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Discussion: explain the various skill levels...

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Oct. 10, 2008
Brit
Men's 50
6 posts
explain the various skill levels...
I'm a recent transfer from Ann Arbor, MI to Phoenix, AZ. Would someone help me out by explaining the 50+ skill levels (AA, AAA, Major, Major-Plus)? I played class E @ 2nd base the last few years, our team came in 18th @ the USSSA worlds in Orlando, 2007. I am above average for the "E" level and would be a good "D" player. I won't turn 50 until next month and haven't totally given up on playing with the younger guys as I'm very competitive...just curious as to how competitive the levels are.
Thanks, Brit
Oct. 10, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1265 posts
Email me at dbax5@msn.com and I will try and explain it. I'm also in Phoenix.
Oct. 10, 2008
Brit
Men's 50
6 posts
...response on its way.
Thanks much, Brit
Oct. 10, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1006 posts
Dave you recruiting?
Oct. 10, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1265 posts
Why, do you want to play on a good team?
Oct. 10, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
Guys talk about home run hitters, base hitters, hitters that can go yard or base hit as being Major Plus, Major or lower class hitters. I believe it all comes down to winning and the level of competitiveness you want to play. It's all up to you, AA for the least competitive play to Major Plus for the most.
Good luck in what ever you decide.
Oct. 11, 2008
Richie B
Men's 60
16 posts
Bruce, what makes you think that by being on a major plus team as opposed to a AA team makes the competiivness any less, it doesn't, players are just as competitive and determined to win in both divisions, thats why we play tournament ball....but the differance is that the major plus team is stocked with home hitters who go yard more often...you might want to to rephrase the word competitiveness... thanks Richie
Oct. 11, 2008
turn2
484 posts
Ritchie,
Not all major plus teams hit alot of home runs. We are a 60 major plus team and only average about 2 home runs a game if that. So, if a major plus team did not hit the home runs and played by your rules would your team play them?
To be the best you must play the best competition out there. That is all that we want to do. We have played 50 and 55 teams and have not complained about this because we want to play the best teams out there.
It would be nice to get to play 60 teams instead of the young guys. Most directors to not take in account that there is a gap in the age when we play these 50 or 55 teams. They can run faster and get to balls that most 60 teams can't get.
Thanks,
Donnie
Turn Two Collectibles
Oct. 11, 2008
Brit
Men's 50
6 posts
I'm curious. Have any of your teams played against the younger guys in their leagues/tournaments (USSSA "E", "D")? I've played against it in a couple world qualifying tournments as well as the USSSA "E" worlds. Honestly, guys our age (50) are every bit as good as they are, often times much, much better.

Brit
Oct. 11, 2008
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
Richie: I think what Bruce means by competitiveness is skill level, not "will to win". There are very good players in AA but not throughout the lineup. The higher you go up the level ladder, the less breaks you get in the field. There are no weak hitters at the Major level and certainly no "easy outs".
Oct. 11, 2008
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
For the most part I would agree with Donnie. What I believe seperates AA from AAA , Major and Major plus is the skill level of the team. Good pitching surrounded by fundamentally sound fielders on defense and consistant hitting on offense can take a team a long way. So what I see is that major plus teams have more players that consistantly hit and field their positions than the lower divisions and the skill level drops slightly with each division. And Donnie I just want to say Thanks for reffering to guys in the 50 -55 age range as young guys
Oct. 11, 2008
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2641 posts
Thanks DMac, bad choice of words by me.
Oct. 12, 2008
armiho211
Men's 70
409 posts
BRIT- make it a point to stop and watch some of the action in the next few days, your age group plays 10/24--10/26. you can get a better idea of the play by the different classifications,AA,AAA MAJOR, MAJOR PLUS. good luck,
Oct. 13, 2008
Brit
Men's 50
6 posts
Dave, Armiho 211,
Thanks for the info and advise to check out the tourney next weekend. I'm may be in California that weekend. If not, I will be at the parks.

Brit
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