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Andy

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Simi Valley, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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Oct. 21, 2019
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60 major playing with 50 AAA

50omaha, Yes, a 60M player can play with a 50AAA team. In addition, a 60M player can play with a 55AAA team and a 50AA team. All 3 situations are without any penalty for having a higher rated player on their team.

Andy Smith,
Retired player
Sept. 11, 2019
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Qualified bats

It might be nice to know what bats everyone is talking about. I do have 2 league bats from Miken, that have ASA stamped on it. They both perform very close to the Ultra II. I only use them in non SSUSA tournaments, if the weather is too cold, so not to take a chance on cracking my Ultra II. I heard someone tried to use one of these Miken ASA bats in an SSUSA tournament, and the batter was called out and the bat was removed from the game. This Miken ASA bat is not allowed in SSUSA tournaments, and for a good reason. It does not have BPF stamped on the bat, so it may not be so legal anyway. BTW, at one of my batting practices, I was able to hit the ball farther with the ASA bat than my Ultra II. One might wonder what the BPF status might be?

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
Aug. 24, 2019
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: HELP AVAILABLE FOR VEGAS WORLD MASTERS

Hey DD, Sorry to hear about all of the injuries. If you would have known this earlier in the season, we could have combined our teams. Early February, I could only field 5-7 healthy players. Some are still getting surgeries. Those that could still play, decided to join other teams for the remainder of the year. Good luck with your next season.

Take care,

Andy
July 28, 2019
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need a player for Sacramento

Hey Tad,

Maybe you can find a 70 year old that plays on a 65 or 60 team, then a release is not needed.

Good luck,

Andy
April 29, 2019
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHAT DO WE DO WITH TIMBERWORKS?

Hey Gentlemen,

I tried to refrain from putting my usual comments about this situation, but after so many complaints on this message board, and at the recent Vegas tournament, I decided it was time to do so again. I was actually waiting to see if there would be any more unhappy teams. Every team I talked with was very unhappy about the situation.

To begin, when a Major team has to play a Major Plus team, 5 runs does not cut it, when the Major Plus team has 4 prime out of region players. When this situation occurs, whether it be Timberworks or some other Major Plus team, AND only one Major Plus team enters, then the Major Plus team should be playing as an exhibition team, AND they can have their first place awards. In a small tournament, you do what you have to do. In the recent Vegas tournament, that was not the way to do it. The other option would be to have that team stay home, rather than ruin a perfectly large competitive Major tournament. Give them their entry fee back. What teams did the Major Plus team send to the loser's bracket? How many teams would the Major Plus team have sent home, if they had gone into the loser's bracket? Well, what about the the hotel costs, car rental, and airfare? Given enough time, hotels and rental cars can easily be canceled, if SSUSA does not wait till the last minute to inform that team. Airfare is a different issue, especially when you purchase the cheap fares. Even with the cheap fares, you can cancel your flight and get a credit towards the next flight within a year for most carriers.

Since SSUSA will not remedy the situation, then it is up to the teams/players to take action. There are 2 major ways to remedy the situation described above. The first would be as suggested above and hit them in the pocket $$$$. You can choose not to go to SSUSA tournaments, OR wait until the list of teams is given, and see if there are 2 or more Major Plus teams listed. The problem with waiting, is what if one of the 2 Major Plus teams drop out. Then you are stuck with the same situation as this past Vegas tournament. As for the second suggestion, which would be a last resort, and I will not put on this message board. I did discuss the second remedy with at least 5 teams in Vegas, and they all laughed and agreed, but it would take a 100% effort by ALL of the teams. Honestly, I do not want it to come to the second decision, especially to Timberworks, because I know several of the players. Hopefully, SSUSA rethinks their way of doing things here on this subject.

Lastly, I have nothing against ANY Major Plus team. I am sorry that there are not enough Major Plus teams to play and have their own competitive division. I just do not want them in my tournament division and ruining the event that I paid a lot money for and put in a lot of time to enjoy. The other 15 teams in the past Vegas tournament are more important than 1 team.

Sorry if I offended anyone, but that is how I feel about this situation. BTW, I know in a few months that I will be playing against Timberworks. Please do not hurt me, because I am too old to die. LOL!

Andy Smith,
65 Major
Dec. 22, 2018
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Scores/Standings

Hey Tommy,

Wishing you and Martha a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I might just see you both at the fields, as I am playing 60's again this year, and part time on a 65 team. We will see how I hold up.

Warm Regards,

Andy
Dec. 21, 2018
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Scores/Standings

Now that is too funny DieselDan! LOL!
Dec. 19, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ratings

titanhd, it might be a bit difficult to determine which teams had rating changes that are actually correct. This is because many teams have had their ratings lowered, because SSUSA traditionally and temporarily show the rating of a team when they qualified for the Tournament of Champions(TOC). After the TOC, teams are corrected back to their current ratings.

I am kind of surprised that no one has said anything yet. Most of us must be busy shopping and enjoying the holidays. LOL! Usually this time of the year, there are threads asking why a team was lowered and their team was not. As a suggestion to not make this as confusing as it is, why not put an asterisk next to those teams that were lowered because of the TOC coming up in early February?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Oct. 31, 2018
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner

Look at rule 8.4(1) in the first sentence, says exactly what Dave has said above.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE

Oct. 10, 2018
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 65AAA SO. CAL. TEAM LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

What team is this?
Sept. 17, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ROOKIE SENSATION ARRIVES

Congratulations Dave and Fran!! Probably not quite the final score. Next comes the great grandchildren. I am at 9 grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. And you can add great in front of that list for my Mom. Still more to come. The birthday and Christmas gift list just keeps growing.

They are all a great joy!!

Andy
Sept. 9, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

I never feel rushed to get the game over with, when we have had the 1-1 count. Without the 1-1 count and my team is behind in a game, I feel a bit anxious to get those extra 1-2 innings in, to have a better chance come back and win. I enjoy the game either way. I like playing all 7 innings. When I said in my previous post, that we even finished early, is that I wanted to convey that we played the entire 7 innings. No one on either team felt rushed. Actually, just the opposite. The only aspect of feeling rushed with a 1-1 count, is the batter will not be able to stand in the box and wait for the first strike.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Sept. 8, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

In the games that I played this year, I like the 1-1 count, because all but 2 games, we played 7 innings. We even played a few extra inning games in seeding games and/or a round robin set up. Several games were completed early, and it was nice to get out of the summer heat sooner.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Sept. 7, 2018
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Plz explain format

Heavi, In most of SSUSA tournaments, and this includes the Vegas Worlds, you will begin with 2 seeding games. How you do in these 2 seeding games, determines where you are placed in the double elimination brackets. If you are tied in seeding, then you will go to the tie breaking rules listed on the tournament game list. You are guaranteed 5 games, so if you lose your first 2 games in bracket play, then you are still in the tournament, and can still win the tournament, but will probably have to win a lot of games to do so.

It appears that everyone will play their 2 seeding games on day one, then they are done for the day, and can enjoy some relaxing time at the casinos or go see a show.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Sept. 7, 2018
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Session 2 Field Assignments for Vegas Worlds

They are quite busy setting up the large brackets. As the SSUSA Staff said on September 5th, "...Final Field Assignments will be released simultaneous with the publication of the DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets within the next couple/few days ..." Therefore, we should all see these seeding/brackets by September 7 or 8.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
USED2BE

Sept. 3, 2018
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Softball Venue Review Site- Senior Softball Addict

Jon44, Very informative and accurate descriptions of the field conditions.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Sept. 1, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: somthing very interesting

coop3636, Not really a mute point, but a moot point. Just kidding with you! Although they are supplying some softballs, you could utilize the exact softball already in your possession, especially if, you do not care to retrieve any softballs that leave the field or purchase new additional ones. I am sure many teams have Rock softballs that are in new condition. Have a good tournament!

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Sept. 1, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: somthing very interesting

I would not think that we are hitting our own softballs, and SSUSA to expect every team to go out and buy some Rock softballs. Traditionally, SSUSA will give each team some new Rock game balls. Whether that is 6 or 12 softballs, I cannot remember. If you do not want to retrieve home runs, then you can always buy more from the sign in area. Probably the more important question here, can a team use a Rock softball that they already have in their possession. If I recall, for the World Championships, the Rock ball being used has World Masters Championship on them, and half of the one's that I have, do not say that on the softball. Obviously, both softballs are the same.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Aug. 20, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote

Very cool Dave. Nice to know some of these facts, just in case I get in the "cash cab".
Aug. 20, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote

Dave,

Is the Rock softball named after the wrestler Rock, now turned into a movie star? LOL!

Andy

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