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, 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
, Aug. 30, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder Replacement

I have several friends/players on my teams that have had shoulder replacement and will be having it again this week. The recovery time depends on how severe the surgery needed. Also, everyone might have different recovery periods. For one player, he pretty much had his shoulder replacement and completely cleaned out the first time in major surgery. He was out of commission for about 1 year. He is getting surgery again this week, and the surgery is not as severe, and he will be out 4-5 months. Keep this in mind, many of my friends have had shoulder surgery, and regardless of the recovery time, not everyone is able to hit and throw as before. This one guy that is getting surgery for the second time, after his initial surgery, had trouble throwing the ball more than 30 feet max. I think it will be the same for him after the second surgery or worse. That has been the case with almost all that I know. On the positive side, there was one friend that had shoulder surgery and recovered in 4-6 months. After about 18 months, he could throw very hard, and he is a younger guy and probably not as a severe surgery as most. That is all I know about this surgery, because I have not had shoulder surgery.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 30, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Heat stroke

Dave, this does sound hilarious, but I have played in a tournament like that in the Palm Springs heat in my younger days. We started at 7am and ended at 12 noon. We began again at 4:30pm and stopped at 10:30pm. Obviously, with the number of teams at the Vegas Worlds, this would not work too well over a 3-4 day span.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 19, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Top Gun Summer Classic

Also, be aware of the California water drought. There will be no water containers or cups in the dugouts, so bring your own. I went through 15 bottles of water in 3 days.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 19, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Michigan loses great player and friend

Sorry to hear that. Many prayers going their way from here.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 9, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals results for 60 and 65 Divisions??

Thanks everyone! Would anyone know about the 65 Major division?

Andy Smith
, Aug. 9, 2016
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: desinated batter

As long as you are not trying to say a DH for a fielder. You are allowed to have a DH, and more than one in the lineup. Also, if you are not in the lineup and on the lineup card as a substitute, you can pinch run each inning for a runner on base.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LIST OF PARTICIPATING TEAMS

It was not there when I wrote this, but I can see that it is there now, thanks. Ask and you will receive sometimes. LOL!

Andy Smith


, Aug. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Player Registration Renewal - Guam Women's 40's

Zan, I am sure they will call you back weeks prior to the Vegas Worlds. If they do not, no worries. You can call them during normal business hours, and they will set you up over the phone with a credit card. OR, as a last resort, just bring your money to the tournament, and when you sign in before your first game, they will take your money there and all will be good. Just remember to bring a completed player registration form located on this site.

Andy Smith
, Aug. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals results for 60 and 65 Divisions??

Can you please list the top 3 in each?

Thank you,

Andy Smith
, Aug. 8, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LIST OF PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Could you please post the list of teams for San Clemente? There are only 7 days left till we play.

Thank you,

Andy Smith
, July 22, 2016
Duke
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Just an old guy wondering

Cuda65,

For the 2016 season and thereafter, Men's 75+ age division teams may draw 4 players aged 74.  
For the 2016 season and thereafter, Men's 80+ age division teams may draw 4 players aged 79. 
Men's 85+ age division teams may draw up to ten players aged 83 to 84
including not more than five 83 year olds. 

Straight out of the rule book for 2016.

Andy Smith
65 Major

, July 6, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling all pitchers.

The suggestions above are good, and many of us pitchers have different deliveries. The 2 key points that I find most important for me, especially when I watch pitchers struggling after several games in a tournament, is to just relax and pitch the ball and not aim the the ball. When I am missing the mat, it is usually because I am not facing my target at the time of my release. As some of the above have mentioned, you need to be in a position to field the ball. By pitching the ball and not aiming it and facing your target, you will pitch more strikes and be in a position to field the ball.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
, July 6, 2016
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Long weekend tournaments

I would add that in our youth, we did play on those 3 day weekends often. With the senior community now being older, we prefer to leave those weekends to spend with family and grand kids.

Andy Smith
, June 15, 2016
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re Rating

It could take several weeks to get an answer. Maybe a month. Depends on how busy they are doing other things. Probably at this time of the year, I suspect you will get an answer some time the end of June or beginning of July. SSUSA is probably in the middle of rating changes now for all teams, which they do 2 times a year. Your application will be included with all that.

Andy Smith,
65 Major
, 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
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