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, Oct. 20, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Complaint-Masters

Staff

Ok, I can deal with bad fields, poor umpiring, heat and 5 games in one day.

BUT

The one prize I always come back from the world championships is a tournament patch for my collection. They have been large and colorful. 1st class. Really nice.

This year you had these small little things. Totally disgusting. Not worth buying. Ends my streak. I am in patch withdrawal.

Let's get back to a first class patch next year.


, Oct. 20, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

This is a very simple fix. Get rid of--eliminate the batters box. It is just pretty lines that are gone in 2-3 innings. Even in the Masters in Vegas, the box was obviously smaller than specs at our field. I use my bat to measure how far I stand from the plate and my normal measurement would have placed me outside the box that was laid down.

EXCEPT for the front line. Keep this to keep the batter back from the pitcher.

It does not matter where you stand. When you use a mat, the batter must defend the mat so he has to be close enough to defend that mat. Some of you make it sound like that without the box, guys are going to stand 5 feet from the mat or 10 feet behind it??? I don't get it.

Furthermore, why should it be an out when the batters foot steps in front of the plate or touches the plate in his stride.

I am seen so many dozen of batters do this, I have only seen an out called one time. All that is needed is for a batter to be on one side or the other when the ball is pitched.

I would like SSUSA let TDs try not using a lined box in some of the early qualifiers next 2016 season and get feed back. If it works out, put in the rule for the bigger tournaments later in the season.
, Oct. 15, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Do we have this rule

Staff

In the American league play off game last night the catcher was throwing the ball to the pitcher with a runner on 3rd. The ball hit the hitters bat, rolled out on the field and the runner ran home.

Ruling-live ball runs scores.

What would happen if this happened in SSUSA?

How about if a throw from the catcher to pitcher hits the batter in the head and rolls out there which I have seen?
, Oct. 9, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat weights

I have purchased quite a few bats over the years. I take them down to the post office and have them weighed. Every single Miken has been between 1/4 to one full ounce over the weight on the knob. Why, I don't know?
, Oct. 9, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70 AAA schedule Masters-Bitch time

Staff

Just learned today one of our players had heat implications later in the evening of day two that required medical attention. Just piles on my concerns.

As to your reply, I prefer the 2 prelims with the 5. But I could live with the 3 prelims and then 2 if spread over four days. Anything to avoid night games and limiting the # of games in a day. I would not step up and say OK for my team to plau a 4th prelim. I guess the only fair way would to be draw a name. I could see a team not trying real hard and could affect the seeding with runs given up??

This is a mind set issue and the tournament is the World Championships not some little qualifier. We try and approach this as softball and a vacation week. Play two or three games a day, sit by the pool, have a nice dinner and take in a show. Be physically recovered for the next day. This should not be an endurance contest.

I am up in Mesquite playing in the can am games. 3 games each day for two days. We then go to St. George for the Huntsman games. Two games on Monday and one on Tuesday, Wed thru Friday for the finals. Players not physically wrecked. More than softball-we enjoy the area and week as a vacation.

anyway, my opinion.


, Oct. 8, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70 AAA schedule Masters-Bitch time

Staff

At the manager meeting Dave indicated that a managers poll was taken to reduce the games from 4 days to 3 days. The Staff needs to simply say NO and never do this again.

The Chicago Gray Sox played 2 games on Monday in 103 degree heat and then had the honor of playing a night game. News flash-70 year olds can't see the ball at night. There were "3" injuries on batted balls that the infielders never saw and one liner that nipped the ear of the middle fielder. Never saw it.

We then had the honor of playing "4" games on Tuesday in 103 degree temps followed up by a 2nd night game. Our pitcher NEVER saw the ball off the bat for the last 6 batters. Two fly balls landed, in the deciding final innings, within 5 feet of our outfielders who never saw the ball.

I drank many cups of water on Tuesday along with a quart of gatorade and 4 quarts of water. Never went to the bathroom.

Staff, is this really what you want in this tournament especially with the older groups.

I heard one guy say the 3 day saves $$. A $39 a night room, a $3.99 breakfast and an $11 dollar buffet. $55 savings, Get real.

My team has attended the World Championships 12 years in a row and has been the highlight of our season. If this format is repeated, won't be back. On the way out after the Tuesday night game, two other teams agreed with my position.

Few care if the Gray Sox are back or not, I simply won't put my guys in physical danger again.





, Oct. 4, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: need 70 AAA players

The Chicago Gray Sox 70 AAA looking for 4 players for 2016

We have a solid core of players and have had success over the years. Five of our newer guys are returning to a group of 65s that are moving up that they have a history with.

We play about 10 tournaments a year. Mostly SSUSA and some SPA/ISA.

We play hard and never give up--play to win. However, we handle a loss with class.

Prefer: 1. guys with previous experience
2. Decent hitter
3. Understand the purpose of a glove
4. Can run for themselves. We have excellent speed and would like
to add more.
5. Can play mutiple positions a plus.

You must be from Illinois or a state that touches Illinois.

Post a reply and we will talk.
, Oct. 3, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Need two players ft meyers

The Chicago Gray Sox 70 AAA needs two players for the Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals in Ft. Meyers, Fl--November 3-4-5. Infielders or outfielders. Prefer you can run for yourself. You will need a valid 2016 SSUSA card and be from a state that touches Illinois.

If interested call ASAP as entry and rosters are due soon.

Gary Heifner 630-347-7475
, Sept. 23, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

Turbo

Interesting comments. I went down to Joliet Illinois to watch USSSA young guns play. They crush the ball. But, I watched some of the check in for the bats to be marked and placed in barrels for the umps to control. Guys were walking up with brand new bats in the wrapper and failing the test. Go figure. $300 down the drain.
, Sept. 22, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

I have absolutely no insight on this that is factual. However, if heat hurts them, why do guys put them in bat warmers on warm days?? I live in the north, I would like to think leaving them in a garage or trunk during winter months would lead to expansion and contracting of materials that would weaken the fiber etc.

I did happen to hear a guy in Dalton say his U2 was OK out of the wrapper, after break in swings was hot and now seems to be backing off.

Maybe bats wear out in time like something else ??? Oh, I remember, Senior Players.


, Sept. 14, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

There are a LOT of great middle hitters out there. That 5th guy hanging around second really takes them out of their comfort zone. If you put him in the OF, your pitcher better be good on defense. He will get attacked repeatedly. So don't complain about the other team hitting middle. Since moving up to 70s, my team has turned a bunch of dlb plays with that guy turning the play and we have hit into many ourselves. Yes, teams will go right side more which really increases the importance of a 2nd baseman that is strong at fielding ground balls.
, Sept. 10, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need to contact

Made contact thanks guys
, Sept. 10, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need to contact

I need to contact Ray Poe of the Quad City Old Stars from the Quad Cities area of Illinois. Lost his phone number.

If someone knows it could you give him a call and ask him to call Gary Heifner at 630-347-7475
, Sept. 1, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: rating

I can see why you might be moved up for a 2nd place at Vegas. However, I was told by a high source several years ago that SSUSA didn't care about what happens in SPA, so it should not have had anything to do with your SSUSA rating.
, July 16, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

I pitch between 1/3 and 1/2 of our games. I can tolerate an ump who can't tell what 6' or 12' is. As long as he is consistent, I can deal with it. Can't tell you how may times an ump has changed his arc calls late in a game. I know a TD has a lot to do at a big tournament. However, if he sees an ump letting 14' or 4' arcs go, he really should mention it between games. We have rules and like to play by the rules the SSUSA has approved. Takes me back to the world championships in Phoenix. The high arc was almost like unlimited in a game. Both teams were going nuts. The TD did ask the ump what he using to determine the high arc. He said he was using a ledge on the mountain behind the field. They brought out a ladder and a tape. The arc was 16'. They dropped down to 12', he got a new ledge, no more chaos. By the same token, all an ump has to do is walk up to the pitchers, determine their height, and the flat call should be a easy. Had an ump who was really weak on the 6' arc. I asked him how he determined the 6'. He said if it went below the brim of his hat, it was flat. The problem was, sometimes he was standing tall and sometimes bent over. Sometimes he had his chin up and sometimes he had his chin towards his chest. That can be an 10-12 inch difference. It is always an adventure.
, July 1, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BAT REPAIR

not sure but a repaired bat might be considered altered. If an ump sees a crack or repair he will throw it out. Just put some gorilla glue in the crack and a couple of wraps of duct tape and use it for batting practice. That will help save excessive hits on your new one.
, June 29, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remember When...........

When Bill Wertz was running the Chicago Black Hawks, he took them off free TV. He lost his fan base and attendance crashed. When his son took over, he got them back on free TV and the fan base is huge. It is hard to walk through a store, year round, and not see several Black Hawk hats or jerseys.

Senior softball was wise to reach down to younger guys and build a player base for the future. Don't know what it is like in the rest of the country, but all the suburban towns (I believe there are over a 1000) in the greater Chicago area have endless softball every night. I have heard many park districts have had to turn teams away. It is alive and well in all ages around here.

Back in the 60s and 70s I played 12" slow, 12" fast and 16" at the same time. It was not uncommon to have a 100 + people from the Park Forest community come out and watch the games. The crazy one was the 12" fast pitch. The league was down in Beecher Illinois. It was a small farm community with only several hundred people. We had well over 200/300 people come and watch the Tuesday night league. It was usually over 500 for the playoffs. Most were local farmers whose pick up trucks would fill the lot and park around the field. Sometimes, they would cheer a good play and boo a bad one. Was probably the most fun I have had in softball the 5 years I played there.

This is my 51st year and that was the way it was.





, June 27, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

question: I have never hit of a tee. Bought one at a garage sale today for $2.

Do most of you place the height at the height you look for in a game and keep it there or

do you vary the height for practicing for various heights that might be a 3rd strike in a game if you don't swing at it.
, June 24, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: knee replacement

don't know the details but sport talk radio 670 in Chicago about a year ago was saying if you can stall about 2-3 years there is a replacement coming out that will be like the bionic man.
, June 23, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: courtesy runner

Although my team often has trouble hitting, running, catching and throwing, we are a major + team in one area. We have a handle on who is going to run for who before the game starts. We always get the courtesy runner out there quickly. Wish other teams would plan ahead especially when the game in on a time limit.
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