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Gary Sommers

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Shaker Heights, OH

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Men's 50

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Nov. 15, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

AA is the lowest level, that is just fact. As is D-3. No putdowns there, just the truth.

I mentioned above that she knows it is not D-1, has no illusions it is. She does know it is more than many she played with and against in high school got to do. She is fine with all this.

I tried to raise my kids with a sense of perspective. After all, she was the first to tease me when she heard we got to play with the special bats. She gets perspective.
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Awards for championship teams

When did trophies and plaques become obsolete?
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Pete, I have nothing aqainst unlimited arc. But if you are only recommending it as a way to combat the special bats, then once again the tail is wagging the dog.

Bernie, very correct. Never understood why, from a rules perspective, 50 year olds who often are still playing with the kids have to use the same senior rules as 75s. Makes NO sense.
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

#19, you make waaaaaaay too much sense.

But keep in mind the game now has numerous "random", or I call them whacky, rules to accommodate the deep psychological need many seem to have for the special bats and the extra offense and danger they provide.
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

crusher, no one likes to see someone get hit.

Now, one way to help with that is to get rid of the special bats. You on board with that?
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Awards for championship teams

Billymack, welcome to the exploitive world of senior softball.
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Rube, I completely agree, but I think we are out-numbered by the guys who need to hit harder and farther using the R&D and technology of others to have fun and feel good about themselves.

#19, great question, but you seem to be expecting logic. Good luck with that one.
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OpenGate

Why doesn't the TD just get the gate fixed? How hard can that be? I can't imagine the teams will be playing for free this weekend, use some of the money.
Nov. 14, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Rube, if that was done then guys in their 50s and 60s would not be able to hit balls they weren't in their 20s and 30s, and that would ruin the illusory experience for them.
Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Agree that Pete gave one possible explanation. No one here can say it is the complete reason, but certainly could be one of them.
Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

crusher,

uhhhhhhhh, okay. Not sure your point to the last line, but sure whatever you say.

Pete, just another of the "whacky" rules caused by the special bats I so frequently get to point out.
Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Protection my butt!

Wanna protect the oldest, slowest group still playing, get rid of the special bats. Anything else is bogus lip service.

And again, why both a screen AND a mask? How ridiculous!
Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make the Call

What else can "out of bounds" mean but out of play. In which case, yoblu is correct.
Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Sad, sad, sad what the sport is sinking to.

Or more accurately what the insecurities of old guys is creating.

And great point, why a screen and mask?
Nov. 13, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OpenGate

I would think, if this is brought to the umpire's attention prior to the game as it should, it would be part of the pre-game ground rules discussion and the call would be based on whatever was decided and communicated during this discussion.
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

I more than earn my keep on the rubber.....:)

Wasn't being combative at all. I see the distinct possibility that guys, at our ages, who realize they might basically be AA teams just don't see the point or reward in playing a lot of tournament ball that has traditionally been for the best of the best. Or at least that is how it was around here back in our day when a lot of current seniors were in their primes.
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

So it sounds like AA teams only wind up being formerly new teams that came in at AAA and then got moved down.
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

17, thanks for the good words.

I understand what you are saying, and was not putting down AA but rather trying to provide a context as perhaps an explanation to boston on why AA participation might be low. That was it.

Of course, all of my "followers" took it and ran in all kinds of wrong directions, but that was really all I was doing with my posts.

Oh, and sorry to hear about your cancer victims. As a fortunate survivor I know it sucks really bad, and empathize with what happened and for their families.
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Your skirt on today too?

A jerk for mentioning what everyone here knows, or should, that by definition AA is not the level of AAA, Major, or +? Is that really a surprise to any of you?
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

"repulsive"? I see you have put your panties and skirt on again this morning.

How have I referred to them? As not as good of teams as the classifications above them? What, is that some secret? That is the system. That is how it is supposed to work. So you must also be saying by SSUSA clssifying them as AA they are also treating them repulsively?

There is an order to everything, I understand that. MY POINT IS perhaps as teams realize they are just AA teams they don't see the same significance in tournaments or have the same willingness to spend both time and money as higher-ranked teams do. That was it, nothing more sinister than that.
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