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John Beasley

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West Palm Beach, FL

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Men's 50

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April 28, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Your Prayers are Needed

Steve,

I don't believe I've ever had the pleasure of meeting you, but I'm sure the rest of my Team 1 Sports teammates will be including Mena in their prayers. We hope everything works out for Mena and the rest of the family.

John Beasley
Team 1 Sports
April 23, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Results

Team 1 Sports won it. Addictive (C&M) finished 2nd and Team Tennessee ADL was 3rd. I believe Monster was 4th.
April 8, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

Update -

I talked to Roger yesterday and he's at home recoperating from surgery. Roger ended up staying in the hospital an extra day or two because of some issues that arose but in true Roger form, he got through them and was released.

As much as I (and I'm sure all of us) would like to see Roger on the field this week, it's going to be a little while. Per doctors orders, Roger is doing laps around his house when he can to rebuild his endurance. He's also using a breathing device to keep his lungs clear so that he doesn't have to go back to the hospital.

Roger was very thankful for all the thoughts and prayers everyone sent his way. I'm sure that when he makes it back to the field he'll do his best to thank everyone.

Wendy is also doing better. As you can imagine she was very concerned for Roger and wore herself out doing everything she could to help. There's still a ways to go but Wendy can breath a little easier and get some much deserved rest.

John Beasley
Team 1 Sports Softball
March 29, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

Update - Wendy says that Roger is sitting up this morning and they are expecting to move him back upstairs this morning.

As expected, Wendy is a pretty happy camper. I'm sure there are quite a few of us that are enjoying the good news.

John
March 28, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

About 8:00 pm Wendy texted and said that Roger was out of surgery and everything went very well. She said that he'll be in CVICU through the night and that they're hoping to move him tomorrow sometime.

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. I'll be sure to pass them along to Roger when I can.

John Beasley
March 28, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

I texted Roger the other day and passed along everyone's thoughts and prayers. Roger appreciates them all.

Wendy texted me about noon and said they were beginning to prep Roger for his surgery. As soon as I get an update from Wendy I'll do my best to let everyone know.


March 26, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Another Prayer Request

I spoke with Wendy (Roger's wife) a short time ago and she said that Roger doesn't have a feaver any longer and the tests they ran today came back looking good. It looks like the surgery will take place Thursday.

I'm sure Roger appreciates all the thoughts and prayers that are being sent his way.

I'll try to post updates on Roger's condition when they're available.

John Beasley
Team 1 Sports Softball #3
Feb. 28, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Move Ups in SPA & impact player list

After seeing this thread I went to the other association's site to check it out. I have to say that I don't agree with imposing a limit of "impact" players on a Major+ team is the right thing to do.

This is just my opinion, but if Major+ is your top division - i.e. your top hitters, your top fielders, your so called cream of the crop, then restricting the number of those players on a Major+ team forces those teams to pickup players that aren't the so called cream of the crop.

A couple players on our team have already talked about the impact this could have on us and the opinion right now is that we're not going to get rid of a guy just because he's on the Impact Player list. If that puts us over the limit, we just won't play SPA. Their loss - one less Major+ team they'll have at their tournaments.
Feb. 11, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament of Champions

I wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the SSUSA staff that put on another successful tournament. For the most part all of our games were on time and while we didn't agree with every call (what team does that?) the umpiring was pretty good. And my hat is off to whoever ordered up the weather!

This years banquet was the first that I've attended in several years and I have to say it was much better then the year we froze in the hanger.

Dave Dowell - It was nice to talk with you. It was even better to be able to ask a question and get a straight, honest answer. Thank you.


Feb. 11, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 50 MAJOR UPDATES

Team 1 Sports won the Platinum Division. Since the (we) are Major+, we're also the Major+ Tournament of Champions champions.

Good Times beat H&O/Team Snake in the finals of the losers bracket and lost to Team 1 in the finals to finish 2nd and become the Major Tournament of Champions champions.

H&O/Team Snake beat Northeast Storm to finish 3rd.

Northeast Storm finished 4th.

Metro Stars and TSC Construction went out at the same time and would have finished 5th.

Feb. 1, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

@Allan55 - Please remember that my intention in pointing out the changes to Veltri wasn't to get them to move back up. As far as I know they followed the rules set forth by the sanctioning bodies and applied to move back Major. They may have even done this before they knew they were going to have roster changes.

I was merely trying to point out that I applaude what SSUSA has done to get teams into what they believe is the correct classification. But it's a first step. I believe that the roster composition plays into a team's rating. And you can't rate a roster without rating the players in some manner.

As others have pointed out, the Impact Players List is flawed because players are put on it because their team selected them for the All Tournament Team. Does one tournament make you an impact player?

I talked about this thread with another member of Team 1 Sports Softball and we both agreed that this process isn't going to solve the problem over night. It's going to take years and it's going to be painful in many ways.

Teams/players aren't going to like being told they can't sandbag at a lower level. They're going to threaten to play somewhere else. While it's easy to say good riddens, it's going to cost the association some money. For the integrity of the game, they're (the association) going to need to stand by their decision and let them leave. When they find out that noone follows them and they don't have anyone to play, they'll be back.
Jan. 31, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

Southerson,

Yes, I think that Florida Automated Shade is a very good AAA team.

And I also think that you can't compare Florida Half Century with SSUSA, SPA or any other organization because there's a big difference in who can play on what team.

For instance, the team playing as T1S/SSC has a few of the players that play with Team 1 Sports Softball but we have to complete our roster with other players within our area.

If you're trying to say that the FHC T1S/SSC team is equal to Team 1 Sports (i.e. a Major+ team) then that would also make Good Times, Blast and Hollis Major+ teams because they are ranked ahead of us. Since we went 1-3 in the first tournament, I'm sure there will be some movement in the rankings. Does that mean that anyone ranked ahead of us should also be Major+?

In the 2012 SSUSA Winter Nationals, FAS played in the Major classification. They scored 10, 17, 15, 4, 14 and 8 runs for a total of 68 runs or an average of 11.33 runs per game. Their record was 3-3 (1-1 in pool play and 2-2 in bracket play). And that was against other Major teams. Does that sound like a Major team to you?

Does FAS get hot and play better at times, of course they do. Everyone does. Do they have bad times and play worse, of course. But what is the average of their play? What do they consistently do?
Jan. 31, 2013
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

Good morning BruceinGa and everyone else on the board.

Thanks for throwing me under the bus Bruce! But now that you’ve called me out I guess I’ll throw my 2 cents in.

Before giving my opinion I’d like to share my 50+ Major+ experiences so that you’ll know where I’m coming from.

First off, I believe the best players (offensively and defensively) are playing and strive to play at the highest classification in their age group – Major+. I’ve seen posts that said the best defense is played at the lower classifications which made me smile and bite my lip. I’d agree that there are some good defensive players at the Major, AAA and AA level but until they’ve had to play defense against a Major+ team then you can’t compare them. When I played Major softball, I watched the Major+ teams when I could because that’s where I wanted to be. While I enjoyed winning tournaments as a Major team/player, I didn’t even begin to believe that it was the same as winning a tournament as a Major+ team/player. But that’s just me.

I play with Team 1 Sports out of South Florida. The team evolved from Morgan Keegan to South Florida Renegades to Team 1 Sports. The reason we are classified a Major+ team is because we played in and won the 2011 ISA World Tournament in Cocoa Beach. And I’ll be honest with you I don’t think we should have been bumped because of this tournament. I don’t remember all the particulars but I think there were 3 or 4 50+ Major teams plus a 55+ Major+ team and a 60+ Major+ team. In the end, we ended up beating Hollis Appraisals (60+ Major+) in the finals. It’s still a “World Championship” and SSUSA move us.

Like every other team we had the choice to either break up or move up. There was some discussion among the team and I sent an email to the team giving my opinion. I believed that we should accept the reclassification and see if we were as good as we thought we were. If that meant that we had to give runs/players to a team in a lower classification then it would test our mojo as a so called Major+ team.

Since being classified Major+, we’ve played in 5 tournaments that were truly Major+ tournaments. I say “truly” meaning that the bracket play was between teams classified Major+:

2011 SSUSA Winter National – We played against 2 other teams – AMR and Hollis Appraisals. We went winless in the pool play and then went undefeated in bracket play as the #3 seed.

2012 SSUSA Atlantic Coast Championship – We played Major teams in the pool play which didn’t mean squat because there was only one other team in the Major+ bracket – Rochester. We played Rochester 2 out of 3 and managed to beat them in the first two games.

2012 SPA World Championship – There were 4 teams – OKI, TSC/Howards, Hollis Appraisals and us. We split the pool games beating TSC and losing to OKI. In bracket play we finished 3rd sandwiching a win over Hollis in between losses to TSC.

2011 SPA World Series – We played pool play against one Major team and was scheduled to play the 2nd pool game against Hollis Appraisals – the other Major+ team. Both teams chose not to play the pool game because we’d then turn around and play the same team 2 out of 3 for the championship. We ended up beating a tough Hollis in the first two games.

2012 SSUSA Winter National – There were 5 teams in pool play but we had the same 3 teams in bracket play as the 2011 tournament. We were fortunate to win an “if” game over a very good AMR team.

As you can see, my experience in playing Major+ teams is very limited. We did play a few Major+ teams when we were Major and even then I believed the equalizer was unfair.

Team 1 is the team that Rochester beat to win the ISSA/ISF World Tournament of Champions. If I’m correct they came into bracket play as the #4 seed, defeated Southern Elite, Veltri and Team 1 to be the undefeated team in the finals. We were able to be them in the first game but came up short in the “if” game. Congratulations to Rochester for their hard fought Championship.

But is Rochester a Major or Major+ team. In my limited experience I’d say that they are a very good Major team. Can they compete at Major+ - I believe they can. We played them 4 times last year (ISSA/ISF WTOC and Atlantic Coast Championship) and were lucky enough to beat them. If they were 0-9 playing as a Major+ team in SSUSA during 2012, then I know where 4 of their losses came from (Atlantic Coast Championship). 2 of those losses would have been to Major teams that they gave the equalizer to and the other two losses to another Major+ team. Someone else will have to chime in regarding the Northern Championship. There were several players that I recognized from the 2012 squad but there were also some new faces. And there have been several comments about “Killer Kirby”, an impressive hitter in deed.

We didn’t play Veltri but I couldn’t help but notice that they now have several of the players I saw playing with ENR last year. Should that be considered with their move from Major+ to Major? It’s hard to say because you’d have to weigh in how much of an impact these players had with ENR winning the SSUSA Masters last year.

Someone mentioned Florida Automated Shade. While I don’t know where they got their bid to the upcoming TOC as a AAA team, I’d have to say that they probably belong at the AAA level. I know they played in the 2012 Spring Nationals as a Major team and I don’t think they won a game. I can’t say for sure but I don’t think they were very competitive. I hope they don’t take that as a slam or me trying to belittle them. I don’t know where else they played as a Major team so …..

One of the problems I see is that when a new team pops up, they can choose to be classified where ever they want (this is probably a bad assumption on my part). The roster can be scanned by an individual but without some type of data base of a players history, how would you know who they played for and what those teams have won. The team gets away with playing at a lower level until they are eventually moved up.

Classifying teams is a difficult task for ANYONE! I believe that if you’re going to do it there are a lot of factors that must be taken into consideration:

Who are the players on the roster; Who have the players played for in the past; How has the team faired in tournaments they’ve played in; How do the teams they’ve played against rate; What are the average number of runs scored per game; How many runs do they give up per game. These are just a few things that I would think could be considered.

SSUSA has at least started a process that will compare data rather than just a person’s opinion of that team. But a “qualified” person’s impression must also be considered. I’m hoping that as time goes along, SSUSA will revise their process and come up with something that will put teams in the correct classification.

I know I’ve rambled on here and overstayed my welcome. I’m sure I’ll get hammered for my opinion but that’s what you ask for when you post here.

Jan. 6, 2013
Beasley
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Recent bat poll

Happy New Year to you Al. I haven't forgotten your pictures, I've just been overtaken by life.

I understand the position that's been taken even though I may not agree. It's their board and their rules. No problem.


Jan. 6, 2013
Beasley
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Recent bat poll

@Bruce - It was on another site's forum. There weren't very many players that responded but the results are from the ones that did.

They have a question every month that relates to Senior Softball. The current question has to do with the AAA homerun rule.

I can't say which one here because I don't want to get ban'd from this board. Drop me a line at jrbeasley@jbeaz.net for the info.
Jan. 5, 2013
Beasley
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Recent bat poll

There was a bat poll recently that asked which bat is the best bat on the market right now? The results were:

Miken Ultra II (red or black) - 42%
Reebok Melee (yellow or red) - 25%
Combat Ambush - 17%
Combat Original (gray) - 17%


Jan. 5, 2013
Beasley
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Cure for AAA after 3rd HR!

I have to ask - why would you build a AAA team that is going to hit more than 3 homeruns on a consistent basis?

I mean, if I was building a AAA team I might have one guy that was a legit homerun hitter. At least 3 times in the game he can swing away and we might get 3 homeruns out of him. All the rest of the players on the team would have to be real good base hitters.

Isn't that the intent of the AAA division? To allow players of that caliber to have a division they can play in?

I'm not trying to be a butthead, but isn't that the intent of creating divisions with fewer homeruns?

Maybe it's time for the sanctioning bodies to actually watch some of these teams and have the b#@@* to tell the team they're too good to be playing AAA and they have to move up. Yes the team may decide to go somewhere else and play but isn't the integrity of the game more important then the entry fee. I'd bet that if you actually forced teams to play where they belong you'd find true AAA teams coming out of the woodwork to play.

Just a thought guys.
Dec. 27, 2012
Beasley
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: toc

Bernie,

That's one of the reasons I thought moving the TOC to November would be an excellent idea.

- It's the end of the same season that you qualified in.

- You're playing in the same division you qualified in (rather than winning a world, moving up and then playing down for this one tournament).

- Most teams have been playing and would enjoy a good season ending tournament (I'm not saying that the Masters isn't a good tournament).

- You shouldn't have any player turnover yet (no roster changes since you're using the same roster).

But I'm sure SSUSA has their reasons for keeping things the way they are.
Dec. 27, 2012
Beasley
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: toc

JDub,

As you've stated you've never been to Florida in the Winter so how can you say that the west coast has the better weather for the dates of those tournaments?

The suggestion to switch the date of the TOC wasn't because of the weather, it was for a number of other factors.

But you're absolutely right when you talk about how expensive it is to travel. We know first hand in south Florida. But the alternatives are quit whining and play or pack up all my crizap and move to a more central location. I'd much rather be in Florida!
Dec. 27, 2012
Beasley
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

I don't know that going to a 1-1 count is really going to speed the game up that much but if it gets another inning or two, then I guess it served its purpose. I voted for the 1-1 count.

If SSUSA goes to a 1-1 count, players will adapt and they'll learn to get the bat off their shoulders and swing away.

Something that takes longer then the 4-3 count is pinch runners. How many times have you heard - who's going to run for Billy? You can't run. Quick count six batters. Time. We don't have anyone faster? He already ran this inning. Then the player getting the pinch runner waits on the base until the pinch runner goes all the way to the base, gives them "five" and we all watch the guy that just got the runner to WALK all the way to the dugout.

In the end, as long as we don't go to 1 pitch it's all good.
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