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Don Newhard

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, April 25, 2016
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: las vegas TOURNEY

Webbie, great to see you this weekend in Las Vegas. I sure like your idea of moving headquarters to AZ, if you know what I mean.

, April 25, 2016
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CONGRATS TO AZ LEGENDS, WEST COAST ALL STARS, AND AZ EXTREME!!!!

@Dbax aka Dave Clark Five, Indeed, the 60M+ Nighthawks were darn glad all over to have Mr. Kenny Vaught with us in the Southwest Championships in Las Vegas this weekend. No secret, but a great guy and teammate, non-stop hustle, some great plays on D, and oh yeah, hit .909 as our leadoff hitter.

Don Newhard
Summy's Nighthawks 60M+
, March 1, 2016
Tate22
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Your opinion on best Senior Bat

Wee Willie Springer, hit it where they ain't. Cornerstone

, Feb. 17, 2016
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Yo,Slappy (aka the fabulous Gary Springer), you know I'm an OBP convert. Bottom line, it rewards not making outs and creating runs. And BTW, CONGRATULATIONS TO CORNERSTONE. What exactly does "Retired in Championship" mean???

Tate 22
, Sept. 5, 2015
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Using one ball for all games

To build on Mango's comment, the Rock should not be used, period. It is dangerous, based on how it sails like a whiffle ball. It's not that it travels farther on an HR, it's that is swoops and veers 30-40 feet off of the trajectory of a line drive. I've seen very good outfielders break in the initial direction of a line drive, only to have the ball break away at the last second to become unplayable. I'm not talking about a little knuckling action or top spin, I'm talking about a ridiculous joke on fielders. I'm no fan of the Stote in hot weather, but the Rock is way to unpredictable for use in a game that should feature defense as well as offense.

, Aug. 18, 2015
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Major Plus for Vegas Worlds??

Summy's Nighthawks 60's M+ will be there. Old Dawgs said they would as well.
, July 10, 2015
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals Sacremento, Aug. 7-9, Who's Playing

Summy's Nighthawks 60M+ will be there.
Don Newhard
, Feb. 16, 2015
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Tim - let me first commend you for the plethora of "I" statements used in your posts. We know where you stand. Following that "I" example, I totally agree with Alan/Tri18 regarding the unnecessary and undesirable idea of breaking up teams that win. While it may rhyme, win does not = sin. The same ideas, including your idea of "break up the winners", recycle every year. This one is not needed and will not improve the game. Maybe the MLB SF Giants should be broken up. Calm down Northern CA, I don't really mean that.

IMHO, arbitrarily breaking up successful teams is a selfish, self-serving idea designed to avoid and legislate competition out of existence. If a team decides they can't win at the Plus level, they are right. The other option is to improve your team as needed, and perform on the field. Again my opinion, but no team should feel entitled to win, we are all entitled and privileged to compete or stay home. Prime example of a "go for it" philosophy is the great group of guys from the San Antonio All Stars last year in 55 M+. They got bumped to that level mid-season, chose to compete instead of whine, and battled to the final game which was a 1-run ball game. Again, I salute that sense of competitiveness.

My experience over the past 6 years of competing in 55M+ is that teams that want to play the best competition show up. There is plenty of competition in the 55 M+ division, and a great group of teams and players from all over the country. Those that don't want to compete or feel that they can't compete at the Plus level, will use the existing system to stay in the major division. That's fine, teams should have that choice. No amount of non-competitive legislation or tinkering is going to change the willingness to tackle the Plus level. Further, I accept the fact that a limited number of teams want to compete at the plus level. Breaking up a successful Plus team WILL NOT encourage more teams to want to move up.

The core of our group has been together for nine years, first in 50's, 6 years in 55's and the older part of the group has now moved to 60's The younger part of our team, now known as Summy's 55's led by Bully Kramer, will be there to defend our 2014 55M+ crown. The older "graduated" core has been part of the 2010 AND 2014 Nighthawks teams shown above in the 55 M+ division. Along the way, we got pounded by two generations of MTC powerhouses(and a number of other good teams), kept plugging and got better, performed, and finally prevailed to win 2 rings. We would never want the MTC's of the world, or any other team, broken up to improve our chances? To be the best, I think you should WANT to play the best? Our 60's crew now looks forward to the privilege of competing against Hollis, Superior, GSC 60's and all the other warriors in the 60's Plus division that buckle up every year.

Again, just my opinion, but the Plus divisions are what they are, they ain't broke, so leave 'em alone. To paraphrase a pretty good baseball movie, if they want it, they will come. See you on the fields.

Don Newhard
Manager - Summy's Nighthawks 60's M+
Formerly GM/Manager of Nighthawks 55 M+
Sommerville Softball
, Dec. 10, 2014
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Tim:
Not sure about your combinations listed above. Summy's Nighthawks will again field a 55 Major Plus team in 2015. We are not combined with So Cal 55's, they are a good team on their own. We will also have a Summy's Nighthawks 60's Major Plus team. See you on the fields.
Don Newhard
Summy's Nighthawks

, Oct. 13, 2014
Tate22
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

Dave Dowell, that's a great point and your proposal works for me. If you've earned it by winning the winners bracket, and want to bat first, you've earned the right to choose. If you win the first championship game, you've then earned the right to choose.

To "?", the Royals and Giants did not earn home field, they put themselves in that position. They got hot, and are doing well. Same thing can happen in a senior tournament, and does all the time. My point is, the winners bracket winner has done something no other team has done in a tournament. Therefore, IMHO, they have earned the right to choose.

There are enough equalizers in our sport, it should not be a problem to tip the cap to the undefeated team by letting them choose when to bat in the championship game.

So Dave Dowell, I'm counting on you to bring up your modified motion at the rules meeting this year. Deal?

Don Newhard

, Oct. 10, 2014
Tate22
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

MLB - best record means home field advantage, same in the NFL, NBA, NHL. In SSUSA events, however, best record in a tournament earns you a 50/50 coin flip for the final game. Why, exactly? Teams come through undefeated and earn nothing. Why do they not get to be home team in the final game? I have brought this up before, and have received vigorous head nods of agreement from SSUSA officials all the way to the top. Good point, can't see a problem with it. This would be far less special, then say, rewarding the two participants in the National Championship games with the #1 & #2 seeds. When I brought it up to an SSUSA director (who votes on rule changes) last week in Las Vegas, again I was told that it made sense. Then he told me that this has never come up in the rules meetings. Really, how hard would it be to discuss and vote on this? Here, I'll even write the proposed change for you.

Proposed - In elimination play, the team coming through the winner's bracket to the final game automatically earns home team status. In the event of an "if" game, a coin flip will determine home team. All in favor . . . .

Don Newhard
Summy's Nighthawks 55M+
, Oct. 7, 2014
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrats to the Southern California Teams

In addition to SSUSA World Masters success, all these teams regularly participate in Southern California Senior Softball Association (SoCalSSA)events. Something to be said for playing strong competition on a regular basis on good fields in well-run events. Senior Softball, it's ALL good.

JMHO
Don Newhard
Summy's Nighthawks 55M+
, Oct. 5, 2014
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 Major Plus results

Thank you Tim, and congratulations also to San Antonio Softball. After winning 55 Major in Reno this year, they were bumped up to Major Plus in June. Many posts wail on about the great injustice of being bumped to a higher division. San Antonio Softball, however, took the high road. They showed up, competed like warriors, and made it to the final game. They are a great group of gentlemen, and one tough, tenacious team.

The same can be said for the rest of our draw, 2-time defending champs MTC with Gary, Curt, Perry and crew, Goodman's Racing with Gary, Mark, et al, as well as Doc's, Cal Energy, Motown Stars, and Omega. Some very impressive softball, camaraderie, and great sportsmanship in abundance. It is always an honor to compete with teams of this caliber.

Thanks also to our sponsor, David Sommerville, for his generous support of the Nighthawks over the past five years.

Don Newhard
Summy's Nighthawks 55M+
, May 27, 2014
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: IVAN DENNIS PASSES

The Nighthawks 55M+ send our condolences and prayers to the family of Ivan Dennis. We have had the honor and pleasure competing against this great player and even greater person for the past 5 years when we played Hendricks. We also look forward to seeing that great team of gentlemen known as Hendricks later this year, sadly minus Ivan.
Don Newhard

, Sept. 10, 2013
Tate22
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

And now the question is, what ball will be used in the soon to occur "largest senior softball tournament in history??? Hopefully, safety will be the answer.

, Sept. 10, 2013
Tate22
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

IMHO, I agree with the stance taken by Marv on the Rock. After weighing the heat performance versus the freakish flight that occurs, the Rock is too dangerous and is not a fair ball at all. We've had the outcomes of key games in Vegas altered because the Rock behaves like a whiffle ball. A hitter is not going to complain when a shot hit straight at a fielder that looks like a sure out suddenly veers twenty feet away, far out of reach from the fielder who reacted to the original flight. Yes, even a DeBeer 212 can knuckle, but nothing even close to the Rock.

We've certainly experienced the performance issues with the Stote in the heat, including this past weekend in Hemet. No question the Stote was not flying out of those fields like it would in March. Given the choice, however, we far prefer the safer option of the Stote until a suitable, safer option is identified. The alternative is to adjust your swing to deal with the conditions, similar to when you have to adjust due to strong wind blowing in.

Having said all that, it was a pleasure as usual playing against Mr. Steve "HOF" Imlay in Hemet. With the Rock, he would have seeded a few of those thunder clouds!!
Cheers;
Don Newhard
Nighthawks 55 M+

, July 10, 2013
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National : 50 and 55 Major Plus

Gary - speaking for the Southern CA-based Nighthawks, a trip to Sacramento for the Western Nationals is another road trip requiring taking at least two days off work. While we have some money, we have to budget travel and time off work. We were bummed to miss Reno which is always on our schedule, but we were down to 9 healthy players and had to drop out.

This weekend, we have a chance to play in San Clemente, on a Big League Dreams type complex, 3 miles from the ocean. Our 55 division has 6 quality, competitive 55M/M+teams, including teams from Arizona. The San Clemente fields are way better than Mahaney and Maidu in Roseville. We'd love to be competing against MTC and Cal Energy prior to the worlds, but it is an expensive choice when we have excellent opportunities 400 miles closer. Nothing against Nor Cal, but we'ez on a budget. BTW - Interstate 5 is a two-way road.

Don Newhard
Nighthawks 55M+
, June 26, 2013
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Clemente 7/12,13,14/2013

Nighthawks 55M+ will be there, possibly as a 50M team.


, May 1, 2013
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock balls

Mark, nice to see you in Vegas. I totally agree with your point on the volatility of the Rock ball. If we had one, we had 10 plays this past weekend where balls heading directly to our outfielder suddenly veered away. Ronnie, while we certainly play a hitters game, it is frustrating to play with balls whose flight is as erratic as a whiffle ball. There needs to be some balance. All things considered, I'd rather use the Stote for the same reason given by Webbie.
, April 24, 2013
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

SSUSA Staff - I appreciate, and suspect most others do as well, your willingness to respond to this question, even in an "unregulated public forum". In the spirit of transparency, it is absolutely the right thing to do. As your customers, we have every right to expect consistent application of the rules, and a straight answer to a fair question. This topic IS our business. It does not fall under the "double secret probation" doctrine.

It remains to be seen if the new rating is appropriate. In the location of this event, Las Vegas, it is entirely possible to discard almost your entire hand and end up with a better one.

It really doesn't matter to our team, we are disappointed to see them leave our division. One less team to play without giving pretend runs. They were a very worthy competitor, and we always had fun playing them. Trading quips with Johnny Hose is never dull ;)

Jose (Salsa Kid): Amen, I've been saying that for years.

See you all on the fields, good luck and good health to everyone playing this week in Vegas.

Don Newhard
Nighthawks 55M+
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