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, Dec. 17, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: In your whole softball career who was the individual(s) (coach, player, relative, etc) who had the most impact on your approach, development and how you play the game? And why?


For me it was a guy who was a couple years older than me but I met him when I was in grade school. My older brother played ball with him. His name was Joe Kilby. He was a natural and tough as nails but his approach to the game was like nothing I had ever seen before. Joe is a legend in the northwest for the way he played the game and the person he was. I did get to be on the same team with Joe one year and that was a treat for me. Joe passed away a few years ago but he will always be remembered.

Thank You:

James
, Dec. 2, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter


Great post Jim Perry. I believe there needs to be changes also and possibly this will help make it happen. Some of us do have friends on teams that were effected and they are hoping for changes.

thank You:

James
, Sept. 30, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanks For The Help and Support

Hi all:

I was playing at Desert Breeze in the 60M last weekend when the heat took me out Friday afternoon. I want to sincerely thank everybody who came to help plus the umps and tournament director. My teammates and their Wives were awesome. I never did get to meet the person who helped me the most so if somebody can get me his name and email address I would sure appreciate it.
This was not the first time I have been KO's by the heat but this one was different. For those who don't know when this happens you have no idea where you are or who is speaking to you. You are lost and helpless.

Thanks again and I am forever grateful.

James Groh

Envirovac 60's
, Sept. 15, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Desert Breeze Softball Complex



Hi All:

This year in Vegas we are playing at Desert Breeze and it is one of the fields I have now seen or heard much about. Can somebody fill me in on infield/outfield conditions, does it have high fences etc...

Thank You:

James


, June 15, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicaping teams when playing out of age group


Thanks for the quick response SSUSA.

You answered my question. I do remember the Legends doing this and leaving a day early. Will leave it up to the coach but we will probably keep it as scheduled. It is still fun playing the younger teams but it is an uphill battle when they get the early advantage before a pitch is even thrown.

Thanks:

James
, June 15, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Handicaping teams when playing out of age group



Hi Folks:

First off I want to say I have a lot of respect for SSUSA and appreciate the job they do putting on tournaments.
We are playing in a tournament on the west coast in a couple weeks and will be the only team entered (60M) in our age and rating so we will be playing 55AAA teams. When we play 55's we will be using their HR rule plus most likely runs or 11 fielder. My question is since we are the only team in our bracket why can't we just go in as an exhibition team and play the younger guys strait up and use at least our HR rule. This is an important tournament because it is a qualifier but since we really have nobody to play equal why do we have to be the team that is handicapped?

Thank You:

James
, June 9, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best ball in Hot Weather


The Western Nationals in Sacramento would be a great place to use a ball that does not turn to mush in the hot weather. That tournament needs a lift anyway because the fields are usually not the best.

Thanks:

James
, Feb. 17, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division


I believe one point that is missing here is the Major+ tag a player gets when they move up. I think eliminating the tag would make more players want to give M+ a try. Don't punish a player for trying it for a year and if it does not work out they can get the Major status back the following season.

Thanks:

James
, Jan. 26, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What to do with trophies, uniforms, tee-shirts?


I gave all my trophies to a school for the handicapped and from what I heard the kids really appreciate them.

Thank You:

James
, Dec. 6, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Rules Committee Meeting


Hi All:

First off I want to say I have a lot of respect for all the folks who run SSUSA. The game and this organization mean a lot to me but when I read the minutes of the rules committee meeting I was a little bit in shock. Is that it or is there parts 2, 3, and 4 to follow?

Thank You:

James
, Nov. 16, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015


Hi All:

Now that the season is over for most it is time to throw out suggestions for 2015. I enjoy this game and appreciate all the SSUSA does for us players but I think there is room for changes.

1. The courtesy runner rule is great but it is uses so much it takes too many minutes off the clock and shortens the game. If a runner can run from first to second you should not be able to put in a courtesy runner so he can go second to home.
2. The clock should not start running until the first batter is in the box.
3. No infield practice between innings and stop throwing around the horn after an out. Both of these take time off the clock.
4. I can't speak for the younger guys but in 60 and over ball there should never be a DBO. Anybody who can still hit it out over 60 years old should never be punished for it.
5. In the smaller tournaments it is common for upper teams to play lower rated teams. The upper team always plays by the lower team HR rule plus they give runs or an additional fielder. Give the lower team a choice of one of the three and not two of the three.
6. I am not a big fan of the 3-2 count but if it would help us play more 7 inning games I would say go for it.

Thanks:

James
, Sept. 30, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lorenzi Park



I believe they all have nets and even the 300' fields are in play if you hit into the net. The ball must clear the net to be a HR.

Thanks
, Sept. 30, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lorenzi Park



Thanks for the update.

I heard the fields were in great shape. I don't mind the high fences being live but doesn't that give the power teams an advantage? I wonder if the rule will be the same for the 60's?

Thank You:

James
, Sept. 29, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lorenzi Park



Hi All:

A couple questions regarding Lorenzi Park.

Were they letting you take BP in the soccer fields this weekend?

Were balls hit into the net live or were they HR's?

Thank You
, Sept. 2, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Jose and Ozzie Canseco looking to play 50 and over together in Las Vegas September tournament


I think it is great these two brothers want to join our game. More power to them and great for SSUSA.
Jose did MLB a service by exposing cheaters.

Great job and welcome to SSUSA.

James
, Aug. 26, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hotels near Lorenzi Park


Hi All:

This year we got a good draw and are playing at Lorenzi Park. I know it is not too far from the north end of the Vegas strip. Do any of you have hotel suggestions that are relatively close to the strip but in the direction of Lorenzi? I have looked at Texas stations and am considering it but just want to see if there are other recommendations a little closer to the strip. Nothing too fancy but don't want a smoke filled flee bag either. Under $150 per night would be great.

Thank You:

James
, Aug. 19, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls



Move the fences in to 275', leave the bases where they are today and go back to non composites and the blue/red dots and it would be a good game. I also enjoy the game as it is today. One thing to remember is when the equipment is dumbed down and the fielders move in the gaps shrink for the non power guys. The singles hitters will be pinched and a lot of those hits will not drop in.

thanks:

James
, Aug. 15, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners

Pope paid a lot of $ to travel west and came out on top so I don't see why they would not represent the west. I play on one of the team they beat to get to the top and in the spirit of competition they show be awarded the title.

Thank You:

James
, June 2, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western National Championships - winners


I have no input for the younger seniors but for the 60 and above teams there should never be a DBO except in AA. Let the older guys who can still play this game at a high level swing away and don't punish them for hitting it out of the park.

Thanks:

James
, Feb. 4, 2014
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2000 Freak 98


Hi John:

The original Freak was a very hot bat. The sweet spot was not as large as a U2 but when you hit it the performance was close to the U2 and those bats were hard to break. If it says Freak 98 on the barrel it is not the bat I had.
I have seen the original Freaks sell for $400+ in our area.
Thanks:
James
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