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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
April 12, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: web site problems

yes, it has been taking unusually long time to load
April 11, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WAYNE GILMORE MEMORIAL

Shady, that is what I heard also
April 11, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WAYNE GILMORE MEMORIAL

Tim, has there been any decision made on the Crab Town Classic as to whether Bachman Complex will allow out of state teams and if not, will Carroll Complex have enough fields to handle the whole field of teams...thanks
March 29, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VA BEACH UPDATES

thanks for the info Tim
March 29, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VA BEACH UPDATES

Tim, great job this weekend with the Tidewater tourney and all the weather issues on Sunday morning...I was talking with a few of the other managers and we were wondering if in the future, we could get the winner's bracket final done on saturday instead of sunday morning like it was scheduled....here were a few things observed, the winner of the first game sunday morning in the winner's bracket would have played at 930 and would have to wait until 3pm to play their next game...with the weather situation, that pushed all the earlier games back but there was still a 3 hour wait for the winner's bracket team to play their next game after their first win....saturday afternoon we were done at 1 pm with a few fields open and 2 teams that were in the winner's finals at the field and ready to play if they had to do that....either way, all the teams except 1 would have played sunday if they got their 5th game completed...plus it rewards the winner's finalist a steady schedule on sundays with maybe 1 game wait at most to finish the bracket....just an observance over the weekend...thank you
March 3, 2021
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Addias 2020 VS 2021 Suncoast Bats.

i think the blue ones start out hotter and are more durable...just my personal opinion
March 3, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hotels jacking prices for SSUSA tournaments

thanks Tim....that is good news....my guys all got their rooms through SSUSA so we are good....see you soon
March 3, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hotels jacking prices for SSUSA tournaments

It was just brought to my attention that Hyatt House which is endorsed by SSUSA for the Tidewater Classic tournament in Virginia Beach is charging 20 dollars a night extra to park at their hotels....this basically eliminates any discounts that SSUSA negotiated for teams to stay there March 25-28 weekend for $109 per night...I figured with the $20 per night extra and taxes and fees, it would be closer to $150 per room night for guys to stay there....i know Hyatt says free parking on their main website but individually, this particular Hyatt adds on the Valet parking daily fee....has anyone else seen this yet???? and is this asking too much to eliminate this fee especially when it is out of season in that area
March 3, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: COVID 19 PROTOCOLS

I went to a wedding last summer...they gave out wrist bands, red, yellow and green....RED meant stay away, no hugs no contact, stay away...YELLOW meant elbow bumps, talking at 6 feet and socially distancing themselves and GREEN meant no problems, come on in to meet me....it all boils down to common sense but one thing for sure, the rules are set just like traffic signals and we must follow to play...it's a privilege and not a right
Feb. 25, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

i would be all over the Hokas if they made them waterproof with a larger selection in colors....otherwise, if you wear them in the outfield, they will be soaked in the first inning....also, they are very porous for ventilation and dusty fields will fill your shoes (personal experience) as I have worn Hokas on the field in BP....now they have their mission to accomplish
Feb. 24, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

i have used boombah for the past 6 yrs and they work great for me...not wide but overall fit and comfort, support and traction are really good....i know a few yrs back they made some really weak shoes but the newer models are re-designed and upgraded a lot....it is a personal preference as always...i love Hoka's but never thought of using them for softball because of colors until someone above mentioned the Speedgoat...only thing is they aren't waterproof and that hurts for outfielders on early morning games
Feb. 7, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commit line abuse

I suppose the key to the above rule about dropping a ball intentionally is "the judgement of the umpire" just like infield fly rule or running out of the base line or interference or the height of a pitch.....is it the same as watching a ball spin into foul territory because you know you won't be able to make a play on the runners???....the offense has so many advantages over the defense, it seems like a if the defense can get an advantage on the other team because of lack of hustle, then too bad for the offense...if everybody runs, then it's a different story
Feb. 6, 2021
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commit line abuse

BJ, i know it is against the rules to let a ball fall but i rarely see an umpire call it especially when the batter doesn't run out of the box.....there are ways around letting the ball fall without making it too obvious but if the guy doesn't run, shame on him

as to the other play at the line, if the defense gets a guy in the rundown, they can use the commitment line as the "new" base the guy has to run to...that way he can be tagged between third base and the commitment line
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