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Jan. 13, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

A person with good bat control does not have to hit at the pitcher to get a hit. I have been able to spray the ball all over the field for hits. I admit that sometimes I have gone straight up the middle by accident. This usually happens when I have two strikes and just want to put the ball in play. I do not intentionally ever go straight up the middle. It is also a good way to get put out with a quick pitcher. I just get tired of hearing that a guy that hits homeruns can only get hits going up the middle. Years ago, I used to watch USSSA Major tournaments. These young guys on the better teams not only controlled how many home runs they hit (they did have a limit), but didn't go up the middle to get hits. They sprayed the whole field. The better teams had power hitters with bat control. I just think this art of hitting is being lost.
Jan. 13, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Managers/Players around the Texas Region, what do you think about the Sportsplex in Houston?

Our team is not going to play in the Texas State Championships if they leave it at the Houston Sportsplex. My players didn't like the fields, the area, or the spectator area. Our familes had to PAY to get into a rundown complex and parking was at a premium.

Since SPA also decided to play there, it is unlikely we will play any of their tournaments this year.

If you are going to have a championship tournament, then you need to play on fields that reflect that. The Rocky Mountain Championships in Aurora,CO had top quality fields and the entry fee was the same. I can't see why they can't do it in Texas.
Dec. 26, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

If it effects a team then it should say so in the rule book. It looks like the rule is in conflict with policy because it permits him to play but it can effect team status without stating such. If the chart is not in the rule book, I don't see how it is a rule but just a policy. This is confusing for coaches. All rules should be in writing and in the rule book or they shouldn't be rules.

Dec. 19, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Houston Fire EarlyBird

Is this going to be an SSUSA sactioned Rec tourney or one you just put on? Also, congratulations on becoming a Major Team.

Dec. 19, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65 AA player playing 60 AAA

Rule 4.2(6) A player may play in two age division under the following conditions:

A. Player is playing in two separate age divisions. EXAMPLE: Team One is in 55+ Division and the other is in the 60+ divison; AND

B. A player can only play on a team in the same skill level, or one level higher or lower. EXAMPLE: A player on a 55-Major division team cannot play on a 50-AA team.

This is the rule word for word. Under this rule A 65 AA player could play on a 60 AAA team because it is one skill level higher which is allowed under rule and should not effect his status.
Dec. 19, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: STAFF question on scoring of runs

On the other hand, if the legally tagged runner crosses the scoring line before the out at first, then run scores. This is not a force out situation. I had to protest a call at a tournament because the umpire called that nearly same type situation a force out when we had runners at 1st and 3rd. I was on third and tagged and scored long before they got the ball to first to record the out on the runner failing to tag. The right fielder had caught the ball and decided to walk to first and make the out. I had crossed the scoring line and was talking to the unpire long beofre the out at first was recorded. I won the protest and my run counted.

March 18, 2013
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championship-2013

The tournament in Euless (Labor Day Classic) has been now been moved to Houston. We were going to play in it. Since it is now in Houston, we won't be there.
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