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Marv Ruddell

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Murrieta, CA

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Men's 60

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Jan. 14, 2015
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rain vs Tournaments

This is way to subjective to just say % we play % we stay home. All parks and municipalities have policy's regarding rain. None are the same. In the case of Hemet if the fields are too wet play is suspended. But the park makes that decision not the T.D. Yes we can cancel but if we do it and the field conditions turn out they are favorable at game time we loose a $500 deposit plus are billed for all fields reserved. In Temecula if you start the second game slot you own the field until 10:00 PM. So if it rains after the second game starts say goodbye to $1,000 for that day. If a tournament is cancelled within 30 days we not only loose the $1250 deposit that is kept in perpetuity we also loose that date for the following year. San Clemente we have to pay in full 30 days in advance. If we cancel anytime in that 30 days we loose our deposit and are liable for both days. Game day itís the park that makes the call. If they call it we loose nothing. So in most cases itís the park that makes the ultimate call.

Hemet was difficult for all. Not a drop of rain hit the ground Saturday. So do you cancel the weekend over a three day forecast? We live in Southern California where the weather forecasts are never the same at different Sites or TV Stations. I have 5 sites I monitor days in advance and loose plenty of sleep doing so. Saturday night it was suppose to rain 52% chance at 8:00 PM and again 47% at 4 AM. Sunday. It did neither. I left my home at 6:15 AM Sunday where it was suppose to be raining according to Doppler and it wasn't. I got to the park at 6:45 AM and not a drop of rain hit my windshield all the way there. When I met with the park people they gave me the go ahead. It was my hope and theirs that the rain would skirt us like it does so many times all year. This wasn't to be and at 9:00 AM it rained sufficiently enough that the grounds crew called the tournament. I didn't like it and neither did any of the teams. However I am not unsympathetic to the cost of coming to these events. All tournaments have to handled on a case by case basis. In this case I am issuing partial refunds for all teams that attended.
Jan. 13, 2015
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA Winter Shootout Jan 11-12 Hemet, CA

No results are available do to the tournament being shortened by rain before we could start the Elimination rounds. It was our intention to welcome the teams with a good dose of Southern California sunshine. Had the weather cooperated just one day later we would have had a great round of eliminations. All 25 teams were posed to give it their best. But the weatherman had different plans. So instead of giving out prizes I'm giving out refunds.

Special thinks to the Ladies. We love it when you attend. And we love your passion for the game.

San Diego Stars
CA Spirit 55
So Cal Toxic
Silver Foxes
Fifty n Over It
CA Spirit
60 Cents
Skor Mor
Diamond Dames
Cal Express
Las Vegas Neons
Saints Express
New Kids
CA Spirit 65
Dream Catchers

And to the Men's teams. We really appreciate the attendance and support.
A very special shout out to the guys from R.P.M.(Utah). I know you traveled a long distance at great expense to get here. I sincerely wish the weather would have coopered more. We wish you a great season in 2015. You guys should do well.

Men's Teams:

Kamikaze 50
Studs n Duds 50
Kamikaze 55
Titans 55
Grants Posse 60
R.P.M. 60
911 60

We are looking forward to watching the new teams that attended the tournament.

Grants Posse 50
Long Beach Softball 50
Mutual of Omaha 50

To All ... Good Luck in 2015

Little known fact: The SCSSA has been appointed by Governor Brown to officially attempt to solve the California Drought :O)

Marv
SCSSA
www.socalssa.com
Jan. 8, 2015
Marv19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

This is an interesting string. As a new Dudley Dealer I am really interested in how they handle customer service. I have no Idea how Distribution is either. Whether its a bit better or not. What I do know is I have 200 bats on order and was told some of that order is in transit as well. We'll see... I know this, I have some anxious people looking for their bats!

What does this have to do with an end cap coming off again? :O)

Marv
www.socalssa.com
Dec. 25, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merry Christmas

It's 68 degrees now in sunny So Cal but with a wind chill of 67 :0)

Merry Christmas to all. Hope everybody has a great Christmas and new year. I'll be with my 3 Children and 10 of my grandchildren on this the Lords Birthday!

God bless the senior softball community and the guys I try to compete with on Mondays. Especially the batting practice guys that made my Christmas very special yesterday... thank you so much!

Happy Holidays guys and gals

C U very soon next year!

Marv
www.socalssa.com
wwm1@adelphia.net
Dec. 13, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeking Info....

Glad everything worked out for you as I knew it would. One thing you will find, at least I did, is your brain and the new lenses will take some getting use to. For me my hand eye coordination was off. Im a good ball striker in that I rarely miss the ball. The first batting practice with the new eyes I missed the first five pitched balls. It really freaked me out. But eventually the new eyes and my brain caught up with each other. Good luck and have a Merry Christmas
Dec. 9, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeking Info....

Jose I put this off for five years until my optometrist said he couldn't do more with glasses. I was frightened about having somebody touch my eyes. But I could no longer see out of either eye very well. Street signs were blurry, Halos around every light at night and I had to squint to see anything up close. The ophthalmologist told me he had done 25,000 of these operations. He only does surgery one day a week. I ask how many? He said 15 to 20 in a day. When he came in after I was prepped I asked how many so far? He said 12. I said great, so you have had enough practice to be good at it today :O) It takes just 15 minutes. When I woke up and opened my eye I said put me under and do the other one now!!! It was like I was 16 again. I could see in HD. You wait you won't believe it. Best surgical procedure I ever had done.

Marv
www.socalssa.com
wwm1@adelphia.net
Dec. 9, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning EL 12 inch vs 13 inch barrel

The big difference,IMO,between the Dudley and the Reebok is the Reebok engineer is now with Dudley. Under the new stewardship of
Berkshire Hathaway and barring any major catastrophes this will be the bat of choice, at least in Southern California, for 2015. I'd estimate that there are 2 to 1 more Melee's than Ull's here. But I think that is about to change.

Marv
www.socalssa.com
wwm1@adelphia.net
Dec. 9, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Grants Posse 55M+ and Nighthawks 55M+ will be at the Beach in the summer if you think you're up for the challenge?
Nov. 22, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HELP---I just don't get it!

The theory is the sticky, or in the case of the Nightmare with a textured, finish will create more spin on the ball. A smooth bat surface will create less friction when hit. The theory is two balls hit in the same area of the bat with the same bat speed the bat that causes the ball to spin more will yield less drag in flight thus more distance. This is just a theory mind you probably backed up with some white board equation by Sheldon Cooper :O)
Oct. 29, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee's

That is an easy question to answer. The larger question is why did they stay so long. My guess is huge corporations depend on the bottom line. When you can make a $5 shoe that sells retail for $90 then you start to understand. There isn't that much of a margin in bats and you need to have a major market share to make the investors happy. Unfortunately for Reebok, Miken has the largest portion of the senior market. I've often said I would love to make a product that breaks prematurely with no warrantee. (in automotive they call that programed obsolescence) But no one seems to care and continues to buy it anyway. How many guys do you know that have at least three bats. Not because they use three bats but they are for when the one breaks.

As for why. I would suspect that when some annual report came out and the bats did not perform as they expected it was axed. The reason there was a last minute order a few months ago tells me they had a contractual obligation with the factory to fulfill in China.
Oct. 20, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

LP, Here is how tournaments get off time with as you call it a "time limit". The game is in the fifth. Its just one out in and time expires. Its now 65 minutes. The umpire calls the next inning the open inning. It takes another 12 minutes to finish the 5th for one reason or another. No one is rushed because the next inning is the open. 5th inning ends. Now its 77 minutes in. This will be hard to believe but I witnessed this first hand. Its takes 47 minutes to finish the open inning (20+ runs for each team) Plus every batter waited to get a strike in the open. sometimes two. 47 min added to 77 = 124. So you're now 34 minutes over the 90 minutes allotted for the game slot. Its hard to make up the 34 minutes when most take a strike in the open. More often than not the rest of the games go over their time limits. At the end of the day your 1 to 2 hours behind using this scenario. Its not the necessarily the time limit its the open innings where you lose the time. 1 and 1 speeds up the game because when you get into the batters box you're now more aggressive (you called it rushed) than passive. It works for us and I have lots of managers tell me don't you dare go back to 0 and 0. Granted its mostly the younger teams (under 60) but in our demographic there are more younger teams than older.
Oct. 11, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

Donnie that's so novel and creative where did you come up with that idea? I know there is an association in Southern California that implemented this policy last September that now does this. They got rave reviews for making the seeding games worth something. Could you have somehow got the idea from them? Or did I get it from you :O) You see great minds do think alike. Have a great weekend.
Oct. 9, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrats to the Southern California Teams

One More:

80M Fairway Ford 2nd place.
Oct. 7, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrats to the Southern California Teams

Thanks a bunch Don. As Ive said before you make my (T.D.) life so easy. I wish I could clone you!

Its been a true pleasure to serve the teams in Southern California for the last 4 years.

With that said I had a senior moment when I forgot So Cal Gusto. My apologies Larry.


65AAA So. Cal Gusto 2nd Place
Oct. 7, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrats to the Southern California Teams

Congratulations to the Southern California teams at the SSUSA World Masters Championships.

50M+ Sommerville 3rd Place
50M So Cal Vandals 2nd Place
55M+ Summyís Nighthawks 1st Place
55M Grants Posse 1st Place
55AAA R&R Strokers 2nd Place
65M+ Full Circle 1st Place
Oct. 7, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

As a side note: We use one and one with one to waste. That means if you foul one off you get the third strike. The big plus is over 90% of our games go 7 innings.
Oct. 6, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

With all due respect to SSUSA I must make the following observation. I think your survey is flawed. Let's take the recent worlds as an example. There were, and I believe there are, far more 40-55 men playing the senior game today. At the worlds using 15 for all teams there were 257 40-55 teams or 3855 men. Yet you have only 1483 of that age group represented in the survey. Conversely you had 214 60-85 teams or 3210 men participating. But the survey shows a whopping 3215 men in that age category answering the survey. Not what I would call proper representation. I'll explain: I don't know how the survey was done but obviously the older guys responded in bigger numbers. Was it done online? Could it be there are far more retirees that could or were willing to participate. 40-55 year old men tend to work and have other priorities. IMO if the survey were done over the last ten days in Las Vegas with most of the demographic represented your results would be far different.

Survey 40-55 = 1483 men
Survey 60+ = 3215 men or 68% response from the older category

Last ten days at the Worlds using the same 15 multiplyer

40-55 = 3855 men
60+ = 3210 men or 54% representation in the 40-55 category

Conclusion: Only having 29% of any demographic vote on a rule or policy to change a rule is not realistic. Its the tail wagging the dog. I know its not a priority but having the majority of the demographic in the same location for 10 days would be the most logical place for a survey.

Sorry for all the numbers and my apologies to the ladies as I only used the men to make my points.



Oct. 5, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

As a tournament provider I will tell you when we started this policy of the one and one it did several things. Some of which are outlined by E6 in Az. But more importantly it keeps us on time. Since implementing it we now have been on time well over 90% of the time. But here are a couple of the pros: You as a hitter now will get more times at the plate. No longer will guys sit and wait for the pitcher to throw the first strike. Yes I know we have a time limit. But it shortens the open innings and that is where most of the time is wasted setting on the first fat one that no one swings at. Pros: We have a much higher rate of 7 inning games than any other senior organization bar none. Cons: I have to listen to grumpy old men tell me about how... "I have ruined the purity of the game" Then I have to remind them the purity of the game was ruined with the 12 mph fastballs we all see now :O)

Scott, the 70 foot bases is a safety rule change. SCMAF went to it a couple of years ago too. You can thank carbon fiber for that. Speaking of safety, Id like to see SSUSA go to the safety rule of leading off perpendicular to the line on 3rd base when the ball leaves the pitchers hand. How many times have you been on 3rd when the team gorilla is at the plate and you have no where to go until he hits it?? yikes! We use it and everybody likes it. Its there for your protection.
Oct. 3, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Water Coolers

Its probably a good bet the drinking fountains, conveniently located within a short distance from the dugouts, at any park in the Vegas area won't have Athlete's Foot Fungus or taste salty. :O) If LP is correct... Good job following our lead SSUSA. I applaud your wise decision. Hope everybody returns safe and healthy to Southern California. Looking forward to seeing everybody. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the cool weather. Its HOT (104)here!


Sept. 10, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Kevin anytime you'd like to expose that bat to the So Cal Seniors Market lets talk. 11 tournaments a year averaging 20+ teams. 350 guys at last weekends tournament. Plus Monday league there are around 100 guys in attendance each week. I also participate in an organized batting practice for 15 to 25 guys every Wednesday and Friday. Check us out at www.socalssa.com Website advertising avalible too.
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