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Dave (Mango) Meggison

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Orange, CA

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Men's 50

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, May 31, 2015
Mango
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One up Rule in the Open Inning!!!

JT,
You bring up an interesting topic for discussion. You state that it's always an advantage to be home team and that seems to be a widely held assumption in the slow pitch world. I'm not so sure. In baseball there is an advantage to being home because it's a low scoring game and you have the ability to " manufacture" a single run by stealing, bunting, hit and run etc. All of which you can't do in slow pitch softball. I believe both home and visitors each have advantages. Personay, I like being visitors for a number of reasons ( I believe there are stronger advantages most of the time) Setting the one up rule aside, what advantages are there for being home versus visitor in slow pitch?
, May 30, 2015
Mango
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Screame 5
I'm interested in your thoughts as a u trip ump for over 20 years about having the same box for a ball that can hit the front of the plate for a strike (in senior ball) whereas in Utriip that pitch would be a ball? Shouldn't the box be moved slightly forward to compensate?
, May 30, 2015
Mango
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

I know there was a degree of controversy in Reno with "out of the box" last weekend. I felt sorry for the officials who were encouraged to enforce a rule usually not strictly enforced in other tournaments throughout the year. Like the "carrying the ball over" rule in basketball, the written rule differs from the normal enforcement. Same thing with baseball where the strike zone is the"bottom of the knees" to the top of the shoulders. Can you imagine a major league umpire enforcing that zone? The letter of the law/rule differs from the normal enforcement and is culturally accepted. On a freeway you don't expect to get a ticket for doing 70 in the fast lane even though the law says 65.

I know officials were encouraged to "strictly enforce" the batters box rule in Reno. I'm not sure it was beneficial or added anything to the game. I felt sorry for the umpires and frustrated players who normally extend the box.

Finally on extending the box forward-Since batters box dimensions and placement were designed with baseball and softball in mind where the ball needs to "cross " the plate in order to be a strike, and not "hit" the plate- wouldn't It make sense to adjust the placement of the box forward the front more to compensated? Which players and officials usually do when the lines are removable.
, May 20, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Dancer,
If you have a choice and want to take equalizers-always take the runs. Good luck.
, May 19, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Dancer,
When a 50 major plus team plays a 50 major team the major team gets potentially 4 equalizes.
1. They get 5 runs or 11 defensive players.
2. They play the lower teams runs per inning from 7 to 5
3.They play the lower teams home run rule with DBO
4. If the lower team takes the 5 runs they also are allowed to score 6 runs in an inning while the more talented team is restricted to 5.

To answer your question about the case where a team plays a team two classes above they get the 11 fielders and the runs as well as the other equalizes mentioned above.


, May 18, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Benji,
Please don't be disappointed. I wasn't advocating for less skilled teams to take equalizers. I was merely agreeing with Jawood that the lesser skilled teams aren't just receiving "an" equalizer, but a basket of equalizers. Their runs per inning rule, their homer rules, extra players, extra runs etc.
, May 17, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

I agree with Jawood that when playing a team of less skilled players ( lower classification) the 5 runs an inning as opposed to 7 is an equalizer. You are also playing the "less skilled players" home run rule which is another equalizer. The extra runs or players is merely a third equalizer for the less skilled players.
, May 4, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softballs in Reno

SSUSA
Thanks for the prompt reply.
, May 4, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softballs in Reno

Thanks Tim,
However last year in several tournaments Trump stores without the SSUSA logo were used ( isa, Asa etc). I was wondering if these are ok to use this year as well. I guess it's referring to the second part of the rule that says " pre-approved by SSUSA headquarters in Sacramento". Was wondering if SSUSA could weigh in on this.
, May 3, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softballs in Reno

Does anyone know what balls can or will be used in Reno? The rule reads as follows:
In all SSUSA-sponsored qualifiers and tournaments, official game balls must have the official SSUSA stamp or be pre-approved by SSUSA headquarters, located in Sacramento, CA

I was wondering what balls without an SSUSA stamp are allowed/pre-approved. It seems like last year there were conflicting rulings. Any clarification would be appreciated for the 2015 season.
Thanks.

, April 27, 2015
Mango
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Tourney

1. Summy's 55
2. MTC 55
3. Aftershock
, March 23, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not HAPPY with Bats Unlimited!

Hey Big Mike,
I've been dealing with Steve from Bat's Unlimited for over 8 years. He's always been above board, honest and straight forward. Nothing sketchy about him or Bat's Unlimited. I can't speak for FedEx or your neighbors but Bat's Unlimited is OK in my book. I read an article around Christmas about thieves following Fed Ex trucks and picking up packages left on doorsteps. If that happened I don't see how Bats Unlimited is responsible.
Mango
, March 14, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Required Face Masks

How about toning down the balls? The easiest fix for directors to control the safety of the game. Second easiest fix is getting rid of rules that encourage power hitters to hit the ball down ( return to the dead ball walk)
, Feb. 10, 2015
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Hyper Z pretty impressive!

Just got done hitting the new Louisville Slugger Hyper Z. There were four of us (all 50 Major Plus players) hitting on a hardball field with a 345-foot fence. Everyone swung their own bats for a round of 40 swings then the Louisville Hyper Z for 40 swing each. We were hitting the Ultra II, the GSC, and a couple of different Combats. The Hyper Z was by far the best bat in terms of overall performance-exit speed and carry/distance. Each player hit the ball farther/ more home runs with the new Hyper Z (fresh out of the wrapper) than with their own bat. Not sure of durability yet as we only put 160 swings on it today. But as far as performance goes it was the best bat in the park!
, Nov. 23, 2014
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Crump 22
Not sure which tournament you are talking about with “unlimited” home runs. Is it the one in Rockford in August?

Also, I would like to point out that I am not advocating “unlimited” home runs in the plus division. I would be happy with going back to a cap on homers then DBW. There is quite a difference between a ball hit over the fence for 4 bases and a ball hit over the fence for 1 base. If you stop and think about it-the DBW is quite limiting in terms of offensive production.

, Nov. 19, 2014
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

For the 50, 55 and possibly the 60 Major Plus- Get rid of the DBO and go back to the Dead Ball Walk after home runs are gone. There are too many big strong players in those age group/divisions. I saw too many pitchers get blasted this season. It’s only a matter of time before someone is very seriously injured. There is no reason to have the DBO in the Plus divisions.

I encourage all Plus players that wish the rule changed to send an email to the rules committee at the address above in Dave’s post (SSUSA Post -info@seniorsoftball.com with "Rules Committee" in the subject line )
, Sept. 9, 2014
Mango
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas - Session 1

I agree with JT25 get rid of the dbo rule in Plus or get rid of the ROCK Ball. The ROCK Ball is ridiculous for Vegas.
, Aug. 3, 2014
Mango
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

Hey Stick,
I'm doing well, thanks. How about you? Who are you playing with this year and will you be coming to Vegas?
Also do you know of any 50 Major Plus teams from back in your area who will be coming out? Please encourage them all-it should be a good World Series.
, Aug. 1, 2014
Mango
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

SSUSA Staff- Right!!!! I agree with that point as well! More runs per inning should result in more aggregate at bats. I was merely pointing out an additional benefit of 7 vs 5,the added importance of defense. Again-Thanks for listening to Plus Players and letting them have a voice in shaping the game they play.
, Aug. 1, 2014
Mango
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY SEVEN RUNS PER INNING?

SSUSA- Thanks for listening!

The higher the runs per inning the more important defense becomes. Anyone that has played at the plus level for any period of time would probably agree. A couple years ago it was 9 runs an inning and I would like to see it go back to that. We had a player boot a double play ball that ended up costing us 9 runs. We lost by 3 runs. Had there been a 5 run limit we would have won the game. We still don’t speak that player’s name :-)

As far as the run totals. Run totals are a product of a number of things (home runs being one of the things that was changed this year to perhaps depress run totals) but one of the most important factors is the amount of time you have to score runs. 99% of the games have time limits and this is a big factor in how many runs you can score.

And can someone explain to me the thought process where one thinks they are getting to play more softball because they play 7 innings. If you have played a 7 inning game in 55 minute and a 5 inning game in 70 minutes-who has played more softball?

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