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David Williams

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San Dimas, CA

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Men's 50

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June 22, 2020
DW_7
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

Yes, I dug around to find it .... thx

June 22, 2020
DW_7
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: So Cal brackets

Today's Monday; Tournament Results?

Nov. 8, 2019
DW_7
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to join a 60AAA team

You don't mention where you live ....

Aug. 17, 2018
DW_7
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major++

RE: my previous comments ..... SS may have a "AA" level but it's not easy to find & appears to be rarely used. I just looked at several major tournament results & brackets listed on this web site and I did not see "AA" teams in any of them. I don't claim to know everything; maybe they're on there somewhere. But it seems to me the answer may also be to actually start utilizing AA instead of having it and never using it. Accordingly, it seems illogical to add an "A" division when "AA" is so under utilized. SS is too big for only 3 divisions, particularly in the 50/55's. In SS, if you are a beginner, you will likely start in AAA, it appears. If you are a retired MLB player, you're only 2 bumps up from there. That's not enough distance. Major+ is a 4-letter word to most teams and I've seen teams (including one of my own) that discussed losing a World's game on purpose to ensure they would return next year to Major's rather than be forced into Major+ hell. My team broke up after being bumped up after that season. Major+ also serves as the end-of-the-line for not only players who "graduated" to that point, but also ex-MLB players, the exceptionally talented and others. Since you can't be bumped up from Major+, (notwithstanding the IMO insane Major++ concept) it ends up as a division that is totally stacked and everybody knows it. IMO, more teams break up over getting bumped up to Major+ than for any other reason. Then, even if you break up, you're still classified as a Major+ player making finding a new team sometimes problematic. The only teams happy about being Major+ are the teams who remain there year after year; everyone else either tries to lose, doesn't enter or waits to see if they will break up after placing in the top 4 & getting bumped. USE AA and/or add an "A" division if you want, but realignment to create greater distance between beginners/rec teams and Major+ will give new teams an incentive to get into SS and, if successful, give them another season until they are fed to the Major+ wolves.
Aug. 16, 2018
DW_7
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major++

Just my .02 but if SS wanted to add another division, I think it should be on the other end; AA. Just like in non-SS softball, most teams are not "uppers". If your a tournament org. that wants to fill your weekends with teams, everybody in SoCal knows the money is in the lower divisions. So, it seems that a better way might be to expand lower and provide more room for new teams to develop. This would also allow for players/teams who haven't played in years to re-enter at a level they can grow from. ++ , IMO, seems stupid especially when you're doing it for just one team. Do something for hundreds of teams & help new teams get into SS.
Aug. 7, 2018
DW_7
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Calling High Pitches

HIGH or ILLEGAL pitches is one of the hardest things for umpires to call. There are no measuring devices or electronics to help; it's all judgement. That's why there will always be imperfect, or yes, bad/incorrect calls. It's hard for an umpire to watch a pitch sail through the sky (day or night) and accurately determine it's height. I've used trees, clouds, the bill of my cap & light poles to help guage height but those are still going to be judgement calls. IMO, your best bet if you think a pitcher is getting away with high pitches is not to yell your disapproval at the umpire from the dugout. If you actually want to affect his judgement on the next one, try approaching him/her between innings with a brief comment that it seems some pitches are high from your angle and you'd appreciate his/her keeping an eye out for that on future pitches. Otherwise, don't take it personally. You can't do it any better so learn to live with it until someone invents the automatic height detector.
July 9, 2018
DW_7
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Injury

I "thought" I had a heel spur a few years back but it went away by itself. Yes, by itself. I know this is not normal, but it was a small spur. I used both a "athletic style" insoles my shoes and I added a thin, gel heel-pad also. (you have to use one on both sides even if only one side hurts - you have to keep "balanced") I could play multiple games a day with no pain, but at night when I removed the gel pads, I could tell it was still there. But as I stopped irritating things, it got better. As mentioned, everyone's situation is different. But before I had surgery, I would try a couple of little things like this to see if it's avoidable. Cutting a tendon is always a last resort. A tendon, especially the Achilles, the largest tendon in your body, does not have blood flow inside it; no blood vessels. WIthout blood flow, no injury will heal much on it's own. When an Achilles is re-attached, they have to overlap it a bit, meaning your new Achilles will likely not stretch as much as your other one because it's likely a little bit shorter after reattachment. Remember Kobe Bryant was never the same player after his Achilles rupture. PRP (Platelette Rich Plasma)treatment is what most pro athletes try when seeking to avoid surgery and you can have that treatment for around a grand. Talk to your doctor and ask him about this and how it might play out with a man your age, Then, for less than $25.00 find the right pads & try to avoid surgery. It's not much to gamble with and it worked in my case. Good luck to you bud.
July 2, 2018
DW_7
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Terminology

I ump Major League Softball a little in SoCal where all umpires must be certified by SoCal Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF). For league play, it's 16' max and THAT is not always easy for an umpire to guage. You just try to be consistent. But to the original topic, for years now, when doing LEAGUE and MOST tournaments, I just use the appropriate hand signal for "delayed dead ball" (left arm extended flat) and say "FLAT" or "HIGH". It works, it's easy to say quickly and players have no problem with it. What others said above is SO true. Umpires must be ready to call a FLAT pitch because they do arrive more like a fastball. If you weren't ready to call it and it does come in flat & fast, as long as the batter does not swing at it I will still call it flat, post pitch, & explain to the batter/managers (if necessary) that indeed the ball arrived quicker than I could make the call. No one ever cares (except maybe the pitcher who thought he could sneak a fastball past the batter) I always prioritize getting it right over the letter of the rule when possible. ALSO, flat pitches are also "cookies" or the easiest to hit so it's almost hard sometimes to call flat when it's an absolute MEAT pitch. BTW, here in SoCal, one tournament association min. height is the batter's waist but it must have a hump. This means a whole day of being ready to call flat or illegal due to no hump. I hate it almost as much as I hate picking 16' out of the sky. Umps = underpaid .
July 2, 2018
DW_7
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where is the new ball

You have to buy a lot of balls to get a good deal. For as many balls as SSUSA is likely buying, perhaps they are waiting for the balls to be customized with the SSUSA logo or something. There's a lot of places to buy softballs besides BSN also, often at better prices. DISCLAIMER: I sell softballs :-) & as long as the ball is in stock, I can usually have them in less than a week. Also, leather adds SIGNIFICANTLY to the cost of any softball, no matter how many you buy. Tremor = hilarious.
July 2, 2018
DW_7
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Was the ump right??

No. I believe the ump made a mistake. Based on your description of the play, and as an umpire myself, I'm calling the runner SAFE. Under SCMAF (SoCal sanctioning body) Rules, a defender can never record an out to a batter-runner by contacting the ORANGE base. That Orange side exists exclusively for the batter-runner and exists for the players mutual safety. I'm also calling the runner safe if the defender touches both White and Orange bases at the same time. But, by touching the Orange bag only, prior to the runner reaching either base, it forces the batter-runner to go around the defender. Therefore, the defender never touched the proper (White) base and the batter-runner merely attempted to avoid a colllision. I'm calling the runner safe without a doubt because the defender was the first to violate a rule forcing a second violation by another player. And, I'm likely warning/advising the 1B-man never to touch the Orange side if a batter-runner is headed to 1B. If he says he also was seeking to avoid a collision, I'm going to tell him that does not make the Orange bag his to tag. Conversely, if the runner crossed just before the defender got to the bag, and the runner touched all or part of the White bag, and the defender claims they tried to avoid a collision by touching the Orange base, Im calling the runner out; but NOT because the defender touched the Orange bag before the runner got there, but because the batter-runner is not allowed to touch the White base, or both bases, on any play where the defender and batter-runner are both at the base. (Note: after the batter-runner crosses the Orange base properly, the Orange base is no longer his under any conditions. So, for example, the batter-runner rounds first base or perhaps makes a move toward 2nd base but changes his/her mind & scrambles to return to the base before being tagged, that player is now a "runner" not a batter-runner meaning that if he/she scrambles back to first base but touches only the Orange base, and then is tagged, that runner is OUT. Different organizations may interpret or prefer different rulings so check with your league, umpire or tournament director to be sure.



March 7, 2005
DW_7
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 51 y/o Looking for Team

LongBallr9,
Thanks. Craig stopped by a tournament I was playing Sunday in Huntington Beach. We had a chance to chat. I appreciate your help.
March 1, 2005
DW_7
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 51 y/o Looking for Team

I've never played 40+ or 50+ but play 3 league nights a week and 2-3 tournaments a mo./ mostly coed & some mens. Bat Left, Throw Right. Main pos. = 2B, but good wheels & BTA arm so I can play anywhere. I'm in San Dimas/SoCal. Email me Lixrus@msn.com
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