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, Dec. 2, 2016
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Benji4
Do you think shaved bats will be a bigger problem in the future, or will shaved bats go away? I think you know the answer. What is that saying about when good people do nothing...what happens? SSUSA is in charge of things, and they have had to make decisions regarding violations in the past. This is a violation of the rules and should be dealt with. As far as a perfect solution...is anything perfect? I do know there are a few thousand members who could put their thoughts together to come up with a solution. I also know the process of eliminating shaved bats has to start now...rather than later...you do too.

, Nov. 30, 2016
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Over the last three years, I have heard more and more people are using shaved bats. If I have heard it, then so have others. Yet nothing has come out of the SSUSA office regarding this. It appears it is the MLB scenario. You remember...Sosa and his corked bats, Mac and his Andro, and Bonds and his Clear...just to name a few. MLB knew what was happening and did nothing for the longest time, because baseball fans were following the game in record numbers. Now look at SSUSA. Senior softball is gaining more popularity every year. SSUSA knows what is going on...yet they appear to be looking the other way because of the success of the association. They seem to be afraid of stepping in and doing the right thing by banning the shaved bats. I like SSUSA, but they fell asleep at the switch on shaved bats.
, June 9, 2016
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

Benji4,

The amount of shaved bats has increased dramatically over the last five years. The only way to find out is to have SSUSA officials choose a game and walk in each dugout before that game and check every bat in every bag with a compression checker. I guarantee you will see a difference in the game in no time.

I heard SSUSA is checking into altered bats and looking at devices that would be accurate. I can hardly wait.
, March 6, 2016
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

During this thread, I have heard SSUSA indicate bat rolling is illegal. I agree 100%. I have never done it and don't want to. However, some players have heard people are shaving senior bats. I have heard more and more players are doing this. I want to know what SSUSA is doing to stop this. Someone is going to get seriously hurt...or worse. I, for one, don't want to see this happen. I feel it is time to check bats before SSUSA tournaments. Spending a few thousand dollars now will be much cheaper than if someone brings a lawsuit against SSUSA. I just want what most players (except bat shavers) want...a level playing field.
, Dec. 21, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Appeal process

nicki50,

I feel your pain. I played on a 50 major plus team in the Worlds with a team that had no chance of winning. We played and went 0-5. Yes, we paid our money to go 0-5. After that year, we were reclassified to 50 major. Two years ago two teams were bumped to 55 major plus. They played in the Worlds and did poorly. They were moved down for the next season. Doing well or poorly in tournaments throughout the season is not a true indication of a team's ability. There are many things that can happen; such as players not making tournaments because of other commitments. When teams come to the Worlds, they usually have most or all of their players. It is then that the ability of a team can be fairly judged. You have to go through the process just like the other teams. Good luck this season.
, Dec. 21, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

Tri18,

I bought the bat mid-season and used it sparingly. It broke in the Worlds. I got just under 200 cuts on it. My Dudleys lasted much longer.
, Dec. 19, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

That is an easy answer...my father. He worked with me whenever I wanted to play catch or hit. He was big on fundamentals. I can't tell you how many hours he spent with me. He never said he was too busy to work with me. I wish he was alive for me to tell him thanks today.
, Dec. 19, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Selection Question

JamesLG,

I agree with several responses that deal with feel and swing weight. I have swung the Mikens and Dudleys. The Miken does have a larger sweet spot, but how many swings do you want to get out of a bat? I used a Miken and a Dudley last year. The Miken lasted me close to 200 swings. The Dudleys (two of them) lasted me approximately 400 and 800 swings respectively. Buy the Dudley...or spend more money on Mikens. Mikens just don't seem to last.
, Dec. 19, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Appeal process

Bobby Shea,

My 50 major team finished third in the 50 major Worlds and was bumped to 50 major plus. When a group of 50 major plus players, I was playing with, moved to 55's, we were placed in 55 major plus. We did not win anything and were moved up. Why shouldn't you be playing 55 major plus? I don't think you deserve to be treated any differently.
, Dec. 14, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Rules

I agree with you, missouridave. I suggested adding no more than two players in another thread. LeeLee, I would have to agree with you also. Three, four, or five players can make a huge difference. I don't think I am the only player who has participated in tournaments or league playoffs where you play a team that is average at best, only to see that team add four or five players when it is money time. Chemistry is important (TheCat43), but skilled players are hard to beat...especially adding four or five of them.
, Dec. 14, 2015
Allan55
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

Years ago, I was told to bring my bats inside the house for the winter if I wanted them to last longer. I was also told the cooler weather would weaken bats left in the garage. This made sense to me, because I found myself breaking bats within the first month of the new season. Keep in mind I was not swinging the bat in the early morning games when the weather was under 80 degrees. I would swing kid bats instead. Once I established the ritual of babying the bats, they started lasting longer. As for the bats getting weaker with time,I had a couple of bats I would only use in the World Tourney once they were broken in, and they lasted years with no drop in pop.

The balls used are a different story. Some of the balls get too hot and they will not go anywhere. If the balls are wet or cold in the morning, they will break bats on a regular basis.
, Dec. 2, 2015
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter

I would like to turn this thread to finding a solution to the problem of adding players just before the World Tournament. One of the main reasons the message board exits is to discuss items of importance and allow input, which could possibly lead to improved rules and a better association. I would like to give my opinion and challenge others to voice their opinions that would improve this situation.

I know you can find holes in my thoughts, but here goes. Over the last few years, more and more players have been picked up just before the World Tournament. If you pick up one or two players, this can change the dynamics of the team. An average team can become much better. This also belittles the qualification process. However, I understand there are injuries along the way, so I can bend a little in this area. For this reason, I feel a team should be able to pick up no more than two players. These two players should also be the same playing level (EX: 50 AAA team picking up a player of 50 AAA rating or lower...not 55 Major; or 50 Major team picking up a 50 Major player...not 55 Major Plus). A team consisting of ten players could only pick up two players to total twelve players. If a team had seven players, they would not be able to go. If they had eight players, they would have a choice to play with ten (I would not recommend it.) or not play. This would force teams to make sure they had enough players to go and add additional players if injuries occurred earlier. I welcome other views. Maybe, together, we can improve this situation.
, Nov. 10, 2015
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Wishes to Terry Hennessy

I would like to also wish Terry the best with his treatments and look forward to seeing him soon.
, Oct. 8, 2014
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to Play More Innings

I feel the 1-1 count would speed up the game. However, with the majority of the players opposed, I feel limiting the number of runs in an inning from 7 to 5 (major plus) would be a start. The teams would reach the limit of runs more often and play more innings.

I also would allow only one pinch runner per inning. Most teams take too much time deciding who will run. Remember...it only takes 30 seconds twice an inning to burn 10 minutes in a game. I would say the average number of pinch runners for each team in an inning is two. That means there are four every inning. That can be limited.

Yet another way of speeding things up is to have a batter ready to hit two minutes after the third out of an inning. If a pitcher wants to pitch between innings, then he should hustle out and do it. If the pitcher is not ready to pitch, then a ball is called. This would hurry things along. Too much time is wasted between innings.

A teammate of mine also mentioned all the time that is wasted as balls are thrown in after home runs. We played innings where there were three separate times balls were thrown in (not uncommon), which resulted in nearly three minutes of lost playing time.

I know I am scrutinizing, but all of this time adds up and shortens our playing time. I welcome other opinions.
, Dec. 21, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicap System

Taits,
My first question would be...how many handicaps should a team be given? Another question would be...is reducing the homerun rule for a higher ranked team a handicap? If a major team is playing a major + team, the major team can take runs or the 11th man and open up the offense, while the plus team loses a third of their homeruns. It is easier to free swing rather than change swings. In case you missed some of the stats at the 50 major World, many of the teams were averaging the major + homerun rule of nine or slightly less. However, there were other major teams averaging double digits. So I can compromise...allow the lower ranked teams their choice of runs, an 11th man, or their homerun rule (one of the three). I wonder which choice they would take?
, Dec. 21, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicap System

JamesLG,
You have voiced what a number of people have mentioned. I also think giving runs, reducing HR's, and spotting an extra player is too much. Most recently, TD's have been allowing teams to choose having an extra player or taking runs and using the lower ranked teams' HR rule. I feel the lower ranked team should have the option of taking runs or an extra fielder. However, each team should play by their own HR rules.
, Dec. 15, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

At the Worlds in Vegas this past season, there were several age groups that were large. The AAA and Major divisions were incredible. The major + divisions were much smaller. The 50 major + was the largest in years. However, the 55 major + was the lowest in years. The goal of SSUSA should be to promote upward movement. I agree with DBO's at the major level. That is a no-brainer. Who wants to see major teams using up their homeruns by the fifth inning or sooner. Those major teams should not be playing major anyway.

The homerun rule that was changed last year at the major + level (12 to 9) was to make the jump to major + easier. That did work. However, the new DBO rule is too drastic at the major + level. It does not promote upward movement. I would like to see a compromise. Should the homerun rule at major + be 10 before DBO's? Something else?

I am always amazed at the responses. Players will voice their opinions that they don't like a rule change...but not offer an alternative other than don't change the rule. This message board has many of the brightest softball minds. We need to give SSUSA ideas that are viable.


, Oct. 9, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did SSUSA decide which Division had teams shorted to four gg?

rightj1,

I understand your point. However, 80 teams X $700 = big money. For that reason, I can't see SSUSA limiting teams. I feel they should choose fields where there are not any restrictions.

What I am more concerned with has to do with the number of teams that will be bumped from major to major plus. That is how you build the M+ program so it will mean more than it does now.
, Sept. 5, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

HJ,
I will start off by saying it is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. I will also mention one method will not work for everyone. Having said that, when I was just starting the game of softball, a player asked me if I wanted to hit the ball farther. I thought that was a "no brainer question." My response was, "Doesn't everyone?" He then informed me I needed to do ball toss or get a tee and hit balls into a fence. So I went to the worst looking chain-link backstop with some old softballs and an old bat and basically straightened the fence. Hitting the ball was only part of the drill. Hitting through the ball, as if there were two balls was the drill. My swing began to lengthen. I could also feel my wrists and triceps getting stronger and the ball did go farther in games. It did take hours and hours of practice. Biceps may look good at the beach, but strong wrists and triceps will benefit you more in softball. The wrist exercises are basic. Just get a PVC pipe and tie a 5 pound weight to it for starters. Then roll the weight up. When it comes to tricep workouts, I will do 3 tricep exercises to 1 bicep exercise. The goal is to have strong extension in the swing. I hope this helps.
, Sept. 4, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

HJ,
Most of us would agree that as we age, we lose muscle mass and increase the percentage of fat in our bodies. However, to address your point regarding driving the ball, I would like to point out there are a large percentage of players who "muscle the ball" rather than use proper mechanics. These players use mostly their upper bodies. As these players lose muscle, it becomes difficult to "drive the ball." These players will find it difficult to use different muscles to compensate for the power loss. That is why you will see some older players changing their swings. My suggestion is look to your legs and hips. The legs and hips are extremely important in the swing. Another point is older players lose flexibility. All players need to work on their flexibility. That will keep your swing stronger for a longer period of time.
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