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Dec. 14, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Interesting discussion. I actually emailed Curt Hollis a few years ago because I felt my new Melee flexed too much for me and it lagged, especially when I went to the opposite field. I guess it is hard to tell for sure, but I do use stiffer bats now, as I have a reasonably quick bat.
Nov. 28, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

In my own situation with my knee replacement, I disagree with just that criteria being if you can make it there you can't get a runner. If I hit a ball off the wall, I could hobble to second, but really needed to get a runner the rest of the way. I would suggest that once a defense is set for the next pitch, that you can not call time to insert a runner. And, no runners can be replaced at any time after the first pitch to the next batter. That runner must now finish running all of the way. It would only take a couple times with guys having to run because a runner was not ready to get teams to have the courtesy runners ready. This is not a big change, but I believe it would allow for more quite a bit more playing time.I even know some coaches who would use this tactic to 'slow down' a game in a situation where it would be an advantage.
Nov. 27, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

Vern-great to see you back on the board-how is your shoulder doing? It absolutely hurt to watch you unable to play last year. What do you think about double plays being counted as 2 at bats? Interesting thought, although you kinda get shafted if you hit a line drive out that turns into a double play, or a running error turns into a double play. And, 3 at bats for a triple play? You could have 2 doubles, line out into a double play, line out into a triple play, hit the ball hard 4 times and go 2-7.

Nov. 17, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Results

Chain Link-Way to go!!
Nov. 17, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Hi James-right time of the year for this discussion.

1. I fully agree that courtesy runners are a problem. However, in my own situation with my knee replacement, I disagree with just that criteria being if you can make it there you can't get a runner. If I hit a ball off the wall, I could hobble to second, but really needed to get a runner the rest of the way. (OK-Obama and Congress take note-this is called COMPROMISE). I would suggest that once a defense is set for the next pitch, that you can not call time to insert a runner. And, no runners can be replaced at any time after the first pitch to the next batter. That runner must now finish running all of the way. It would only take a couple times with guys having to run because a runner was not ready to get teams to have the courtesy runners ready.
2. The 2 minute grace period to get your team on the field was put in to address this. It is incumbent on the teams to get on the field. It also works toward keeping games on time. If an umpire has to wait 4 or 5 minutes for teams to get ready after he is ready to go, over the course of 7 or 8 games that becomes a half hour. Personal team responsibility-if you want the full time allotted-have your team out there ready to go.
3.Totally agree with 3.
4.I would like to see more debate on the no DBO over 60. I really don't see all that many HR's in 60 M+ so it might work. I would suggest no DBO for Major Plus, and maybe Major, at all ages, but retain the DBO for AAA and AA.
5. This one does need debate as I also feel the advantage is too much. One suggestion might be that for the higher rated team, there are no DBO's after they reach the lower teams HR level. Make it a walk. I would say make it a walk until they reach their own HR level, but that is too much thinking on the field involved. I see all sorts of arguments happening.
5. 3-2 is not happening-see earlier posts.
6. There is one other thing I saw this year that I really liked and would like to see debated. I liked it and it would be for POOL GAMES ONLY. The visitors are given 1/2 run. There are no ties and no extra inning games. BUT, that 1/2 run does NOT count in seeding.
7. Major Plus gets 7 runs an inning. Supposedly the top hitters are there, and we really don't get a tremendous number of 7 inning games in. BUT, there are not a lot of M+ teams either. Would an extra 10 minutes for M+ only in BRACKET PLAY really set back things that far?

The meeting is coming up-NOW is the time to get your 2 cents in-or commit to go to the meeting. You will be listened to if you go!!!

Nov. 16, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

I have to agree with the guys that count it as a hit.There really is little difference except the runners have to be forced. The team benefits. And, same with errors. Many can be forced. I come out of the batters box hard when healthy and can force mistakes. And, the distinction between a hit and an error can be very gray at times. You get rid of the controversy. For crying out loud-it is softball. Most of us are not getting paid to play!!
Nov. 8, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Fred Purvis

Services for Fred are tomorrow-November 9. Please keep him and Diane in your prayers.
Nov. 8, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dudley HR Derby - Friday @ 6pm Naples Complex

Wow-sounds like you had a blast!! I hope that becomes a staple in SSUSA tournaments. Congrats-Davey-somehow I am not surprised! Congrats to the winners.
Nov. 6, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bullhead tournament

One thing that the bullhead tournament did that I did like was give the visitor teams one half run so there were no extra inning games. I thought that was an interesting rule and worked out real well. Personally I had a great time there.my thanks go out to Hunter aerospace for asking me to play. And it was fun seeing a lot of friends out there.
Nov. 6, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix world - need field assignments

Dave, I think you need to let each one of these guys try to set up a tournament just to see what it's like. With all the things that you have to do, it is amazing that things almost always work out real well. I do understand the hotel thing but if nobody organized these tournaments we wouldn't be playing the game we love so much. Come on guys Dave's working his tail off for you.
Oct. 29, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Fred Purvis

Senior softball has lost one of its true gentle giants. Fred was possibly the nicest gentleman I ever had the high privelege of playing with in softball, and knowing in life. His power was legendary. In what I believe was his last at bat in worlds this year he hit one that I believe he is in a better position to catch right now than the left fielder ever was. What a bomb!
Fred, rest in peace with the Lord. You will be missed.
Oct. 28, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CONGRATS TO HOF INDUCTEES

Sam, Mike seems to think that anyone that plays aaa is sandbagging. Even if it is with friends. He still calls me aaa, even after 3 years of major plus ball with him. Lol
Oct. 23, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

By the way, I know this because in my rehab from the total knee replacement, several teams of friends asked me to play even knowing I was not full strength. I would like to thank the Universal Lending Lasers, 50-AAA, Rio Grande 55's-55-M, and Chain Link-60-M+ for giving me the opportunity to play this year with them. I had a lot of fun and got to know a lot of class players that I had barely known, a lot better. Thanks!
Oct. 23, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

Tony-since you played 55-M, that is your rating. That allows you to only play 60 M+, 55-M, or 50AAA to be an even across rating. You could play 55-M+, or 50-M, or 50-M+ as they are a step up from your rating. I believe teams are allowed 3 players from a higher division, but only one level, so you could also play 55-AAA, or 50-AA. Am I right, Dave?
Oct. 22, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count? Playing Devil's advocate

Although I like 1-1 myself, it's not going to change soon. But, going where the thread has gone, one easy way to add some time is rarely taken advantage of. As soon as the flip is completed, the umpire starts the clock, WITH 2 EXTRA MINUTES ON IT. I almost never see teams on the field and ready to go in that 2 minutes and time is lost, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes. Courtesy runners consume way too much time. Someone should be designated to have a runner ready when a batter you know needs one comes to the plate.
BTW, I like your idea of a ban on injuries, OZ40. That would save us a lot of pain!
Oct. 7, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at the plate

I never meant to infer that Steve did try to tag me or did anything that he should not have done. When I came to the plate there were several people in the way. It turns out the one I had to avoid was our next batter. But it does raise an interesting question as to a runner having to cross the batter's box to avoid someone in the way to avoid a collision. from my angle I saw the Umpire our on deck batter and the catcherall moving in different directions. I was unable to get around all of them without crossing the batter's box.
Oct. 7, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at the plate

Mike, I did go across the corner of the box. I just could not cut quickly enough to the right after going around whomever it was. Just curious, was he a runner that scored or someone picking up a bat? I saw Steve coming out from the back with the ball and reacted a bit to that but realized he could not tag me, but I wasn't sure who I had gone around. Odd play for sure.
Oct. 6, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at the plate

This one also happened to me and I didn't argue, because I didn't really know. I came around to third base on a play against GSC. The throw came in from the outfield and skipped by the third baseman toward the plate. I saw this and took off for home. As I got close, there was Steve Imlay retrieving the ball and headed toward me with it. It was a blur, but there were other people in the way, too. I think someone was getting the bat, the umpire, possibly another runner that just scored, I can't be sure. But I went to the left to avoid being tagged by Steve-not remembering in the middle of the play that he could not do that, and then cut back across the corner of the box and was called out. I know Steve was not trying to do that, but that was my reason for going left, and going around at least one other guy.
If anyone remembers differently, can you respond here? I'm just curious. Did I have an argument that I reacted instinctively to Steve coming toward the plate? Probably not.
I'm going to shut up now and look for some thoughts.

Oct. 6, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: When there is no double bag at first

This happened at Boulder City this weekend. We had no double bag and so we were required to MISS the bag and step where the orange bag should have been. Why??? It is totally counter-intuitive. Why not just play the game the way it had been played for so many years before the orange bag? I saw numerous people, including myself, called out for touching the bag. The safety bag is great, but in the rare cases where one is not available, we are big boys and can handle playing the game the 'old fashioned way'. If that is not acceptable, then why not get some orange chalk and chalk in an orange square where the bag should be so when the batter/runner is headed to first it will serve as a reminder NOT to touch the bag?
Thanks.
Oct. 1, 2014
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

You guys realize only a small percentage of players ever post here. If there really was more interest, one person from each team that ended up in the top 3 in any division could be asked to post their position here, or post the top 3 when they are done. Then Dave wouldn't have to worry about trying to post one heck of a lot of games.505 teams with a 5 game minimum is 2525 games, and most teams play more than 5.
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