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May 16, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Best changes to improve virus safety?

The total number of deaths in the US from lightning strikes is 43 per year on average
May 11, 2020
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Oh Boy!

Dbax thank you for adding some sanity to this Board
April 14, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Proper senior bat weight as we age

Curious what others say, but it seems like when you use a bat that is too "light", it can be harder to control, and if you're a pull hitter, can tend to result in a lot of foul balls because you're getting the bat thru the zone too quickly?
March 16, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher already has the ball when non-forced runner crosses commit line; I assume runner is out?

Kind of doubt he must continue forward after crossing the commit line just as long as he doesn't cross back over it, but it doesn't matter since once he's crossed the line the 3rd baseman can just throw the ball to the catcher at home plate for the force out.
Feb. 17, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rumor on Bats

Actually it's 1.20 USSSA bats & it's not a rumor;
https://www.smashitsports.com/usssa-slowpitch-stamp-changes/
Dec. 18, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 curiosity

Do the NCSSA games have time limits?
If they do, how often do the games go 7 innings?
It's all the 5 & 6 inning (time limit) games that have made the 1 - 1 count the better option for ALL age groups.
Nov. 30, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Having had both shoulders done, yes the rehab is hard but the surgery does work.
And even without playing ball, a torn rotator cuff can become a quality of life issue when you can no longer sleep on it due to the pain.
The doctors will tell you that the bigger the tear becomes over time the harder it is to repair and the less likely it is to be fully successful.
Good luck . . .

Oct. 26, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

Nancy; having to keeping track of the HR one-up rules is just another reason why you umpires are getting paid the big bucks . . .
Oct. 20, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

Actually Dave no one should have a problem with your "true" one-up arrangement since it's really the fairest possible way for teams to compete from a HR perspective.
Especially compared to all the current complaints about which HR rules to use between teams with different ratings and again it adds more strategy to the game when a player has to decide if or when he should try to hit one out instead of just blasting away until you reach your limit.
Oct. 19, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

Agree 100%; they used to have this rule but got rid of it for some reason?
One-up can add a lot of strategy to the game making it a lot more fun.
Aug. 21, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Neuropathy

Not a doctor (just a patient) but numbness in the feet is a very common symptom of Type 2 diabetes or Pre-diabetes.
You should get your A1C level checked via routine blood test asap; diabetes can often be controlled via Diet (monitoring carb and sugar intake) and regular exercise.
Aug. 6, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eastern Championship

Same comment as always; how can the Ump see if a Runner leaves early or if a hard hit grounder is fair or foul if he's staring at the batters feet the whole time when he's swinging???
July 19, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter's Box

Maybe you come from the Bizarro World in the old Superman comics where everything was the opposite of what it actually was in the real world.
Sheesh . . .
May 2, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Playing back to a lower class

It seems like this debate would make a lot more sense if someone could produce the actual stats on how often the Upper team wins or loses when they give up the 5 runs & their extra HRs.
Anyone know these numbers?
March 1, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DUDLEY 2019 LIGHTNING HOTW

You might to check back with Dave Velasquez at this point about these Dudley Bats.
He had them listed as his 1st & 3rd best bats currently on the market but he has now removed them both from his list entirely.
If you watch his videos he seems to be among the most reliable, unbiased and diligent bat reviewers out there so at this point it sure looks like a case of Buyer Beware with these new Dudleys.
Oct. 24, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Keys to Tournament success

Just curious what players think are the 2 or 3 most important factors in having a successful tournament team.
Is it a good pitcher, or 2 or 3 good pitchers, overall team speed, a good SS or Left fielder or some other variable.
Just interested in hearing everyone's opinion on this, thanks.
Oct. 22, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

The total size of the batters box is pretty irrelevant since only about 3 feet is in front of the plate/mat and the other 4 feet are useless if you're trying to hit a pitch landing on the front of the plate/mat.
Really can't understand why anyone wants to make a big issue out of this since having one foot step in front of the box doesn't give the hitter any real advantage and no one makes a big deal out of pitchers throwing outside the pitchers box or coaches coaching outside the coaches box.
Can't you just try to get the batters out instead of begging for the umpires to give you cheap technical outs?
Sept. 10, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

Hey this is slo-pitch softball for crying out loud.
No one says if you take the 1st pitch strike you can't get a hit on the next slow strike that comes your way.
Plus with 1 - 1 you normally get a courtesy foul anyway so you can just foul off the next slow strike that comes your way if you don't like it.
Aug. 6, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: STRIKE MAT

The best thing about the wood mat is the sound it makes whenever a (strike) pitch hits it. This eliminates the arguments about the pitches landing right in front of the mat or just on either side since a ball hitting just dirt won't make the sound.
It's seems surprising we've only ever had 1 team make one to use in our league games; maybe they warp too much?
June 15, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Obstruction, interference, or incidental play?

What if the little pop-up is just inside the 1st Base line and the catcher and batter-runner collide?
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