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Real name:
Michael Adair

Location:
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ

Division:
Men's 70

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Dec. 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shaved Bat

One of my favorite isms is, “I am going to give you information” how you process it is entirely up to you. I expect there will be a lot of information that will be forthcoming within the next few weeks, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts beforehand.

During the winter worlds a pitcher was hit with a batted ball and subsequently the bat checked and deemed to have been shaved and therefore illegal. I am not concerned nor interested in the back story only in the causation and result. An illegal bat was used and an individual incurred an injury. SSUSA will determine what consequences will be paid by the individual and or anyone else knowingly involved with regards to future play within the organization.

The why an individual would knowingly make a bat “hotter” is known only to that person. I can guess, but truthfully, I don't care.

That person put someone else at risk for injury and forever ruined his reputation. Correspondingly his action has sullied not only his reputation but those associated with him whether they knew or did not know of the players actions. Beyond the scope of the softball field the individual has also put he or she and their family in financial jeopardy. In the case of injury, litigation is not only a possibility but a probability.

95% of the bats I have owned or do own have come from manufacturer reps or certified retailer websites. The few bats I have purchased from individuals, I know them personally and feel confident in their integrity. If I ever purchased a bat and I didn't like it, I would sell it and usually less than half of what I paid for it. Sorry rabbit trail and not relevant to the subject.

My current experience is limited to the 60-70 division. I personally have no firsthand knowledge of individuals shaving or selling illegal bats. Being a catcher and kind of anal retentive, I look at every bat being brought to the plate. Most of the issues I see are guys swinging Utrip or ASA bats. I know those bats aren’t as good as senior bats, so I don’t say anything. With the new rule change I guess I might. If there is an instance where I think a bat is not legal, I will always protect my teammates. If I am wrong, I will deal with it. If I must buy a guy a new bat I will. I would rather be wrong, than not say anything, especially if one of my friends is injured.

Velesquez has been on top of this for years. I feel confident SSUSA will take corrective action, but it is up to us to be more involved in policing our sport. I sent an email to my teammates informing them that I did not believe anyone on our team was cheating, but such conduct is not acceptable and not tolerated. I copied our sponsor and SSUSA.

Lastly, no hit, home run, game, or championship is worth the possibility of injury to an individual and or a financial hit to you/your family’s livelihood. In the worse scenario, the injured player dies because of the illegal equipment, criminal action. Criminal negligence or manslaughter.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70

Nov. 30, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost Equipment at Papago Park Session 1

I found some lost equipment at Papago park during session 1 winter worlds. Please contact me at softball4b@aol.com and we can figure out a way to return the items.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Nov. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Balls in Phoenix

Will the TD supply balls per game or give X number to each team.
Nov. 12, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rose Mofford Sports Complex

They had full services when we played there last month
Oct. 25, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Question for Dave Regarding border states

Play Ball

Oct. 25, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Question for Dave Regarding border states

What is the rule for Canadian teams?
Oct. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Worlds and 2024

Yup!
Oct. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 75 AAA pitcher

Mark is a good player and a better person. He would be an asset to your team.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Oct. 11, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Phoenix

How can you know that until you know how many teams are coming in each age group?
Oct. 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LAGACY PARK NEWS

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2023/10/04/mesa-legacy-park-sale-in-limbo-here-is-what-we-know/71060060007/

Oct. 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA

Congrats on a great year. Your mission statement or plan has evolved over the 20+ years I have played in the organization.

Expanding the scope of the organization internationally through philanthropy and softball outreach is a testament to looking beyond just the hosting the easy tournaments.

All organizations have trial and tribulations, but I believe SSUSA has learned and been made better each and every year.

Thank you again for providing a venue for us to continue to play this sport.

Mike Adair #35
Scorpions 70
Sept. 28, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 Major Plus bracket issue

IMO Worlds must be in a location that accommodate the players and their supporters. The main knock I hear is the fields. Any organization is at the mercy of the city in which the tournament is held for the condition(s) and use of the fields.

A few points to consider:
The temps in Phoenix are still in the 100s.

Because of the size of the tournament, it is already stretched over 17 day period, which is actually more for the staff and vendors.

To utilize only the best fields in any location; the tournament period would need to double+ in length. People already complain about the 3 day tourney extending to 4 days.

Vegas does offer ample entertainment and eating choices for everyone coming to the tourney.

There is no perfect venue or location, but Vegas seems to be the best overall.

SSUSA does a great job of providing this end of season experience for us to measure our team and ourselves against the best in the world.

BTW, I don't gamble, I am not a foodie(I do love eating though), and because I am a trophy husband(wife still works), Worlds is the tourney wife gets to come.

Mike Adair
Scorpion 70s
Sept. 26, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65, 70 75 's ?

I looked at the results and was disappointed. I was hoping that we did better than I thought.

Nope, still lost.

Congrats to the teams for a very competitive and challenging tournament.

I love this tourney and appreciate how much work SSUSA puts in to give us this venue for us to play.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Sept. 25, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65, 70 75 's ?

I believe only session 1 results have been posted.
Sept. 7, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What do 12 and 6 foot arcs really look like?

I don't know if I could hit off of you, but it would be fun. Good Stuff!!
Aug. 20, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2023 Worlds - Team List

I concur, much easier to see classifications
Aug. 15, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball replacement

Good advice Tim, that is why I buy all of the balls we use from SSUSA.
Aug. 15, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball replacement

This has been a fun thread. For the record being in Northern AZ our last 4 tourneys were in 5300 ft or higher, the only tournament we used new balls was this one. I cleaned up the balls from the Southwest tourney and have used them for all the tourneys since.

I brought out 4 new balls for Prescott and did not use them on Sat. One game on Sunday, so why not. I told the umpire after the 3rd inning I would be inserting a new ball every time we came to bat. When the inning was over I walked out the new ball for inspection and put in on the mound before George the other pitcher made it on the field. When the inning was over I retrieved our ball and had the umpire use one of balls in his ballbag. No wasted time and I certainly would not have complained if the opposing team wanted to put in a different legal ball to hit.

As noted, none of this helped, we were outhit and out fielded, but I will continue to try to give us an advantage wherever legal.

One final note, some of the backup balls were stotes. I have tried all year to only hit the balls we were going to use in vegas. Walt is a good guy and competitive. Nothing wrong with him wanting to stick up for his team. Our division in Vegas will be very competitive and super fun.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Aug. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball replacement

Walt, previously of AZ Ancients, when you are blessed to win tournament or two. Sometimes you get a credit instead of t-shirts. We took our credit and bought balls. That being said, a little soap, water and elbow grease; almost every ball looks newish. Considering we only had one game today, why not not use new balls.

We did not hit for crap today, so not much scuffing thus the 4 new balls still look newish.

The team that scored more runs and caught more balls, won today. Always great competition between Ranalls and ourselves. Hopefully we both will represent AZ well in Vegas.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70

June 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sadness

I understand your angst especially since you had to jump through hoops. Just walk him every time. One player beats you if you let him.
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