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, Oct. 10, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

The blue flame is awesome- we did make one modification. We have put a small spacer under the front two stakes lifting the front a bit to provide a true arc. Previous to doing this the pitch was great to hit, but flatter than we normally see in a tourney (at least ours was). This small 1" pvc spacer really helped out a bunch.

A friend just found one at his local walmart and paid under $25 for the blue flame pitching machine, which is unreal ($179 usually). It was on clearance for some reason. I am not saying you will be as lucky as he was, but if you happen to be in a local walmart, it wouldn't hurt to go check the sporting goods section... you might have a pleasant surprise waiting for you.
, Oct. 10, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock.

Are we contractually obligated to use the Stote for all tourneys outside of Vegas? It's been mentioned time and time again that in high heat and humidity that ball is a bowl of oatmeal. It absolutely does not hold up in the heat. I am not advocating for the rock or any other ball, but am I the only one who sees that the stote ball is no fun to hit when it's really hot? Is it something that is evaluated often? There are other balls (Baden fire, Dudley, many others). Does SSUSA look at them? I am sure there is a great answer- apologize if I previously missed it.
, Oct. 10, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Huntsman Schedule

Just an update on Quick Scores-- Huntsman is currently playing their seed games for 60-65 bracket teams. They all played their first two seed games last night and scores have already been posted online for those games. They get posted almost immediately after the games are completed and can easily be checked.


, Oct. 9, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock.

The rock is by far the hottest ball as people have mentioned. Ball comes off the bat faster and guys can hit it easily 10-15 feet further. I personally feel the potential for injury is higher because of this, but I love hitting that ball so I will never complain when I see a tourney use them (especially the local SoCal Tourneys as mentioned above). The normal stote ball gets so mushy in hot weather it's like hitting a marshmallow during the dog days of summer. Local players call the Rock the "Viagra" ball because it enhances performance. If you want to feel like a major league player, hit a bag of rocks during BP.

, Oct. 4, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: WHY DID YOU ALL PUT THE WOMEN TEAMS AT HOLLYWOOD PARK?

I want to clarify a bit my comments a bit since bits and pieces have been used to make a point I don't totally agree with.

1) Hollywood is a good park after the recent changes. Bathrooms are on premise, clean, and very convenient. Fields have been upgraded.
2) It was not good that the cash box was stolen. It was done by a couple of high school kids who get out of school and walk through the park. Keep your valuables close to you, especially when school lets out and the parade of students walk through and you will have no issues
3) At no point did I feel unsafe there personally. Hollywood is in a considerably safer area than Lorenzi, BLD, and others in my opinion (I live in LV)
4) Every one of these parks have issues with things taken from cars. Just be smart and you won't have issues.

I was trying to make a positive comment about how Hollywood has improved and no longer is the joke venue of the tournament, but adding the cash box comment distracted some folks. If personal safety is an issue, Hollywood is just fine and much better than other locations. If you are just bummed you didn't get to play at BLD, no one can help you.
, Oct. 4, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: DAVE & BENJI4 READ WHAT OTHER WOMEN TEAMS THINK ABOUT THIS PARK.

I was the original poster of the cash box theft comment. This is fact did happen at Hollywood (spring worlds this year), but ultimately it was just a couple of High School punks who just got out of school nearby that thought they could get away with it. A couple senior players chased one of them down and he was taken away in a patrol car. It was nothing that would have made me feel unsafe personally and it happened in the middle of the day when the kids just got out of school.

The hollywood park neighborhood is not really a problem. In fact, I live here in Vegas and it's a much better neighborhood than BLD, Lorenzi and others. I would feel much safer at Hollywood and shadow rock than many other places seniors play. The advice about locking your car and leaving valuables out of site is good advice for any of the parks because it can happen anywhere you play.

I have seen so many comments over the years about field conditions and people upset they don't get to play at BLD, etc. The truth is all the fields have improved. Shadow rock is looking better, Hollywood has a new look (way better than before), and all are playable. This sounds like past comments (men and women) who feel slighted they are not scheduled to play at BLD or haven't played there in a while, but then again I am not a woman and not familiar with all of their concerns and challenges feeling safe.

Let's be happy we can be a part of such a great tourney no matter where we are assigned to play.
, Oct. 3, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: WHY DID YOU ALL PUT THE WOMEN TEAMS AT HOLLYWOOD PARK?

Dave is right about Hollywood-- I saw in spring that we got assigned to play out there and was really bummed. I remember what a dump that place used to be. I would still much rather play at BLD, Lorenzi, AG, but I was happily surprised with the facelift the city gave those fields. Huge improvement over past experiences. The restroom was a huge improvement-- previously you had to walk down to the rec center.

The only bummer was when a couple kids stole the money lock box and ran away with the concessions earnings. Not good. Also, there were break ins down in the parking lot, so lock everything. Also, you are not close to many restaurants or convenience stores, so bring plenty to eat/drink.
, Sept. 29, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Huntsman Schedule

I just read on another post that DaveDowell is speaking with Quickscores and the conversations have been productive. Kudo's for exploring this. I am 100% sure we don't understand the complexities involved, but I am also sure everyone would be so happy if something got worked out eventually for this type of schedule/results posting.

Thanks again Dave for attempts made to get this worked out.
, Sept. 29, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Glove Re Lacing

"Stone Cold" the best glove man in FL!
, Sept. 29, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Huntsman Schedule

I have a few friends that play in Saint George and they use Quick Scores for all of their city leagues and tournaments (as do many other associations/cities etc). The schedules look clean, they are easily updated (scores can be posted same day without too much effort), and accessible with a computer or phone without difficulty.

I have posted on this topic before and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but it's really, really nice to see scores of tournaments posted in something like this almost real time. I am in Vegas, but often miss SSUSA tournaments due to work in Phoenix or California. I would love the ability to go online and see how my friends teams are doing at the end of the day or next day. This is not hard to do.

With that said, I have no idea the cost of this service/application. Quick Scores has been around a while and I know the people running SSUSA are smart people so they probably have reasons why they haven't adopted something like this. It would just be a huge improvement and make a lot of players really happy to see scores posted quicker and not hand-written scribbles that are barely legible (not all of the time, but often times). If SSUSA management is being honest with themselves, they know this is a huge miss and something that would make many players happy.
, Sept. 26, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Huntsman 50-- Looking to help out

I posted a while back but thought I would jump back in since I didn't get a response and Huntsman tourney is quickly approaching. I am a good player already playing on a 55 team and looking to possibly help out any 50 team short on players. If you need a player because someone got hurt or decided last minute not to go, let me know and let's talk. You could do way worse than me!
, Sept. 18, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

I have both a blue flame and a wheeler dealer. The wheeler dealer is great when I hit alone. It does not require anyone to be with me and it's better than a pop toss because it allows you to queue up around 10 softballs. It is a soft toss machine, so it's not like a true pitch, so be aware of that. I have a small platform I built to put it on so the pitches are higher. I didn't like using it without a platform that I built because it does not kick the ball up high enough for me (I am 6'6"). The wheeler Dealer requires charging, but it holds the charge very well and is good for multiple sessions on a single charge.

The blue flame is awesome for batting practice with someone. We have the blue flame dialed in where it throws a perfect strike. It has to be operated by someone, but requires no electricity and there typically are no balls behind the plate after each person hits like you would get when someone else is pitching. Perfect strike every time.

I don't like using the wheeler dealer closer to a tournament. Because it's a soft toss machine, it messes a bit with timing for me. Others might have a different feeling. Both are great, but for different purposes. Both are cumbersome to lug around-- that's about the only negative I see with both.
, Sept. 18, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Brackets

Hats off to the scheduling.... I am very happy we see two teams we have never played before in the seed games. I get so tired of playing the sames teams over and over again in both regional SSUSA tourneys and in local tourneys. I am very glad it's a priority to play people in the seed games from different regions of the country.

I see a lot of comments about things people don't like on other posts, but I think it's important to highlight the good too. The schedules look great!
, Aug. 30, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to Help 50 Huntsman Team

I am playing 55 with a team, but possibly available to help a 50 team, if needed, at the Huntsman Senior Games tournament in October. My priority will be to play with the 55 team, but if your 50 team needs someone and the schedules do not conflict, please contact me. I pitch and play 1B, C.
, Aug. 10, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Results

I do not play in any ISSA tournaments, but looking at their site you can quickly see they use Quick Scores to get the results and publish schedules/brackets for their site. My local City rec league also use this same third party site/service and it is efficient and easy-to-navigate. What we don't see is the cost to implement something like this for our tournaments. Would individuals be willing to pay slightly more for the convenience of having almost instant scoring at all tournaments? I for one would be good with that, but maybe I stand alone here.


, Aug. 9, 2017
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POSTING ALL SCORES IN 2017

I would love it if there was a way to get scores posted during the tournament. I am not able to attend every tourney, but would love to check scores at the end of the day or next day to follow the action to see which of my friends teams are doing well. It seems in this day and age this would not be overly difficult to do. Things seem to be quite antiquated the way they are done now on the site.

I know this is an extreme example because a lot was going on, but it took almost a month from when the 50's played to get scores posted for the SoCal Championships, which was a TOC qualifier tournament. Surely we can do better than that.

I know the folks in Sacramento have a lot on their plate. I enjoy the tournaments and for the most part ALL things are run extremely well, in my opinion. It would be great if someone looked into some way to post scores as fast as possible. This isn't a super big deal, but would really be a "nice to have" thing.
, Aug. 7, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

That's actually my point. No one would admit they are shaving their bat, but I am surprised how open some people talk about having their bats rolled. Rolled bats are just as illegal as shaved bats. Both are clearly happening, but I am just shocked how freely people talk about rolling their bats.
, Aug. 7, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

I have not run into Senior players who shave their bats knowingly, but I don't doubt that it's happening. I have heard multiple conversations around people who have rolled their bats to speed up the break in period. These people do not feel like they are cheating or that there is anything wrong with rolling their bats to open them up. I have seen this many times on the site-- any process other than hitting a ball to break in a bat (including hitting a bat against a tree, which I too have seen many times) is considered altering the bat and is illegal. In short, rolling bats is illegal. If you are hitting a bat that was rolled, you are cheating. These bats are hot enough out of the wrapper. It's not worth it to cut corners in an attempt to save time. People can get seriously hurt.
, July 19, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC SoCal Championships

No worries Dave-- I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something! I appreciate the fast response.
, July 19, 2017
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC SoCal Championships

I apologize if I have missed it, but I can't seem to find where the results have been posted. I know how our team did obviously, but was curious about other divisions/age groups to see how some of my friends finished up. Usually I see the results on the tourney main page, but I see nothing right now. Thanks for any help!
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