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Sept. 8, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55 PA/NJ Player looking to help Team with Fall Tournaments

what teams did you play for in 55M?
Sept. 3, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55 New York player looking for a 50 or 55 major team.

Who did you play with this past season and where do you live in NY
Aug. 25, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: major plus

It's probably time for an update to the 13 year old revisions of basically a different Era in senior softball...we played a major+ team in a major play- in game a few weeks ago, and it was just a formality for them...they knew there were only 3 teams in their bracket and play-ins didn't mean anything except BP and fielding...why don't we combine the major and major+ into one division, allow an extra fielder for the lower team, 5 runs and allow 8 HRS when competing...most major plus teams play against 5 man anyhow and they lose only 2 HRS so it equals out somewhat....it would give major teams a chance to compete against different teams and better talent but the equalizer brings the competition closer....I am personally tired of traveling 8-12 hours to play the same 4 or 5 times on the east coast nearly every tourney we play and play a major plus play in game that is just going through the motions to fulfill the 4-5 game guarantee....time to refresh the rules and give everyone more variety in competition and teams played....its either that or teams are going to disappear
Aug. 18, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should a team get to compete?

Unless a team has won a large majority of the tournaments they have entered, they shouldn't be bumped up until the end of the year or after Vegas...I can see if they win their first 5 tourneys of the year and are beating everyone, then maybe they should be bumped but winning ONE tourney probably doesn't justify the mid-season bump....like one of the posters said above, some of those major plus teams have paid players and unlimited access to superior players and it is difficult to compete....just look at the numbers of teams that enter in major plus brackets...last weekend in a big eastern tourney, there were 2 teams on the 60M+ and 3 teams in the 55M+ brackets...it is almost a penalty to be too good because then you get stuck in 2 and 3 team brackets and play the same teams every tourney...i don't know what the answer is but getting bumped up in any division is like the kiss of softball death
Aug. 8, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Illegal base runner.....

see my post from a few weeks ago in the syracuse tournamnent in SSUSA....it stills irks me
July 12, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Courtesy runner established

i would like yo add one more point to this discussion....Player C was still on base getting congratulated by Player A for the hit and inadvertently touched first base while doing so.....there was never any intention of Player A to run the bases.....also, since the catcher saw Player A touch the base before a CR was established, is this any different than a first base coach squaring up a loose bag or clearing dirt from the side of it at first base or any other base and touching it while his teammate is on the bag or near it??????.....the more I think about it, the more the INTENT of the play should determine the outcome of the ruling...nobody is denying Player A touched the bag but he in no way was trying to relieve Player C from occupying the base
July 11, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Courtesy runner established

big controversial call in championship game today.....runner A walks and takes first base....Player B reports to umpire to run for Player A....Player A becomes first base coach....Player C hits ball to outfield and Player B goes to 3rd base and Player C stays on First base....manager tells umpire that player C needs a runner and #25 will take first base....while coach is reporting to umpire about courtesy runner Player A who is coaching First base slaps teammate on back for good hit and shakes hand of Player C and touches first base with foot...(#25 is halfway to replace runner on first base)......catcher notices this and tells home plate umpire that first base coach touched the base (orange part) and that he is out because he was run for earlier by Player B....after a long heated discussion, runner is out on first for illegal substitution.......what is the official rule and intent of the rule????...was this the correct call????...obviously the first base coach who needed a courtesy runner 2 batters earlier is in no condition to take first base and his intent was NOT to be a runner.....you make the call
July 6, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dont blame SSUSA for the ball problem.

Bobby, here is a real question for you...What is the difference between the Trump Stote USA ball and the Evil Trump Stote USA ball....both are 44/375 and the non-evil ball was the one that many guys were complaining about being a dud
July 1, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dont blame SSUSA for the ball problem.

obviously there is a difference among SSUSA balls within the organization, otherwise the BYOB option would be an option....when I played in a tourney a few weeks ago, I brought my SSUSA Trump stotes from an earlier tourney that were unused and went to the head umpire and asked if we could use them if we ran out of the Trump stote USA ball...'ABSOLUTELY NOT" was his reply...so right there and then I knew there was a difference between Trump balls......it may come down this year to whomever has the quantity of balls for a tourney, will be the supplier for that weekend regardless of performance....stinks for players and teams that use their HRs correctly
June 30, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any Update on The Stote?

Dave, I only stated a fact that was delivered to me (I am a manager entered into the Syracuse tourney)...being I have played with both balls, I can give a review of their performance...no speculation or he said/she said info from what I posted above.....all I know is the ball we are going to play with in the Syracuse is the Evil ball and I said I used that ball in league play with great success...I played 4 games in a tourney with the Trump stote and heard first hand from other teams in my bracket, the ball was a dud...those are facts and that's all I stated above
June 30, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any Update on The Stote?

I just got an email for the managers of the teams going to Syracuse Northeast Championships and it said we are using the Evil 44/375 for that tournament....we used the Trump stote in Westminster a few weeks ago and it was a dud...3 HRs in 4 games for our major team....if the Evil ball is anything like the Evil league ball we use in leagues, it will be a HUGE improvement over these dead Stotes we were given....obviously there has been enough comments in our part of the country to realize that the USA stamped Stotes we are using are vastly different from the old SSUSA stamped Stotes we have used in previous tournies
June 8, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Ball travels further: ASA or SSUSA

Bruce...the ANSWER to your original question, which ball travels further, the ASA or SSUSA ball..we used the Trump Stote USA ball this past weekend in Westminster and all the teams that played in our Major division said the ball was mush....we hit 3 TOTAL HRs in 4 games...the teams we played hit a total of 6 in the 4 games versus us....I put them side by side with my SSUSA stamped Trump stote and it looked identical other than a few different colors in ink but when the ump saw me grab the two of them to compare them, he said, "Do not put that ball into the game"...my experience with the Trump Stote USA ball was that it does not travel farther than the Trump Stote SSUSA ball...it still goes fast through the infield but it does not go far...hope that helps
May 30, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: you make the call

Runner on second, 2 outs...batter hits ball to third, third baseman throws wide to first and first baseman comes up line to catch the ball to tag runner.....runner turns back towards plate to avoid tag.....first baseman chases runner back towards home to tag him out....meanwhile runner on second touches 3rd base and runs for home....while batter is 4 feet from home, first baseman throws to catcher who misses tag at plate of diving runner from second base....batter then runs back to first base where no one is covering and the catcher throws wild to the infielder covering first base...throw goes into right field and batter/runner now advances to second.....throw comes in wide to second and everyone is safe.....what was the easiest way to avoid all the nonsense in a professional baseball game...please send all replies to the Pittsburgh Pirates.....that was some Bad News Bears stuff right there
May 6, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

I was in the game with no "umpire"....we had a meeting between both managers and decided a guy for each team would call the game while their team was in the field, that way they wouldn't come up to bat while umping....it really was a smooth game and no real close calls for any controversy...we decided if it were a close play, the 2 managers would decide it and common sense would prevail....they were a great bunch of guys and just like most of the games in our bracket that day, it came down to the last at bat for all our games to be decided
April 23, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

yes, we got an email saying the 55M were at Glen Burnie but that was waiting on teams to let Tim know if they were in or out so he could set up a schedule so he could confirm complexes...see you wherever we play....hopefully weather cooperates
April 23, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

I am the manager..lol.......still waiting on confirmation of Glen Burnie before we cancel our Westminster hotel reservations
April 23, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Maryland Classic Apr 30-May2

have any decisions been made on field assignments in Age groups so teams can confirm hotel reservations?....the venues are 40 miles apart and nothing has been confirmed yet....thanks
April 20, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Excessive Speed

not if it is within the 50-60 foot distance and it isn't deemed too flat
April 20, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 6 foot minimum pitch vs excessive speed

a pitch from 60 feet will definitely go faster than a pitch from 50 feet....it is up to the umpire to make sure the distance is correct, otherwise if it is between 6-12 feet high, it has to be legal if it hits the mat with no excessive speed warning
April 17, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it mean?

endload is usually 1/2 ounce
reloaded is 3/4 ounce
at least that is how adidas and suncoast sold them but each manufacturer is different within their own ranks
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