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Feb. 19, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

Another equalizer idea to level the field could be use of courtesy runners
Major Plus No Courtesy runners
Major 3 courtesy runners per game
AAA 1 courtesy runner per inning
AA unlimited courtesy runners

Teams with speed would be helped, also a bit more strategy involved

5 tool players shouldn't complain.

Feb. 17, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

Benji4 I believe the so called equalizer exists so that tournament directors can fill brackets even with mismatched teams. Its the main reason lower rated teams accept the challenge but they also need some level of hope. If they happen to have an occasional great game plus a fair equalizer, they deserve the right to celebrate.
In many tournaments no equalizers would mean no teams for the higher rated teams to play.
Feb. 17, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

Just wondering how many times the lower rated team getting equalizers actually win.
My experience is that the higher rated team almost always prevails.
If that is really true the term equalizer just does not fit.
Seems to me the data should determine the amount of equalizer or handicap.
Maybe shoot for a system that has the lower rated team winning about 20 % of the time.
Nov. 20, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rules

One more twist. it happened to me.
Big first baseman comes off bag toward home to get errant throw thus BLOCKING the baseline. I had choice to veer into the infield and the thrown ball or veer into foul territory to avoid COLLISION. At full speed I veered into foul territory thus missing the blocked bags, both white and orange and passed both bags clearly safe with no tag. The first baseman realized I had not touched either bag and walked over to first base and smartly put his foot on the white bag and claimed an out. Well into right field, I walked back to first base and smartly claimed to be safe.
Was I out or safe and why?
Aug. 31, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick credibility?

I question CK's credibility and motivation. I see two conflicting ideas based on his statements and
1. He believes he is a number 1 NFL QB who also wants to punish the 49'ers for past treatment.
He wants a trade and opportunity to obtain and collect a big future NFL contract.

2. He is not sure about his NFL skills as number 1 QB but wants to insure collecting millions in the future through his personal brand eg. interviews, endorsements, books, movies, reality show, professional protestor, congressman etc. A plus would be to punish the 49er's.

I contrast him with NFL Hall of Fame, Running Back, Jim Brown,
who continues to push for improvements in racial relations without trying to personally benefit.
To me Jim Brown has credibility and is worth listening to.
Aug. 25, 2016
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Solution of underage teams

I have empathy for the 40's team that went to a tournament in Arizona and were forced to play a team with some 30 ish players. I play for an 80's team in NCSSA and most tournaments we are the only 80 team facing 75's and 70's and occasional 65 who all use the hot Senior bats.
SOLUTION for the Arizona Director is:
1. If team is trying to enter illegally, send them home, no invitation to play in the future and keep and divide their entry fee among legal teams.
2. If team declared they had some players under 40. enter them as exhibition, no awards to be allowed with one BIG provisor. Everyone on that team must use ASA bats, NOT Senior bats.

The same SAFETY concern among 40 to 35 is probably magnified for 80 to 70.

NO amount of run handicaps covers the safety concern.

Dec. 17, 2013
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

OK Lets try to make everyone happy with a new experiment for MAJOR PLUS teams playing other Major Plus teams.

Associations will poll Major Plus players for all rules except a maximum game time limit and a mandatory requirement that teams must pitch to their own team. If you hit your own pitcher, you are out end of inning. Also you chase your own balls.

That could cover bats, balls, home runs, courtesy runners, unlimited runs per inning, mercy rules, unlimited player eligibility, safety equipment, etc.

The rest of the divisions, Major, AAA, and AA will play with SSUSA adopted rules.

Any Major Plus team playing a Major division team will play by the Major division rules.

Oct. 8, 2013
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

State Roofing Systems 75's finished at Sunset Park in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 3.

6 of our players became sick on Thursday, and especially on Friday and Saturday with what appeared to be severe flu eg. vomiting , weakness, diarhyea, etc. One went to the doctor and extensive lab tests confirmed that it was an intestinal infection requiring antibiotics, NOT the flu. All sick drank the dugout water. 8 others on our team did not drink the water and were OK.

We are wondering if any one else playing at Sunset experienced anything feeling like the flu and also drinking the dugout water.

Thanks for any input

March 11, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Memories From Yesterdays Gone By

Bittersweet memories. Our eighth grade PE teacher enrolled us in a baseball league which played other schools on Sunday afternoons.

As some of you old timers might know, there were some parents back then who were quite religious and did not believe in such frivolities on Sunday. I was OK to practice on Saturday, made the team, but never played or went to a game on Sunday.

I always worked so never went out for sports in high school or college.
Played a little low league softball in my 40s.

Thrilled by Senior softball and won SSUSA national championships as 70 and 75. And yes I can now play on Sunday's as well as Saturday.


Aug. 31, 2012
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Ratings

I agree that individual rating of all players, i.e. utilizing the 5 tools would be almost impossible.
However one indicator correlates fairly well.

At what level have they played for the last two or three years?

Seems to me that if you played for the same team for 2 or 3 years running at a given level, i.e. Major Plus, Major, AAA, or AA, the teams have already determined that you are valuable to them at that level.

If you changed teams but still played at the same level, that would indicate that the new team
also thought you would be valuable to them.

Analysis of rosters and levels is not that difficult.
June 23, 2012
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is winning the most important thing?

Perspective from a 76 year old softball player. Winning maybe everything when you are young but age has a way of providing balance in both life and softball.

Any tournament you come home from is one to be treasured both for the playing experience and friendships. Of course you do your best to help the team win but losing doesn't make you a failure.

Enjoy it, meaning present rules, bats and balls, etc while you can, win or lose, because it will not last forever.
May 27, 2012
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Talking Trash

I can't believe this is a subject without an obvious answer.

This is almost like constantly griping about umpire calls, usually done by inferior or losing teams.

Do any of the new young guns talk trash today? They didn't 25 years ago when I was 50 nor do the older players today.

The most you might get is a quiet back handed compliment not heard by anyone else. I always took it as a sign of weakness by the talker.


Dec. 20, 2010
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

Played senior softball for 25 years. Now on 75 roster.
Designate up to 2 players before game who will require courtesy runner. Takes care of unique cases.
Also allow 1 additional courtesy runner per inning who is in starting lineup or will be sub.
requires some strategy in batting order planning or situation. Perfect for older teams, 70 plus or AAA /AA teams who usually won't bring rabbits only to a tournament.
If the young guys or Major Plus/Major want unlimited CR's and rabbits only to compete, then knock yourself out.
PS I declined to go to The World Championships with a 60's major team as a rabbit only. What a joke.

Feb. 22, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for questions that YOU would like answers to.

how many courtesy runners per game?
a. unlimited
b. none
c. one per inning
d .courtesy runner can only run once per game
e. only one per inning and courtesy runner can only run once per game
I prefer e as it allows for the truly hobbled(maybe injury)etc. but keeps a more balanced team with all skills important, not just slug hit and no run.
Dec. 27, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: poll:who would like

Perspective from a 70's Major player who is 5'6" and 140 lbs. I play a decent ss, 2nd and 3rd and run like the wind, a singles hitter with good average and on base per %, also courtesy runner several times a game. Do I like the Miken Ultra 2? Of course when I'm hitting because of the sweet spot and ability to hit where you want to. But forget about my defense when playing the power teams. My range isn't important anymore so the arm is not a factor. Can't run down a bullet when its already by you. Unless its a tight game, my base running speed doesn't mean much as the next guy can hit it over the fence. If there were no courtesy runners the importance of the pure power guy would be reduced, thats one way to increase the balanced game. After all in baseball, you are out of the game if someone runs for you. A start would be only one courtesy runner per inning and that runner only once per game.
My vote of course goes to the balanced game, not the HR derby.
May 11, 2008
Topic: General and miscellaneous

My basic principle is that the team comes first but the question is how best to manage. I bat leadoff for a sponsored 70's major team that has been in existance for 15 years. Here's what we do:
1. We have a non playing manager who makes game decisions.
2. We have a board of six players plus the manager who meet regularly and discuss and establish policy.i.e.
roster players, recomended tournaments to attend,
playing time for local shirt tournaments vrs championship tournaments, number to bat in local vrs championship, and personnel problems such as you described.
3. The team comes first, not any individual and is well represented by the team board.
4 We try hard to win but not at the expense of comarade or team chemistry which translates to FUN and SUCCESS.

Our solution would be for the team board to consider the problem and its history, make a decision and move on.
Hope this helps.
Dave State Roofing Systems 70's
Jan. 25, 2008
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: hitting the pitcher

Have played alot of ball over the years at many different levels and positions. What a GREAT GAME!
My take is:
Agree with Einstein. Hitting the pitcher should be an out and if intentional, automatic ejection. Should also apply for all age groups and skill levels.
The solution to Major plus teams having no one to play or National tournaments without parity is really quite simple. Northern Calif. ranks its 105 teams covering all age groups from 1 to 105 based on games won and lost and strength of opponent. The best team in Northern Calif, is of course a 50 major plus team and the worst is a 75 AA team. Major plus/major teams usually play down an age group, ie. 60 major plus plays 55 major or AAA and so on for all age groups. It takes a bit of thinking to rank the teams but it insures equal and plentiful competition. Actually SSUSA already seeds teams. What needs to change is the present concept of rigid age groups at the national level. Bring in some 40/45 teams for the 50 Major Plus teams to play. The rest of the teams and age groups will fall into ranking quite easily.
Aug. 25, 2004
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball credibility at Fresno

The 65 divison at Fresno was advertised on the web site and at the park as 8 teams playing round robin with upper 4 teams in Gold div. and lower 4 teams in Silver Div, playing double elimination.
The upper 4 teams were Fairway Ford and Seals, both 4 and 0 and Brea Merchants and So Cal Panthers 2 and 2. The lower 4 teams were all 1 and 3.
Just before the start of the Gold and Silver brackets, Senior Softball officals changed the format after complaints by Brea Merchants and So. Cal Panthers who didn't want to play Fairway or the Seals. As a result of the change the Gold bracket was just Fairway and the Seals and 6 teams in the Silver bracket. Brea Merchants ended up playing So. Cal Panthers for the Silver bracket championship
The lower 4 teams got screwed.
Forget Las Vegas Championship?
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