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, Oct. 2, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results for the 75`s and 80`s?

Here are some 80s results:
1. Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO)
2. Redwood City Gold Rush (CA)
3. Git-R-Done 80 (CA)
4. Texas Greyhounds

This bracket was an interesting one. The teams played only two games per day in kind of a round robin format with no seeding. It was a bit complicated to determine the winner since it didn't necessarily mean that every team played every other team. In an oddity, the Gray Berets won over the Gold Rush because of runs against, even though the Gold Rush did play the Gray Berets earlier and beat them by a score of 17 to 2. One would think head-to-head would factor in, but evidently not.


, Sept. 30, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Are you staying at AZ Charlies on boulder?

I stayed at Palace Station. They have a true 24-hour cafe. A good thing, since we had an 8:00am game on two days! Eating a protein bar or trail mix can help between games, but we were playing back to back games and for three hours of play it is better to have a good breakfast. Also, the snack bar at our field didn't open up until after 8:00.
, Sept. 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Carrying bat

I agree with Dave. I have also seen a guy trot down to first on an easy short fly ball, just going down there in case the outfielder drops the can of corn. I especially see this (and the slow infield hits) when the batter's dugout is on third base side and once put out he just turns and jogs back to the dugout with bat already in hand. A total non-issue for sure. And some guys want to eject him from the game!!! Or even black list him!!! WOW. What penalties do they have for the guy who deliberately hits middle...or uses an illegal bat...or unnecessarily slides into second spikes high. Life-time ban?! And what about the guy found to be using a glove 1/2 " too long—ejected from the tournament? Banned for the year?
, Sept. 6, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

I have not experienced an umpire calling interference ONLY when it was intentional. Perhaps it has been intentional a time or two over the years when a runner tried to protect his batter-runner at first, but that seems to be asking for a throw into the teeth. In most cases in senior ball for me, the obstruction of the throw to first was due to clumsiness, cluelessness, carelessness, lack of agility to veer, inability to slide any more, or senility by the runner coming from first. Never stopped the umpire from calling interference when it was obvious the lane was blocked by the runner and there was a potential double play.

Although I will say, to our team's surprise, the last time this happened this summer, the second baseman did not throw the ball and the umpire told us quietly that if he had thrown it, interference would have been called. It was so obvious to both teams that the runner was coming in standing tall and straight toward the bag, that only a looped high toss could have avoided him, and we were both dumbfounded by the non-call.
, Aug. 21, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters-Las Vegas

Thanks VegasCoyote, good information to know. I don't go to any casino that charges for parking, and I am sure that I am not alone. it means you are behind financially the second you step into the casino from the parking garage! I'll check out your place.
, Aug. 15, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

We have lived successfully with a rule forbidding intentional walks. Of course pitchers pitch more carefully to a big slugger and sometimes they are unintentionally walked, but these power hitters pay the same amount and are basically playing to have fun, so what if they hit a home run now and then. It helps that we only have about three guys out of the 100 or so regular players who can regularly hit 300 feet (our definition of a home run hitter) and some leagues may have more. Nonetheless, why penalize a boomer for his abilities?
, Aug. 11, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Mango, I agree that having a tournament where only the home run hitters get home runs is preferable and makes a better game. The problem with the Stote is that it throws off hitters who know where their range is (not home run hitters) and the Stote on a hot day distorts their game. But if the Rock disappeared tomorrow, I would shed no tears. Some posters on this forum have demonstrated that the Rock is actually illegal (or at least labeled incorrectly).
, Aug. 11, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POSTING ALL SCORES IN 2017

It's not just following your own team in a tournament you can't make, but following friends. In our league, there are guys on 9 different tournament teams, including my own. I'm often interested in how those teams are doing against competition. For some of those teams, seeing scores against teams we play against give me an idea of what the competition is like. So yes, I would love to see scores as close to real time as possible.
, Aug. 9, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Don't have a problem with SSUSA not disclosing its finances. If a team feels the cost is too high, they can play elsewhere (a nice option in northern California with dozens of tournaments a year—not such a good option in some places, of course).

Do have an opinion on the Trump Rock. Our older team hates it. Add in the high altitude in Vegas, and it is a rare outfielder who can play all tournament games after chasing the Rock around the outfield. It is too hot (and some infielders and pitchers are concerned with safety) and there are so many better balls (the Baden Fire, for example, as a lively ball that doesn't break down in heat).

Don't usually have a problem with the Trump Stote, but in Central Valley tournaments in California (like Sacramento for the Westerns) there is a noticeable decline in performance as temperature climbs into the 90s in the afternoon. Discouraging to hit the ball well and see it nestle into an outfielder's glove who was playing 30 feet in against the Stote.
, Aug. 9, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Outcome of GSC

My team was also allowed to hit with that bat at Reno one year. I didn't care for the way it was weighted. A couple on my team thought it felt all right to them. The ball didn't seem to jump off the bat as it does off a Miken. It was explained that they were not broken in yet (unlikely with so many people hitting with the bats). But the real reason this bat was going to revolutionize the industry was not just its performance but the promise of durability. No one was taking orders on the bats in Reno, so we just forgot about them and decided to wait until they were in production. Still waiting. And what a sad ending. So sorry for Surf88. Hope he gets more return if the money is found.
, Aug. 2, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors at events

HAT MAN, I've had the same question. I've gone to Reno with money to buy shoes, bats, maybe glove, etc., but only one vendor per category. It would seem that any interested vendor wanting to offer products would of course pay for the privilege, but what's wrong with competition? Maybe there aren't that many vendors who think their trip would be financially successful?
, Aug. 2, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: what happens

Here's another twist on that. My team won the Western Nationals a few years ago and we were excited about playing the Eastern champion for the National championship (and getting a top seed for the winner). The Eastern champions didn't show...no game...no national championship...no top seeding (we argued that it was a forfeit but I guess we weren't persuasive). Looks like the Western 55 major plus champions will have the same disappointment.
, July 30, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PITCHING SCREEN USE

Hello Scrappy,

Those are normal concerns for those encountering a screen or considering a screen. I have been pitching with a screen for 17 years! When I first began to pitch with it I wasn’t a fan since I was used to pitching without one for decades. I would laboriously carry the screen off the field to the side and then replace it for the next half inning. I didn’t like the distraction of the screen in the corner of my eye.

But the league’s board of directors ruled that the screen couldn’t be moved (one other pitcher also relocated it). The screen was mandated because one pitcher took a near-fatal hit (in the chest, not the head) and the league wanted protection for all pitchers. We have a mixed age league and most of our pitchers are over 70; two are over 80.

Being in California, I play about 100-120 games a year on all-weather turf with a screen. Here is my experience and why I am completely comfortable with the screen.

Our screen has a wide area in which it can be placed. Since it is for protection, some pitchers put it 5 feet in front of the rubber, some put it about 6-8” beside the pitching box. Anywhere is O.K. (and some pitchers put it 3/4 of the way across the rubber and just peek around it to pitch).

We use the standard size which is 6 1/2 feet high by 3 feet wide.

We don’t eliminate any double plays because of the screen. The screen is there for the pitcher’s protection, but he is free to reach out for a line drive, run forward to field a slow grounder, run around it to catch a pop-up, etc. It is his choice where to defend from.

In 17 years I have never seen an infield fly hit the screen (almost 14,000 innings!).

A batted ball hitting the screen is a dead ball. I prefer the rule where it is a foul ball except on the third strike where it is not an out.

An entire year can go by without once having a throw from third to first hitting the screen. A throw from second to home has never hit the screen. It is the most likely to happen, I suppose.

A throw from the outfield home hits the screen perhaps once or twice a year.

The screen has never been knocked over by a batted ball. Most injuries to the pitcher are those where he is standing behind the screen as a fielder and sometimes the ball ricochets off the frame of the screen.

In summary, one quickly gets used to the screen and it has saved many a pitcher against a power hitter or a guy who likes to go middle. One disadvantage for pitchers who are also tournament players is that the pitcher’s fielding skills begin to decline a bit with using the screen and stabbing at balls going by instead of moving in front of the ball.

Good luck with the screens. I predict they will eventually be mandated for tournament play in our world with lively balls and composite bats.
, July 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule Joke

Wet base bags is not a common occurrence in California, but it is a dangerous one. When it happens, umps typically allow runners to miss the bag when wet. Close is defined by the eye of the ump. Was it a force? Was it close enough that it didn't give the runner a significant advantage. Never been a problem with a confident umpire in those rare occasions.
, July 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western Nationals

I remember that Dave, and I hope most of the venting was aimed at the offending municipality, not at SSUSA, the harmless victims. But of course it is frustrating to lock in a nearby housing site and then find the tournament moved, so venting is expected.
, July 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aggieland classic-college station,tx

A requirement in northern California is that TDs must post the schedule one week before the first game. This means that the deadline for entry fees is at least one week, sometimes 10 days before the tournament so that the information can be assembled and posted for all to see (no calling the team managers, for example). Works well 90% of the time.
, July 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule Joke

Nancy, you have a wicked sense of humor!:=)
, July 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Time for SSUSA to listen.

curly, thanks for the reminder. Out here in California we are really spoiled, not only by the generally good fields (softball players are more numerous and therefore more voters for rec departments to respond to), but by the weather that lets us play every month of the year. We should be humbled by what some players like you have to contend with.
, July 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule Joke

Nancy, I have played only out west for many decades and I had no idea that umpires have a different standard out here. But it seems to work only for the defense. In an important game, my teammate missed second and steamed into third for a triple. On appeal, the umpire called him out! But his foot was within 6 inches of second!! Where's the fairness?
, June 28, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How best to position11 defensive players?

ffdonnie, do you also agree with my coach Dad that "Softball was meant to be played with 9 defensive players!" or are you a modernist?
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