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, July 16, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National : 50 and 55 Major Plus

Don,
I just heard you are coming to the Western National. I thought you were on a budget. Did you rob a bank to get some extra cash?
I look forward to seeing you.
, July 10, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National : 50 and 55 Major Plus

Don,
I can't blame you for sticking close to home. Time off work and having all players available are things you can't overlook. Good luck and see you at the Worlds.

Marv19,
I can also count the the number of Southern Cal teams that have made the trip to Northern Cal on one hand. It's a big state and a long trip both ways. NCSSA and SCSSA will have to share more info on schedules. Maybe that would increase participation...a little. Or maybe there could be a few tournaments in the middle of the state.
, July 9, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National : 50 and 55 Major Plus

I understand some teams have reevaluated their decisions regarding attending the Western National Tournament. Who will be going? GSC? Legends? Nazzareno? Arizona Elite? Nighthawks? Cal Energy? Hendricks?

MTC 50 and 55 M+ will be there.

If teams are by-passing the tournament, consider the Manteca, CA BLD Hall of Fame Tournament Aug 17-18 two weeks later. This will be the best tournament of the year. The 50 and 55 M+ tams play together. This should be fun.

MTC 50 and 55 M+ will be there also.
, July 8, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Posting Results

Dave,

Great job of posting 50/55 Cal Cup seeding games. The scores were posted before I was home. Fantastic...keep up the good work.
, June 25, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

idahoreb,

You mentioned SSUSA needs to make changes. Where have you been? SSUSA changed the M+ rules this year. They reduced the home runs from 12 to 9 and the runs per inning from 9 to 7.

You were moved up from major by dominating at that level. Now you are not dominating. Yes...you will be taking your lumps while adjusting. It's not fun being on the other side...I know first hand.

Unfortunately, teams are moved up by dominating and then complain when they are beaten in the next tournament or two, or if they can't win the World. Talk to the East Bay Oldies who have been playing at the M+ level for years. They played years before they were moved to major this year. They have my respect.

Beasley,

You are absolutely correct when you mention imposing tougher rules at the lower levels to force teams to move up. I understand there were a number of AAA level teams hitting more home runs than major teams.
, May 27, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS a month ago vs Reno this weekend

Fantastic job of posting the scores for Reno. That's the way it should be done everywhere. Again...great job.
, May 20, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Southwest Championships

Dbax,
I understand your frustration. I was hoping to see the scores also. I know Dave has been busy taking care of a few tournaments...no small task. I hope they will be posted this week.
, May 17, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rock - n Reno

Tim,

The Kansas City Barons was another team (not out West) that finished second in the Major Worlds last year and was also promoted to Major Plus. However, I have not heard what they are doing. I checked the ratings and did not see them listed. I did see a Kansas City Baron team listed as a 55 AAA team. I hope that is not the team in question with three or more players. This would be worse than the Fangrabbers' scenario.
, May 2, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

rightrj1,
Isn't the Robert's Construction team in the same boat as the Fangrabbers? They were reclassified without playing. How many are they returning? I would guess they are returning more than 3 players.
, May 1, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

I can understand that there must be criteria (so many m+ players, etc.). However, I do feel teams need to be elvaluated by how they perform as a team. Nearly thirty years ago I remember a "B" team that would have a great season and then look to drop players so they would not have to move up to "A" level. Then they would hunt all over to get players nobody knew and would be able to stay in "B" and be just as good or better.

FFdonnie,
Today I also believe if a team can't win the World, they simply appeal to be dropped. I have seen a number of 55m+ teams lose 29-27, 30-29, 26-24, and petition to move down based on win/loss record. If a team is losing by small margins and scoring a lot of runs, win/loss records or where a team finishes should not be factored in. The Robert's Construction team comes to mind. They beat us in the m+ seeding in the World last year something like 36-35 and were reclassified at the end of the year. There are not many major teams that can score 36. Even if they dropped players, they should still have to play and prove they belong in a lower division.
, April 29, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

DaveDowell,
You were quick to point out the Fangrabbers went 0-2 in the seeding. However, nothing was said when they won the tournament. As far as leading the game by four runs...that doesn't really matter. The SSUSA moved up teams if they won the World by one run or more period. They even moved up teams that finished second and third. The SSUSA is at the crossroads now. A number of teams are watching to see what will be done. A mistake was made...now it is time to correct it. Remember...we are human and far from perfect.
, April 23, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

I would like feedback on what players feel is a good number of seeding games and how our situation could be improved. The reason for this post is the situation the 55m+ teams face in Vegas this weekend. The 55m+ teams will play 4 seeding games before the tournament starts. I have played up to three seeding games before, so this is a first for me. I know we have to play the 50m+ teams to ensure them 5 games. However, I don't understand why we must play all of the 55m+ teams. We could simply play 2 out of the 3. As it stands now, we will play 2 games on Friday and possibly 4 games on Saturday (8, 9:30, one game off, and potentially 12:30, and 2:00; the tournament starts at 12:30). Yes, that is correct...4 out of 5 game times. I am more worried about our players and injuries with the number of seeding games...before the tournament starts.
, April 22, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Mark 44,
I have wondered why the major plus division is always small. Now I know. SSUSA appears to be the problem. Last year at the Reno tournament, there were six 55m+ teams in the bracket. After the tournament, Goodman Racing was dropped after going 3-3 (losing a couple of close games). Next dropped was the third place finisher Double play. I have no idea why they were dropped after finihing third. Maybe they stopped playing. Next came Robert's Construction (defeated MTC) and now Fangrabbers (without playing a game). I don't have an answer.

Swing,
I agree with you. You should have to play a couple of tournaments before any action is taken. Any team can claim they are losing players. However, the new players might be better.

Don,
It looks like we are the last two teams left from that Reno Tourney (MTC and Nighthawks). Maybe we should appeal to move down...everybody else is.
, April 11, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: rockin reno game sites

udaplaya,
If you are playing the first weekend (Memorial), I think the tournament will be played in Reno (Golden Eagle). I feel this is due to the annual 24 hour tournament being played in Carson City that same weekend. I am not sure about the second weekend.
, March 26, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

stick8,

You nailed it. Interference is correct. The sad thing regarding the play was the number (and I mean more than a few) of players arguing the runner had the right to the base as long as he was in the baseline. If I have any questions in the future, I will be sure to ask you.
, March 25, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Promoting Tournaments

Staff,

How early do you post the teams that are going to participate in the tournaments? My opinion is as soon as a team signs up, it should be listed. The early listings could work at promoting larger tournaments. I know teams like to know rather than assume.
, March 25, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

stick8,
I never mentioned the player must slide or get out of the way. I mentioned the player must not interfere with the play. I have witnessed this play in USSSA and NSA about ten times (give or take) in leagues and open USSSA tournaments. Each time (in USSSA) the player at first was called out if (in the umpire's opinion) the throw would have beaten the runner to first base. In league, it was 50/50 because the umpires were clueless. In those cases, players threw up their hands and deflected the ball.

However, stick8, I have a situation for you that I have seen once. There is a runner on first with one out. The batter pops the ball up three feet from the first base bag, directly in the line. The runner took off thinking there were two outs. After his team yelled at him to get back, he turned and raced back to the bag. The problem was that the ball was coming as he approached the bag...with the fielder directly in his path. He did not have time to go around the fielder, so he made contact with the fielder, who dropped the ball. What is the call?
, March 21, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tired of breaking bats

The bat companies can make a bat that is durable and has great performance. They just don't want to. It has something to do with greed. They don't want to make a bat last. If this happened, who would buy bats?
, March 17, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

In a situation that closely resembles your scenario, if a runner is on first and a ground ball is hit to the shortstop, when he throws the ball to second, the runner proceeding to second is out and must not interfere with the play. When the throw is made to first, it doesn't matter if the runner tried to interfere with the ball or not. If the ball hits the runner, the batter/runner is out if the umpire feels the thrown ball would have completed the double play. I agree with you jackbrun.
, March 14, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

ju25,

You are correct regarding the Z3000. They are due to come out soon. We were testing them recently.
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