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Aug. 13, 2014
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

If cooling down softballs is a violation of Rulebook 3.4(4): Altered Equipment, does that mean it is a violation to warm up bats as well? We have all seen these sun - reflective "hot boxes" that a lot of players carry around.
Feb. 16, 2014
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher Protection

Unfortunately, a face mask, shin guards, chest protector, and cup have all become necessary equipment for pitchers who want protection from all the hot bats.

Any pitchers out there have any recommendations on how to protect the feet? Not sure if there is a steel toe softball shoe out there (Tanel: take notice - might be a hot seller!). The feet seem to be the only part of the body that needs a little more protection.


Dec. 11, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NCSSA meeting TODAY 127 @10 am

Thanks for the update Taits and Caveman. Looking forward to a great 2014.
Dec. 10, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NCSSA meeting TODAY 127 @10 am

Taits - any updates or changes from the manager's meeting?
Dec. 6, 2013
The real deal
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

My dad was stronger than your dad, and my muscles are bigger than your muscles...

Oct. 15, 2013
The real deal
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

I get what bkb555 is saying - never really thought of 40 year olds as being "seniors". But I guess their money is as green as ours.

It won't be long and we'll probably see a 30's division...

Oct. 14, 2013
The real deal
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

Can you fill us in as to what kind of behavior are you referring to?
Oct. 6, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas 2013

To SSUSA:

Thanks for another great weekend! We played on some crappy fields (Warm Springs) and some great fields (Arroyo Grande), but really appreciate the opportunity to be part of a tournament where we can meet and play teams from other parts of the country! Very cool.

So now we move on to 2014 - bittersweet in parting with some teammates, but awesome in looking forward to playing with new guys! All part of the game of life.

Yes, my wife really enjoys following the team too. We've been to Vegas and Phoenix a few times now. And we will go where ever this tournament is held (as long as we are healthy enough to attend).

Any thoughts about a new venue? (Great way to meet new friends and see the country). Socal? Florida? Denver? Norcal?
Sept. 19, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Schedule

Easy boys - not bustin' anybody's balls here, just an attempt at some light hearted humor.

We all know what a great job SSUSA does in putting this whole thing together - the premier softball event of the year! Really looking forward to it.

Good luck and stay safe.
Sept. 18, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Schedule

Dear Terry, Dave, Fran, George, et al:

I'm guessing that you're feeling a little pressure to post the schedules for the 480 plus teams who will be in Las Vegas next week.

Relax! Take a few extra days to enjoy the fun and frivolity that Vegas has to offer. Go out and have a few beers or enjoy a show - no need to hurry with this. Just because there are well over 5,000 players (not to mention spouses) who are trying to figure out there schedules for next weekend doesn't mean that you have to cave in to their need to know. Screw 'em - don't release any info until you're good and damn well ready.

Love,

The real deal


Sept. 17, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Compression Testing Device

In one of the leagues I play in, there is a team of youngsters that has been beating everyone else on a regular basis. Someone complained to the commissioner about them using illegal bats, so he did a "bat compression test" with his new tester (comes in a small plastic case) and found that they had been using 3 shaved bats, which were pulled out of circulation. This team hasn't won a game since...

Anyone know anything about these bat compression testers? It looks like a small vise (so I'm told) that gives a reading on the bat's flexion / compression tolerance.
Aug. 22, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca

Taits: not going to Turlock. Looks like we're done until Vegas, although I'll be playing in a kid's tournament next weekend with my sons in South Lake Tahoe. When do you think you'll be playing again?
Aug. 22, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca

After checking out all the bracket results, looks like 78 teams participated in this "local" tournament! Pretty good showing for NCSSA - certainly had the feel of a "national" tourney. Pretty fortunate to live in an area that supports Senior Softball.
Aug. 19, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca


Omar, I agree. This tournament was well run, and a lot of fun. The umpires were great for the most part (except for the calls that went against us - lol).

SSUSA or NCSSA: Any chance of getting another tournament at this venue - perhaps earlier in the year?

Taits: Thanks for the email - hope you're feeling better soon.


Aug. 19, 2013
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RE; NCSSA HOF event this week at BLD in Manteca

Really enjoyed this tournament and seeing some old friends.

A couple of observations:

Some of the team uniforms are awesome. My favorites: Nor Cal Warriors, Oh My, NW Legends (to name a few - a lot of others are pretty cool too). I guess the days of a gray t -shirt with a number on the back are over.

Saw a few games of 50 Major Plus division. Wow! The distance and frequency of the home runs was unreal. In general, these guys are bigger and stronger than the players in other divisions. The down side: didn't see a lot of defense being played (not that they can't - just mostly 5 run innings with a lot of bombs). Thanks to NCSSA for allowing "over the limit" home runs to be "walks" instead of outs, otherwise it could get real ugly for the pitchers.

Looking forward to Las Vegas.
July 16, 2013
The real deal
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cal Cup

I believe there was a bracket of combined divisions (60 Major and 55 AAA). Anyone know who won this bracket?
June 29, 2013
The real deal
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

One of the reasons why lower rated teams prefer not to play against Major Plus is player (pitcher) safety. The big hitters are forced to keep the ball in the park when they play lower division rules, and mistakes happen.

Put a screen in front of the pitcher (vs. Major Plus), and there would be less objection.
Jan. 19, 2013
The real deal
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

C'mon guys, give Cerce a break - you don't know him like I do. Although I've never met him, we've been maintaining a close relationship these last few years online. He has impressed me with his pitching skills - truly a future HOF candidate.He has been an inspiration to me, and I will cherish our relationship for the rest of my life

Sincerely,

Notre Dame grad.
Dec. 28, 2012
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best leadoff hitter

Sorry guys, but I am the best lead off hitter of all time: .950 average, hit for power, run like a deer, and lie like a rug (and this is one of the weirdest threads in a long time).

Dec. 26, 2012
The real deal
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

I voted yes for the 1 and 1 count (and I also would be in favor of raising the height limit on pitches). Not sure if 1 and 1 count speeds up the game, but it does give a little more of an advantage to the pitcher than what currently exists.

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