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Donnie

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, April 21, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

You mean follow the rules, like these:

How the Rating Process Works

Here is the SSUSA process for reviewing team ratings and appeals two times per year (ONLY in January and June):

We do an internal review of all teams based on all results of games played in SSUSA. The SSUSA database program flags teams that win or lose by an average of 5 (or more) runs per game.

We also independently review all teams that have filed appeals, and look at umpire recommendations on Game Cards for the teams and reports from Tournament Directors.

After that review is complete, we send a list of recommendations to our 12 key SSUSA Directors for their review and comment. When their comments comes back, we may modify the recommendations.

As soon as the decisions are made, the team ratings are changed electronically and managers are sent a letter (and/or an email) confirming the decision.

Terry Hennessy
(Cut and paste from this site).
, April 21, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Holy crap, are you talking about Fangrabbers? You must be. This is unbelievable. Reclassed how? Did their whole team quit? Any thing short of this is a major slap in the face by this association.I'm real interested in hearing how these guys got around the so called rules.
Staff, whats up with this?
One week before a major tournament. Unbelievable.
, March 8, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

Did a BP session last year with a guy who bought two Toxics and paid an extra 100 bucks to have them shaved. He played in the 65 age group last year but doesn't play now, so I won't rat him out. They were 28 oz shaved down to 24 oz according to the stickers on them. He was hitting the ball around 300' until the thing exploded in half after 30 or so swings. We had to take a break because we were laughing at him too hard.
Dumbest thing I've seen.
Oh yeah, he wouldn't let anyone swing the other one.

To 0, tapping bats together or lightly against a pole is not an attempt to alter or break in a bat. I do all the time, by holding the knob you can tell where the sweet spot is and how wide it is. They vary by make.
, Feb. 18, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

Doug, won't take the bait, huh?
Just messing too. Congrats Dawgs see you guys soon.
Don.
, Feb. 18, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC

The Dawgs breaking up? Why, because you got moved up?
, Jan. 7, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: More 1-1 Count Talk

Staff, talked to your office today about something else and you have my correct email. I am sure I did not receive the link for the survey. Maybe there's something more to the low response totals?
For the record, if anyone cares;
YES for the 1-1
, Jan. 7, 2013
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: More 1-1 Count Talk

I didn't receive my survey either. And I always check my spam.
Every thing is current.
, Dec. 5, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 50 over Travel Team in Nor-Cal

Yes what Tim and Taits said. I referenced the old site, the new one is better.
, Dec. 5, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 50 over Travel Team in Nor-Cal

DonnieF we have a tourney in Hayward this weekend and there are a couple of teams from that area entered. Look on the NCSSA site for directions and other info.
http://ncssa.info
I have no idea if they need anybody, good luck.
, Dec. 4, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: WESTERN WORLDS 2013

Brock hows the weather there in Aug?
We were thinking of adding this stop when we thought it was the Westerns. We still might make it though just to go somewhere different. Sacramento is not a nice place in July-Aug.
, Dec. 4, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Pricer, the X-Rock had a lot to do with the very high count in Vegas. Tattoo is not exaggerating at all about his ball. Every BP session we have the longest ball hit is the Rock 9 times out of 10. You can really feel it compress the bat more then any other ball I've hit.

I find it ironic that staff used the worst run tourney I've been in, to base their decision on. Vegas' dry air, coupled with playing at 1 in the morning with a ridicules ball, made for some out-of-whack games. WE played in Phoenix with the regular Stote ball and normal temps. around 80*. The games were close and nowhere near the homers hit in Vegas. I guess it just pisses me off when people like "staff" make shit up. You got the money and make all the rules, just quite jacking us around.
, Dec. 1, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Rich not pissed I'll get by. May not be there for long anyway.

Dog not everyone is as awesome as you, just stating what I've seen the last several years in AAA.
Of course it's IMHO.
, Dec. 1, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Grading the Rule Changes

Well I'm going to give them a D. I agree with Swing, they struck out on the 1-1 count. It's badly needed, maybe they could have done it for 50's and 55's only? I don't know, just a thought.

The AAA home run rule is a terrible idea. There are a lot of powerful hitters that don't possess great bat control (me). I felt a lot more comfortable this last year knowing I could swing for the gaps and if it went out, then it wasn't too bad. Now I'll have to bring my swing down a little and...

Now don't bash me for being a head-hunter, never have been never will. I'm stating what is going to be back in the game that I saw very little of this year. SSUSA was NOT thinking of player safety with this one. That's for sure.
, Nov. 20, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrat's to Ave Towing

Thanks Richie.
It was a fun tourney. Very well run, thanks SSUSA.
Great competition. with a lot of very close games.
Donnie.
, Oct. 13, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat issue

Just another Miken story.
I'm amazed people still buy these (I know yours was free). There's better bats out there people. And better distributors too.
, Oct. 13, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

Really? Guys things change. There is ALOT more seniors playing now, if you haven't noticed. The level of play is going to improve. Ball players are going to be faster, stronger, and in some cases smarter. It's not the same game it was 10 years ago, clearly. The one thing that stays the same is consistency. Weather it's top to bottom of your order, or of individuals. You are going to see guys that hit the ball a long ways in AAA now, but if only a few of them in the line up do it there probably not a major team. There's still a big difference between majors and AAA. I play on a good AAA team and we were bumped to majors for a short time this year, we got killed up there. We don't have a consistent line up top to bottom.
It's still only three and then singles. That keeps just about everyone in the game. Do what you do well and don't worry about everyone else.
, Oct. 9, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2012 vegas worlds

Most of the umps we had were fine. Always the few questionable calls but they were the least of the problems at this tourney. One gentleman did get really fed-up with a couple poor sports from Idaho, but it was very late at night and his 9th or 10th game.

Speaking of poor sports, does any know the Bucs from Texas I think? Several wouldn't shake hands after and the whole team ran off and didn't give a salute to us (Ave. Towing). We have no idea what that was about. There was no crap talking at all during the game. First time I've seen that in Seniors.
, Oct. 9, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Doorman, good review of this tourney. We had a similar grueling experience, with a few additions.

We had to play at Cheyenne at 7:30 Fri. morning and were greeted with fields not prepped and the sprinklers running in the outfield.
The director couldn't check us in due to being on the phone trying to get someone out there to shut off the water. So we start a hour late, but at least the puddles in the outfield let you know where the low spots are.

We did check in but only after more delays to do so. Then, AFTER our two games, our manager was handed a bunch of participant bracelets to be given out. Seriously? Oh well, at least we are honest and didn't pull anything.

We played until 1am also, but it was due to a Coed tourney being played at Cheyenne. ALL MORNING GAMES WERE PUSHED TO THE AFTERNOON.
ARE YOU FRICK'N KIDDING!!! Travel back to the hotel, shower, unwind a little, it's now 03:00. Sun game time 08:00, so up at 06:00, do the math, this sucked.

There is a bunch more, but not worth the time.
Hennessy said in the managers meeting that Cheyenne isn't that bad. Tell that to our outfielder who tore up his knee in the worst outfield I've seen in a long time.

Hennessy also said he tries not to read this message board. Dude you better start, because you and your other organizers FAILED miserably.

LET ME BE CLEAR, the men and women that were out at the fields trying to deal with this debacle deserve great praise. They worked hard and I thanked them every chance I got this weekend.
The ones responsible for this mess should be ashamed.


, Oct. 1, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cheyenne Park for Worlds

Great, just what I wanted to hear. We are scheduled to play there this week. Look at google earth, you can see the trenches!! Glad I can stand and pee. Maybe I'll use Frans tires.
How about a little rebate SSUSA? Like about half. Ya I know, fat chance, the money's already in the bank.
, Sept. 3, 2012
ffdonnie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

So you are saying that Miken is falsely selling something else as a U2. Makes sense to me, the two I have swung feel and sound nothing like a U2, or even a Freak. I'm not sure, but isn't this fraud? Even if it isn't really, it's close enough for me. Glad I gave up on Miken a year ago.
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