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Greg Broeckelman

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Colorado Springs, CO

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Men's 70

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, June 21, 2016
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

Dave, I'm good with what you're saying also but you at least hinted here that my suggestion might bear fruit going forward which is a plus. You might read the part about "caring for your customers" again. I didn't say you don't care about them. Thanks.

One other question. I asked via email twice if you could give us (Scrap Iron 70 Legacy) an idea where we might be playing in the Western Nationals that we are attending this year so we can try to make hotel arrangements somewhat close by. I know it's early but sometimes you have an educated guess as to what fields will be used during the week. With fields from Elk Grove on the south to Lincoln on the north and hotels expensive in Sacramento, we're looking for something nice that's reasonable but may be outside Sacramento. Thanks for any insight you might have for us.

I sent the email to the only email address I have for you and it didn't come back so I assume it's a good address but it might be an email you no longer use. If you want to email me rather than answer here it's gjbroeckelman@earthlink.net .

Thanks, Dave
, June 21, 2016
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

Dave, I was only trying to help by suggesting how SS USA can help. My advice to all is to keep good records which made it easier for me to find the proof AS I ALREADY STATED for the SS USA points but I would not have had to have had good records to prove my SPA points. However, if SS USA cares about its customers it's something that should be pretty simple to do. I'd think you would consider my suggestion rather than become somewhat confrontational about it or at least that's how I took your response.

It's not like I was offering "criticism" without offering a solution. What I suggested to SS USA "may be more helpful for future candidates" if you would act on my suggestion.

I reiterate the last sentence of my previous post. I gave SS USA kudos overall but this is an area that is lacking. It's a fact and if you don't believe me then you might want to ask others who have had to gather proof from both SPA and SS USA.

I've heard a number of people that might be good candidates for the Hall of Fame say their coach never sent info in on all tourneys so they have no way to prove it with the patches they have because they're all the same. A lot of people have never played SPA ball so SS USA points are all they may have.

I hope you take this post in a way that I'm trying to help rather than criticize.
, June 20, 2016
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

I've read all of the comments and hopefully, did not miss someone suggesting this to SS USA management.

It is easy to get proof of your points from SPA. They have great records. However, SS USA is an entirely different story. Whether it's a qualifier tournament or the world tournament, generic patches are given as the all tournament awards with nothing to differentiate the world award from any other tournament. Even if one keeps good records, just putting a patch in the book is not proof and about the only way you can get proof is if you were listed in the Senior Softball News. I would think that you could at least come up with a patch with the year and words like "All Tournament 2016 World Tournament" or something similar. That way the person being nominated for the Hall of Fame would already have proof for the point for that world tournament.

I kept good records so was able to at least have an idea what edition newspaper I might find proof but it was still a pain in the neck getting the proof.

SS USA does a lot of things right but this is one area that you need to improve on because SPA does a lot better job.

Greg Broeckelman Scrap Iron 70s Legacy
, May 24, 2016
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

Hi Ron. Glad to hear you're alive and well. Yes, I think you're out of luck but it will be good to see you again one of these days. Maybe in the Worlds in Vegas or in Dalton if you can find a team. We'll be at both....Greg Broeckelman, SI Legacy
, Jan. 20, 2016
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Good advice being given here. My wife had to have her right rotator cuff scoped several years ago and she thought she was able to play golf again three months later. Her doc told her to wait another three months. She did and she's glad.

, Nov. 3, 2015
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WINTER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (2016 ROSTER EVENT) Phoenix AZ

SSUSA - I believe the group asking the questions here are concerned about the first session, either Rose Mofford or Papago so they can get reservations firmed up for hotels. Looking at the number of teams in the first session, I would assume those decisions can be made now. As you know, it's quite a distance between these two parks.

, Aug. 23, 2015
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rocky Mountain Championships

Since Terry H was at the Rocky Mountain Championships I asked him whether they would consider bringing the Western Nationals back to Aurora. He said they were under contract in Sacramento for next year but would then open it back up. Along with others, I worked for two or three years to get the Western Nationals in Aurora several years ago.

I had also heard it would never be in the Denver area again because Aurora wants too much for the fields but I've always said that players want two things: 1) A well run tournament and 2) great fields in one location to play the tournament. From comments made you only get one in Sacramento but get both at the Aurora Sports Park. That's got to be worth something to SSUSA. They need to listen to the players. Here's hoping it will be back in Aurora in a couple years.

I agree with the comments about water in the dugout. The temp Saturday reached 98 degrees and even though there are water fountains outside the fields it was difficult to get a good drink of cold water from those fountains. I know because I tried!!

Greg Broeckelman
Scrap Iron Legacy 70s
, March 29, 2015
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Worlds Results

You may be thinking of a different Scrap Iron team. This Scrap Iron Reds team is a new 70s team. The team name moved up from the 65 level from last year and some of the players are now 70 and playing on the team but it is a new team.

You may be thinking of the Scrap Iron Phiten 65 team that won the SSUSA Worlds last fall at the AAA level and were moved to the major level last November. They finished third this week in Mesquite.
, March 28, 2015
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Worlds Results

Scrap Iron Legacy took first after three tough games including the IF game against OMEN. Tharaldsons got third. In 70s AAA the Scrap Iron Reds took first place.

Greg Broeckelman, Scrap Iron Legacy
, March 22, 2015
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pioneer park

In my opinion, this is a lot of concern about basically nothing. I've played on Scrap Iron teams for many years in Mesquite including a number of games on the baseball fields. I'm playing 70s this year and our second round robin game is on the baseball field at Pioneer now. We were scheduled at Hunter but things changed so we're now at Pioneer.

If you're playing in St. George you should be SAVING money if you're staying in Mesquite because the rooms are way cheaper in Mesquite so you should have plenty of gas money. Just remember the hour time difference.

In another post along these same lines, Dave Dowell indicates they may expand the 65 to 80 session to St. George more next year. If so, that could be the avenue to not play on the baseball fields in Mesquite, at least for the 70s and above.

Just a suggestion. See you in Mesquite Tuesday morning...Greg Broeckelman, Scrap Iron 70s Legacy team
, Nov. 13, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Card Renewal

Should have waited one more day. New card came in the mail today.
, Nov. 13, 2014
Brock
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

I agree with the majority of you in that On Base Percentage is a very important statistic. In fact I say the most important statistic. Everyone has the opportunity to walk and get on base on an error. Some won't walk and will swing at bad pitches so they don't. NOT GOOD! This is a TEAM game. The truth be known, everyone that has a high on base percentage will usually have a very good batting average plus as several have said, you do away with the argument of whether it was an error or a hit. It's true that if you're on second base and I walk, I won't drive you home but as Tony B said, if you don't have base runners a hit won't drive you home either.

Duke, your Billy Beane example is great. Until the A's got rid of Cespedes, they led the American League in runs scored this year with one of the lowest team batting averages in the league. That's because they walked a lot which led to run scoring innings. Two walks and a home run =s three runs. As the saying goes in baseball and applies in softball also, "walks will kill you", just like errors will.

Stick8, I hope the manager you referred to either changed his thought process or is no longer coaching because that's a good way to bring a team down!

I'm a player, not a manager but if I was a manager, on base percentage is what I would look at. And those people would be at the top of my batting order.
, Nov. 13, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Card Renewal

Dave, I renewed mine online on Oct 13th and my profile has been updated that I'm in good standing until Oct 31, 2019. Is mine in your "stuff" for Phoenix also. I'll be there with the Scrap Iron 70 Legacy team at Papago Monday morning.

You must be the busiest person in the office. It seems you have to do everything (:>)) - Greg Broeckelman
, Nov. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Passing of Fred Purvis

WOW! This is a shock. I played with Fred last year when a couple of us Colorado guys were playing with Rusty's. I remember we shared a rental car with Fred in Reno. We were staying one place and Fred was staying somewhere else and was going to play the weekend. We told Fred we'd just take a cab to the airport the morning we were leaving. He wouldn't hear of it. He said, "I'll be there at 5:00 AM to take you to the airport" and he was. This is just an example of what kind of guy he was. He couldn't hear much but he was always there to compliment you on plays you made and even plays you almost made. He was an amazing individual. May he rest in peace!!

Greg Broeckelman - Scrap Iron Club
, Oct. 21, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: online renewal

I renewed online and so my prompts are different now. Even though I haven't yet received my card the website shows my card id now good until Oct 31, 2019. Assuming you have a logon and password established on the Senior Softball website, you should get the prompts to renew your card if your current card expires this year. You will be able to renew for up to and including five years. But you have to be registered on the site.

, Oct. 21, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA Championship seeding game

I would like to address the comments about teams not having the finances to attend the Eastern or Western National tournaments because they're on the coasts.

It's my understanding that the Mississippi River divides west from east. The last two years the Western Nationals have been in the Sacramento, CA area and the Eastern Nationals have been in Raleigh, NC for a number of years now. This year in the Western Nationals, all but a hand full of teams were from the West Coast - CA, OR, WA and BC. There were several Scrap iron teams from Colorado attending but NO teams from south, north or east of Colorado that I remember and there are a lot of teams in this area west of the Mississippi River that won't go to Sacramento but would go to Aurora, CO. Just check where the teams came from in 2012.

In 2012 the Western Nationals were in Aurora, CO. We had 89 teams. I was hoping for 100; Terry H was hoping for 50. Terry made the comment then that the tournament had the capacity to grow to 150 teams. For those of you that played there then or since then you know the fields are great, the weather is nice and there have been no complaints from anyone playing there that I have heard. The Rocky Mountain Championships that started in 2013 had 41 teams which increased to 51 teams this year and we're hoping for at least 60 to 70 in 2015.

Back to the Western Nationals. How do you grow a tournament to 150 teams when you pull the plug the following year because you have a better offer from somewhere else. Terry didn't like me mentioning it being a money situation then so I won't repeat it here but a TRUE western or eastern national tournament should be more centrally located so ALL teams in the region might be able to afford to attend. However, I was told by a SS USA official at the Rocky Mountain Championships this past summer that the Western Nationals will never be in Aurora, CO again. Time will tell.
, Oct. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Membership

I need to renew my card as I'll be 70 next year. Presently the only option online is to renew for one year. Will that be changed the third week in October so one can renew online for five years?
, Oct. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO TAKES CARE OF THE FIELDS @ ARROYO GRANDE?

Just the opposite problem at the Shadow Rock fields. Staff did a good job of maintaining the infields, batter's boxes, etc. Food was good and restrooms were okay. However, the grass outfields were terrible. More weeds than grass. The grass was supposed to be the foul line in the outfield but the grass has not been maintained in a straight line so only line of sight could be used. The turf fields were great but the grass fields were bad. Not championship fields. Would suggest they turf the two fields with grass.
, Oct. 3, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

Scrap Iron Phiten 65s won AAA. So. Cal Gusto was second and Suburban from Washington was 3rd.
, Jan. 23, 2014
Brock
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

I'm right handed and probably hit up the middle to the right field line 90% of the time. To me, what "softball4b" said doesn't "sound stupid". I used to be a pull hitter in my younger days with adequate power. When I'd go into a hitting funk I'd try to go to right field because I felt it helped me get my eye back on the ball better. I stand back and to the rear of the batter's box and try to wait for a pitch in the middle to the outside of the plate and then wait before swinging. The belly button theory is accurate; similar to playing golf. The ball goes where your belly button points at the end of your swing.

Even though I used to go back to pulling the ball, I finally realized that even though I sacrificed some power, my average was about 200 points higher going to right field so now I'm mostly a right field hitter. For Gary, I never apologize for "bleeders". I just say that makes up for the line drive shot that got caught.
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