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Jan. 11, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

I played 60 AA at worlds. We only had one game that didn't go 7 innings and that was because of the rule change regarding when time ran out. For those not there, normally a new inning starts when the last out is recorded. They changed this at worlds to the first pitch which wasted 3 to 5 minutes. Our umpire in that game took his sweet time and it ran out before the first pitch of the 6th, so it became the open inning. If it was the it be way we would have played 7. It worked to our advantage, but the team screamed about it and I didn't blame them. Guys will still get their 3 strikes. They will just foul off a pitch. However, a pitcher will have to throw more meat pitches when behind. From my experience as USSSA Umpire expect to see higher scoring games, and more BB. The difference with SSUSA and USSSA is the run limits vs no limits. I have seen team's bat nearly 30 minutes. USSSA also only uses a 50 minute clock and no open inning. (Some use 55 minutes). Also, a survey that has far less than 50 percent participation is not what you should be basing change. If you want to look more like USSSA then get rid of run limits (No more need for buffet inning), shorten the time, no more mat, undefeated bracket team in finals is automatically home. You will be lucky to get 5 innings. Senior ball was made to be an easier paced game but still competitive. When you start down that road you are on, eventually it won't be what it was intented to do. History will just repeat again.
Jan. 5, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dallas Spurs 60 AAA Looking for Players

Our team won the Midwest Championships and the Rocky Mountain Championships in 2017, and came in Second at SSUSA Worlds. We won 5 tournaments in 2017. We are a Texas team. Our reward was to be moved up to AAA. We now need some new players to compliment our team. I have already picked up two major players. I could use one more major player and a couple AAA players. I am looking mostly for outfielders with strong arms, good speed and a strong bat. If you are interested email me at asdfop588@hotmail.com. Put "Player Interested" in subject line. Include a name and cell phone in narrative. Thanks, Al Schoelen
Jan. 5, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

I just checked and the teams for TOC are listed, but have not been yet been broken down by ratings. They show 107 teams. I compared the current rating list with the 60's and found that 60 AA (My team is in the division) has found 8 teams. This may not be exact, but should be close enough to give that group an idea of the amount of competition they are going to have.
Jan. 5, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wearing a glove on the throwing hand

You Can wear one as long as you are not the pitcher. Pitchers are not allowed to have anything on pitching hand.
Jan. 5, 2018
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0 Count

Can you put out the email to the National Rules Committee. I would let them know my experience as a senior player using 1-1 in our local senior league ( we discontinued it and went back to 0-0) and my experience as a USSSA umpire.
Dec. 29, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Player Ejection

What about a guy that makes physical contact with an umpire that happened in worlds.
Nov. 15, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas Legends 60's looking for Players

Thanks, we are probably
going to pick him up.
Nov. 7, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas Legends 60's looking for Players

Rockie, You would not be eligible to play with the Legends because you're a major rated player. My Dallas Spurs 60 AAA team can have up to 3 major players. If you might be interested email me at asdfop588@hotmail.com
Oct. 24, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dallas Spurs 60's looking for AAA and Major Players

Dallas Spurs 60's looking for AAA and Major Players
The Dallas Spurs 60's (TX) finished second at Worlds and was bumped to AAA. We are looking for AAA and Major level players for our team. We need players with home run power, and speed. The more positions you can play the better. Must be a team player willing to do what it takes to win. If interested post on this site.
Oct. 12, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dallas Spurs 60's looking for AAA and Major Players

Send me an email to asdfop588@hotmail.com with your cell phone number and I will call you. Thanks.
Oct. 11, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dallas Spurs 60's looking for AAA and Major Players

The Dallas Spurs 60's (TX) finished second at Worlds and was bumped to AAA. We are looking for AAA and Major level players for our team. We need players with home run power, and speed. The more positions you can play the better. Must be a team player willing to do what it takes to win. If interested post on this site.
Oct. 3, 2017
txnighttrain
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: WHY DID YOU ALL PUT THE WOMEN TEAMS AT HOLLYWOOD PARK?

I played with the 60 AA at Hollywood and BLD. Field #4 at Hollywood was in pretty good shape and the other two fields were in better condition from the last time I played there four years ago. I liked playing at Hollywood. Although it would not have been my first choice to play at, it was better than expected. BLD was a disappointment. Everyone had to PAY to get in. I didn't care for the carpet on the infield. Some of the fields also had piecemeal replacement of the carpet. The outfields were very worn. The grass looked like it needed some serious watering in places. I wish we could have finished at Hollywood instead of BLD.
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.
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