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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.
Feb. 24, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you get fit?

Olie04,
Thanks for the information, this makes great sense. Much appreciated....
Feb. 17, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher Protection

At what point do the two brain cells collide and realize how "ridiculous" this armor for pitchers has become? Steel toed shoes? Really? How do you say that with a straight face?

SSUSA, see what you started? It's like a Seinfeld episode...I can see Kramer packing his bag to go to the park now. And George Kastanza picking up each piece of equipment and just shaking his head...

My Father in Heaven, you do have a sense of humor watching us mere mortals get in the hamster wheel of stupidity....

I know, I can see it coming. Someone's gonna write about some famous story about how their steel toed shoes saved their softball life.....Stop already, ROTFLMAO..
Jan. 23, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

The key is the right pitch. For big guys and power hitters that would be a chest high outside pitch. Drop the right foot in the bucket and the right shoulder with hit and swing away.

That's what I hear anyway...
Jan. 16, 2014
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bat - Status

Thanks Omar, Fabe, ChiPrimeMarty, appreciate the updates and insight.
Jan. 15, 2014
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bat - Status

OK, don't shoot me guys, but just curious on what's the latest. Last year in July we heard any day now, can somebody provide the bottom line skinny here?
Jan. 14, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

garyheifner,
Likee the 45 degree approach...agree.
Jan. 13, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Guys,
The rubbers aren't going anywhere, we only rent, not own those fields. But seeing balls hit the rubber is a very common occurrence, that shot directly up the middle is the toughest one to take.

As a pitcher, I would lobby for two things:
- one, a simple piece of string or rope tied on the chain link fence at 12 ft. Most umpires don't give you 12 feet, they give you their version of 12 ft, which is usually more like 10. Being able to actually throw the ball 12 feet high is a deterrent to hitting up the middle (it's usually that flat outside short pitch that comes back at you)and will reduce possible injuries. BTW, those are usually 3" chain link fences, so count 48 of them from the ground and you have your 12 feet. You'll be surprised how high that is compared to the pitches we are allowed to throw.

- two, throwing 12 feet helps decrease the home runs, and increase the fly ball outs. True, some guys are easily gonna hit them, but I think it helps. Teams complain the most when a pitcher is able to throw height.

The mask thing is a problem. I've already had two guys tell me they will no longer pitch in those tournaments, so I guess I'll have to pick up Jason to pitch for us.

BTW, is ISA gonna adopt the same rules? Anyone know? Thanks.
Jan. 9, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: suggestions to stop all the complaining about home runs & dead ball outs

Skeptical,
Understand the point, but actually the fast food joints spend a lot of money conducting surveys with sizeable focus groups so as to get input.

I think there is a drastic difference in the approach here....

SSUSA has made a litigous choice as CYA which has nothing to do with the preservation of the fundamental setup of the game.

Players just wanted to have the same approach by the fast food joints, a "focus group" that could provide feedback.

BTW, you think Whopper sales would go down if everyone had to wear a mask when you walked in???


Jan. 7, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Caveman,
I understand your point, it's well taken and respected. And I've never been hit, but had some close calls. I just don't prefer it and MOST pitchers don't prefer it as well. Just like most pitchers don't prefer to wear hockey shin guards. But occasionally you see "Earl" puts them on and go to the mound.

Just believe the linking of the DBO rule and pitcher mask rule speaks for itself. And IMO humble opinion, choice with a waiver is a better option. Where does it stop? 1B, 3B, perhaps more?

DOLFAN,
You are right, there are more shaved bats in Senior Softball than anyone will openly talk about. And as a pitcher, many times just by sound I'll lay odds that the bat just used was shaved. But is the solution to put protective gear on the pitcher? IMO, I don't think so.


Thanks for listening...


Jan. 7, 2014
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

wyo22,
I hate the mask and it's got problems of it's own.
1) Peripheral vision is significantly reduced
2) You will have more balls come up the middle, guys don't avoid it as much, what the heck, he's wearing a mask... it actually becomes a target. Guys who wear masks seem to get hit at more.
3) Ever try diving for a ball with the mask on? Count on getting cut or scraped on the face when your body hits the ground.
4) It's way hot, really hot. I can see the lawsuit for SSUSA coming, pitcher has sensitive skin, hot summer day causes a rashlike facial infection, infection penetrates the ears or eyes, SSUSA made me wear it, yeah, really great idea. And what happens when there's a broken arm, hand or leg from a shot up the middle? You think a lawyer is going to have a hard time making a correlation between the DBO rule and the requirement to wear a mask? In determiningg that 3-5 times as many balls are now hit up the midddle and that while the intent was to protect the pitcher, in reality SSUSA increased the chances that the pitcher might be injured. So who's going to pay the doctor and hospital bill for my client's permanent injury to his arm? And the pain and suffering damages?
5) It's goofy as hell. Almost looks like the guy just got off the short bus from school. That's right, I said it. Goofy looking as hell.
6)In 30+ years of softball and over 3000 plus games, which boils down to about 15,000+ innings, or 300,000+ pitches, I have seen a pitcher get hit in the face--- once.
7)With only a small percentage of pitchers wearing masks now, there's no real data on the downside or possible problems.
8)We have all seen the commercials and know what tragic events can happen...
If SSUSA forces the pitcher to wear a mask, more balls will be hit up the middle at you. And since more balls will be hit at you in the middle, you will be seriously injured in the arm or leg. And to go with your injury will be a nasty rash on your face. And when you get a rash on your face, no women will want you. And when no women want you, you will go insane. And when you go insane, your family must pay for treatment in the insane asylum. And when your family must pay for treatment in the insane asylum, your kids can no longer afford to obtain training with sufficient knowledge to acquire work skills. And when your kids can't afford to acquire sufficient knowledge to to have work skills, they turn to a life of crime, go to jail, and Bubba makes them comb the hair on his chest.

Don't send your kids to jail and make them comb Bubbas hair on his chest. Stop the mask wearing requirement and just have the pitcher sign the waiver.


Jan. 6, 2014
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA shares DBO rationale Senior

There is a corequisite relationship between the home run DBO rule and rule change which requires the pitcher to wear a mask. And that is a bad thing for the game.....

IMO, rule changes to the game to solve division issues that SSUSA created and has full control over are a band aid for the symptom, rather than a solution for the problem with the Major Plus division.

There has to be a better way....



Dec. 31, 2013
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

rdrman66,
" Worry about other things, this really isn't a issue for senior bats".

I'm not sure what happy planet you are on, but Stevie Wonder is definitely driving the bus. I can assure you that bat shaving in seniors is routinely done at all levels of teams we have faced.

I think you would be significantly surprised....
Dec. 19, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How about a discussion on ow we think dbos will effect our games? And our assumptions why.

1B is obviously no longer the sloth position.....It's now the pitcher, or as SSUSA has said, "put a mask on that mug"!!!
Dec. 17, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

PattyMac,
You hit the nail on the head, "not many playing years left", and I'm glad you started the thread.

I don't subscribe to the "We should all just be happy to play no matter what the rules are". That type of opinion usually comes from someone that doesn't pay the entry fee about 99.99% of the time.

So let's get this straight, a team pays $4700 in travel expense, comes out of the loser bracket, has played 4 games that day, get's to the championship, and with the championship game on the line, a gap hitter hits a walkoff home run with 2 outs but goes home a loser because of DBO?
That's not in the spirit of the game, period.

3 point shot from 27ft to win the game, oops, you already hit 12 3's, so that one is only a 2 and you lose. It's a long 47 pass to the end zone with time running out, but alas you've already had 4 passes of 45+ yards, so that winning touchdown comes off the board and you lose. It's a shot on goal, off the stick, oh no, you've already had 2 off the stick deflected goals, so this one doesn't count and you lose. Add in, one more point, oh no, an ace on the serve, and you've already had 12 aces in this set, so you lose. It's a 32 yard putt, in the bottom for the win, but wait, you've already had 5 putts this round go in from 20+ feet, so you lose.

It's just crazy and not well thought out. You gotta wonder what was in the glass when this rules discussion happened. There is no positive value to this rule change. Sorry guys, somebody in the group of 11 let Stevie drive the limo on this one.....straight into the ditch.



Dec. 17, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

This is not two rule changes that are independent - Over Limit HRs are DBOs, Pitcher has to wear a mask.

They are by design connected. SSUSA is saying, we are going to make Over Limit HRs a DBO, so by doing that we know there are going to be a lot more balls hit in the middle, and knowing that......pitchers must wear a mask.

This is a bad change for everybody...period.
Dec. 12, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

One of the success barometers in setting up guidelines for a group or process is that have a foundation of consistency.

Clearly that hasn't been the case with the HR rule or the pitcher rules. Sign a piece of paper, no, forget that, now you have to wear a hockey mask. Homers over the limit are outs, no they are walks, no they are outs...Cmon guys, you had it right and now you have just fell off the truck on this one. Again.....In a small group of 12, there's usually 2 or 3 that sway everything, it's just the way things work with a small group. And it went badly this year.....

Is there a published discussion or writeup of why the rule change? Something simple, like SSUSA changed the home run rule because it makes the game better by....????

The pitcher's no longer have the choice of wearing a mask by signing a waiver, because we felt if everybody wore the mask the game would be better because....????

Do you think a majority vote would turn out with those two decisions? A rhetorical question at best...of course not.


Dec. 10, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

Beasely,
We were at that National in Naples, played badly, but there was no difference in that Major Plus team and anyone else. Were they better than the FHC teams Blast, Hollis, Clutch ? I don't think so....
Dec. 10, 2013
southernson
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

Have to wear a mask? Forced to wear a mask? If that's the case, I'm done, I will never pitch another SSUSA game if I have to wear a mask. The game I love has become too absurd mostly by non-players.
Dec. 6, 2013
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

I find that Blondes seem to help.

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