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April 11, 2011
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rosters

Where on this website can we find the rosters for each team.

Thanks in advance.
Jan. 6, 2011
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee Deliveries

Yes, yes, yes.......i do feel good, real good.

Just like i do with golf clubs that have similarly benefited from advancements in technology.

Just like i do with basketball shoes that have similarly benefited from advancements in technology (my old chuck taylors can't compare to the latest and greatest, and not just for comfort).

Just like i do with tennis racquets that have similarly benefited from advancements in technology.

Just like i do with football gloves...

It is the way of the world, my man. Get on board or get passed by....
Aug. 16, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA California Cup

The breakdown of age groups into four separate divisions is wrecking havoc with the Cal Cup and does not bode well for the long term viability of this event. The balls did not handle the heat well at all. To ask senior outfielders to cover a baseball sized field, which is wholly inconsistent with any other tournament played all year, was questionable to say the least.

Joe, any chance that you can check on the ball for the NCSSA tourney? It does not list the ball to be used and that has resulted in unwanted outcomes recently in NCSSA events.

Thanks, appreciate your efforts on our behalf.
Aug. 5, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: einstein......balls

Any way you can find out what balls will be used in the upcoming Cal Cup and the NCSSA Chmapionships. As you know, we have been burned a few times this year and have gotten apologies after the fact, which doesnt make it for the lost weekend.
May 27, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior bats and Lively Balls?

i don't know where are you guys live, but please tell me where all this "balls are flying out of the park, we need to make defense a part of the game again" type of play is going on? I play Major+ and i don't see it: scoring is down, winners of games are routinely in the high teens/low twenties, so what's the beef about the current bat/ball combo. the ultra and combats bat are here to stay period, so move on to the next storyline. i play softball because i like to hit, as do all of my teammates, as do all the guys that i play against - we are the majority that Joe refers to. if you doubt it, then why do senior bats, without even the decency of a warranty, continue to fly off the shelves.

if you want defense and reduced hitting, you can always play senior baseball.

And another thing, Dave Dowell and his staff do an absolutely unbelievable job on these tournaments draws, getting the brackets out far in advance, with most of the minor changes thereafter due to the teams. Would i love to play in Sparks again this year, yes i would. But i understand we do need to rotate, so off to CC we go this year.
May 4, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: curveball

The point is, this is not kids softball, it IS senior softball. Allowances have been made to accommodate the fact that we are not the athletes that we once were, even though the competitive fire burns just as strong. Do I agree with all of the allowances, absolutely not, but the attempts made by the various senior softball organizations to put a viable product on the market must resonant with a lot of folks, as the team attendance figures show that senior softball is very well supported.

There are Senior Olympics and Special Olympics that modify their qualifying standards to take into account the abilities of their respective participants - does this make those events any less pure or provide their participants with any less sense of pride when they compete...i dare say no.

I, and many others, choose to participate while we still can, rather than whine about the "way it used to be" or "the way that the kids still do it". Playing with the kids is an option is still available to those that wish to compete under those rules.

Time brings change and progress - the abacus worked, but calculators were better, and today's technology even more so. They all worked, but to suggest we should use the abacus because that is "more real", misses the point.

Major league parks are tiny sandboxes compared to the Polo Grounds et all of old, but attendance is at an all time high. HRs are easier to hit, but parks are being made even smaller, so some one besides chicks must be digging the long ball.

Granted, there are too many divisions, Major and Major+ should be combined, we all don't get to play on the best field each time out, fees are high, bats break even though they are used as designed, my arm hurts, my knee hurts - but at then end of the day, i sure do enjoy the heck out of this senior softball stuff, and cant wait until the next time i get to take the field (in Reno).

Get with the program or step off, and let those of us that choose to enjoy this latest version of senior softball do so.
April 26, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament in Concord

Good news, the following comments is now posted on the NCSSA website:

The critiques have been coming in hot and heavy about the balls last weekend in Concord/Antioch. You can certainly add your own but the tournament director has sent the following:

Problem will be fixed and will never happen again. I apologize.

Good for the TD, i hope teams will give the TD a second chance.

April 26, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament in Concord


Believe me, that was discussed. But, keep in mind, numerous players had driven a few hours to play, so once there on Saturday, they figured to finish it out. Joe's plan for Sunday was a great solution, so everyone trudged back on Sunday, only to be told by the TD (the same TD that allowed teams to pull balls out of their own bags to finish Saturday's play) that a team could veto Joe's efforts by refusing to use the balls he supplied and stick with the 40 cor ball. A few teams used this out, with one team going so far to use 40 cors against one team and 44 cors agasint another. Lesson learned, word at the park was Antioch will be scratched off of teams future schedules.
April 26, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament in Concord


I applaud you for taking the high road on this one. All of us that participated were well aware that there were a lot of shenanigans going on in Antioch this weekend and hopefully NCSSA takes steps to make sure such situations are not replicated in the future. I will give the TD the benefit of the doubt on the balls initially, but once he was notified of his mistake, he had ample opportunity to rectify the situation (i.e., go buy balls that met NCSSA minimum standards). I will not give the benefit of the doubt to the few teams that took advantage of the situation by not doing the right thing. To put this in perspective for those that weren't there, I watched two of the best 50 Major Plus teams in the country slogged through a seven inning, 6 - 4 game.

April 13, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Cheating...

Let us enjoy the performance improvements due to technology in the same manner as golfers - they love it!

And....give it a rest guys. The same core group of you argue about the same basic things every week of every year. Just start referencing your old posts on the same subject rather than taking up the whole board. I would rather hear about results, teams, new equipment/uniforms, upcoming events, rather than the same old stuff.

April 6, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA and NCSSA

Yes, we will be in Turlock. Good luck in Ripon.

Hopefully, the weather will let us get in both days.
April 5, 2010
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA and NCSSA

First off, let me say that SSUSA and NCSSA have a cooperative relationship where people in NCSSA's organization play in SSUSA tournaments and vice versa. Both are putting on tournaments this upcoming weekend in the same proximity (SSUSA's backyard, no less). SSUSA has a total of fourteen (14) teams in three draws, while NCSSA has drawn forty one(41) teams in seven draws.

Although i do not agree with every decision they make, i am happy they both exist and i consider them both to be top flight organizations run by people trying to do their best. In talking to my peers, we view NCSSA as a player friendly regional organization, with tournaments probably 3 out of 4 weekends a month, whereas SSUSA is viewed as a more corporate type, national organization focused on "bigger" tournaments.

To the statement made in another post that the Major+ win all the time when combined with lower divisions - i know of one Major+ team that won four (4) rings last year, that has already lost five (5)games in its first two NCSSA tournaments this year to finish in the middle of the pack and has enjoyed every minute of the competition.
Feb. 15, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC - looking back

This was my team's first trip to the TOC and it was nice to see more of a festive and collegial atmosphere that what one experiences at other times. Although the weather did not cooperate, the SSUSA staff should be commended for staying on top of the situation and making it work. The all star game, skills competition, dinner, etc, were all nice touches to the event and much appreciated.

One idea to consider for use in future events is to shorten the days of play, especially when the draws are very small and team are flying/driving in from all parts of the country. Although our bodies are not what they used to be, one comment I heard repeated over and over again while walking around the ballpark was how the games/brackets were "drawn" out over three days. i am sure this is not the first time this has been raised, but i have been asked (on behalf of a few teams)to pass it along. Also, i think it may be one reason that some teams choose not to attend national events - we are already taking off Thursday for travel, and now people are starting to take off Monday just in case they make it to the championship.

Congratulations to the winners, although by virtue of even making it to the TOC, everyone there was already a winner. Our bracket (50/55 M+) was extremely competitive, with no one going through the seeding games unscathed, and the level of play picking up even more in the bracket games.

Nov. 23, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds, Las Vegas

AGREED. The two team "championships" are the bane of the Major+ teams existence. The 5 run equalizer and using the Major's hr rules truly do level the playing field. I suggest that if there are not at least 5 teams in the Major+ draw, then the Major and Major+ draw should be combined. Similarly, if the AAA draw does not have at least 5 teams, then the AAA and AA should be combined.
Oct. 27, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 50 Major+ results

1. Seacrest Mavericks
2. East Bay Oldies
3. OKI Players
4. Kevitt X
5. 5 Spot
5. Gekle Builders

In the winners bracket final, the play in which EBO's Mike Vaughn was injured ended a three-up three down bottom of the 6th for Seacrest. After an approximate one hour delay where emergency services personnel stabilized Mike before taking him to the hospital, play resumed with EBO putting up a goose egg in the top of the 7th. As winners do, Seacrest came roaring back in the bottom of the inning. Down to the last out, Duff steps up to the plate for Seacrest - if he makes an out, EBO wins. Instead, he proceeds to launch a three-run walk-off homer to send his old teammates and friends (still) to the losers bracket.

After outlasting a game OKI Players squad in the losers bracket final (congrats to OKI for playing their butts off), EBO again took on Seacrest in a game that was alomst a carbon copy of the winners bracket final. EBO had leads of 5 - 8 runs throughout the contest, and was up by 5 going into the top of the seventh. But, once again, they did not push any runs across in their turn at bat. In the bottom of the 7th, Sal Formaos hit a one-out base loaded single to drive in two runs and win the game and World Championships for Seacrest.

The two games between EBO and Seacrest were very well played affairs, with Seacrest's showing their championship mettle by pulling out two hard-fought victories.

EBO's Mike Vaughn is now back home in the San Jose after having surgery Sunday night in Phoenix. He has a long period of rehab in front of him in hopes of being able to walk again in 9 - 12 months.
Oct. 1, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Rather than Major+, Major, AAA.....

First of all, it is apparent that with the diversity among people that play softball, no one set of rules will appease everyone. So, thinking outside the box, why not let players choose the rules that they play under, as follows. Each tournament would offer brackets and let the teams choose where they want to play:

10 year age divisions (50 - 60, 61 - 70)
no additional sub-classifications
no limit on hrs
no limit on runs per inning
no ppr
no time limit
limited to two or three pre-approved balls (brand/model designated)
slightly higher entry fees
start with 1 - 1 count, no extra foul

5 year age divisions
no additional sub-classifications
current hr rules
current runs per innings rules
current ppr rule
any ball director sees fit, although it will have to be identified in advance
slight lower entry fee
current balls/strikes rules

This way we all know what you are getting before we plop down money for tournament, rooms, travel, etc.
July 29, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ATTN: SSUSA STAFF - california state championships

With the event only a little over two weeks away, can you provide which age divisions will be playing at which sites - Woodland or Davis? We are holding off on our finalizing our hotel accommodations until we know which location, so any information you can provide would be appreciated.
July 28, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Two day vs 3 day events?

especially given the low number of teams in recent tournaments, I think SSUSA (and other organizations) should be very flexible on this point. I agree with Ray, those two early Friday morning games should at least be moved to the evening - to be honest, at this time of year, you can't beat those night games when the weather has cooled down.

We have the Cal Cup tourney in a few weeks and I hope they don't stretch a 4 - 5 team tourney over three days. NCSSA used to hold their year-end championships for the 50/55 over three days, but has moved it to two this year in response to the teams'requests.

Personally, I think they extra day off from work, combined with the cost of extra day hotel, etc. can be a backbreaker right now for many teams.
July 21, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SALT LAKE

i think that SSUSA needs to develop more local tournaments, in addition to the regional and national ones that currently exist - i.e., brand loyalty.

i suspect the uncertainty in the economy is the biggest factor, but i must ask if part of this is a backlash from the hr and pp rules changes that were implemented this year. For teams that are on the bubble as to whether to go or not, it could make a difference.

eventually, i feel certain that there will be a merging of major+ and major into one division, and the sooner that happens, the better for all concerned.

i play for a west coast 50 major team that is self sponsored and we only go to the sure-thing events (Reno, States, and Worlds)nowadays as draws like SLC scare us off.
July 14, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: spa draw

Thanks for the perspective. I play on a Major team, so we are fortunate to have bigger draws and thus don't have the problem facing the M+ teams - i.e., having to widen their scope to find competitive tournaments. At the end of the day, no one enjoys playing the same few teams over and over, so i can see how you would make the extra effort to play in a tournament where a larger draw is afforded.

Good luck.
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