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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
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.
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