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, Aug. 17, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Ratings

The rule book should be changed from 3 higher ranked players to 3 one level higher players. The way the rule book actually reads, 3 majors could play on a AA team, but we all know that is not permitted. Policy needs to match rule book.
, Aug. 17, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters-Las Vegas

Don't go to the Strip.
, Aug. 17, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

Too much whinning from big home run hitters. Go play with the young guys and hit home runs. However, most of those leagues have a 3 or 5 homerun limit then they are outs. It forces these guys to play softball and not engage in a homerun hitting contest. I have watched good hitters in other organizations with a 13 home run limit in a tournament where the rating was Major. The team that won didn't even use all their homeruns. They saved them and hit them in key situations. Good hitters have good bat control.
, July 23, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

For a Texas team, The Midwest was closer for us than going to El Paso. I liked it much better. If the Texas Championships remain in El Paso, we are more likely to go to the Midwest if it stays in Rogers. One I would like to see rotated is the Western Championships. Most Southwest and Midwest teams can't afford to go to Sacramento.
, July 19, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aggieland classic-college station,tx

This is why if I become the coach of a Texas team next year, I
don't plan to play any SSUSA Texas tournaments unless we need one to get players qualify for worlds.
, July 19, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Does TOC play the same week in February every year

I was just wondering when TOC is going to to be played next year. Our team has qualified and I like to plan as far in advance as possible.
, July 19, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Carey Hall

I played in a day league with Carey. He was a great guy and treated people right. He had to quit playing ball when his wife had a stroke, so he could care for her. I admire that he held his wife in such high esteem. He then later had a stroke himself and unfortunately never recovered from it. I will miss him!
, July 19, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

I have found that when a championship tournament is moved, many times it involves SSUSA not wanted in the area. They believe other kids sports bring in more bucks. However, in speaking with the staff at the hotel we stayed at in Rogers, the seniors are preferred over the "kiddies" and their parents. Many times the young kids tear up the hotel while the parents are partying. They said it was hard to tell who was really running the group. We were told that we were really appreciated and that we would be welcomed back next year at their hotel. Further, I have found out from SSUSA staff, that many times they sign multi year contracts with certain cities and parks to be able to guarantee their welcome and not have to change sites frequently.
, June 30, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

One last thing. Do you really thing it is appropriate to make roster exceptions (except snow birds) at any tournament that has a TOC bid! I could see at a small regional qualifier, but never at Championship tournaments.
, June 30, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

So you know this is not anonymous, this is Al Schoelen and I am not afraid to post my name. The facts as stated are correct. Further, most of the things mentioned are not in the rule book with the exception of the snow birds. Things like allowing exceptions (I know the snow bird one is in it) and the player rating chart should be in the rule book for all to see. But to continue to prove what I am taking about, an error in the seeding in the 60 AA bracket occurred. Keith said it was right and wouldn't correct it. I told Don and he fixed it. The change was actually a disadvantage for us, but I believe in doing the right thing. Don thanked me for catching it. The second tie breaker was used instead of the first. Keith tried to say head to head didn't matter, but it was clearly marked that it did. Keith then said that 2 played 4 and 1 played 3. we all know that is not how seeding works. The only reason I mention this is that my credibility is challenged, when problems that exist should be addressed.
, June 30, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

I was told that they could play because the rating was different and age different (AAA vs AA) & (50 vs 60). No one said anything about any exceptions or prior approvals. I am sure we would have been told that if that is what was going on.
, June 30, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

First of all I was on the 60 AA team that complained. Second, I need to make a correction: The New Mexico team was the Warriors and they are a 60 AA team. So you guys need to quit assuming. I think those of you who assumed I was on the 50's team need to apologize. Our Manager is calling into the main office.
, June 29, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

I guess then some illegal players got into the Texas State Championships. The Sultanes 50's (50 AAA) were playing Team Trucha (50 AAA) when I noticed the left fielder had played against us earlier in the day in a pool game for the NW Boomers (60 AA). I pointed this out to Keith Parker and Don Brooks, protesting the roster. Don started to check the rosters, but I don't think he ever completed it. Our coach also complained after we discovered that 3 players from the New Mexico Boomers were playing on the 50 AAA team. The answer we were given is that it was okay since they were one rating difference. I told them that was not correct because the 50 AAA was rated way higher than a 60 AA based on the chart George Moreno showed me. They still let them play and never did complete any investigation. If the New Mexico Boomers were required to drop these three players, then they would have forfeited out of the tournament since they would have only had 8 left. I would hope this is now checked out and those three players are removed from their team or that they get bumped up. If both rosters don't reflect these players, then that is another issue that needs to be resolved. Both rosters should have the names of the same player on both of them since they were allowed to play. Also if this is true, then the second place team (which wasn't our team), should be declared the winner.
, June 29, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing on two teams of different age and different ratings

Could a player that is 60 play on a 50 AAA and a 60 AA team. According to a player rating chart that I got about 3 or 4 years ago, this was not possible. Has something changed?
, May 9, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Homerun - Hit and Sit

Mule whipper in USSSA, batter is out if he has possession of bat when touching first bat if ball is live. So it is not an urban legend.
, May 9, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Homerun - Hit and Sit

Many umpires work multiple softball organizations and thus are prone to rule errors. That is why SSUSA does not charge for protests.
, May 9, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Homerun - Hit and Sit

There is a penalty in some softball organizations for carrying a bat and touching first while in possession of it, but not in SSUSA.
, March 15, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Female pursuing action to join all male league

Say no to PC!
, March 15, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Protest Fee

Can a sanctioned SSUSA tournament charge a fee to file a protest?
, 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.
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