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Feb. 17, 2015
Maint11
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Gentlemen: these are all great comments. Obviously there are a lot of different opinions out there. I don't envy the SSUSA staff who have to make all the tough decisions and try to keep everybody happy....good luck with that one.

But anyway, could some of you who have been around for a while in Senior Softball, please comment on the suggestion about the Equalizer Rule (after a certain number of homeruns), that was suggested in the original post. Maybe it has been tried before, I don't know. I'm sure that there are both positives and negatives with this idea, but I don't know what the negatives are. How would a team be hurt by this rule, especially if there is no limit to the number of homeruns that can be hit by either team. It forces both teams to be good in ALL ASPECTS of softball, rathing than making it a homerun derby. Not having played Major-plus before, I'm not sure if that is the case or not (homerun derby), but that's the general comment I consistently hear.

That being said, we'll play, whatever the rules are...no problem. Like someone said earlier,we're all blessed just to be able to still play competitive softball at this age...!!



Feb. 13, 2015
Maint11
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

I believe most players would agree that not a lot of teams want to play in the Major-plus division. The two main reasons are: (1) their team doesn’t have enough homerun hitters to compete at that level, and/or (2) there are not enough teams, and you get tired of playing the same 1 or 2 teams in every tournament.

I think SSUSA should go to the equalizer rule for the Major-plus division. That would make teams that aren’t loaded with power hitters (yet who are sent to the Major-plus division because they won the World Championship at the major division), the ability to be competitive at that level.

It seems to me that if you had an equalizer rule that says that there is No Homerun Limit, and a team can hit as many homeruns as they are able….9, 10, even 15, as long as they do not go up more than 2 homeruns; or 3 homeruns on the other team. That way, if both teams are power hitting teams, both teams can keep hitting homeruns….but if one team is a power team, and the other is not because they are built around solid defense and great hitting rather than homerun hitting, both teams can still compete. The way it is now, only the homerun hitting teams can compete at Major-plus. Right now, if a team gets moved to Major-plus, that team has to either take a beating for 3 or 4 tournaments and then get moved back down to major (what’s the point in that) or, they have to start changing their roster and try to recruit a bunch of homerun hitters. Some teams don’t what to change their roster…they like the players they already have…players they’ve been playing with for years. A lot of teams just decide to disband.

Again, the number of major-plus teams is ridiculously small and because of that, few teams want to play at that level. I just think the equalizer rule would make more teams willing to play major-plus….and it still works for the homerun hitting teams, cause they would have unlimited homeruns instead of the current 9 homeruns…a win-win for everybody. With more teams at major-plus, it would be a much better and more competitive division to play in rather than "Purgatory". I know a rule change like this, if it were to happen at all, takes years to get done, but it's worth considering...either some rule like this, or complete elimination of the major-plus division and combine major and major-plus, as one division.

Just wondering…what do others think?

D. Watson MBA ELITE 60
Oct. 31, 2014
Maint11
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Nor Cal team, new to 60 Major-plus, looking for 3rd baseman; middle infielder

Our team just won the Triple Grand Slam (60 Major) and are moving to 60 major-plus. We are looking for 2 additional players; 1 3rd baseman and 1 middle infielder; ability to hit for power is a plus. We play Nor Cal Tournaments (NCSSA) as well as SSUSA. If interested, email me at djw4954@yahoo.com.
Jan. 24, 2014
Maint11
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 55 Major Team in Northern California looking for a Pitcher for 2014

Vinny LV: E-mail me at dwatson916@comcast.net. By the way, George Robinson says he know ya.
Jan. 22, 2014
Maint11
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 55 Major Team in Northern California looking for a Pitcher for 2014

Vinny LV: I assume you are turning 55 in 2014? If so, give Glen Ingram a call at 916-519-2886. We're adding another player or two from Nevada. Glenn and Armando (phone number above) are managing the team so they're the one you need to talk to. Thanks
Dec. 27, 2013
Maint11
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 55 Major Team in Northern California looking for a Pitcher for 2014

MBA ELITE 55 (Major) is looking for a pitcher for the 2014 season. We have one pitcher already, looking for a second pitcher. Looking for someone who can throw strikes and defend the middle...if you can play another position in addition to pitcher, that would be a plus. In addition to several NCSSA (Nor Cal)tournaments, we will be playing in several SSUSA tournaments including SW Championships (Vegas); Rockn Reno; NW Championships (Portland,OR); Cal Cup (Hemet, CA); Western Nationals and World Masters (Vegas) so you gotta be able to travel.

If you are interested in joining a good team with a classy bunch of guys, contact either Armando Hidalgo at (916) 591-1140 or Glenn Ingram at (916) 519-2886.
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