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Jim Cary

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Feb. 11, 2011
jim16
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: interference or not?

Interference is a call TOTALLY left up to the umpires judgement. The batters physical body has to exist and as long as he isnt doing anything wrong he shouldnt be called for interference. If the umpire rules interference, its interference and if not, its not interference. No protest is allowed and regardless of what actually happened, the umpires judgemet stands.
Feb. 1, 2011
jim16
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Broken Ultra 2

Free agent,
There are two issues inregards to a bat's durability. Warranty is an issue that has to do with normal wear and usage. The UII has no warranty. However, when a bat breaks like you described it is a different issue. That bat was defective and ALL poducts including a non warranty bat have comsumer protection if the product was defective. When calling the company explain that you know the difference and that this bat was defective. They should replace it. LMK
Jan. 12, 2011
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

We've waited a long time for the new Senior Combats and it looks like we are still a couple of weeks away. Jim 903 236 3459
Feb. 12, 2010
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Forgive Me for Being a Bit Selfish: A Prayer Request

You are not selfish, you are commanded. Mena is on my prayer list.
Feb. 3, 2010
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Bob Lauria was certainly a great pitcher and pioneer of USSSA pitching style. Buddy Slater is the greatest of all time. He played senior ball with our SAWTRE team in 1996. He lives just outside San Antonio and was part of the Texas Connection, Bill Ferguson, Micke McCarty, Dick Bartel, Richard Willborn and Billy Blake, all from around San Antonio.
Jan. 31, 2010
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

I just recd an update on Larry Fredieu. Larry's biopsy was positive, he underwent colon surgery and doctors say they fell they got it all. Approximately 11 inches was removed and the outlook is very positive. Larry will undergo chemo to be sure its all gone and radiation is also possible. So, it was bad news and good news and if anyone can totally beat it, its Larry. He has a wonderful loving family and has so many friends including the softball community who are praying for him. He is truly blessed. Becky, I spoke with Chico and he shared this with me.
Dec. 31, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Becky, I've seen your post and you and Larry are in my prayers. I think I've seen them all and Larry is certainly at the top of the all time great list. Getting to play a few games with him and my good buddy Chico was one of the highlights of the year. Larry really lit it up in the two tourneys I was there. The Dallas tourney had a lot of the great hitters in attendance and Larry absolutely was the "man". He is still in great shape and can play defense too. He can win this battle if anyone can. I will call Terry Perryman and Mike Macenko and get Larry on their prayer list, having two guys like that intercede is like a hot line. Jim Cary
Dec. 23, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eye Bounch

Good thread. I like to teach my outfielders to track the flight of the ball like a "cat" not a "dog". A dog bounces and runs hard. A cat crouches and keeps its head still and totally under control. Think like a cat in the last few steps and the bouncing phenomenon will go wawy.
Dec. 14, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BEST PITCH TO THROW

The best pitch to throw is the one most difficult to hit and location dictates where you need to throw it. Being able to throw many different pitches to different locations is what makes pitchers successful. However, the question is worded differently. The best pitch to work on is ABSOLUTELY the knuckleball. It moves and goes through the air slower so that it messes up timing. The problem is controlling the pitch, it goes where the wind blows. Yes, Andy Purcell is the best IMHO. I wish I could throw one, its my weakest pitch yet I know its the best one to use.
Nov. 8, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: To sue or not to sue

You intentionally put slanderous words on this public site with intent to harm my business.
I also have private emails that were clearly blackmail threats against me and my business. That type of internet activity is criminal as well as civil.
Thank you to SS USA for doing their best to wipe it out but it is easily found through google and other internet search engines. You have made it a public record.
Oct. 30, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Make the Most of Life, By Carl Gustafson

Read carefully guys, Carl actually DIED on the softball field just like he foreshadowed in his SS USA column. However, Paramedics brought him back and he is still with us. He was totally gone for a minute or two.
Oct. 29, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls in general

We all want good bats and good balls. We just have a different opinion on what those are. ASA and USSSA both have MAJOR bat problems, we in senior ball have MINOR bat problems. In ASA "If you dont cheat you will get beat". In USSSA you have to "cheat to compete". In senior softball you have to be the best to win and cheating doesnt get you there. We use the best bats, why would any sane person try to doctor their bat to hit it maybe one foot farther and risk law suits and banishment. We in senior ball have the bat issue pretty much solved.
The .52 Cor 275 pound ball is more about solving the bat issue, not the ball issue. The 52 plays the same hot as cold and there is only about a 3% difference in hitting a wood bat verses a senior bat. The ball almost solves the bat problem, does solve the temperature problem and the major players (By the way, Joe, you ain't one of the major players) actually voted almost unanimously that they preferred the .52 over the 44 375 ball. In the Canada VS USA game on ESPN BOTH teams voted that they wanted to use the .52 and not the 44 375. Joe, you are right we want good balls and good bats. The rest of what you have to say is showing your IGNORANCE. If you'd just smile, show up and play and SHUT UP you might even be appreciated.
Oct. 29, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Make the Most of Life, By Carl Gustafson

The last issue of Senior Sotball News had the most Prophetic article ever written in the world of softball. Its such an incredible coincidence that it cannot be JUST coincidence. If you have a copy of the paper you need to get it right now and read on page 13 Carls Corner. I am going to plagerize and rewrite the first paragraph here, I am sure Carl won't protest.
"He crossed home plate, turned to his teammates with a grin, and dropped over dead. It wasn't the first time this happened in a tournament game nor will it be the last. This incident happened in August to a player who was quite sure he'd be in Phoenix in October".
This was written just before the paper's deadline in August. On Friday October 23 Carl crossed home plate with full steam in a senior game in San Diego and collapsed. Much happened in the ensuing few minutes that certainly changed Carl's life forever and, its up to us all, can be a huge change in our lives too. Carl thought he was preaching to all of us when in reality he was foretelling his own story. Carl screamed at a teammate who was calling 911 and was adamantly denying there was a problem. Over severe objections the 911 call was made and when paramedics arrived Carl was barely alive and before they could help him he died, right there in front of teammates and paramedics, he stopped breathing and his heart stopped. At that very moment Carl knew he was dying. A man who is invincible, or so he thought,a man who did all the right things with his body and had almost no body fat, died right there denying anything was wrong.
This isn't the end of the story, its just the beginning. The 911 call was successful and the paramedics brought Carl back to life. Had teammates done what Carl tried his best to get them to do, I would have lost a "Best Friend", a beautiful wife would be a widow and we as senior softball players would have lost the opportunity to learn an incredible lesson, the lesson Carl was trying to share in the summer edition of Senior Softball News.
There is so much more to this story and much will be written in coming days and months. This is an opportunity right now for all of us to take note and get our lives in proper focus. Every day is a gift and could be our last. Carl isn't out of the woods yet but he has changed and I guarantee he will make the most of each day to make a difference. The doctors in the emergency room fought with Carl and over his protests and surgically put in a stint that has given him new life. He is among the most intelligent guys I have ever known. He is a gifted athlete, music composer, journalist, engineer and a very well known Blues singer and band leader. He has learned he isn't invincible and he will be using every day to make a difference.
There is more to come on this story but before its all written I want to encourage all of us to examine our own lives as Carl has encouraged us to do. Are you in the right place, right now to meet your maker?
Oct. 24, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Avis in Phoenix

I arrived in Phoenix on thursday via ticket I bought on Priceline thru Frontier Airlines. Frontier confiscated my toothpaste and a few other products in my baggage and charged me $20 for the one checked bag. I was a little upset but tried to not let it bother me. I also rented a car on the same itinierary thru priceline with Avis. I rent cars maybe 15 times a year, I'm not a rookie. Priceline charged my card ahead of time, which is not the norm. Most travel companies dont charge the card until you get to the car rental counter. I rented a car for 4 days and paid ahead of time $256.65, a high amount but Phoenix was short of cars, so they said and I paid it. When I got to the counter they refused to give me a car, they had cars and gave me a lame excuse about the amount of the payment. That day at the airport they were getting almost $200 a day for cars and they didnt honor my reservation. They wouldnt give me any paper work to prove I didnt get a car and litterally told me to go away or they would call the police at the facility. I went to Hertz, the 3rd desk I went to and they gave me a car for $566 3 days, highway robbery but with a shortage of cars I was relieved to get out of the airport. I returned the car the next day to Scottsdale Hertz and had the car for about 16 hours. Hertz still hasnt refunded the over charge and Avis never told Priceline that they refused to give me a car. I had to place a dispute with paypal as its my business payment method and I have to hope Hertz and Avis will fess up to what they both did. I called Priceline and they wouldnt help, they still have my money and I may never get it back. I went thru quite and experience, had a compact car for 16 hours and priceline/avis and Hertz have a total of $813 of my dollars and I have to fight to get some of it back and the burden of proof is on me.
Customer service in this country is almost non existent and we are a service based country. Going to a softball tournament when you have to fly is not a lot of fun.
Oct. 23, 2009
jim16
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix 60's Major Plus

The Pro, Kevin is exactly right. I didnt mean that LVSSA or YOU did anything wrong. Those balls were made and circulated long before LVSSA used them. We play "hit your own ball" in Texas and those balls were being used all over the state because teams wanted to win and didnt care if they were using balls that were mis stamped. My hat is actually off to LVSSA because when I go to their association, I know ahead of time that they will use the best balls they can get regardless of price. I very much enjoyed this years LVSSA event with the MCT balls.
Sorry I hijacked this thread. Its supposed to be about SS-USA and GSF
Oct. 22, 2009
jim16
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix 60's Major Plus

Now a small Hi Jack in this thread, the ball. I will try my best to explain a bit about the balls mentioned previously in this thread. The balls used in Las Vegas and the balls used in Phoenix were both 44 375 and both are made by TRUMP. Why was their such a difference in the way the ball performed? I will try my best to explain. 44 COR is basically a measure of bounce and the 375 is a measure of hardness. After the manufacturing process is finished, both balls have the same bounce (Co efficient of restitution) and hardness (375 pounds of pressure to squeeze them by 1/4 of an inch). This where the likeness of the balls ends. The Las Vegas ball has a layer of insulation wrapped around it under the cover. The substance is like the substance used on the space shuttle to insulate it from external heat. The Las Vegas ball also has a winding around the polycore to keep out all moisture. Because of the thickness of the insulation and moisture barrier, the polycore obviously has to be smaller in diameter in order for the final product to be the same size. The polycore also has to have slightly different mixture in order for the final product to have identical bounce and hardness. The Phoenix ball has no insulation and no moisture barrier but still has the same bounce and hardness. Since the Las Vegas ball will not react to heat and moisture, it will stay cool in the center and outperform the Phoexix ball in any heated atmosphere. Phoenix was way hotter than Las Vegas and therefore there was a substantial difference in the way the ball flew. Here's another interesting fact. If the temperature was 40 degrees, the Vegas ball would stay warmer and softer and the Phoenix ball would be harder and fly off of composites better. Now lets talk cost. Obviously the ball with the insulation, moisture barrier and leather cover will cost more to produce than the synthetic non insulated and non moisture proof ball. However, they have the same bounce and same hardness as a final product when tested at the same temperature. When Trump puts 375 44 COR on a ball, you can be sure it IS 44 375. There are a couple of un named manufacturers who have cheated and confused some of you. In the past some of those balls were used in the Las Vegas SSA program. They were incorrectly labeled on purpose.
Interestingly enough, the Microcell Technology ball (used in Vegas) was sent to SS USA players and it was turned down because a few rather uninformed individuals didnt like how it felt soft to the touch. It feels soft to the touch because of the layer of insulation beneath the cover.
This surely isnt a total picture of the difference in the balls but I hope its enough info for most of you to understand why one ball outperformed the other for distance. Durability is another subject
Oct. 22, 2009
jim16
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix 60's Major Plus

I don't want to hi jack this thread and was looking for somewhere to give my opinions on the 60 major plus tournament and this is certainly the place to do it. GSF won the tournament with DEFENSE. I was amazed at the level of defense I witnessed by all of the teams in the final games. Offense was neutralized by heat that was OFFICIALLY 104 degrees. The offensive strategy was substantually changed by the heat on the ball. GSF adjusted and won with what I feel was incredible defensive play. Because the ball wasnt going out, hitters were consistently attacking the middle as its the easiest hit in softball. Wood put Conway in to pitch and to plug the middle. The final 3 outs were all hit to Conway to end the game. GSF adjusted to the conditions and won because of recognizing limitations and enhancing their chances of winning. Many times I have been quoted as saying " managers cannot win games but they sure can lose games". In this case, quote me, "The manager won the game". This tournament proved to me that the Major Plus teams also have the best defensive teams. Defense played that sunday by 60 year olds was the best I have ever witnessed.

I have already been quoted previously in this thread and the quote was taken out of context. Our game, as well as almost all business, is about the money. SS-USA cannot run a quality program like they do if they cannot make a profit. I want them to make as big a profit as they can because it will reflect in the quality of the program. They MUST run every financial aspect of their program to the max, touch every base in order to continue to give us the best product they can put on the field. If we do not buy their product, something is wrong. We are buying their program and even in hard times it is expanding. They must be doing most things right.
July 6, 2009
jim16
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New idea for combining divisions

Bob, Its good for us all to try and think of new formats that will work, its certainly progressive. However, there is a flaw in your premise. Double elimination format takes twice as many games as the 2 game pool. A 6 team double elim takes 11 games. A 6 team 2 game pool only takes only 6 games. Your format is a lot more games expensive and also time consuming. If a team were to win both double elim formats they might play a whole lot of games, not 4.
July 4, 2009
jim16
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved bats & PPR

call me 903 236 3459
July 3, 2009
jim16
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved bats & PPR

Mike, Great to hear how well you are healing up. Two weeks ago I played in 3 divisions in Texas Championships. Won the 65 and 60 and 3rd in the 50's. I dont know how many games I played. Last weekend I played with the flat bellies and pitched 7 games on saturday in 100 degree Texas heat. Last year at this time it just hurt too much to play. Now, I bounce right back. Thank you ACAI
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