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Don Newhard

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Huntington Beach, CA

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Men's 60

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, Sept. 13, 2017
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Division Schedule

What Dave, you mean you can't please everyone all the time??? Thanks for all you do with a smile and a twinkle in your eye!
, Sept. 13, 2017
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Division Schedule

Looking so forward to playing 60M+ at the lovely Cheyenne . . . NOT!! Who did we piss off??

, April 25, 2017
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VEGAS SW CHAMPIONSHIPS

60 Major Plus -
3. Old Dawgs
, Jan. 11, 2017
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summys Nighthawks now Summys Demolition ?

Happy New Year, Audie! Thank you for your kind words. It was, is, and will continue to be an honor to compete against you, your brother, Patty Mac, and the rest of the warrior gentlemen from the Hollis organization. Congrats on your fantastic win in Vegas at the Worlds. We hope to have the privilege of playing you again down the road.
Don

Marv - thanks also for your kind words. And thank you for the work you do to provide us So CA locals with another option to play locally against good competition on nice fields. Say what you will, we were all playing on horrible, fence-less soccer fields at Yorba Regional or Peralta not that long ago. Kit Carson is no picnic either. When anyone is inclined to complain about SCSSA, or SSUSA, or the gents from Top Gun, just remember what we used to have in this area. JMHO! See ya'll on the fields, limp and all!!

Don "aka Larry Tate" Newhard
Still Da Nighthawks
, Jan. 10, 2017
Tate22
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Summys Nighthawks now Summys Demolition ?

Stephen/SJV
Thank you for your kind words regarding our team, the Nighthawks. It has always been important to us to be respectful of our opponents and model old school good sportsmanship.

Not that anyone asked, but I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank our sponsor. For seven years we had the privilege and good fortune to receive very generous support from David Sommerville (aka Summy). In that time we won two Major Plus World Championships,along with a 2nd and a 3rd in Major Plus. David decided to consolidate his support on the amazing group of players, Sommerville Softball, who are moving to the 55 age group after years of excellence in the 50's. Summy's 55 team, run by my good friend and teammate, Bully Kramer, has also been retired. Sponsoring one team is amazing, the fact that David sponsored three teams for the past several years is almost beyond comprehension. We move to our next adventure with only gratitude and appreciation for THE SUMMY!

While I considered folding the Nighthawks 60's tent at the end of last year, and the players certainly had options to move to other teams, the team decided they wanted to stay together as a group. Just when I thought I was out, they drag me back in! :>{) I've been blessed and honored for many years to serve this great group of guys as manager, and as a player until the hip wore out. With a few exceptions of guys moving up in age, virtually all our team returns for this year. We also have couple of guys who played with us previously who can play with us again since they've hit the magic 6-0.

While sponsorship is a rare and wonderful privilege, the cameraderie and friendships on this team have been and remain the main reason we stay together. This will actually mark the 11th year this team has existed, the first two years were in the 50's as Evolution.

We look forward to continuing to play the game we've all loved since childhood, and enjoying the countless friendships we've made over the years. See you on the fields!

Don Newhard
Manager
Nighthawks 60 M+


, Aug. 22, 2016
Tate22
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Top Gun tournament

This was indeed a very well run event. Donnie Reddig did a great job as TD. Our bracket, 55/60 Platinum was very competitive. To complete Mike's post above, Summy's Nighthawks 60M+ came through the winners bracket and beat a very competitive Arizona Old School 55M team 28-16 in the championship game.

Good luck and good health to all teams as the season heads to the SSUSA/LVSSA Worlds in Las Vegas.

Don Newhard
Manager
Summy's Nighthawks 60M+
, 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

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