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Rick Kellemen

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June 4, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Little canada

Not looking to stir up trouble, especially since USSSA has made great progress this year with posting scores, and that progress hasn't gone unnoticed nor unappreciated.

I view every tournament on SSUSA's tournament page as an SSUSA tournament, whether it's run by an independent director or not. With that being said, would SSUSA consider making it a requirement for every tournament director, independent or otherwise, to post results on the SSUSA tournament page?

Thanks for your consideration of this request.
April 21, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Posting of Scores

For several years I've seen many posts condemning SSUSA for either not posting scores at all or not posting them in a timely manner. To be honest, I think this has been SSUSA's main shortcoming. With that said, kudos to SSUSA for hearing the concern and working hard to address it this year. I've been able to see detailed pool and bracket results for every tournament I've been interested in.

Thanks for listening and congrats on a job well done Team SSUSA. SSUSA is the best Senior association and filling this gap solidifies your position at the top.
Feb. 15, 2024
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box Rule Change

The average male shoe is a size 10. (I know because I polled 6 friends.) The average deer hoof is only 2 to 3". If a man is forced to have his injured back foot replaced with a deer hoof he immediately becomes disadvantaged since his margin for error of stepping out of the box is decreased 3 to 5 fold.

Similarly, a blind batter could hit a perfect line drive and not realize he's stepped 3 feet out of the box until he hears the umpire scream, "Out of the box, you're out! What's the matter with you, are you blind?!"

SSUSA, please update the batter's box rule to include these two unique but likely scenarios, as well as the infinite number of additional unique scenarios that might occur. Thank you.

One more suggestion, consider charging people a fee based on the ridiculousness of their post. Please implement after this message because I couldn't afford the fine.

Removing my tongue from my cheek, the rule seems as reasonable as anything else I've seen, so I suggest we give it a shot and if SSUSA decides it needs to be adjusted they'll do so. Just my two cents.
Feb. 14, 2024
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I am 64 this year, can I play in 65+ tournament

Wiffleball, you can play in the 65+ age group if you turn 65 at any point during this calendar year. For example, even if you don't turn 65 until December of 2024 you can start playing in the 65+ age group as early as January of 2024.

If you turn 64 in this calendar year (2024) you are not eligible to play with the 65+ age group until the Nov. Winter National Championships in Florida or the Nov. Winter World Championships in Az. Those two tournaments are viewed by SSUSA as tournaments for the next calendar year, and since you would be 65 in 2025 you are eligible to play in these two tourneys, but none prior.

Hope that helps.

Jan. 27, 2024
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Posting game scores

I'm a huge fan of the SSUSA organization and it's leadership/directors. I feel the only noteworthy shortcoming is real-time score updates. Regarding score updates in general, things have improved where more (not all) tournaments get updated after-the-fact, which is certainly a step in the right direction.

If SSUSA moves to real-time score updates they will have addressed their one shortcoming and be viewed as head and shoulders above the other senior softball organizations.
Nov. 18, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

Maskedman, I can only wear wide shoes and I've worn New Balance wides for years and like them a lot. However, my team received free Beebe Sports Turfs for winning Vegas and I have to say they're the most comfortable wide shoe I've ever warn. I've only been wearing them for 5 weeks so I can't speak to their durability, but I've played softball in them, jogged and walked in them and they've been great so far. If they continue to hold up they'll become my go-to wide shoe. Maybe someone else on here can speak to their durability.
July 28, 2023
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern Nationals

A shout out to Terry Hennessy and Tim McElroy for an extremely well run tournament at the Tues.- Thurs. Potomack Lakes portion of the Eastern Nationals. Games were on time, communication was very good, directors were on site and available, fields were watered and raked between each game, and the umpiring was good and very consistent.

The icing on top is that all pool play and bracket scores are available online. I know many of us feel that's an important and fun piece of the puzzle to be able to look back and see how each team fared against one another. Having scores updated real time would be the piece de resistance down the road, but I'm good with what we have for now.

Thanks for a job well done guys.
July 22, 2023
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner

Coop3636, prior to reading this exchange I would have said your hunch was correct, but after seeing DD's response I would now say even if a batter uses a CR he can CR run for someone else later.

DD said, "May have a CR for himself as many times as he gets on base, whether or not he has been a CR in the inning." Starting from the back end of the sentence DD is saying even if someone was a CR, he can still have someone run for him, which stated differently means if a batter gets a CR he can still CR for someone else.

The rule is different than I thought and different than what I've seen some umpires apply, but good to know.
June 28, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: High Top Cleats

Stattad, I have 2 pair of spikes from Boombah and, like you, mine run smaller in width and length than normal spikes. Six weeks ago I purchased a pair of "KevenAnna Premium Professional 4-way Wooden Shoe Stretchers". They cost me $26 but were one of the best purchases I've made in years. They provide options to make your shoes wider overall, wider in certain spots, or longer (you don't have to apply the length option if you don't need it). I have 4 pair of spikes and I've used in on all four with good results. You have to make sure you put them very tight into your shoe and leave them there for 3 days. My feet are no longer in pain after a tournament or league games. Thought I'd share this since I had been in the same position as you.
June 10, 2023
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: how to add a player

- You need to have an ID & password and be listed as the
manager of your team.
- Login with your ID & PW
- Click on your team name
- Click on 2023 Roster
- To the right of your roster is a search filed where you will
key in the last name of the player you want to add
- The resulting list will show you everyone with that name who
is eligible to be added to your roster.
- Find the player you want and click “Add”

You’re done. Hope that helps.

May 31, 2023
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is this a catch?

BJ and Rob64, thanks for the responses. I wasn't sure what the right call should be and an answer in either direction wouldn't have shocked me.
May 29, 2023
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is this a catch?

Experienced an interesting scenario where I'm not certain of the right call. An outfielder charged a sinking line drive that went into his glove prior to hitting the ground, but his glove came off and it laid on the ground with the ball in it (The ball never touched the ground). He picked up his glove and pulled the ball out but the umpire said, "No catch" and called the batter safe.

I thought it was a catch bcuz the ball never touched the ground, but I didn't debate it since I wasn't sure. Any umpires or rule aficionados out there who can tell me the definitive call? Thanks.
April 1, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: nicest softball complexes

Nice assist DieselDan, thank you.
April 1, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: nicest softball complexes

There are a handful I would put in the "special" category, but Berliner complex in Columbus, Oh. is one of my favorites (Sorry SSUSA, I know it's an SPA complex but it's the SPA tournament we go to annually just bcuz of the complex/fields). They have 31 turf fields and they're really well maintained. Last year there was a torrential downpour and 45 minutes later we were playing again and the fields were in great condition. They always have a good team turnout and most people who attend sing praises about the fields. Not field-related, but they also have nice concessions with a large variety of food and drink.
March 29, 2023
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Partial knee replacement

Senior24, I haven't had a knee replacement, so to me the people who already responded are the experts. However, I know 10 individuals who had one or both knees replaced and 8 of them were religious about doing the physical therapy longterm and to the person they're very active and they say they're really glad they had the surgery. The two individuals who gave up early on the PT don't run well and say their leg always feels stiff. At least one of the other responders emphasized the importance of doing the PT and I strongly agree.
Feb. 6, 2023
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

SSUSA, well done on posting all the results for the TOC and for doing it so quickly. It was enjoyable just to sift thru the results and follow the many teams with players I know. In my humble opinion, game by game result updates are the only thing that keeps SSUSA from standing head and shoulders above all other associations. Nicely done.
Jan. 18, 2023
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 61 looking for new team

Fellow Softballers, I just noticed this text from one of my 2022 teammates and was surprised to see there were no responses. I've played ball with cop298 for years but our team is moving up to the 65 age group and he's only 61 so he can't join us.

Roger is positively in the upper echelon of hitters in the midwest and he's a good teammate. While offense if his forte, he's also respectable defensively and is an all-around utility player who can play multiple infield/outfield positions.

Whoever picks Roger up will get a really good hitter and a good teammate.
Dec. 15, 2022
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2023 TOC

Maybe I'm missing something here but not clear why SSUSA is taking a beating in this post. Are there some things I would like to see done differently by SSUSA? Yeah, I'd like to see game by game scores posted for all tournaments. But beating them up for continuing to hold a tournament the beginning of February when that's what they've done for years with rare exception doesn't make a lot of sense to me. They're not the association that came late to the table and moved their event on top of SSUSA's. Plus, I wonder how we'll all feel one day when the people who run SSUSA decide they've taken enough unwarranted abuse and they decide to close up shop and walk away. I know how much time and effort it takes to run a team, can't imagine what's required to run an entire softball association, so maybe kinder messages are in order. Just a thought.
Dec. 6, 2022
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 60+ Animal

LOL. I can't believe no teams have jumped on this offer. Are you available now or still awaiting your release from prison? :)
Nov. 20, 2022
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Session 1 Results Winter Worlds

Adding to SteveO77's question, will pool and bracket game by game scores be added for the Winter Nationals and Winter Worlds like they are for Vegas and other large tournaments? Being able to view game by game results is part of the excitement of Senior Softball.
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