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Feb. 25, 2015
Robo2
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: New resident of Manalapan NJ

How old are you? there are several teams located in NJ.
Feb. 24, 2015
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So the question was....how to get more teams to play Major Plus

I have stated many times: allow unlimited HRs at all levels.
1. It would quicken the pace of games by getting to 5 run per inning quicker
2. It would allow for quicker separation of the better teams
3. It would let better teams reach finals

After one year, with raising 1st and 2nd place teams from Spring Nationals, Winter Nationals, World Champs, and TOC to move up immediately.
Feb. 17, 2015
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time

Thank you for your service. God Bless you always.
Feb. 17, 2015
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Factors in defining what a good hitter is

I think that many of us have the ability to be a good hitter or we would not be playing at our ages. My experience is that the ones that are most consistent are those that have patience and wait for the pitch that they know is in there zone. Taking one strike is fairly easy but the best hitters may take a second strike just to wait for the one they like. At least on our team; an individual gets just as much attention for getting a single as the ones that hit the HRs; and one that hits a solo HR is not well received. Saying I can't control the ball doesn't cut it. Our coach has been known to say "If you can't control your swing, put the senior bat away and get your ASA bat out!"
Feb. 6, 2015
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: PITCHER'S MANDATED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT

I have no problem with this wording. Mandated unless one provides written authorization to void any responsibility. I pitch and think anyone that signs off on not wearing mask is foolish.
Jan. 30, 2015
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

I have both balanced and end load (30 oz). I currently lean to balanced because when HRs are limited I find it easier to go opposite field and control the ball better with the balanced.
Jan. 30, 2015
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder Pain

About 10 years ago third time up in first game in Lansing, MI I injured my shoulder by swing the bat and hitting a ball back to the fence in left on a line drive. I went to two surgeons that said I needed an operation. Finally, I went to the head of sports medicine and pain management at a local hospital. He said no surgery just physical therapy and different exercises - I was too well developed in the front of my body (benching 400+) and from now on two exercises for my back for every on for my front. Two sets of 15 whatever I can handle easily before moving up.

It may not be the same thing but check it out with a sports medicine DR. You may simply need to change your approach to weightlifting. Just a thought.
Jan. 21, 2015
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FUTURE ALL STAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Congrats Fran & Dave! God Bless the newest family member.
Jan. 15, 2015
Robo2
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Gloves

I also use a Vinci and have had great success for many years. I also bought on for my son and he thinks highly of it as well
Dec. 4, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

This might be a situation that can change with age groups; or decided at the field. I can speak for myself that when I pitch, I wear shin guards. In LV I hit several doubles but immediately took a runner only to be able to start to put on chin guards and save time between innings.

One thing that makes sense is that a runner should be ready before the batter gets to a base. Lets face it, everybody on the team knows who needs a runner and where you are in the lineup so have the person ready and save the time. Common sense and common courtesy.

Dec. 2, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Lets face it. The bats are not going anywhere and if one gets new bats, the cost to the players is all over again and teams will not show up. One way to try the theory is to advertise a tournament using a certain bat type only and see how many teams come.

HRs are fun. Bat limitations only invite cheater bats. I have played for 40+ years and one can see when a team hands off a bat from batter to batter. Having senior bats levels the field even though some players still alter an occasional bat.

As far as running the bases; very few of us over 60 can call it running - at least not like we can remember. I too remember playing in a few local tournaments where it was for only fun and nobody cared about records. Now when we travel to tournaments it is more serious competition - even at our age.
Dec. 1, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Leave bats alone unless you want to go thru the same old "illegal bat issues". I understand that some guys still use cheater bats with these senior bats!

Unlimited HRs will allow for quicker separation of the better teams; save time in games; and prevent hitting up the middle. Yes, I pitch and yes I got hit a couple of times this past year and it is no fun. For those of you who think it is easy to pitch, I suggest you try it before you comment on fielding.

If tourney's supplied the bats then I care less what bat is used; but let's face facts... it's not going to happen.

No matter what; SSUSA has done a great job keeping us interested as we get older. Happy Holidays to all.
Nov. 13, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

In my opinion, both are run well; have good umpires; and use great fields. My only issue with both (very minor and not to be critical) is limiting HRs. I have stated many times, if one allows unlimited HRs (except in last inning where one could allow 2 max) one would see a quicker separation of talented teams and quicker times of games. Limiting HRs is a regression to the mean. They are still outstanding organizations.
Nov. 13, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Evaluation fo Dudley Senior Bats

Thanks guys. I always find it interesting to hear from guys that have used a certain bat. I appreciate your comments. It may be me but I feel the ball travels a lot further in the southwest than in the east. In LV many of us needed to change our swings to not hit it out. Too many solos were hit. Sounds like from what I am hearing about the Dudley, some bats crack and others seem lively and last. I hope Dudley is working on this. I guess any bat mfg that can consistently produce a bat that is lively and holds up will make a fortune and never need to stop production.
Nov. 12, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Evaluation fo Dudley Senior Bats

I know the new Dudley bats are out there. Can anyone give me their opinion that used these bats. How do they compare with the UII and Reebok? Please no distributors respond.
Oct. 17, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

If you really wanted to reward performance then why have a Home Run limit? why not allow unlimited HRs at each level and then the better teams will move quicker and games would get over quicker. Granted, not every team hits the limit of HR every game; but why punish those that do reach the limit?
Aug. 20, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

I play first, third and pitch. First or third it is hit or miss if the ball is at you. My arm is pretty strong and at third I can back up. Pitching is the toughest from the standpoint of least time to react. Outfield is toughest for stamina on a hot day. SS is toughest because of fielding side to side and the other responsibilities.
Aug. 8, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

I have played in tournaments for 40+ years. I have had rainouts many times over. We played one game Friday followed by one game Sat (7:30 AM). Because we won, we played 2 games Sunday. Sat and Sunday were 5 inning games. Oh well! One cannot beat Mother Nature.

NICE JOB DOING WHAT YOU COULD SSUSA DIRECTORS. It is a thankless job but you did well. Thank you for your efforts.
June 5, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

I am of a different opinion. Have unlimited HRs at all levels.
Benefits:
1) 5 runs per inning are reached faster
2) allows teams with power to move out of the level they are currently in
3) Stops the discussions of power hitters going up the middle

I play 55 Major. Yes, there is a big difference between Major teams and the Major plus that I have seen. However, I do not see that much of a difference between Major and AAA.

I agree that another possibility is different rules for different age groups. I believe once one is in 60+ that their is a huge difference from 50s. The team I play on has a mix of players over 60 and upper 55s.

All in all, the teams I face seem to be mostly at the same competitive level (except for those High Street guys - just kidding boys)
May 28, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

I have always felt that HRs should be unlimited. The reason being that a limit keeps the power teams down. Let the power teams hit the HRs. First it would get the innings over quicker; second it would allow for quicker separation of the better teams to the higher classifications; and third it would eliminate the power guys from hitting the middle (at least to some extent).

Just a thought but would like to hear others on this topic to see a difference in opinion.
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