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July 28, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: player classification

I recently ran into a player classification problem in my playing region. Wondered if this is common in all of Senior Softball USA.
I last played in 2009 on a major+ team in Washington State. I played less than one full season in the 55's Division (at age 57). I have not played in Senior Softball since that time. Two weeks ago I was contacted by a friend that I'd played with 6-8 years earlier in my playing career. He invited me to play in the 60's Las Vegas World tournament this fall. The team is classified as a 'AAA' team playing out of Bend, Oregon (I live in Vancouver, Washington). Everything was set, money sent in, and plans made for the qualifying tournament in Lacey, Washington. A week later the coach called to notify me that I was not eligible to play because I was classified as a Major+ player. It was a complete shock to me. I researched the classification issue the best I could. I discovered that I could "play down" only one division (major). Evidently there is an appeal process, which I attempted to follow (an e-mail to someone named ******, the name given to me as the one who made the classifiction decision. He did not respond).
I also discovered that in my eligible region there are no major+ teams and only one major team (in Boise, Idaho, 700 miles away) in the 60's division. The remaining 15 teams are AAA and AA teams. With this information it appears then that I am out of luck and will be excluded from playing because of a hazy classification system based on one person's incomplete information regarding my playing ability. The complete information that the "classifier" did not have is:

1. I have not played in five years
2. I am 63+ years old
3. There are no major+ teams available for me to play on in the region
4. There is only one major team available, 700 miles away
5. I've hit exactly zero homeruns in Senior Softball so cannot "dominate a game"
6. I've suffered (like most players) age related injures that have affected my play

So in the form of a question(s) and a complaint, should it be fair that a player is subject to such an exclusionary classification system?
What about next year? Hows long will I have to be excluded?

Is this the policy in all regions of the U.S.A.? Are there many, many players suffering the same classification nightmare? Finally, is there a better, more fair way to handle the classification issue?

Sept. 14, 2012
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Search complete

I am sorry I was not able to respond earlier to this posting. For some reason the site would not recognize any of my information, so I could not get in to answer the posting until today. Frustrating, as I am very interested in finding a team to play on in AZ. We recently purchased a second home in Scottsdale. I am retired, and my wife works in the airline industry, so travel to and from Scottsdale is very fluid. Though it is too late for this opportunity, I would very much appreciate any information regarding other teams looking for players in the Phoenix area.
I am 61 years old. I did not play last year. However I do have extensive playing experience prior to last summer. I most recently played major plus with Ruth Realty (55's) in Seattle. I also played with the Oregon Masters out of Portland, Oregon, seasons previous to that (50's and 55's). I've played on three world championship teams, and have been an All-American twice (ASA). I played on a team that won the major level gold medal at the 2008 Huntsman Games. Though I consider myself an excellent pitcher, I've played almost exclusively in the outfield as I run well. I was a lead-off hitter on every team I've played for (except in St. George). My lifetime batting average is legitimately somewhere between 700 and 750. This is all in the form of an informal resume serving to show that I've played well at a high level. Again, I am sorry to have missed the initial posting as it would have been a good fit. I am most interested in playing on a traveling team, the level not crucial, though I would like to play at least AAA 60's if possible. I am a low-keyed yet competitive player looking for a new opportunity. Any forwarding of my name to other teams needing players in your area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Jan. 29, 2012
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a 60's team

I am a 60 year old left-handed outfielder/pitcher with above average speed living in the Vancouver, Washington, area. I have played on three national championship teams in various associations in various divisions, including a gold medal team in St. George, Utah, 2008 Huntsman World Senior Games, men's fifty major. I am a leadoff/base hitter type hitter. I have received two All-American awards and others. I would like to play on a competitive skilled AAA team or higher. If league is included driving distance between Salem, Oregon, and Kelso/Longview, Washington, would work best for me. If league is not included I am willing to travel as a tournament player. More after contact.
My first posting, excuse my errors!
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