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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.
Jan. 22, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

After icing it for the first couple of weeks, I am applying heat now before doing the stretching exercise (pulley), seems to work well. Thanks for all
Jan. 20, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

I had rotator cuff surgery (left shoulder) on 12-21-15. I am seeing a PT 2x a week plus doing exercises at home.
I had a full thickness 3 cm tear at the musculotendinous junction of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons. Moderate impingement upon upon the subacromial space and rotator cuff.
No glenohumeral jpint instability is identified. The biceps-labral complex is intact.
Lots of medical terms for saying I torn a tendon, I had surgery, they had to reattach the tendon.
Naturally I would like to accelerate the downtime recovery (4-6 mos). I have increased my vitamin intake for c & d. Any suggestions?
Jan. 18, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Words of Wisdom

Our league has a PPR in place and finally we are implementing a rule that all pitchers must wear a mask:
The PPR is applied ONLY when a batted ball actually strikes the pitcher (except on the arms – see “Judgment Call” below). Near misses, balls batted sharply through the pitchers box or in the vicinity of the pitcher, without striking the pitcher, DO NOT result in the automatic application of the PPR. The PPR is automatically applied when a batted ball strikes the pitcher’s head, neck, torso or legs. The pitcher MUST be either in the pitchers box, in front of the pitching rubber (within
the width of the pitching rubber), or leaning out of the pitchers box with one foot in contact with the pitchers box. A pitcher who delivers a pitch and loses contact with the pitchers box by stepping to the side to assume a fielding position IS NOT covered by the PPR.
JUDGMENT CALL: When a batted ball strikes the pitcher on the arm (including the glove), while the pitcher is, in the umpire’s judgment, in the process of making a reasonable defensive play on the ball, the PPR does not apply, this is a PLAY ON
40+ - Any ball hit through the pitchers box (up to the height of the pitcher) will be declared a dead ball and the batter called out. Runners cannot advance.
(For their protection, pitchers are encouraged to wear protective face mask, chest protection and shin guards.)

Jan. 15, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Words of Wisdom

Sometimes I make a mistake and post something before I proof read it, it would be great if we could edit our post(s):
Words of Wisdom Post
is: facebook
sb: (facebook)
Capt Kirk
Jan. 15, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Words of Wisdom

Cecil, posted this message face book that should resonate with senior softball players:
I have at least 2 friends that have been hit in the face with softballs recently. One is blind in one eye from now on and the other is lucky to only have 15 broken bones around his eye socket. If you are taking batting practice, use a screen. If you pitch without a mask or helmet, your pride will one day be bigger than your ability. Be safe my friends, and to my not so lucky friends (you know who you are), I pray you recover the best you can and am happy you live to play another day.
Jan. 13, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas Softball Hall of Fame

The Texas Softball Hall of Fame was founded in 1985 by Ralph Hall, Jr., in the Houston, Texas area in the United States. The Texas Softball Hall of Fame has produced over 867 tournaments, 675 leagues, and 1,545 events since its founding. It has also awarded over 19,000 champions, and directed more than 1,900,000 participants. They have played adult slow-pitch softball games at 30 different locations and on 69 different fields in and around the Houston area. Ralph Hall is a writer of "Ralphisms" and of numerous thoughts on softball and baseball. Ralphisms can be compared to a Yogi Berra type of humor.

Here is a small sample.

More teams get beat by alcohol and by themselves than by the other teams.
When you come to the fork in the road, be sure to clean it well before you eat with it.
My deliverer is coming, but He isn't carrying a pizza.
Do ump to others as you would have them do ump to you.
We work. You Play.
If you respect our history and care about our presence, you may wear the trophy of honor in our future.
The tasks ahead of us are never as great as the power within us.
We do not invite the great teams to humble the rest. We invite the humble to become great.
Hall things are possible and winning the future is one of those possibilities.
Never stop connecting with the One who gave you your dreams. To follow Him is more important than to follow your dreams.
Jan. 7, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Senior Softball League Banquet

Looking over the 2016 tournament schedule for Texas, I would suggest that SSUSA in the future look at having a
qualifier in San Antonio. The Kennedy softball complex
in SA would be the best fields to support a qualifier.
SA would be better location than San Marcos for the labor Day Classic. The Texas Senior Games for Softball are played at Kennedy Fields.
Jan. 4, 2016
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Senior Softball League Banquet

San Antonio Senior Softball League:
Our League play starts in March 2016, we have leagues for the following age groups:
75+, league play on Tuesday, first game starts at 10 A.M.
70+, league play on Tuesday, first game starts at 10 A.M.
40+, league play on Wednesday, first game starts at 7 P.M.
50+, league play on Thursday, first game starts at 7 P.M.
60+, league play on Saturday, first game starts at 9 A.M.
We welcome team(s)/players, no player left behind.

Go to our Website and checkout what our league has to offer
for senior softball players:
Dec. 30, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Senior Softball League Banquet

All SASSL Participants,

Thank you for participating in SASSL dba San Antonio Seniors Softball League during 2016. We hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

Reminder: Don't miss SASSL's 13th Annual Awards Banquet/Trade Show on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Morgan's Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edwards Dr, SA, TX 78233. Exit off of IH 35N or Wurzbach Parkway. Tickets are $15 ea. Contact your manager now for any remaining unsold tickets. 400+ players, families and guests expected. Don't miss out on our premier event!. .

TRADE SHOW: 4-6 PM. 2nd annual trade show featuring providers of goods and services seniors can use! Special prize drawing for anyone visiting all 11 provider tables. First 110 players at D-Bat table get a free $10 card for use in their indoor batting cages. Arrive early if you expect to get into the exhibit room and visit all tables. Exhibiters include:

1. Independence Hill Retirement Community.
2. Texas Senior Games. 2016 games in SA for eligibility to 2017 Birmingham, Al. Nationals.
3. Ingram Park Bingo: Site of SASSL Bingo games
4. PIPC (Partners in Primary Care). Old Stars 75 sponsor. Provider of medical services)
5. Humana. Medicare provider
6. RBFCU. official bank of SASSL and its members.
7. Connect Hearing. Rep. of multiple hearing aid brands.
8. Accent Travel Agency. All your travel needs.
9. Special Tees by Design. Uniform shirts/hats.
10. Welcyon Fitness After 50.
11. D-Bat. Indoor batting cages.

Awards Banquet: Special BBQ dinner, dessert, free drinks, short program, t-shirt awards to players on winning teams, over 30 door prizes (Min $25 ea.), Enter 1 or all 3 drawings @ $5/ticket for Senior Bat, Spurs tickets, Ladies Special Goodies Basket. Optional dancing after program.

Manager's Meeting. Wednesday, January 7, 2016. 6:30 PM, JCC Auditorium, Organizational meeting for 2016 managers and/or their reps. On-line registration procedures to be discussed. No manual registrations in 2016 to reduce paperwork. Use of computers, smart phones or tablets OK. Welcome to the 21st century. On-line Registration will open on Feb. 1.

Questions? Email Bill Altman, or John Beard,

Enjoy the holidays and we'll see you at the banquet/trade show!

Bill Altman
SASSL dba San Antonio Seniors Softball League
a 501(c)(3) Charity
"Largest local Senior Softball organization in the World"

Oct. 11, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Adding Players for our 2016 Tournament Team

Texas Rattlers Mens 65 AA Tournament Team, we will be adding players for 2016, cotact me by phone or email.
Gary R. Kirk
phone #: 210-548-9559

Oct. 3, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thank you

Who let the Dog out, The Dog was on the prowl in Vegas, great tournament.
Good Luck in the Huntsman Games.
Your Texas Rattlers Teammates
Sept. 21, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

Thanks Dave:
Concessions: Yes
Session 2 Vendors:
Tuesday, Sept 29th: Sun Coast
Wednesday, Sept 30th: Sports TLC
Sept. 21, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

We will be playing at Sunset Park from Sept 28th-30th, what vendors
will be there? Also, will the concession stands be open?
Capt Kirk
Sept. 15, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mad Dog

Bob, all of the Texas Rattlers give a big shout out
GET WELL and We are going to miss you in Vegas.
Mad Dog (I know I am just being kind) is a great teammate
and has made the Texas Rattlers a better team since coming aboard this year and has really played well for
us. He also brings his unique personality and shorts,that makes us all appreciate his persona.
Capt Kirk
Aug. 31, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Antonio Senior Softball League Banquet

Our League will be holding our annual banquet on Jan. 9th at Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, TX.
If any Vendors (sporting goods, medical, or other) would like to setup
and demo their product, Email me for Details:

Capt Kirk

Aug. 28, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

Corky, just checking to see how you are doing. Our players always looked forward to seeing you and your truck at major tournaments.
We played a tournament in San Marcos, TX last week, I thought about stopping by and see if you could straighten
out my swing (not likely).
Capt Kirk
Texas Rattlers
Aug. 17, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: again texas no game times...san marcos,tx

Bob, just got the email from Keith, here is the 65/70 seed game schedule and bracket game schedule for 8-20, Thursday.

Time: Fld 1 Fld 4
9:00 1 V 2 6 V 5
10:30 3 V 4 6 V 1
l2:00 2 V 3 4 V 5
1:30 G 1 65/70 G2 65/70
3:00 G3 65/70 G4 65/70

Aug. 5, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: international tie breaker-runner

Some interesting stats on pitch count (from MLB over a (4) yr period):
Absent similar FP softball data, MLB averages by pitch count for 4 recent years as borrowed from the following website (link ) I can't verify the validity of the data because I don't know the source but it appears consistent w/ average splits i've seen previously (I used the referenced site because I could easily copy and paste the data from it for view here)

Count 2000 2007 2008 2009
First Pitch .336 .344 .337 .338
1-0 .343 .341 .339 .340
2-0 .360 .350 .355 .368
3-0 xxxx .396 .370 .395
0-1 .324 .324 .339 .317
1-1 .325 .327 .329 .332
2-1 .340 .339 .339 .339
3-1 .344 .368 .350 .352
0-2 .160 .164 .160 .156
1-2 .178 .170 .179 .171
2-2 .195 .191 .194 .189
Full .234 .230 .227 .233

I have always believed that 3-2 is a pitchers count. The statistics above indicate that the pitcher's advantage is only greater in 3 other counts (i.e., all other 2 strike counts). Are your opinions and your recommended approach to DD/players, whether pitcher or hitter, consistent with the data? Other thoughts or revelations?

Although I'd expect FP data to reflect higher averages than MLB, I don't expect major differences in the relative averages by count. FP data would be welcomed if anybody knows a source.
Aug. 5, 2015
Capt Kirk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Religious ceremonies at tournaments

The separation of church sb the norm. I see MLB players
looking skyward after hitting a home run, it could have
been divine intervention, who knows.
Capt Kirk
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