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Men's 65

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

I would like to know what teams are definitely going to the Vegas Worlds in the 60 Major Plus category. With only about 16-18 in the country, it would be great if we could get at least 8. Just curious.

Thanks in advance,

Andy Smith,
65 Major/60 Major Plus
, Aug. 9, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

Mr Antieinstein,

Way to twist what I said. Not a big deal sir. As always, we are all entitled to speak our mind. Pray and hope you have a terrific week, but that does not mean, you will not have a terrific week, if I do not pray.

Take care,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major Plus



, Aug. 9, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: San Clemente participating teams list?

Thank you!
, Aug. 9, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

Have to say that feeling pressure to pray is not the intention of anyone. I believe that is an individual choice and the implied pressure comes from those that are simply uncomfortable. The teams that I have been on usually pray about a teammate that has been injured or having some issues in his life. Most of the time, prayers have been directed to not having any injuries to either team and to demonstrate good sportsmanship. As Christians, we are taught to spread the word of God to everyone, whether from the pulpit or outreaching in the streets of the world. If one person can be saved by the utilization of this message board, then that is a blessing or is that a mitzva in the Jewish reigion!?

Mazul Tav,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major Plus
, Aug. 9, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: San Clemente participating teams list?

It has been 3 days past the time to enter this tournament. Can we please get a list of teams that have entered.

Thanks in advance,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major Plus
, July 23, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eastern Nationals in Raleigh NC

SSUSA is usually right on top of this issue, when it comes to the National tournaments and the Vegas Worlds. It would open a whole can of worms, if the rumor turns out to be true. I would guess that it is just a rumor?

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major Plus
, July 10, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Simple Hamstring Question

BTW, this method did not work for any other type of pulls...

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
, July 10, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Simple Hamstring Question

I have had a few hamstring pulls in my day. This may sound a bit crazy, but it cured my hamstring pulls immediately. I got on a stationary bike for 20 minutes on low tension. After a minute or so, I could already feel relief. Once I was done, the hamstring muscle was back where it belonged with hardly any soreness at all. It works great for me, and I was able to play without any reoccurrence of the pulled muscle. Just saying!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
, July 10, 2015
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals Sacremento, Aug. 7-9, Who's Playing

Hey Phillip,

I was just informed that our team will not be attending this tournament. I have to assume that too many players were on vacation, since no one is hurt at this time?? I might be there, if I could hook up with some 65 team. Good luck to your team and have fun.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
, July 8, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hall of Fame--Fran

Congrats and very well deserved. You said it has been an honor to have so many friends in senior softball. I am sure you have many more friends outside of senior softball. We are all blessed to know you, you are an integral part of the enjoyment we all receive in senior softball. We are all family and glad you are part this organization.

Warm Regards,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
, March 25, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA survey

I agree with you all, and I did not send mine because of the same reasons. No one needs to know that I am a millionaire several times over. LOL!

Andy Smith,
R & R 60's
, Jan. 21, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FUTURE ALL STAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Congrats Fran and Dave and to the parents!! Maybe we can combine grandkids and make a full team. My 7th is due in April.

Andy Smith
, Jan. 8, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

Well, you cannot really expect to use your 2015 roster for a 2014 TOC qualifying event. A little more flexibility would be nice. My team was planning on attending, but we only had 9 players and one of those players was injured. We had 3 other players that played with us all year, but were not able to attend the tournament that earned us a TOC invitation. We ran into a time factor and a non-response issue from SSUSA. Once we got a response very late, SSUSA said no to our requests, at least that is what I heard. Due to the lateness of their response, it really did not matter at that point in time. We all decided it was too costly to wait any longer for that response. They did eventually answer, but we had already decided to not attend. Therefore, we canceled all of our rooms and flights and saved $1,200 per person. I have never attended one of these tournaments, and probably will never do so. For $1,200 per player and the weather conditions at that time of the year, it is just not that desirable to me. It is just another tournament and very costly. I hear it is a lot of fun, especially, if you are able to attend all the special events before hand.

Hope everyone has a great time and the weather is good!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
, Jan. 7, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

Jawood's answer is the most accurate in this subject matter. Everyone knows that the timing of this tournament is backwards and should be switched with the Winter Worlds in Phoenix. This is also why so many teams need to add players for this event. As Jawood has said, SSUSA has a binding contract for the next 6 years, therefore, nothing is going to change for some time.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
, Jan. 7, 2015
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: List of teams going to TOC

Pitcher22, The actual draw may not be out for a while, so how about figuring it out yourself, and it is not that tough. This can be accomplished 2 ways. 1) go to the tournament page and click on the TOC tournament. Click and print the 114 teams that are listed. Right below that is the list for those that qualified and their division and click on that, or 2) take that same list and click onto ratings above and look up each team. Good luck at the TOC!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
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