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, March 14, 2013
Allan55
ju25,

You are correct regarding the Z3000. They are due to come out soon. We were testing them recently.
, March 13, 2013
Allan55
BB#16,

I agree with you. Miken comes out with a new bat, and it gets 225-350 swings. I guess Miken is really not too serious about regaining the market. They are just looking for more suckers. One day they will open their eyes and wonder why they are not selling many bats. When TPS produces a bat, Mikens may be on their way out. The new TPS kid bat (Z3000) is incredibly durable. The break-in period lasts longer than a Miken. If they put together a senior bat...the bat companies will be forced to make a more durable bat. Right now, they are too greedy.
, Feb. 13, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here's my question on RATINGS

SSUSA Staff,
I feel the two year time line is fair; just like I feel once a team is moved up, they should have to stay up two years before having the opportunity to move down. However, I don't feel a team that has been moved up and doesn't play in your World should have the opportunity to be able to move down in one year. You should not be able to move a team down one year after moving them up, yet have a two year time line for players. That is not consistent. You might as well only have a one year time line.
, Feb. 5, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA Southwest Championship

I would like to know how many 55M+ teams plan on going to the Southwest Championship in Las Vegas in April? Hopefully, there will be good representation.
, Feb. 4, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

taits,
There were 8 teams in our 55M+ World last year. If any five of those teams would have been in the TOC, I would agree with you. However, one team lacks on both quality and quantity. Maybe your age group is well represented...but other age groups (50&55) are not. I played in both age groups this year, and the TOC this year lacks quantity and quality...unless one team representing means that. The Winter Worlds was better, but that isn't saying much. The Winter Worlds drew a few more teams, but only one of the 8 55M+ teams that played in the 2012 Worlds played in the Winter Worlds, and OKI was the only team (I believe) from the 50M+ 2012 Worlds to play.
, Feb. 3, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

taits,
I am also a member of NCSSA. I would have to agree with you regarding rosters that can be viewed by all. I feel if the SSUSA allowed rosters to be viewed by all, more eyes would make SSUSA's job easier. This is the players' association, and when it comes down to it, the players want rules to be adhered to and fair. That is the only way the association can grow stronger. After all, I would like this association to be around if my sons want to play.
, Feb. 1, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

SSUSA,
Thanks for the information regarding players moving up.

Beasley,
I understand your points and also appreciate what the SSUSA is doing. Reclassifying teams is not an easy process. However, questions will arise and clarification will become important so everyone can be on the right page. As far as creating "an impact players' list," I also feel there should be a new method of determining players' abilities.

Omar,
Good viewpoint as usual. I also feel two or three players can make a huge difference. That is why SSUSA will be watching how the teams they lowered perform in tournaments this season. I know SSUSA doesn't want teams they lowered to dominate the bracket. That would defeat the purpose and lose credibility with its members.
, Jan. 31, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

melvin13,
Over the last number of years the World Tournament has had the best field of teams. So when you say you don't want to spend $10,000 to play one team, that doesn't fly with me. However, I will agree with you on every other TOC I have played (with the exception of Reno, NV). The teams just aren't there. Currently, we are faced with moving up to M+. Most of the tournaments we will play will not have many teams. However, I know that the best field will be in the World.

I also understand how major teams feel about moving up. A number of teams are not M+, but they are, in the eyes of SSUSA, too powerful for major.

My question to the SSUSA (brought to my attention by Beasley) is when does a major team become a M+ team, such as the case with ENR players (a team that won the 2012 50 major) moving to Veltri, a major team? How many ENR players have to join Veltri before it becomes M+ also?
, Jan. 31, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

LeeLee,
You are correct.

SSUSA Staff,
Inactive no. A no show at the World in Vegas...yes. Years ago I played on a major plus team. We were not a team that could win or even be competitive. It did not matter what we did in tournaments during the year. We could have gone 0-9. That would not have mattered. As one gentlemen (who wished to remain anonymous), informed me, our team was going to have to play in the World M+ tournament no matter what. After we went 0-5 (the games were not close), we petitioned to move down. After some resistance, (if you can believe it), we were moved down. The point is...we had to play. And that is the way it should be. If Rochester had played and gone 0-5 or 1-4, I would say it is a no-brainer. However, they didn't. There should be a rule that states a team must play in a World first before an appeal can be made. My question is if Rochester blows teams away in the middle of the season, will you move them up?

BruceinGa,
I also feel the same way. There are teams that are competitive but are not favorites to win. I know of a M+ team that went 3-2 in the last World, defeating the eventual champion, and petitioned to move down and were granted the move to major. That shocked me! Another M+ team played a TOC early in the year and went 3-3 and defeated the second place team in the tourney and petitioned to move down and was granted the move. Go figure. I also know of a 50M+ team that has played under .500 the last two years and has been denied a chance to move to major. They did not have nearly as good a chance to win as the teams I mentioned above. I don't see why a rule is not in place to automatically move down any team that goes 0-5 or 1-4 in the World. That would make it easy.

The Tone,
I hear you. Your team is solid and they play hard. However, the team lacks the power the M+ teams have. I also feel you should be given another year before moving up. Good luck.
, Jan. 29, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reclassifying Teams

I see a number of teams were reclassified. I understand the process. If teams are too powerful or are not competitive, things must be done. However, there are some things I don't understand. How does Robert's Construction 55 move down to major. They were the only team to defeat MTC55 in the World. All of their games were competitive. They were eliminated 35-34 in the World. That team is tough.
Also...how does Rochester 50 major plus move down one year after winning the 2011 50 major World Tournament. They didn't even play in the major plus World this year. What message does that send? Any 50 major team that was moved from major to major plus need only sit out the next World and petition to move down.
, Jan. 28, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Copper Classic

boston,
When it comes down to it, the victories and awards are great, but the friendships and the memories are forever.
, Jan. 28, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: OFF season Hitting drills

Tim,
I have to admit, that was some memory. So was the light pole...or was it a telephone pole?
, Jan. 28, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

taits,
I agree. I can't justify the cost either. If it was the World, I would go. However, the TOC is not any World. Also...is it me, or does it appear there are a number of players looking for teams? Maybe that is how to pick up a quick ring. Boy...if I only lived in Florida, I would have a chance at a ring every year, even if my team didn't qualify. Some teams would be so desperate (because of last minute drops) that they would be willing to pick up anybody to fill the roster.
, Jan. 27, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

rightrj1,
That is correct. Show up and receive your ring. I don't see why you shouldn't receive a ring if you were on the roster. I believe each champion receives 15 rings. I also agree that is BS. I don't think you should be able to pick up players from anywhere in the U.S. to play. I also think your roster should be frozen. If you don't have your players, you don't go. This another reason I am not a fan of this tournament. A number of teams pick up players to go. The team ends up being a modified version.
, Jan. 27, 2013
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Copper Classic

That is not much of a tourney with twenty-two teams. Why are there tournaments in January? If you moved the tournament to the end of February or early March, the tournament would probably double in size. I also imagine a few teams opted for the TOC in Florida rather than play the Copper Classic.
, Jan. 24, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

hitnrun5,
That is the comical point. With four teams in the bracket, two are automatic winners and the other two teams will probably play a two-out-of-three playoff for the other championship. Four teams are entered in the bracket and three are crowned champions. This is not much of a turnout when three different divisions are represented by four teams. I know it is billed as the big tournament, but it does not compare to the World.
, Jan. 23, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

softball4b,
Expense is one thing...but going across the United States to play in a three team tournament doesn't mean much to me. I would have to agree with your Pro Bowl definition.

birdie,
I also like to play tournaments where you must qualify to play. However, how prestigious is a tournament where of all the teams that qualified, only three or four teams showed up? Would you be happy playing in a bracket that included another age group? What would happen if you were a 55 team and you were mixed with 60 or 50 teams? Would the tournament lose some of its luster? I feel the TOC (like you do) would need to be moved to late Oct. if it had hopes of attracting more teams. I also feel JDub is correct regarding one year-end tournament. I felt the World Tournament was outstanding last year. Maybe the World Tournament will have a tougher qualifying process in the future.
, Jan. 23, 2013
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 55 division

rightrj1, canljack, JDub, and taits:
I agree. I have heard a number of players talk favorably regarding the TOC. However, the number of teams that actually show does not make the TOC much of an attraction. I would play in the tournament if I lived a few hours away, however, how can you talk players into a costly tournament without competition...or playing against different age brackets? It receives hype but can't compete with Reno or the World.
, Dec. 31, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Jawood,
1-1 counts don't extend PT. As for kid bats being doctored...I agree. However, I just took swings last week with a TPS Z2000 and balls exploded off the bat. Balls were flying out of the park.
, Dec. 30, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

The main reason we all participate in senior softball is to play. I hear a number of players indicate they want the 1-1 count to get 7 innings in. What difference does it make if the game time is the same. The umpire is still going to call "open inning" after 4,5,or 6 innings after the allotted time. Everyone still gets to play the same amount of time. The 1-1 count will actually reduce our PT.
I think we need to address the courtesy runner. I will bet the courtesy runner adds an average of 1 minute per team per inning. If that is 2 minutes per inning, that is 12 minutes in a 6 inning game. If we reduce the courtesy runner to 1 per inning (at the younger age divisions and two for the older divisions), I feel this would allow for more PT.
...and if you really want to reduce PT and keep the same rules, ban the bats. The kids' bats are lively enough.
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