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Marv Ruddell

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Feb. 27, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

Attention Managers. This is the final day to enter. You have until 12:00 Midnight Friday. If your on the edge and are thinking its decision time. We have room for a few more! The local paper will be covering this as well. You never know you might get your mug on the front page like Craig and O.D. did this morning. www.socalssa.com wwm1@adelphia.net
Feb. 26, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Back Nine

I was sitting with some Softball Buddies after the tournament in Perris today talking war stories. And as I reflected on the conversations I remembered what an old golfing buddy sent me recently. So I thought I'd share.

The Back Nine:

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here I am in the "back nine" of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember vividly seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first Tee and the "back nine" was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is . . . my friends are retired and getting grey. They move slower and I. When see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant . . .. but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day ! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore . . . it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit! And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did! But, at least I know, that though Iím on the "back nine", and I'm not sure how long it will last, this I know for sure, that when it's over on this earth . . . it's over and a new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done ... things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not on the "back nine" yet ... let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether youíre on the "back nine" or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life . . . so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is God's gift to you. The way you live your life may be your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

LIVE IT WELL !
ENJOY TODAY !
DO SOMETHING FUN !
BE HAPPY !
HAVE A GREAT DAY
Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
Your kids are becoming you .. . . but your grandchildren are perfect
Going out is good . .. . Coming home is better !
You forget names . . . But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you !
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything . . . especially golf
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore !
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called
"pre-sleep".
You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
You tend to use more 4 letter words . . . "what?" . . . "when?".... ????
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"!
What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
Everybody whispers.
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ... 2 of which you will never wear.

But Old is good in some things Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND"!

Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT
Feb. 22, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

"Jeffrey Adams has always lived his life with integrity. He was just four credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University when things went in a different direction. Instead of walking across the graduation stage wearing a cap and gown, Jeffrey Adams chose to walk the roadsides of Baghdad, Iraq, wearing body armor and a helmet, looking for improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

He found one. Or rather, one found him. The former combat engineer in the Louisiana Army National Guard remembers, ďWe didn't see anything, so I started to turn, and I blinked. Then I found myself sitting on the ground, missing a leg.Ē

Nearly 30 surgeries later and a world away, Jeffrey did ultimately make his way across the stage, on crutches, to pick up that diploma. Actually, he did more than that; he showed his fortitude and integrity by delivering the commencement address during the engineering graduation ceremony, too."

Too many stories like this one to put up on the board. We have a week left and could use some more teams to support this very worth cause. Wont you join the other teams and to help the vets that give so much for us
Feb. 7, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Orphan Team SoCal

Mike we miss the Studs and Duds. Thanks for putting this team together.

On the Wounded Warrior front I have this morning secured a DeMarini (The One)28oz and a White Centenarian 27oz for prizes in the HR Derby. Thanks to the generosity of Arnie Vice from Rated Athletics Im 2/3 of the way to securing all the prizes. The HR Derby will consist of three age groups. 50/55 and 60. I could still use some athletic equipment (preferably softball) for the Raffle. I have personally donated $300 worth of prizes for the raffle. Thanks again Mike for your help and thats "Rated Athletics" in Chino CA. in case you didn't read it right :O)

I have a good feeling this one will be a nice fundraiser for the Wounded Vets that have done so much for us! More info on www.socalssa.com


Feb. 2, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: non roster tournaments

Tony I could use a sixth 55M team to make an even number. We're only an hour away if you're staying in PS :) I dont have your current email address. Drop me an email so I can add you to my list.

Marv
Feb. 1, 2014
Marv19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: non roster tournaments

Gman Feb 26th is a one day Wounded Warrior Benefit tournament. Its two games for each team. Contact Steve at the link to the right on my web site (www.socalssa.com) The link is "MVUDSS" He will put you in touch with Mike who is coordinating that mini tournament. As for Feb 15-16 Im assuming you mean SSUSA rosters? If so no we dont require a SSUSA roster but each team must comply with SSUSA rules beyond that. We dont have any 65s yet but there are 27 teams signed up. Mostly 50 and 55s There will be four 60 teams there maybe you can hook up with somebody. As for P.S. Feb 12th I haven't a clue. Good Luck
Jan. 19, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

If you think Peyton Manning just got a tee shirt and a hat for winning the AFL Division Championship I have some prime real estate I'll sell you in Okefenokee, Florida. :O)
Jan. 17, 2014
Marv19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ca players etc etc

When you play in a tournament in Hemet you are playing at the foot of a 260 foot tall earthen Dam. The lake behind stretches nearly 8 miles. Diamond Valley Lake was completed in 1999 and took 3 years to fill. It holds 800,000 acre feet of water or 260 billion gallons. It is Southern Californiaís newest and largest reservoir. It is a vital link in the regional system thatís brought water to Southern California for the past 60 years. The lake nearly doubled the areaís surface water storage capacity and provided additional water supplies for drought, peak summer and emergency needs. Plus I heard the fishing is really good too.
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 donít understand why you would go to a two game seed, Double Elimination tournament then break out M from AAA for a $3 hat anyway. Itís 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 Iíll 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. Iíll 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.
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