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Oct. 30, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anyone had L5 spinal fusion and returned to good playing form?

Bogie and Taits, I am following this thread with a curious mind. I missed this entire season after being diagnosed with stenosis. Back spasms and hip to foot nerve jolts. I am going thro physical therapy in hopes of avoiding surgery? It sounds like my situation is not as advanced as either of yours. I hope to play again but do not know at this point what is going to happen. I have met with neuro-surgeon and was told to hold off on surgery and continue with the PT route. I wish I had information to offer you. Instead I am folllowing your post with interest and learning from what you guys have been through. I wish you well and do appreciate your post and the comments.
Dec. 18, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A prayer for Bill

Done. God bless Bill. Lots of support in the Senior Softball community.
Aug. 13, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

When SSUSA is the first responder to a post, you know they received the .911 call and are on it. Their history shows a pattern of judicial thinking that leans to the side of rule following. If you break the rules, you are held accountable. If you ask for the rules to be bent, their first answer is usually no. Who puts softballs inside an iced cooler to get better pop on their hits? Well I believe it is 13 year old kids who are going on 55. 13 year old kids who I might add, have not been held accountable for their actions and choices. Impulse overrules judgement. In these cases, consequences are the most effective response. Warnings only mean you got away with it this time. Highway patrolman do not give warning tickets to speeders, unless perhaps the speeder is beautiful. Warnings mean that what you did is not serious enough to take action. Why give warnings for doctoring equipment? Who does not know that is wrong??? Just like speeding, we all know the speed limit, is it only wrong when we get caught? They knew what they did was sneaky and wrong; they just decided to go ahead and do it anyways. It will be interesting to see what SSUSA does...warning ticket or a real consequence?
July 30, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: player classification

Twin Motors...from personal experience/frustrations as well as from reading/following conversations similar to yours, on the board, over the years; I will add this to the conversation.
There is a rigidity in the decision making process, regarding team and player classification, as well as the "neighboring states" clause.
I truly believe the "rigidity" comes from a well-intended determination to maintain control of teams and players who have an inherent desire to be at the top of a division rather than moved up and be at the bottom of an upper division. Winning at AAA is more fun than losing as a Major team. Winning as a Major team is much more enjoyable than losing as a Major + team.
It sometimes seems SSUSA is a hyper-vigilant security guard. If they err, it will be on the side of moving a team, a player up. I believe that in most situations, this mindset is important to the well being of their organization.
Where I see problems is when this rigidity, concrete thinking, gets in the way of extenuating circumstances such as Twin Motor's situation, or Rural States, with no teams to play with. If they do not know for sure, it seems their default decision is to error on the side of protecting against any form of sandbagging, and they move the player/team up. I understand that.
My situation is that I live in a rural state that has zero, not even one, SSUSA team, let alone a SSUSA team in my age group, or in my player classification (AAA). So I had zero in-state teams to play with, I am bordered by North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Canada. I was asked to play by a Colorado team. SSUSA said no, because of the bordering state rule. I pleaded my case with them, feeling I was being penalized for living in a rural state, with virtually zero SSUSA options. SSUSA did help me locate 2 teams in Idaho, that were viable options. One of the teams was full, and the other team did not travel to many tournaments; however they did have room for me and asked me to go to Phoenix with them.
This process took many months, several very fun tournaments came and went and I missed them because I was not yet on a team. The Colorado team played but I was not eligible to play with them.
I understand SSUSA's need to maintain control. I do think that in their mission to maintain control, they have compromised their ability to deal with the grey areas and situations that are not clear cut. I believe they would benefit from the ability to think outside the box a bit more.
I think SSUSA does a good job in most situations, I do however think they, the players, and the teams would benefit if SSUSA were more willing to individualize certain situations. An organization needs clear and strong boundaries, however a healthy organization also gives itself permission to flex and stretch without losing sight of their mission.
It is a tough job, and I think SSUSA is a healthy and well run organization. I also believe that loosening up a bit and individualizing situations, such as the one presented by Twin Motors, would not open Pandora's Box and cause them to lose control. I would encourage them to ease up on the reins a bit. I also thank them for the work they do.
April 7, 2014
Topic: Tournaments

They have been posted. Thank you to SSUSA staff and board members who pitched in with results.
April 5, 2014
Topic: Tournaments

Thanks you FOFO and stattad. It is nice to know how the teams did in these tourneys. I appreciate your help.
April 3, 2014
Topic: Tournaments

You know....
If you are feeling witty,please feel free to add your own little ditty..
Or if you know who beat whom, please let us know before we are in the tomb.

April 3, 2014
Topic: Tournaments

Scrappy, these results appear to be a well kept secret. Classified information.
**If we did not go, we do not need to know.
**No play, no say.
**Don't ask, don't tell, and even if you do ask, oh well.
**What happens in Mesquite, stays in Mesquite.
**Their lips are sealed, about what happened on the field.
**No racket about the bracket.

Might as well have some fun with it....please feel free to the powers to be, seem to be on mute.
April 2, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Spring Worlds in Mesquite and St. George

Have these results been posted anywhere? I was not able to go but sure would like to know how the games went? Especially curious about the 65 AAA. Thanks.
March 25, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Code of Ethics @ Mesquite SSUSA Spring World Championships

I agree Gary, the umpires and TD are there to keep the players from having to take matters into their own hands. Going middle just escalates the situation and feeds the conflict. Trying to hurt someone is never the answer to any Senior Softball problems.

I was not there but hope there is follow up for #13, as well as for the umpire(s), if indeed it was that bad. It sounds legitimate if "13" was eventually ejected from the tourney.

Feb. 28, 2014
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 65 year old outfielder. AAA, can play in Washington. Want to play in Mesquite, Las Vegas,

I am hoping to find a +65 AAA travel team in Washington, that will be playing in the SSUSA tournaments in Mesquite, Las Vegas,and Reno. I am an outfielder.
Please email at You can also text or call Mike at 406-239-2717. Thanks much.
Jan. 23, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

Gary, this is probably not proper technique, but I have found that when I want to go opposite field, it really helps for me to "walk the box." I stand a bit deeper and as the pitch is coming, I am able to position myself better by taking a couple of steps in my walking motion. I do pivot my body so it is pointing more towards right field. I have spent a lot of time in the batting cages working on it. It works best for me if the pitch is waist high or higher. The low pitch is hard for me to get over to right. The biggest thing I focus on is my contact point. I want it to be more towards my back shoulder, than my front shoulder or even right in front of me. Walking the box has really helped me position myself to hit the pitch to right.
Oct. 31, 2013
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Boombah Turf shoes

If it turfs you are after, I have had great luck with the Mizuno Blast turfs. Have worn them for years and my only complaint is the limited color choices. They really are great shoes and have never hurt my feet.
April 22, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Stutter Step

I also use it to go opposite field. It seems to help get me in better position. One of the problems with is is that I start the steps before I know how good a pitch I am getting. Sometimes I have already made up my mind to go opposite field and go after a bad pitch. I do find it helps get my body in a better position to go to right field. Lots of swings in the batting cages is what helped most.
March 18, 2013
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher's verbal interference

I agree. I have experienced this more often in non-senior league play. The one time it happened in a senior tournament, the umpire did not call anything. I think he did not know what to call as it happens so infrequently. It it hard to ignore, especially if you/your team isn't hitting the ball well. Easy for it to get under your skin. Is there a written Senior League SSUSA rule about it?
March 7, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Poem

1billyd...Nicely done! I agree we are blessed to still be playing this great old game. Thanks for sharing your poem.
March 6, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Poem

Thanks guys. Nothing but good things to say about this great game that keeps us young at heart and allows us to meet so many good people.
March 5, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Poem

Here is a "Senior Softball" poem I wrote. Hope you enjoy it.

(One letter at a time)

S is for Senior,
Senior Softball
Playing guys our own age
Is the most fun of all

E is for extra
Extra base hit
The older I am
The fewer I get

N is for never
Negatory and not
There is no warranty
For the Miken I bought

I is for us
As in you and me
Softball has a way
Of making us a we.

O is for outfield
A great place to play
I am afraid of ground balls
So out here I will stay

R is for round
Round rolling ball
The one we’ve been chasing
Since we first learned to crawl.

S is for strike mat
When we are at bat
If the ball hits the rubber
Why argue with that

O is a circle
With no end or beginning
If there is softball in Heaven
Both teams will be winning

F is for fun
With friends on the field
For all the sore muscles
Not fully healed.

T is turn two
A sweet thing to do
Unless of course
The batter is you.

B is the bat
That gives the ball wings
How can one ounce
Affect our swings

A is for ageing
Aches and arthritis
None of which dampen
The spirit inside us

L is for the ladies
It is their game too
I’ve even seen them
Argue with Blue

L is for like
Most likely love
For playing a game
With a bat, a ball, and a glove

Mike Perry (glovedad)
March 2013

Feb. 13, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WORST OUTFIELDER-In Your Opinion

Glad you enjoyed the poem. Thanks
Feb. 13, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WORST OUTFIELDER-In Your Opinion

I know this poem is long, hopefully it is ok for the board. I wrote it awhile back and this thred reminded me of it, so here it is.


Oh dear…!!!
My fault
My bad
That was a ball
I maybe shoulda’…
Kinda coulda’…
Probably woulda’ …had.

If only….well…you know…..

We had a lot
Of rain today.
I did not think
We would even play.

My team was short
And I was late.
There was a batter
At the plate

I will not make
An excuse.
But I had no time
To get loose.

Where I was standing
Was soaking wet
And our pitcher pitched
Before I was set

The outfield grass
Had not been cut.
I nearly fell
On my you-know-what.

I am not sure
Where this fits in.
But our shortstop did
Move me in.

That ball was by me
In nothing flat
He must have used
An illegal bat

There was a crosswind blowing
So there was no way
Of anyone knowing
Where the heck the ball was going.

When I reached
The warning track.
I think I tweaked
My lower back.

I know I heard
Someone shout.
“There’s the fence,
So watch out.”

I cannot tell
You a lie.
I think the sun
Got in my eye.

I also had
To turn and run
And I lost the ball
In the sun.

It was bouncing
Up and down.
And somehow I
Got turned around.

There were no clouds
And the sky was high
I pulled a muscle
In my thigh

I am not trying
To beat the rap
But that ball was hit
Right in the gap.

And I heard Willie
Say-Hey I got it.
Else I’m sure I
Woulda’ caught it.

I know there is
No I in me.
What matters most
Is team chemistry.

So never make
An alibi
Is the motto
I live by.

Oh, the wind, and the rain
And the warning track
The sun, the sky
And my sore ole’ back.

Our pitcher, our shortstop
And my outfield mate
The fence, the grass
And me getting there late

Were it not for a few
Little things like this
That’s a ball
I’d never miss.

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