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, Feb. 19, 2017
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

I understand the need for ratings based on skill level. I don't believe anyone is less of a player because they play at a lower rating. Omar you make good points about playing with your friends BUT if the friendship part is most important why not play straight up and strive to be competitive rather than worry about winning?

If a lower rated team beats us straight up then I will tip my hat and you can dance and open up champagne for all I care because you beat us the right way.


, Feb. 18, 2017
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

Yeah DCPete my bad. Guess I was raised to try to get better and that nothing in life is free. You put the work in, do your best to be competitive and learn how to win. Guys like you are the reason there are only a few major plus teams. Now go to your den and dust off all your participation trophies.
, Feb. 17, 2017
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

I am in favor of no Equalizer. I agree we give the lower teams too many advantages with runs and players and home run limits.

And an Equalizer where the lower team wins 40-50% of the time is asinine. If the lower team truly cared about getting better all they would care about is being competitive with the higher ranked teams.

And it's true when a team takes the runs and an 11th player and use lower HR limits and then they win, they jump around like they just won the world series. Is it really winning when you take runs and an extra player?
, Feb. 17, 2017
Benji4
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Menifee Valley (CA) Upper Division Senior Softball - Spring 2017 Season

You really need to consider allowing players age 50+ to play. We all play against each other in tournaments anyway.
, Feb. 3, 2017
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: All you rule experts: Need your input..

Vinny I see you working to get on Dave's leg so you don't have to play at Shadow Rock in April....hahahaha
, Jan. 7, 2017
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ACL Injury

Lewbo

I had ACL surgery. Dr. used my hamstring to repair it which meant a shorter recovery time.

I believe your own hamstring, your own patella tendon or a cadaver tendon is used. Depends on your dr. and your body type. Also it depends if you did cartilage damage or not on recovery time.

Rehab is painful, but most important along with reaching full extension and flexion, or you may limp the rest of your life.

I was playing again with a brace in 5 months but limited. I was pretty close to normal at 7 months. Good luck, do the rehab and take it seriously.
, Dec. 23, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Dave

So placing my BALLS in the ice chest instead of the trunk of my car will be okay? HAHAHA. Happy Holidays. And I always post my name....
, Dec. 2, 2016
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Alan

I wholeheartedly agree, But if you follow other softball organizations nobody has come up with a solution.

Compression testing isn't the answer.

Provided bat tournaments are great if you have bat company connections willing to provide bats. However, then people won't purchase bats.

My point was slamming SSUSA isn't the answer either. It's going to take someone getting caught and permanently suspended for others to take note. How someone is going to get caught is the $100,000 dollar question.




, Dec. 1, 2016
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Alan 55
How are you going to come out and blame SSUSA for shaved bats?

Explain to me how they are to enforce shaved bats and do it legally and keep everyone happy?

Compression testing is not 100% accurate, and just because your bat tests low doesn't mean it shaved. You want them to start cutting bats open based on suspicion? Or do they get a crystal ball and guess who has a shaved bat?

Who is going to pay to replace cut open bats that aren't shaved?

Maybe if managers and teammates would police themselves and call out their own players then just maybe the problem could be reduced. Cheating in sports is never going to be zero percent because people have always tried to gain an advantage.

Calling out SSUSA isn't the answer. The same problem exists in all levels of softball and no one has come up with a solution except using provided bats at all tournaments. That's a costly thing that is not excepted by everyone playing softball.

And bat manufacturers aren't going to change the way bats are manufactured just because a few people complain about shaved bats. Shaved bats break easier therefore, more bat sales.

So instead of bashing SSUSA come up with a PERFECT solution and I'm sure they would be willing to listen.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Durability of Total Knee Replacements

All I can say is WOW. I have the utmost respect for all of you that have had knee replacement surgery and still show up to compete on the softball field.

Technology is a wonderful thing....

I wish the best for all of you.
, Nov. 23, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

Tom
Those of us in your same boat go play GSL. (SoCal GSL) One day tournaments, cash prizes. 2 game round robin then single elimination.
, Nov. 15, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

Vinny

Move your team up to major plus and you won't need that question answered. hahaha

Good luck this weekend.
, Oct. 31, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field of choice for winter world,phoenix

DC

Saguaro was remodeled a few tears back and is very nice now. Good dirt and moved the fences back a few feet. I would say Saguaro and the new park in Peoria are the nicest behind BLD in Gilbert.
, Oct. 19, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adidas Melee Bat Problems

HAHA. Not petty at all just don't believe that if you spend $200 on a bat that you should have to use glue on it.





, Oct. 19, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adidas Melee Bat Problems

So your very broken in "hot" bat gets a crack on the barrel. You put a little bit of glue on the crack to repair it. Still not altering the bat?
, Oct. 19, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adidas Melee Bat Problems

So by putting glue on your bat you made it an illegal bat because you altered it?

Don't need glue on the Louisville Hyper Z. Just saying....
, Oct. 14, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Durable Bats

lb16

We are swinging this years model the green and blue signature bat. One guy still swings last years yellow Hyper Z but that is because its a mental thing for him.

I still have a yellow one that I swing playing on my 40's team but I like the new green/blue one a little better.

I have only seen one of the new ones break this year and it was a guys bp bat that had more than 1000 swings on it.

I just feel the performance on the new one is a little better. The ball seems to knuckle a little more when you square it up and the distance is a little better.

If you are interested in getting one send me an email and I will give you some info on getting one.

keithb289@msn.com
, Oct. 13, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Durable Bats

Louisville Hyper Z. Some have 1000 swings on them and it seems to work for us Sommerville guys.
, Sept. 28, 2016
Benji4
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Moving to South Carolina

No worries Vic. Good luck with finding a team. Like I said I will vouch for you that you can play. See you next week in Vegas....
, Sept. 21, 2016
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s in vegas

Vinny
Did you guys finish high enough to get bumped to major +?
I want to snap off a few of those backside piss rods you are talking about. hahaha
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