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April 30, 2012
Doorman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest Championships

Why does the extra 5' make it a safer game? With that logic maybe 70' is too short.

I have played in at least 30 SS tournaments and all of them have used 65' bases...except for LV. It is the equivalent of MLB playing the world series using 95' bases instead of 90'.

The field dimensions should not change depending upon the region. If it is a SSUSA event then SSUSA rules / field dimensions should apply.


April 30, 2012
Doorman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest Championships

I did not like the 70' bases at all. It changed the game too much for teams that hit singles and use their speed on the bases to score runs...like my team. The longer bases made made it almost impossible to take an extra base. I didn't see anyone try to stretch a single into a double. It effectively made fast runners and slow runners the same speed because almost all the base runners could only advance go 1 base on a single.

Most teams have several players that struggle with the running part of the game. Making the bases longer just makes it harder for poor runners to get to first base, creates more double plays, less runners beat out infield singles, etc. Basically it minimizes running speed.

The longer bases did not make a better game and I see no reason for it. If they want us to play with 70' bases then they should allow base runners to lead off with the pitch.

The guys and gals working on the fields at Shadow Rock did a great job with raking the fields and making sure there was drinking water available. Thanks
April 29, 2012
Doorman
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southwest Championships

I just got back from the tournament and I played at Shadow Rock. Field 3-4 are artificial turf and beautiful. Fields 1-2 had horrible outfields. I dont know if they cut the grass or not. It was long in spots, bare in spots, grass clumps everywhere, etc. It was hard to run on and it was one of the worst outfields I have ever played on in an SSUSA tournament. Hard hit balls were taking horrible bounces and it was dangerous for the outfielders to get in front of the ball. The outfields on 1-2 need to be re-done to bring it up to an acceptable level.
April 15, 2012
Doorman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat

LeeLee, My bat is the blue 27oz EL. I have about 300 swings on it, mainly BP. The edges of the endcap are a little wavy because it has popped 1/2 way off 3-4 times, then hit the ground. If you are interested in buying, I am interested in selling. I dont know what it is worth, make me an offer...if you are interested.
April 13, 2012
Doorman
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat

I have swung my blue Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat for about 6 months and I am not impressed. The endcap popped off after less than 30 swings. It took about 100+ swings for the bat to start breaking in and the bat handle still feels stiffer then other bats. There is not nearly as much pop off this bat compared to the older Combat Dabomb (grey), the Reebok bats or the Miken bats. I only use this bat on cold days and batting practice. In my opinion it is a below average senior softball bat and I would not buy another one.
Oct. 18, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

The issue is not only the CR, but the DH. They are linked together. Has it occurred to anyone that the CR produces more hr's? By allowing players to skip the running part of the game, it encourages teams to load up with more big hitters...that dont need to run...at all...ever! Running is part of softball, but in SS it is the part of the game that is secondary to hitting home runs. I think the overuse and abuse of the CR / DH for the 50's and 55's is a joke. Maybe the older guys need more CR's.
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Donny, I know what you are saying but the rule works 2 ways. It helps the guys that are hurt, but too many teams abuse the rule to gain an advantage. I like another idea I read. A CR can advance 3 bases on a HR and only 1 base on all other hits. And doing this still gives teams that use a lot of CR's an advantage because the CR's are usually quick enough to prevent force outs, they slide more often to break up double plays plus they can also tag and advance on a fly ball better than a big slow guy or a guy with an injury. Bottom Line: It is unfair for teams to load up with big guys that only hit and the unlimited use of CR's promotes this advantage.
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

RIK56, I am not saying those skills dont exist. Actually there are a few 5 tool players left. You are right, you need all 5 skills to win. However, the CR rules allows too many teams to load up with guys that only hit, but cant run, field or throw. Softball should be a game where ALL players need to use ALL 5 of their skills and let the best TEAM win.
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

I posted this once...not sure why it copied 2 more times
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Lets be honest...there are 5 skills that define a player. Running, throwing, fielding, hitting and power hitting. SS has devalued the first 4 skills and they have put a premium on power hitting. For the guys that just want to hit maybe SS needs to create a special division for those guys and call it something like "over the line". No running, no fielding, no throwing...just hitting!
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Lets be honest...there are 5 skills that define a player. Running, throwing, fielding, hitting and power hitting. SS has devalued the first 4 skills and they have put a premium on power hitting. For the guys that just want to hit maybe SS needs to create a special division for those guys and call it something like "over the line". No running, no fielding, no throwing...just hitting!
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

Lets be honest...there are 5 skills that define a player. Running, throwing, fielding, hitting and power hitting. SS has devalued the first 4 skills and they have put a premium on power hitting. For the guys that just want to hit maybe SS needs to create a special division for those guys and call it something like "over the line". No running, no fielding, no throwing...just hitting!
Oct. 17, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

If I could write the rule...each team would get 1 CR per inning and it must be the last out. If a player gets hurt while running the bases you can use an additional CR for him and the injured player is removed from the lineup. Also, all players must play the field at least 3 innings per game. This would prevent teams from loading up on players that only hit then sit.
Oct. 16, 2011
Doorman
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runners

My team only allows 4-5 guys to run, although the other players are capable of running for themselves. Allowing unlimited pinch runners changes the game. It allows teams to have more big hitters that dont need to run the bases because they can always get a CR. Therefore many teams load up with big guys that sometimes only hit and never play a position. The bottom line is that being in shape, TEAM speed and ENDURANCE is not as important as hitting HR's for SS. There needs to be a better way for SS to control the use of the CR. I hate the use of unlimited CR's and I wish they would change it.
July 27, 2010
Doorman
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: So Cal 50AAA team looking for infielders

We play tournaments throughout So Cal and we travel to 3-5 SSUSA tournaments a year so you must be willing to travel. We are a competitive team looking for a few infielders that can P, SS, 2B or 3B.

Send email if you are interested. tejenkins@rdandw.com
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