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Jan. 11, 2014
coop3636
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Hey Skeptical,
If you ask 100 pitchers (that pitch all the time in tournaments), 98 of them will tell you a ball has hit the rubber and bounced funny off of it.
If you are one of the 2 that it hasn't happend to, you are very lucky.
Have you ever been hit ? If you say no, well.. we will leave it at that and i'll end this discussion,(because ALL pitchers that have pitched for a while have been hit at some time)It is part of the game.
Coop3636
Just my 2 cents

I don't like the mask, but its probably a good idea if you want to know the truth.
I will learn to live with it.

PS.. I am all form going back to the 6'-12' arc.
Jan. 10, 2014
coop3636
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Forgot one last point:
As J33 said:
GET RID OF THE RUBBERS.
They are more dangerous than anything and it is pretty easy and quick for the field guys to take them up before the torunamnets.
Coop #36
Jan. 10, 2014
coop3636
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

I want to make a few statements to this new rule.
I have been pitching for over 30 years. (in most all divisions, and still pitch with the kids) I want to say that ANY pitcher who has pitched for many years and says they have never had any close calls or even says they have never been hit, IS EITHER LYING OR BEEN HIT TOO MANY TIME TO REMEMBER. It happens, if you pitch you know it happens, its part of the game.
I HATE the idea of wearing a mask, (never have before) but lets quit bitching about all the rules and either just play ball or stay home.
It is the way of softball now and we have to play by the rules if we want to play (And I am going to play until the day I die) It is waht we love to do or we wouldnt be out there every weekend.
I will NEVER say anything to batter that hits me by mistake or on purpose. If I don't like that possiblilty, I shouldn't be on the mound.(If you field the missles hit back at you, most folks will try to hit somewhere else)
IT IS PART OF THE GAME.
Sorry for the rant, but it had to be said.
Brett Cooper
Monarch #36

Dec. 4, 2013
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

Then make the divisons:
50-58
59-65

That only makes the older group with one extra year.

I think most guys that are 55-58 still can play 50 ball
There is such a low number of 55 teams around, it just makes sense to combine the age groups.
Might have to try it in a few tournaments to see how it works.
Have and open roster for a couple of torunaments with these aga divisions and see how it works.
or put the question out to all the teams and players and see how the response is among everyone.
I plan on planning for many years and just would like to play in tournaments with more than 6 teams 9and mostly the same teams)
Cooper #36
Dec. 4, 2013
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

Here are a couple of ideas that should be discussed:
** change the age limits to 50-57, 58-65, then every 5 years
The 55 division is very small, and this would make the tournaments have more teams in each divison. (2 instead of 3) It would also let the associations make the tournaments more 2 day events than 3 day events (2 divisions takes less fields and time than 3 divisions)
** Make all the tournaments Sat and Sun only if possible.( it makes no sense for a 6 team divison to play 3 days) If players could save a little money on each tournament, maybe teams would be able to play in more tournaments or travel further.
** If possible, have complexes remove the pitching rubbers and just chalk a line. (I pitch and a raised rubber, or multiple rubbers in front on me bothers me more than anything) It is not that hard to pull up the rubbers and then replace them after the tourney.


Just my 2 cents worth.

Brett Cooper
Atlanta Monarch #36
July 24, 2013
coop3636
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major Plus

I'm sorry to jump on your message, but..
I think that is a GREAT idea for ALL divisions.
I play 50 Major and would like that to happen in our division also. I really would like to play in 12-16 team tournaments that have different teams in it.
Coop3636
(Atlanta Monarchs)
Just my 2 cents.
July 23, 2013
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder Surgery Recovery Time

I have had my rotator cuff repaired on both shoulders.
I had done in sept and was back playing ball in march. (never missed a game..lol)
I pitch, so I didnt have to throw hard overhand, but had no discomfort throwing. It takes about a year to get all of your strength back.
Never hurt at all while batting.
Just make sure to do all your exercises at rehab and at home.
Hood luck
Coop3636
July 5, 2013
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lower Back Pain Home Remedies

Stick,
I have had back problems on and off for 30 years (including an operation,, which I only missed 30 days of ball..lol)
ICE,ICE,ICE at home for 20 mins every couple of hours at first and after games.etc. (even between games if you have a long break, then heat right before the next one)
Then icy hot (I use the stick) when you play.
Chiropractors have kept me going for all these years, I see him when it flares up real bad. (shouldn't take but 3-5 visits unless you are way out of whack)
The anti inflammatory works well, but you have to take it for a few weeks before you can tell the difference.
It the hotel has a hot tub, use it before games, if not a HOT-HOT shower.
But the biggest thing is ICE ICE ICE, It slows down the blood which causes the inflamation which causes the pain in your hip (its the siatic nerve (mispelled I am sure)
I play almost every weekend and a couple of times during the week, but if it starts hurting too much, miss the league games so you can play on the weekends.
One last thing, good drugs help you get through the weekend even if it just numbs a little of the pain.
Good luck in recovery.
Bret Cooper
Monarchs 50's
ps.. I probably am a little more crazy than others, but I love to play the game.
May 6, 2013
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hear your opinions?

We played in Raleigh , NC this past weekend.
There are a few things that I would like to hear everyone's opinions. Maybe someone can come up with a good solution. Everyone wants to make the tournaments bigger and better.

1. There was only (2) 50 major teams. What can we do to get more teams in these tournaments?
2. We only had one umpire for ALL our games, even the bracket games. I think there ought to be 2 umpires for the bracket games. (The single ump did a decent job, but having a base umpire would have helped tremendously on more than one close play.)
3. If there are only 2 teams and you play a best of 3 games, wouldn't it be a good idea to have one team home, then the next game swap home team. If it goes to a 3rd game, then flip a coin for home team?
4. If only 2 teams, then do away with the time limits for all three games (they did for the last 2, but we only got to play 6 innings in the first) they we all high scoring games and should have been decided in a full game. 2 of the 3 were won in the bottom of the 7th.
5. SSUSA had 2 tournaments last weekend and had three divisions with 2 teams each. and one with 3 teams (Mobile 2-50 major..2 50 major plus.and Raleigh 2--50 major and 3 50 AAA. SSUSA should look at their schedule and make these tournaments on different weekends to help make these tournaments bigger and better.

Lets hear your thoguhts
Thanks
Coop3636

May 1, 2013
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Preferred tournament wants, Short replies, please.

1. 200-qualifier... 400 Nationals
2. 5 GG
3. 2 day
4. (2 RR) then 3 game wrap around
5. Senior bats
6. 44/375
7. 70'
8. mixed brackets in RR
9. Sponsor plaques 1-3
Top team.. Nice Golf shirts /or nice travel bags
11 All tourney team.. shirts /plaques
Nov. 5, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dates on 2013 vegas tourney

Does anyone have the dates for the 2013 Vegas tourney?
I need to put in vacation in case we go.
I need the dates for 50's
Thanks
Brett Cooper
Monarchs #36
Sept. 29, 2012
coop3636
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SportsmanShop

Guys
Give this man a break.
This is the reason young ball is terrible.
He might not be that fast or he might be, but wait until someone sees him and then bash him if necessary.
We need MORE players in the seniors, not try and run them off before they start.
SS, I would beg my coach to give you a chance if you lived to a boardering state. (Can always tell you no thanks if it doesnt work out)
I Hope someone smarts up and gives you a look see.
Worse that can happen is that you are terrible and waste a couple of hours.
Hope you find somewhere to play.
Coop3636
(GA Monarchs)
July 9, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

I agree with you.
A team should not be moved up until they win the Nationals in a division 2 times.
I have seen where a team gets moved up when they win a tournament with only 2 teams in it. It is totally unfair.
I always like to defend my title.
Just my 2 cents
Coop3636
June 29, 2012
coop3636
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Aurburn, Ala. Tour. in July

We are 50 AAA, but we are going.
GA Monarchs

There is suppose to be enough teams for it make according to our coach.

CYA there
Coop3636
June 25, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for a 27 oz grey Miken senior softball bat (NIW) (Not the new one with the USA logo on it, unless than is all I can find)

I am looking for a 27 oz grey Miken softball bat (Not the new one with the USA logo)

If you have one for sale, please leave info on here and I will contact you

Brett Cooper
901-488-9369
coop3636@comcast.net
June 7, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Paco13...

Hey Gunny
It is tough moving up to the Majors and losing a lot of starters.
Ya'll have a good team and will be ok
coop3636

June 6, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For Paco13...

I am just wondering if you are the Paco from Southern Elite?
I pitched for the Memphis team against you in Maryville.
Yo play a pretty good SS for a left hander.
I pitch for the GA Monarchs now.(used to pitch for Monster softball)
If this is you, I talk to you all the time at tournaments...lmao
coop3636
ps.. I am the short ugly pitcher that wears the shin quards
June 5, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Base Percentage (OBP)

IMO.. When using OBP, make sacrifices count as outs. If walks count as hits, then sacs should be outs.
Just my 2 cents worth
coop3636
Thats how we did it for 20 years and it worked just fine.
June 5, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Smokey Mtn Classic

I was pitching at the time.
The ball came back in from the outfield on a hit and I hollered for time (like I always do and most others do)
The ump told me that I could not ask for time and if I did it again i would be thrown out of the game and the runners would be given a base. (Maybe he thinks asking for time is verbal interference)
He was an idiot on all counts. Both teams were getting a good laugh (or cry) at his calls from balls and strikes to rules.
the arch limit was 6-12 in the rules and my pitches were being called illegal at about 8 foot
When even the batter laughs at the call, all you can do is smile and throw it again. I think he was flipping a coin on each pitch to see if it was a ball or strike. (for both teams)
I can pitch to anyones strike zone, they just have to have one..lmao
coop3636
June 4, 2012
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Age limits for classifications

sry,
mis typed
Leave 65, 70, 75 and up the same
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