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Gary Kadow

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Mentor, OH

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Men's 50

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Oct. 25, 2014
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player rating

I might be missing something, but can SSUSA POST this chart someplace as a link on the main-web-site???

So anybody can access it anytime, all the time?

I overheard several guys in a fall ball league a couple nights ago, trying to figure out where they can play in different age divisions. This would be helpful.

MAYBE under the "Ratings" Tab already on this site?
Oct. 25, 2014
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking at Tournament Results - Wanna Go Back?

I will begin sleeping better at night-------------for years I thought this was an issue with my computer :)

So I went and bought a new $2000 computer two weeks ago, exclusively to view tournament results, and still had the same issue :) :)


Oct. 18, 2014
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

In the "old days" we used to fly out to Vegas from Ohio and just play double elimination back in the 80's and 90's

I am all for eliminating the "seeding games" and just dive directly into the tournament. At least especially if "a lot of teams" are coming.

Or maybe play just ONE "seeding" game to loosen up instead of two or three????

Certainly I understand with expenses and etc. why some folks want to play more games if they are going to travel that far. But gosh, we all did double elimination "forever".

As a playing "sponsor"---------entry fees between $350 and $700+ are a little out of control. I (we) pay for hotels & more, & that's our problem, not SSUSA or any other organization, I (we) choose to do that.

I know inflation, and the fact I am in my 50's not my 30's anymore, the times change. But I miss paying $85 to $175 a tournament for entry fees LOL.

I often ask or hear how other teams did in various tournaments. Answers like, "we went 2-3, 3-3 or 2-4, or whatever often come up LOL---------one team told me they went 2-3 at a recent tourney.

What they don't tell you is they went 2-0 in meaningless seeding games, went 0-2 on Saturday in the games that count, and dropped into the triple elimination bracket and lost again to lose their 3rd.

My point of this is----------if we play less games (double elimination), the tournament moves along faster------entry fees cheaper, SSUSA overall expenses cheaper, you can get around weather delays a little better & more, more, & more.

On the other hand---------and I guess I am arguing with myself----------Here in the Ohio/Indiana/Michigan/Illinois area every tournament we go to, we play the same teams over and over and over again. For the love of softball, if we travel to Vegas/Florida or anywhere else it is "NICE" to just play some games against other guys---------so I do understand why playing at least 5 games (and hopefully more) is a good thing too.




Aug. 1, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: northern (Lansing)

What complex is 50 Major at this year?

We were at Potterville last year. It seems to rotate each year so I am assuming East Lansing this year???
Aug. 1, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: northern (Lansing)

CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing (50) Major will be (and with a full roster this tournament :)

I think last time we saw Big 10 we had to play the tournament with 9 guys due to injuries and either flu or food poisoning at the hotel)
June 24, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Toledo Dave Humphries Tournament

The "Tattoo" balls didn't last real long each game.

A couple teams we played were throwing in Trumps but we didn't catch the fact till they went over the fence on us.
June 22, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Toledo Dave Humphries Tournament

OK Congrats to all on a great tournament with outstanding weather!!!!!

Per the post, the 50 Majors played AAA teams in the "seeding games" but against each other in Double Elim play.

CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing 50 Major Champions.

Special Congrats to Doug & Don's from Michigan who fought back through the loser bracket to the championship game!!!

Thanks to all who made it a good weekend!!!!


June 20, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Toledo Dave Humphries Tournament

And no brackets or etc on SSUSA web-site???
June 20, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Toledo Dave Humphries Tournament

I don't know if I am understanding the format for this weekend in Maumee (Toledo) Ohio. (Dave Humphries Tournament)

SSUSA Tournament, locked roster through SSUSA web-site like normal. But the check could not be paid to SSUSA???

Brackets are on the Michigan USSSA web-site????? Hard to read & understand at least on formats on computers I am using. Nobody on my team seems to be able to figure it out either?

(5) 50 Major Teams, it looks like we are all playing AAA teams on Saturday???? But there are 7 or 8 AAA teams????

(4) game guarantee-------my suggestion would have been to have the 5 majors play a flight against each other, or at least seeding games and then go double elimination?

We're just going to go play ball and not worry about it, but it does seems "odd" ????


Maybe I'm missing something?
June 20, 2014
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mike Macenko Ultra 2

Mike, wishing you the best with the upcoming surgery!!!

Get well Soon!!!

We'd love to have you come take some swings & get some games in with us again!!!!
May 7, 2014
17Black
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a 50+ tournament team to play on

Cooker------------Please E-mail me-----------cpoacleveland@hotmail.com

We have a 50 Major Tournament Team, all guys from Cleveland area, east side, south side and west----------------and one guy from Columbus area.

We have pretty full roster now ---------BUT----------lets get in touch. We have a couple guys including myself battling some injury issues.

Ho is also a good man, and has good info on Buckeye Classic---------that is AA/AAA teams only. Good Tournament, I'm not sure what level you are looking to play.

I am not sure who you are, or credentials, but lets at least make contact.

We've already played two tournaments in past two weeks (Parma and Indianapolis) and have about 5/6/7 more lined up between now and November.
May 5, 2014
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: brickyard

Congrats to everybody!!!!!!!!!

We had a rough time playing the bulk of the tournament in 50 Major, with only (9) guys due to some unforeseen circumstances, but we were glad to still pick up some wins and get some swings in after a long cold winter!!!!

THANK YOU to SSUSA, the up to date ON-LINE brackets are a VERY NICE ENHANCEMENT !!!!!!

This was first tournament we played, being from Ohio, since the Fort Myers Florida Tournament in November, so somewhere along the line you took our advise and instituted this.

VERY HELPFUL!!! And a lot of people back home in Cleveland were viewing on-line to see what was going on. Plus we were also able to see when our next game was scheduled while at the motels or lunch.

Dave thanks for being at this tournament too !!!!!!!!!




May 2, 2014
17Black
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal player

I agree, having the ability of being able to view team rosters "could be" a bonus, and allow some guys to help "police" tournaments.

BUT-------It could also be bad for SSUSA if every vigilante starts calling the home office with roster complaints though. It might be needed but might not be practical, and would take up a LOT of time.

People are still people and some will cheat. I've heard of guys borrowing other players ID cards for a weekend, and if I'm a betting man there are "likely" younger guys playing in age divisions all over the place in all softball associations.

Other guys probably are locked on somebody's roster and show up at another tournament on a different roster/same age division/same year. Nobody knows everybody, and ID's at most tournaments I've been too are only checked before the first game---------------and it is certainly not like going through airport security either with guys trying to match photo's to the face in most cases.

Maybe we all need microchips inserted under our skins :)
April 30, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Game Time Notifications

"But I can tell you this much: Game times will start at 7:30 AM on Saturday morning and the last scheduled games will be at 10:30 PM ... Sunday games will begin at 7:30 AM"..........



"Swell"
April 30, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Game Time Notifications

Being in 50's and driving several hours to Indy, agreed, would be nice.

Some guys are working a full day on Friday and will get there LATE Friday night, but with it being Wednesday already, it would be great if we could help plan their trip to include sleep-time and etc, so they are ready for first games on Saturday.
April 18, 2014
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: brickyard

CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing is "in"

50 Major


March 27, 2014
17Black
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: age

I'm still playing "50's" (the younger age for senior softball) and if you would have told me when I was 33 I'd still be playing in 20 years I would have told you, you were nuts-----------so go ahead and call me a senior or whatever else--------------I'm just glad to hae my health and still be playing.

Several others guys playing in "50's" I know are fortunate to have worked 30/35 years at a career, and were able to retire, so I think that also qualifies as "seniors" too


Dec. 19, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitchers Protective Head Gear coming to MLB Baseball

This certainly sounds "familiar" to what we are up against in senior softball:


Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season.

He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a pitcher from serious injury.

"They're coming," McCarthy said of the headgear. "From everything I know they'll be available this year. I don't believe they're going to be mandatory. Actually, I'm almost certain they won't be mandatory.

"I did get a chance to sit down with the head MLB doctor last year during spring training, who's overseeing the whole thing, and it has been a high priority for them. It's just that there has been very few answers. We both agreed on it not being mandatory at the time, there's just no need to do that. But whatever gets proposed has to be correct or we're not really doing too much."

When reached for comment on this possibility, an MLB spokesperson said, "One product that has passed the testing standards should be available to players for next season. We are still evaluating a number of other potential products. Our conversations with the MLBPA are ongoing. We expect this issue to continue to evolve, but we believe this is an important first step."


McCarthy, as you might remember, suffered a serious injury when took a line drive off the side of his head during a game in 2012 when he was with the A's. He said the new headgear that he's working on with a company would have prevented that injury.

"It should be strong enough and capable enough that literally if I got hit by the same exact ball I would have been able to keep pitching in that game," McCarthy said.

The only problem with the headgear? How it looks.

"It looks ridiculous and we get so used to the way things look," said McCarthy, who recently took a picture of himself with the headgear on and sent it to other pitchers in the league. "You mentioned the new football helmets and batting helmets, everything looks silly until it doesn'€™t look silly anymore."

You can listen to McCarthy's entire comments on the headgear right here:

Nov. 29, 2013
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

anymore??
Nov. 29, 2013
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

Alan?

Melee's not going to be made anyore?????
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