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Andy

Location:
Simi Valley, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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, June 15, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Price Went Up? Worlds

The price is high, but the tournament is the best run tournament, especially for the amount of teams that attend. Where else are you going to have so many teams from all over the USA and foreign countries? If you do the math, a team with 12 players, only pays an extra $4 per player to play, with the additional cost. Besides the high cost and high volume of teams, there are only so many fields to be used. The explosion of teams over the past 4-5 years is incredible. We all enjoy playing teams that we never get to see.

This is a business as well. Assuming there are not many more options for fields, it is smart to increase the fees a little, even if, some teams decide to not attend. You make the same amount of money and a few less teams. It takes a lot of time and effort to run a tournament of this magnitude. I have to say, that SSUSA does it well.

As Nickname36 has said ".......go to san diego and sit on the beach and look at the hottie's in bikini's and drink beer.........." I have to say that does sound better than playing softball in Vegas. Instead, I would rather go to the largest tournament in the world to play teams that I do not know, and then go to the beach in San Diego.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, June 15, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

Sorry to hear this. I will be praying for you and your family.

Andy
, June 13, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sad to report the passing of Russ Simily

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Russ Simily. He was a great terrific teammate and a better friend. He will be remembered and missed by all that knew him. Rest in peace big guy. Below is the information for the funeral arrangements.

"Hi Everyone, This is Kari,Russ Simily's daughter.Thank you for all your condolences,Love and Prayers you have sent. My Mom hasn't even seen this, but will show her. My dad went peacefully in his sleep. He was supposed to play ball yesterday morning and never came down.I found him at 9:37 am Wednesday June 8th. Friday June 17th at 11 am at Reardon Mortuary in Simi Valley, we will have a memorial. We are respecting his wishes and he will be cremated. There will be a reception afterwards at the house, and would like everyone there to tell stories and share memories of my father. I will keep you updated if anything changes. Love to all of you and thank you for being there for my family. Feel free to call me at anytime. My number is 805-428-3805."

Andy
, April 14, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Do we pay to play by the hour??

A 1-1 count is the best solution to get the 7th inning in. A little hustle in and off the field wouldn't hurt either. Have your courtesy runners ready in advance too, or no courtesy runners allowed.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
65 Major
, April 14, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fields for Vegas

Hey Benji4 and Dave, very funny, lol!!

Andy Smith,
65 Major

, April 14, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Game Times??

I saw in another discussion, that "Session #1 will be published in the next day or two, with Session #2 likely for release over the weekend ..." Which was dated April 13. I guess that is the answer, and that most teams will playing at 8am, unless the team requested a late start, but most likely still a morning game.

So be it,

Andy Smith,
65 Major

, April 14, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Others' Thoughts on the Importance or Merits of 3 Pool Games Prior to Brackets?

Personally, I like the 5 game guarantee, regardless on how you divide it up between seeding and DE. I have played every level of senior ball in terms of AA, AAA, Major, and Major Plus: with great teams or lesser teams. When it came to the lesser teams, I was glad that there 5 games regardless, so I did not have to spend a lot of money to play 2 games and go home, which was the case for many teams when we were younger.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
65 Major

, April 14, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Game Times??

I guess that I will be the bad guy here. I would have thought that we would have our game times by now. Tomorrow being Friday, this gives us 3 days before we play. If we have late games on Tuesday, then we might not have to get into Vegas until Tuesday. It would save some time and money, if that were the case. A little difficult to plan, when you have to give the hotel 48 hours notice to cancel a night.

Thank you,

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, 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.
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