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, Dec. 23, 2015
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Softball4b,
That's a class act my friend, a class act indeed.
, Dec. 23, 2015
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

Wood, the softball community thanks you for the post. This has been a duck for a long time...a duck that is now visible for all to see. You can run but not hide from the truth. And the truth is, this is just sickening.
, Dec. 7, 2015
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter

Guys I truly have no direct dog on either side of the fence, but this thread is no better than the other one that was deleted.
, Dec. 3, 2015
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

neck10,
Never seen a throw from the outfield hit a screen? Come to Florida, it happens EVERY weekend.
, Dec. 3, 2015
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter

It's not too far fetched to get different answers from different people especially when it comes to rules. I went to play in a National, and the same player I had asked **** to get added to my roster to play, ended up playing for Florida Automated Shade for it's multiple winner of the same rated National Championship without being bumped up. So I was more than a little surprised.... But ***** from SSUSA told me no (we had an injury to OF and SS) only to have ***** from SSUSA tell Florida Automated Shade yes. Strange to be sure, and it's something I couldn't explain to my team. If you play in a lot of SSUSA tournaments, your bound to have some familiarity with the SSUSA group. So you might get some different answers. Of course we won that tournament, so I never asked for any reason why. But if you play long enough, you are going to see some non-understandable situations. Agreed, Tim may have not gone about it the right way, but I might be asking the tournament director the same question at the field. So how does that happen?

Do I believe somebody should pick up be able to pick up players for a National 5 days for a tournament? Clearly NO, unless you have dropped below 11 players and that's what I was told.

But after all, "Managers must APPLY to SSUSA for approval of these players in writing. These players are approved or denied on an individual basis."

It isn't egos, or some cheap piece of wood if you win, it's about the CASH expended to get there, that's the issue! And therein lies the rub.....


, Dec. 1, 2015
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

Webbie, If safety of the players is truly an issue, then removing the rubber would be an issue. A removable rubber, I like it. (No jokes please, OK, I'm laughing myself).

Actually it is a good idea as that's how I've seen most injuries on the mound occur. Phasing them in makes a lot of sense, and the construction is easy to imagine.
, Nov. 30, 2015
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

I think the mat makes the game easier for the umpires and the players, it hits the mat, it's a strike (as long as it's not 10 ft or more)...Yeah, I know it's 12 ft in SS, but it doesn't get called much except by the real veteran umpires. But there is one pitch that doesn't get noticed much where the mat helps, and that's the inside deep corner of the mat, it actually doesn't even have to cross the plate at all. I've got a lot of guys that let that pitch go, and when they hear the umpire yell strike, you know the next one's going to be 4 inches inside and close to the same area... If you just fouled out, you probably got that pitch.

But the mat has actually helped the offensive side of the ball more, as batters now protect that front part of the plate....aggressively.

Course there's always Dave, and I have never found out where to pitch him, guys marvel about his swing, and it's truly a killer, but his real secret I think is his position in the box....and with the mat, that's where it all starts, IMO.
, Nov. 24, 2015
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

I live in Florida, I pitch, and I hate the screens. First, they are a PITA, another piece of equipment to plop in the field and get in the way. The double play eliminator is what it should be called. Another piece of crap to block that throw to home from the middle part of the outfield and cost you the game. It happens every tournament, every weekend.

Have I been hit? Of course, everywhere, multiple times. Do some guys target the pitcher? Of course, I've got two or three that do it routinely, it's their way of trying to get a hit and we all know it.

But do I want to don a hockey mask to go play softball? Do I want to hide behind the double play eliminator? Nope, I just want to play softball....and leave the masks and screens behind.

Now someone is going to tell me the story about so-n-so got hit, and if the mask or the screen.... Look guys were getting hit with the old double walls, guys were getting hit with the Easton, guys are going to get hit on the mound, you think it didn't hurt then??? It's part of the game, just like double plays up the middle used to kill an inning, but thankfully we have the screen there now to make sure that doesn't happen anymore. And the mask to protect us because no one is going to hit up the middle if we are wearing the mask, right. Yeah, right....that thought process worked out well.

Truthfully, it's hurt the integrity of the game, and I miss it. You ripped it out without even a vote....and that's the facts. Your fear of lawsuits eclipsed your reason and respect for the game. Damn shame...




, Oct. 24, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking at Tournament Results - Wanna Go Back?

Thanks to SSUSA in advance, I can't be the only one experiencing this problem. When looking at tournament results, I can't go back to the original site(URL). I have to key in the original Seniorsoftball.com and go from there. Of course the cookie has a shelf life, so the session is still signed on and is there. But it's still a problem and one that can be fixed. Just open the tournament results in a new window, right? Or am I doing something wrong.... TIA.
, Oct. 9, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

SSUSA tournaments are the only ones we play in that use a 0-0 count. The only ones....

, Sept. 16, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fairness in Ratings

SSUSA, That's a tacky response. Why didn't you just answer Chico's question? In an open, public forum....

Let me help get you started...
Houston Fire went undefeated in Reno in 60 Major but will remain in 60 Major because....

MBA Elite won the 60 Western Nationals which would normally move them up but will remain in 60 Major because....




, Sept. 9, 2014
southernson
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Major Plus

So this is a problem? Really? Trust me, if you are playing Major Plus, it's not a problem.

, Aug. 21, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

IMHO the verbal declaration by the 3B has nothing to do with the IFR and should not effect the umpires decision to call IFR. Batter's out, runners advance at their own peril...
, Aug. 21, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for my son

Florida Classics has Kenny in our prayers for recovery.
, Aug. 18, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Swing,
Guess you are right, they lost the game by forfeit. Pay your entry fee and chill em again....

, Aug. 15, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Today is Aug 15, the thread began on Aug 11. Do you get the feeling "nothing" is going to happen to the Aftershock team from SSUSA?

, June 9, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

If you pitch, the batter's box definitely mattters. Hitters that have no limits in moving up in the box take the short pitch out as a posssibility.

Runners first and second, wanna pitch the guy short and inside to try and get a ground ball to 3rd, that option is gone.

Try to pitch deep, and the ump says it's over the top....and only when hell freezes over on a blue moon, does an ump call a guy out for hitting a ball while out of the box.

Damn shame....to have rules that don't get enforced.
, June 2, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

We play 50 Major, but I have played AAA as well. IMHO, be consistent within all the divisions, walks for everybody after the max number is reached.

Why? I've seen AA or AAA teams get hot and hit out 6-8 home runs. Are we going to penalize them? What for, for getting hot and having a real good game? It makes no sense for some divisions to have excessive HRs as outs and some as walks.

Be consistent, pick a number for each division, make the excess walks for all. End the madness...
, May 8, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Txtable,
You are spot on. Get the arc up a bit....wish that would happen, but it won't. Guys cry like babies to the umpire now if you even approach 12 ft consistently, wait, gotta adjust my cup, shin guards, chest protector, helmet, mask....and that's just for the drive to the softball field...it's gotten ridiculous.

Yep, pitchers have always been a target....now they make them dress up so you can't miss them....sad.
, March 5, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Since there ate no specifics on a mask, I have an old Yogi bear mask that should work fine.
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