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Aug. 22, 2010
Topic: Rules of the game

With a 1-1 count I see more batters swinging at the 1st pitch because they don't want to fall behind 1-2. With no count batters know they can sit back and wait for that one big fat pitch, so they take more pitches.

It's already such a hitter's game, and when you add Senior bats into the mix you get higher scores that take more time. A lot of guys still have the muscle but not the quickness defensively and certainly not the speed, so a lot more balls are finding gaps ... and skin & bone. Hotter bats and slower reflexes are a recipe for injury, and we've seen attempts to protect the pitcher that are changing the game.

At 50AAA most players on good teams can hit HR's with U2 bats, so conscious efforts are made to NOT hit HR's except with runners on base in key situations. Talk about changing the game -- trying NOT to hit the ball as hard as you can! With HR limits and older players with slower reflexes I'd like to get rid of the Senior bats and make it so that when you hit a ball over a 300' fence you've actually done something.

In the Midwest good tournaments are few between and/or far away, then they try to cram as many games into the day as possible and the schedule quickly falls behind, expecially if there has been rain (frequent the last couple years). I'd like to see more tourneys with fewer teams. We had 10 teams in a 2-day tournament at Lansing in May, and played 5 games on Saturday. Everybody was banged up on Sunday.

My wish list:
More tourneys with fewer teams
75 minutes, not 65
1-1 count
USSSA/NSA bats, not Senior

I don't like the idea of staying in the field for 2 innings because it would change the rhythm of the game and swings of momentum -- but I think the flip rule makes sense when the home team is down a lot of runs going into the 7th.
July 24, 2010
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Time Limits

"A 1 and 1 count will speed up games up to 10 minutes."

Amen to that. Outside of Senior Softball, it's been close to 30 years since I've played with 0-0 count. It's such a hitter's game already, and with 3 strikes to play with we can usually wait for a big fat pitch to come our way. With a 1-1 count you've got to be aggressive with that first pitch if it's a strike (or close to a strike). In my experience batters will take a lot more pitches with a 0-0 count. The 1-1 count gives the pitcher a little bit of an edge and with that fewer runs are scored which also shortens game times. The number of walks issued has a lot more to do with the competency of the pitcher than with the count.
May 27, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: lansing tourney

SSUSA Staff,

Why wasn't the schedule posted before the tourney or the results afterward in web site here? Who won the 50AAA bracket that included the 55M+ team?
April 30, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL 2010 DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets

Regarding the number posted to call for playing conditions:
(317) 875-8833
Is this a recorded message that I should instruct all my teammates to call? I don't want a person flooded with calls.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast looks like the fields may be flooded.
Any chance this tourney could be cancelled?
March 29, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: a question,or poll if ya wanna call it that

I'd like Senior Softball to use ASA bats, or USSSA at the most. With bats like the Ultra2 hitting a home run isn't much of an accomplishment, and a hard line drive with a little loft can clear the fence for an out if your team has already hit the max for the game.

Given the fact that our reflexes aren't as fast as they used to be, the current Senior bats no doubt cause more injuries -- and does all this technology-driven power really improve the game?
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