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June 21, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament Play

In Texas we have some host cities that are scheduling sanctioned tournaments but they have not reopened the City Adult Softball Leagues. I thought that was strange.
June 7, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas Softball

Senior Softball Leagues in some Texas cities are preparing to reopen, we currently are experiencing a spike in Covid 19 cases. Some of the leagues are targeting June 15th to reopen. Our league has not established a date to reopen, I have read the covid 19 rules that some leagues have in place to reopen. I am going to take a wait & see attitude, once the city & board give the ok to return:

Social Contact before, during and after games:

• There will be a “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should verbally “good game,” at a 6 foot distance without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.

• Players will be expected to maintain social distancing before and after the game – and during the game when possible.

• Managers shall notify the umpire if a player he/she knows to be sick attempts to play in a game.

• Any player testing positive for COVID-19 must notify their manager immediately. The manager in turn will notify the Player Coordinator.

• Spectators will be required to maintain social distancing during games.

Dugout:

• Players are not to sit in the dugout but should bring their own chairs to be placed every 6 feet outside the fence. The dugout is only to hold equipment.

• The gates should remain open at all times so that no one needs to touch them when going to and from the field.

• At the end of a game, the team occupying the dugout must completely vacate the dugout before the next team is allowed to enter.

• The team leaving the dugout will need to police the dugout and get rid of trash, especially empty drinking containers.

Pre Game Items:

• Before each game, each team will be asked to stand in front of their respective dugouts following social distancing guidelines. The umpires will use a no touch thermometer to take each players temperature. Any player that registers a temperature higher than 100 degrees will not be allowed to play and must leave the park. Any player arriving late cannot enter the game until their temperature is checked by the umpire.

• Each dugout will have a supply of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer for player use.

The Game:

• Players are encouraged to wear masks when not on the field.

• The home plate umpire will be responsible for wiping down game balls each half inning with spray sanitizer. Any new ball put into play during an inning will also be wiped down.

• It will be mandatory for catchers to wear a covering over their nose and mouth.

• The home plate umpire must wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.

• In an attempt to minimize the number of people handling a bat, after a ball is put into play by a batter, either the player on deck or the player in the hole should retrieve the bat, holding it by the barrel, and place it in the bat rack. The bat barrel should then be wiped down by it’s owner before the next at bat.

• Managers questioning a call should keep social distancing from the umpires.

• Any gatherings of teams or players before or after games will follow personal distancing recommendations of being 6 feet apart.

IMPORTANT: The umpires will be enforcing these safety measures so that we can get back on the fields as soon as possible in the safest way for all of our players and officials. They will be ejecting any player or guest who refuses to follow these safety rules for the good of everyone else in the park.

Personal hygiene (nothing new here):

• Most important: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.

• Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick.

• Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.

• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards.

May 28, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Life too short

Doak pitched & played well in a tournament in Austin on March 14th, here is Doak receiving his TSSHOF award,& he is wearing his Championship Tee Shirt. We will miss you, RIP:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/589969864396732/permalink/2988730481187313/
May 18, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: States "Re-opening" plans

In Texas We have tournaments scheduled in June, based on Governor Abbott's decision today, May 18th, will determine if cities, who are hosting tournaments, will reopen.
For us 65 & over players, Texas Dept of Health & Science is using this basic guideline:
Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. To the extent possible, avoid contact within 6 feet with individuals aged 65 and older. Individuals aged 65 and older should stay at home as much as possible.
May 12, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: States "Re-opening" plans

Before cities can open up their softball fields for tournaments, the liability issues would have to be resolved before they allow 100's of 65+ players to congregate & play ball. In Texas we have several senior softball tournaments scheduled in June, all we can do is wait & see.
March 20, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) • Part II

Check your facts, coronavirus can be transmitted from animals to humans without ingesting the animal. The coronavirus has mutated.
March 20, 2020
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) • Part II

In the San Antonio & Austin areas, haven't heard of any senior softball player being diagnosed with corona virus. The Governor has locked down the state. Probably not a lot of testing going on, there are mobile site that have been setup to test. I have done some research, the virus mutated & now can be transfer from animals to humans. Looking forward to playing again, when it is safe to do so.
Capt Kirk
Dec. 18, 2019
Capt Kirk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Review

Has anyone reviewed this bat: Miken DC41 SuperMax:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07JCDP42D/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A1ZBKSASL0SIV5&psc=1
Oct. 25, 2019
Capt Kirk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Commitment Line

We had a play in league, 3rd baseman chased the runner pass the commitment line, the 3rd baseman tagged the runner, the umpire called the runner out, in my opinion the rummer is safe if the following rule is still in effect.

SSUSA has a rule that once you pass the commitment line (approx. 30 ft from home plate) he must continue home and it is a force play. You can not tag the runner or he is safe.


July 20, 2019
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Pls post results:
Feb. 7, 2019
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC 2010

Jack,do you have any action shots for 2010 TOC, we played at the Southwest Complex in Lakeland, Fl, we beat the South Florida Heat in the Championship Game.
Gary R. Kirk
Mgr-TX Tornadoes
Jan. 12, 2019
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Senior Softball League Signups

FYI

http://m.sassl.org/site/sasslnews.html?imz_st
Jan. 12, 2019
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Senior Softball League Signups

The league will be signing up players for the Spring Session,
The league has divisions in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 65's, 70's, & 75's.
Pls contact one of the following for information:
Board Members

Chairman: William (Bill) M. Altman, 210-872-8135, baltman@sassl.org

Vice Presidents:

Operations: Rick Hammock, 210-862-2779, rick.hammock13@gmail.com

Facilities: Fred Gonzales - 210-854-8006 , fred5gonzales@att.net

Secretary:

Pete Peterson, 210-413-8139, pete@northernhillsgolfclub.com

Directors:

40+ Cecil Rodriguez 210-859-0181 cr11319@yahoo.com

50+: Robert Hall, 210-622-0680, orangeacid11@aol.com

60+: Ron Freund 210-863-8871 rlfreund@satx.rr.com

70+: Bill Altman, 210-872-8135, baltman@sassl.org
Note: Players are drafted an assigned to teams

75+: Larry Lorton, 210-325-6583, leftytexan@aol.com
Note: Players are drafted an assigned to teams

At Large: Dick Porter, 210-824-6095 dporter351@sbcglobal.net
Dec. 13, 2018
Capt Kirk
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Austin Senior League

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2127822970608772&id=100001432707396
Aug. 5, 2018
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: After TKR

It has been 6 months since I had a TKR, playing again after my Dr released me. When will the stiffness & soreness subside? I am working out 3-4 days/wk, 30 minutes on the elliptical, light weights, & riding my bike. I played college station & running the bases was a challenge. I took a couple of aleve/naproxen on game day, that seemed to help some. I just found out you can purchase 500 mg aleve/naproxen otc, I may try the higher dosage. The team is going to the Rocky Mountain Championship, trying to get ready.
Any recommendations or just take the man up pill & play?
Jan. 28, 2018
Capt Kirk
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Austin Senior Softball 'B' division

Austin Senior Softball League - B DivisionAustin, TX Terry Thompson 512-294-3173»Send email »Visit website Teams in league: 7 teams

Age of players: 55+
Season: March thru November
Games are played on Monday and Thursday. Games are scheduled in 4 sessions, mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
Dec. 7, 2017
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bone On Bone

After doing some research, I am having knee surgery (not sure if it will be partial or total knee replacement). My surgeon will be using the Stryker Triathlon Knee replacement implant.Hopefully will be back on the field & playing in six (6) months)
Capt Kirk
Nov. 28, 2017
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bone On Bone

Ocden: I played for Hlll C in 2011, 2012, & 2913, did you play the outfield? I played 2nd base, did you play in Dalton, Ga when we won the championship?
Capt Kirk
Nov. 26, 2017
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bone On Bone

I will probably have a TKR, my surgeon is skeptical on whether I can resume playing softball again. I have 2 teammates who have had TKR & they are playing again. Their suggestion was to have high flex knee implant with a shelf life of 20 yrs.
Capt Kirk
Note: Thanks for input & information.
Nov. 22, 2017
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bone On Bone

I have been doing some research on an alternate treatments for bone on bone knee. My surgeon wants to do a knee replacement, I would like to avoid surgery if possible. I have been reading about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, I haven't been able find any results if it is successful in treating bone on bone knee. Has anyone had the PRP injections, if so what were the results?
Capt Kirk
Note: I have had the gel shot and nerve block shots, they did give me some temporary relief.
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