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Nov. 8, 2019
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 70 Maj + V. 65 Major

Dave, Out of Curiosity. WHY is a 70 Major Plus Team playing in the same Bracket as the 65 Major Teams? In Rock n Reno Omen 70 played Enviro-Vac Marauders 70. Omen did win, but they did know blow them out.
Nov. 7, 2019
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 70 Maj + V. 65 Major

Thanks Dave, I appreciate the response
Nov. 7, 2019
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 70 Maj + V. 65 Major

Dave, If a 65 Major Team is playing against a 70 Major Plus Team, does the 70 Major
Plus Team play by the 65 Major Rules? 6 Home runs and only 10 Players?

Feb. 6, 2019
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Recent Palm Springs Tournament - One & One Count with one to waste.

I also played in Palm Springs this year. What I noticed this year is the Umpires that were used (I did only see four umpires at work)3 of the 4 had NO CLUE how to umpire or know Senior Rules. In our Bracket we only saw 3 different Umpires. The fourth Umpire, I watched do a game in another bracket. Not only the umpiring was bad, the director (Vicky) caused big problems too. By the time players stopped arguing with the umpire because he did NOT know Senior rules the games were shorten. We had 3 different Umpires, we played by 3 different sets of rules. There was ONE Umpire that did a FANTASTIC job (Patrick). Every game we had Patrick our games went 7 innings. He knew the rules and kept the game moving. He had a GREAT Personality. He told me he Umpires in many different Softball Associations. IF I were an association looking for umpires for a tournament, Patrick would be the first umpire I would inquire about.
On a side note, The Palm Springs Tournament was one of the worst run tournaments you could ever enter. The tournament Director has NO IDEA on how to run a Tournament. I heard one team went 6-0 and came in 3rd place. She accused one team of forfeiting a game AFTER they won the game because they did not have enough healthy players to play in their next game. The team that LOST was credited with a Win. Instead of just following the Bracket, SHE totally screwed up the bracket. A losing team got a bye instead of the undefeated team. I do not know who won this bracket. Because of her changing the bracket around, the Records of the two teams that played in the Championship game were 3-2 and 0-4 before the game started. All teams want when playing in a Tournament is a FAIR WELL run tournament. Vicky's tournaments are are neither. I understand why the 6-0 team left. I highly recommend you do NOT enter her Tournaments unless you like CONTROVERSY.
July 18, 2018
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RV Overnight

Thank you
July 18, 2018
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RV Overnight

Does anybody know if you can RV overnight at Bartholomew Sports Park in Elk Grove?
Feb. 23, 2018
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOULD YOU QUIT PLAYING?

OZ40, We play in a 50 and a 60 City League. EVERY TEAM has COMPLAINED about the balls. It does no good. You can't tell the Park & Rec Director or the Field Coordinator anything. Their response is "If you don't like it don't play" I do not know what your teams pay to play? Regular teams pay $575 for Ten Games. Senior Leagues pay $400 for Ten games. NO PLAYOFFS. We play 2 sessions. So that's $800 and $1,050 for 20 games.
Feb. 22, 2018
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOULD YOU QUIT PLAYING?

I would not quit. I know some bat company will come out with a bat made for those Sh*@y balls? We use those balls in our local league. They are TOTAL CRAP BALLS. Those balls work well in 55 degrees or lower. But when it is hot outside they are the worst balls made. No matter how much we complain about the balls, our local ASA/Rec Director refuses to change the balls. He has a HUGE EGO.
May 27, 2016
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

I also have a Dudley. I use the 27oz Balance. I really like the Dudley. Even the Dudley is better than the Rocket Launcher. Dudley and Melee are very similar. But I'd give the edge to Dudley. IMO, The reason you don't see as many Dudley's this year is because of the Melee. Very similar bats but Dudley got greedy and raised the price last year. Before last Oct. I was paying $170 for the Dudley. Now you see them going for $200 to $220.
May 26, 2016
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Will be in Reno June 3-5 Looking for a 55 team

If I understand the rules for picking up players, To add a player to your roster you MUST be a connecting state. Last time I looked California and Washington do not touch.
May 26, 2016
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

Personally, I feel the Adidas Melee is a better bat. Balls jump off the Melee quicker than the Rocket Launcher. I've used both. I dumped the Rocket for the Melee. The Rocket Launcher seams to swing heavier than the Melee. The ball jumps off the Melee like it does off the Ultra 2. I've heard of players getting 1600-2000 swings on it. That's about 17-1800 more swings than the Ultra 2. It takes about 80 swings to get the Melee game ready. As you all know, it's the preference of the individual batter. If you do want a Rocket Launcher, since they swing heavy, buy one one size down.
May 7, 2016
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: times

Dave, I apologize if I'm wrong. You stated that the Draft Schedule was posted Thursday at Mid-day. My question is, WHY can't we find it on the SSUSA website.
May 7, 2016
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: times

From what I understand they are having problems with fields.

April 15, 2016
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

I have used the New Adidas Melee and the New Rocket Launcher. Personally if I had my choice I would use the Melee. The Melee swings much easier than the Launcher. The ball jumps off the Melee just like the Ultra 2. The difference is, with the Ultra 2, you'll be lucky to get 100 swings before it breaks. We had over 1600 swings on the Melee before it broke. The Combat Rocket Launcher is trying hard to make a great bat. But it's NOT there yet. From what I was told, The RL is on its 3rd try in a year to making this bat great. Melee is better. From what I've read about the RL, it states it has SPIN TECHNOLOGY. Dudley Bats have the spin technology. In my opinion, I have NOT found the RL to have such technology. I will say, the White League Rocket Launcher is a real good bat (Highly Recommended). The League bat does have a warranty. But the price they want for it is WAY WAY to high. Do you really want to spend $300 for a bat? They'd sell a lot more if the price was dropped by $75.00
Dec. 20, 2015
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

I guess what it comes down to is both teams need to refuse to play under those conditions. That will throw a big monkey wrench in their bracketing.
Dec. 11, 2015
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

No disrespect to SSUSA. They are doing the best they can. It seems that ALL tournaments have at least one field that the Sun effects. SSUSA should have a back-up plan to cover the issue. As players what recourse do we have? Refuse to play?, Threaten the Umpire or Field Director with the threat of a lawsuit? It should not come to that. Safety comes first, no matter what. Whether or not it effects your team or and arch rival. SAFETY FIRST. PERIOD!!
Dec. 10, 2015
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

I agree they should not be one in the same. During a game in Mesquite, NV in March, somebody parked their car where the Sun was shining off the windshield. The reflection was straight in our shortstops eyes. The reflection was between the Batter and the Umpire. He couldn't see the ball when it was hit by the batter. The umpire walked out to SS to see what the issue was. After seeing the issue the umpire stopped the game for a short time while the car was moved. A few minutes later someone else parked in the same place. The same issue came up. This time when our SS asked him to have the car moved the umpire said and I quote "I gave it to you once, I won't give it to you again". At that point our SS told the umpire If he gets hit by a ball because of the sun issue, he was going to personally be SUED. At that point he had someone go out and put a blanket over the windshield. Now let me ask all of you. WAS THAT SO HARD TO DO? Why should it come down to a threat of a lawsuit to get something done? My point is, umpires are told to keep their games on schedule. They will tell you that it's not up to him to make that decision, it's up to the Field Director. Playing the outfield I know how hard it is to see a fly ball when the sun is an issue. Imagine being an infielder when the ball is hit back at you at speeds of 80 -100 mph. Granted the ball isn't always hit straight at you, but it only takes once
Dec. 9, 2015
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

I do agree with not playing games on the fields that have SUN issues. I have played in tournaments that when the sun is an issue for the PITCHER, they put a SCREEN in front of the pitcher. As a batter, if you hit the screen you're out. The screen is not much wider than the pitcher. You still have the middle to hit the ball. The only thing you lose is the one hit straight up the middle between the pitchers legs. That's a small price to pay to keep a player safe. But that is only to come in play when the Field Director will NOT change game times to avoid the sun. Also, I have played in tournaments where the sun affects the BATTER. Not only can the batter not see, the UMPIRE couldn't see either. Many pitches were over 14 high. We'd talk to the Ump. His response was "I CAN'T SEE IT EITHER). If a field director refuses to change the game time or use the screen, at that point it puts all the blame on the FIELD DIRECTOR and UMPIRE. It seems that all the FD cares about is keeping the tournament on-time.
Dec. 15, 2014
Mason's Grandpa
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2015 Tournaments

Does anyone know why SSUSA says they are going to do something within a time-frame but they don't?
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