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Nancy Allen

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Indianapolis, IN

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Men's 55

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April 25, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

Thanks. Hopefully the schedule master is catching some Zs to deal with the almost 200 teams in Vegas. I made sure that he knows. This is a perfect example of why schedules are draft and tentative. Everything else looked OK to me, but I have always wished that I had as much experience with brackets as Dave and Tim. Of course I should be careful of what I wish for.
April 23, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is for Bogie

Maybe you two could meet in Indy next week and film an episode with Gary at Midwest? You might even get an interview with Dave. Looking forward to the Brickyard.
April 15, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

There is a team that I should probably give a shout out to. When Coachie and Rabbit went down with Mert and Ed for their first senior event, we met up with teams to play scrimmage (what I called spring training) with during the week before playing their first SSUSA tournament that weekend. One of those teams was from Canada, and they were quite a bit older than these two new 50s because they made us play 11 like them, and we were not doing so well at that. I cannot remember if they all moved to Florida, or if they were snowbirding, but their name was Sons of Beaches.

Coachie is my FOG. INDY stood for I (Coachie), Y (You which is me), and ND are my first 2 initials (or maybe Notre Dame during NCAA games if you are a fan). I root for any team from Indiana. I also like the name Fat Nancy's of course, but I cannot seem to get them to come here. So maybe I need to go up there and see that NY FOG.
April 14, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

I have named a couple teams because of Coachie. We had a coed team that I named EZ GO after John Gannon's golf cart at Metro Stadium that Coachie had to fix constantly due to the abuse that cart suffered. He started a new men's team and wanted a different name than his well known ACs. I was thinking about his initials and came up with Bat Attitude. He assembled a very talented group that came from players that did not know each other. They could not get along; so I named them too well. Coachie disbanded the team after four tournaments.

A men's team was having trouble with a new name recently and asked for help. I gave them Brokebat Softball.

Something unique on the ACs team was the players' last names. We had 2 Longs, a Short, and a Whyde.

We played on a coed team that the coach did not figure out a name for. The park used his last name, Firehammer.

Did I mention that I love this game?
April 14, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

Webbie, there is a coed team here, and the men are firefighters. It is called Pitches and Hose.

Back in 1998, Coachie and I were at a senior world series in Memphis, and it was extremely hot, and games were way behind. We were in the parking lot late at night waiting for our game when I made a comment to him about all the guys out there. This was where FOG came from, and it can stand for whatever you like.

Glenn, thanks for inviting us to that tournament.
April 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

jfsully, we had talked about this and some others in another thread. We had one, but one of the players was crazy for it, and Coachie let him have it. It froze and burst over the winter. I still have the Broadsider which is a triangular bat. These were all prior to Ray Demarini showing us that lighter weight meant faster bat speed.

Bruce, thanks. I am probably just over thinking it. I know it is very controversial on some of the tournaments here already. I think it is more about just not knowing about it since they really could not explain why. Since you did not say that you were trading in your bat for it, I know it probably cannot compete with what we have in seniors already.
April 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

OZ40, I did get a chuckle out of the average comment. Sorry, Bret. Bruce, how did the ball come off the bat, any differently?
The furthest that I have ever seen a ball hit in senior softball was in a world series in Memphis. I believe that it was Bruce Meade's rookie senior year. He was amazing.

April 13, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

I know that we have discussed bat gimmicks from the past, but I was at a clinic yesterday where they discussed a bat that has been causing some issues and discussions. It is the Easton Torque, and the handle evidently rotates with your hands. It made me thnk of the Baden Axe that I saw last year with its odd knob design that did not feel comfortable in my grip at all. This apparently has not caught on, but it at least is stationary. I cannot even imagine that a rotating handle would feel right or help your swing. I wish that they had one there to see what it feels like. I guess they have caused some controversies already in tournaments here. Has anyone swung one or seen any other odd bat gimmicks lately? I know they mentioned a fast pitch bat that changes color as it breaks in (Xeno?), but that would not feel different in your hands.

I am hoping that Tim's bat compression tester will be at the park during the Brickyard. While it is calibrated for younger adult bats, we have had some fun watching the senior bats exceed the acceptable scale for that specification. Of course the youngsters are jealous, but I tell them if they keep playing that they can some day swing one too. Some things you have to earn, like senior softball.
March 29, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

We had 50 teams last year. Only the "young" boys are playing over the weekend this year to help with expansion. The Mini Marathon is that Saturday but am not aware of any other events in Indy that weekend, but then if it does not involve softball, I am probably clueless. Midwest does have a person that helps them handle rooms if anyone wants any help. Just let me know, and I can hook you up with her.

The Brickyard is only a month away. Hopefully it is on your schedule. This is the 16th year of Coachie's dream for Indy, and it has one of the best turnouts in the Midwest. So be there, or be square.
March 16, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

We are just over 6 weeks away from the 2015 Brickyard qualifier in Indy. This is the first senior tournament of the year up here, and we are all getting pretty excited about playing outside because it was a brutally cold winter. I am hoping to see a lot of you there. If you have never been to the Brickyard, you might want to consider adding it to your tournament schedule. It is one of the best attended senior tournaments in the Midwest.
March 11, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: state directors changing rules

VDS, the best way to handle this is to contact the office directly, 916-326-5303.
March 9, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team 50+ in the SE Mich area

Sorry, I was not suggesting that you join a league team. I just know when you are trying to find a team that sometimes local contacts can be a good resource. I am sure that some people may get picked up from posting on this board, but I think that talking to people can lead to increased success. So if you look under ratings, and see a team that you might be interested in, and there is a league near that team, maybe they know a guy who knows a guy, and you might find your tournament team. I wish you the best of luck.
March 9, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team 50+ in the SE Mich area

Bobby, as long as you are a registered snowbird, you may have more options depending on which state is listed as your primary residence. In either case you can go to Ratings above, click on the State heading of the 50s, and you will be able to see the registered teams in Michigan and Florida sorted by state. You may also be able to get more contacts by clicking Leagues above and selecting the state, and you will be able to see any leagues that registered with contact information. Under Links above, there is contact information for directors for those states.

If you have any questions about being considered a snowbird, you should contact the main office about your individual situation.

Good luck. I hope that you find your team. There is nothing like senior softball.


March 6, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rating Question

Our 80s players told me that pain is God's way of reminding us that we are alive. So I think about that whenever something hurts. It is better than the alternative; so be glad.
March 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tribute to one of the best!!!

Turbo, thanks for explaining. Now I know where you were going with that. I guess that means that my personal HRF is still zero. ;-)

I also looked up his obituary, and there are some very nice softball memories listed in the condolences if anyone wants to look at or post to them http://quattlebaumfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1258/John_Elliott/obituary.html#content-start.

Too bad I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I will in the big game upstairs some day.
March 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tribute to one of the best!!!

Turbo, I did not know Craig, and I mean no disrespect to him or you, but that means that he was batting just under 80 percent home runs which is still very impressive and bests most people's on base percentage. I hope he hits even more in that big game upstairs. He is definitely in good company there.
Feb. 25, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: New resident of Manalapan NJ

Ho, I am with you, but it just adds a layer of ambiguity in this case; so I did not want to guess and possibly be wrong. Coachie and I shared the same account, but he never used it. Since I was the one submitting rosters and other manager tasks, it made sense for us, and you see whose "handle" is on the message board.

I have sworn to never bust the regular poster that called me and said, "You are really a girl? I thought you were a guy using his wife's account". So I am a girl, and we had a men's 55 team when he dissolved the team after about 10 years of having a senior men's team.

Hopefully the right Cooper will clarify this. If it is Mary, I will buy your adult beverage because of your thorough research. You are only one state to the right; so you should be able to collect pretty easily. Have fun.
Feb. 25, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: New resident of Manalapan NJ

Ho, if you look a little more on that account, it is registered to Jim Cooper. There are messages from both Jim and Mary with that account. Past that I am not making any guesses.

kenaispal, if you look under Leagues at the top of this site, it has lists of leagues and contacts in and for New Jersey which should give you a start. Also on Ratings at the top of this site, touch the State column in an age group. So for Men's 55 as an example, there are three teams listed from New Jersey.
Feb. 20, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So the question was....how to get more teams to play Major Plus

Cal50, it does not happen every year, but in the past we have had 5 or more Major+ teams at the Brickyard in Indy. For many years we often had more Major and Major+ teams (50, 55) than some of the bigger tournaments. We have only consistently had one Kentucky team because it falls on the same weekend as the Derby. Let me know if you would like any more information, and it is only a couple of months away.
Feb. 19, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Round Robins

Years ago Jim Brumund of Chicago said to Coachie and me "You bring the beer, and we'll bring the steaks, and we'll meet somewhere between Chicago and Indy and play games all day." We had traveled everywhere and kept playing each other all over the country; so it was a pretty good suggestion, wish we had done it. He and Coachie are playing on the team upstairs now.

The thought occurred to me then that it would be really nice to have senior round robins on the weekends. My idea was maybe to have a house team or two and have other teams from around the area meet on a Friday night and play three games to give everyone a chance to play when there was a not a tournament.

Does anyone do anything like this in your area? Would you be likely to join in a team that was traveling to a city 50 - 100 miles away with a round robin team that was not necessarily your regular team? Men's round robins are pretty big here on Saturdays, but I would appreciate any input. You have to remember that my perspective is a little different because I am not trying to make any money on softball. I just love to be around it, especially senior softball and look for ways to create more play.

Thanks.
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