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Andy

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Men's 65

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, Dec. 3, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Whatever the penalty for a batter using an illegal bat, I am in agreement. As a manager, the only rule that I disagree with is penalizing the manager. Probably some managers may know that a player or players are using an illegal bat, but what about the manager that does not know, because he had no knowledge of this? I guess the solution may be to list someone else that is not really on your roster as a manager.....like Dave Dowell? LOL!

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Dec. 3, 2016
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

The rule for the pitcher to move so the batter can see the pitch has been repealed.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 30, 2016
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: substitution

bond_171513, Last batter that completed his turn at bat, not the last out.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 27, 2016
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When did bats start getting END CAPS ?

I still have 2 TPS bats that are the Rick Wheeler models.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 27, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

marcster13, More players than you would think are using shaved bats. I could tell you stories of all that I know about which players are using shaved bats. I also know what players will get them shaved for you. When I run into one of those players in a game that I know, I just smile and walk him. The one that I always remember well, is the guy that I saw walking into the complex carrying 6 bats. I asked him why are you carrying so many bats. His reply was that each of his bats only last 45-50 swings, because they are shaved thin, so that most of his hits are home runs. I could not believe that he admitted to this. If this is new to you, then be aware that in leagues, several players are using not only shaved bats, but tournament bats painted to look like league bats. You can buy them already painted and/or shaved bats, and the manufacturer has a disclaimer on it, that says to be used in exhibition only. Your last comment about hurting someone or taking their life, this could happen even with a legitimate tournament bat. The real danger is when a 55 player in a league game is using an illegal bat, with 70/75 players on the field. This is why you are starting to see more infielders, other than the pitcher, wearing masks and/or shin guards. Maybe not in the 40 divisions, but 50's and above.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 21, 2016
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a 60 AAA outfielder for Winter Worlds - maybe two.

Pitcher3, What is your name?

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 18, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: UP TO DATE TOURNAMENT SCORES

Well Tad, although the Enviro-Vac record for seeding games was wrong, it was obvious by the other records, that it was supposed to be 0-2. That was the first thing I noticed, and we all know there were only 2 seeding games. I know you are a stickler for perfection, but ever since you posted, we have not seen another score yet. LOL! See you on Tuesday, if it does not rain.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 17, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanks For Your Prayers and Thoughtfulness

That is so great to hear! Thank you Lord and a very happy AMEN! Enjoy your holidays!

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Nov. 17, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: UP TO DATE TOURNAMENT SCORES

SSUSA is now doing an outstanding job getting the scores for the tournament on a daily basis! The Winter Worlds scores are up to date going into the final day. That is so awesome and hope this continues for all tournaments. Thank you!!

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Oct. 30, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

SSUSA Staff,

I concur with your short list of time saving suggestions. If all teams would try to adhere to some or all of them, it should add 10-15 minutes to our games. All of the above suggestions by all can give us more time too, but we have enough senior rules, that are quite different from our younger days.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Oct. 28, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Schedule

The new schedule is usually out around Thanksgiving time. As stated above, the schedule is pretty much the same, except for the Reno and the Vegas Worlds. The weekends can be switched around every other year. If you look at last years schedule for Menifee, it will show the tournament was at the end of January. Actually, it is always the 2nd week of January. Last year it was moved to the end of January due to rain.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Oct. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 65 Majors player looking for new home - 65 Majors or 65 AAA

Hi Bill,

I am in need of several players. If you are interested, you can reach me on my cell, 805-814-9694. Besides yourself, I should be adding 4-5 players this week. If you want to wait until you get back into town, I will still need 2-3 more players, assuming I acquire the 4-5 players. No rush and look forward to talking with you.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Oct. 7, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New SSUSA cards for 2017

If you do not follow any of the above, you can always show up to the tournament with a completed registration form and check and give it to the director of the tournament. Registration form can be obtained above.

Andy Smith
65 Major
, Oct. 6, 2016
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 65 Majors player looking for new home - 65 Majors or 65 AAA

I assume this is Bill Werlin. I am in the process of building a 65 Major team. Let's talk on Wednesday, if interested.

Andy Smith
65 Major
, Sept. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

Hi Dennis,

Normally, I would agree with you, and I would not have said anything, just like the first time your team was called out about a month ago, because I am playing Major. In fact, if this thread was not started, I would not have said a thing. I talk to a couple of guys on OTE, and they know that they are a Major team and very happy to be left alone for at least the Worlds. Win or lose the Worlds, they will probably be playing Major next season. I think! Maybe! Who knows! If OTE plays us straight up this weekend, that would be admirable of you guys. I think 99 out of a 100 times, a team that has won so many tournaments in one season, would get bumped up. They are probably under the 5 run per game limit too, but we all know how to get around that number in seeding games or a specified tournament. Lastly, OTE took a huge beating in the 60 Major division last year, and it appears that SSUSA is sympathetic to that, which is not a completely bad thing.

Dennis, I just had a chance to look at the draw sheet for this weekend, and have no clue why we are even playing your team and the other 3 teams, instead of playing the other Major team and Major Plus team. I would rather have played those 2 teams 2-3 times each, because it turns out our game against OTE is just a seeding game that counts in a different division, just to determine whether we will play 1 game or possible 2 games on Sunday in our division at 1130 and/or 1. Crazy set up.

BTW, I care about all divisions, because I have friends in all divisions, and I have played in all divisions. Now, I mostly have played Major and Major Plus the past 10 years. Honestly Dennis, I have been playing 65 Major for a little over a year. Once OTE is playing Major, they will be a force to be reckoned with. I have only seen a handful of strong teams, which I know OTE will be able to compete. Sorry that I did not mention the obvious, your team name, OTE. I think I mentioned it about 7 times in this message. Hope I counted right. LOL!

It will be nice to see you out there. I hope you are doing well. I know you have had tough times not too long ago. Happy to see you out there playing. It is always good to hear from you. Lets just have a fun time playing and continue our friendship.

Take care,

Andy Smith
, Sept. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

Well Dave, what can I say. By the lack of doing what is correct, will cause some ill feelings and loss of some teams in the future. This is a business too, and if you lose a few teams and more sign up, then why would they care. They should care because, some times in a business, you tend to forget how you got where you are today, and one day it will hit you, when things are not so prosperous. Good luck in the 60 Major bracket. We will not see each other this time, because I am playing 65 Major this season. Unless, someone gets desperate and needs me to play. By coincidence, the team that I am playing with this season is playing one of those teams that should have been bumped up, and we have to give them 5 runs this weekend. This other organization uses the SSUSA ratings. The problem is that teams can change their rosters, as there is no control as to who plays with what team. What a joke! They are picking up a couple of players for this tournament, since it is not an SSUSA tournament. It is what it is.

Andy
, Sept. 7, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 World Masters Championships

This will probably be posted some time after Thanksgiving and hopefully no later that New Year's Day.

Andy Smith

, Sept. 7, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

Hi Missouridave,

We have talked in the past and met at one of the tournaments. Good to see you on here. There have been many rating changes since mid season. It just has not been presented like the usual way in the past. There were some teams bumped up and some bumped down. Par for the course, there are several teams that definitely should have been bumped up and a few that should have been moved down. There were teams moved up and down, that should have just stayed where they were. I would not expect any more changes to be made, until after the Worlds. After the Worlds, you will see the other teams that should of been moved up or down being done, because the one's that should have been moved down, will be losing and by double digits, and the one's that definitely should have been moved up, going through the winners bracket with ease. All the teams, players, umpires, and SSUSA know which teams are in question. There is a method to all this, and there are those that are exempt for one reason or another. Just the way it is and has always been. I have given up being concerned about it any more, and just try to play by the rules fairly. In general, about 95% of what is done, is done as fairly as possible. So many teams play in SSUSA tournaments, because they put on the best show. Honestly, you cannot argue with success. After SSUSA posts the session 4 list of teams for the Vegas Worlds, there will probably be over 600 teams participating in the largest ever World tournament.

With that said, good luck to your team and have a great time! I am rooting for all the "Cinderella" teams to win this year!

Just My Humble Opinions,

Andy Smith


, Aug. 31, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

BTW, every season stands on its own merit. Just because you do not receive a release for the current season, doesn't mean you are stuck on that team's roster the next season. Whatever team you play on the next season, that is your team for that season.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 31, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

Maybe at the December meetings this can be altered somewhat. For now, you are in a situation that none want to be in. The only reason that I would not release a player from a team that I manage, would be that uniforms were not returned and/or they owed money to the team. In my case, I would not want the shirts, as I cannot stand used shirts. Also, I would not want to keep a player on my team, that did not want to be there. They just become a cancer and ruin the team chemistry. Happily, I have never had that issue, since no one ever left my teams during the season.

I will tell you what happened to me one year. When I commit to a team, I am there for the season, good or bad. One year, I was so very unhappy with the team manager and so were other players, I wanted out. There were actually 6 players that left eventually. I asked for a release, and he said that he would take care of it. A few weeks go by and still no release. I asked again and got the same answer. 2 more weeks go by and still nothing. At this point, I realized that this is not going to happen. I called up to the SSUSA office, and pretty much received the same answers from them as above. I understood their position. I thought about it for a day or so, and called back up to SSUSA. I said what if I could prove that he sort of released me, although, it was not on an official release form. I went on to explain that I received a team email from the manager stating to everyone that Andy was leaving the team, sorry to see you go, and best wishes on your new team. SSUSA said if you can produce that email, then we will have you officially released. I did and all was good. It had to be in writing, no verbal he said she said.

Turned out that I did not need that release, because I hooked up with another team in a younger age group. I did not know that at the time.

Just thought that I would pass this on.

Andy Smith
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