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, Dec. 28, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Performance enhancing

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, Dec. 27, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

I have to agree with you Tate22. I feel the 1-1 count would change things dramatically. I hear a number of you talk about leagues you participate in using the 1-1 count. I also play in one. However, the league pitchers can't compare with the tournament pitchers. Some players have also indicated they want to play 7 innings. I played on a team that never played 7 innings in the world and batted 4-6 times a game. I don't know about most of you, but I am happy getting up that many times. I do feel, like most of you, the courtesy runner problem slows down the game. What would happen if there was only one per inning? The upper age divisions could have more.
, Dec. 26, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Before any decision is made, I would like to see 1-1 in seeding games in the first two months to see how it is received and how it impacts games. Then the SSUSA can review the results and either go forward with it, amend it (by eliminating the foul), or postpone it for another season.
, Dec. 10, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

softball4b - The Trump ball is much better than it was three years ago, and the Rock is too lively. I feel M and M+ players are talented enough to use the Trump ball. However, you might be right...maybe the old guys need to play with the Rock.

Swing - It would not bother me at all if we played with a 1-1 or 0-0 count. Who said I swing at strikes anyway. I will say one thing about the 1-1 count. In our league's test, the pitchers learned to move more quickly with all of the shots up the middle.
, Dec. 9, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

I have heard a lot of talk regarding the 1-1 and 0-0 counts. Our senior league conducted a test with the 1-1 count two seasons ago. It was conducted due to board members trying to reduce games times. Well...it worked. It worked so well that it was stopped after a month. The reason being batters were not getting the at bats they usually get. I think it had something to do with someone calling this a hitters' game.

My approach to shortening the games is simple. Use the Trump ball instead of the Rock. I played with the ball in Reno in 95+ degree heat and it was still leaving the park. Some players have indicated the ball gets soft in the heat. My answer is to man-up. If you miss the ball badly...the ball should not float out like it did in the World.
, Dec. 4, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

d45,

You are correct regarding the Western National. The Western National was posted yesterday. It will be in Sacramento, CA.

d45,

The Western Nat. drew 91 teams when it was in Yolo, CA in 2011. I will be curious to see how many teams play is the Western this year. I think it will top 100 teams.

JamesLG,

The complex in Lacy, WA might be nice, however, in 2010 the tourney only drew 51 teams.
, Dec. 4, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

d45,

You are correct regarding the Western National. The Western National was posted yesterday. It will be in Sacramento, CA.

d45,

The Western Nat. drew 91 teams when it was in Yolo, CA in 2011. I will be curious to see how many teams play is the Western this year. I think it will top 100 teams.

JamesLG,

The complex in Lacy, WA might be nice, however, in 2010 the tourney only drew 51 teams.
, Dec. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

Surf88, There is now a Rocky Mountain TOC qualifier in Aurora, CO. You got your wish of playing at the Aurora complex. I think the SSUSA does a good job of moving the Western National around to accommodate teams that can't afford to do much traveling.
, Dec. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Like a number of you, I also feel the AAA home run rule change making any homer over three an out is a good move. However, changing the Major HR rule to six and the Major + rule to nine is not the answer. The AAA rule change was to force teams to move up. I feel the HR rule for Major should be seven HR's and an out. The bigger gap (from 3 to 7) would entice even more teams to move up to major, and outs after seven HR's would force Major teams up. I also feel the M+ HR rule should not be reduced to nine. The HR rule for M+ should be at least ten. After all...this is M+.

Cal50, I would also like to see all senior tournament games get rid of the 50 minute games. Sixty minute games should be the minimum time limit. Why can't that be a rule?

Webbie25, I agree with you regarding the 4-3 count and adding inches to the plate. Adding inches to the plate is a step in the right direction.

I feel the association did a good job addressing concerns. They get a solid "B" from me. Remember...you can't make everyone happy all the time.
, Nov. 8, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a league 45 and older

aaasg7, The Stanislaus Senior Softball League in Modesto has a 45-54 year old league. I know players from your area south who have played in the league. However, this might be more miles than you would like to travel.
, Nov. 2, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Gary19, I agree with you regarding qualifying for National tournaments in the 70's and 80's. I remember having to qualify for the National in a regional tournament. Our state also received three entries. It was not an easy road to the National. There were not teams from all the states. However, a number of states didn't have teams wanting to play in the tournament. And, yes, I played in Parma, Ohio, and Burlington, North Carolina, more than a couple of times. Those were great tournaments.

I do want to add that the 50 Major tournament was the best yet. All the top teams were there, and the winner (ENR) played great. Although the tournament had some bumps in the road, this was a tournament with the best competition from the U.S. and Canada.

If people remember, the USSSA isn't too far from the SSUSA. Although you had to qualify in a NIT, I remember a number of teams finishing third, fourth, and even fifth in those tournaments and receiving berths to the World tournament, since all the teams finishing above them in the standings already earned their berths. I didn't think the USSSA World tournament was nearly as difficult to qualify for as the ASA National.

Stick8, Your friend is correct regarding Reno as being a place to play if you want to see great competition. The 50 and 55 M+ divisions had the majority of entrants that participated in Vegas. There was great competition and facilities this year.


, Oct. 26, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA - When do you think the 2013 ratings will be finalized?

Jawood, On another note, when do you think SSUSA will have the brackets filled out from the World Tournament in Las Vegas? A number of people have asked me how other teams did, and I haven't been able to tell them anything.
, Oct. 22, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Garyheifner,
I feel you have to let the 11th player play anywhere on the field.

RIK56,
I agree with you. Some teams would play a six man infield.

Boston,
You indicated that adding an additional player in the field would ruin the game. In my estimation, the ridiculous bats did that. Since the bats are not going away, something else needs to offset the bats. That's why an additional player was brought up. I have also suggested using balls that were not as forgiving as the rock. However, I am willing to listen to constructive comments.

Gary19,
You commented on the additional player being a "whacky rule change." I think the first whacky rule change occurred when senior softball allowed the bats. You know what they say...one whacky rule change leads to another.

#19,
You mentioned you were against using an additional player. Does that mean when you play 70's you will retire? I understand 70's use an additional player.

I appreciate the constructive comments.
, Oct. 21, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

The reason many of us got into senior softball was to play. I know the games went long this year...okay too long at times. However, eliminating seeding games or triple elimination games cuts into playing time. That is what most of us are here for. Remember...most of the teams didn't even make it to Saturday night.

Since most players want to keep the existing rules, I would like players to consider something else. I feel adding an additional fielder would make the game more challenging. I know the pitcher would feel safer. Most teams bat everyone in seeding games or more than ten. Would teams be in favor of adding an additional fielder just for seeding games or for the entire tournament? This would reduce game times (not dramatically) and get more players involved. Getting players involved is what senior softball is all about.
, Oct. 18, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When will the brackets and scores be filled in for all the divisions?

I was wondering how some teams did in different divisions. I try to follow a number of local teams. Will the brackets and scores be completed soon?
, Oct. 18, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home Run Rule For 50 Majors

JMAC 00,

I agree with you regarding "walks should be outs." That is the only way to force teams up. If teams make outs because they hit homeruns over the limit, they might think about moving up versus staying in major. This would eliminate the talk I heard regarding a 50 AAA team hitting 18(?) homeruns in a game. However, I do think the homerun rule for major should be increased to eight or nine. Seven humeruns for major to twelve homeruns for major plus in too much of a gap. Major teams have to completely re-tool to compete. Teams have indicated they don't want to break up, so move the major humerun rule closer to the major plus rule. By increasing the number of homeruns, teams would learn how to power-up and be more competitive with the major plus teams if they have to move up.
, Oct. 12, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat issue

ronnied8,
I heard this story two years ago. I had an Ultra, and it broke after approximately 40 cuts. My friend informed me he would take my bat, along with his (which also broke after a limited number of cuts) to Corky. He said Corky will take care of it...and gave the bats to him. When my friend and I saw Corky some time later, we asked him what was happening with the bats. We wanted to know if they would be replaced. Corky informed me that my bat would not be replaced, because I must have been swinging too hard. I thought that was interesting, because I was not under the impression he had ever seen me swing. I will also bet your bat, ronnied8, still had that nice new shine on it like my bat did. Yes, I would say you are barking up the wrong tree. Five months later, I was informed I should have called Miken direct and shipped the bat to them. Instead, I did not have a bat to ship. That was my fault for dealing with the wrong person. Good luck. I hope your story has a better ending than mine.
, Oct. 12, 2012
Allan55
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Thanks for a great weekend

I would like to take this time to thank all of the people involved for their efforts in running the tournament, officiating games, taking care of the fields, filling the water jugs, and running the snack bar. This was a larger commitment than was anticipated. People were running around doing their best...and I appreciated all of it.
, Oct. 11, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Retired63, I agree with you. I disagreed with the associations when they agreed to count homeruns as walks after reaching the limit. All divisions (AA, AAA, and Major) should have all homeruns over the limit count as outs. That is the only way to promote upward movement.
, Oct. 10, 2012
Allan55
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

I saw a number of games the past two weekends last longer than 90 minutes, each setting their respective tournaments back. I feel steps should be taken to keep games more in line with the times. However, I don't feel starting with a 1-1 count is the answer. I do feel all games (not just seeding games) being 65 minutes plus the open inning would be a start. The double elimination game should also be eliminated in tournaments with twenty or more teams. Those touranments should guarantee four games instead of five. I also feel the ball (the Rock) is too lively. Those balls were ridiculous. We already play with a bat that is better than anything we used as kids. Remember when the Titanium bats came out and games lasted well over two hours before they were pulled? Why can't we use the Trump ball? It was good in Reno in the heat and was not as forgiving as the Rock.

If no adjustments are going to be made, the only other alternative is to have teams qualify by allowing a certain number of teams in each division. Don't worry...that would never happen, because that would cost the association money.
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