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Real name:
curt snow

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west warren, MA

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Men's 60

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Jan. 3, 2010
curty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats by level

Maybe we should try using the senior bats for upper levels. Maybe AA could use ASA standard, AAA use USSSA standard, major and major+ senior bats, and adjust the balls accordingly. As the upper level guys are represented so well here, they could decide the balls for their division, and adjust the balls to the bats being used.Home run levels would stay where they are in lower divisions as they would not be as much a factor. Teams/ players would have a choice of division to play, and all else can stay the same. Mandatory move ups would be the same, with the better equipment helping to separate the better level of play. Any thoughts?
Dec. 31, 2009
curty
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SSWS World tournament

how 'bout seeking a waiver of sorts, concerning rosters that could be grandfathered?
Dec. 31, 2009
curty
Topic: Bats
Discussion: altered bats

I checked with area UIC about "confiscating" of bats. Told that in the case of injury suspect bat (and ball) can be considered a WEAPON in the commission of a crime. The crime could be intent to do bodily harm, with knowledge afore hand. As the policing authority, the TD CAN AND WILL confiscate the bat. USSSA policy.
Dec. 21, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The majority did speak for themselves in 2009--

On another note-- when we talk about the middle being hit more if homers are outs, I wonder who is hitting the middle? Sounds like it must be the home run hitters? If so, and they are as good as they say, why not hit away from the pitcher any way? A hit to left or right field is the same as one off the pitcher anyway. At 61 yrs old I play to enjoy all the stuff listed elsewhere on this site concerning World Champions.Even when we are not the winners. I personally would really feel terrible if I hurt someone during a softball game and especially a senior!
Dec. 21, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The majority did speak for themselves in 2009--

einstein,I find your comments to paco very insensitive. Who doctored YOUR usssa bats and are your bats all doctored? I agree that the game was meant to be played to the best of our ability but the majority of the players I have contact with are against the current equipment. It is survival that dictates it's use because of guys like you that portend to speak for the majority. If you don't have facts and figures from the majority you should not assume that we all agree with you. I have seen you play and you are very good, and would still be better than the average if using "softer " equipment. Do you need to hit the ball farther or harder? I'm a good hitter and pride myself on working on my defense, but don't get to use it much. This is a very important part of my game, taken away by a little extra in the bats and balls. I play second base and hope the new middle rule will afford me more opportunities on defense!!
Dec. 19, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What it takes to win the world

All great answers, TEAM being the overall concept!
Dec. 9, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new rule for pitchers

dirty, you must not pitch! It's extremely difficult to throw forward and up from a ground position. After release, at which time I'm somewhat extended up and trying to back up to prepare to play defense, I find it very hard to get back to the ground. In my younger days I tried dropping to the ground and taking the ball off my cup/ shins/ thighs, but this no longer works.Also, i move in the direction of the pitch i.e. inside move right, but I can't get more than a side step over there.I'm confident to field balls at my head/chest area when playing 55 AAA, but not as much when playing major. I will wait to see how this plays out for now
Dec. 9, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new rule for pitchers

the "tire " does hurt, but protects my innards on those M+ line drives. I know of VERY few 60 year olds that still have the reflexes of those flat bellies, but we still want to hit like we did then, so the equipment has been improved. This will lead to injuries to old a--es!It seems to me that the best senior pitchers still can't field a hard hit line drive below the knee and some right at the belly!
Dec. 8, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new rule for pitchers

We use this "new "rule in the area we play league ball to protect pitchers. I think the equipment is the main reason. I disagree with some here that promote "hot" bats and balls AND KEEP THE MIDDLE OPEN. This in a game played by seniors-- slower reaction times, physically less flexible and some loss of strength. I pitch occaisionally and am generally considered as good defensively, but I can no longer get to the area below my knees on a well hit ball, with out the U-II. If a smart pitcher moves out of the box to defend the position, more power to him, but he is putting himself in jeopardy. WE ARE SENIORS! Our egos are getting in the way of safety. For those that say we are changing the game we love so much, it's necesary as we are changing also. Open up the middle,the way it used to be, but go back to the equipment we used when we were younger.
Oct. 23, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FACT OR FICTION?

I would like to see the ppr rule updated: Any ball hit thru the pitcher's box, from the ground to pitchers height + 6" would be a dead ball out.This does not have to hit the pitcher. Currently, it takes an injury to be dbo and that is certainly not the intent of the rule. So many on here are concerned with homeruns and feel that they must hit middle when used up, forget that we have had to advance equipment so we can hit homeruns!


Oct. 23, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW YOU DECEIDED YOUR PROFILE HANDLE?

my wife and I have played/coached/sponsored for more than 30 years, as Curt & Lois, shortened to Curty Lo's.We have worn #1- her & #2 me, since little league, which is a little strange since we met @ a World tournament in New Jersey when we were 30 yrs old!
July 31, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitcher protection rule new definition

Gary, we were told that any ball hit thru the box was going to be called dbo,: caught, deflected,missed completely, or hit the pitcher or not. This may seem extreme but at least there was no question and NO COMPLAINTS! 4's- pole dancing competition was very close, but you guys lost to the home town team as judged by tips! Great team and guys and the final score reflected the parity.
July 30, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitcher protection rule new definition

the pitcher determined the height-- clearly over the head was o.k. The ball did not have to hit the pitcher, and the pitcher didn't have to be in the box for the call to be made.I spoke to some of the older guys (70, 68) and they liked the idea of uniformity for the call and also saw a ball go through a pitchers legs at very high speed that was called dbo.I believe it served as somewhat of a deterrent because guys were concerned with "just missing" and being called out.
July 29, 2009
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitcher protection rule new definition

recently played with this rule called as follows: ANY batted ball hit through the pitching box, defined as the area from the pitching rubber straight back, was called as a dead ball out. Umpires discretion was limited to lack of force, i.e. 2 hopper, etc.This was explained during ground rules. Most discussion centered on contact with the pitchers body, but all the umps agreed to call EVERY ball hit thru the box as a dead ball out. While this may not be the answer, at least it was called consistently and players knew what to expect.
July 15, 2009
curty
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Teams in Rochester ny

We are forming a new team here in Massachusetts for women with the intent of traveling to Phoenix for the World Tourney. We WILL play in the qualifer in Palmer,Ma, July 25. We are still looking for sponsors and players to commit. We have 7 solid, ages from 50+ to 40, and if you can and want to perhaps you can join us? Contact me at curt_01092@yahoo.com or 413-436-5399. Any way we can help each other is good.
March 6, 2009
curty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IN-DEPTH TEAM RATING REVIEW ANNOUNCED review

It seems that a dozen or so players at most are really pushing for the revocation of the ppr, with out evre giving it a chance. These players seem to think along the line that once a team has used up it's home runs they will start hitting middle, but my teams case, we want production in the form of batters on base and as such we try NOT to hit the middle-- for fear of an easy play or dbo. Also, no one on our squad wants to be responsible for injury to any one else. Let's give this a chance and then complain.
Nov. 21, 2008
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitching defense

If pitchers could be allowed to pitch from any distance within the scope of the mound, (2' side to side) you can bet some of the craftier guys would become very good defensive players while adding to their pitching repertoire I pitch batting practice from about 65 feet and the action on my "curve balls and knuckle balls " is affected and it hasn't taken a lot to make the adjustment. However, even with 2 or 3 extra balls in my glove and hands I've been able to react and not get hit especially in the shin area. As senior reflexes slow down and the equipment improves we definitely need to adress injury as a major concern. i agree that there is rarely intent on the part of the hitter but that does little to console the injured player. Also, some teams have only one pitcher and when he is out of a game it will affect the outcome. Screens, protective equipment, rules to protect pitchers would be unneccesary if he were a threat to put the batter out. I've seen more pitchers hit while concentrating on throwing strikes as opposed to those "playing defense". If a guy can't throw strikes from the extra distance he would have the option of moving closer -and wearing the extra gear !
Nov. 21, 2008
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Pitcher Rule

i'm an infielder and some of the shots i get are HOT even at the extra distance! I would like to see pitchers be able to pitch from any distance, with in the frame of the mound. This would allow him to become an extra fielder hence more protection and discourage the middle shooter. Playing u-trip and pitching for the last 10 or so years has taught me to take advantage of the extra distance-- even before it was legal. we are not as mobile as when we were younger and the equipment is better, so the ground ball has become an effective offensive weapon anyway. Why not plug the holes a little bit?
Sept. 16, 2008
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major teams being redistributed to AAA and Major plus

I currently play 55aaa/ baystate bombers out of mass. One thought here, as we have few m+ players in our area, is to restrict rosters to limit the amount of M+ guys on a major team. Also, allowing these players to migrate a little between teams might help.These guys still want to play!! I don't think they ( players or teams) should be playing AAA, but some AAA teams might move up if allowed to use upper guys. If a team qualifies @ the upper level and the roster is frozen then they must play up accordingly, but if the team is borrowing players and must release them then they COULD be allowed back down. This will require some extra work at headquarters, but might get some more teams to at least try the upper game. It seems that AAA players are more interested in small ball and consider the home run hitters as dangerous, especially up the middle, but every team has 1 or 2 .that's just not enough to compete against a team comprised of 7 to 10 legitimate M players. Nobody wants to restrict bats/balls but if a M+ /M guy in AAA has to use a single wall, that would be an equalizer!
Aug. 5, 2008
curty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pruitt chevrolet player

lecak & I don't have the info available @ this time, but have suggested a fund be set up through SSUSA. There was a flyer @ the fields with the name of a player that passed away, and an address for contributions. I will try to get that info on this site asap
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