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, Nov. 28, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

I played only one full season of 40's roughly 5-6 years ago. We built a team of players that had played anywhere from C's to A's in the 90's and into the mid to late 2000's. All of us were 45 to 50 years old at the time.

What i saw was the majority of teams that we played against were guys more or less in our age bracket that never sniffed a C team or higher during their 20's and 30's and were in phenomenal softball shape still. The senior rules of 5 an inning and the plutonium wonder sticks not only evened the playing field but the teams who had players who could still run had the advantage.

I played a 50's a year ago and a 40 event this year and now i see more separation between divisions a bit.

The hitting is out of this world with homeruns and mishit's. Guys who were .600 at best with no power are now .700 plus and can hit bombs at will.

The 40's/50's programs and the bats have allowed many players to extend their careers and allowed many players to compete with everyone in my opinion.
, Nov. 25, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

I've had opportunities to play 50s in Nor cal the last two years but the two dayfformat ain't gonna happen at least for me in Nor Cal seniors. I'd rather play 40s locally in u trip or all World. I know it's a Little selfish but the 90 minute drive food and gas is a little too much a dozen times a year for the two day format for me

Maybe in a few years but not now
, Oct. 19, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where to get a pitching screen

When in doubt use garbage cans, when we would hit at any park or school we would use the steel garbage cans and stack them two high. But we only hit middle after the round. We had enough bat control hitting side to side our first couple rounds, then it was on... Like idiots we actually tried to hit the garbage cans hahahahahah. Man those were the days.
, Oct. 9, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 16th Annual Mike Jackson Halloween Benefit Tourney

Action mike Jackson the Alabama jr heavyweight champion from wtbs superstation NWA fame? Also played for DR Gremmels?
, Sept. 9, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do i do to get started

A few steps to follow

1. Buy senior stick
2. Roll or shave to the gills Senior stick. (Not necessary as the sticks have plutonium in them already. But it's more or less a common theme)
3. Buy mask if playing pitcher or the infield
4. Be prepared to play 2 day tourneys
5. Get legs in condition
6. Don't worry about taking batting practice (The sticks are ridiculous)
7. Take advice with a grain of salt

I know I'm being a facetious sarcastic @#$! but I played a 40 an over this past weekend and it was nuts. I used a Dudley Lighting fresh out of the wrapper and was hitting missiles I've never hit even as a 30 year fresh out of the rock pile.

Heard many conversations on how players were still putting in work on their sticks that are senior bats. Very sad!!!! that a 40 year or older needs to doctor a stick.

I'm glad I play sparingly now.

P.S. make sure to complain about entry fees and award packages. Also a common talking point

, July 24, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous

Twin creeks in Sunnyvale California has been completely renovated in terms of facilities and management.

All tours fields reconfigured to allow soccer, flag football and kickball. Yes I said kickball. Monday through Friday it's run by dynamic sports and they run Softball leagues along with all the sports I mentioned above

Saturday and Sunday's twin creeks found that adults don't spend money so roughly 45 - 50 weekends a year it's travel ball softball and hardball.

Pretty sad that a very nice complex isn't used by adults but economic 101 win over and now Bay Area softball players have to travel to Hayward Pleasanton Fremont and further to play.
, Jan. 9, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

All BLD are great.... Really liked Redding except the heat. Golden eagle is great and once the handful of trees mature it will be better. Both Salem and Portland oregon are really good. Pleasanton is very nice. Victory Lane in Phoenix is one of my favorites. Stevens Point Wisconsin was good. Hastings Nebraska and Cedar Rapids Iowa had nice complexes. My personal favorite had to be Oklahoma City hall of fame stadium. Disney not bad but the walks sucked

Worst: Rancho in Reno you couldn't pay me to slide there. Martinez Tracy Antioch concord I will never set foot on again. Lancaster big 8 was brutal Witt the heat and wind

Old school favorite was rainbow fields in modesto
, Dec. 6, 2015
Topic: Rules of the game

Didn't millette play A/AA/major for 25 years plus? Don't think that's being scared to play the best and highest level

Not a fan of his antics at all he seems to like to stir the pot constantly though
, Oct. 19, 2015
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 Mens Major/Major +

Curly who use to pitch for Chief and all the Triple Crown/RES/FRS teams from the 90s and early 2000s?

If so this would be a huge pickup
, Sept. 2, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question regarding Senior Recreation Leagues


Where are the three leagues south of the city? I know of Vintage, the moffet field Saturday league.

Where is the third league? Has to be the one at night
, Aug. 14, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Results

In the last 5 plus years i've seen more and more people request online results in a timely manner. What did we all do with ourselves pre internet days? Pre Cell Phone Texting days? I know what I did, I called someone I knew that may have played in the tourney. Or better yet I waited for the Bi Monthly or quarterly Softball West, Softball Today, etc... Loved those magazines back in the day. Still have a few somewhere.

I ask why the urgency of the results? and why do we even care anymore? sheesh all of us have played the game way too long to even care about the end result. I'm happy to get on the hardwood and run around 20 minutes or on the ball field to play a game or two or three.

Unless???????? those that need that gratification and the pat on the back like seeing the results possibly? I've seen that a lot the last decade from 40 - 50 years old, lots of players who never sniffed a good A,B,C, or even D tourney team are now the greatest players on earth into their 40's, 50's, etc..... and probably never won during their pre 40 year old days.

I'm sure i'll get a lot of backlash, but its all good. Won't be the first time i've been lit up on a message board.
, July 9, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What was to consensus on DBO Homerun rule after Rock N Roll Reno?

Only a home run swing???? I almost @@@@ my pants. I could expect to hear that from newbies that are in their early 20's just learning to hit a 10 mph pitch with a 12 foot bump.

but from 50/60 year olds????? If you have not learned to hit a grounder through the 3-4 or 5-6 hole by now I would be shocked hahahahahahahahahhah
, June 8, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

San Francisco pickle juice.... That was pretty funny Millette
, Aug. 16, 2011
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 45+ looking to Join team.

Flashflood: check out the web site. They have a message board. Jeff White (Arizona) I am sure you know who he is frequents that board and he plays i think 40's and 50's in Arizona still to this day.

I am sure he can find you a team in Arizona

Sorry have no email. I posted on that site for him to look you up.
, Aug. 5, 2011
Topic: General and miscellaneous

I remember when Calif had only one state tourney for Mens.

It would rotate from North to South each year and that was in the 90's.

But you also had to play in those state tourneys to validate your world berth then, so we had no choice but to go to So.Cal when they hosted.

SSUSA should rotate each year.
, May 28, 2011
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: well lets go to the ball again

In our city league we started using the 52 300 and I started pitching again. ball does not sound like a rocket anymore,now granted I am wearing a mask, shin guards and cup. hahahahahah

Ball is still flying out of the park not as regular as before thats for sure.
, July 26, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Caifornia State tourneys

when will the teams participating be listed?
, June 10, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Senior Softball is a Joke

Gale D: My question to you is "Would we be having this conversation if the awards package was better? Seems like there is a lot of anger built up inside from way back. Not just the handful of SSUSA tourneys your teams play in.

Over 10 years ago when our team was playing Usssa B tourneys up and down Cali and the West coast. One of our players got into a debate with myself and the other coach. He was really pissed off cuz he did not get an all tourney award. I told him he shouldn't be playing if he needs a little 11.00 trophy up his self esteem. He was hell bent on the subject. You know what??? We red tagged him the next season.

find a new hobby if you want the little awards to be a big thing in your life.

, June 9, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Senior Softball is a Joke

I play the game for the love of it. Bottom Line. Two Best Awards I ever recieved were: A Large Towel in Incline for taking 2nd place and a huge Travel bag for winning 1999 "B" Usssa State. Both are alive and well and have been used a couple hundred times. As for the trophies and shirts I have won I could do without them.

Bottom line Is I play the game for fun, not awards. I don't care if the entry fee is $200 or $495 the awards mean nothing.

Matter of fact the two World rings I have sit in a drawer collecting dust.
, Jan. 9, 2006
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40 an over teams in California????

I know of 4 tournament teams in Nor Cal (Mac Construction, Scotts, Sac 40 and Conklin Bros) are there any other teams. I know all those teams are full on their rosters.

Just looking to play on a team now that I\'m 40.

Any help would be appreciated
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