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Marv Ruddell

Location:
Murrieta, CA

Division:
Men's 60

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Jan. 16, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ca players etc etc

The local news is reporting the rainfall norm is 7" by this time. We have had 1". No restrictions on water usage but the bill I just paid to keep my lawn green, me, my dishes and clothes clean was huge for this time of the year. My grandson just got his Ca EMT certificate. He wants to be a fireman. God bless those that fight fires!
Jan. 13, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA Winter Shootout in Hemet 1-11-12

Got to love the ladies! Great weather 74 to 76. Clear blue Southern California skies. Thanks Ladies we had a great time even with the unscheduled rainbird shower on field #1. :O) The umpires tell me they loved the experience as well.

50s
1st - Second Wind
2nd - San Diego Stars

55s
1st - Cal Spirit 55
2nd - Skor Mor

60s
1st - Cal Spirit 60
2nd - Diamond Dames

65s
1st - Cal Spirit 65
2nd - Saints Express
Jan. 13, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

We have been working on the Home Run Derby. Its our plan to shut down the tournament on Saturday between 11:30 and 12:30. We will hold it on one of the 300 foot fields probably #3 so cars in the parking lot won't be in jeopardy. I have found someone to help manage the HR Derby but Im in need of volunteers to Pitch, help chase and or shag balls in the outfield. Any advice or pointers you have would be helpful as well. No one will be playing during that time frame so if you're interested please contact me. There will be a new (in the wrapper) bat up for grabs to the individual with highest total home runs in the 50/55/60 age group. Email me at: wwm1@adelphia.net
Jan. 13, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CERTAIN FEES!!

Andy, I must comment on the 4 game minimum. Its really a matter of math. If a team enters a tournament with a 2 game seed and double elimination format 99% of the time there will be some teams that will only get 4 games. There is no other way around it. Unless the T.D. gets creative and has a special bracket for consolation games to give the "4 Game" guys their 5th game. I did not see anywhere where that Top Gun guaranteed 5 Games. Unlike us where we specifically state we guarantee 5 games for all our two day tournaments. So to their defense how can they be held accountable for something they didn't advertise? In your reply to this try to refrain from using the word assume :O) As for the actual schedule. Top Gun didn't even do the schedule. SSUSA did. So how can you slam Top Gun for scheduling issues when they turned over that job to SSUSA? When Vince ran this all teams were in the group were eliminated in the group. You then can do a 3 game seed. This way it becomes more likely to get 5 games in. As for overselling: 29 teams on 7 fields for the weekend is not overkill. It gets complicated by formatting. Personally I dont understand why you would go to a two game seed, Double Elimination tournament then break out M from AAA for a $3 hat anyway. Its a qualifier... The only reason to be there is to qualify a roster... Right? You don't plan a two day trip spend $375, plus, plus for a $3 hat right? I won't comment on the $3 dollar hat deal but there is an association in Southern California that gave out over $10,000 in cash and prizes in 2013. Not to mention the charity fund raisers we have planned for this year. This weekend alone we had 13 women's teams and gave out $500 in cash to the finalists. Both First and Second places. BUT if you're really distraught about your $3 hat... tell you what Ill do. I'll give anyone with that hat $1 at the February Tournament. Just see me and turn in your hat and get a buck. Cash... Green... One buck. Ill then pass them on to a homeless shelter in town. This is no joke just enter your team and bring me your hat! Have a fun week everybody.
Dec. 28, 2013
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

Looking for Bat Manufacturers, Reps, Sporting Goods Suppliers and or Stores. This would be an excellent way to show your products and get the word out where to find them. We will be having a Home Run Derby and we need to have some donated prizes for the event. Can we raffle off you're newest and greatest thing??? Press Enterprise Coverage!!! We expect a lot of people to be in attendance so give me a shout if you're interested! Remember this is totally tax deductible.
Dec. 26, 2013
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

Wounded Warrior Project fundraiser March 8-9-2014 at Diamond Valley Sports Complex Hemet CA This is a very worthy charity and is in need of your support. Hundreds of our warriors come home each month with severe injuries that drastically change their lives. I believe It is incumbent on all of us to try to help these guys and gals in some way. I came to this organization while watching "The Apprentice" last season. This last November I researched the possibility of doing more. So I filled out the form and we were accepted on December 2nd.

My plan is not only to give a percentage of the net profit but to have a silent auction. I will be looking for Goods and Services for this event. Probably more in the way of goods. So if you have something you think would be of value to somebody else please consider donating it. How it will work: We will display the item and have a clipboard next to it. When a person is interested in the item they put down a bid. The next person behind over bids and so on.

It has been put forth by a manager we do a Home Run Derby at this event too. We would separate the contestants by age 50/55/60. SO... I'm sending out a call to any bat manufacturer that would want to donate a bat for prizes or to auction off please contact me at your earliest.

Please note that 100% of all fund raising is donated to the charity. Not one penny will go to administrative costs.

Have great New Years

Marv
wwm1@adelphia.net
SCSSA www.socalssa.com

Dec. 25, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams leaving SSUSA?

Guys, Love the bloviating. But so far thats all it is. Not been contacted by anyone yet. I emailed David (AZ Elite) about a month ago about an unlimited HR tournement. "Sumer Smasher" He loved the idea but untill I get some serious players (teams) all it is talk.
"if they come it can be built" :O)

Merry Christmas

& Happy New Year
Dec. 21, 2013
Marv19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rules and communication

God bless you too David. You and Your team are the real deal. Its always a pleasure when you guys show up. I've never heard our afternoon Temecula ocean breeeze refered to as a hurracane before but it is breezy in the afternoon here. Thus no smog!

Merry Christmas to you as well

We hope to see you soon and bring your cartel with you :O)

Marv
SCSSA
www.socalssa.com
Dec. 19, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams leaving SSUSA?

"1st Annual World Protestation Tournament" a Fall Smasher!
Unlimited Home Runs! - No Mask requirement! - Open to all Major and Major Plus teams - 7 runs per inning (major+) 6 runs per inning (Major) - 7 innings games - 2 hour game slots - Safety lead off rule - more?

I wonder... If they build it would they come?
Dec. 13, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Perl apparently you have a degree in psychology? Delusional... hardly. What I saw was two very good teams playing their hearts out. I watched outfielders diving and coming up with outs. I saw infielders making great plays. Several double plays. Outfielders throwing guys out trying to advance on a base hit. (remember those?) What I witnessed was a softball game and not a home run derby. My compliments once again to Rick, Flip and David for entertaining this old man. It still is one of the finest games we have had the pleasure of hosting. The day of the 40 to 39 games in M+ will be history with the new rule. No longer can you hit shots over the fence only to advance a runner one base at a time. Lower scores will be the future of your game. Strategy will once again be important to the outcome. Those teams that can adjust to the new rule will be the ones that will succeed IMO.
Dec. 13, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

This string is an interesting read. Some things you guys have to consider is the ISA ROCK is only used in Vegas by SSUSA. It will only be used 3 more years as the contract I'm told with SSUSA and LVSSA is a five year deal. So enjoy the ISA ROCK while you can. Here is why I think that ball performs so well in the desert and the heat. Las Vegas is 2200 feet above sea level. Henderson and Boulder are 2400 and 2500 respectively. Add that to the fact that the ball is illegitimate! Its not a 44/375. Its in reality a 52/400. Then add to it 300 foot fences... seriously! No wonder the egos are boosted. How many of you pitchers and infielders would complain if I put a 52/400 ball in play. Its rhetorical... (You dont need to answer) I know what I'd get if that were to happen. Id have ever pitcher and 1St and 3rd baseman in the tournament coming up to me and say "Are you trying to kill me!" But because the ball says 44/375 on the cover its all good ... right? You have to remember the conversation in September that the ISA ROCK was designed to fool the ASA and U-Trip testing. Both those organizations have banned the ball. Ask yourself why? To me its no wonder SSUSA changed the rules with all of the above information. Now add to that composite bats and time constraints.

I can tell you first hand the HR and an out will go a long way to keep you on time. Since we went to the one and one and HR with an out over 90% of the games are on time and about that percentage go 7 innings as well. Which means more guys get more at bats. BTW Im pretty sure the mask came as a result of the HR rule change. Its no coincidence that the two were in tandem.

Another thing. I dont have a crystal ball but I remember a conversation I had with David of AZ Elite in June. The discussion was the HR and out we were using. I told David if SSUSA were to employ the HR and out rule they could easily transition into merging M and M+. Time will tell but that game between AZ Elite and Nazarrino Electric was the best softball game I have ever seen at the senior level. Because they both used up their HRs early we saw some major league plays in the infield. Those guys can play. The game ended 13 to 12. Yes... 13 to 12, not 40 to 38 but 13 to 12. I could have charged admission to that one.

Have a great Christmas. And to you that I will see tomorrow, Good luck and lets have a fun time. Cuz this one is for the KIDS :O)

Dec. 10, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

Patty Mac
We have been using the limit plus outs for over a year now. Im happy to tell you all our pitchers are alive and well. Just the idea of somebody going box intentionally or unintentionally because of this rule is utter nonsense. Learn to play the game and control your bat trajectory or take up knitting where no one will get hurt.
Nov. 4, 2013
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA Harvest Invitational, Hemet - CA

A Very Special thanks to the Ladies that traveled to the tournament. Your participation is always welcomed. In the end it was Diamond Dames with Espirit as runner up. Apparently you brought us superb weather... thanks

It was nice to see a few managers that didn't have teams there. They all said they were there to recruit... err... visit us. :O)

We had a short one day schedule this weekend but congratulations to the finalists Vandals, Wongs, Monsta 55 and Grants Posse 55

Hope everyone had a good time!

In case you were wondering what the construction was all about. Valley-wide has started their 1.3 million dollar project. It was really interesting to see the progress on the two story snack bar / observation deck. The elevator enclosure is coming along and the first courses of the block exterior were done as well. Completion is expected to be early May. Yea!! no more porta potties :O)

Good luck with the new teams that are forming. We hope to see you in December at our charity event. "Toys for Kids" 12-14-15 2013 in Hemet. Please come and support the kids!
Nov. 4, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Marv

Kevin I didn't realize SEMA was this week. In years past the show was during the dead week between NHRA Vegas and The World Finals in Pomona. The reason was there were a lot of manufacturers that had staff at the races and the show. (Vic's not doing his job ):) The truck is very kool. Hope your son enjoys the show. I'll be going to the races on thursday. Should be another California Chamber of Commerce day in pomona. Talk to you soon and thanks for the pics.
Nov. 4, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

Kevin how was SEMA? Start another thread I don't want to hijack this one
Oct. 18, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

I have no dog in this hunt but there may be extenuating circumstances you may have to consider. From my perspective lets use Temecula for an example. As with all my venues I have a deposit on file. In Temecula its $1250. This is their insurance for me canceling a tournament inside 30 days of the event. They keep it... no ifs ands or butts. AND I loose that date for the following year. Inside 30 days the city is the only one that can cancel a tournament without impunity. In your example I'm surprised the park didn't cancel the event purely from the standpoint the dirt had to be wet days before. Most if not all park people don't want you walking on damp dirt. It creates klods that don't dry out right away to a point that they break up. One of my biggest fears is a rain on Friday. Even light depending on ambient temps may not dry out overnight. Worse yet is rain on Thursday and no sun on Friday. Its bad no matter what cus you have guys getting no refunds on rooms that they paid in advance and so on. BUT my point is the park people, not me, are who has control over whether or not a tournament goes on days prior to the event. NOW if once a tournament starts its like the Pottery Barn. You break it you own it. Once the tournament starts I owe for both days. If it rains and play is suspended I don't get a refund on my money. Its just the way it is. They have rented me the fields and had part time employees they paid to work that weekend. Plus again in my case I have to pay umpires if they show up. They came to work and expect to be paid. So I understand your frustration but the other parts of the equation have to be considered. Not every circumstance is black and white. In any event good luck with this.
Oct. 9, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

A white line does one thing. It creates another possible error in making a call. Did he hit the line? Was the line clearly defined? Did he hit the white bag bcuz the runner instinctively went to a bag and not the line? We tried the line concept when we found out we didn't have orange bags at 70. The umpires couldn't get it right. Absolutely no consistency. AND they all were at the same meeting. Go Figure that one. So we play the field conditions as they are given us. No orange bag we play old school. Orange bag we play orange bag. That one the umpires can get correct. We have no orange bag at our thursday night league Tom Jadwin and I put on. So far it hasn't created any issues. As for a single post tandem bag. They are very expensive and I'm told they don't hold up over the long haul. You have to remember you're hitting a base at full speed without a stationary post under it. Some have told me the bag over time will move depending on who and how its stepped on. Pretty pricy experiment I would think not to mention the liability issues.
Oct. 9, 2013
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

You make way too many assumptions about orange bags. What if the park or city wont dig up their field and install the posts necessary to put them in. A lot of parks around here don't even have 65 foot single post let alone a double post or posts at 70. Ease up on the blame game when it comes to orange bags. I know first hand as I have a simular problem with Diamond Valley in Hemet. They wont put in the (orange bag) posts... period. It took me a year to get them to put in 70 foot single posts on the lower 5 fields. If it were not for a SCMAF rule for 70 foot bases we wouldnt have orange bags in Temecula. They just installed them last year. Its not always the way YOU see things.


Oct. 9, 2013
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

You know! I have told this story over and over, even on this forum. This is the primary reason we DO NOT provide water in the dugouts at our tournaments. Not to mention there are drinking fountains conveniently located at all of our venues. Question: when have you ever seen one of those drums sanitized? For us we have heard about guys soaking their sweaty towels in the ice water to put them on their heads. I even heard one story about a guy putting his injured foot in the barrel to keep down the swelling. I had one guy at our tournament in September tell me you better put water in the dugouts or were not coming again. He went on... No on second thought when somebody dies from dehydration we'll just sue your a$$ As hes telling me this Im looking at a drinking fountain no more than 30 feet away. Count your blessing and be thankful it was just an intestinal thing. Tip of the day: Dont drink from those things!
Sept. 26, 2013
Marv19
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Rock softball

Lefty, to say EVERY ball is misleading and incorrect. The two balls in question are the Bauden Fireball and the ISA ROCK. We know from the engineer that designed the ROCK both balls have misleading specs on them. For what reason I haven't determined yet. The One ball that was competition to Anaconda was designed to mislead the test equipment. Then as the story goes the ball which is now the ISA ROCK was designed only to tell the competition that we have a ball that will do the same so dont produce it. This was done as a bluff. The bluff didn't work so both produced their respective balls. The bottom line is I wont use a ball that has misleading specs on it... Plain and Simple. Where we get into which will and wont breakdown is a matter of conjecture. The only thing we can do is try to put a fair ball on the field that at game time is at a temperature that is consistent with keeping the specs on the ball. Then by using a leather composite cover ball it will reduce the degrading over the next hour and a half. We also plan to test the ball. Well... in our own way. I made arrangements with Grants Posse (local 50M team) to use balls in batting practice and hit the crap out of it in all conditions. We already know what the ISA ROCK does cuz we meet twice a week and hit the crap out of it. Only problem is we are heading into Fall and the ambient temperatures are cooling. Im also going to house these balls in a cooler behind the umpires at the games. One of the interesting things to come out of a conversation last night was we test bats all the time. Guys give us results all the time. But no one tests the balls. So this being considered what do we know about the ball that is being used when guys boast about certain bats? Interesting question dont you think? I really don't know what else to do for you guys. But Im pretty sure no one else is going to this much trouble.
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