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July 1, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Restarting with Pandemic Measures

We started up Monday of this week. We are doing our best to stay apart, no one's perfect. The catcher is wearing a mask, a social gesture at best, umpire is wearing one, it improves his looks! Some bat sharing, some hand sanitizing, haven't noticed if the balls going foul are being treated upon reentry. We wave or tip the hat at the end of a game Most of the guys are either fist bumping some with gloves on or bumping elbows with teammates to compliment good plays or good hits.. Everyone is bringing their own hydration source. (If you bring bottled water put your name on it or keep it in your bag to avoid confusion) The usual porta-johns are not in place but the building restrooms are open. The women are bringing sanitizer into the building with them and the guys are hitting the trees. Admittedly, it's not as bad as I envisioned, are we strictly adhering to all the rules, no but we are trying. We all go to our sponsors pub for lunch after the game and they open up early for us so spacing out in the room is no problem but we do get close from time to time. Hope this helps. Bottom line, enjoy the game and don't dwell on the negative and you'll still have some fun.
July 1, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here we go again? Another shutdown coming?

Oh I read it alright, I'm just not wired with a PC censor that automatically sounds the SJW 'I'm offended' alarm.
June 30, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here we go again? Another shutdown coming?

Not my words. Perhaps I should have changed the authors wording of what I copied and pasted so as not offend the delicate sensibilities of the PC & speech police crowd. What I posted was for the information of the readers of this board as to what may be coming. I don't view everything through a PC/speech police prism. My apologies to all the citizens of Wuhan that read this forum board that I may have offended.
June 30, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here we go again? Another shutdown coming?

No, we have Covid19 now, This one is a different virus called G4 EA H1N1. According to Forbes, NYT, Newsweek and a litany of BBC and other publications, this is a different virus. Google G4 EA H1N1.
June 29, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Here we go again? Another shutdown coming?

As the world continues to deal with the Wuhan coronavirus, researchers are warning about another strain of the flu that has the potential to turn into a pandemic. Pigs are the source of the strain but have the potential to be transmitted to humans, the BBC reported. Because of how new the strain is, the chances of humans having immunity to it is little to none.

This new strain of the flu, called G4 EA H1N1, is said to be similar to the swine flu, which came from China in 2009. The humans that are being infected with the new strain, as of now, work in China's pig industry.
June 19, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Which bat to buy?

I still compare every bat I swing to the MIKEN line of bats. I believe the MIKEN bats are the only ones still made in the US and NOT in China. Personally at this time, since China has basically ruined our summer with their virus, why support them by buying their products when American produced products of the same or better quality (MIKEN) are available.....
June 17, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fountain Hills Tournament

That is fantastic but not unexpected. I suspect the rest of the tournaments we are 'allowed' to play will have similar results. Eyes on the prize fellas! Soon we may be able to just play without all the hoops we have to jump through. Dare to dream!
June 16, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS SYRACUSE, NY

DEJ13-Not sure if I agree with you. As much as the whole mask thing I consider folly, if they are requiring it, well bats and gloves are required to play and we do provide our own. BUT at 10 bucks a crack for a logo mask I can't help but feel there is some gouging going on here. Cotton masks at best filter at 69%. Thin ones, I don't know about the effectiveness. I wonder if SSUSA isn't legally stepping in it a little by putting their logo on these or will they come with an effectiveness disclaimer?
June 16, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS SYRACUSE, NY

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June 15, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fountain Hills Tournament

Just curious..."On average, symptoms showed up in the newly infected person about 5 days after contact. Rarely, symptoms appeared as soon as 2 days after exposure. Most people with symptoms had them by day 12 ..."

Well I guess it later enough, anyone report any serious issues?


June 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Catchers will wear a mask

“Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with SYMPTOMATIC Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal.

Okay, half inning or not, game time is still 90 minutes. I guess between being on defense and offense the catcher can remove the mask, oops! Not so fast, don't touch your face. On/off with the mask through the course of a game involves at least 13 (egad, it would have to be 13) face touchings! 13 times touching your face and then handling the newly sanitized softball and infecting your pitcher and fielders, not to mention the coaches or spectators who retrieve and toss in foul balls. Then setting the mask somewhere when it's your turn to hit, oops, now you've infected the bench or fence. Well of course you could just pull it down around your neck and soak it with sweat rendering it useless and dangerous!! Sounds ridiculous? You bet. Just as this post was intended to be absurd, sometimes you need to be absurd to illustrate absurdity. It is indeed everyone's own decision whether or not to play, a decision I've yet had to deal with so far.
June 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Catchers will wear a mask

If six feet is a safe distance then why do we have to wear a mask and if masks do the trick why do we have to stand 6 feet away?
June 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Catchers will wear a mask

No one should be shamed for wearing a mask and no one should be shamed for not wearing one. It should be a personal choice. Some in our pick-up games have one, most don’t, no one remarks either way. Did you know that the CDC says the disease “spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period”? It takes close contact with an infected person for several minutes to get infected yourself, a take agreed-upon by none other than the New England Journal of Medicine, which covered both sides in the debate over the use of universal masking in hospitals early on in the pandemic: “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection,” the article reads. “Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with SYMPTOMATIC Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic. I would be remiss not to mention the strong case made by Dr. Russell Blaylock in his article for Technocracy, contending that mask-wearing is not only useless but possibly even dangerous over the long-haul. It’s worth a read, even if you’re skeptical. Just from a common-sense perspective it definitely doesn’t seem wise to breathe one’s own breath for long periods of time. Our overlords told us this virus would kill, at the very least, one to two percent of those it infected. Some predictions even approached five. In reality, the rate is well under half of one percent and declining rapidly as antibody test reveal the extent of the original infection. Do the scientific studies that support mask wearing point out the fact that the things are, by everyone’s admission, Petri Dishes?
June 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior Worlds Columbus Indiana

ISA hosts a great tournament there. We had a torrential downpour one year there leaving various parts of the infield under standing water. Honest to God we were resuming play in 45 minutes on dry fields, unbelievably well draining fields and a very nice complex and great grounds and crew. As an added bonus we stayed at a local hotel that featured an all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet on Saturday night! :-)
June 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Catchers will wear a mask

I believe I was the only poster on this thread who mentioned hearing about this whole mask thing from my dentist I gather Dbax was referencing me in his snarky little post. I could list ad nauseum the counter arguments to the whole wear a mask argument. But I will suffice in saying when snarky references are made and the poster lacks the spine to spell it out who he or she is referring to that speaks volumes of their character. As a sidebar, my dentist whom I grew up with, has been more correct in his assessments then the so called 'experts' who at the onset predicted 2.5 million US deaths. We now stand at over 100k deaths.
June 11, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Catchers will wear a mask

• It will be mandatory for catchers to wear a covering over their nose and mouth.

Playing devil's advocate: If a catcher has a chronic breathing/respiratory condition and cannot wear a mask, will a doctors note release them from wearing a mask? Also seems a plastic face shield would fog up and require constant wiping/cleaning. What constitutes an acceptable 'mask'? I mean a catcher could pull his shirt up over his nose and mouth, is that okay? Are these decisions made by the field umpire on a case by case basis?


• Until the pandemic subsides, we will change our player check-in to minimize groups and contact.
What constitutes 'subsides', the numbers are already going down.
June 11, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What would've the call been?

Had our Wednesday pick up game yesterday. I sat that one out and decided to umpire for the boys. Now there was a situation but since no one appealed and it was 'just' a pick up game no call was made. SITUATION: Bases were loaded, 1 out, run #5 was on third. Batter hits single to left run scores but runner from 1st doesn't touch second and goes to dugout. What's the call playing in a 5 run maximum game and does that call change at all playing under 'catch up and go up by 5 runs' game rules?
June 7, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Recommended BP Softballs SR League

Give Alan Tanner at Team 1 Sports a call at 561-718-7504. He has good prices and free shipping on large orders. If he doesn't have what you need he can steer you in the right direction.
June 5, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball in WSJ

IF and when we come back.....
June 5, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SoCal Championships

Michigan Gov Gestapo Gretchen has graciously 'allowed' dentist and family doctors to go back to work. I had a dental appointment yesterday. My dentist told me that 'if you are under 80 years old and you get the virus your chances of recovery are 99.99%. There is increased testing now accounting for more positives and the way that 'causes of death' are being recorded is resulting in inflated deaths attributed to the virus. Basically, if a piano falls on you from a 40th floor skyscraper but the virus is present in your system then THAT is recorded as the cause of death.
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