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Nancy Allen

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May 24, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules Question - Player being tossed (Milwaukee Tourney)

In all my years officiating, I have only had to eject 2 in the game (1 on base and 1 in the box, both in younger guys' softball). I am verbal and ask if they have a sub, only if they don't do I have an out. Unfortunately the one in the box got ejected because of the NSA jewelry rule (had been tucked in his shirt the entire game). I asked 3 times for a sub (hint: find one, and let the other team protest), and they didn't. It ended being the final out of an Industrial World Series game. I hate ending games on things like that. Now it sounds like this umpire was a little rattled in this case, and I can understand that it sometimes gets brutal on the field, but asking for a sub is the correct thing to do. Dave, I will someday share the story of the other ejection with you because you know the suspects in that one.
May 20, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: be in indy

Connersville is quite a hike from Indy, but senior leagues are Tuesdays at Chuck Klein and Thursdays at Midwest Sports Complex. It sounds like the second one is your only option.
May 9, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard

BIGHURT, there were water jugs on the bleachers. There were not enough in the park to put one in each dugout, but the grounds crew and park manager kept filling them. There is a new owner, and I am letting him know your concerns. I think that he will be the best thing that has happened for the park in years. He did open up the Tiki Hut in the back for concessions, and he had 2 people working the downstairs when the previous owner only ever had 1 person. We gave the person that has made the shirts for the prior 18 years the team names, and he just did not do it. Had we known that he would not, other arrangements would have been made. The astro turf was part of a really bad plan, and it bothered me too. I am pretty sure which umpire you are describing. He will not be working any games for senior softball in the future. The park owner said that he appreciates the feedback and hopes that you will see positive changes next year. That will be the 20th Brickyard.
May 9, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard

Actually, if I were to tell you how much they charge for other events to get in, you would really be surprised what people pay. Fortunately 65+ have not been charged to get in for several years, but I do not think that it was a conscious effort to not charge them. We just didn't remind the park that there were teams coming in those days. Dave, you know that is one of the best stories of all time. The one thing though about Midwest is the $3 is part of how they pay for that awesome grounds crew. Fortunately this year they did not have the battles that they have had the last couple, but when it rains they are super heroes.

I know that Victory Lane in Arizona also has a gate fee, and it was used for seniors before. It was a very nice facility when I was there. Private parks are usually better maintained. Most of the ones here in Indy are private parks; so we are used to paying those fees.

I actually never heard one complaint about the 1-1 count.
May 7, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team Ratings

NYGNYY, if you are a team's coach with a specific question, I would call George at the main office. Asking the question on this board is probably only going to get you answers that are not very helpful in what you are asking. Hopefully what you are referencing is https://seniorsoftball.com/?page=28 which I also believe is very concise. Speculation does not help when a person does not know all of the specific details in an individual team's situation. George and SSUSA are very good in assessing those details, and as a former coach, I can tell you that they are good to work with.
May 6, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Welcome South

You know that you are having a good day when you are in Indy watching a team from Alabama playing one from Florida. What a beautiful day for senior softball.
May 3, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate mat size

Tony, that is fine. The nice thing about SSUSA is that they make a lot of information easy to access. I just wanted to make sure that you knew that the tools were here.
May 3, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate mat size

Tony, you can find all dimensions in the rulebook which is online from this site under Tounaments. All dimensions are in the back of the rulebook. The strike zone mat is on page 78 and is 34.5" by 19".
May 2, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Surgery or replacement

At the risk of being redundant, getting a second opinion is good advice. My knee Dr often gets new patients after a bad first experience. Mine believes in surgery as the final option. He works with people to strengthen the knee with exercises and alternative behaviors. Although my issue was probably different that yours, over 10 years ago I went to him, and I did not have surgery, and my knee feels great. He is my hero. Coachie's knee was bone on bone. My knee Dr said that he needed surgery, but he needed to lose some weight and do exercises to strengthen the muscles. He was never going to do that. He went to another knee Dr who I believe was a competent Dr but did not have the same philosophies as mine. He died a few days later from an undiagnosed condition. So please at least get a second opinion. Surgery is not always the first answer, and I can see why you lack confidence in his recommendations.

May 1, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner on field before Time Out

Dave, it's hard to tip your cap when your ponytail is through the back. I totally agree with you. As you know our team had a scorekeeper that tried to keep those boys in line and ready. It's too bad that every team does not have that. In this situation it would've also been nice if the base coach had the concept of being ready as a 1B coach instead. You know what I say when they go across the field for any reason during a live ball situation, "Playing through". Yes, my vocals are hard to ignore.
April 30, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner can advance

Yes, BJ, or by being off the bag and being tagged of course. I really appreciate your common sense approach. Some people just complicate things for no logical reason.
April 30, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner can advance

Actually technically a runner can advance whenever they want. They may put themselves in jeopardy of being off the bag when the ball is pitched and being called out or by being off the bag when a ball is caught and putting themselves in an appeal situation. Yes, these actually happen. The runner is not constrained by a rule, but he may suffer the consequences of his choice to advance at the wrong time. I say he because we girls never do that...or do we?
April 30, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner on field before Time Out

Actually I have had more potential issues with a runner stepping off the bag before I call time. Fortunately senior moments or courtesy kept the defense from tagging them out. In my games to slow them down and make sure that I know who is who, I make the players tell me what number is replacing what number. I want their heads to stay in the situation, and if I hear the same number twice as a courtesy runner than inning, I have an out as soon as he touches the bag. Also after having been a scorekeeper for Coachie for over 20 years, I know that a thorough scorekeeper wants that information too...just in case on their opponents.
April 30, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

BJ, after having a very long weekend and having a very long week coming up all because of my love of softball, I enjoy your common sense and patience. Some people are just never happy. If anyone ever comes up to me citing baseball rules, I will be happy to show them that this is softball. Utrip had a rule change apparently that I think is pretty crazy. The person hit on the bag in fair territory (still not out as in every other association), but it's apparently now a live ball (dead ball in every other SOFTBALL association that I have been involved with). Really? The guy just got hit with a batted softball, and you want him to run? There is no way that there can be a rule for every little nuance which is why it depends on the situation and why my judgement as an umpire is what is going to determine what happens next. I like to believe that I have a lot of common sense after being involved with this game over half of my life, but some people just want to argue no matter what you tell them. I hope to share an adult beverage and some excellent stories with you some day.
Feb. 15, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: butch drake

neck10, I had a nice talk with Butch last night. I was very happy that he sounded as well as he did. His goal is to play softball. I told him just to concentrate on that first 70 feet. I know that Coachie and Meek are watching over him. Butch's wife is awesome as well. It touches me how much she has done for him. Gentlemen, that is true love.

Feb. 15, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Jerseys

Dorsey1, the one time that I called Tournament Sports right after the tournament, they batched mine with other requests, and I got my items. I think the key is to contact them promptly. This was my experience, and I was very happy with the outcome.
Feb. 8, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Metro in Indy

With the owners of Metro announcing that they will not be opening in the spring, and that they will be selling the complex, I have had a lot of nice conversations with our local seniors about their leagues. So far no one has said that they intend on buying the complex, but I am hopeful and have found a couple of other options that probably will not be optimal for various reasons. If I hear anything, I will post it here as not everyone contacts me directly. Also feel free to post any information that you might have about the complex or options under this topic. There are some other shake ups at other local parks, but none of those include any impact to seniors if anyone wants to talk about those offline. Thanks.
Feb. 6, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: butch drake

Neck10, now I can't Rickey, don't lose that number out of my head. Curses. Jill and I talked again today. She and Butch really helped me when I lost Coachie, but it is hard to understand that it is true love when a wife becomes a caregiver when her husband has health issues. I think that it is even more difficult when they were strong active men when they were younger. I know of women who have left their husbands in this situation. Jill and I both take our vows very strongly and seriously. She is a good wife, and Butch is very lucky to have her. I intend to be there for them like they were for me.

Please close the gate, my dear friend from up above, a state above.
Feb. 5, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: butch drake

Steve, I keep in contact with Jill and have a few more details. You can always call or text me at 317-372-1234. He is doing well considering this is a tough surgery. Dave, I will see to it that Jill gets him there. Of course he might have to use Coachie's old parking place outside the office. Neck10, could you please close the gate for me?
Jan. 27, 2018
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: U-Trip

Corky, feel free to call me any time.
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