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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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, 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"
, Feb. 3, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spammer Gone!

Nice job Mad Dog.............Another one bites the dust!
, Feb. 1, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost Info

My bad....Send it via my email address: ( grm.phd@gmail.com )
, Feb. 1, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost Info

OZ40.......When you get a moment, would you "re-send" your contact info? It got lost somewhere in cyberspace and I need to contact you on an interesting matter.

Thanks in advance,

Sparky1
, Feb. 1, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TOC in Florida

Best of luck to everyone........Should be an outstanding tourney once again!
, Jan. 11, 2016
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Everybody fill in the blank............$$$

Never have like dreaming in advance..........Seems like it never becomes reality........Will wait until I officially win it and then be very afraid.........After taxes and then my family especially my wife, probably have enough left over for a Beer & a Burger....lolololol
, Oct. 8, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 55AAA Bracket

Looks as if there are a bunch of "Rattlesnakes" out there Dave!
, Oct. 3, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results

Thought you'd get a chuckle out of it Dave...........Have had a bunch of positive comments from players from the 'ol days on the new "nickname" you gave me. They really like the "new Sparky the Rattlesnake" moniker.
, Oct. 2, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results

and Dave, this was not anything to do with me (signed "the Rattlesnake")
, Oct. 2, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

If Senior Ball (all Associations) would ever take my suggestion and use today's technology by using something call "YouTube", they could get ALL UMPIRES on the same page for:

1. Correct Arc Heights, Limits and Calls
2. Correct Field Positioning
3. Correct Field Mechanics
4. Rule Interpretation
5. Dress Code
6. Correct Vocal Mechanics
7. Update availability on New Rules
8. Field conduct and presentation

Have suggested this to each Association's Regional UICs and National UICs including SSUSA for going on 3-years and still no response.
, Aug. 24, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Guture Senior softball homerun hitter

Try this on for size:

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2015-08-24/softball-bat-trick-amazing-kick-tee-ball-bat-flip
, Aug. 23, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Guture Senior softball homerun hitter

but you have to c&p that same link here as well........lololol
, Aug. 23, 2015
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Very Strange

Too bad I didn't know you would be in town.....{shrug}
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