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Feb. 6, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What should a healthy senior program look like?

Webbie,

Look forward to seeing you on the field this summer with GSF, we should at least have three or four Major Plus teams from the west in Vegas at the end of April. A few from the East would make it a lot of fun. From what i understand GSF is not going to be in Mesquite/St. George so i guess we will play D & K two out of three if no one else shows up. I hope you guys change your mind and come to Mesquite/St. George in March. We are not the strongest Major Plus team in the 60's (yet) but we will give you a battle every game and have fun doing it.

I know Major Plus is not for everyone, but i've been playing against and with a lot of these same guys through the 50's, 55's and now the 60's and i enjoy it. We had a great run for 1 1/2 years in the 60 Major division and we are trying to do what we can to get the right players in place to be competative in the Major Plus division. Only time will tell if our plan works or not.

See you soon
John Giesler
Master Collision
Jan. 31, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player protection

Hey guys, where do you purchase one of the wrist guards? I play third and took one off the wrist last year, did not hurt to long but i can see where it could be a problem.
John
Jan. 13, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHERE ARE THE 60 M+ & 55'S PLAYING??

Batting practice, i thought that was something you took just before your first game, for some of us thats March. Its 32 degrees here today.
Thanks for the update and i'll look forward to getting your schedule.
John
Jan. 13, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHERE ARE THE 60 M+ & 55'S PLAYING??

Ron,
Do you have anymore of your schedule set after April? As Bert mentioned we are doing Mesquite and Vegas (April) for sure. The team is meeting on the 28th of January to try and pin the rest of the year down. If you have your finalized schedule e-mail it to me (i think you still have my e-mail address).

Thanks John
Jan. 13, 2012
goforit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from the SCSSA Winter Shootout

Kennard / Webbie,

Kennard,
Have you looked into the unloader brace, it has a screw on the outside part of the brace. You tighten the screw and it seperates the bones that are causing the problem. Its the only way i've been able to play the last couple of years. I looked into having a partial replacement done just on the bones with the problem. My doctor would not do it since i wanted to keep playing softball. He said it would wear out the bones around it and cause more problems. Ran into two guys last summer that had partial replacements within the last two years and they are now looking at a full replacement because the knee is worse. I wanted to do a full replacement last year but due to some wierd circumstances it got postponed at the last minute, may look into it again around October this year if i get my deductable taken care.

Good Luck
John Giesler
Master Collision
Jan. 12, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ever wonder where or why poster leave or rarely post? I sure do.

Webbie,

It was great getting to meet you also in Denver. How did you guys do against D & K over the weekend? Are you going to be in Mesquite? Not sure we will have a full team but it just means the rest of us won't be able to make any outs. Take care -- see you soon.

John
Jan. 11, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of the factors players look for in deciding which tournament team to play for?

Stick8 and Joe,

Thats the name i was trying to remember Gekle Builders. We did have some epic battles. I remember the first time we played i looked over and thought we were playing a football team. It was a great game and we had you pretty good until Willie our second baseman hit a home run and let out a yell. Your team got a kick out of it and all of a sudden started playing better - you beat us by one (the only one of our meetings that year that you won). I'm sure Joe remembers Willie's yell. If i remember correctly you played outfield, can't remember if it was leftcenter or rightcenter.

Stick8, i must say the team i'm on now is as close as i will ever get to as you say Nirvhana. We have the occasional spat in the dugout but its gone within minutes and the laughter starts again. I also think its important that there is someone on the team that is repected and can step in and calm down a situation if needed.

Joe,

Good to hear from you, i'm doing good. Just trying to get ready for the new season that will start in Mesquite. Since we are Major Plus now i'm sure we will have to play the next SUPER TEAM (GSF) in that tournament. I talked to Imlay and it sounds like that team is really going to be good. How about you, who are you playing with this year?

John
Jan. 11, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of the factors players look for in deciding which tournament team to play for?

Stick8,
To answer your question, in my case i could not at the time. I only knew one of the guys on the team. It was my first full year in Senior softball. I think for others who have played for awhile it might be easier to spot potential problems because they either know certin players from other teams or have already played with them and they can call other players to get a feeling of what the team may turn out to be.
Thats why i'm playing for Master Collision now, i have either played against or watched these guys for 5 years before joining them. I always liked the way they interacted as a team.

Stick8 correct me if i'm wrong, i may have played against a team you were on 4 years ago (2008) - were you on a team out of Michigan with a bunch of really big guys (50 Major division). I was on a team out of Arizona at that time and i think we played against you three or four times that year.

John
Jan. 11, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of the factors players look for in deciding which tournament team to play for?

This is a great topic.
I've only been playing senior softball since 2006 full time but i can tell you i will never again play for teams that don't get along or have ego problems. I played for a team my first three years in senior softball that had as much talent as anyone if not more (major team)but there were constant internal fights, ego problems and groups that stuck together and would not associate with the whole team. I did get some good friendships off that team that still flourish today even though we all play on different teams and compete against each other. I now play with a bunch of guys that all get along and have a good time on the field and off. This has really showed in our play on the field - we all trust each other and we won a lot of tournaments over the last two years.
Stick in regards to your question on changing positions -- i did that for the chance to play with these guys. I had always been a 2nd baseman, when i came to this team i was asked to play third since they already had a 2nd baseman. After getting out of the way the first few times balls were hit to third i've come to enjoy the position and i found out the second baseman they already had is very good. Anyway thanks for starting the thread Stick.
John Giesler
Master Collision
Jan. 9, 2012
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ever wonder where or why poster leave or rarely post? I sure do.

Good morning everyone,
I'm one of the ones that does not post that often and the reason is -- there are certin people that can't wait to let you know that you do not know as much about the topic as they do. I enjoy playing softbal and i would really enjoy having the chance to meet more of you if we are at tournaments together. This is why i always put my name and team at the bottom of each post. I will continue to read the posts because every now and then the posts are good (when not hijacked) and really help me understand what is going on in the sport. Some of you already know me and i hope to meet others this new season. We (our team) had a fun time in the 60 majors over the last two years but we are now major plus in 2012. Looking forward to the new challenge and i hope we have more then one or two teams at each tournament.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Dec. 22, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For the guys who still play with the kids.......

I love playing against the kids whenever i get the chance. I play on three different senior teams (50,55 and 60's) in the summer and then try to work in a few games against the kids. I love seeing the look on their faces when the "old" men kick their butts. To me it does not matter what bat i'm using, whether the ball goes 350" or 321" (our fences are 320" all around)its all the same. It's the game that counts, i enjoy having to get three outs since our "old" man team seems to play better defense and we are smarter hitters (not always trying to hit everything as hard as we can). Gary, sorry you think that just because we choose senior softball we can't enjoy the game on other levels.

John
Dec. 19, 2011
goforit
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rock'n Reno the end of May

Harry,
The Reno tournament is a lot of fun and usually the teams are very good. We were lucky the last two years and managed to win the 60 major division. Not sure what our status will be in 2012 but we always add this tournament to our schedule. The weather is usually ok, last year we got some rain on Saturday and Sunday which shortened the games on Sunday to 5 innings. This year the 60's play over the holiday weekend so it goes Saturday through Monday i believe. Hope you and your team show up.
John Giesler
Master Collision
Dec. 9, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: JAN. 2012 HELP

Ron,
Master Collision will not be in Menifee (we won't be out of hibernation yet). Depending on how our winter meetings go we are going to plan on playing more tournaments this year but we probably won't field a full team until Reno (injuries and other obligations). To bad, i would like to see your new and improved team i've heard about as well as George and D&K.

Ron, if you get a minute e-mail the schedules you have so i can get them to the guys that make decisions on our team (JEG84103@netzero.com). This may help us decide where to go for good competition.

Take care
John Giesler
Dec. 5, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What sport consisted of your athletic career?

This is a good thread, nice to see everyone's athletic background. I grew up in a small town, played all the sports i could in high school (baseball, basketball and football). Went to junior college and played both basketball and baseball, had to make a choice when i went on to a four year school so i picked baseball. Played two years of minor league baseball before giving it up for a real job (saw to many 35 year old guys still thinking they could get to the majors, with no other future). Started playing slow pitch in the late 70's until the late 80's (got married and wife's could not travel on the team i was with so i quit in 1988). I too started playing a lot of tennis, from 1990 right up til i started playing senior softball in 2006. It was great for the legs and the arm along with the eye hand coordination. It's really interesting that after all these years that i could find senior softball and start running into guys i played with or against 25 - 30 years ago. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (sorry i could not resist).

John
Nov. 9, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

Last note should have said 500 replacements over the last two years not 500 this year.
John
Nov. 9, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

Thanks again everyone,

Bob good to hear from you again, hope your doing well.

Met with the doctor today for the last time before surgery. He will not be cutting any of the tendons or the ligaments that will be remaining. I am going to lose the ACL but i've so little of it left now i'm ok with that. I'm surprised after looking at the MRI that it haden't already snapped. The doctor i'm using does about 500 replacements a year and he is very understanding that i want to continue playing softball next year. From the people i've talked to he is very respected in this field. He has told me that he will get with the PT people after the surgery so they know the direction i want to go. I'm not going to rush the recovery, i understand how important it is to do the rehab correctly.

Again thanks everyone, your insight helped me ask questions today that i would not have thought about.

Look forward to seeing some of you in Vegas next week.

John Giesler
Nov. 8, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

Thanks everyone for your comments and insight.

MurrayW -- my date is set for 12/6/11 unless they can get me in on 11/29/11. I'm having the surgery done through the Orthopedic center at the University of Utah (they do all the work for the U of U athletic department), the doctor i have does just knee replacements so i believe he meets the qualifications you mentioned. I have a meeting with him on Wednesday to go over everything. I wish i knew more about that "New Technique" that Garyheifner is talking about.

If any of you are in Vegas and you see Master Collision playing or just standing around, please come up and say hi. I would like to thank everyone personally if possible.

Take care
John Giesler
Master Collision
Nov. 7, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

Maddog,

I'm waiting until after Vegas (probably 12/6/11), need to have fun one more time.

Thanks everyone for your comments, it sounds like there are some success stories out there and i appreciate hearing them. My doctor told me NO the first time when he found out that i still wanted to play softball, then he said yes the second time i talked to him. I think he was concerned that the joint would wear out to fast if i played softball.

Comeback Kid -- you mentioned that i should get the correct joint -- how many different kinds are there? I know of one or two but i thought they were all pretty standard.

John
Oct. 23, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

DJ,

Thanks for the comments. So i assume that your knee is no longer stopping you from taking a full swing with power? I saw one of your earlier posts to murray that stated you wished you had looked into what you should do before surgery and your rehab afterward, any thoughts on this for me. Did you let your doctor know you were going to continue playing softball? I walk pretty good still and go up and down stairs with onlyy some pain but its starting to ache more and more in certin positions and i'm getting fluid on the knee more and more that needs to be drained before i play. Sorry for the long post but i'm planning on doing this after Vegas in November and i'm trying to be as informed as i can be.

John
Oct. 20, 2011
goforit
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee replacement thoughts

Thanks Mad dog, i hope some others see this and give me some insight into the recovery and then starting to play again. I was never a speed demon but i would like to run without the pain. What positions do your team mates play?
John
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