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Oct. 30, 2023
mck71
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: If you need a player at Orlando Winter World Nov 3-5

Wayne, this is an ISSA event so you will need to leave your state as any teams picking you up must be a border state. Good luck!
Oct. 29, 2023
mck71
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft Meyers qualifier

Welcome scooter. I would say session 1 (65 and over) early this week and session 2 shortly thereafter. Usually published here a week before the tourney in the red section at top of message board (where you see field assignments). Good luck!
Oct. 22, 2023
mck71
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2023 Worlds

Click on TOURNAMENTS heading at top
Scroll down to Tournament archive:
Select 2023
Scroll down to WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Click on that and when it opens, in the middle section are RESULTS
Oct. 18, 2023
mck71
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ohio looking

No George, at least in the 10 yrs I have been playing they don't rate players, they rate teams.

I always tell players asking that the best thing to do if you have any questions about Ratings is call the Home Office on West Coast time. Good luck!
Oct. 17, 2023
mck71
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Worlds and 2024

Men's 60+ AA:
1. Road Warriors (AZ) - TOC Berth
Oct. 11, 2023
mck71
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats allowed

Gio - Welcome! Wanted to make sure I read your question correctly. If you are asking once you have a senior card can you use senior bats in USSSA or WSL, then YES if it is a senior tourney (they do have some senior tourneys in those assoc.), NO if it is not a senior tourney (open age tourney). Hope this helps.
Sept. 29, 2023
mck71
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

IDK3B - I don't think that is why. Sure the pitcher tries to release from a lower position because it's 3 feet from release but most pitchers still release at least from their knee or higher. They have to throw from 50 in Conference, can go back up to 6 ft in Non-Conference. I have watched a LOT of Conference and almost none of them run up, they are all positioned in the front of the box with that back foot middle to front of the plate and simply stride forward. I have see WAY more guys run up in my 10 yrs of senior ball. The rule as written is fine honestly, but the batter box dimension doesn't take into account the plate being a strike hence the conversation. Trying to find a "unified" solution makes the most sense to me but if the rule didn't change I would still play! :-)
Sept. 29, 2023
mck71
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ohio looking

seniorball - pay attn to the Ratings as finishing 3rd in Vegas with 51 team will most def get you moved to Major. They do it by team so if you were there and were on the roster, you will get moved up as well. You can still play AAA but you would count as 1 of the 3 out of Rating players allowed. And that will travel with you to 60 next year as well but I would wait until end of Oct when they finally post move ups and call Home Office if you have any questions, better to know while you are looking. Good luck!
Sept. 25, 2023
mck71
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter out of the box

And that is why Vinny I personally like what was proposed by wbaum (OP), make the rule simple and it travels to ANY field. Simply, a batter can not make contact with a ball with BOTH feet in front of the mat/plate, if they do they are out. So basically as an umpire, I am looking to make sure one foot is behind the front of the mat when making contact and I could care less if there is a box or not or even if is it the correct dimensions, right? We are old guys, making things simpler is always better (IMHO). Sounds like Full Count already submitted the proposed rule change in email as suggested, should be an interesting discussion.

Of course, someone will say, "what happens to the player standing 4 feet away from the plate?" Great question, but I would probably just throw him and outside short pitch and see what happens! :-)
Sept. 21, 2023
mck71
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: results from session 1.

Great job, thx Steph!
Sept. 21, 2023
mck71
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: results from session 1.

have you tried looking on the Tournaments page? Top 4 results listed on the bottom left, recaps of finals in pdf at the top of the page.
Sept. 21, 2023
mck71
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 75 Major Plus update

Congrats Bruce. Got to meet Ed in Utah last year, played against him, great guy and you guys have a great team. Maybe I will see you at the Sr Camp this year if you are going. Be well my friend, Mike
Sept. 19, 2023
mck71
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 49 turning 50 Next Year

Any tourney where they use 2024 rosters Rob. SSUSA has a few, Ft Meyers and Phoenix (Winter Worlds) and believe there is a Senior Fall Classic in MD in mid Oct. ISSA has 3, Va Beach, Myrtle Beach and Sanford, FL
Sept. 19, 2023
mck71
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 75 Major Plus update

Congrats Bruce and good luck the rest of the way!
Sept. 12, 2023
mck71
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tie Breaker Rule

John - While I agree the rules SHOULD be the same throughout, I would say LOGICALLY this is a fair way to break a tie because if you have 4 teams, 1 can be stronger and go 2 - 0, the other team is weaker and goes 0 - 2, how is it fair that the team that had to play the stronger team and give up more runs get penalized when they beat the the "equal" team head to head? I am not saying anything other than this SEEMS like the logical way a tiebreaker SHOULD work but again, usually doesn't. I have no dog in this fight, but if I was the team that got beat and was the 3rd seed instead of the 2nd seed I would honestly be ok with it but that is me.
Sept. 8, 2023
mck71
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What do 12 and 6 foot arcs really look like?

Excellent video Bruce. When I get questioned (usually on higher pitches) I would look for a field rake, they are usually 6 ft, and then I simply walk out in between home and pitchers plate and place the rake on top of my head (I am a little under 6ft) so that then gives questioning players a decent point of reference.

My guidance to anyone who asks is find a spot high and low and stay consistent, 1st inning through 7th inning. Mistakes will be made but try to be consistent is what most players are looking for in an umpire (and a little hustle when necessary :-)
Sept. 7, 2023
mck71
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Definition of "moderate speed" of a pitch

Bill, I agree with BJ. As an umpire AND a pitcher, it's not easy to do. I have seen (and have thrown) these "fastballs" which if the batter doesn't swing would probably hit the umpire if my catcher didn't get in the way! I will add that I know it's a ball, the umpire knows it's a ball but I am HOPING the batter doesn't? LOL

Another thing I will add, throwing from 60 ft I tend to get a LOT more illegal calls as that extra 10 ft gives most umpires a little extra time to make that decision. Yes I have to throw it a little harder to get it there from 60 but in order for the pitch to come down on the mat, it honestly can't have too much speed.

Also agree about the "hump" UM, have heard that MANY times but as I am close to 6 ft tall, as an umpire if I have to look down, ball is not high enough, hump or not!

Can't believe guys are actually throwing curve balls in slow pitch softball EV. ;-)

Good luck to all in Vegas!
Sept. 7, 2023
mck71
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55 AA/AAA Looking to Play in Myrtle Beach

Mike - as this is an ISSA event, one thing you left out is what state do you live in? ISSA has "touch rules" available (ok, assume snow birds as well :-)

Good luck!
Aug. 24, 2023
mck71
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Does the run count?

T2 - Here is what BJ is referring to (correctly I might add). As described by OP, this is NOT a force play, so ONLY way the appeal would negate the run was IF appeal was made PRIOR to lead runner scoring and in this instance, that is not the case. Has happened to my team a few times!

5.7 Scoring of runs
B No run shall be scored if the third out of the inning is the result of:
1. A batter-runner being called out prior to reaching first base or any other runner forced out due to the batter becoming a batter-runner.
2. A runner being put out by a tag or live ball appeal play PRIOR to the lead runner crossing the scoring line or touching the scoring plate.
3. A preceding runner is declared out on appeal involving a force play.
Aug. 16, 2023
mck71
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Southern Nationals

grayhitter - Your overall statement is correct and I agree however with regards to Darrell Harris and Coop's statement above, check the Ratings, they were moved up last year after Vegas.

Coop - I totally get it, Southeast area does not have many SSUSA events (they are picking up in FL but outside of that, It's NC for 1, TN for 1 and GA for 1 best I can count). So yes, hard to justify individual expense for every player needing a card plus team fee for 1 or 2 tourneys a year.

And I absolutely hear what you are saying based on your inputs (though it's hard for SSUSA to care about your record in another assoc?). I will add that sometimes life isn't fair. While I might agree it's good to stay at one level for a few years to build, if you play well in certain tourneys (esp Vegas) you WILL get moved up, happened to us in 2015. Our first tourney as Major we went 0 - 5 in 2016 but have been playing Major ever since and just tried to get better. Fair or not fair, that's just the way it is.

Good luck in Vegas, hopefully all your guys will be available to play Sunday!
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