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, Aug. 26, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Labor Day Classic Postponement

I don't know all of the details why the Labor Day Classic in San Marcos, TX was cancelled and rescheduled to be played in Seguin, TX. I know that as a player who has played in a lot of tournaments in Texas, we are use to summer thunderstorms, it is welcome relief when we the rains come and cools things down for a moment. I have played in Texas Tournaments where the ump had to use a water bottle as a reference point for 2b, we dealt with it.
Play Ball!!!
Capt Kirk
, July 2, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW TO PREVENT A HEATSTROKE

Our Austin Senior Softball League plays on Monday's and Thursday's (Day Games). I have noticed a drop off in the number of players who are showing
up (smart ones), that puts additional pressure on the players who do. I know that I have played as many (4) games, and the heat/humidity does take
it's toll. The things that you should do to stay hydrate seems to go to the wayside in the heat of the battle. The league does a good job in providing water in the dugouts. I'm going to limit my playing to (2) games/day.
Capt Kirk
, June 22, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

Bob, we are all waiting on your let's get physical video, see you in Austin, good luck, except when you are play against us.
Capt Kirk
, June 20, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW TO PREVENT A HEATSTROKE

It is hot here in Texas and playing softball in the heat of the day requires that a player take some steps to prevent having a heatstroke. We had a player playing league ball suffer a heat stroke:
Prevention
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:

Wear loosefitting, lightweight clothing. Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won't allow your body to cool properly.
Protect against sunburn. Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you're swimming or sweating.
Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature.
Take extra precautions with certain medications. Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you take medications that can affect your body's ability to stay hydrated and dissipate heat.
Never leave anyone in a parked car. This is a common cause of heat-related deaths in children. When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10 minutes.

It's not safe to leave a person in a parked car in warm or hot weather, even if the windows are cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting inside.

Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. If you can't avoid strenuous activity in hot weather, drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening.
Get acclimated. Limit time spent working or exercising in heat until you're conditioned to it. People who are not used to hot weather are especially susceptible to heat-related illness. It can take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot weather.
Be cautious if you're at increased risk. If you take medications or have a condition that increases your risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and act quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. If you participate in a strenuous sporting event or activity in hot weather, make sure there are medical services available in case of a heat emergency.
, June 19, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Life Saving Technique-

Barry Heaton, Dallas Spurs 60's, sent this email on how to survive a heart attack if you are alone:
1. Let's say it's 7:25pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.

3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

4. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.

5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

6. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE?
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.
In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

10. A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this email, & kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.

11. Rather than sending jokes, please ...... contribute by forwarding this email which can save a person's life....

12. If this message comes around to you ......more than once.....please don't get irritated.....U need to be happy that you have many friends who care about you & you are being reminded of how to tackle....Heart attacks.... when you are alone.




, June 19, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

Earlier, are you crazy, probably. Chill out, it is father's day. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, Del Griffith (John Candy) in Planes, Trains, & Automobiles.
Capt Kirk
, June 19, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

Since the TX State Championship (44 teams in 2015, 58 teams in 2016) has increased by a +14 teams, Austin sb the permanent home for the Texas State Championship. Scheduling all future games at Krieg fields will require staring the tournament earlier in the week. What about the 40's teams, are there any plans to have a 40's division in the future?
Capt Kirk
, June 12, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

Dave Dowell, if I see you at one of the local drinking establishments, I will buy you a drink or two for setting up the 65 AA seed/bracket games that takes into account that we are 65+, great job!. We played in the Austin Shootout on Saturday, it was hot and humid and after playing (3) games you could have stuck a fork in mad dog, we were done!
Capt Kirk
, June 9, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

The word on the street is that more teams have signed up to play in the TX State Championship (60+) than ever. Hopefully there will be enough teams for every age group/rating, Looking forward to it. Juan in Million has some good breakfast tacos: http://www.bing.com/search?q=juan%20in%20million%20austin%20tx&pc=cosp&ptag=C1AAFF9D802FC&form=CONMHP&conlogo=CT3210127

Capt Kirk
, May 31, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

https://seniorsoftball.com/?event=1025
, May 30, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

There are (11) softball fields at Krieg Field, I don't know how many of these fields that are to senior softball specs, but the City has upgraded these fields recently:
http://austin.playnakid.com/location/2999
The traffic can get congested on I35, once you are there, the frontage road/surface streets are best way to get from your hotel to the fields. The rock thrower seems to be operating between 2 A.M.- 5 A.M. Krieg softball fields are a major upgrade from where were playing at the Houston Sportsplex.
I personally like the (3) day tournament format for the older
players.
Capt Kirk
, May 28, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TX STATE CHAMPIONSHIP-TOC QUALIFIER

SSUSA decision to move the TX State Championship to Austin is to be commended, a great city and softball complex (Krieg) that can accommodate lots of teams. According to the SSUSA website, 65's, 70's, 75's, 80's, & 85's divisions are scheduled to play for (3) days, June 22-24.

Krieg Softball Complex: http://www.austintexas.org/listings/krieg-fields/5787/
Directions: http://www.mitcharf.com/mitcharf/softball/krieg.html
Note: going east on Riverside, Turn left onto Lakeshore Blvd, do not go all of the way
to Pleasant Valley Rd.

I have found the best rates for hotels is in South Austin. LA Quinta at Oltorf/35 has a rate
of $79/night for a double or queen.
Capt Kirk
, May 16, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: heart of texas tourney starting may 19th

The Thursday's and Friday's latest game times are 4:30 & 4:45 respectively. The 75's/70's/65's are scheduled to play on Thursday and Friday, with the 60's (10 teams) will play their seed games on Friday. it is normally (5) games guaranteed, (2) seed games and (3) bracket games.
Capt Kirk
, May 15, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: heart of texas tourney starting may 19th

Mad/CV3, the Austin Wizard will be playing in the 60's, schedule is being revised to include.
Capt Kirk
, April 13, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Has anyone hit with the new Adidas 25 oz end loaded, if so, what do you think?
Capt Kirk
, March 19, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Centerfield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04KQydlJ-qc
, March 19, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Centerfield

When I am 70 I can play centerfield in SSUSA 70+ sanctioned tournaments or I can play centerfield at 65 in SPA 65+ sanctioned tournaments, put me in coach I am ready to play (when my rotator cuff heals). Of course I am assuming the 5th Outfielders plays in a traditional outfield alighment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04KQydlJ-qc
, Feb. 29, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/abi.html
, Feb. 29, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendoza_Line:
The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose mediocre batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting. The cutoff point is most often said to be .200[1] (although Mendoza's career average was .215) and, when a position player's batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be "below the Mendoza Line". This is often thought of as the offensive threshold below which a player's presence in Major League Baseball cannot be justified, regardless of his defensive abilities. Pitchers are not judged by this standard, since their specialized work and infrequent batting does not require as much hitting competence. The expression has been also extended to other realms to indicate a low-end cut-off point.
, Feb. 20, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

Baseball Quotes:
"I can remember a sports writer asking me for a quote and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink."-Joe DiMaggio

"I'm glad I don't play anymore. I could never learn all of those handshakes."-Phil Rizzuto

"They broke it to me gently. The manager came up to me before a game and told me they didn't allow visitors in the clubhouse."- Bob Uecker

"I was in Little League. I was on first base-I stole third base. I ran straight across the diamond. Earlier in the week, I learned the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. I argue with the umpire that second base was out of my way."-Steve Wright

"He slides into second with a stand-up double."- Jerry Coleman

"I have an Alka-Seltzer bat. You know-plop, plop, fizz, fizz, when the pitcher sees me walking up there he says, 'Oh, what a relief it is'."-Andy Van Slyke

"I'm praying 2 things: Please G-d, don't let them hit it to me...and, please don't let them hit it to Steve Sax."-Pedro Guerrero

"They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball. And they tell you to hit it square."-Willie Stargell

"The last time the Cubs won the World Series was 1908. The last time they were in one was 1945. Hey, any team can have a bad century."- Tom Trebelhorn

"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes."-Leo Durocher
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