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Sept. 24, 2018
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 major schedule in vegas

What's even worse since I have friends who played last week in the 55's it was a bad experience. 4 days and some teams were out Friday. I have a flight back on Monday so if we happen to get put out on Friday I have to sit there until Monday. Ridiculous more money spent and time lost from work and families. 4 days for a tournament is to long and not even USSSA the biggest association has 4 day events. I enjoy playing in Vegas but increasing the days is just not good for us working class people.
Sept. 17, 2018
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Staff--- Game Balls

So for the ball in Vegas is the new compression on the ball 44/400? Up until recently this year it was 44/375.
Aug. 25, 2018
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Worlds Last Session 50's

I appreciated the reply I was just seeing what fields for sure are on the list and then adjustments made which I understand. Besides Doc Romeo and Lorenzi any other parks lost for that session?

Aug. 24, 2018
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Worlds Last Session 50's

Looking at the fields for last year and now this year I show 2 more complexes added. I know it states some may not be used which is what I am looking for. What fields will be used for the Oct 3rd-7th?
June 4, 2018
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock N Reno Bracketing and Observations

I look forward to playing int he Rock N Reno event each year but this year it wasn't as fun as years past and here are some observations i noticed. Played in the 50's.

1) Game times and long breaks from our 12:30p game to the 8p which we were the last game scheduled and had to be back at 8a the next day if we won, which we did. Three games at 12:30p all loser bracket games and they should have been scheduled accordingly based on finish one at 5p 6:30p and 8p our game finished first from all three.
2)We got to the 8p game at 7:15p and there were two open fields where we could have started our game earlier but speaking with the directors they didn't want to do that. Reasons were field preps needed to be done, but if we started on one of those fields the field ending could have been prepped and then once we were done that would have been prepped it would be a trade off. The field that was open was not prepped yet for the following day.
3) Adding to number 2 directors want all teams at the park 30 mins before game times or they will deem the game a forfeit sometimes they work with you and sometimes they don't, but when asking to move fields to be done earlier they don't budge. It needs to be a two way street.
4) The umps we had were decent to good a couple of them forgot the score at times and had to be corrected but overall good. Had a good conversation with one of them.
5) Fields when signing up for this event we all want to play at Golden Eagle and this is why some numbers are down and also not being on the 3 day weekend. No disrespect but the Major and Major Plus teams should get the privilege to play at Golden Eagle and the lower divisions assigned to Centennial. This would make those teams want to get better and move up. Centennial has snakes that were present in our session and the tournament staff wants the teams to shag balls well I know I wouldn't knowing snakes are looming.

Just my two cents worth.

Dec. 7, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2018 Dudley Lightning

These were Demos that had a number of swings on them. I am not a balanced guy but it did feel good when swinging

Dec. 7, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2018 Dudley Lightning

I swung the Balanced and 13' End Load as well in Arizona and I have to say it performed well if not better than my 1st batch 13' End Load
Dec. 6, 2017
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 Rosters

This was not meant to get out of hand it wa a simple question based on a player playing with our team and rumors he is with another not by his own admission but the team thinking as such so just wanted clarity
Dec. 6, 2017
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 Rosters

If a team played in the Winter Worlds in Arizona those players that played and checked in are locked in on that roster regardless how you did in the tournament? Players on said rosters have to asked to be released to go to another team?
Nov. 2, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 50 Team NORCAL Looking For a Versatile Player

Any upcoming 50 guys in Northern Cali looking to play that can play various positions? Send me an email bghobbs24@gmail.com Looking for an additional player to go to Arizona Nov 17th thru 19th
Oct. 5, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Dave, here lies the problem if you are Major Plus you are that for a reason age and age up should have nothing to with it. You earned that rank so to speak. In USSSA, NSA, ASA if you are a C player then a D team can only have 3 C players no matter what your age is. Players appeal all the time and get denied basically because they don't belong in the lower divisions, because they want to play with fiends and be the star of the show. For crying out loud we are 50 and up and guys still do whatever it takes to manipulate the system to chase a ring legally or illegally. I have been around this game for years and player ratings take precedence not what age group a team is now especially the two players in question who are not 60 yet so how can that rank apply to them? They should be Major Plus until the age of 60 as MTC will still be playing on the 60's at that time. Too many Grey areas and unwritten rules for all teams to follow. Some have a way to get into the directors ear and find ways to make it work for them but not work for other teams. Player rating regardless would take care of this if a 50 team wants a 55 Major Plus guy then that takes on of those three Major Plus spots. No injury exceptions or other nuances to get re-ranked. Said players wanting appeal need to play for the year where they belong and get evaluated.
Oct. 5, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SSUSA - Respectfully how does a two year mandatory Major Plus rank for Tim and Charlie get overlooked as they played in the 55's two years ago? A mandatory rank is just that mandatory. Too many grey areas in this program that allow teams to buck the system to load up. I was told based on your index if a player comes up from the 40's they are considered Major Plus so is what in your rule book is now incorrect? If that is the case by index I am a Major Plus player since I was on a 40 team in 2016. Based on your rules a few teams are considered illegal but somehow the Home Office approves them. Again I enjoy playing the game and with the different rules its hard to know who is legal and who is not. I already sent an email a few days ago

Oct. 5, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SSUSA staff then here is my question now that it is established as three Major Plus Players

Tim Millette and Charlie Pennes are a 2 year mandatory rank as major Plus from the 2015 Second place finish with MTC in the 55's at Major Worlds so this would be there second year as Major Plus

Dan Arevalos major Plus Rank

Elbert Certeza carries a 50 Major Plus rank since he came from a 40 Major Roster in which LCW 40's won Worlds last year to be bumped to Major Plus

Rick Garza first year in 50's came from a 40's team Prestige Pools so would carry a Major Plus rank

So with that said that is 5 Major Plus players right there

Please shed some light on this information
Oct. 5, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

SSUSA staff how many Major Plus players are allowed on a Major team?
Oct. 4, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Billy did play Major Plus last year in the 40's so that carries over. Someone text me from Thunderstruck stating that K&M, LCW and Bad Seed are illegal as well. Seems like this person is worried, I know Bad Seed was not illegal by any means if anything we may have had 2 Major Plus players which fits the bill. Can't speak on behalf of the others. But if Bad Seed was illegal by his accusation then I feel really bad we didn't make it to the Ship
Oct. 4, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

So 60% of the roster is Major Plus, this is like playing in the USSSA E program with players who at one time played upper ball, said roster would not be approved or allowed and could be protested. Too many Grey Area in SSUSA. One example is Bryson Baker plays Conference ball and would be eligible to play Major based on SSUSA rules. This is why there must be player rankings and no loopholes. I play where I belong and would not use excuses of injury. If I am injured I would sit out and heal or quit.
Oct. 4, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

I'm not hiding either, I am Brian Gregoire and I did send an email to the information provided. No reply as of yet
Oct. 3, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Dave i know its a tough job as I am a director and have to answer why teams are legal or possibly illegal to pass this off to someone else is unacceptable. Somebody has to take owner ship and to keep pushing it off makes me think that what everyone is bringing up is valid and no one wants to admit the wrong doing. I sent an email earlier with facts that I have. Without being able to see the rosters and make comparisons is tough for managers or players to speak to. All we can see is who is on the field. Did Thunderstruck play their full roster at Nationals compared to the State Championship they won? I can say NO as one player was in Lincoln playing int he 55's while Thunderstruck was at Maidu. That player is a big part of their success so I wonder who else they were missing???
Oct. 3, 2017
SKings24
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Russell Road Rec Complex

SSUSA Staff, for us to provide identifiable information should be something us players shouldn't need to do. We have played this game long enough and know who should and shouldn't belong. This is your job to review all rosters as we pay $750 not to do your job. Sure the excuse will be we have over 600+ teams and can't police it all!! Personally don't want to hear it. If teams are paying that price then someone on your team should be looking at rosters and checking where some of these Major Plus players came from. I enjoy playing the game on a level playing field but when a team is Major in States with a questionable roster then wins the event based on Injury Exception rules then somehow a revision to that rule is posted on the Home Page and said team is moved to Major Plus for the National and is missing some key players and basically tanks it then is out back in Major for the Vegas Championships is considered a mockery and black eye on the program. To satisfy one team when you have teams coming from all over the nation thinking the rules are enforced for all and its not is a shame and a waste of money on their behalf. If players have played Major Plus in the past that ranking should carry until proven otherwise they played their for a reason regardless of age. Put 7 Major Plus players on a team and surround them with other good players and that is one heck of a Major team based on your rule. Always seems to happen when it comes to this event.
Oct. 3, 2017
SKings24
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

I know the guys well from Thunderstruck. One plays 55 Major Plus with Sommerville. A few others were Major Plus possibly from MTC. One from a 40 Major Plus roster that is eligible to play 50 this year. Rating index means nothing to me its all about experience and some of those players have great bat control for their age and can teach some of us that. They have the experience and past history that is being overlooked to teams that are playing by the rules which are not the same for everyone. Regardless of age or possible injuries there are loop holes and teams have exploited them to their advantage.
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