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Real name:
Fred Scerra

Location:
Marlboro, MA

Division:
Men's 85

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, Nov. 28, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For 70 and over. 11 players on the field. Like or Dislike

I like the 11th player covering the middle. All our leagues here in all age groups us 11 players and I haven't hear any complainants from any of the leagues.

The only down side of the 11th players is it knocks about 100 points of you batting average. You have to learn to hit away from the 11th player.
, Nov. 20, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

19: I know what you mean. I was the cause of our league going to screens when I got a line drive just above my left eye. They went to screens the next game and I refused to pitch the rest of the year if I had to use the screen. Next season I thought about it and decided to pitch, as that is what I love doing, and learn to accept the screen.

You would be suprised how much fielding the pitcher can still do (depending on the rules in the league)
, Nov. 19, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

19: If the screen is the only reason someone doesn't play then he doesn't really want to play anyway. We have been using it for 4 yrs and don't know of anyone that stop playing because of it. We all just adapted to it.
, Nov. 19, 2015
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Requirements of Rec team

No requirements except for age. It's to have fun playing.
, Nov. 5, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

The reason the younger players don't want the 11th field because it lowers their batting average. If used properly it is a detrement to the offense. Having played 20 odd years with an 11th fielder it does severe as some protection for the pitcher. Your not going to protect the pitcher against hitters that don't have good bat control except with a screen.

I would be courious how players commenting on the screen actually used one? We have used it for 4 yrs now and I don't see it as a problem depending on the rules you are using for the screen.
, Nov. 2, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

Also it gives some of the game back to the pitcher. A pitcher who has good control and can hit the edges of the mat has a little advantage and doesn't have to rely on an ump calling the edges of the strike zone which very few of the do.

Also helps the hitters with a consistent strike zone and not where the ump thinks that day.
, Sept. 16, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

Right and most of all the leagues in MA and area play with 11 fielders.
, Sept. 14, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

B94 your right. A few years ago when I had my own team I would keep track of outs that the middle fielder made and in a separate column I would mark those as hits and over the two years there was about a 100 points difference in batting averages.
, Sept. 14, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

As anything else it would depend on the player. I prefer that he play as a rover if he can cover ground and has a strong arm. For an average player I still prefer that he play on the grass and cover the middle of the field. IMO and my experience, with me pitching, he is being wasted playing behind the 2nd base bag. True you may miss some double plays but playing deeper you are still going to get the force at 2nd and you are going to get those loopers that fall in. If he has a strong arm he still has a good chance to get the batter at first, especially with 70' bases.
, Aug. 28, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series Double Elim that Isn't ???

I think someone should check those bats of the SC team. A 12 yr old hitting a 381' home run or did I hear wrong. He must of been using a Senior bat.
, Aug. 23, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanks Allan

Agree. Great person to deal with. Has take well care of me over the last couple of years. Some day before I retire I would hope to meet him.
, Aug. 12, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2015 Ocean State Softball Classic list of participating teams

That seems par for the course for any Northeast Tournament's. We are the forgotten area.
, Aug. 6, 2015
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: international tie breaker-runner

This is a good example of Association's having different rules. I would guess the Ump was basically an ASA ump where you can replace the runner at 2nd.
, July 20, 2015
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 15" gloves

I have never seen it enforced in any assoc. we have a couple of players who use 15" gloves on a tournament team and has never been called on it.
, July 19, 2015
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 15" gloves

I believe they as they are sold on the site. It is ASA that is 14"
, July 19, 2015
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Why the problem of

I have been complaining for years about the posting of the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic tournaments.

The Atlantic Coast Championship play in May still don't have results posted. I wonder how long it will take to post the Syracuse tournament?
, July 13, 2015
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Know your Rules

Many players, umps etc get the SSUSA rules and ASA rules confused. They are basically the same with some small differences and this being one of them. In ASA he would be out.
, July 13, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lets here it for the old guys ! ! !

I assume you used Senior Rules. Using a mat throws those young pups off as they are not use to swinging at pitches that hit the plate.
, June 30, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

Sparky.1: Yes. 5 of them plus one Wilson Professional Softball A9140 which feels hard as a rock.

I would love to try the Wilson but then it wouldn't be NIB anymore.
, June 30, 2015
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

Thanks Sparky.1: I will try them in my WD and see what happens.

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