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Aug. 20, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: discussion

No concessions in Sacramento? The primary field has an order-at-the cash register, air-conditioned restaurant! Don't know about the other locations in Sacramento.

Haven't played in Aurora or Lacey but have heard they are better fields. Reno with its variety of fields is a tossup to Sacramento area with Golden Eagle in Reno the best.
Aug. 20, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Fire the umpire.

I appreciate both the good sportsman outfielder and the humble umpire. May their tribe increase!
Aug. 19, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Neuropathy

dantheman, two of our league players play with neuropathy and another has his toes amputated (which produces similar symptoms). They all play surprisingly well. One of the neuropathy players even plays on a very competitive tournament team. Most other players don't know their limitations. The only thing we notice is the occasional surprise fall when they get overbalanced, either running or fielding. One guy plays shortstop at times; another plays left field often; the third plays where needed.
Aug. 19, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Fire the umpire.

Youngen, you must be leaving out some details. Probably he was a second umpire, young and fit, stationed behind second base; when the ball was hit he began sprinting toward left center faster than your outfielder; as he approached the descending ball, unfortunately a gnat landed in his eye and he perceived that the ball bounced over the fence (must have been rock hard outfields to bounce that high); and he correctly called it a ground rule double, even though the outfielders who wished it were a double and not a homer, foolishly continued to insist that it was a home run.

Is that what the rest of the story is?
July 13, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commitment line

This situation is probably rare in SSUSA competition, but it happens all the time in rec leagues and in other associations (for example, Northern California Senior Softball). These are games where last minute additions to the roster can be made when a team is short of guys. In some cases, one new player, in others two or even three players can be added as long as they are on the roster submitted at the start of the tourney or day.

Here is what I see as typical: new guy is asked to play. He looks athletic enough, says he is an O.K. runner, but how are his other skills? You will likely find out what kind of hitter he is in his first couple of bats. But how is he as a fielder? Playing him in right field the first game may prove nothing as a fly ball may not be hit his way, only a couple of grounders that got through the second baseman. Safest place to start him or put him seems to be catcher (wouldn't happened on a major or major plus team—those catchers are very skilled). He is a newbie. He doesn't know the finer points of the rules. So, he sees a guy steaming home and he goes out to tag him...or the throw in is off the plate on the third base side and tagging him seems the best option...or the guy stumbles and falls down past the commit line...etc.

I have had all these things happen over the years with rookie catchers. They are almost always surprised at not getting the out.

P.S. As a pitcher, I am always running home with a rookie catcher, to back him up in case of a missed catch or to step on home and yell for the ball if he starts running toward the runner to tag him!
June 27, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament Change

I was in a tournament bracket where all teams were same age. Equalizer was given in the first inning all at once. Very weak team versus much stronger team. Weak team had a miraculously good start and scored 5 runs. Second team came to bat in bottom of first inning being down 11-0!! Rest of the story: stronger team overcame deficit and won the game.
June 21, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament Change

TimMcElroy, you make some good points...and showed how spoiled I am to play here in California.

Playing 6 outs in the rain? Never happen. We Californians don't even show up if the streets are wet!

Rained out in the middle of an at bat? Happened to me once in 60+ years of playing...and that was in a January game!

Sun in our eyes? Yes, that could be a concern at times, and does rarely happen, but Nancy is right that most of our oldsters are just happy to be playing and would never squabble about such a minor unfair advantage (not to mention batting with the sun in your eyes is to have a very quick two innings and then the other team gets to battle the sun).
June 21, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CAN-SIRS/SSUSA NorCAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

I find this a common attribute of those who are extremely knowledgeable about the arcane rules of softball/baseball and their interpretation. As we know, experienced umpires on this site often disagree about an interpretation or how to handle an issue. Dave is a chess player when it comes to rules...and evidently rumors.

Although, to give wa45ve some credit, he may have heard of the "new ball" in reference to the recent use of the Stote and not be thinking of the Rock.
June 20, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: CAN-SIRS/SSUSA NorCAL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

Dave: "suggest a better source for rumors." Loved it! Great comeback.
June 20, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament Change

Gary, I like it. We have played this format for more than a decade in our winter leagues. However, we play 1,2; 1,2; 3,4; 3,4; 5,6; 5,6 with the 7th inning open. It does speed up play and doesn't seem too tiring, even for 70+ players. We also play this format in all our leagues with two teams, but use other formats when we have three teams present.
June 19, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: AED....

In our area, AEDs are affixed to the wall in the scorer's booth. Very reassuring if the need ever arises. The city regularly makes rounds to be sure all are charged and ready for use at every public field.

To our shock earlier this season, someone broke into the scorer's shack and stole the AED!! Why? What possible use? Likely a kid because of the small access hole used by the thief. Was it stolen out of ignorance? Vandalism? Actually, not many valuable items in the shack—softballs, couple of pencils, used scorebook, partially used first aid kit, filthy used coffee mug...what was the kid thinking to only take the AED?
June 19, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana Boasts Record-High Athlete Attendance

What a terrible potential! Senior Games goal is to encourage participation in athletics by senior citizens. Can you imagine sending an average beer team to the Senior Games and encountering a powerful Major + team! That would be a turnoff!

Senior Games Softball has tried to get established in California. A friend of mine even volunteered to be the coordinator for Northern California one year. Then the details came out: team fees were almost twice as high as the normal tournament fees; players were charged gate fees (a la Big League Dreams) to play—a no-no for Senior Games which require no impediments to participation including such fees for players or fans; rankings were bizarre and thus did not ensure fair competition; field venues were not the best in the area; etc.

One can see why there is limited interest by men's teams in participating. My team has not attended for several years and we don't even consider it on our tournament schedule when making it up pre-season. Good concept; poor delivery by inexperienced management (my friend declined to coordinate it after his first year).
May 17, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules for Courtesy Runner from the plate in regular leagues (non-tournament).

Our league has a broad span of ages (50 to 93) and also some women from 50 to 81. We are much more casual about courtesy runners from home.

The start line is an imaginary extension of the third base line (makes it easy for umpire to spot violations).
Runner cannot start until ball is hit.
Any batter can request a courtesy runner from home (almost always uses one in every at-bat except in case of game injury).
CR cannot get more than a single unless ball goes out of play, then is awarded second.
Same courtesy runner cannot be used more than once in an inning.
CR cannot be run for during inning except for injury or if playing with only 10 players on the team.

Most of our players needing a runner are permanently disabled as far as running (they catch, pitch, or play corner bags).
We used to start the CR farther back as Chico does, but with many older runners, we moved forward to third base line.

April 28, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Information on the safety of the run by rule

I don't know of any study that compares the two options. How would data be gathered? Who would care to gather it?

What I do know is that our day league changed to the run-through more than a decade ago and has stayed with it. Why? Far fewer collisions and less stress on aging knees!

The rare collisions are usually at second because sometimes the shortstop, the second baseman, (and the guy up the middle—we play with the extra player since our leagues are ability balanced and have players from 50 to 93 on the same field) converge at the same time leaving little option for the runner.

Nonetheless, past collisions where the runner could not slow down in time and crashed into the fielder were more severe than the rare brush-by collisions that occur now. We would never go back to the old system. We are friends, young and old...male and female...experienced and less experienced...playing our best but not to win at the risk of injury.

My personal data base on this is anecdotal but I have played about 900 games in the past ten years (we play more than one league game a week on all-weather fields) and this is my observed experience. And there are other players who have played more games than me and they are not advocating for a return to the tournament standard.
April 5, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Centennial Park Kingman

Agree that St. George is a wonderful place to play (my only concern is that some of the fields have such a beautiful view of the surrounding mesas and cliffs, that as an outfielder, I would get distracted).

Tripling prices reminds me of our local synagogue 20 years ago. A businessman joined the synagogue board. He discovered that they had six tenants (a preschool, two churches, three 12-step groups) and that they were not paying market rates (of course, only the non-profit preschool was more than a once a week tenant). He convinced the board to double the rates to be "market rates." Within a half-a-year, the synagogue had NO additional income from any tenants as they all relocated!

Maybe it is time to re-inquire of St. George and see if there has been a change of attitude.
April 1, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

I think it depends on your age group. In the 70s and older, quite a few infielders now wear face masks. The most common seems to be third basemen, followed by shortstop and second base. Once or twice a middle fielder (allowed on older teams) but I can't recall seeing a first baseman wearing a face mask. I suppose it is just a matter of time. Most of these face masks are inadequate for a blow to the side of the head, but all of them do a pretty good job of saving a bloody nose or busted teeth.
March 9, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Softball bats on southwest airlines

I have flown to Las Vegas for years. I always use my regular full-length bat bag, make sure it is zipped closed, and check it as regular luggage. Have never had a question or a doubt. Passenger agents are used to it (I might be the 20th that day flying from my city), and on the plane it goes. Flying Southwest usually, where both my bat bag and my suitcase are checked for free. Never had anything stolen, although my bat bag's hooks got caught in something once and one of them twisted almost open.
Feb. 28, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DUDLEY 2019 LIGHTNING HOTW

Looking at recent postings about the new Dudley breaking prematurely, it looks like Dudley's integrity will be built more on its response to these unacceptable performances than on videos. Recall? Replacement?
Feb. 20, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference or incidental contact?

stick8, our senior league has the same run-through rule and it has worked successfully for more than 15 years. One minor point, although it is not codified as a rule, the runner should run away from the ball. In other words, if the throw is coming in to second from the right side, the runner should go left of the bag (safer for both runner and fielder) and alternatively, if the ball is coming from the left, run to the right of the bag. This is true not only for infield plays as well as outfield, but for the rarer options of a potential double play from pitcher to first to third and the runner dashing to third (run by on the right).
Feb. 6, 2019
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Recent Palm Springs Tournament - One & One Count with one to waste.

Mason's Grandpa and ffdonnie both make good points. This tournament often has disagreements, usually involving Vicky and her helpers. In a recent year, it was forbidding the championship game to play on an empty good field, but rather making them play on an adjoining wicked sun field with multiple strikeouts. No such big deal this year, but it is true that umps are a bit inconsistent. Our first ump didn't believe in giving a courtesy foul after one strike, but the other three did. Three umps had a 12 foot top (or a bit more with one) on the pitches, but the other ump liked to cap it at 10 feet. Their personalities were pleasant for the most part and we didn't mind. One ump blew about two base running calls a game, but there was no bias so it evened out.

Which brings me to ffdonnie. It was indeed a fun tournament in a pleasant location. Our boys were happy just to be in warm 75º weather and enjoyed the games. It wasn't like the uber-tense Vegas Championships where players are strung pretty tight.
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