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, 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
, Feb. 20, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

On Base Percentage plus slugging (OPS) Calculation: https://www.easycalculation.com/sports/baseball-ops-calculator.php
, Feb. 18, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

SB: Losers assemble in small groups and complain ABOUT coaches and other players. Winners assemble as a TEAM and find ways to win.
, Feb. 18, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

Sometimes the only thing that is fair in life is the ball hit between first and third.
Don't think yo are to good sit and root for your team, be a team player.
Bruised, bloody, broken all for this sport. I'll never hold back. I play it, love it, live it. softball my sport, my love, my life.
Play for the name on the front of your jersey, not the name on the back.
A winner is one who gets up one more time then he was knocked down.
Discipline yourself so no one has to.
It doesn't sparkle but I guard this diamond with my life.
If what you did yesterday still looks big today, then you must have not done anything today.
Play ball, don't let the ball play you.
Sweat dries, blood clots, bones heal, suck it up this is softball.
When the game is over leave it on the field.

Losers assemble in small groups and complain coaches and other players. Winners assemble
as a TEAM and find ways to win.

It ain't over till it's over.

I am sure there a many more Quotes, probably fill up a page with Yogiism.

, Feb. 14, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

We calculate OBP; hits (includes getting on as result of an error), & walks.
If a player hits into a force play, and gets on base, if will be AB but will not be included in the OBP.. Sacrifice(s) are not counted as a AB.
Capt Kirk
, Feb. 13, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Which stat is the most important in determining a lineup, BA or OBP?
Also, should seed game hitting stats be used in determining a MVP or ATP?
Capt Kirk
Note: in the 2014 World Championship we played (8) bracket games and I used
the bracketed game's OBP, plus other factors, to select MVP and ATP, in 2015 we played
(5) bracket games, I used the seed games (2) and the bracket games (5) to select
MVP and ATP.
, Jan. 24, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Senior co-ed 40 team looking or league

JB, I checked with Earl in Austin about senior co-ed teams and he recommend that you check with Mike Rodgers.
http://www.softballtexasstyle.com/schedule.htm
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