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, Jan. 2, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

Fabe, my wife and I go to Clearwater every spring for vacation. Did you eat breakfast at Lenny's? It's the best breakfast in Clearwater. Did you go to Crabby Bills? Great spot to eat and party right across the street from Clearwater Beach.

, Jan. 1, 2016
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

Webbie that's true. Most who stay in top shape make it a priority to do as such. Whether it's done to play ball or just to feel and look better it's almost a kind of lifestyle. For those who don't but always say they need to start working out just getting in their car and driving to the gym is 3/4 of the battle.
, Dec. 31, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

Webbie sometimes my wife and I do the mini vacation thing as well. I played in Ft Myers in November and after we were done Sunday we drove up to Clearwater for 4 extra days--awesome!! I do agree with you about guys our age and older who do nothing. I ran into a guy I went to high school with and he looked way beyond his years. It's a tough world out there but I believe if one prioritizes some sort of physical activity, no matter what it is, it can't help but do them good.
, Dec. 31, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

I suspect your right tattooball. I've encountered a few con men in the business world and they can certainly make things appear so good that it's hard to resist. The saying that "if it's too good to be true then it must not be true" (or something like that) applies.
, Dec. 31, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Tattooball I recall at the 2013 SSUSA worlds we (OKI) were handed a GSC senior bat for all of us to try out. I thought it was a great bat!! Shortly after the tournament I committed to be a rep for GSC. I was hoping to get a couple sample bats for players in my area to swing that would generate some sales and I'd make a little petty cash. I never got any sample bats. After the fifth or sixth time being told it would be several more weeks before I'd see a bat, I figured something was up--a revenue issue of some sort. I never suspected what was going on!! I didn't invest any money or anything but I feel awful for those who did.
, Dec. 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Tattooball if what you say is true that's pretty wild!! The impression I get is that he was the ringleader. Whether she was a willing accomplice or duped I suspect she will turn on him and cooperate with the authorities in exchange for a lesser charge or possible immunity.
This case could take quite a time to resolve!!

, Dec. 30, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

Webbie, isn't it crazy all things we go out of our way to do, all the money we prioritize/spend and arrangements we make just to play softball??
, Dec. 29, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

I'm no lawyer but years ago a family member owned a building whose main tenant was a law firm. I was hired to be the building manager and thru my time there I got to know all the attorneys pretty well. I sort of have an idea of how they think. After the preliminary hearings and depending on the evidence in this case (it sounds overwhelming) it wouldn't suprise me if one of the defense attorneys consults with the prosecuting attorney to try and cop a plea of some sort for their client in exchange for testifying against the other.
, Dec. 28, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: During the summer season how do YOU spend your time on off weekends?

Oz, those carp don't want any of you!! Hope Santa was good to you and Madelyn. Summer weekends that I'm not playing senior ball usually find me umpiring USSSA tournaments. If not umpiring or playing my wife finds more than enough things for me to do. Never a dull moment.
, Dec. 25, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: During the summer season how do YOU spend your time on off weekends?

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, Dec. 24, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

bkb555, thanks for the info on this case. Would anyone know if any of the people who lost all their invested money had legal documents drawn up that were signed by the McKinley's for the purpose of at least protecting their investment or guaranteeing a stipulated return the McKinleys may have promised on said investment?

, Dec. 24, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Mad Dog if that is your personal belief that's your choosing & your business, no problem with me. For the record, I don't read that anyone on this thread is trying to get you to think the way that certain others do.
Just sayin'
, Dec. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

For me it was my dad, may he RIP. He was not a softball player, he was a tennis player. He taught me that to be good at a sport learn the fundamentals, constantly strive to improve--practice-practice-practice. Watch the best players--technique, how they play, how they carry themselves, etc and incorporate that into your game. If applicable, read articles & books to gain knowledge.
His main teaching was you have one trait for this to work--love of the game!!

, Dec. 17, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?

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, Dec. 10, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

This happened to us (OKI at the time) during the last game of the day on a saturday. Both teams asked the umpires if we could move diamonds (there were open diamonds). The umpires had no problem but the tournament director said no.
, Nov. 20, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

Bruce, unless I misunderstood your post did that happen against a team I was on?
, Nov. 18, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

Here's one for ya Oz: I was umping a league game for Mike a few years ago. In the third inning two police officers in uniform come up to the field and said "give us a minute". They then walked up to the pitcher and talked for about 15 minutes. While waiting a guy on the other team asked me to get the officers to leave so the game can continue. I thought he was being sarcastic so I just just chuckled to myslef. But guy was serious!! I told him if you can get the officers to leave go right ahead. The pitcher was placed under arrest, handcuffed and led off the field (allegedly for assaulting his wife). That put the team below the required number to play so I had to call a forfeit. Never heard of a team forfeiting a game because one of their players got arrested on the field-until then.
, Oct. 18, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner leaves base

He's out for going into the dugout.
, Oct. 16, 2015
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Interference at Second Base

Texas Transplant those umpires in that other forum are exactly right!! There is no rule that says you must slide or get out of the way.
BJ, I have to call into question your last sentence. I'm on first with one out. The batter hits a grounder to short. He flips to second and second misses the ball. While running to second, I've veered off but the second baseman grabs the ball and tags me while I'm off the bag. Are you saying I'd be safe at second if the umpire felt I would have made it to second safely if I didn't veer off? Perhaps that's a senior rule but I have to admit I've never heard of that one.
, Oct. 12, 2015
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

Sorry up front to disappoint but the answer to the question is no. But what you can do is possibly get a quicker first step but that's it. A good friend of mine is a major league baseball scout. The two things they most look for in prospects is running speed and arm strength. If a prospect has those two they'll get a closer look. Like he says "we can teach 'em how to hit and teach 'em how to field. We can't teach speed or a good arm. Either you have it or you don't". That's reality.
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