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, Aug. 24, 2016
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

Omar, thanks for your response. The rules that you have mentioned have all been implemented in the 70s + league in our area. with the exception of the screen. With me, the verdict is still undecided with the overrunning of all bases. I feel that as the Baby Boomers start to move in those divisions and their stronger arms, an off throw to either base with the overrun could be a serious injury. I never could see why the organizations put the older divisions on fields with 325 ft. fences. In my opinion and as you said, the distance with an outfield "gapper" is a much larger area to cover and if you are in an area with higher temperatures and humidity that the players are not customarily adjusted to, then I just think that you could potentially open up the doors for some serious health issues. Leave the bigger fields to the younger divisions !! My original issue was with time limits during tournament play. As I had said earlier, I feel that you could put a limit in RR play but the tournament should be 7 innings.
, Aug. 23, 2016
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

Likewise, I meant no negative criticism of the OFs. As we get older, the become more of a premium. My point, is that we can make some basic changes to the game to compensate for our ages. I feel that starting with a 1 -1 count, it may take the bat from your power hitters. I would like to see a time extension to get a full seven inning game so we can, at least, get our money's worth and/or go with the two inning on defense. We have to accept the fact that as we get older, we get a (little?) slower. The game should be adjusted for those age groups ??
, Aug. 20, 2016
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

Omar, I know how you feel. I, likewise pitch and get a little perturbed when I see the outfielders walking out to their position and I have to wait, especially with a heat index of 116!
But then again, I realize that these same players are the ones that do the pinch running. Everyone talks about changing the format of balls/strikes but just incorporate the 2 inning for defense. And what you said makes sense about giving all players the additional rest and a lil more pep in their step.
, Aug. 18, 2016
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

I clocked a few games and almost 25% of the game are for players walking on and off the field. My suggestion, for league play, is for each team to play out in the field for 2 innings and keep everything the same. (say the 3rd and 4th innings on defense). you play 3 outs, clear the bases and start another inning. But no matter what rules, there should be exceptions when you have blistering heat with heat warnings. (not advisories)
, Aug. 14, 2016
CAT
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Unfavorable weather conditons......

during tournament play. We just got back from the games in Manassas. On Friday, the temperature was 97 and yesterday had a heat index of 110 !! Yes, 110. Every game I had asked the umpires for some leniency on the time frame of a game. Heat conditions of this nature is not a safe situation to be in not alone for a senior playing ball. There was no exception to the time frame and several teams were purposely imposing insignificant questions to the umpires to delay the game and keeping the opposition on the field in the blazing heat. Our games never completed 7 inning due to the delays and we as I am sure other teams were not granted the full game(s) for what our fees paid. The outcome of our games were by 1 to 2 runs in which the additional inning or two could have changed the outcome for all. So here is my complaint: when you have to play in adverse conditions, there should be exceptions to the rule....#2, I feel that the RR games could have a time limit but the tournament games should be played out to the fullest, with the exception of the mercy rule. Sometimes, we fail to remember that we are not the young, healthy, vivacious kid anymore and still to some, winning is important but you health and well being should be the most! thank you for letting me vent.
, May 5, 2016
CAT
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

Those tournaments that Ho has mentioned are SPA tournaments and I would not recommend. Several of times, I have seen them change your team classification in the middle of a tournament. Once they have your money, there is nothing you can do. SSUSA does listen to your concerns and allows, if at all possible, the opportunity and ability for all senior players to be able to play and have fun. Some organizations just "hears" you but with my experience, SSUSA will "listen". Tournament fees are expensive so make it worth while..
, May 2, 2016
CAT
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Ohio based 65AAA team.....looking

Unexpected injury.....possibly could use a utility player with good hitting skills. please inquire: funinsun333@yahoo.com thank you.
, April 6, 2016
CAT
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Re-classification

Thank you for the immediate responses from the SSUSA staff. We are regrouping as a team after 8-13 years of not playing and I have been very pleased with the SSUSA staff for their guidance as well as the other softball organization from South. What I like is that they LISTEN with open ears to help and not just hear. As a player coach, it has made it so much easier for myself. But the problem we have had is with the other organization (lets just call them the Sooners). I was wondering if there are other teams that have problems with reclassifying players. That group is keeping each player's classification from as much as eight years ago! I may be na´ve, but I feel that there is a huge difference with a player's physical ability from 60-65 than from 66-70. That Sooner group has us jumping through hoops to reclassify and then telling us it will take up to 2 months for changes. Here we are, without stepping on the field, being canceled out of tournaments. We are a 65 AAA team and some of the players we have rated as Major are lucky to be alive and able to walk. Are there teams still out there that still play for blood and guts and the glory of winning a trophy or a Chinese watch? I think that the organizations should listen more to personal issues and from the age groups of 65 and older, why not place them on the honesty of the coach/manager and just eliminate the Major division; or am I off limits on this. If God has Blessed us to still be able to play the game that we have so dearly loved since our childhood days, so be it and let us play. Again, if I am na´ve, I still don't think that is this age group, many teams will "sandbag"..correct me if I am wrong. Thank you for allowing me to vent..my BP is a little lower.Interested in comments... Let's play ball, be safe and have fun. Thank you George, Fran, Dave, Terry and staff...God Bless.
, April 3, 2016
CAT
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Re-classification

Can anyone tell me how an individual can reclassify his status to a lower ability status with SSUSA (ex: Major to AAA ) thank you.
, March 22, 2016
CAT
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Ohio based 65AAA team.....looking

we could possibly take one more player with the above criteria..thank you for viewing the post and ALL have a safe season...
, Jan. 25, 2016
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Wishes to Terry Hennessy

this is something that can NOT be overlooked....60% yes SIXTY PERCENT of all men 65 and over had some type of prostate issue and/or cancer...I am surprised that the organizations (SSUSA..SPA..and ISSA)do not jump on the information express..This issue and tests should be encouraged at every tournament and every piece of literature that goes out to the players...There should be support groups for your leagues as it can be a personal and disturbing issues to some...But if caught in time, it is not an issue as opposed to waiting later. Set up a date to check your prostate...
, Jan. 20, 2016
CAT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ultimate Bat Bag - Obie

The last time we purchased bat bags and roller bags, it was through the owner, Obie with Ultimate Bat Bags. I believe he played with Scrap Iron out of Colorado. I understand it is under new ownership. Can someone help me out here with the new owners and/or offer suggestions for a good, durable roller bag? And if anyone knows Obie and Bunny, give them my best....larry (ohio) thanks
, Jan. 8, 2016
CAT
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Ohio based 65AAA team.....looking

thank you for all of your responses. We need one more player to fit the above descriptions please email..thank you
, Nov. 10, 2015
CAT
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Ohio based 65AAA team.....looking

for a few (Major) players to compliment their winning ways. Have won several Worlds and Nationals in the past and looking forward to the promising upcoming year(s)...prefer above average skills in fielding and hitting with some consistency in long ball. WE offer fellowship and family fun in our winning ways...However, there is no room on this team for egos and politics! If interested, please inquire: funinsun333@yahoo.com thank you
, Oct. 14, 2015
CAT
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original gray Miken Ultra (without center rod insert) VS. current MIken 2 piece endloads

Not to possibly beat a dead issue, here but here is my question - If the original gray ultra was only "hot" because of the harder compression ball, then are these new bats being offered, the same composition material as the original, but only under a different name?? Or, again, which is hotter, the original or the newer ones...thank you.
, Oct. 4, 2015
CAT
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original gray Miken Ultra (without center rod insert) VS. current MIken 2 piece endloads

thank you for your responses....again, do you think it was the bat or the higher compressed ball we used at that time...would like to see a comparison with the same balls being used, eh?
, Sept. 24, 2015
CAT
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original gray Miken Ultra (without center rod insert) VS. current MIken 2 piece endloads

So you guys are possibly saying that the composition of the original Miken and the new ones may pretty much the same and it may just be with the lower compression of the ball we now use? IF that be the case, then why the hype on every new bat that enters the market!! Durability maybe?
, Sept. 23, 2015
CAT
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original gray Miken Ultra (without center rod insert) VS. current MIken 2 piece endloads

What started as a casual discussion among teammates but ended heated was over these two types of bats....Issue in question- it was stated that the very first and original Miken gray Ultra (without the inserted rod) is NOT as "Hot" for distance as the more current Miken 2 piece end-loads. Those of you who can remember those bats, what do you think?? thank you....
, Sept. 5, 2015
CAT
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: wanting to play for a 60 an over team from PA.

This man is a good ball player and dedicated to the game. Would be a good pick-up for any team. Just a very nice Christian fellow.
, June 29, 2015
CAT
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Checking to see if any travel Teams need players

this guy is a very good player...always working on his game for improvement both for him and his team. He is a man of his Word and dependable on traveling. I would highly recommend him and it would be a huge mistake if a good team to get better, bypassed him....
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