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Gary Kadow

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Mentor, OH

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Men's 50

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June 24, 2013
17Black
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: A few questions about a tourney I was in over the weekend.

What tourney was this? Something similar witnessed by me in Maumee (Toledo) over the weekend.

Guys shuffling between two fields, and what made it worse, yes they all had same team name, half the guys had no numbers on their jerseys, and its a top notch major plus team too, you'd think they'd at least have numbers on the shirts???

But the team I saw was NOT in same bracket.
May 21, 2013
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Senior Bats

I play in (3)senior leagues in the Cleveland Ohio area.

Mayfield = ASA Rules and No Composite Bats, all bats must have ASA Stamp on them, and they do have a bat testing device on site. They also place approved sticker on your bat showing that it has been tested. This league has a wide range of players from 50 to over 70 (ten (10) teams)with guys ranging from AA to Major Plus in all age divisions. NO screen in front of pitcher, 10 man defense. Not a lot of home runs hit here. And they use a 52/300 ball.

Lake County (Painesville) = YES, this league plays with composite senior bats, only four (4)teams, & for the most part this is a AA/AAA League with a handful of Major players sprinkled in. This league has a screen in front of pitcher(AND)also allows an extra fielder.

Maple Heights = YES, league allows composite senior bats, only (4) teams, but a lot of talent in this league. Most of best players in Cleveland area play here. Majority of players play Major & Major Plus in Tournaments. This league also uses pitching screen and ten man defense.

Neither of the leagues above that allow composite senior bats will allow 44/375 tournament balls though------they are using 52's-----------



May 1, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

How about Northern Ohio teams:)

I'll put in my two cents>

I don't play with jsheeran but have played against him and his team in a few tournaments.

They are a quality outfit, play the game right, play to win and as a team.

You couldn't go wrong with them as an established team.


April 29, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Big Cat Classic is All Set

Mike, thanks and looking forward to playing with you this weekend.

We all hope to continue playing in this event, in years to come!!!!!

I'm sure it will get bigger each year as word gets out.


April 7, 2013
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Big Cat Classic

Looking forward to playing and seeing you guys
Feb. 10, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsors Question (Poll)

Guys, thanks for the feedback so far and please keep it coming.

After having a team meeting yesterday in am pretty satisfied where we are at, especially since we don't start playing up here for another 11/12 weeks or so.

Between myself and other co-sponsors, all expenses and fees for league play, pants, three sets jerseys, belts, hats, and all tournament entry fees are paid for.

Our 2013 team will be working a fundraiser or two to help guys with air-lines and hotel fees for out of town tourneys. With any luck most (or a high percentage) of it will be covered?

Again, other teams I have sponsored in the past, (here in Ohio) the players were always able to come up with their own travel expenses, but that was often to only one out of state tourney per year, usually Vegas or Phoenix.


Feb. 9, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sponsors Question (Poll)

Having sponsored and played on numerous teams over past 30 years, I'd like to ask some of my fellow players how far team sponsors go, as far as expenses $$$$$$$.

As a sponsor in a Northern City, I sponsor a League Team, (league entry fee, umpire fees, full uniforms (pants, hats, two/three sets of jerseys) AND also pay all tournament entry fees, Association Sanction fees, for same team.

With todays tournament costs, and depending on amount of tourneys entered, sponsoring ONE team costs around $8,000 (lets say includng five tournaments)-----The team I sponsor is SAME ENTITY for weeknight league play and Tournament Ball.

MY QUESTION-------is "travel fees"

How many teams/players get air-line tickets, motel/hotels and etc?

Some sponsors are also paying for all SSUSA and other assocation Individual Player ID's (or so I am told????)

Most teams I have sponsored or played on in the past had players anty up and pay for their travel to a tournament, meals and hotel rooms, obvioulsy if they share rooms and travel, the costs go down for individuals.

Are there guys out there getting "Everything" Paid for???

Just asking before I get into my 2013 tournament team endeavor.

I think there is a wide range of answers on this. Many guys I talk to pay their own travel expenses, some teams even have every player throw in $40/$50 or more for tournament entry fees.

Are there lots of teams out there on total "Free Ride"???

And I'm also asking as many tournament teams play in more than 4-5 tournaments a year too----------costs would be outrageous.
Jan. 20, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bursa sac

About 30 years ago when I was in my early 20's, I had this same issue with my knee and kept playing on it. I went to the doc multiple times and they kept draining it, but it would refill with fluid really quick, I mean in a couple days. Darn thing was about the size of a tangerine. NO PAIN though?????

It developed into a huge problem, and then I got a staff infection in it. I wound up spending about a week in the hospital hooked up to IV's while they continued to drain the knee, docs actually had to put about a two inch slit in the skin directly over the knee cap, packed it, and kept in from moving.

If any athletes have these and ignore it, get it looked at before it turns into staff infection. I wound up with 104 degree fever and my leg was "red hot".

Looking back I'm wondering if I got the staff infection, from the multiple times they went in and drained it with a syringe???
Jan. 20, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bursa sac

About 30 years ago when I was in my early 20's, I had this same issue with my knee and kept playing on it. I went to the doc multiple times and they kept draining it, but it would refill with fluid really quick, I mean in a couple days. Darn thing was about the size of a tangerine. NO PAIN though?????

It developed into a huge problem, and then I got a staff infection in it. I wound up spending about a week in the hospital hooked up to IV's while they continued to drain the knee, docs actually had to put about a two inch slit in the skin directly over the knee cap, packed it, and kept in from moving.

If any athletes have these and ignore it, get it looked at before it turns into staff infection. I wound up with 104 degree fever and my leg was "red hot".

Looking back I'm wondering if I got the staff infection, from the multiple times they went in and drained it with a syringe???
Jan. 5, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out after 3 Home Runs

I'm pretty sure (OKI) is out of the Cincinnati area (Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana) Hence the name
Jan. 5, 2013
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out after 3 Home Runs

I agree AAA needs to be an out after three HR's. Especially now that many (certainly not all )tourneys are played on 325 fences and still go over the HR limits.

I like Pricer's idea above, of making it an inning ending out.

The only bad thing would be for the one guy on the team who either never (or hardly ever) hits a HR and winds up cranking one with a 30 mile an hour breeze behind his back. (and which would be more apt to happen on the shorter fenced fields.
Jan. 5, 2013
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Cold Weather Bat

"Now that the temps here in South Texas are Polar Bear Friendly....."

LOL--I got a kick out of that ^^^^^^^^.

Try living here in Northeast Ohio. I live 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.

Even after the snow thaws here, its usually pretty cool in March and April, even into May sometimes, and not worthy of composite bats at $200 a pop.

I have an old Worth EST that's about 13 years old I still hit with when we are outside, and even an old Steele Bat, Silver & Black model, that has to be close to 20 years old.

Luckily up here there are multiple indoor facilities we can get swings in for six or seven months.
Dec. 28, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

What I am understanding from most folks and votes above, is it really doesn't matter that much which direction to go----------BUT----------if it does go to 1-1 eliminate the extra foul ball?

I played in two weeknight leagues last year, Monday/Wednesday was 1-1 and Tuesday/Thursday was 0-0

That does ^^^^^ keep you on your toes as the rule changes nightly :) and then--- go play a tournament on a weekend.
Dec. 26, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

OK, to me----one and one makes no sense if you still get to waste a foul ball. Lots of guys foul off pitches, it slows the game down especially when foul balls stay in play and need retrieved. Often the pitcher still needs to throw three strikes.

If a pitcher is a little off, or not controlling pitches due to windy conditions, I see more walks (only 3 balls) with a 1-1 count. Not all the time, but often.

Might as well stay at 0-0 which was my vote. (And thanks for asking us!!!!)

HOWEVER-------if you want to make 1-1 work in my opinion, make it an out when you foul off after two strikes!!!!!! Hit it fair or you are out.

If we did that, and you really want to speed up the game (which I assume is why you are asking?) I'd vote for that.
Dec. 19, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What did you do in your last at bat?

SSUSA Lansing Tournament end of August. I just found out I needed knee surgery on the Thursday before the tourney started.

Played on it Friday and Saturday anyway (like a ding dong), and should not have been playing. I asked to be benched Sunday, just wasn't shifting my weight well when swinging, and couldn't run.

Miken44's coach let me pinch hit in 6th inning of losers bracket game Sunday AM we were losing by about 8 at the time. Probably still shouldn't have played, BUT>>>

I hit a double 322 1/2 feet off 323 fence and hopped (literally) to 2nd base.

Unfortunately we lost wild game in 9 innings, something like 38-37 with winning runs on base.

9:00AM game set whole tournament back, I think game was over around 11:35AM

I shut it down until my surgery in September.
Dec. 17, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miniscus surgery

We had a similar thread on this topic going back in September.

I had my surgery on left knee done September 21st (Friday). Was walking around the house no crutches on Sunday. Had to take crutches to work though on Monday, was on them three days.

Ditched the crutches and golfed 18 holes 8 days after surgery (with knee stablizer on) and was taking batting practice with a local team by third week (October 14th)

OK it will be three months this week. It did tweak once in a while for the first 8 weeks, but I am running a bit now.

Whatever you do MAKE SURE you do the PT your doctor or clinic provides. People (not all) who blow off the PT often have issues down the road.

Today I took some indoor BP and did some fielding with absolutely no pain at all.

I am very happy I had it done, the last month of my league season and a tournament was painful when it was torn.
Nov. 22, 2012
17Black
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

My gripe with USSSA was always the pitching rules, and I played and pitched under those rules for years. Not the rules so much, but finding umps who understood what they mean.

Still looking for an ump that can call "three feet from release" consistently or even understand what it means. I used to get dizzy watchng guys antics on the mound. I used to get dizzy on the mound.

I used to do the splits and scrape fingernails in the dirt and release. Don't want to do that anymore, even with yoga!!!

I'd throw "legal" pitches with three/four/five foot arc's that were called flat, and released from my nose with a one foot arc that were illegal and called strikes----I even got thrown out of a game for arguing with an ump when he called a strike on a pitch I threw that was a ball, after calling two strikes in a row balls.

Having not played any USSSA in over a decade I assume those are still the rules? USSSA going to use a mat?????

I'm not sure the senior game needs all that stuff? Too many guys have vertigo now!

I liked Tim Millette's comments above.


Nov. 18, 2012
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament Communication 5:30 a.m. 11-18-2012

My pals in Arizona haven't quite figured out texting either. I'm a little lost on yesterdays results.
Nov. 15, 2012
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds-Phoenix

^^^^^ Most "Mature" Divisions Mid Week :)
Nov. 15, 2012
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds-Phoenix

Not every division started playing yet. Older Divisions mid-week, other divisions start Friday
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