heck...maybe the 50 Major teams would like the option also....that would get us to 50....Can you say...BLD

NCSSA has proven how successful PLAYER driven Associatins can be.

It's past time the players got together...

Sunday late afternoon at Worlds???




July 24, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major + Western Nationals

Maybe this isn't possible because of older old guys playing on the week days but...

Could it be possible for two day events if.....

Half the groups played all Friday and Saturday and.....the other half of the groups played all Sunday and Monday?

July 18, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Ollie....here is a little secret....scroll with your thumbs...

Gotta go now...I see a windmill on the horizon.
July 18, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Ollie, your ASSUMING those of us voicing ideas to make plus healthier have a short time window. And we all know assuming does...it makes ASS out of U and some Chinese guy named MING;-)

Just like that beard the softball guy grew...change takes time.

At least the hair growing time frame gave that player down time to decide on a Windsor or Bow..

I am sure that the bow tied wonder didn't think he would meet his fashion goal in short order....

Ollie, If you did take the time to scroll down and read this....I hope you don't see it a non productive use of time;-)
July 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Jeff,

I do not think a creative schedule can be done efficiently on SSUSA website, because my view would be the 50 Plus teams create their own couple/few tourneys around the country to supplement what SSUSA is giving us..

I believe comp is a good thing. But I don't think it's fair to set our schedules to include non SSUSA eventson their website.

I'd say....try creating the Triple Crown....SSUSA, USSSA and one other "World" spread out around the country.

I would also like to see them be two day events, at a fair price.with them supplying the balls.

ie...talk USSSA into a Sunday/Monday event at the Smoky, Dudley of Last Chance...they only return three teams on Sunday....why not piggy back on it and see it some of the old guys would want to watch the youngsters Saturday...then play starting Sunday.

The other two legs could be SSUSA World and one other event... ASA SPA NSA...whatever we chose...

Maybe all the associations go into one pool and we decide which three we all go support.

I'd say SSUSA should be given some "limited" additional support...beaded on being an early supporter of senior ball.


July 17, 2013
Tim Millette
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Ollie, I see this thread in a much different light.

Everyone that plays senior ball and posts on this site obviously is thankful we still get to play.

I see posters looking at Plus ball and giving ideas to make it much healthier.

ie...easier to entice the major teams that get bumped to stay together and move up.

Do you agree that Plus ball is not thriving at this time?

Do you agree that team numbers in Plus are to low?

I find it very hard to set a value on individual non productive behavior.......one mans internet softball time is another mans gym time....as long as it has value to that individual I see no way for it to be considered non productive.

As an example...I once saw a player in senior ball have his beard tied with a ribbon into a bow... It must have taken many minutes of his "life time" to do this...some that judge would call that time non productive / wasted...I figure it was his time and if it was a priority to him ...it was productive;-)

Come to think of it....I might have been able to grow a beard and get a ribbon bow tied onto it since I started this long post....maybe I even owe you a few minutes if you deem this post.... non productive...SORRY
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