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Ken Lange

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Men's 60

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Sept. 6, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: tournaments for league bats only

Gary C, I have no dog in this fight, but Iíve read your posts and you are the one who initiated the name calling. And now anyone who prefers to use a senior bat takes steroids? That is laughable. I prefer to use senior bats because I have played in leagues that allow ASA only, and more that a few people are using cheater bats. And it isnít only the kids in the open leagues, because one of these leagues is senior only. Allowing senior bats gives you the best chance of not getting screwed by gutless cheaters looking for any advantage to make themselves look better. Oh, and one other thing. I recommend that before you post, you take a few moments and then re-read what you have written. That might save you from posting something that you might regret. For instance, I might write that you must be like the ďegotistic, slick fielding shortstop who thinks he is better than he isĒ that Omar referred to, or maybe one of the bat cheaters looking for and advantage in a tournament where everyone else is using ASA bats. If I did that I would be wrong because I donít know you and would be remiss in making an inaccurate statement about someone that I donít know. Thanks for listening.
Aug. 31, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA in Las Vegas

Canijack, Iím confused about a few things. Last year all we heard from the M+ ranks was the lack of teams to play in tournaments. Now you want to break up the few M+ teams that there are to make a ďSuper M+Ē team. That doesnít make any sense. Just because theyíre doing it up in NorCal doesnít make it right. What would happen to the rest of the guys from those teams? They would have to form new teams that would probably play major, which would be good for them as it would provide more teams at that level. And since you wouldnít have anyone left to play against locally, you would end up playing these major teams all the time, so what are you gaining? Unless you have a sponsor with deep pockets that will fly you east all the time to play the other teams that you now can compete with, you have gained nothing. And all this at the expense of the friendships that donít seem to mean much to you.
Aug. 26, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LVSSA 55 and 60 Major Plus Teams

Itís a shame how LVSSA screwed up their own event like this. I remember when this tournament was every bit at good as SSUSAís Championship, with large brackets of twenty or more teams. But it was about five years ago when some team from Wisconsin came in about two division below where they were supposed to be, and they let them do it. Itís just snowballed since then with fewer teams attending every year. And instead of trying to fix it they just put their heads in the sand and raised the prices. And some of us, like idiots (including me), are still attending. The LVSSA will continue to die on the vine until somebody in their organization wakes up and has the guts to make these teams play in the divisions where they belong.
Aug. 6, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Register and pay fee via Credit Card

When I was about to turn 60 they were after me to pay for a new card IMMEDIATELY! They started emailing my team coordinator and me for IMMEDIATE payment in December, and I didnít turn 60 Ďtil mid January. The team coordinator asked me to take care of it so they would stop badgering her. I had planned to take care of it at the SSUSA qualifier in Menifee in January, like I always had in the past, but that wasnít good enough for Sacramento, they needed it IMMEDIATELY. So I called them up and gave them a credit card over the phone and was told my card would come in the mail. At that time I related to them that my plan was to pay at the first qualifier. They said that would have been OK, but they prefer it to be paid IMMEDIATELY. Well, it is now August, and I still have no card. Itís no big deal, because they tell me Iím on file when I go to check in at the tournaments, but I really think they should send me my card IMMEDIATELY!
Aug. 3, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: California Championships

JLD,

Iím sorry you entered this tournament in good faith and ended up finding only one other team in your division. I enjoyed playing against your team in Reno, and congratulate you on your victory. Iím assuming that your team is sponsored, by the number of travel tournaments that you seem to enter. If not, then I envy your ability to afford the travel costs. Most of the teams that are in the Cal Cup (about 85%) are from around Sacramento or within an hour and a half drive. In fact, itís worth noting that there are almost as many teams entered from Colorado/Nevada (5) as from Southern California (7). Iíd venture to guess that a lot of the guys that are playing will be staying in their own beds and not paying for one, and certainly not flying in. Maybe all the So Cal teams are sick of having to play in Nor Cal all the time. I can tell you this, the next time that SSUSA holds a significant tournament in Southern California, other than a local qualifier, will be the FIRST time in at least the last ten years! Maybe if SSUSA, just once in a while, moves this tournament farther south into Central California (Fresno, where they used to hold it, or Bakersfield), or into So Cal (any one of a million places!) they will experience a better turnout Thanks for listening.

June 29, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Five run equalizer

Jawood, we finally agree on something, lol. I think the ability to score an extra run per inning instead of just having it given to you is a great idea. Much more satisfying for everyone involved.
May 25, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Product review
Discussion: What's a Good Outfielder's Glove?

I bought an Akadema for about $70 and planned to break it in slowly. When my Rawlings broke I was forced to use it and have been real happy. It's a little heavy, but you get used to it and it was a lot cheaper.
April 13, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Cheating...

Gary, when you golf, if you do, are you using the current technology in equipment, or are your clubs still wood?
April 1, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

I've had it in my thumbs, and it's getting worse. I'm worried that I won't even be able to hold a glass in the future. I hope the vinegar/water shots work. Thanks.
March 22, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings Day??????

Birdie, I never said I would lose any games on purpose. In fact, the teams that I played the last few years won most of our seeding games to point where we used to laugh at ourselves about it. Personally, I would prefer that they go to the system where teams have to do well in there preliminary games to get to the medal round. I merely used that example to illustrate the flaws in the rating system, and as Taits has attested to, it can and is being done. Donít you ever wonder how some teams can lose both their seeding games convincingly and then just turn it on in the double elim? Iím aware that teams play all their players in the seeding games to try and get everyone playing time. Iím also aware that on some teams not all the top players show up until the double elim. But this shouldnít result in large deficits in the losses. You can choose to keep your head in the sand and refuse to see the possibility of a flawed system, but I think SSUSA owes us more than one personís opinion on where teams should be placed.
March 21, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings Day??????

SSUSA Staff,

I find it hilarious that you feel the need to posture about the decision making process of rating teams up, when you refuse to avail yourself of the fairest tool at your disposal. You continue to use your easily-manipulated system of 5+ runs, and the accumulated record in tournaments as the basis of a teamís stature in their division. Using your system, teams that always seem to finish high in your big tournaments can purposely lose their seeding games by big margins, and in a double elimination format lose as many as four games total, and stay under your radar. You donít listen to the opinions of the tournament directors and team managers from the local qualifiers, a key tool at your disposal, and in many cases you have never seen the teams that you are promoting play a game. You just go off your ďstatisticsĒ. Itís time for a Player Commission, something that has been suggested numerous times on this website, to be a part of the decision process. People from all parts of the country, selected by THEIR PEERS, who will give an objective opinion on whether or not a team is worthy of a promotion to the next level. You will still, of course, retain the final say on these matters, but periodic posts from you regarding the voting process on the teams you feel the need to promote would go a long way in stopping the complaints of teams that have been moved up. Thanks for listening.

Feb. 18, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How would YOU rate teams

They moved our 55AAA team up two years ago, after playing AAA for 8 years, because they needed more teams at major. We didnít deserve the bump, but it didnít matter. We, of course, complained and appealed our move to various people at SSUSA, and were finally told that the ONLY opinion that mattered was Terryís. I was told that by more than one person there. The fact that he hadnít seen our team play in over 5 years didnít matter to him because he needed more teams at major. Later in the year they moved other teams up from AAA because they moved some of the majors up to M+. Itís all about getting more teams in the upper divisions to make sure the brackets look full in Phoenix.
Feb. 1, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scheduling program

Ho, I have to ask, what exactly is "cornhole", lol.
Jan. 28, 2010
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anonymity on the board

The truth is that somebody might think twice about commenting on a subject, whether it be softball or politics at the South Pole, if their name is readily available to the other posters. Not that I think that someone is going to get on a plane and fly across country to defend his softball honor if something is said that upsets him/her. And maybe itís a good thing that people have the freedom to opine on any issue they like without the pressure of having to answer for it in person. But you see it all the time on blogs concerning all types of subjects all over the web. Someone states an opinion, and a responder, using a pseudonym, calls him or her an idiot. Itís the annoyance factor, and I think that everyone would be a lot more cordial on this board if it was a real name and not a screen name behind the keyboard. JMO, thanks for listening.

Ken Lange

Jan. 24, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who What Where?

Hey, #6 in what way should what LP said be construed as a ďslap in the face to the manager of TanelĒ? All he was trying to do is alert other teams to the availability of these players. Lighten up.
Jan. 24, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a strong defensive SS!!

What "Duke" failed to mention is that the team looking for a shortstop is located in Southern California.
Jan. 20, 2010
pushin60
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: One of the umpires at Menifee

What's this about a golf outing? Anybody have the details?
Dec. 21, 2009
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best cleats

Slowball, you say you wear an 11, but bought the shoe smaller? I was told by Boombah to buy Ĺ to 1 size bigger for the best fit. That might be the root of your problem. And I have worn them to cut the lawn, lol. I had an arch problem with the tanels, but that was because they were a size too big. They exchanged them with no argument.
Dec. 14, 2009
pushin60
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best cleats

Stick, I agree, the Boomhahs are the most comfortable shoe I have used. I also agree they have a durability problem, but Boomhah will react to any problem you have with their products. I'll usually get about a year out of my turfs. After that, I'll wear them for batting practice and the bar.
Dec. 14, 2009
pushin60
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Thoughts on no hit zone

This rule is so wrong I can't believe they even brought it up for a vote. The only way they should enforce this is if the pitcher stays in the 24-inch zone. If he leaves it, even a part of one of his feet, all bets should be off.
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