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June 14, 2019
marcster13
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NorCal States

A two day even would be nice.

It would be great to know the field assignments too, so folks can get their hotel rooms situated.
June 14, 2019
marcster13
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What bats are allowed?????????

Here is the list. You still see people swinging illegal bats like Monsta at SSUSA turnies though so i am not sure the bat rule is enforced.

The following bats have been approved for Senior Softball-USA use:

Updated December 6, 2018

Adidas:

All Adidas slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Combat:

All Combat slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

DeMarini:

All DeMarini slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Dudley:

All Dudley slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Easton:

All Easton slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Elite Sports:

All Elite Sports slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Louisville Slugger:

All Louisville Slugger slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Miken Sports:

All Miken slow-pitch softball bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved, excluding the Original Gray Miken Ultra.

Mizuno:

All Mizuno slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Reebok:

All Reebok slow-pitch bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved.

Worth:

All Worth slow-pitch softball bats stamped 1.21 BPF or lower are approved
Dec. 17, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE MAT

B.J.- I've heard of "horseshoes & hand grenades" but maybe it should be "horseshoes, hand grenades and strikes"
Dec. 15, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE MAT

I think someone needs to make mats that light up when hit. In league and SSUSA I've seen many umps call a strike when the ball actually hits the dirt. Lots of day dreaming going on back there. Lol
Nov. 28, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rethink Stride as a Smooth Positioning Step for better Timing and Power SwingMakeover 83

I'm not coordinated enough for a big stride so this makes sense to me. Ha!
Nov. 28, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Senior bat technology and performance insights

I agree regarding the barrels getting too soft. I don't have a casual/slow swing so senior bats don't tend to last me very long (except the original Dudley). I have cracked a bunch. But I have given away more bats due to a soft barrel. The ball just makes a thud sound and goes nowhere. I give them to guys who don't swing that hard and the bat works quite well for them. I believe this to be that they usually aren't able to break in a bat fully so the barrel never collapses as much as it could. With these hand me down bats they still don't swing hard enough to notice the barrel is soft but get better trampoline effect than they normally would. Goes back to that saying "One mans trash is another mans treasure."

I will not buy a used bat from someone who swings hard for this reason. But this is why i like buying used bats from guys who don't swing hard.
Nov. 20, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

First off any defensive player who leaves the ball in fair territory in his area of play for another man/woman to go retrieve the ball is a POS. It disgusts me when I see grown men do that.

That being said......... If i was on a team who failed to retrieve the ball i would not call for an appeal to the umpire just out of sheer embarrassment for my team. But if the Outfielder simply went to the ball and picked it up like a decent human then sure why not appeal both runners and save a run.
Nov. 6, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A fifth rating?

I am curious what ranking a player has when leaving a Major plus PLUS team. Does this mean none of them can play on a Major team?
Oct. 31, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Product review
Discussion: use of High COR, Low Compression ball

I agree the ASA bats are designed for the 52/300 balls. Much better performance than with a senior bat.

The thing about injuries though is more people are getting hit with this ball. It bounces much more! The injuries won't be as severe though as with a harder compression ball. Pick your poison.
Oct. 25, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

One other thing I've been curious about is which came first. The batters box size or the plate being a strike? I ask because if the batters box size came first then the plate came later the batter effectively lost some stride room.
Oct. 25, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

^^Sorry 3x7^^
Oct. 25, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

I personally don't have a problem keeping my feet in the box because i am too uncoordinated to run around in the box while tying to swing at a moving object. But....... Playing at places that have a pre-painted batters box like at BLD the box always seems smaller than at other venues. Like a foot shorter! So if our batters box really is supposed to be 4x7 (Noted above in this thread) but BLD and others makes the box for the size of baseball which is 4x6 then I'd say SSUSA should not even bother enforcing the rule at these venues. I've never measured the batters box at these places that have it pre-painted. Has anyone else?
Sept. 26, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitchers Mask

The danger in using one of the infielder type masks for pitching is a pitchers reflex sometimes is to turn his head. If this is done in an infielder mask you can get struck on the side of the head. Just my thoughts.
Sept. 26, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Products and vendors

Yes. The more vendors the better!
Sept. 19, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner hit by batted ball

I am impressed that any runner at any age is able to have both feet on the base and quickly "lean" out of the way and not fall down! A senior player doing this is amazing!
Sept. 11, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

Thank you everyone who's responded. I was mainly curious because I wanted to know if it would be worth asking for a vote at the committee meeting to give 40's a foul. Right now 40's plays 1 n 1 no foul to give. Knowing that the other age groups are getting in 7 innings in most games I think its fair to say that 40's could go to 1 n 1 with a courtesy foul.
Sept. 8, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

I figure since the SSUSA year is almost up I'd ask how everyone likes the 1 n 1 count. There was a lot of opinions on this when voted in.

Are you noticing an increase in complete games played compared to previous years?


Anyone that was against it.... Have you changed your mind or do you still not like it. Why?


For the 40's age bracket. Would you like to get rid of 1 n 1 no foul in favor of 1 n 1 with a foul? Or would you like to keep it with no foul? Why?

Any other input would be great too. Just curious.
Aug. 14, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major++

What is this Major Plus Plus thing about? This is the second post I've seen mentioning this ranking but I don't see it listed as a rating on this site.
Aug. 14, 2018
marcster13
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major++++

Interesting. I just looked at the rankings and I did not see a new rating level added for SSUSA. Highest level I see is still Major Plus. Is it hidden somewhere?
Aug. 9, 2018
marcster13
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Kudos on new balls

Well the ball is new to most of us and to play in SSUSA. I love this ball compared to the old Stote/sock. It does still knuckle but doesn't seem to do so as drastically as the Rock. The outer layer didn't seem to feel as "squishy" as the Rock. No issues whatsoever with distance and pop. Thank you SSUSA for taking input from your customer base and implementing the upgraded ball.
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