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Dave Beckering

Location:
Saint Charles, MO

Division:
Men's 60

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, Dec. 22, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Dave Dowell, I always appreciate your straightforward responses, even if sometimes your sarcasm creeps in! I completely understand the position that is taken by SSUSA in terms of not responding to the comments on what is largely an anonymous board. I would point out to the other readers that you can click on my name and find out exactly who I am. I am not hiding who I am. I understand that some people don't like the ball and some people do like the ball. What process should I go through to ask SSUSA to consider doing an across the board survey to find out what the MAJORITY of customers would like to see as the standard ball? SSUSA did that for the 1 and 1 count and if you check my posts you will see that I have not complained since the verdict came in. (By the way it has been a couple of years since you did the last survey on that subject). Appreciate the opportunity to continue to play softball at my advanced age! Thanks.

Missouri Dave
, Dec. 21, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Staff, Not sure how my question morphed into a discussion on balls. I appreciate your honesty in stating that the Trump Stote is not going to change anytime soon in your opinion. I will say, and I believe the majority of Midwest teams would agree,
that in the summer months here with our heat and humidity, the Trump Stote does not do well. Some of it may be folks leaving the balls in trunks, etc. in the heat. Regardless of that, the ball is not liked by most of your customers in this part of the country. Just hope that SSUSA will acknowledge what your customers are telling you. Thanks.
, Dec. 19, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

Thanks for the response staff. I thought that SSUSA and ISA did some things together so hopefully someone will coordinate with the new leadership at ISA assuming they continue.
, Dec. 19, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Staff

I will try this again. The new tournament list does not show the ISA/SSUSA SouthEast tourney(unless I missed it) that was held last year in Tennessee for the first time. I know it was not well attended but wondered if SSUSA or ISA has made a final decision to not hold this tourney in 2017. Thanks.
, Dec. 19, 2016
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player fees

Hatman, that is a lot of money for tourneys. Not sure what all you are including.
Our team is not sponsored (except for shirts and hats). We decide up front what
tournaments we are playing and simply divide up the tournament fees evenly among
all of our players. Everyone pays the same even if you miss a tourney. Everyone pays up front before the season starts. Getting too old to chase down old guys for fees for every tourney. I will add that almost all of our guys go to every tourney. I try and get the best deal for hotels and each person takes care of their own hotel and most of our guys room together to save a few dollars. Everyone is also on their own for food. Hope that helps.
Missouri Dave
, Dec. 17, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA/SSUSA SouthEast Tourney

Thanks for the 2017 tournament schedule. What happened to the SouthEast Championship Tourney that was in Gallatin Tennessee last year? I know it was not well attended but our team was looking forward to going this year (we had a conflict last year). Thanks.

Dave
, Sept. 10, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Bracket 60's

Jerry and Mad Dog thanks for the info. Do either of you know how many fields and what type of fields (artificial turf or grass and dirt)? Jerry hope to see you in Vegas. Our team is Tubby's Pub and Grub. Good luck to all in Vegas.
, Sept. 9, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Bracket 60's

Our team has not played at Desert Breeze. Would appreciate any info that teams could provide that have played there in the last year or two. Thanks.
, Sept. 7, 2016
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

Andy,
Thanks for the note. I agree with everything you said. Just curious as to why the staff did not respond and why they did not post the usual list that shows requests for movement up and down and the results. When they change the way they communicate this kind of data I guess they don't realize that they create all kinds of suspicion by the players. I can easily see who changed after 12 August by simply going to the ratings page and setting it up to sort by date. I would like to see who requested a change and how SSUSA responded. Good luck to you Andy and hope you are at Vegas. My team took second last year in 60AAA so we will be playing 60 Major this year at Vegas. Hope to see you there.

Dave
, Sept. 5, 2016
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

Thanks Dave for the quick response. I did go to the ratings page and it states on August 12th "We are still working on ratings changes. When complete we will post them here". Begs the question what happened to the normal June ratings update? What if I was a team that requested a move down after not competing well at a new higher level? What if I was a team that won every tournament this year by large margins? I believe that it is SSUSA that stated that updates will be done in December and June. Just wondering why the update in June did not happen. Seems like a fair question. Not asking you Dave, you have more than enough to do with scheduling Vegas. Thanks.
, Sept. 4, 2016
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating Changes for Vegas

For the SSUSA staff. You posted on August 12, 2016 that the midyear ratings were not yet complete
and would be posted when finished. When will they be finished and will they impact what level teams play at if they are now going to Vegas? Thanks.
, July 21, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Worlds in Columbus, Ind

Thanks Dave. No rest for the weary!
, July 20, 2016
missouridave
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Worlds in Columbus, Ind

When might we expect to see preliminary schedules for Columbus? Thanks.
, April 3, 2016
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THIS IS AT SSUSA

I believe Paco says above that the player in question is rated Major Plus.
A Major Plus player can only play at Major Plus or Major. He cannot play for
any team rated lower than Major. I think that is the problem with making the whole team play at Major.
, Jan. 20, 2016
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Capt. Kirk all the advice being given is good. I had a complete tear of the rotator cuff, bone spurs and a badly frayed labrum. I did all of the PT at the rehab place and everything recommended at home. It took a full year and a half to be able to feel comfortable throwing the ball. It was my throwing shoulder. Hitting before then was fine, it was just the throwing motion. Last year was the third year after surgery and I threw as well as I ever have. My team mates however were not impressed as they never thought I threw very well to begin with! Do the rehab and follow the doctor's and therapist's advice. Good luck.
Missouri Dave
, Dec. 18, 2015
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Appeal process

Bobby, I understand your position. However the goal of putting teams in various categories is to have reasonably fair competition. You seem to think that just because you have not finished first in a given category that you should not be at the next level. My team just ended up second in Vegas. The games were all close. We did not win but because we took second we have been bumped up to the next level. We will go compete at the next level this year and be delighted to do so. As long as we are competitive we will continue to play at that level. Why do you think that you must win a tournament before you get bumped? If you are beating most of the teams in a classification by a lot of runs and are placing high in all of the tournaments why should you not be bumped to the next level? Sincerely trying to understand why you would not want to compete at the next level. Good luck in 2016.

Missouri Dave
, Dec. 14, 2015
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Rules

TheCat43
I very clearly understand the current rules as they relate to the World tournament in Vegas. We can agree to disagree on this one. I do NOT think it is fair to add any players who did not play in ANY qualifying tournaments and who were NOT on the master roster for that calendar year. The current rules, in my opinion, allow teams to "load" up. Maybe not true at the Major or Major Plus level. But at the AAA level for an example it is easy to do so. There are a significant number of players at the AAA level who are quite capable of playing at the Major or Major plus levels. They don't have a lot of these guys on one team because they would end up getting bumped eventually as they would win tournaments. However, you could under the current rules add 5 of these type players (classified as AAA because that is where they play) to a good AAA team and have a significant advantage. That is why I am suggesting that only 2 players be allowed to be added that were not on the qualifying roster but they have to be on the Master roster for the year. Appreciate you participating in the discussion.

Missouri Dave
, Dec. 13, 2015
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Rules

I think that a reasonable approach, subject to SSUSA staff approval, would be to allow up to a maximum of two players be added to for Vegas that were not on the qualifying tournament roster. It would be limited to players who have played in at least one qualifying tournament and thus they would be on the Master roster for that year. All teams have multiple qualifying tournaments to play in and in the event of injuries or other issues adding two players from the master roster who have actually played for the team in a tournament seems very reasonable to me. I think that adding players who did not play for a team in a single tournament over the course of the year is inappropriate and not fair to other teams. I would be interested in others point of view. Thanks.

Missouri Dave
, Dec. 9, 2015
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Rules

I don't think that the majority of the changes made to the rosters for Vegas were people "loading up". My team had 14 guys on our qualifying roster. 13 of those 14 played in Vegas. I did not because my daughter got married that Saturday. I guess because I did not actually attend that was considered a "change". I hardly think that one of the team members not attending is really a change. I do agree that the rules allow a team to add players just for Vegas. There is always the loophole that SSUSA can basically allow teams to add if they OK it. I understand that they are running a business and they want as many teams as possible. But my team has not gone in the past because we had folks with work schedule conflicts, money problems, etc. I think there should be a limit of adding a maximum of two people who did not play on the qualifying roster. That would keep teams from loading up in my opinion. I would like to ask SSUSA to let us know how many teams in the 546 were allowed to add players who were not on the teams Master roster. That would be very interesting data. Thanks.

Missouri Dave
, Sept. 21, 2015
missouridave
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Durability of Total Knee Replacements

Had my left knee totally replaced in Dec 2014. My surgeon would have preferred that I not play softball but agreed as long as I promised not to slide. Told him the same thing I told my teammates "if I am on the dirt in the infield I fell".
Still having some soreness with my quad tendon but the doc says it will eventually go away. It is still swollen and has tightness, but again the doc says that will go away after a year or so. I can run without pain and although not as fast as I was before the surgery I normally do not need a pinch runner. I can now also sleep all night which was why I finally decided to do the replacement. Pace your self if you do a replacement and do ALL of the rehab. I also did agree to give up basketball. I am 61 and won't do the other one unless absolutely necessary.
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