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Aug. 27, 2019
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 75 team

I am looking to play on a 75 Major Plus or Major team for 2020 season. I live in Las Vegas. I am an excellent pitcher and 1st baseman and hitter.
March 19, 2019
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for team for Vegas in April.

Looking for a Major or AAA 70 team for Vegas. I am an excellent pitcher/first baseman and hitter, having played in Major Plus and Major. Currently rated Major. I live in Vegas.
Aug. 3, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW LONG?

Laying out money for tournaments that either have only 2 Major Plus teams or sometimes only one is foolish. This is especially true in the 70 divisions and above. Due to the age there are far less players available thus maybe two Major Plus teams in a tournament. Even worse, when one of the teams never beats the other team, it's expensive to now you are going to lose. Also, many players don't want to be moved to Major Plus in the seventies and above because if that team folds it is difficult to find another team to play with since the Major Plus pool is so limited. If yo look at the Major Plus home run rules (allowing 9 per game in the seventies) it is obvious someone doesn't understand the physical drop off in power. Two to four homeruns, by a Major Plus team, in a seventies tournament, would be a lot. Just check the Seventy Major Plus game cards and you would see this "9 home run" rule was a joke. It make more sense, at seventy and above, to go to the "one up home run rule". This would allow for even the Major Plus teams to be re-rated to Major and thus give everyone more teams to play against and not cause some players to have to sit out a year because their Major Plus team folded and they must wait to get re-rated to Major so someone will pick them up. At seventy, we are just want to be able to enjoy the game, we don't have that many more years to play. Just a thought.
Feb. 14, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need to revamp 70 team ratings

This has bothered me for a few years, having played 70 Major Plus and 70 Major it is obvious that because of a set of "not thought out" guidelines, the 70 year old players have limited options and team to play. In 70's, at Major Plus, SSUSA allows us 9 home runs a game. If they would check the tournament stats for this age group, over the years, they would see more of these teams were lucky to hit 3 or 4 home runs in a tournament much less 9 in a game. Also, for Major Plus, it limits the teams they will see in a tournament due to the lack of true Major Plus teams. It also automatically labels everyone on that team as a Major Plus player, even if they may not be. Also, with the actual lack of home runs hit in Major Plus, giving a Major team 5 runs makes it difficult to combat. It seems to me, we could go to the "one up" home run rule and thus combine the Major Plus a with Major into one division. This would allow facing a variety of more teams in a tournament and would allow for players who were not actually Major Plus, to be rated Major and make it easier to find a team to play with if they left their current team. My experience, in the past, where I was Major Plus, the team folded, no other Major Plus options arose and I had to sit out a year, then play 65 AAA so I could get re-rated so I could find a 70 Major team. At this age, most of us can't afford to be sitting out a year. Again, this is just my observation, I don't expect it will change.

Sept. 12, 2017
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 70 Major

George thanks for your interest, however, I don't meet your criteria regarding snow bird, Canada or Washington.
July 25, 2017
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 70 Major or Major Plus

Brock, am aware of Tharaldson but not a fan. Will continue to look in Arizona. Thanks
July 23, 2017
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 70 Major or Major Plus

Looking for a 70 Major Plus or Major team either in Arizona or California. I live in Vegas. Am an excellent 1B/Pitcher. I am excellent hitter with good power. No Major or above in Vegas.
June 11, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump ball used in Reno - 40 Major plus

I agree the Stote should be used in the 60 and below divisions. Age and senior bats more than make up for the ball. However, I believe, while not using the Rock, SSUSA should look at a better all weather ball. Also, in regard to the Rock durability, 8 of us hit about 40 weeks a year, twice a week, 50 balls apiece each day for over 2 years and the Rocks are still holding up.
June 5, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous

I can say pitching for a long time I always know what ball
I have before I pitch. Because, over time, I have found the wrong ball to have been tossed in. Do I think every time it happened it was on purpose, no. To want to suspend teams when this occurs is over board and if a rule, needs to be changed.
April 25, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock Ball in Vegas

Based on play in wind with several different balls, I see little difference. I've had the Stote move 25 to 30 feet on a long fly ball in the wind. Also, have had the Stote take high bounces on hard or synthetic fields. I believe the weather, not thr ball influence flight.
Dec. 26, 2016
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Trump Rock

I remember hitting the double wall bats in the 1990's and just as today, it depended on the ball as to how far we hit it. I remember using Worth 50 cores and even 58 cores. Believe me, you could hit those balls a mile and not be a "homerun"
With all Senior bats 1.21, it is the ball that truly determines the distance. Hitting the same Rocks, in batting practice, over the last 3 years (10 players, 80 balls each a week, 40 weeks a year for 3 years), there is no doubt the reliability of this ball in all weather conditions. Even at 70 years of age I still like to hit the best ball available.
Maybe SSUSA could use the Stote for the AA and AAA and let the Major and Major Plus use the Rock.

Dec. 7, 2016
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Vegas Elite 70 Major

We are looking for a 70 outfielder to play on our 70 Major team in Vegas.
We will play 12 to 14 tournaments in California, Arizona and Nevada.
June 15, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

Speaking of awards, can anyone explain the reasoning behind giving no points for MVP of a qualifier but giving point for all tournament.
May 22, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-Rated without playing a tournament

Tone, this problem is common with SSUSA rating. Three years ago my 70 team was rated Major because we had 3 rated Major Plus guys and the rest of the team was mostly AAA and couple AA. We played in the Vegas Worlds 70 Major and won the tournament by winning 7 to 1 in final. It was a fairly weak Major division. Not only did they move us to Major Plus they also moved the team we beat up. Therefore, we had the majority of AAA players now classified as a Major Plus player. Our friends had to leave the team in order for us to pick up more legitimate Major Plus players so we could compete. My friends had to wait a year and then submit forms to try and get rerated to where they belonged. Believe me at 70 years old we can't afford sitting out a year. I find many of the ratings by SSUSA are based on what you did in your 50 and 60's. Prime example, SSUSA allows 70 Major Plus 9 home runs per game. 2 years ago there were 4 70 Major Plus teams in the Country. These 4 teams averaged .6 home runs per game. It was suggested the 70 go to the "one up rule" and only have a 70 Major and AAA divisions. However, it was ignored. Being Rated Major Plus at 70 means you either play the same team most of the time over you go to a tournament with no Major Plus teams and play for nothing. It does become a waste of money
April 6, 2016
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Which Batch Is It?

This problem with Adidas delivery would not be a big deal if money wasn't taken up front for pre-orders. I was able to order the bat for several individuals with no payment until delivery from an Arizona rep. Also, no delivery charge, a fiat $200.
Dec. 26, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

The Major + situation has caused me to have to sit out full seasons as a "free agent" when my Major + team folded. Due to the lack of 70 Major + teams in the West, 1 California team, 1 Colorado team, and 1 Washington team, plus the over abundance of players for these teams, being in Nevada, there is no where to play. This is due to Vegas 70 teams either trying to stay in Major or below and the overall lack of Major + talent, it limits options. Since I moved to Vegas in 2009, in order to play softball I had to play for teams in Arizona and California causing my expenses to be significant. At 70, I just want to play softball, locally, but rules limit my options. This will be the second year in a row without a team. If I want to play, I have to consider playing down in age to 65 or 60. Don't know answer be it's frustrating.
Aug. 11, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 7 run rule

The rules would be changed for only 70 Major Plus on up.
65,60,55,50,45 and 40 remains the same. It's a nice thought
to have unlimited home runs for 70 and above. However, the
home runs are already limited by the age. We have former
prolific home run hitters from when they played in the 50,60 and
65's. Several of them Hall of Fame Players.. However, in reality,
in the 70's they can not carry over that consistence. Many of
them would tell you age does catch up with you, plus, you get tired faster and more prone to injuries which contributes to the fall off in home runs.
It gets old having to give Major teams 5 runs, the extra man,
while playing a 6 inning game. Then facing maybe one other Major
Plus team in a tournament or sometimes no Major Plus teams in a tournament.
Thus, we have to go to a tournament as an "Exhibition" team where we
lay out money for nothing. Let me ask this, Do 65 and 60 Major Plus teams
hit their maximum home runs in every game? In fact they don't hit the maximum
in to many games, if at all. As we go into the 70's there are fewer Major Plus
players to chose from as "father time" starts taking us. This is shown by the
fact of the limited 70 Major Plus teams in the Country. You look at the SSUSA team rankings and many of the 70 Major Plus teams shown are no longer a viable team. That's my rant for the "one up rule" for 70's and above, I'll play with any rules because I enjoy playing but it's time to reconsider the 70's and above rules.
Aug. 11, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 7 run rule

I agree with DD about 7 runs and 9 home runs when talking
about 70 Major Plus. I play on a 70 Major Plus team and
find SSUSA caught in the past when our players were 50 and 60.
The home run rule is way over blown in the 70's. We have good
hitters and have hit only 7 home runs total in 28 games. Looking
at the other 2 Major Plus teams will show the same kind of
results. Age and the ball contribute to the lack of home runs.
I would like to see the 70 Major Plus go to the "one up rule"
on home runs and enable us to all play Major. Thus giving us an
opportunity to play many different teams.
March 25, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching

Agree about safety for pitcher. However the mask rule is
not really addressing the total safety problem. More injuries are
sustained on the legs since at our age we don't react as well
on low hit balls. Rather than requiring masks and probably later
requiring shin guards and chest plate, why just go to the screen for
65 and above. This would give you almost total safety without having
to delay games while the pitcher dresses up in his hockey gear. Even
greater slow down of game when you switch pitchers during a game.
I have never seen the screen effect a game. Make a batted ball that hits
the screen a "dead ball" and continue with the count. Especially safe
for those 70 and above who pitch.
March 3, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching rules

I to have been pitching for over 30 years and never took one in the face area.
I don't know of anyone who has over that time period. I believe the old
rule of signing a waiver was enough. However, I see other pitchers not getting in a fielding stance after they release the pitch. These individuals need more than just a mask, they need full body armor. Make it optional for those of us that understand the position.
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