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Andy

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Simi Valley, CA

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Men's 65

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, April 14, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Half Run Rule

I am not in favor of this rule. There are enough odd rules already in senior softball, and this would just be another.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, Jan. 27, 2016
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: illegally batted ball

Whether a ball is hit with a full swing, half swing, or 3/4 swing, mostly comes into play if the ball is hit on the ground. If the ball is hit in the air in front of the infield, then the batter could be called out too. If the ball is hit in the air over the infield, it does not matter how you hit the ball.

The only thing above that I did not know was that you could be called out on a foul ball not taking a full swing. You learn something every day, no matter how old you get.

Andy Smith
, Jan. 9, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

I actually like the fields in Davis. All nicely kept and all the grass is cut precisely. Plenty of shade trees in the summer. Most of the artificial turf fields are nice too.
, Jan. 4, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams and game times for next weekend in menifee

I like what everyone has said, but it is going to be raining all week. We had to play in the mud last year, so it could be said that we played 4 games and no refunds. It looked like little streams going to the pitcher's mound and first base. Puddles in the outfield and I did not enjoy playing under those conditions with batters hitting balls with tournament bats. Way too dangerous. The current predictions are: Monday 10%, Tuesday 100%, Wednesday 100%, Thursday 80%, Friday 10%, Saturday 40%, and Sunday 60%. The weatherman has to be right one of those days, if not more. LOL!

Just saying,

Andy Smith
, Jan. 3, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams and game times for next weekend in menifee

If the weatherman is at all correct this time, there is a 60% chance of rain Monday, 100% on Tuesday, 90% on Wednesday, 70% on Thursday, 10% on Friday, and 60% on Saturday. It just might rain. LOL!

Just saying,

Andy Smith
, Dec. 28, 2015
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 60 looking for So Cal team

As we get older, some of us get smarter, and some of us cannot remember. Winning a softball tournament is always fun. Winning in life is what really matters. With that said, Git R Done gets my vote for the best softball program in SoCal. Other organizations are good too, like Top Gun, R & R and others. Git R Done may not win as many tournaments, but they do win in the game of life. You are doing it right Tommy!

God Bless you Tommy and Martha! Happy New Year!

Andy Smith
, Dec. 20, 2015
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

Mad dog, I concur with your comment!

SSUSA Staff, Your statement regarding Pitchers, "Games will NOT be suspended while awaiting a consensus that the batter can see, as WOULD be the case if the sun affects Pitchers and their safety", is SO untrue depending on the Field Director. I was in a game in Vegas several years back, where the sun was so bad and safety was a hot topic at the time, that the pitcher, 2nd baseman, and SS, could not see anything hit or thrown at them. Our catcher had to role the ball back to me for 3 innings. I just guessed where home plate was and apparently hit it. I asked the other team if they wanted to wait until we could see, and they just laughed and said play. I went to the umpire, and he said to ask the Field Director. The Field Director said to play or forfeit, mostly because they were already behind in their game times. In that case, what options do I have? If I did not play and forfeit, then my team was out of the tournament. The other team did not give a crap, because win or lose, they had not gotten their 5th game yet. Balls were screaming through the middle of the infield as I ducked with my back to home plate after every pitch. The other team laughing the entire inning. When we came up, I said to their catcher, we are not going to try at all to hit your pitcher, but every batter on my team has been instructed to slam the ball up the middle and let me know if you still think it is so funny. Well, they did not. LOL! All I could do after the first inning was to move my first baseman between 1st and 2nd where he could see something, then I ran to cover first base.

Andy Smith

, Dec. 13, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Rules

missouridave, I concur with everything you stated. Hope to meet you again sometime in the future.

Andy Smith
, Dec. 2, 2015
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: This weekend at BLD Perris Toys for Tots

Mike,

I sent you an email!

Andy Smith,
No team yet
, Nov. 24, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

Dave, who won 55 Major?

Thanks,

Andy Smith,
No team yet
, Nov. 23, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

I think Tim mixed up 70 AAA and 65 Major somehow. The 2 teams he mentioned in 65 Major played 70 AAA, and the 2 70 AAA teams played 65 Major. Not sure if the other results are correct either. I am sure someone will verify this soon.

Andy Smith,
No team yet
, Nov. 23, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won 55 Major and 55 AAA in Phoenix??

Can someone let us know who the top 3 finishers were in both divisions.

Thanks,

Andy Smith,
No team at this time.
, Nov. 13, 2015
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: O.T.E looking for 65 players

Hey Jerry,

Just sent you an email regarding a pitcher AND an outfielder available primarily for 65's. Can you believe that we are all that old now? LOL!

Andy Smith,
looking for a 65 team(hint, hint, hint)
, Nov. 4, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

Umbach,

By association to my former team rating, therefore, that is my rating. Actually, my former 60 team was rated major plus. I have played major plus, major, AAA, and AA. Except for a large tournament like the Vegas Worlds, major plus is not a fun rating, as there are not enough major plus teams to play the rest of the year in other tournaments. With approximately 18 in the 60's and about 11 in the 65's in the entire organization, makes for a nothing trip and too expensive and not worth the time. BTW, my former team agreed and has elected to play 55 Major, so they have more teams in their bracket.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
Major/Major Plus
, Nov. 4, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

E6 in AZ,

We tried the 12-16 inch lane up the middle and it was a DBO, whether or not I was positioned in that area or not. Therefore, after I pitched the ball, I went somewhere else on the field to play defense, since my area was already a DBO. I would be good with that one.

Andy Smith,
65 Major/Major Plus,
Playing on no team at this time!
, Nov. 4, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

First off, I see many balls hit up the middle by other teams, my teams, and myself. As a pitcher, I have no problem with batters hitting the ball up the middle. I want to be part of the game too.

Secondly, the only time a screen should be utilized is when the sun is in the eyes of the pitcher.

Lastly, if a screen was made a permanent part of the game, then I would not pitch anymore and play a different position or just not play at all.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major/Major Plus,
Playing on no team at this time!
, Aug. 22, 2015
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Legit or scam?

Thanks guys!
, Aug. 22, 2015
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Legit or scam?

I was given a website for bats, and wanted to know if any of you players have ever heard of it. http://www.savemymoney.us/ Never heard of .us before either, but I did get into a site. Is this legit or a scam? I went onto the website anyway, and the prices for bats are so unreal.

Thanks in advance for any input,

Andy Smith,
65 Major/60 Major Plus
, Aug. 17, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Major Plus for Vegas Worlds??

Mike,

I would think that Old Dawgs and Nighthawks will attend too. If we end up being the only 2 teams, we could rent a field and play 2 out of 3 and have a BBQ. It would save a lot of time and money.

Andy Smith,
65 Major/60 Major Plus
, Aug. 17, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dave. need to rebracket San Clemente 65aaa division

Gentlemen,

First things first everyone. Let's stop blaming Dave and the SSUSA Staff. Dave had nothing to do with this tournament, except to fix what was originally a terrible scheduling by Top Gun. I will refrain from using anyone's names here. SSUSA lets the Top Gun organization run these tournaments, so that is their only hand in this.

In the past, the quality of this tournament was a D. I did not give it an F, because the fields are very nice. I could explain my position why, but that is the past and over and I did that back then. I will stick to the subject matter at hand. Originally for this year, teams and managers were told that this would be a 5 game guarantee, then it was changed to a 4 game guarantee all of a sudden. Originally for this year, teams and managers were told that this would be a 3 day event. That was just false from day one, because this was never a 3 day event, but a 2 1/2 day event, and again, too many teams allowed to enter. Now, if you look at the tournament details on this tournament, it says nothing. How convenient. At least, I cannot see anything. You can ask some teams and managers what it did say and what they were assured. That is the short version about the tournament.

20-20 hind sight, well come on guys. I preached to my teams that I am agreeable to enter whatever tournament they would like during the year, but I am not in favor of a Top Gun run tournament. Not to say that some do turn out OK, but it would be best that SSUSA runs them. The old saying, try it once, be hesitant a 2nd time, and the 3rd time, shame on us. Half the guys want to go and the other half has short-term memory. Both halves are complaining now, as to why did we do this again. LOL! Live and learn.

Sorry that this has happened to teams that were totally unaware. This is my 3rd year at this tournament, so shame on us, but it is finally the last. I know that I will get 5 games in this week, because I am playing on 2 different teams. Now that is the way to buck the system.

Andy Smith,
65 Major/60 Major Plus
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