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May 17, 2018
NYTX
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Heart of Texas - Georgetown

The decision should have been to either a) take fewer teams or b) move to a complex with more fields such as College Station, Plano or a host of others in Texas. There will be several teams who will have a 10:15 PM start on Friday night and then play again at 6AM the following morning!!! How can that be? I don't know about anyone else but I'm too old to turn around that fast. They don't even let pilots turnaround that fast - they refer to it as being "illegal". Everyone enjoys a tournament with a lot of teams - but this format is crazy. And, I noticed the 50"s and 55" go late in to Sunday night for their championship. They can't be happy about that either. Good luck to everyone.
March 30, 2018
NYTX
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championships turnout

Dave - I always get a kick out of your responses. Keep them coming. I hope you also have a nice Easter. If I could be serious for one minute - is the reason why no other city, other than El Paso, is requesting they host the state championship because the cost is too high? I assume you guys ask the cities to pay for the right to host? Please correct me if I am wrong. With that being said, as the previous guys have suggested, more teams would participate if it was in Austin or DFW or even Houston. Doesn't that mean more entry fee money to the SSUSA? Wouldn't that offset taking a little less from a different city in return for hosting the tournament? If I am off here please advise. I agree with you that if we win (my team is going to El Paso) no one is going to care who else showed up. You are right about that. But it would be helpful and appreciative for us to have some understanding as to why no other city wants to host. I can only assume its money, because we know the fields are available. SPA is having a tournament in College Station the same weekend at a great complex and I think they are expecting 20-25 teams.
Anyway, I'm just happy to be playing, smelling the grass, swinging the bat, kicking the dirt, and enjoying the camaraderie. Much thanks to SSUSA and the other associations for letting us do so. Happy Easter to all.
Feb. 13, 2018
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC UPDATES for Loyce Harps Complex

Sorry, may have missed it but - any results on the 60AA ?
Dec. 14, 2017
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

DieselDan - I have been saying this for 5 years!! Playing 2 innings at a time is the only way to insure more ball is played. There is so much time LOST with guys slowly walking in and out each inning. Just play 2 at time for the first 6 innings and then play the 7th. There would be no other rule changes needed. I estimate this would add 10-12 minutes of playing time, which in a 60 minute game thats more than 15%. It could also possibly do away with the dreaded flip flop.

This seems so simple - what am I missing?
Nov. 30, 2017
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bone On Bone

I would also suggest Cryotherapy as a possible help in some of these situations. Not sure about bone on bone, but I have had 2 ACL reconstructions on my left knee and had pretty good pain and some early arthritis. I tried Cryotherapy, where you freeze at a negative 200+ degrees for 3 minutes, and it definitely helped reduce the pain and inflation. What worked for me was I did it every day for 2 weeks and then scaled back to 3 times a week for the next 2 months. After that, I noticed a significant improvement. Some people say that Cryo helps all kinds of ailments, but that wasn't my experience. It definitely helped my knee, however. After the 2 months, I stopped doing it but still felt the benefits for the next 5-6 months. Cryo shops are popping up all over the place and hopefully the price of it will continue to come down. I don't think it is covered by most insurance carriers.
Nov. 20, 2017
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rules question

I have seen people do it so I assume it must be legal. Can't think of a reason it wouldn't be.
Oct. 18, 2017
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

I think this sounds like a good idea. Especially in local tournaments, when there never seems to be enough teams in each of the 3 age brackets (55, 60 and 65). Combining those 3 into 2 groups makes a lot of sense to me. In the locals, we usually end up playing teams outside of our age bracket anyway. It would also make the big tournaments even bigger because you basically would have more teams in each of the groups you mention.
I would certainly be in favor of it.
Oct. 12, 2017
NYTX
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Dallas Spurs 60's looking for AAA and Major Players

I may be interested. I live in DFW and have been playing senior ball for 10 years, mostly at Major level. How do I get in touch with you?
Oct. 4, 2017
NYTX
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

All of this is unfortunate to hear - one idea I had recently is to restrict all players to only play on 1 team (and 1 age bracket) for the Nationals. In other words, don't allow guys to play one weekend for a 50 team and the next weekend for a 55 team. God Bless the guys who are physically able to do so, but it creates this concept of "pickup teams" when you see the same guy playing for 2 or 3 different teams. We have it as well in Texas where I play. I wonder if it would make more sense to restrict all players to commit to one team and not jump around. I'm referring only to the big tournaments, such as Vegas.
Sept. 27, 2017
NYTX
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Reloaded 60's So Cal Moving to Major + next season looking for 2 outfielders

I assume you have to be a California (or adjoining) state resident? Reason I ask is because I have heard someone say that Major Plus does not have the strict state rule. I don't know if that is accurate or not.
Sept. 4, 2017
NYTX
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Adjoining State rule

I have a question I hope someone can respond to. I have heard different comments/opinions regarding the adjoining state rule and when/if it no longer is required. I have heard for a Major Plus team you are not required to reside either in state or in an adjoining state? Is that accurate? For all ages?
Also, at what age bracket (if there is one) does the adjoining state rule no longer apply? I have heard different answers on this one too. Any accurate info on these topics is appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.
April 11, 2017
NYTX
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Players in OK/TX/NM/ARK/and LA

What age bracket and which team?
March 14, 2017
NYTX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shoes

All due respect to Hat Man, I tried these shoes and I strongly suggest ordering 1 size up (or at least 1/2 size up). They run small, and I have tried several pair. The only way to know for sure is try them on yourself - they are sold in several different retailers and in the Adidas Outlet Stores, if you live near one of them.
Oct. 20, 2016
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

There is such a simple solution to this - and its stated earlier - Bat 2 innings at a time. In other words the visiting team gets to bat the top of the 1st and the top of the 2nd before the home team bats at all. There is so much time wasted between innings that this will absolutely quicken the pace. You can stop at the buffet innings. I've been suggesting this for 10 years - some guys take forever to get out of their own dugout and on to the field. Often times its the darn pitcher, who has the shortest walk!
I think they should test this theory in a tournament or 2 and see what the results are. Or maybe just do it in the pool games?
Sept. 30, 2016
NYTX
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Looking scores 60 in Vegas

Mike - I guess I'm slow because I see the Scoreboard Link but when I click on it I only see a list of Tournaments and dates. When I click on the Vegas 65, all it tells me is the time and date and the fees and a 5 game guarantee. I don't see any game brackets or scores. What do I have to do to see the scores?
Sept. 29, 2016
NYTX
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Looking scores 60 in Vegas

Guys - I searched all over mikemacenko.com and I can't find tourney results anywhere. Can someone send me the exact link? I am referring to the Las Vegas results from this past weekend. Thank you in advance for your help.
March 17, 2015
NYTX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Unloader Knee Brace

I started to wear one last year. I am in the same boat as you, lefty bob. I am trying to delay knee replacement after 2 ACL surgeries on my left knee. I have painful arthritis. The loader brace definitely reduces the pain. I find I can run in it, although the quick movements, side-to-side, for example, are a little tougher. I play the outfield and seem to be okay running straight ahead, but when a quick change of direction is needed I feel a little cumbersome due to the brace. I met another guy with the same issues and he has been wearing the brace and playing for 10 years. He's over 60 so the game is a little slower there.
Good luck with it. Hope this helps.
Nov. 18, 2014
NYTX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Evaluation fo Dudley Senior Bats

I purchased a new one in Vegas at the Worlds in October and the bat was awesome right from the first swing. I know 3 or 4 other guys who bought the bat and had the exact same experience as I. I am really surprised to hear about the "dud". The bottom line with all these bats is durability - that will be the key. If the bat is durable and doesn't crack after 300 swings, then to me it is a success. I have cracked approximately 15 bats over the past 4 years of all makes and models, so no one manufacturer has a heads up over the pack, in my opinion. Hopefully Dudley has figured it out. We will see. But I expect to see lots of people swinging this bat next year. The jump off the bat on line drives is ridiculous and the distance is as good as the other senior bats from Miken, Combat, Reebok et al.
July 1, 2013
NYTX
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Texas State Championships - How were the fields and other Facilities?

The fields were very poor compared to Kiest Park in Dallas. What I found more insulting was they actually went through our bags as we entered the park. The concession prices were high. Yes, it was hot and that made for a difficult day on Saturday, but that complex is no where near as nice as most others that we have played on before. The outfields were bumpy in some areas. The highway noise and the trains going by made it the loudest place we have played as well. Especially on Field 1.
All in all, it was a disappointing facility, especially compared to Kiest Park.
June 4, 2013
NYTX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 piece Ultra broke after 6 games..... extremely disappointed

I bought a balanced Miken 2 piece from Corky in Austin in April and so far I too am extremely disappointed in it. It has no pop, certainly nothing like the Black or Gray Ultra 2's. I have about 80-100 swings on it between games and BP and have seen no improvement. I don't know if it has a break-in period. I sure hope so and I get some improvement. I would advise anyone not to get this bat.
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