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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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Angola, IN

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Men's 65

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, May 22, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: getting 3 games vs our 5

Remember the good 'ol days when a club would win a tourney, were given most of the time individual trophies, a nice Sponsor trophy to take home and perhaps a t-shirt and in some large tourneys, a jacket or better. I remember playing in a big Class "A" tourney that a "Beer Ticket" provided by a local bar was given to a player by the Umpire as he touched Home Plate upon hitting a home run (and not with these "high-tech bats" of today). Local bar was packed all weekend.

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, May 22, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: getting 3 games vs our 5

NORTH, EAST, SOUTH and WEST.......THE MONEY IS THE COMPASS THAT DIRECTS SENIOR SOFTBALL THE BEST!

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, May 17, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

As a follow-up to my point made earlier in this discussion, there hasn't been any Regional U.I.C. and/or the SSUSA Vice President/Umpires reply to this discussion.
, May 16, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

What UIC Challenge? Dollars to donuts the TD was running the show including the Umpire staff!

Once again.....If the Senior Associations INCLUDING the SSUSA would use today's technology which they for some reason refuse to do, a lot of this Umpire mess and Umpires "doing their own thing" would be eliminated to a large extent.

This "new technology" is call "YouTube" where Positioning, Field Mechanics, etc. could be made to be part of an Umpire's overall training.

I have attempted to bring this idea to the attention of not only the California Powers To Be but to each Regional SSUSA UIC as well for the past 4-years TO NO AVAIL!

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, May 15, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

And once again, no formal training for the Umpires working in today's game unlike in the ol' days. Where was the tourney's UIC? O' I forgot. Don't need one because according to those in charge, these Umpires are the "best".

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, May 6, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

My best wishes for a speedy recovery also go out to all of the injured players. As I stated earlier in this tread:

Notice how those in charge have "quietly" stayed away from this discussion. Checks have cleared, everyone got paid, the tourney got in and a quiet hush is heard from those in charge "don't rock the boat".

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, May 5, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

Notice how those in charge have "quietly" stayed away from this discussion. Checks have cleared, everyone got paid, the tourney got in and a quiet hush is heard from those in charge "don't rock the boat".
, May 3, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

Nancy Allen: I asked “ If there was any further information regarding the weather and/or how the tourney is progressing? You replied “Sparky.1, all games are being played right now. The grounds crew, TD Tim and the umpires are the best. What a great bunch of games. Wish you were here.”

Doesn't sound like an “honest” report of what was going on at the tourney with the various negative comments being displayed. As I have stated on many other situations with the SSUSA, it is strictly run for the $$$$ with player safety as an after-thought.

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, April 30, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Any further information regarding the weather and/or how the tourney is progressing?
, April 23, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Softball

If any one else would have an "addition" they would like to possibly add, please send to me direct: grm.phd@gmail.com

Thanks a bunch,

Sparky
, April 23, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Softball

On behalf of my close friend & teammate #12 Phil "the Lizard" Smith (R.I.P.), I know he would be honored to know his little ditty to the game is still active. Thanks for your addition Webbie25. I have added your addition and welcome others to do the same:

I Believe in Softball

I believe in competition and camaraderie. I believe in brackets, bubble gum and bang-bang plays. I believe that attendance and preparation win games. I believe there is more to being a good batter than just being a good hitter. I believe in being relaxed on defense until the batter lifts his front foot. I believe it's ok to use defensive shifts to play the odds and head games. I believe in taking my turn to coach the base across the field from our dugout. I believe in checking on the condition of injured opponents. I believe players should applaud opponents after they make great defensive plays. I believe players get better with age.

I believe 40-pound curls are better than 12-ounce ones. I believe taking winter BP with a cheap bat helps to hit summer homers with an expensive bat. I believe in running out routine grounders and lazy fly balls, no matter how frustrated I am. I believe it is better to be a smart base runner than a fast one. I believe in scoring from 3rd base on a double-play grounder or from 2nd on a very deep fly. I believe in the nervous anticipation of a play at the plate. I believe in the quiet buzz in a dugout when the defense is underestimating a batter's power. I believe in the magical moment of recognition after contact on a "no-doubter" home run. I believe in catchers who talk junk and pitchers who throw it. I believe in infielders who think getting dirty is part of the job description.

I believe in fast outfielders who do not hug the lines or play too deep. I believe rattling bats can wake them up and uncrossing them can avoid bad luck. I believe in wiping the morning dew off a ball and squinting into a sunset. I believe I'll see a 3-6-1 double play again someday. I believe in saving an equipment catalog until the next issue replaces it. I believe photos, autographed balls, and score-book pages can be better than trophies and t-shirts. I believe there is no off-season, just a longer wait until the next game. I believe in the butterflies of opening day and the long drive home after the final game. I believe in a small child in an over-sized jersey retrieving daddy's bat. I believe in showing appreciation to your family and friends who came to watch you play. I believe in thanking the umpires when the game is over, regardless of the score. I believe the final score is part of the overall experience. I believe in enjoying games in the twilight and respecting careers in theirs.

I believe if you have a bad at bat-the next one will be better. I believe if you have a bad game, the next one will be better. I believe that if you have a bad year, the next one will be better. I believe if we are down 15 in the open inning, we can still win! I believe if you hustle every play, that sometimes it can even change a game that seems lost. I believe in saving that last home run for the open inning. I believe it takes the entire team to win or lose a game. I also believe there is no way I could do curls with a 40 pound weight.

God bless this game and the people that play it and make it happen!

I Believe in Softball!
, April 22, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Softball

Thanks Enviro-Vac but I can't take any credit other than posting. An deceased friend of mine wrote this years ago and I just discovered it once again in my private library and thought it was something that would be welcomed by the Senior Softball community.
, April 22, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Softball

I believe in competition and camaraderie. I believe in brackets, bubble gum, and bang-bang plays. I believe that attendance and preparation win games. I believe there is more to being a good batter than just being a good hitter. I believe in being relaxed on defense until the batter lifts his front foot. I believe it's ok to use defensive shifts to play the odds and head games. I believe in taking my turn to coach the base across the field from our dugout. I believe in checking on the condition of injured opponents. I believe players should applaud opponents after they make great defensive plays. I believe players get better with age.

I believe 40-pound curls are better than 12-ounce ones. I believe taking winter BP with a cheap bat helps to hit summer homers with an expensive bat. I believe in running out routine grounders and lazy fly balls, no matter how frustrated I am. I believe it is better to be a smart base runner than a fast one. I believe in scoring from 3rd base on a double-play grounder or from 2nd on a very deep fly. I believe in the nervous anticipation of a play at the plate. I believe in the quiet buzz in a dugout when the defense is underestimating a batter's power. I believe in the magical moment of recognition after contact on a "no-doubter" home run. I believe in catchers who talk junk and pitchers who throw it. I believe in infielders who think getting dirty is part of the job description.

I believe in fast outfielders who do not hug the lines or play too deep. I believe rattling bats can wake them up, and uncrossing them can avoid bad luck. I believe in wiping the morning dew off a ball and squinting into a sunset. I believe I'll see a 3-6-1 double play again someday. I believe in saving an equipment catalog until the next issue replaces it. I believe photos, autographed balls, and score-book pages can be better than trophies and t-shirts. I believe there is no off-season, just a longer wait until the next game. I believe in the butterflies of opening day and the long drive home after the final game. I believe in a small child in an over-sized jersey retrieving daddy's bat. I believe in showing appreciation to your family and friends who came to watch you play. I believe in thanking the umpires when the game is over, regardless of the score. I believe the final score is part of the overall experience. I believe in enjoying games in the twilight and respecting careers in theirs.

I Believe in Softball!
, April 19, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: why?

Careful WizKid.......I attempted to bring up a similar subject and Dave proceeded to give me a new nickname "the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, April 10, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

Going to go out on a limb here "Sluggo10" and ask if you are a Pitcher yourself,
, April 10, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

And yet the "hits just keep on coming".......

It's all about the all-mighty $$$$$. Until that faithful day that someone meets his/her maker on the field, the "hotter" the "better" and the $$$$ keeps flowing into the pockets of those who control the game and the equipment used therein!
, April 10, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

O' goody! Another high-tech weapon that Pitchers have to defend against! aka: "line-drives where (sic) screaming up the middle". When do Pitchers get a little love from the game & those that finalize the rules. How about some extended arch allowed on the pitch as an example.
, April 4, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shawnee tourney

This one of the major reasons that I am very apprehensive toward my continued "sponsorship" of any more teams in today's game. The overall attitude of players (not all but enough) as well toward a Sponsor in today's game, leaves a lot to be desired as well. A lot of players look at a Sponsor strictly as a "cash cow".

The team does well and as a Sponsor, I receive some type of "plastic" Plaque or some other type of "Simple Giveaway" trinket. You don't "sponsor" to get hardware but when you do and it is basically "junk", it become rather insulting especially since your club did so well.

The old days when Sponsors were respected & cherished, a nice 1st place Trophy and more than likely, a 2nd place Trophy was "always" given out. Made our Sponsor(s) extremely happy and a diffident "perk" for their continued financial support!


, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

Thanks for the response Staff and I completely agree. As a "Sponsor" however, it would be nice to at least have a player's info displayed but that being said, I have never been turned down by the SSUSA Staff whenever I am requesting any contact info. This as I mentioned, was just an observation and in no way, meant to be negative or questioning any member of SSUSA.
, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

I've got 109 anonymous.

Again as an observation, there should be no "anonymous" on this site and "all" members should have their Name, City/State and Playing Level displaying when they are "online". Again, just an observation!
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