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Sept. 14, 2020
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Since when???

Vinny

You got me convinced with everything you said except your weight being 260. haha

Hope you are well brother.
Aug. 24, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: LOOKING FOR GOOD 60AAA PLAYERS

Just curious. What makes you a Good player on a message board?

Asking for a friend.
Aug. 10, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner on 2nd helping batter with inside/outside pitches.

Man I have seen some bizarre stuff posted on this website but yelling to your teammate from second base whether the pitch is inside or outside takes the cake. REALLY ????????. If you are that bad of a hitter that you can't tell whether a pitch is inside or outside when it is coming in underhand you should quit softball and find another hobby.

I now believe that the person who said there are no stupid questions was really STUPID.

Benji
July 27, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Championships

Careful Dave. You can't type in all capital letters anymore because you will be considered yelling and hurt some people's feelings. That was told to me by the message board police.






July 24, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

John Mc

Send me your rule book please. Mine doesn't have a section for judgement calls that yours does.

Thanks
July 22, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

txnightrain

I also umpire and always side with the defense if the runner doesn't run. I simply tell the offensive team if your runner would have ran there would have only been one out. Like you said judgement call by the umpire who should never rule in favor of a person who doesn't run or at least jog to first base.

Line drives are a different story than pop ups.
July 20, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

Tim

Normally I would argue with you, however, SSUSA has recently deleted a few of my posts so I will refrain. Playing to win is not disrespectful to the game of softball. Letting a ball drop is not disrespectful to the game. I will assume you don't play at the highest level and you probably don't have many championships to your name. Next you will tell me in the spirit of competition I should never throw home when a runner doesn't run hard. I am trying to help my team get into the dugout as quickly as we can to hit.

Losing is never fun.

If you want in the spirit of competition you should try golf and maybe jacks/hopscotch on the sidewalk.

Good luck to you this season.

Benji
July 20, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

Here is the problem when an umpire says you should have caught the ball and doesn't award a double play.

The next time a guy on my team attempts to catch a fly ball and drops it or it hits off his glove, I would argue with the umpire that my teammate meant to catch the ball so therefore it should be an out. After all the
umpire already made a ruling that another ball should have been caught. No difference.

I would then argue every dropped fly ball saying the player meant to catch it so it should be a catch. The umpire then looks stupid and gets frustrated. When all the umpire had to say was, "if the batter would have ran then the fielder would not have let the ball drop." I have never seen a fielder let a ball drop when the batter ran.

The senior rule should be changed because it just makes another judgement call by umpires that doesn't need to be made. The batter just needs to run/jog and the fielder will never let a ball drop.


July 20, 2020
Benji4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

There are other ways to still complete the double play.

1. Never yell drop it. Simply tell the fielder the runner isn't running.
2. Always blame the sun and old age.
3. Argue that the play would not have occurred had the batter at least jogged to first base.
4. Hope you have an umpire who doesn't reward the lazy batter.

Moral of the story. No matter how bad your swing was or how pissed off you are, simply jog to first base until the fielder catches the ball.
July 20, 2020
Benji4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas World still going to require a one time tourney prior to worlds?

Dave

Your idea of moving up teams who don't play in a qualifier one rating is genius. Make it happen.
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
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