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, Oct. 7, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Help, please

Ozone, I would suggest you contact Frank or Patty Daniels. Each year they conduct a SS-USA National Qualifier and they serve as the Hawaii reps. Phone: (808) 668-9865. Downs, Seattle.
, Sept. 18, 2004
Downs
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Time to play with the big boys

Dwight, if you'll give me a call at home (253) 839-4055, I'll give you some contact info based on the level you wish to play and your ability to travel. Also, info on the 25 team senior league we all play in locally. Jim D. Emerald City - 65's
, Aug. 24, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: $$$$

Walk: I sincerely believe we seniors have lots of problems. I see Stoneman misintrepreted the suggestion of having the LVSSA contact the SS-USA & ISA's UIC for out-of-state umpires. He took the ball, but headed for the wrong end-zone. He contacted his ISA friends in NV.
As for the adversity caused by a team disregarding the classification, well it is nothing new. You clearly understand the "Golden Rule". It clearly defines that: "He who has the Gold, Rules". I believe it has always been that way historically.
It was this same situation that we blame for the death of Men's Fastpitch. Downward mobility and when classified upward, then breaking a team for one year and putting it back together as the same team the following year. It was totally legal. When there is a loop-hole, someone will put their finger in it. Downs
, Aug. 21, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: $$$$

Stoneman & Walk: it is too bad that we, as concerned senior softball players, must resort to such actions in order to maintain the integrity of softball. However, LVSSA is a victim of the proverbial "Tail wagging the Dog". Last year we played the LVSSA Masters (Emerald City Masters - 65's) and came back to the N/W feeling it was a quality run organization because their Officers "asked" the teams what they wanted in the way of enforcement "before" the tournament began. In essence, they listened to the players. It is a shame to hear they lost control to "power hungry umpires". We wish you the very best in your 2004 Nationals. If it stays the direction it is headed, you can count us out!!!!! Keep up the good fight, Walk. We need people like you to maintain a public voice. Downs - Seattle.
, Aug. 21, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: $$$$

batter4u: as LVSSA is now a recognized member of the Summit, I would recommend your organization consider contacting Jim Sherman, SS-USA and ISA's UIC. He has a damn good umpire's association and they do travel. They will also be in Las Vegas immediately prior to the LVSSA Master's as they will be there for the SS-USA World in the end of Sept.
(Sherman's phone number is (253) 630-8924 and email is jsherman911@attbi.com). They prove to be better than ASA umps for the Senior Divisions. Dr. Jim Downs, Seattle ECM-65.
, Aug. 7, 2004
Downs
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: out or safe

Hoop, I served 10 years as the NCAA's UIC for the Women's College World Series in Fastpitch. Your question is a very simple one. First, your situation was a force out. The out is called if the defensive player has possession of the ball and makes contact with the base "before" the runner touches the base. The issue you are addressing is the common "tag play" which specifies the runner must be touched with the ball or glove holding the ball. Hope this helps clarify the issue. Downs-Seattle
, July 30, 2004
Downs
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ultra II League

Hey guys, we have a 25 team league here in the Seattle area that is made up of teams from 55 to 80 years of age. The players voted to permit any official softball bat, with the exception of the Ultra 1 and Titanium. So far no one has been killed here either. We play a double-header each Wed and if there is a make-up it can be on Monday. Game times are normally 10 & 11:30 am., using 13 fields. We welcome all teams and/or players that can meet the age requirement, so if you can afford the gas to drive each week, we welcome you;. Downs
, July 29, 2004
Downs
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "Freak" broke

Mitch & Bruce: don't know why, but I personally cracked two Ultra II's in a three week period. Odd thing is they both cracked at the joint between the handle and the barrel. One was new and when I sent a note with the returned bat, I got NO response, just a new return bat with the warranty "W" stamped in the barrel cap. There were no marks or hits near either handle. I am not a home run hitter in the 65's. Oh well! Downs-Seattle
, April 26, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Washington "Serious" Senior Softball

Doug: not sure how long you have been in WA., but around Seattle there is plenty of Senior Softball. If you are interested, there is a 25 team league that is looking for players. They play during the mornings & early afternoons. One of W.E. Ruth's Champion Team players is from your area and drives down to play. If you know Dale McLaughlin. Or, if you are interested, call Harlen Ward 253 833-9210. This is the Puget Sound Senior Softball Assn. and the league starts May 3rd. Minimum age, 55 yrs.
I know what you mean, I'm 67 & I play about 150 games per year with our travel team, Emerald City Masters 65's. Then pitch three fastpitch leagues with the 20-30 year olds, and play three Senior Leagues. Plus fill-in for teams on weekends we don't travel. Do it while you can. Jim 253 839-4055

, March 13, 2004
Downs
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Need a 29oz Rockettech

Chris: Jim Downs, Seattle, Emerald City -65's.
Send me a personal email, downsjba@msn.com and maybe I can give you some assistance.
, March 13, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mobile Rings?

Bob, Jim Downs, Emerald City -65's. We received our 2003 World Champ. rings in late Feb. and our 2003 National rings in early March. (Note: the National rings were men's extra-large style and the World was the men's small ring style. Seems like it should have been the other way around. We were given no choice on the styles. ALSO, suprise, the World's does NOT have a year marked anywhere on it. The National has a large 2003.) I called Josten's and again no response from Bob Sebring. The guy does not ever follow-up
, March 1, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior participation

JW: Downs from Seattle. I goofed and sent you a reply but I placed the reply in a new item agenda. Please note as it was listed under "senior participation" and the answer you were looking for seems to be 1.5 million.
, March 1, 2004
Downs
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: lvssa

Response to tvp, lvssa Feb. 8th:
tvp: sorry I failed to notice your question regarding EP's from Tacmoa, WA. I have been in Senior Softball 5 years and I live between Seattle & Tacoma and never heard of them. I don't think there ever was a EP's.
Seals, huh? Easy on us Emerald City - 65's this year, OK? Jim -catcher.
, Feb. 28, 2004
Downs
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Senior Participation

Response to JW. In a recent article published in the Senior Softball News, it was indicated that in 2003 there were 1.5 million men and women over the age of 50 playing senior softball in the US & Canada. Hope that helps.
, Feb. 5, 2004
Downs
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: lvssa

tvp: LVSSA for 65's. Downs, ECM-65's, Seattle. I have had a number of contacts with both organizations. No, they have not resolved their differences, however, here are the 65's specific dates: SSWC Sept. 26-29 and LVSSA Oct. 4-6. NOW, the other adverse impact for 65's is Huntsman, Oct 4-7. Hope this answers your concerns.
, Jan. 31, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mobile rings

cpope: Jim Downs, Seattle (ECM-65's) I had a number of contacts with Donelle in CA. Friday she indicated our Mobile rings were now scheduled to be shipped Feb. 16th. The sales person you need to contact is at that same CA phone number: Bob Sebring.
I can't speak for shipment of your rings, just what I was told about ours. Good luck. Jim
, Jan. 25, 2004
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SUN CITY TOURNAMENT

Bermuda Punch: I'm Dr. Jim Downs, Seattle. Here's your info: Bud Herren (Greyhawkkid@AOL.com) 623 933-7572 9704 Augusta Dr. Sun City, AZ 85351. There tourn is March 4-7 depending on your age Div. We are 65 and don't start until the 5th thru 7. Then if you are interested, there is a 2nd tourn. March 9-11 in Mesa, AZ. Dir. Ken Nelson 480 641-8167. knkproshop2@webtv.net
Good luck and hope to see you there.
, Nov. 30, 2003
Downs
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Nationals at Fort Myers

Paul, we are in agreement with your assessment of the Ft. Myers Winter Nationals. To travel that far and then learn upon your arrival that there was to be a "single elimination" championship is a rather discouraging joke. That's our last time to travel to "any" tournament prior to being assured of at least a double elimination championship bracketing. They failed to let the teams know this in advance, so that's the last time for us. As far as we are concerned, they can eliminate the seeding competition and implement a blind draw and double elimination.
, Nov. 14, 2003
Downs
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RING COMPANY AT MOBILE

Roaddog. Call Denelle @ Jostens 1 916 408-2295. I just talked to her earlier today in regards to our order. Good luck, Jim Downs, Seattle .
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