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Don Angle

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Escalon, CA

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, Aug. 9, 2011
Don5
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: NCSSA August 6, 7th Fremont, Ca.

Bob, Joe may get a little excited about the play in NCSSA, but it has inproved with the rating format we use now. The competition for most brackets are close and the higher brackets are very tough to play. Omar may not have mentioned, but at the same time, there was another 17 team tourney in Lodi, same weekend for the lower ranked teams (mostly the older guys). Thats 45 teams playing out of "117" almost 40% playing in a "backyard t-shirt tourney" and we love it. I've played in over 70 tourney games so far this year and only spent 7 nights away from home, that's what we like about the NCSSA. NCSSA had scheduled over 50 tourneys this year and I get to play in about 20 of them, most within easy driving distance, too bad, I know you don't get to do that. We do have a great organization and it's pretty well run.
, Aug. 6, 2011
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Input

Webbie25, they do rate players, but only in regards to what division they play in. I was on the Major plus roster for a couple of years as a manager, coach and limited time player. When I left to play in a older age division and had to petition SSUSA to let me play because I was rated M+, not only me but several of our players had to do the same thing. Believe me I am not a M+ player. I'm curious how many 50 M+ teams have won major championships the last few years with only single hitters, every team has single hitters, but on the M+ teams most of those guys can also hit it out too. Provide limitless homers and you will see that too.

How hard would it be to rate players? Start at the 50 M+ teams and see who wins most and look at their lineup, the organizations know who the impact players are, the players sure do.

And yes I know that Dave does a lot of work and they listen.
, Aug. 5, 2011
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Input

I believe that every major entity that uses sports as their livelihood would try to eliminate each other to gain that portion too. It is not a business to the average ball player; they feed into the wealth of each organization by paying entry fees, age cards, etc. to play. The only avenue as a player to really disagree with those organizations is to not pay those fees. We have noticed that the biggest complaint of the Major divisions is bracketing with the M+ teams. Withdrawal of teams is the only true way to guarantee change, summit meeting and web discussions are really just a vent venue. Sure they listen intently on what the players have to say, wouldn't you too? Change always starts in the roots and then explodes into the tree; soon the tree adapts or dies.

SSUSA has been the most viable venue for major tourneys in the West. I admire what Dave and Fran do for the organization but I wouldn't want their jobs. The player rating system seems so bad that my team pulled out of 4 Major SSUSA tourneys this year, yet they seem unwilling to rate the players, only the teams.

Change is needed and maybe Ridge Hooks will help provide that. At least there is an alternative for major tourneys in the West. Don't get me wrong, I think SSUSA will endure and get better, but just like everything else they need to adapt too. I like playing Reno, Cal Cup, Westerns and the big one, but not today.

Don5

, Aug. 5, 2011
Don5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Customer Service

Based on the last three posts, I'm voting for Ed and I don't care what he runs for, he's got my vote. I bought a reebok and have used it for about 175 swings, hit some monster home runs over 250 fence, at least 265 feet. Seem to be happy about the bat, until which time it too, breaks. I think that seniors are always looking for the latest and greatest and are quick to make judgments about non warranted bats they broke with their gorilla arm swings. I expect that a bat that I use will break sooner or later, just like my batting gloves and shoes wearing out. There are some exceptions and most Customer Service folks are willing to assist you even on non warranted things, ever been to Costco?
I would think that if you can hit the ball 400 feet with a senior Miken or Reebok or Combat, then you would be able to hit a ball 320 feet with rock hard ASA bat that may last for years and with a 1 year warranty. Home run is a home run, 400' or 320', still not running the bases.
Maybe there should be a rule that if over 250 pounds or you juice, you must swing a celery stalk! :)

Don5
, Aug. 2, 2011
Don5
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: There's so much wrong with Senior Softball - Brackets

I've always enjoyed playing seeding games, it allowed me meet and play against players from all over the country. I recall playing three seeding games in every major tourney. I had to arrange a lot of Thursday and Fridays off so I could play in the "Championships", but it was OK, because that's what I wanted to do. In my first year playing 60s is when SS-USA decided to decrease the number of days for the World Championships from 4 to 3 and "lower the entry fees". (Chuckle) I believe it was based on the "poll of players" who wanted it shorten, thus saving expenses for the players. Who really saved money?

Maybe the Major and Major Plus players who end up playing each other in every Major Tourney have a point about seeding Games, they end playing each other 2 or 3 times, and then end up playing best of three. Could be very boring indeed.

I firmly believe the only reason the SSUSA went to a 2 game seeding was to save the expense of extra games. A 10 team bracket would require an additional 5 games for a 3rd seeding game. Their current format requires only a couple of extra games and then some teams get eliminated by teams that already have 2 losses, (been there and didn't like it). That is not a level playing field as far as I'm concerned.

Bring back the 3 seeding games, require every team to play in them and eliminate the 3rd loss.

***Tim Millete, I can't imagine Robertson or Streeter wanting to "sandbag". Your team, before you, used to bust their asses in the seeding games as a matter of pride.

*** Mad Dog "Once a Podunk player, Always a Podunk Player" You know you miss California. :)

Don5
, May 29, 2011
Don5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum

The Stanislaus Senior Softball Association playing in Modesto, California has adopted safety measures including use of a pitching screen for our Ladies league. Our mens leagues pitchers have the option of wearing a face mask and shin guards or signing a waiver. We may be one of the largest weekly Senior softball associations anywhere, with 34 teams, 5 leagues and almost 350 members playing a 26 week schedule.
We have noticed a decline in membership over the past couple of years and through a series of emails and phone calls to our former members we have found that the primary reason was the economy, not our rules or the balls or the bats. Our new players(starting at 45 for the men)come out with their Utrp and ASA bats, within a few weeks they are swinging the combats and mikens and loving it.
Yes, we are a recreational league that has no playoffs or even keeps standings and we run thru the bases, and we use hot balls, the Baden Fire ball, which also is the ball of choice for NCSSA (NORCAL) yet we have a multiude of Major & Major Plus players in various age groups including 4 National Hall of Famers who play right alongside our weekly recreational players.
I don't believe for a moment that going back to non-composite bats will cause gain or loss of any softball players in our association. However, regression is not what we seniors are about, new and improved will cause our members to dig in their pockets and shell out $200 for a better bat, even if it's made with ostrich feathers or compressed water. Composite bats will still be around we we are done playing and ingenious players will still find ways to make them hotter.

Don Angle
President, SSSA
www.stanislausseniorsoftball.com
, May 18, 2011
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reebok Melee Reno

Ed, who are you playing with? Are you setting up a Reebok stand? I'm with the Shirtworld Animals playing 60 AAA and would like to meet you.

Don Angle
Escalon, CA
209 573 3369
, Dec. 3, 2010
Don5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken ultra ii advanced

400, I purchased over 100 Mikens in 2006-2007 for my friends that play in NorCal and the Stanislaus Senior Softball Association. I was able to get a discount by mass purchase and sold them for what I paid for them. I had those two left over, I advertised them on this website over a year ago and really didn't get a good response. I was offered 100 for both bats, so I just forgot about them, until I read this string. Now I have had 6 offers and I accepted one for the 29 wrapped, I think I will keep the 30 just for fun, like the other 25 various bats I have closeted. I'm swinging the grey Ultra now so I don't really need anything else. Thanks to all you guys who wanted to relieve me of those bats, I wish you luck in finding one.
, Nov. 30, 2010
Don5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken ultra ii advanced

I have a 29 oz still in wrapper and a 30 oz with maybe 100 swings on it. Haven't used that bat since 2007 SPA in Kansas City.

dnlangle@aol.com
, Oct. 14, 2010
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: need a new knee

Strap, the most important part of the replacement is the amount of time and energy you spend rehabbing the knee. I know several players who did what they were told and are playing full strength again. Steve Owens of MTC had both knees done two years ago and he is back as good as new, and maybe 2 inches taller now. Howard Smith is getting his other knee replaced very soon and he too will probably be good as new for a 1000 year old man. I had my right knee done two years ago and am back playing outfield again. In fact I played every position on my league and tournament teams this year, no comments about playing ability though :). No problem with the knee. Good luck and get a rotating platform knee joint. Take Mad dog's advice, tell your ortho about your plans for playing after the replacement.
, Oct. 14, 2010
Don5
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Winter Worlds in Vegas

Looking for a California team to play with at the Winter Worlds, need to pull the slots one more time this year. Maybe I could hit my weight, probably not! 60 or 55 (50 water boy). I require two first class round trip tickets from SAC or Oak and a penthouse at the Wynn, a limo to the fields. Per diem starts at $150 per day. If you can't afford that, that's ok, I will consider playing for peanuts.

Don Angle
dnlangle@aol.com
(209) 573 3369


, May 10, 2010
Don5
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ultra 2's

ricky33, if that is the only U2 on your team, plan on 10-12 guys using that bat. Depending on how many "brutes" you have will determine the life of the bat, one good brute swing can crack that bat. I would suggest that you encourage all your players to get one if you plan on playing in tournaments or a league that allows that bat, so the guy that cracks that one doesn't get pounded by the other guys. And you don't really need to break it in....save that for the third batter.
, Oct. 14, 2009
Don5
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Winter Worlds Team

Hi Scott, I played with the Central Valley Legends and we took Bronze in St. George, we got beat by a real good Canadian team (Huff & Puff from Medicine hat))twice. It's really fun playing ball again when you can actually run. I played outfield for most of the 8 games we played and had forgotten how much fun it was. I just hope to catch on with some team for Las Vegas.

Don
(209)573-3369
, Oct. 13, 2009
Don5
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Winter Worlds Team

Looking for a California team to play with at the Winter Worlds, need to pull the slots one more time this year. Still in rehab, Maybe I could hit my weight, probably not! 60/55 & 50 (water boy). I require two first class round trip tickets from SAC or Oak and a penthouse at the palms, a limo to the fields. Per diem starts at $150 per day. If you can't afford that, that's ok, I will consider playing for peanuts.

, April 25, 2009
Don5
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Knee protection

Thanks Vinny & Rooster. I will try them out, for $30, very cheap insurance to keep the bionic knee from injury. I tried on the pads from Lowes, put had a sudden urge to install tile or carpet :)
, April 23, 2009
Don5
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Knee protection

Just had TKR a few months ago and am looking to get some good knee protection. Maybe someone knows of a good product they use and can recommend. I spoke with Roster10 today and he uses the plastic knee pads found in Lowes, he is a little unsure what the protecive value is if the pad is hit hard and square on. Hopefully he will never find out. I plan on returning to play, again hopefully in tourney play, maybe to pitch some and dodging bullets at 3rd. (). In any case what have you guys found out about some good knee protection.
, April 8, 2009
Don5
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Softball Marathon benefit

The Stanislaus Senior Softball Association (SSSA) is holding a senior softball marathon in August. We are planning a 12 hour softball game that will benefit our local high schools boys & girls athletic departments. Our goal is to raise $17,000 thru pledges and donations, $1000 for each of our 17 public high schools in Stanislaus County. If anyone has had experience in putting something on like this I would to hear from you.

Don Angle
SSSA
(209)573-3369
don.angle@dla.mil


, Jan. 26, 2009
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Knee Braces

AlleninGa: you indicate that it may "be time to use a Knee Brace of some sort". So the assumption is that you have possibly been surgery free on your knees, if so that's great. It would be advisable to have a ortho specialist check you out. Us "60" guys have pretty much worn out the legs and some of us have had multiple operations. I had major knee surgery in 64 & 66 and a few arthos since and I have been wearing knee braces for over 40 years and like hitman I wouldn't even play without it. The donjoys, CTI2, and all other braces that require special fitting like that usually require a prescription so the insurance can pay for them. My last brace was $2300 and its four years old and hopefully will be retired this year, not me, just the brace. Good luck in fixing the leg, its hard work!! If you aren't in that bad of condition I'm sure that jah#4 (Don) can help you out, sounds like he has lots of experience in braces. Don5
, Jan. 22, 2009
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Modesto senior league

Jamie
Jef is correct that the Stanislaus Senior Softball Association (SSSA) is currently signing up members for the 2009 season. However, the SSSA does not have a website, you and anyone else may email me at don.angle@dla.mil and I will send you a registration form and information sheet. We are 350+ active members strong and welcome all men 45 and over and women 40 and over. Practice starts in March and the league runs from April until October.
Welcome to Senior Softball!
Don Angle, VP, SSSA.
, July 10, 2008
Don5
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is the rule on age for the world championships October 08?

Hitt2, Jef , relax, you are getting older each year, you have the same amount of time to wait as everyone else. Work hard and someone will pick you up for major tournies when you are eligible.

To Nancy and anyone else: to see what is going on in Northern California Senior Softball, check the NCSSA website; www.ncssa.info it is one of the best run smaller organizations in senior softball. 104 teams strong from South of Fresno, North to Oregon and Reno/Carson City, NV. This is a great organization RUN only by the players, our directors are voted for each year and include several Senior Sofftball Hall of Famers.

Don Angle
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