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Michael Adair

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April 5, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

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April 5, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Still waiting for a rational answer

Actions have consequences. Regardless of your interpretation of your skill level (average player in your age group (65) why are you moved up because you happened to play on a good younger team that could absorb an average older player) If the team wins you carry the rating.

It was your decision to play down for whatever reason (and it is not my intention to demean or have an opinion as to why you made that decision). I am also sure that every time you played you did your very best to help your team.

I have played multiple age groups for 10 years so I recognize the risks. As a member of the roster, even with a limited role, you take the risk of of being rated higher based on their results.

The team did well as a result you did well. Results are rewarded.

How can you change your circumstances?

Not here for sure.

Deal with SSUSA directly. Document your contribution to the team. Stats. Tourneys attended. Letter from manager indicating your contribution level. Medical conditions that may have manifested themselves or worsened.

Once you have exhausted all of your options to carry a different rating. You make the decision as to what teams may have openings for a player of your caliber.

I said all that to say this. SSUSA does make mistakes, they do make corrections when evidence is presented to the contrary, and they also know who might be understating their ability. Words are Words, Actions are Facts.

Mike Adair

March 27, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacemant Results

Hips are much easier than knees. Total hip replacement 12/2007 and started playing 02/2008. Schedule after Worlds and get it done. Quality of life improved beyond my expectations. Total knee in Nov/2016. Redemption tour 2017 went pretty good. Played both 60 and 65 Major with decent success. Again, quality of life improved beyond my expectations.

Mike Adair
March 26, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

DD that is the same thing my ex wife says when we talk/communicate/lack there of. Actually we do not talk, but it is still funny.
March 22, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

Houston Fire probably has them already and they are testing them in BP. So if they get to Sac with scuff marks, you will know why.
March 14, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: moving up

In the instances where a player was on the team as a emergency fill in and or was there only as a runner because of an injury. I wrote a letter to the powers to be on behalf of the player to be for their consideration in evaluating that player's rating. If that player decided to stay with the team and play at a higher level, it would be much more difficult to adjust their individual rating no matter their contribution.
March 3, 2018
softball4b
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2018 bats suggestion

First ask your wife what it is that would make her happy.....for under a 1,000 dollars. If she is the "oh anything honey" type...take control or the budget could get outta sight...start with back/foot rub..and answer before asked..I am not interested in sex, I just want to do something for you..Day date the next day..animal habitat on a go to...big cats in a private setting..winner..primates not so much, who want to cuddle with a hairy ape..that is everyday sorta thing..wine tasting...alcohol, cheese and chocolates..much better than the smokey hole in the wall bar that you don't really want her to know how much you go to...close the weekend with a drive..no where special just a look see through the hills/trees/beach side/country roads and if she sees an antique store she wants to stop at..just do it...if she is not into any of that..buy her a groupon for a medi/pedi/massage for her and two friends..limo and of course alcohol/cheese and chocolates...

After all that...and it works out well...find out which bats your buddies will not let you borrow..always a good sign they are pretty good bats or not so good friends..go buy 4 bats of from the group listed above, sell the ones you do not like for a 50% loss...that way you can tell your wife the you only spend half as much on you...if none that works...just find somebody that will loan you a bat...I played a couple of seasons with a guy that he always brought a batbag, but I am not sure what was in it. Because he was always borrowing someones bat and usually not to their knowledge.

Sorry gotta go, my wife wants me to cook breakfast/clean the litter box/put the laundry in the washer. Where in the hell did I put that groupon, she needs to get out more.

Mike Adair
March 2, 2018
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

There is bat control and then there is controlling everything else.

I know one player, who at a world tournament 45's, hit 13 for 21 and no dingers. He wanted to be All World so badly, He went into the scoring tower and tried to convince the scorekeeper that 5 of the outs were not his fault and he just made another out because we were beating the team so badly. (I think we won by 8 runs). Same guy, we were playing Co-ed and the girl behind him could not hit a lick. We needed him to try for a HR, he singled because he was hitting .900 and did not want his average to drop.

I have been blessed to play with 3 or 4 different players, that if you put a trashcan on the field I think they could drop the ball in it. It was just shocking if they ever made an out.
March 2, 2018
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

Bat control fades as with your physical abilities with age.

There are are only a few players that can almost always put the ball in a trashcan (any where on the field). Gary Springer is one. Failure to recognize that you do not have the control you did earlier in your career, especially power hitters, results in balls that you may have thought was going to be 6 feet from the pitcher, hit or nearly hit them. While intent may not be a factor, your ego or misconception of your existing skills set does figure in.

There are certain pitches that pitchers throw, in the count, that almost always result in a ball growing up the middle. Again not necessarily their intent, but their control fades with time also. So, if you throw the "gotta be fair ball", short and middle to outside. Most likely, the pitcher is going to need to field their position. Needless to say, I try to keep both of us out of that situation.

For years, I lived in the middle and had the rep of taking pitchers off the mound. Not something I am proud of, just the way it was in the 80's early 90's. As we age, power has a longer shelf life than reflexes. It is the responsibility of pitchers and hitters to recognize their abilities and limitations. Don't get me wrong, I will always do everything I can, not to make an out. Short of putting another person in harm's way.

Been there, done that, done with that.

Mike Adair
Feb. 26, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

One - DD that is funny....Two - Webbie, that is nothing new.
Feb. 23, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

Posted on another thread, but applicable here also.

Nothing is ever changed through the message board. Change will only result through utilizing the process in place to affect change. I do not encourage nor support individuals calling out specific SSUSA officials for ridicule. I am extremely confident while one individual might be the spokesperson, there is probably a committee consensus on decisions that have profound affects.

The message board is a venue to share information. Regarding the 65 Ratings move. Obviously, we the unwashed masses are not "in the know" nor do we ever "have the complete" story. This board is only good for information or questions at best and at worst unfounded rumors to an audience usually not aware of things outside their own division or region.

It is an absolutely legitimate question as to why only a single team was moved up in a 20 team bracket. The reason, I say 1 out of 20 was moved because the Ancients were moved after the Winter Worlds.

I have no ax to grind in this situation nor do I care who I play, but I do believe that when rules and or standards are created they should be applied fairly throughout. I have played on M+ teams that were not truly M+ teams, but our success dictated participation in that division. So be it. I have never viewed moving up in a competition level as anything other than a challenge. My personal opinion is based on the current rules Enviro-vac and AZ Ancients are both M+. I do not mean the rule differential, but rather wins and losses, their overall success against their peer group. Quite frankly the run differential is an interesting statistic, but there are a number of teams that bat everybody in RR and 11-12 in tourney and thus games are always closer.

Mike Adair or as my wife would say, at least you are a good feet Warmer.
Feb. 23, 2018
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULES MADE TO BE BROKEN?

Nothing is ever changed through the message board. Change will only result through utilizing the process in place to affect change. I do not encourage nor support individuals calling out specific SSUSA officials for ridicule. I am extremely confident while one individual might be the spokesperson, there is probably a committee consensus on decisions that have profound affects.

The message board is a venue to share information. Regarding the 65 Ratings move. Obviously, we the unwashed masses are not "in the know" nor do we ever "have the complete" story. This board is only good for information or questions at best and at worst unfounded rumors to an audience usually not aware of things outside their own division or region.

It is an absolutely legitimate question as to why only a single team was moved up in a 20 team bracket. The reason, I say 1 out of 20 was moved because the Ancients were moved after the Winter Worlds.

I have no ax to grind in this situation nor do I care who I play, but I do believe that when rules and or standards are created they should be applied fairly throughout. I have played on M+ teams that were not truly M+ teams, but our success dictated participation in that division. So be it. I have never viewed moving up in a competition level as anything other than a challenge. My personal opinion is based on the current rules Enviro-vac and AZ Ancients are both M+. I do not mean the rule differential, but rather wins and losses, their overall success against their peer group. Quite frankly the run differential is an interesting statistic, but there are a number of teams that bat everybody in RR and 11-12 in tourney and thus games are always closer.

Mike Adair or as my wife would say, at least you are a good feet Warmer.
Feb. 22, 2018
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Clarification on Offensive Interference and Catcher Obstruction.

The only voices I hear are the ones in my head and of course my wife when she is there. Her words of encouragement like, "Don't Suck" are golden.

have been known to tell the pitcher if I lose concentration because of the antics of the catcher I might lose a little bat control and or remind the catcher that I am the catcher.

Mike Adair
More than one brick shy of a load.
Feb. 21, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

Okay I will bite.

Winning and losing is dictated by results not style. A team moves based on their performance against peer competition. I cannot remember when or if a team above and below was moved up and the middle team did not.

The World tournament epitomizes the best teams playing at that time in that age group. There are multiple examples where teams played above their seasonal results and peaked at the right time. Their success in the World Tournament resulted in the team being moved up. Cases can be made where the stars aligned and the team played above their normal success, regardless their performance resulted in their move.

Unless they retained only 6 players from the squad that played in Worlds or a number of their players were re-rated due to medical conditions, Enviro-Vac should have moved up. The size of the bracket indicated more than one team should have moved up. The Ancients moved up after their continued success in the Winter Worlds.

BTW - the definition of an M+ player/team is open to debate and was well discussed on this board earlier this year. I can think of one team, R&R, that was on the radar for years that had the same type player makeup as Enviro-Vac. They finished 2nd in the 2016 Worlds and was re-rated to M+. Enviro-Vac was M+ went 1-4 and was re-rated to Major.

No question both are bubble M+ teams, but M+ they are/were/is/maybe.

Mike Adair
Jan. 4, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Patty Mac could use your prayers

The Adair Family will have you in their prayers.
Jan. 2, 2018
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Curious End of Year Re-Rating

Eventually you are going to have post the 65M+ rerated teams.
Dec. 20, 2017
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

In fairness to Garocket, literally he is correct. In reality you almost always cannot outhit your defense. Lord knows I have been on teams who have tried. Hitting 5 or 7 runs every inning and having a great open inning is Vegas odds. There is a lot that can be said for hitting a 3 run homer with 2 outs as a demoralizing affect on the opponent equally as effective is the double play with bases loaded and no outs. Turning a potential big inning into something a lot less.

Championship teams utilize both offense and defense as weapons. I have never, yes I used the word never, saw a true championship caliber team that did not have defense and offense.

The 3rd component is pitching. There is a HUGE difference between a pitcher and a thrower. For the most part IMO, that guy that throws 7 MPH underhanded has a tremendous impact on the defense side of the ball. I played in one game where the wind was blowing 20-30 MPH and our pitcher walked 3 guys. We won easily. Another our pitcher walked 13 guys, we almost won. The only guy I know to throw a no hitter in senior slowpitch is not a true pitcher, Ron Chenier.

This could be much longer because as some people say, actually most of them, I am somewhat verbose, sounds better wind bag. You might win some games with just hitting or defense or pitching or insert aspect here, but if you plan on winning it all or just most of your games, everything needs to click.

Merry Ho HO
Dec. 19, 2017
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

Webbie and Lucent in the same sentence........It is a Christmas Miracle!
Dec. 15, 2017
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Most of the time if I can reach I eat it, I mean hit it. IDC.
Dec. 14, 2017
softball4b
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Batting Practice Balls-- Evil BP balls (orange/white) vs Tattoo NX3 Balls (green/yellow)

SSUSA can we add grammar check to this board. I am starting to write the way I sound which is not good. )My experience( ]one or two[.
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