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Dr. Gregory R. Mann

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

Showing your name, city & state and the classification you are playing, would be helpful especially if that person is asking for assistance, a team to play for or availability to be picked up for a tourney.
, March 29, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Name and Location Information

Would be nice when accessing an individual that is shown to be "online now", would at least have his/her "Details for" filled out instead of totally blank when accessing the name. Would allow someone to at least see what area/location they are either talking about, questioning, etc.

Secrecy is respected but showing basic details of your location would be welcomed. Just an observation!
, March 21, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Thanks Bruce...........Worked like a charm!
, March 20, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

This is what I get from Google every time:

1 result (0.36 seconds)
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A New message board to try - Senior Softball-USA
https://seniorsoftball.com/?messageboard&viewby_thread...topic...
4 days ago - 2 posts - ‎1 author
http://oldguyssoftball.freeforums.net/ If anyone is interested in this, come check it out and start a discussion. Thanks coop3636. TN Connection # ...

, March 20, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Something is not working (probably me). I c&p the URL into Google and it simply takes me back to this discussion in SSUSA. ???
, March 20, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Are you sure about this URL?

http://oldguyssoftball.freeforums.net/

This does not take you to any site!
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Simply an outstanding response Dbax!
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Back the truck up Dbax........You mean "Sponsors" can not post? Since when?
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Do you have any more "Bruce" fan club members?
, March 14, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Bruce.......The level you are talking about is in the vast "minority" in today's game just like it was in the old days such as Michael's Lounge, Little Caesars (I ran with these men back then), Howard's/Western Steer, Steele's, Rich's/Superior, Copper Hearth, etc.

These type of clubs eventually led to the APSPL (American Professional Slo-Pitch League) of which I was on the scouting staff for the Stepien's Cleveland "Competitors".

These levels only included a small percentage of the vast number of players and so to is this Super Major level you are discussing in today's game. I can appreciate where you are coming from Bruce as far as big time sponsorship, hall of famers, etc. but it is not the case for the majority of teams and how they are financed & their ability to secure the best available player without buying them.
, March 13, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

So what you are telling everyone is that this "unknown" Super Major Ball is solely for those teams from the southern or western climates that don't have to pack it it for the winter months, have a big money sponsor or two which will secure everyone on the squad as well as a few Hall of Famers. Gee Bruce, you think?


, March 13, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

I understand SUPER MAJOR BALL now Omar!

It's simply a new division for the MIGHTY MIGHTS to hit a MIGHTY BALL with their own MIGHTY BAT and finally achieve a MIGHTY "Rose-colored" STATUS in softball.

Thanks so much for clearing that up for me Omar.
, March 13, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Ray Ray 34.............Just what the heck is "SUPER MAJOR BALL"?
, March 11, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Thanks for the compliment 19.

Without the "high-tech Bats" and the "high-tech Balls", the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball would soon be forgotten on the Senior level of play. You only have to look at the great loss in numbers with the younger ages and the amount of teams lost within a local association.

Such is the nature of our game in today's world!

"the Rattlesnake" (just for Dave) [grins]
, March 11, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

When they allowed "high-tech" equipment into the sports (a.k.a. Golf, Softball, etc.) Why do they allow Aluminum Bats on the NCAAA Baseball level and if your are good enough to become a "Pro", welcome back to Wooden Bats.

One of the major reasons that Senior Ball keeps its status/growth is due primarily to the use of these "high-tech" bats. Back in the day, your Bat could be used in all of the Associations and now, get it "stamped", no "you can not use it in ASA play", etc.

As I mentioned prior:

Why not just cut the chase and eliminate the "Pitcher" position? Just use the "Tee" from the youth Tee Ball program and put the "Pitcher" in as a 5th Infielder or 5th Outfielder.

Umpire's wouldn't have to worry about high limits (they for the most part can't anyway), if the "rolled" bats are used so be it (again the Umpires for the most part don't worry about them and most couldn't tell a "rolled bat" anyway). This would also save $$$$ for Umpires. Only one would be needed to follow the base-runners for out/safe calls. Of course, that Umpire would have to know how to work a 1-man system and would also have to “move” throughout the field of play.

Just hit the ball, make believe you are a “bonafide Home Run hitter”, impress the women and take all the worry & complaining out of the game.

The game has changed and in a lot of cases, not for the best. Why not just “tee” up a “super Ball”, let a “wannabee Home Run hitter” smack it like he has never smacked one before with a “super Bat” and tell the Umpire to sit back and relax.

Welcome to today's Softball 101!

, March 8, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

Why not just cut the chase and eliminate the "Pitcher" position? Just use the "Tee" from the youth Tee Ball program and put the "Pitcher" in as a 5th Infielder or 5th Outfielder.

Umpire's wouldn't have to worry about high limits (they for the most part can't anyway), if the "rolled" bats are used so be it (again the Umpires for the most part don't worry about them and most couldn't tell a "rolled bat" anyway). This would also save $$$$ for Umpires. Only one would be needed to follow the base-runners for out/safe calls. Of course, that Umpire would have to know how to work a 1-man system and would also have to “move” throughout the field of play.

Just hit the ball, make believe you are a “bonafide Home Run hitter”, impress the women and take all the worry & complaining out of the game.

The game has changed and in a lot of cases, not for the best. Why not just “tee” up a “super Ball”, let a “wannabee Home Run hitter” smack it like he has never smacked one before with a “super Bat” and tell the Umpire to sit back and relax.

Welcome to today's Softball 101!
, March 7, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best wishes for a successful 2016 campaign.

Perform with class, quality, sportsmanship and above all, the joy on the diamond found within the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball itself!
, Feb. 12, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: teams looking for players

So true Fred. Like the 'old days however, the "Throwers" are still the vast majority and like you said, "down the middle of the plate". High tech bats & balls, limited arc, extra expenses on mandatory protective gear and it's no wonder that there is a "premium" on Quality Pitchers. The game today, has done little if anything to help Pitchers develop as in the 'old days. Now it's just find someone who can at least hit a mat and call it even and if you are fortunate enough to secure a "Pitcher" and not a "Thrower" in today's game, thank your lucky stars.
, Feb. 12, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: teams looking for players

The Pitcher's position use to be an awesome spot on the field especially in the 'old days of USSSA for creative talent. Umpire's had to "call" a pitch instead of just watching if the ball hits a mat and all in all, if a team back in those days had a quality & creative Pitcher(s) even in the ASA format, your team was more than likely be very competitive.

Now a Pitcher has to be willing to be a "target", able to throw a "hitter-friendly" ball to hit a mat at a height that is "hitter-friendly" to a batter that is using a high-tech bat and is served very well if he/she has past experience as a Hockey Goalie especially performing in all of the mandatory gear.

Those 'old days are gone forever as is the true wonder of the game!
, Feb. 6, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Championships Results

Seems like we've had this discussion before and with today's technology, it really should be a moot issue.........signed "the Rattlesnake"
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