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, 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.
, 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.
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