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Discussion: Looking for questions that YOU would like answers to.

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Feb. 19, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Looking for questions that YOU would like answers to.
I'm want to build a site with a poll or two, but need these from YOU:
Short questions with 3-6 answers. example;
1. What color of balls to you prefer,
A, white
B. Optic yellow

2. what cor\comp ball do you prefer?
A 40\375-400
B 44\375
C 47\525
D 52\275

3. That pitch arc limits would work best for all?
A 3-12
B 6-12
C 6-14
D pitcher height-16
E. unlimited, up or down

4. Do you like late games? ( Defined as being, AFTER 7 pm)
A yes
B no
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Would appreciate as many as I can get from players coaches mgrs etc. All ages rankings which I will also try to add as well anyway. Kind a like the one SPA had, I hope, but was unable to get that info to use as template. If anyone know what SPA used please LMK.
Please sent info to my email addy
tait_ebay@yahoo.com
Would like to get about 50 plus questions and hopefully the site I go through will have the stats on the end w\o cutting off info.
Not sure on time frame but when done and up link will be posted. Depends on when I get the questions and sort through them and post. If I get more than expected another poll will be done where the other left off.
Suggestions welcome.
Thanks.
Feb. 21, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
It seems many of us question goings on, offer suggestions, solutions or other input in this forum about MANY issues, yet only a few have replied to me about it.
If anonymity is your concern, I can understand that, though it would not have been an issue.
If that be the case, post the questions\answers here. SSUSA can use them also and perhaps do it them selves. :>?
There were many questions in SPA's that would have been used, but not all. I really wanted the players to be the poll setters, not the assn.
There are so many that could be asked about the game, issues, rules & equip, it could be very long.
Feb. 21, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1936 posts
Taits--
1. Optic Yellow-I think I see it better in tough skies
2.44/375
3.pitcher height-unlimited
I think you need to make sure there is some arc or it can get a lot like fast pitch, but unlimited arc would help pitchers and cut out 'discussions' about umpires judgement.
4. Absolutely not-old eyes have trouble in the night vision department
Feb. 21, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Come on guys, questions I have here are EXAMPLES, ONLY...
Add your own questions AND answers.... One, Ten, how ever many, Not the four above.......please...



Feb. 21, 2010
turn2
484 posts
I would like to play with unlimited runs / inning and let the best team win. I am referring to the major plus division. If this means playing a 3-4 inning games in the hour time limit that would be fine.
Donnie
Turn Two
Feb. 21, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
Donnie, our manager is in agreement with you. We want unlimited runs per inning.
Feb. 21, 2010
turn2
484 posts
Bruce,
The runs have worked both ways for us. We have been beaten up pretty bad some games and then we have a few good games. This allows a team to run rule the other and most of the time ends early because of the run rule.
To me this is softball. You try to score all the runs you can and try to beat the other team. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
But I would also like to say to keep some type of time limit.
In 2007 we played some 2 1/2 - 3 hour games back to back and that was not much fun.
Maybe the major plus could score all the runs and let the teams that dont want to play the top teams play with all these other wacky rules.
Donnie
Turn Two
Feb. 22, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
Donnie, we're on the same page. I've played some 2 1/2 hr games and really enjoyed them. However, I can see where they would really screw up a tournament schedule.
I'm also in favor of playing under lights.
Sorry for the hikack Scott.
Back to your questions.
1) ball color really doesn't matter much. Some white balls become tan and are hard to see, so I'd go for yellow.
2) 44/375 has proven to be good
3) 3-12
4) I like late games, am fortunate that I can see well.
Feb. 22, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1936 posts
Taits
1. Would you like to see the bats
a. Stay the same
b. Hotter
c. Less lively

2.Would you like to see the fences
a.300
b.325
c.farther

3. Would you like to see the bases
a. 65 ft
b. 70 ft
c. 75 ft

4. Would you like to see tournament schedulers take into account the fact that the sun would be right over the pitchers head, or low and right in the face of the pitchers and middle infielders, and not schedule that field for that period?
a. yes
b. no

5. Would you like to see an age change to 50-57, and 58-65 instead of every 5 yrs. up to 65?
a. yes
b. no

6. If you like the hotter bats and longer bases, would you like to see an 11th defensive player?
a. yes
b. no

Will that get you started, Taits?
Feb. 22, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
sorry, I didn't read the entire thread.
1) How many age divisions do we need
A)broken down by 5 year groups
B)by 8 year groups
C)by 10 year groups
2) How many classes do we need?
A) One
B) Two
C) Three
D) Four or more
3) Should teams be allowed to pick up players outside their geographical area? If so, how many and from where (E/W of the Mississippi River)?
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Webbie25,
That's the idea.
The possibilities are endless here.
THANK YOU.

Brucein GA,
No apology needed. What do you mean by classes... The ratings, brackets, ages? I "assume" age, since you have that in your first question, but I think we all would want direct or specific questions and not one we may guess on then or later like the way a couple of rules (now gone) were worded.

Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Added to list...
I added 275 and open fields because there are a few used.

Added unlimited runs question.
Working on Bruce's last post here.
Feb. 22, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2584 posts
Some associations have 4 classes in each age group, some only have 3.
I was refering to AA, AAA, Major and Major Plus.
So, my question would be:
Within each age group, how many different classes should there be?
A) one
B) two
C) three
D) four

Can you imagine age groups being 50-57, 58-66, etc?
Then, each age group having a Recreational and Competitive division?
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Just wanted clarification. Some like colors and minerals as well...lol
Thanks, I have 15 to date. Some are the basic ones w\all of these as well.

Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
That which you mentioned in last statement is now under consideration somewhere... numbers=$$$.
I do know of one that really does not go by the book as it were with ages bats and rules. But only uses the assn designation for gain.
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Using age brackets, rather than classes...and it's 15+ questions so far.
Feb. 22, 2010
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Terrific stuff, Scott
and great questions guys.
Height on pitches, hmmmmm.
3-14.
Bruce, 2 divisions.
Lively bats and balls.
70 foot bases is OK.
300 foot fences.

Would you like to see HR's as outs
or singles?
Would you like to be able to free sub fielders or bat as many as you want?
Do you want players polled and voting
on all matters?
Do want to see an association/org/union
of players, by players for players?
Should a waiver be recognized and respected regarding player choices
regarding danger and liability?
Do you want certain states like California and Florida
singled out regarding player
elligibility?
Are cookies better with milk
or coffee?
Great stuff, guys.





Feb. 22, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
784 posts
> Starting tournaments on Fridays when it can easily be played in two days at the smaller attended tournaments.

> Combining Major & Major-plus

> Runs per inning (personally I think the five run rule is the best thing going in Senior Softball - the games would take forever without it!)

> 1 and 1 pitch count

> Length of bases

> Bud or Bud Light

Feb. 22, 2010
Paco13
353 posts
Utrip bats/44-375 optic yellow; unlimited runs 1.5 hours limit; adopt the pitchers Utrip release rule of up to 6 feet behind the pitcher plate; start games on Sat rather than Friday. No HR for outs or increase the HR limits...(everybody is a HR hitter this days with Einstein bat/ball combo); 70 feet bases; Arc is Ok 6-12...
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Just submit a question. THEN the choices for answers in the form of multiple choices or a yes, no.
I will also add comment or other boxes in some.
Yours here, I can figure out, so no problem.
Not all questions can be completely answered w\o additional info. They will be added.
Would to have these in by the end of March.
Each question and the answers has to be entered separately at the site. Time consuming.
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Jawood,
Included, less the beer....
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Have compiled about 30 so far, which includes all these here and the others to be expected.
Many will not be in any given ORDER, some are, this is because I feel you may actually read the questions more carefully when doing it.
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Would be nice to keep this going, but I also understand it too lengthly you may tire of it... I know I do when I participate in some.
Might be like voting during elections, it you don't it does nothing. Perhaps that is the silent majority we read referred to here... Let's hope not.
There are a lot out there with good thoughts, and ideas. It's not that hard to make into a question with multiple choice answers or yes, no.
Those: What if, how about, why not type of questions & concerns.
It's your game, you are paying to play it. This is one way to voice what you want, and how you feel about it.
If I happen to get tons of questions, I'll just have another poll & break it down is segments.
Feb. 22, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
Would another two (2) feet of arc keep pitchers safe enough?
Would unlimited movement help keep pitchers safer?
Same ball 44/375, cooler bats?
Heaven forbid, Screens for pitchers?
Players Association, Good Idea or not? (I personally like the idea)
Thanks Scott!



Feb. 22, 2010
andy25
Men's 50
17 posts
Taits,
Unlimited, or at least multiple, substitutions.
Why is baseball/softball the only major sport that restricts a player's ability to enter and leave the game ?
Is five (5) games a fair number for travel tournaments (qualifiers, championships) ?
Andy
Sweet Construction NJ
Feb. 22, 2010
Davy
12 posts
how many courtesy runners per game?
a. unlimited
b. none
c. one per inning
d .courtesy runner can only run once per game
e. only one per inning and courtesy runner can only run once per game
I prefer e as it allows for the truly hobbled(maybe injury)etc. but keeps a more balanced team with all skills important, not just slug hit and no run.
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
E4-6,
It would give a split second more time to react or move back, even both.
Actrally the movement would do something, but nothing is going to be perfect.
I prefer what ever I throw, from where ever, however or how high works very well.
Players assn... there has to be a couple hundred of many sizes but only around 10 that have the ability to deal with large numbers of players & teams.
I see questions but then not all really suited for this and no answers as requested...
Send me the stuff I'll get it in somewhere.
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Andy,
The 1st one is mentioned by Joe. on the other two are they yes\no questions? That's how I see them... But what's a "fair" number?
I know 7 is possible....
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Davy,
I'll put it in, but if a team comes up short for what ever reason, and it happens, your stuck.
Feb. 22, 2010
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
101 posts
To Taits and Einstein... and the Etc.... ,
why don't we just build a Facebook account fo us Sr.'s ball players.. it easy to do and stay in touch with each other via email alerts notification... ;) that way we can share our Opinions, POV and thoughts and post pics and also do personal messages.. and we also can do polls on the account... there's no way to that on this board...

THINK ABOUT IT... !
Feb. 22, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Actually that is one I thought about it there or on Eteamz. But wanted a site that actually gave back the stats. I wasn't aware you could do polls there either. Had name; "more balls than bats" started in eteamz. But started working on questions \answers and stopped. I like the FB idea. Not to hard to use. It's keeping the 'seniors' out I'd worry about.
I am unable as yet to find a poll\survey site that allows more than 10-20 questions or 100 replies.
SPA had over 1500. My goal was to beat that.
With only 45+ questions ready but only a dozen involved here, it's not much of a statement as was said by Staff here.
Go for it. You build it...I'll send you the list to add or submit it myself. LMK what you want to do on that...Great idea.
Feb. 23, 2010
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
taits, great idea for a poll, but as you are finding, it's difficult to build one. I don't have a question to submit, but my opinion is that there is likely a big difference between how 50s respond and 65+ players (for example, playing under lights is a big problem for older players); also, a difference between AA/AAA and Major/Major+ (might be difference of opinion on home runs, 5-run innings, etc.). Is your envisioned poll going to account for possibly different perspectives? Keep up the effort. Would be a first of its kind.
Feb. 23, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Omar,
You brought up one thing that is very valid, the differences between players within ratings.
However there are some that play multiple ones...I do, and know others do as well. I added many questions to try & "deal" with it but it's really impossible given one cannot check who is what they say or answer to.
Some submitted i feel are relevent to travel ball, but are also within league or recreational ball. I hope to avoid league and rec replies. But included the question submitted.
The post regarding Facebook is really good, But what I don't like about the site is that it has the spidering effect "you may want to connect to this person or that one as a social friend" type thing". good to some degree but not just senior players would get in there.
Am hoping for only Seniors and the 'master' players for the polls.
Ask a question(s) with answers you have a concern(s) about...I'll add them.
It's going to be a long one regardless unless the basics are done, age, ball, pitch, bases, fields type stuff and then the hard core matters. But given I have done polls from all over for 3 companies and have left out questions wanting to come back later to answer them... They are not always there or available to do. And some do require some thought.
Feb. 23, 2010
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
taits, complex, complex, complex. I agree that some players are in more than one level (I played across three age groups last season), so perhaps the simple response would be to have the player answer for his oldest age group (not many players are in two levels, much less three). Of my oldest team last year, only two other players played younger, so I think I could accurately give my perspective as an older player and it would represent my peers on that team.
Feb. 23, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Omar,
Here they will not "look" at one persons cast reply as that for 12 or so,
It would be great is one could get all 300 plus managers to cast a meaningful vote for their team, but it won't happen. That too, with some within a team might just happen to disagree on some aspects of the proposed vote.
Like anything, its not cut and dry. One person sent me a site to talk about tonight. I'll be calling him on it.
That and the Facebook site as mentioned or the one I only have a name to so far, but nothing done.
If it gets broken into bits and pieces by subject matter as it were that might help too, but some interrelate to others as well. Yea, complex.
Care to do it for me?
Feb. 23, 2010
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
Taits, you've done polls for three companies which tells me you have expertise. I've done polls for small time groups only. So, you're the man!
Feb. 23, 2010
JamesLG
295 posts
Taits:

Great post and I hope the folks who make the rules are reading.
Here are my thoughts.

1. Should HR's limits increase as we get older?

Add 3 HR's per age group is my though on this.

2. The umpires take far too much crap off certain players, they should not hesitate to toss anybody even though they are elite players.

Agree, "yes" or "no"

3. Pitcher arc limit:

6' to 14'

4. Bats alloweded:

I would go for no composite bats if the fields went back to 275' with good balls.

Thank You:

James

Feb. 23, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Omar,
No.
I have one site I started to build, to do this (Eteamz), one I was referred to in a post here to this (facebook), and another a member will help me with, if needed.
I could do all three. But isn't that overkill. You'd likely get different replies to the same questions.
Most of the free sites are VERY LIMITED, as I posted here. something will work somehow.
It's for the senior softball players voice on the game that they are concerned about, not any particular assn., but they might take heed to what they feel.
I believe SPA does and SSUSA did for the 1 question, mgr only 'poll' they used, & did it wisely, imo.
Feb. 23, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
JamesLG,
I'll add these.
I like the first one A LOT.
Feb. 23, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
James,
There are fields used in ca that are 265 (Stockton, Lodi) I if I remember correctly one other, someplace even shorter.
Some are too old and have no room to expand.
Feb. 24, 2010
Omar Khayyam
958 posts
There are short fields (below 280) in several places, always an older field (built pre-double wall), usually in a park, no room to expand, but always needing to be used in popular tournaments. In the last year, I have played on a 265, 260 (actually 250), 285, 280, that I can remember. Usually the older teams are assigned there, but with the Mikens, some of the oldsters can hit them out!
Feb. 24, 2010
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Should Major and Major+ be combined.
Should Ring tournaments be only for Major and Major+.
Feb. 24, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Salio2k,
I'll add one, 1 is there already.
Feb. 24, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Web site is up and running but poll not posted. Or it was...
I currently have 7 pages of Q & A's to type into it...
Over 60 Q's.
Membership is required as with all the others I know about. http://sspso.webs.com/
Take note this is the free edition, not much storage or band width... so no pics allowed, but it a possibility as is a marketplace to post your stuff down the road.
My addy is here and all over if needed.
tait_ebay@yahoo.com
Been on what's there since last night. I need a break.
Going to cut it off Last day of the month, so there is still 4+ days to submit questions and answers.
Roughly 8 directly related to M & M+, but some of all, is pretty good.
I plan on a forum like here but not there yet. It is your site, so use it. Will post to ncssa as well.
Feb. 24, 2010
E4/E6
Men's 60
850 posts
WITH ANSWERS THIS TIME.

1)Would another two (2) feet of arc keep pitchers safe enough?
A)Probably not, but it may allow an extra step or two backwards.
2)Would unlimited movement help keep pitchers safer?
A)More then likely, yes. As long as it isnt turned into a Circus Act.
3)Same ball 44/375, cooler bats?
A)Hotly contested issue, for me the answer is yes.
4)Heaven forbid, Screens for pitchers?
A)No more obstacles on the field.
5)Players Association, Good Idea or not? (I personally like the idea)
A)Maybe one that primarily represents SSUSA players but not to the exclusion of other organizations.
Feb. 24, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
E-4,6,
Well you tried... actually I think some of that is in there one way or another. Over 70 now.

I'm unable to view site outside of the host site..., sorry guys. Google \ yahoo don't seem to work in a search either and one other guy here can't find it either...
Have a question into the site about number of polling questions limitations. Not sure it will do that many...
Feb. 25, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Site works if you place the address http://sspso.webs.com/
in the URL bar, but not if done in searches that I find.
Always did I heard...I didn't try that.
Will start to type the Poll Sun night and see what happens.
Feb. 25, 2010
ShaneV
Men's 55
380 posts
I have not read the entire thread but,
did anybody mention SurveyMonkey? I
signed up for it a while back but never
used it. If I remember right it's free.
Doesn't mean it's easy.

Great effort so far!

ShaneV
Feb. 26, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
I looked at 3 others, all the "free" site plans are LIMITED. (10-20 questions) this site I figure will be about the same but they use a 3rd party for them and I haven't looked at it other than their home page link.
Good sites are 20 a month average, w\some features being less costly, some even more.
All I can do is see where it leads. I sent out 3-500 emails to players i have been in contact with over the last 13 years for one softball thing or another. 35 were returned so far and that is not too bad given the numbers.
But for anything to work it takes participation, few here really did that, I am surprised. But it is what it is and only the members can vote in it when up, that's another story. Your concerns, ideas, suggestions, is a part of it, pics forum and a blog down the line for messaging selling and all hopefully will be a part as well,
Site already sent me a email that they stopped my email because it overloaded the "free" space. I actually liked that. Shows interest is there.
Feb. 26, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4253 posts
Some forums are posted, ages (divisions) and some different stuff.
Suggestion welcome or start your own.
Feb. 26, 2010
garyheifner
331 posts
My poll results

Go to 1-1 count, speeds up the game. Once again, we played in the TOC this year and had some 5 and 6 inning games. I want to play "7". Arc--6-10 feet. No ump on this planet knows what a 12 foot arc is. An ump can better judge 3-4 feet over a pitchers head. For those who don't know, unlimited arc really sucks.
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