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, July 20, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2011 Senior hall of fame congratulations everyone

Congrats to all who have been inducted this year. My good friend with whom I had the pleasure of playing with for many years when we were much younger Gary Richter. Way to go Gary. Hope all is well back in New York. Also Big Dog Danoski who I have had the pleasure of playing with and against in Senior ball. Way to go Roland Bleitz and a sweet swinging lefty Bruce Fairchild. Hope to shake your hands in Vegas and or Phoenix.
, April 8, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2011 SSHOF selections

Hey Bruce. I was not with them for that tourney but they did ask me to play in two other tourneys as they were a little short. They were an awesome team. They would have given our Dan Smith a run for our money(haha). Rick and Steve both played with them. Hope the HOF calls you soon as you surely deserve it. Good luck and hope to see you on the road this year.

Hank
, March 27, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stupid Rules Who Thought of This

Larry, Playing 50 year olds is just not right and could be a little dangerous. We are fortunate we can still play some but that is just too much of an age difference. I understand it is hard to find 65 Maj+ teams to play so we also play the 60's and thats ok. I too will not play the field when I play with the 55 team. Safety first. I saw the TOC had all of ONE 65Maj+team. Being able and wanting to play 65 Maj+ and they won't allow it because they close off 2 states yet their player can all go over their state line and play. Seems a little weird. Can't speak for the Fla area but here in Vegas there are a handful of guys that want to play, with their only option being in Cali and they will not let this small group of players do this. As a director and owner of a huge organization would you not try to accommodate each and every player. Good luck next weekend in Georgetown.
, March 27, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stupid Rules Who Thought of This

Curveball Actually it is not the managers location but the state with the majority of players. I wish we had enough 65 players here but we just don't. I did go to mesquite this week and WATCH again as our 65 team who were rerated Maj* broke up and are now Major. They cannot add any more Maj* guys. We watched 2 60 Major vegas teams play. One team had 5 or 6 California players from another Maj* rated team that broke up and the other 60 Maj team had 5 or 6 Utah guys. All within the rules. No problem. Problem being there are some of us who cannot play in our own backyard. If California was opened back up we would all have a place to play. I can play 55 major a little much for a 66 year old but others here in Vegas and other states have no option. Should we not all have a place to play. Simple solution 2 out of region like the other big established organizations use. SPA LVSSA, WORLD SERIES. Not sure on the Nor-Cal and So-Cal rules. Sorry for my ramblings

Hank Cluess
, March 26, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stupid Rules Who Thought of This

Larry, Yes I am playing with OMEN in all the other organizations. Fortunately they have the 2 players outside the region rule. We plan on playing Vegas,SPA in Sparks(Labor Day weekend), World Series Palm Springs,Huntsmen games and Vegas winter Worlds. How about your 65 team?

Marv19 We had the pleasure of playing in Hemet back in Feb in the 60's. We like playing there and plan on playing there as often as we can. As you said we believe totally in your "alive and vertical with a glove" idea and it should be that way for all organizations at this point of our lives. Please don't forget to help support the Las Vegas Senior Softball organization. We run two tourneys a year. Spring and The World tourney in the fall.
, March 25, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stupid Rules Who Thought of This

Hey Larry How are you. Just turned on my computer and now my blood is boiling again. Here you have a Vegas team with 5 I say 5 California guys on it and yet not one of us can play in California. Therefore myself and it appears a few others are shut out from playing SENIOR SOFTBALL in SSUSA. The team I play for is in California as there is no place for me to play in Vegas as there are no 65 maj+ teams. There are some other Vegas guys that just want to play but can't hook up with a team in Vegas because we just don't have enough players to form more teams. Thus we are asking to play somewhere and the California teams are asking. It still amazes me how Vegas can have 9 guys from Cali on each team yet not one of us can play there. Does SSUSA care about a handful of players that are sort of stranded and just need some assistance getting on a team. We are not talking Major League players getting paid just 50-70 year old guys trying to enjoy each and every day we can get on the softball field. Is there a chance you can revisit this rule and help us all out. You had the winter worlds with close to 200 teams in Vegas and we could not play. You had Hemet which I had played in for 14-15 years or so could not play. You have Mesquite again could not play. Reno is coming up and we all would surly like to play with someone. I just don't think it is right to have to wait till i'm 75 to be able to play Maj+ again with my Cali team. Sorry guys for ranting but you have no idea what I have gone through.

Take care

Hank Cluess
, Feb. 22, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: looking for

Steve Wilson in the Villages and Cozzie NY statesmen. How are you guys. Please send me your emails when you get a chance. Steve if you know Cozzies please send it. I don't know if he is on this site. Thanks guys. Looking forward to seeing you. hjc565@aol.com

Hank
, Feb. 4, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SSUSA are you there?

Hey Larry. Thanks. I hope they address our concerns. There are a few of us that can use some help just to be able to play.
I don't understand why there should be one player in the entire country unable to play SENIOR SOFTBALL. I'm sure our paths will cross in other organizations tourneys. Take care.

Hank
, Feb. 4, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SSUSA are you there?

Hey John. Thanks. Hard to believe playing Senior ball since 1994 in SSUSA
and now not able to play because we have no teams in Vegas I can play with. My California team I have played one full year with all those guys and two years with some of the others. What gets me is they won't even respond to some of us who are having a hard time finding teams since they changed the rules. For a rule to affect only a handful of players seems there could be exceptions made for the players who can not find a team because of that change. I am under the impression that this is only SENIOR SOFTBALL where all seniors should be afforded the opportunity to participate. Anyhow Big John I hope you are healthy and I look forward to seeing you hopefully on the playing field and not watching from behind the screen Take care

Hank
, Feb. 2, 2011
sjuhoops
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SSUSA are you there?

I know the feeling too well. I live in Las Vegas and play 65 maj+. My team is out of California. With the new rule in effect I can no longer play with them in SSUSA only. I too have asked to be grandfathered in but was turned down. Their answer was "I have many options". I immediately called the office and have emailed three times all before Christmas just asking what my options were so maybe I could find a team and have had one Email answered. This person "promised to talk to Terry and George" and get back to me. It has been 45 days and no response. Looks like I can never play in my own age group in SSUSA. We have no maj+ team here and 1 maj but they have 5 players rated maj+ who happened to win a tourney last year and got moved up. So they disbanded. Just doesn't seem right being 67 and having to play with a 55 team out of Utah in order to play in SSUSA. SSUSA we only have about 100 total players that play on travel teams out of Vegas. Shutting down California to us involves a total of only 2 people that we know about. Shouldn't all softball players be able to participate in their own age group. Good luck
, Dec. 31, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65 Major + teams for 2011

There are 19 Maj + teams listed on SSUSA web site. Can anyone tell us if any of these teams do not exit for 2011.
Az heat,Bald Eagles65,Budweiser,Cal Classics,Cantebury Palace,First American Title,Pompano Beach Bums,Scrap Iron65's,Scrap Iron 65's Redux,Village Merchants. Others I have not mentioned I know are or are not having a team. Thanks for your input
Hank C
, Dec. 6, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ridge Hooks has been hospitalized

Steve. Please let Ridge and his family know that LVSSA has him in their prayers. Ridge and I go back many years and he has prayed for me and my family many times. This time Ridge is deeply in our prayers and thoughts.

Hank Cluess
, Aug. 31, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cost to check bat bag?

Hey Larry Don't forget to tip your friendly skycap(haha)

Hank
, June 26, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOOKING FOR MENS 50+ OVER TEAM.

Hey Donnie. I will be with the Omen team. Looking forward to seeing you and all the guys. Larry. GSF is mostly az nv and a few so cal. I know it will affect them also. With so few maj+ teams as it is maybe SSUSA will grandfather in a few of the Cali guys and 3 guys here so we can all. continue to compete against. each other.I can understand starting with say the youngest group but for this to happen to guys that have played together and against one another for 10 to 15 years doesn't make sense. See you in Dalton.
, June 26, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: LOOKING FOR MENS 50+ OVER TEAM.

Larry This new rule that goes into effect in Nov. actually affects THREE players here in Nevada. WE have a 50 55 60 65 and a 70 team here in Las Vegas. From these teams we have a total of THREE guys who play Maj+ with Cal teams. One is 60 and two are 65. We have been playing in SSUSA since we turned 50. Next year we will be playing in all associations as a Cal team as we are doing this year. Did I mention that this new rule affects THREE players. If I missed someone I apologize. We want to continue to play Maj+ and we will not have that opportunity. To us it just doesn't make any sense. It hurts the surrounding states more than it hurts Cali. Hope to see you next month in Dalton

Hank C
, Jan. 28, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHERE'S TURN TWO?

donnie and Bert55. Lvssa has listed on their website Sept 3-5 for the 60's
I happen to be in New York right now but i will be back in vegas this weekend. I will double check for everyone but im 99.9% sure the dates are correct. If there is any change I will post it. Donnie I'm in the same boat as you as far as the club goes. Just don't know why they don't communicate better.
Hank
, Jan. 27, 2010
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHERE'S TURN TWO?

Donnie, This is Hank from Vegas. LVSSA had to change their dates due to closure of all fields i believe starting the day after the tourney ends for at least a month for seeding.
They had two choices change dates or cancel tourney.

Hank
, Dec. 27, 2009
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Thanks Ron. Played with NY Clippers and County Sports. Very Fortunate to play with the best ever(imho) Jim Galloway. Other County Sports players John Davide now with Turn Two, Gary Richter with Thermco. Lou Russo retired still living in the Bronx. Bob Sugerman and Bill Malloy playing senior league on Long Island. Sam Sapienza NY Statesmen founder and tremendous pitcher.
, Dec. 12, 2009
sjuhoops
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Will hope SSUSA relax their stance for older Major Plus players

Thanks Joe. It would sure be nice to finish our remaining years playing major plus with and against guys we have gotten to know very well over the years. I would like to see at least the 60's and over be included. jmho
Still in sunny and COLD NY. Be back tonight. See you soon.

Hank C.
, Dec. 7, 2009
sjuhoops
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its Unanimous - The Best Senior Softball Players Are in California and Florida

Hey guys. I didnt mean to leave my arizona or Nor-cal friends out. At the Maj+ level this year both 60 and 65 were very competitive. The 65 Fla team won both lvssa and ssusa and there were some very close games competition was great. The 60's as BW stated turn2 won 2 big ones, GSF, MTC and Old A's won one. Again the best playing against the best. Whats the problem?
Thanks
Hank
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