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Gary Kadow

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Mentor, OH

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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
Nov. 15, 2012
17Black
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

Screen is in play^^^^^???

If ball hits frame and goes foul, foul ball then?

Stuck in netting, pitcher runs around screen to untangle and throw to base???

Had my first experience with screen this past summer in one weeknight league.

I'm tall, but I think it makes MORE DANGER? Balls shoot off the screen frame past my noggen all the time.

Also took away a lot of double plays on easily fielded balls up the middle.
Nov. 15, 2012
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds-Phoenix

Agreed!!!!!! NICE!!!!!!!
Nov. 14, 2012
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Communication with Fans of the Game

I noticed TODAY that scores at Phoenix SSUSA Winter Worlds were posted in the divisions playing on weekdays!!! Relatively up to date too!!!!

THANKS to the SSUSA STAFF




Nov. 12, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need Boombah Ultimate Pants

5Tools ----LMAO!!!

Mine fit better than yours :)-------Tournament Director in Michigan asked if we were going to a rodeo????
Nov. 12, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

G19: Got scouting report on you from the fall Medina League here in Ohio. Actually real good pitcher and hard puller at the plate???

Although we have never met and live 30 minutes away from each other, I politely disagree with the AA analogies above.

Answer to question 1------Shannon Fence from Lake County League is playing 55AA in Phoenix

Shannon is not a true "tournament team" in the sense but a group of 18 guys who LOVE softball, try the best they can in league play, and make about two tournaments a year.

SOFTBALL is what brought them all together and why they stick together. League play ended here in August, they have been hitting outdoors/indoors twice a week since then, getting ready to play AA in Phoenix-------guys work out together, go to dinner on weekends------lots of comraderie.

The team has not picked up any new players in the six full seasons I have known them, and they lost two players to cancer, god bless them, and nobody has quit the team.

They know AA is where they belong competitively, and thank you SSUSA and other organizations for allowing AA play.

As I stated above, I played in three AA tournaments before I figured it was time to move up. Everybody I played with and against was running/diving/batting/pitching and trying to win, just like upper levels.

Softball is a great activity. Any senior softball player reading these threads would have to agree if you told them 30 years ago they'd still be playing tournament (or) league ball, they'd say you were out of your mind.

I'd agree with the college football analogies above. There are different divisions for different ability levels. Sure it was fun here in Cleveland 30 years ago when every team in the city played in the ASA tournament regardless of ability. Certainly Mount Union knows they can't compete with Ohio State, that why there is D-IFBS and D-III.

Much like NCAA football, there are some guys in D-III, probably many in D-II and certainly a bunch at D-IFCS that could play at D-IFBS level. But thats not how the chips always fall.

The guys I know playing AA "live" for the winter world tournament experience and start planning six months in advance (maybe even as they are boarding the plane from last years tournament)

My point to your comment above is, if guys want to be "lifers" in AA, so be it-----quite frankly with their ability level, it is where they belong, they are not a AAA team by any means, and went 0-6 in a SPA tournament last year playing AAA level teams.
Nov. 11, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Today (Sunday) in Northern Ohio its going to be "touching" 70 degree and sunny.

I am actually going this afternoon to take some swings with a 55AA team that is leaving for Phoenix Wednesday.
Nov. 11, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need Boombah Ultimate Pants

Boombah is easy to work with and they are NOT in peak season right now--------they have several shipping options for stock pants, and if you need "custom" talk to a rep when you call and explain the situation, they "might" bump you up the list?

You can just go on-line and buy stock pants and have them in a couple days or next day air if you want.
Nov. 11, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Just my personal opinion: In short, the equipment makes too many guys long ball hitters now. AA is one homer and then outs after that-------upper divisions more homers and one up rules.

Being honest here, I stopped playing with the kids when I was 42, and took several years off. Played mostly B & C back in USSSA/NSA/ASA days in 80's and 90's.

When i got invited to play with an Over 50 League team, it was nice just to get out and play after work a couple nights a week. My League Team from Ohio made an annual pilgramage to Vegas for Winter Worlds every year in AA (different age groups)

When I first made a trip to Vegas I had no idea what AA/AAA/Major/Major Plus was in SSUSA or any other organization, just knew I was going to a softball tournament, and was happy about that.

My first year in Vegas (2009) Myself and a team-mate were doing everything we could to NOT hit homers over the fence. Didn't have that problem in Ohio with the ball and etc we were using.

Between us we had multiple homers almost every game, wound up coming in 2nd Place in 50AA, but SOOooooomany homers were outs. I personally knocked myself off the All Winter World Tournament Team but having 5/6 homers for outs knock my batting average down too far.

That being said, Myself and my team-mate realized we were not AA players.

My belief is AA is designed to be the "true" recreational softball division now, and the rules are making it to keep home run hitters out of it. I "believe" the ONE homer limit is a TOKEN just incase the wind is blowing out and some guy who never hits homers accidentally knocks one out.

Nothing the matter with AA, I did it in Vegas for two years, games were competitive in Over 50AA----I had a blast, and everybody still plays to win------I too am shocked there are no 50AA's in Phoenix.

Now I play 50AAA and "most possibly" Major next year.


Oct. 30, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations SF

Fabe: Congrats on winning 50AAA-----Great Job!

Stick8: Just my opinion, Indians owner has to go.

Attendance stinks, nobody really on the roster for the Indians you'd really want to pay and go see. Obviously Indians fans will come out if you put a good product on the field, like the 400++ sellouts in a row a decade ago.

Minor league system is dry of major league ready talent. Used to be one of the best in the Majors, just a couple years ago.

We either have to penny up and get a couple free agents to make a run at the division, which will help sell tickets, which can bring in more $$$ for better players. The Dolan's don't run the team like that.

Just winning early doesn't help Indians attendance as reflected in the last two years. First place both years for a couple months. The fans know we don't have the horses to keep it going for six months though.

I like Francona, don't like his out clause though.
Oct. 29, 2012
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations SF

Stick: Great points, and well said!!!!!

Try being from Cleveland (like me) and waiting for the Tribe to win a World Series.

We have been ahead of the Tigers two years in a row after 60 days though :) It's the other 120 days that kill us :(
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