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Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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Men's 70

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Jan. 11, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Managers/Players around the Texas Region, what do you think about the Sportsplex in Houston?

It does not seem like a quality location. Dugouts and seating areas were exactly as you described. Fields were marginal at best. I find it strange that both major senior organizations decided to have their big Texas tournaments at this complex last year (and apparently again this year).

I did not play in the SSUSA event there last year, but did play in the SPA tournament in August. I was playing 65's and we started on Thursday. The gate was not manned and they did not charge admission, at least for the older divisions. Maybe because the participation was so low that it wasn't worth paying someone to man the gate. I don't know what they did for the younger groups. Maybe SPA struck a different deal with the Sportsplex than did SSUSA.

Even though I live in the DFW area, I enjoy going to Houston to play. I know there are better facilities. A tournament billed as the "Texas State Championship" deserves a better venue.

To some extent we are like addicts; we all want to play every chance we get. But if we continue to patronize events held at marginal facilities like this one, we deserve what we get.
Jan. 7, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: HO-SPA

This link should take you to the SPA schedule.

http://www.softballspa.com/spadata/CalendarPrint.aspx
Dec. 26, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

I just learned that Doc passed away this morning. Please keep Barb in your prayers in the coming days.

I was a late comer to Doc's long established hitting group in Dallas, but have always appreciated his letting me join in, even though I was no where near his caliber as a hitter.

Although, he hadn't played much in recent years,, he was still dedicated to his BP group and was still a very strong hitter until the cancer interfered.

Incidently, for those who don't know, Roger was known to everyone as "Doc" because he held a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Rest in Peace, Doc.
Dec. 17, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run and divsion rating thoughts

Gary, I would add: segregate the M+ teams on their own field or fields so their 2-3 hour games don't throw the whole tournament schedule behind.
Dec. 13, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: best article ever on Physics of softball bats

Good read! Wish I knew more physics so that I could understand it better. After reading, it sounds to me as if bat companies could devise a system that would tell us (as customers) more about the swing weight and feel of a bat.
Dec. 4, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

Courtesy runner must be inserted as soon as a batter reaches base, before the next pitch is thrown. Exception for injury occurring while running the bases.
Dec. 2, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

For what its worth, if you place a 3ft wide screen at the front edge of the pitcher's box and centered on the box, the angle formed by drawing imaginary lines from each edge of the screen to the back tip of home plate is about 3.6 degrees. If you extend those imaginary lines all the way to the second base area, you can see that the screen has blocked a width of approximately 6 feet. If you allow the pitcher to come out from behind the screen and become a fielder and assume that he can cover his arm span of about 5 feet, the wedge behind that 5 feet becomes about 10 feet in the second base area. Combined, that's a total of about 16 feet of space that would otherwise have to be covered by the infielders.

If you move the screen to 25 feet in front of the pitcher's box, which would be necessary to make the pitcher throw over the screen, the angle from the tip of home plate to the edges of the screen becomes about 7.6 degrees and the expanded wedge in the second base area becomes 12 feet. Add to that the 10 foot area potentially covered by the pitcher and you've taken 22 feet out of the area that the infielders must cover.

Additionally, the middle infielders can now position themselves closer to 1B and 3B closing down the 3-4 hole and the 5-6 hole respectively and taking away more of the infield.

None of this is to say that pitcher protection isn't an issue, or that a screen is a necessarily a bad thing (although I loathe the idea). It is saying that placing a screen, particularly 25 feet in front of the plate, and also allowing the pitcher to be a fielder, is going to change the dynamics of the game, particularly at the lower levels where you see relatively more ground balls.

Now being basically a coward, I wouldn't pitch on a bet, but it seems to me that protective gear for the pitcher is a much better solution than a screen in the middle of the playing field. If we eventually reach the point where a screen is mandated, my thought is that it should be located at the front of the pitching box and the pitcher should not be allowed to become a fielder.

Nov. 30, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Not sure I understand the need/requirement to pitch over the screen. Seems like this would necessitate placing the screen well out in front of the pitcher. The closer to the plate that the screen is placed, the wider the wedge of the field that taken away from the batter. Surely anyone able to walk onto the field can make his pitch from beside the screen and get behind the it while the ball is in flight.

I like the idea of a batted ball hitting the screen being treated as a foul ball. When we experimented with a screen, the league director (a pitcher) insisted that any batted ball hitting the screen be an out.

As a matter of curiosity, for those of you who use a screen, what is the pitcher allowed/not allowed to do? Can he, at his own risk, come out from behind the screen and become a fielder? Or must he stay behind the screen?
Nov. 11, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tanel Shoes

#6, bag ordered, thanks for the code.
Nov. 10, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tanel Shoes

#6, are you making that code available to anyone and does it apply to other equipment like roller bags?
Nov. 3, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Stick8, wouldn't the situation you described with the runner from third also leaving early, if properly appealed, be a "fourth out" situation, which would negate the run that would otherwise have scored on the timing play at first?
Oct. 24, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Layla Bryan

Amen, Frank. I don't know anyone involved in senior ball in our area that didn't consider her a friend.

Oct. 24, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2014 season-player cards--TOC etc.

You could add to your list of potential qualifiers the teams who are forced, in the qualifying tournaments, to play in mixed brackets with teams of a higher classification. If AA and AAA are playing in the same bracket, which is won by a AAA team, why shouldn't the highest finishing AA team also qualify for the TOC?
Oct. 22, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How long does it take to update SSUSA card?

Gary,
I will be playing 65AA with the Dallas Spurs, so I guess we will be at different fields. Good luck down there.
Oct. 22, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How long does it take to update SSUSA card?

I'm not concerned about it at all. I've got the old card, an e-mail from Stephanie at SSUSA and will take my Mastercard bill where the charge came through just in case. Hope to see you in Ft Myers, Gary.


Oct. 19, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How long does it take to update SSUSA card?

This thread from a couple of weeks ago may answer your question:

Oct. 1, 2013
garyheifner
276 posts
New player cards
STAFF--Just curious.

Moving up to 70s next year. Sent my stuff in for new 5 year card in August. Any chance we will get the new card before the winter nationals in Nov. ???????
Oct. 4, 2013
TexasTransplant
Men's 65
385 posts
Gary, I just renewed by phone last week. Just like you, 65 moving to 70 and a 5 year renewal (was that overly optimistic?). I was advised by Stephanie that they would not issue new cards until they could "flip the data base to 2014" which would not happen until mid-Oct. She said tournament officials for Ft Myers and Phoenix were aware of the situation and would have the renewal information and that you could check in with your old card if you have not received your new one. It would be nice to see some confirmation from SSUSA on this board.
Oct. 4, 2013
SSUSA Staff
867 posts
Stephanie is correct
Oct. 16, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

On the second point Stick raised, the force out does not have to be executed at the base, the runner is still being forced to advance. He can no longer retreat to second because of the runner from first, who is in turn being forced to advance by the batter/runner. The run does not count.
Oct. 4, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New player cards

Gary, I just renewed by phone last week. Just like you, 65 moving to 70 and a 5 year renewal (was that overly optimistic?). I was advised by Stephanie that they would not issue new cards until they could "flip the data base to 2014" which would not happen until mid-Oct. She said tournament officials for Ft Myers and Phoenix were aware of the situation and would have the renewal information and that you could check in with your old card if you have not received your new one. It would be nice to see some confirmation from SSUSA on this board.
Sept. 20, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Doc Romeo and Shadow Rock

At Shadow Rock, unless they have changed them since last year, two of the fields have turf outfields and are pretty nice, but you have to learn to play the bounce off of the turf.

The other two had terrible outfields with monster weeds that you could literally trip over.

Shadow Rock is located between Nellis AFB and a gun range. You may feel like you're back in a war zone!

I can't speak to Doc Romero.
Aug. 31, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call part 643

Agree with Mad Dog. The force out does not have to be executed at the base. The runner has is no longer entitled to 2nd base, so he has no place to retreat to.
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