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Real name:
Paul Preuit

Location:
The Villages, FL

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Men's 65

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, Oct. 5, 2013
Paul P
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Played 65 Maj + with Rose Enterprises at Sunset Park. The fields were adequate (cement base with a 1/4 inch of dust!!). The "lip" between infield and outfield was a good three inches causing for some unbelievable bounces and mis-drections.

The bathrooms, err, port-a-potties were embarassing.

There was no orange bag, but, at times a line, and at other times a chalked box outline that supposedly represented the orange bag. Im not sure of the "why" but I saw two games end on an umpires call of "hitting the bag". I saw numerous other calls that were missed at first base simply because of a one-umpire system being 75 feet from a runner that doesnt actrually touch the base. I know, I played first base. Trust me this isn't sour grapes, because the calls I note never went against my team.

Umpiring in general I thought was quite good, at least at the 65 Major Plus level.

The concessions stand, or lack thereof was certainbly subpar and the constant noise and movement of heavy equipment directly behind homeplate was very much a disraction.
, Nov. 20, 2012
Paul P
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

As for the pitching screens, I've played with them once in a tourney where the rising sun was right behind homeplate, and so to protect the pitcher, a screen was placed. If the screen was hit, it was a dead ball out.

Played in an open league with mostly 20-somethings. I was 55 at the time. If the pitcher was hit by a batted ball, dead ball out. If the pitcher was injured by said batted ball, ejection of batter and his bat confiscated for 30 days (theoretically for testing, tho I'm not sure if that ever took place.)

Can't say I agree with either of these situations, however, I do understand the necessity, having spent a lot of time in the mid 70s pitching ASA ball.

It was always my opinion, that if a pitcher didnt want the ball up the middle, he wouldnt pitch it down the middle. Additionally, its always been my mantra, "flat in, flat out".

Ive played this game at a high level for 46 years now, currently 65 Major Plus, and I think the game is fine right where it is. The better players adjust and they don't shots at the pitcher.
, Nov. 12, 2012
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: fort myers

Hey Softball, it was SSUSA, NOT USSSA ! But, in response to your question, I too would like to see that occur.


, June 2, 2012
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rock 'n Reno Challenge Cup 2012

May as well add my two cents worth!!! Just got back from Reno and I echo the thoughts of other posters. The venue, the umps, the entire tournament experience was enjoyable.

Playing for the Village Merchants in our first entry in to the 65 Major Plus Division. We faced a very tough Bickerton Iron Works, though undermanned, (they only came with 10 players), it was still a tough battle.

Facing Omen in the Winners bracket final and then two more times leading up to and including the "IF" game, it was quite an experience for all of us!

Playing first base, I was fortunate enough to interact with a lot of players as they made their way around the corner. Gentleman one and all and a credit to 65 year olds every where!!!

I am in awe of the softball abilities of ALL of the 65 plus year olds!

We'll be back!!!
, Nov. 15, 2011
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ft myers tournament results

Well Dave, that seems a bit much on your plate (note the Thanksgiving Dinner reference!) Is it not reasonable to have a designee, other than yourself?

I laud your efforts and that of ALL SSUSA personnel in doing their best to bring a memorable softball experience to us all.
, Nov. 15, 2011
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ft myers tournament results

I'm just kind of curious as to why SSUSA can't update their website with the results of the Ft Myer's Tournament (or any other event for that matter)in a timely fashion.

I, as most of you, have numerous friends across the board playing on a variety of teams in all different levels of the Winter Nationals. I see the recurring theme, every month, as being: "Does anyone have the results of ..."

It is understandable that their information is only as good as the person(s) responsible for submitting. But sheesh, update the brackets with scores on the website!!!

Paul
, Nov. 1, 2011
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MYRTLE BEACH FIASCO!!!!!!!! SPA

I'm also adding my two cents worth (hoping to get change, actually!. This is my 2nd year at MB, and while I look forward to the locale, the tournament itself needswork.

The outfield had been re-sodded, apparently by out-of-work illegals with no quality control. Gaps in the sod big enough to put a foot in to. I know of no one that got hurt, but... it was a disaster in waiting.

One umpire, been through this before, it IS, after all, about the money.

One seeding game, and then the rest of the tourney finished on day one? Wow.

Port-a-John's were a days walk from home plate. Ok, maybe I exagerrated, but it was definately an innings worth of hiking.

So we were the first one's on the field at 8am, and the last one's off at 6pm. Throw in the four games ... well you get the idea.

Think next year I'll just bring the clubs and hit the local courses!

Hope to see y'all in Ft Myers. I be the chubby fellow (THAT narrows it down!!)with the walrus moustache, playing 1st base and batting left!!
Paul
, Jan. 17, 2011
Paul P
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee Deliveries

Awwwww thanx Birdie, I blush, sort of! Or perhaps that is beer #4 turning my face red!! Hope to see ya on the field somewhere!!!!
, Jan. 17, 2011
Paul P
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee Deliveries

I play 1st base, currently for a 60s Major Team, Senior moments out of Orlando. I have ALWAYS played 1st base, since I was 8 years old. (The plight of beibng left handed). I tend to play in, close to the bag, and if I get hit by a batted ball, I place the blame squarely on my inability to field, not technology. Fortunately, I CAN field.

As for lessening the impact by utilizing a lesser cor ball, would that not then make batters want to hit it up the middle more? I dont mean AT the pitcher, but it IS the most wide open spot in the field.

When I'm in a slump (happned once in '96 !!!), I revert back to the old stand-by, a level swing, which then sends the ball just to the right of the pitcher in to center or right center field.


, Jan. 17, 2011
Paul P
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee Deliveries

I play 1st base, currently for a 60s Major Team, Senior moments out of Orlando. I have ALWAYS played 1st base, since I was 8 years old. (The plight of beibng left handed). I tend to play in, close to the bag, and if I get hit by a batted ball, I place the blame squarely on my inability to field, not technology. Fortunately, I CAN field.

As for lessening the impact by utilizing a lesser cor ball, would that not then make batters want to hit it up the middle more? I dont mean AT the pitcher, but it IS the most wide open spot in the field.

When I'm in a slump (happned once in '96 !!!), I revert back to the old stand-by, a level swing, which then sends the ball just to the right of the pitcher in to center or right center field.


, April 12, 2010
Paul P
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 60s Travel Team

62 year old career 1st baseman, bats left, throws left, and bonus, can run for myself!!!

Looking for AAA or higher rated team. Currently living in Central FL but moving to East Coast shortly (Boca Raton).

Reply to PPreu@aol.com

Sorry Butch, havent moved to Indiana, yet!!!!

Paulie
, Jan. 4, 2010
Paul P
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Great posts, great memories. I played with Taylor Brothers back in the mid 70s to early 80s and played against some great teams, Joe Theismans Restaurant, Jerry's Catering, Howard's, etc, and the list goes on. And, I got to play with Butch17, in Florida when I grew up. Overweight 1st Baseman can play forever!!!!
, Jan. 4, 2010
Paul P
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ghost's of yesteryear.Where are you?

Great posts, great memories. I played with Taylor Brothers back in the mid 70s to early 80s and played against some great teams, Joe Theismans Restaurant, Jerry's Catering, Howard's, etc, and the list goes on. And, I got to play with Butch17, in Florida when I grew up. Overweight 1st Baseman can play forever!!!!
, Nov. 16, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft Myer's Winter Nationals

Thanks for the input Bruce. We played six games at Lee County Complex and not once did I ever see two umpires on any field. Unfortunately, I wasn't around for the finals so I won't make the assumption on how many umpires there were then.

I played against Kaysons Grille in other events. Fine bunch of boys there!! My services are being utilized with Senior Moments of Orlando. Play well and be safe.
, Nov. 16, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft Myer's Winter Nationals

I played in my 9th consecutive Winter Nationals in Ft Myers and it was the same old story. One umpire. I guess I understand and could even be made to agree that during the seeding games, of which there was only two, one umpire would suffice.

But once the regulation tournament begins, can't we have two? This isnt sour grapes either, in fact the reverse could be true. I play 1st base for Senior Moments and in one instance, in the elimination games, a ball was hit to me, I caught it, swiped at the runner leaving 1st base and then tagged the base for a double play, and called so by the homeplate umnpire. Problem was, I missed the runner by a foot or so and then "sold" it to the homeplate umpire. I honestly felt bad for the vicitmized player and team, who sufferred the loss in what was eventually a one-run game.

The next game, myself and an opposing player agreed to pay out of pocket for the additional umpire. Of course that was denied due to a precedent being set. I undertand that too, but I merely was trying to get a point across.

No harm fell to our team due to having only one umpire, but, you pay for a product and expect to get the real deal.

Imagine my angst when I bought my last motorcycle, only to find out it came with only one tire.

We deserve better.
, Sept. 15, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: They Can't Do That?

I played with Senior Moments in the 60AAA. (The overweight lefthanded 1st baseman!!!) We batted 14 in the seeding games so that everyone got their time in, rotating position players with DHs so no one got too tired. During bracket play we dropped to 11 hitters, yes, to try and win. Sandbagging? Nahhhh!

Now what about the poor guy who has to work and arrives a day late to the event? That did not happen with us, but I foresee it as a problem in making players play the seeding games before being allowed in bracket play.

I enjoyed my time at Dalton with SPA and enjoyed the fine competition. We lost 3 games, all by one run. Much fun!!!
, Sept. 14, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: They Can't Do That?

I was at Dalton, GA for the SPA event and saw a team play in 60AA during pool play and was subsequently "upped" to 60AAA during bracket play. Im unaware of why it happened, but I did see them play and thought they were just a shade under the AAA level. I thought most of the AAA teams were right where they were supposed to be, Express, Time Bandits, Ga/Al, Senior moments,etc.
, Sept. 14, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 60's Very Competitive Major Team Looking for Players

You can email direct at PPreu@aol.com, have been all tournament in every event played this year, dont want to stop now!!!
, Sept. 14, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 60's Very Competitive Major Team Looking for Players

Tom: Hard hitting natural 1st baseman, bats left, throws left, and, most importantly, can run for himself!!! Live in Ocala, Fl, would like to play in Pensacola, if needed.
, July 1, 2009
Paul P
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: ALWAYS looking for a tourney team, 50-55-60

If someone wanted to contact me, PPreu@aol.com would do the trick.
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