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Nancy Allen

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, Aug. 7, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Its suppose to be about players playing the game

I hate to hear tales like this. I umpire because I like doing it. If I could still play, I would do that. I believe that I am only as good as my last bad call, that the game is bigger than all of us; umpires are there for players, not the other way around, and that no matter how good an umpire is, showboating ruins that. I believe in hustle and being approachable (right, neck10?). We have had some nightmare situations here with some of the supposed great umpires recently. I know ones that are bad examples. The best games are the ones that the players do not even remember who the umpire was.
, Aug. 6, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A FULL SWING

Hey, neck10, JG was your umpire. I was just an innocent director. That is my field though, and the ball goes out even when the gate is closed. I am not sure what Timmy did with your $3.
, Aug. 4, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A FULL SWING

Neck10, I did not see that one. Ball stayed in the gate, but like you said no gates there. Your words on this subject pretty much nailed it very accurately though.

OK, just to play devil's advocate, what if all of your guessing and speculation is a waste of time because a full swing is anything that is not a bunt or chop? Hmmm.
, Aug. 4, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WORLD"S

Neck10, best part Columbus has no gates for balls to get through for you. Seriously though I spent the weekend down there, and it was a very good tournament. Very nice job Jerry, Amy, and Melissa.
, Aug. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A FULL SWING

Garocket, no, that is not it. This is a complete turn of wrists and nothing else, usually hits infield or short outfield; so fast is good especially if the defense plays it right. I would have see your hitter to have an opinion on their swing.

1jonesy, maybe you should go to an umpire clinic. You can learn some common sense on situations. People fuss a lot more about other rules that they don't understand than this one. I know it has not come up in my last few thousand games, and I do tournaments on weekends.

If you are not sure what a bunt is, you could probably see an example in a MLB game on TV.
, Aug. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A FULL SWING

Garocket, I think we are talking about the same thing. They turn their wrists but don't really get their arms into it. We call them slap hitters. Especially in an upper division tournament, you will hear the other team screaming about it, but I think it is a great offensive skill if you have the wheels to back it up.

I did look at some of my other association rulebooks, and no other one describes what a full swing is. So SSUSA is consistent with this. I just know if you don't turn your wrists over, dead ball out on my field.

Fortunately you seldom see it. Not sure that I have ever seen it happen in seniors.
, Aug. 3, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A FULL SWING

1jonesy, my thinking comes from not only years of experience but numerous umpire clinics over the years. I actually love slap hitters, and, yes, they turn their wrists, full swing here. You have to remember that they are not squaring up and bunting the ball. Do not overthink as Dave said. It really does not come up that much except in some tournaments occasionally. I have never seen anyone called out, nor have I ever called anyone out, for chopping at the ball although I have seen some potential candidates for that call.
, Aug. 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A FULL SWING

Note: If you see NA behind the plate, you had better at least turn your wrists. No guarantee on anyone else.
, July 30, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules of the Game

Stick8, Utrip here makes the buckets stay at the corners of the backstop for the umpire to monitor. Of course they are the only association that keeps a ball live if a batted ball hits a runner on the bag. That to me is a real safety issue.

If I was the umpire and believed that he threw that ball in anger, I would not enforce the blocked ball, and I would probably hook him out of the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. Of course I am a horrible babysitter. ;-)
, July 12, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

Antieinstein, I agree that there are some wonderful fields there. We only ever had one complex that we thought was not good. All are right that working scoreboards do not correlate to field quality. I just found it interesting that all the times we played in Vegas that we never had a working scoreboard irregardless of which complex. Most of ours work here. To me Vegas is sometimes about the lights, only the ones on the ballpark scoreboards were not on.

Neck10, the balls are still going through that gate even when it is closed. Yes, there are also a few bulbs burned out on that scoreboard. I guess he hasn't allocated budget for those major expenses yet.
, July 10, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Simple Hamstring Question

My only advice is to never go out on a diamond unless you have compression shorts on. They have saved me many injuries. Also if you already have a pull, there are special wraps that you can get, and compression shorts help hold them in place. My experience was from an upper quad. They all hurt on the diamond.
, July 10, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

We played in Vegas for years; so this may have changed since then. Even with all of the nice complexes and all of the technology of Vegas, we never saw a scoreboard actually working, and we played at 6 different complexes and visited a few others.
, July 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Of course he didn't. He knew that the shortstop was going to throw the ball wide and give them an extra base, right? I told you if you could convince me that he was cheating right then that I would have a different answer. I don't think either of us believe that he was thinking that far ahead. Balls keep going through even when the gate is shut though. Timmy really needs to spend some of your $3 on field maintenance. Bats disappear all the time just right of the plate. Thanks for adopting me; you have been a good friend and know how to make me laugh...except maybe in some tournament situations.

God bless Kinnco, and have a fun and safe 4th.
, July 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Tim, now shaved and altered bats are a whole different subject than just composite or not. The first time that I heard the concept of bat speed was from Ray; so maybe it was not original. I think that I still have a copy of his shows somewhere. I still have that DeMarini bat with Coachie's collection. I do know from the videos that we started carrying a Wiffle ball bat as he said that this was a better way to train the muscles without loading them like a weighted bat and promoted bat speed.

I sure miss those Sunday nights at Metro after leagues were over. We would play Wiffle ball and drink beer sometimes until the sun came up. There was a group from Missouri that had their own field and welcomed all to play them. We never went down, but we bought 2 models of their metal Wiffle ball bats. I remember on Sunday nights/Monday mornings that we called them the double walls.
, July 2, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Not every girl can play fast pitch, and not every boy can play baseball. Some of the surrounding towns here in Indy have good slow pitch programs for the girls; they are not affiliated with the high school sports. The only place that I have ever seen boy's slow pitch is in Columbus, Ohio at Berliner. I have pitched the idea to Midwest several times about developing a local summer program for boys and girls at the park especially since the diamonds are generally empty during the day. I also suggested that this not only helps build a future client base, but if you have a league that the boys and girls can play coed together at 16, this is probably a huge hook (especially for the boys?). Of course like anything else if I was willing to donate my time and build it, they would love it. They are in it for the business; I am not. If I am going to give up my time, it is going to be for what I am passionate about which is senior softball.

Slow pitch softball is basically a baby boomer sport. I disagree that the newer bats have been a factor in cutting the number of players. This happened because of attrition, other sports for the young, sponsorship dollars drying up, and other factors. I never heard anyone say that they quit because of composite bats. Now I am a little younger than some of you, but I remember the revolution when Ray DeMarini introduced the concept of bat speed. Some of you really complained because you liked your 38 ounce bat. You probably swing a 28 or 30 one now though. I have not seen a bat over 30 in a very long time. Back then I struggled to even find a 30. I have my 25, 25.5, and 26 that I am very happy with because I am a little fellow. Things change. Traditions die. Let's enjoy this sport as long as we can.
, June 23, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: First timer

If you are near Indy, you might want to come up to Metro on Thursday night when the seniors play. They also have hit club there on Monday mornings. If there is anything that I can do to assist, please let me know.
, June 22, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Benji4, I guess that you did not get my subtle hint last time and have now used your word 2 more times. Female anatomy has nothing to do with what you are trying to describe. So please find another word or analogy. You are lucky because I have you with 3 strikes on this and would be ejecting you immediately. How would you like it if I was trying to describe something stupid and made up a word referring to male body parts to describe it? Would it seem sexist to you then? These are my opinions only, but would you talk like this in front of your mother, wife, or daughters?
, June 22, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

Neck10, that gate is closed, but the balls still go through it. It could definitely use some maintenance. That is my field; so I know it very well. Probably one of the best field conditions ever on that field was years ago when it was not draining very well. There was a small lake behind the infield between the center fielders. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard were swimming in it the whole night. Fortunately the drainage situation is fixed. It would have been your team playing defense that would have had a ball landing in that lake, and then your outfielders would probably have been attacked by the ducks. While I am explaining this to you, of course Dave would have to lock himself in the umpire room to keep from laughing at all of us, or at least keep us from seeing him laugh. As they say at Midwest "Playing through". Good luck with your season. Hope to catch up with you soon.
, June 21, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

Gary, thanks, I seem to have mastered that. I just cannot lay off that inside pitch, and as you indicated, I do not have good results. I was taught to go up the middle and usually hit to the right side. I am only jealous of how lefties seem to do well when they take an inside pitch. So I always go back to my philosophies when it comes to pitches when I am batting. We like what we like. It is bad luck to swing at a good pitch. I will hit the first pitch if it is even remotely close.
, June 20, 2015
Nancy Allen
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

D-Ballgame, point well taken. I have always been 10 - 20 years younger than the senior players that I hang out with; I played ASA starting out as that was what was here. Midwest was the first NSA park in the country, and the owner also had Metro; so I played that also. I do believe with attrition that things will change at some point. I have heard my friends talk about when there was unlimited arch, or how no one believed that slow pitch would catch on when they were playing fast pitch. I have played neither. I have younger friends that go to Canada to play and find the unlimited arch a challenge but take it as part of the game there.

Lb16, you are a little off. ASA only went to 10' a few years ago. I will say that it was surprising as that was one of their mainstays. All ASA leagues here have kept the arch higher either for tradition or to protect the pitcher. Only one ASA park here still allows steel cleats. None of the local ASA parks allows stealing.
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