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May 31, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SoCal Championships

Just got back home to California from the Conference Tournament in Phoenix. It was 109 degrees, but it was bearable to play in. Dugouts had shade tarps and the misters were on with cool air blowing. The humidity was extremely low.

As long as you are hydrated the heat in Yuma should not be the reason you skip this tournament. It was refreshing to see other softball players that were also tired of being told to stay indoors. Oh and people were hugging their teammates as if there was no paranoia.

It's time to get back to normalcy.
May 26, 2020
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RIP Glenn Thompson

My thoughts and prayers out to the Thompson Family. Great guy who will be missed.
May 24, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fountain Hills Tournament

AJC.
Don't hold your breath on games being played in California. Governor Newsome is too busy passing out free money to illegal aliens and releasing criminals from jail to realize it's safe to play softball. Local leagues in So Cal have said they won't allow league play to begin until Sept. 1. No city parks are going to risk the liability of allowing tournament softball.

Californians better start planning on playing in the Arizona heat if you want to play.
May 16, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Best changes to improve virus safety?

If we are going to change the game that drastically why play? You can take every precaution in the world and still get the Virus. If you are that afraid of contracting Covid 19 then you should probably stay home.

And for those of you wearing your mask in your car while driving and causing more accidents, wipe your damn car down with Clorox wipes and ditch the mask until you get outside.
April 25, 2020
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno Tournament

Just got word Sparks is keeping Golden Eagle Complex closed until at least June 1, 2020. Any confirmation from SSUSA?

Thanks
April 5, 2020
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

Vinny

The Grand Sierra Resort is a nice hotel. Kinda pricey on Memorial Day weekend but nice nonetheless.
March 14, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Just got notice that SPA is cancelling softball events until at least April 1st regardless of age. It appears parks will not allow any tournaments until at least April. No more league night softball at city parks in California either until April.

So it looks like nothing until April. Enjoy BP fellas that's all we will get for a month or so.

Benji
March 12, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Not by me Rick1218. I agree with you

Are we going to cancel tournaments because some of us have cancer and may die from that?
Are we going to cancel tournaments because heart disease runs in people's families and they may have a heart attack?
Are we going to cancel tournaments because people have had skin cancer removed, and they may die from sun exposure?

The answer is No.

The coronavirus is a form of the flu and because it's an election year some bleeding hearts are making it into a major crisis. If you are afraid of catching the virus, go home, lock your doors and windows, and curl up in a ball and suck your thumb until it passes. That way you will be safe.

My two cents.
Feb. 9, 2020
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Aftershock/JU Entertainment Player/Manager Jimmy Lemmon

Jimmy lost his battle with Brain Cancer last Thursday 02-06-20. Jimmy played and managed the Aftershock/JU Entertainment Major Plus 50's team for several years. He retired as a Law Enforcement Sergeant just 4 years ago and was currently working as a Supervisor in Loss Prevention. Jimmy was one of the nicest persons you could ever meet, and even a better friend to many of us. He will be extremely missed.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Benji
Sept. 9, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: September 2019 Senior Softball World Tournament Tune Up. Fountain Hills, Arizona

Congrats to my 4 The Fallen teammates for winning the 50 division of this Fountain Hills Tournament.
Thanks for the invite fellas.

Benji
Aug. 16, 2019
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHY IS IT HARD TO GET A RESPONSE

I emailed the SSUSA office and got a response within 15 minutes. Also received a second follow up email to my second question.

So I would say they respond in more than a timely manner.
July 25, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How does a 55 major team who has their own 55 major division end up playing in a 50 major division

Gonedeep43

I'm on board with all of that and.....

Always play straight up because it's about competing more than winning.

Be safe.
July 24, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How does a 55 major team who has their own 55 major division end up playing in a 50 major division

Gonedeep43

Still waiting to hear how it feels to win games when you get 5 runs.

Maybe you can help me out.

Does it feel like some of these?

The feeling you get when you get free Government cheese?

Or maybe how you feel when you cash your Welfare Check?

Or maybe when you get a free Obama cell phone?

Or maybe even how you feel when your doctor checks your prostate?

Just asking. Help a brother out..........

Benji
July 23, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How does a 55 major team who has their own 55 major division end up playing in a 50 major division

Jon44

I do not believe 5 runs given is a hard fast rule.

I believe SSUSA lets you choose one of 3 options:

1. 5 runs
2. 11th defensive player
3. OR play straight up like real men

Any team I have ever played on regardless of age difference we chose option #3.

And yes that means playing against 40 year-olds when our average age was 57 years old.

I'm wondering can you tell me what it feels like to win a game when you are given runs?
I'm just not sure because I have never experienced that............

Benji
June 24, 2019
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: California State Championships

Congrats to my Team Shadow teammates for winning the 40 Major California State Championship this past weekend in Palm Springs. Our average age was 57 years old. Kudos to Greg Bovero and Jimmy Ferguson along with the leader HOF'er Ron Parnell for recruiting a group of guys with a lot of heart and a competitive fire to win.

Great job fellas.

Benji
April 16, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 TENTATIVE Field Assignments

I hear ya Murray. The turf infields are a plus but I get the short dimensions. BLD has made a lot of players league night heroes.

Good luck.
Benji
April 15, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 TENTATIVE Field Assignments

Murray W

Two words for ya. BAT CONTROL.......Work on it at BP and the dimensions of the fields won't matter.
March 26, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: PLEASE CHANGE THIS RULE!!

If the umpire was worth a crap he wouldn't need any lines to effectively do his job especially when the back line doesn't even matter.

Instead of changing the rule just get rid of the umpire. Ejecting a player for that is just plain Chicken Shit...................

Give a warning and move on.................
Feb. 23, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2019 Miken Freak Pro Mike Dill Balanced

Mulldog

I believe the Mike Dill bat is suppose to be the best bat made when the other team has 11 defensive players in the field.

I'm just sayin.

Benji
Jan. 4, 2019
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Bat problems

lb16

The EASTON Empire and the Senior Helmer are as good or better than any senior bat currently being produced. I have heard some Empire's didn't last that long, but mine has 500 swings on it and it is just as good today as it was when I took the wrapper off last January.

You run the risk with every senior bat of getting one that sometimes doesn't last.
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