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, Jan. 17, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

Dave,

Thank you for replying. I don't know what cities in the Dallas/Ft Worth got sent information, but Dallas itself doesn't have much. However, several of the suburbs of Dallas have some nice fields especially Garland and Plano. Plano has had some bad taste with senior softball due to another senior organization. The right person could make this a prime venue again. I know it is too late for this year, but sending information out early enough to the cities I listed might get the response you need, Again, thank you for letting me know the situation. I will pass it on.
, Jan. 17, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-

Dave,

My name is Al Schoelen. I contributed to that last tread that was taken down. I think some of the talk would have been quashed if you would have explained why the venue was changed. Many teams I have spoken with in East/Central Texas get the impression they are not important enough to get major tournaments in this area. Although we didn't always like the fields, it was the one major venue that was easily affordable for most. We cannot afford to go to Sacramento to play in the Western Championships. We tried it one time and it just plain cost too much for us to consider it again. These are things that that should be looked at and given a response. SSUSA does many good things regarding the rules and lineup requirements which are much better than other organizations. However, I need not tell you, that the baby boomers will some day be gone. They are the largest part of this group. I umpire for a different organization and have seen a decrease in the number of teams and players from these younger guys. In order to attract teams, many leagues and tournaments no longer require even like uniforms or numbers (Which I hate). This looks terrible. Keep in mind that a balance is needed. I know that you will never please everyone, you just have to keep most happy throughout the entire country.
, Sept. 13, 2015
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Reclassification of teams

Can someone explain how a team can be reclassified on Sept 4, 2015 (I thought they were only done twice a year), not play in a qualifier under the new rating, but be able to go to worlds under that age and classification.
, July 21, 2015
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player got food poisioning at Houston Sportsplex

Did anyone else get sick after eating food from the Houston Sportsplex during the Texas State Championships? A player on my team got ill after eating a hot dog and was hospitalized. He was diagnosed with Listeria, a type of food poisoning.
, May 5, 2015
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Outfielder caught a flyball with a first baseman mitt?

I found the definition for illegal catch at 1.34 and then rule 3.6 when a person can use a mitt or glove. I could not find the penalty. Under 8.4(10)C they talk about an illegal catch but don't mention when involves an illegal glove.
, Feb. 13, 2015
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

Tom, I didn't know you were so old. You play pretty good for such an old guy.
, Dec. 30, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Players needed for TOC

Is your team the Rocky Mountain Extreme?
, Oct. 15, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fields and Teams - Major Tournaments

Maybe it's time to look at another venue to play the SSUSA Worlds. I am sure there are cities that would love to have extra revenue coning in. I am really surprised at Las Vegas since their economy has been in trouble for awhile.
, July 13, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Rule 8.2 C.1. If a runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is NOT OUT! Please read the rule again.

, July 8, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

Rule 6.18 prohibits hitting the ball intentionally up the middle at the pitcher. This is an umpire judgement call. The batter is declared out and ejected the game. If I hear a player say he is going to try to hit the middle, I will point it out to the umpire and remind him of this rule. If you are concerned about safety, practice bat control and hit it to all fields.


, May 29, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: IVAN DENNIS PASSES

Ivan was a retired Dallas Police Officer. He finished his career in the Mounted Unit. I played on the same team with him and played against him. He always had a good attitude and was grateful competitor whether he won or loss. He will be missed.
, May 29, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: IVAN DENNIS PASSES

I agree with Mad Dog 100%

, May 29, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

I get tired of hearing that a person has to "hit the middle" to get a hit after their home runs are gone. Good hitters can hit the ball to most places on the field. I can hit the ball between the pitcher and second baseman or short stop. If they play me to pull and put on a big shift, I hit it to the opposite field. Very rarely do I hit one right back at the pitcher. I spray the ball and force team to play me straight up. It opens up the whole field. I know no one is perfect, but a good player practices bat control. A person saying they have to hit the middle for a hit and then says they care about player safety really doesn't care or they wouldn't try to hit a ball where it could hurt the pitcher.
, May 7, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defibrillator Need - Get One

I'm sorry to hear about your player. We played y'all in Tulsa and enjoyed playing you even though we lost. I manage the Dallas Spurs and will let my guys know. We'll start our next tournament with a prayer for his family.
, May 7, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

I umpire USSSA.There is no rule 8.13. The rule is Rule 8 Sec 7.E. It is basically the same as SSUSA. The runner must be awarded one base past the last one obtained.
, April 30, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championship results

Anyone Know what the results were for the 55 AA

, April 30, 2014
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: oil city classic

The 55 team bracket has 7 teams: 5 - 55AAA, 1 - 55AA, 1 - 60 major. The bracket I got is a 6 game round robin with 3 games on Sat and 3 on Sun. This is subject to change, but I would have been notified if it had.

The Teams:

Integrity Builders AAA
Electifiers AAA
Mudcats AAA
Mayhem AAA
Renegades AAA
Dallas Spurs AA
KC Kids 60 Major
, 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.

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