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, Aug. 30, 2016
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

This is not a new issue, it's not like Colin Kaepernick has suddenly alerted America to a problem. All he has done is draw attention to himself....in the wrong way. Parcells, Belechick, or Coughlin would have cut him the next day.

He's a cancer to his team, boo his arse everytime he hits the field. Such a lack of respect and professionalism. Really bush...
, Aug. 29, 2016
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Excellent umpiring, especially with the overturned calls. Congrats USA!

, Aug. 25, 2016
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Well guys, let's call it was it is....most of the home plate umpiring has been terrible and inconsistent. Who I feel bad for is the coaches and kids who have put in hours of practice and preparation, only to have a kid strike out on a ball 4-6 inches out of the zone, routinely.

These umps are better than that, they have been directed to call it that way and especially for the kids, it's very frustrating.

I'd be telling my players hey, we are getting inconsistency by the home plate umpire who obviously can't find the strike zone. Don't be picky, aggressively hit the first good pitch you see.

It's probably the worst umpiring behind the plate I ever recall...
, July 13, 2016
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball League - Atlanta

Looking for a Senior Softball league in Atlanta, also Tournament Teams, any information? Thanks...

sullyjag@yahoo.com
, July 12, 2016
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Atlanta Area - Major or AAA Team

Tony Sullivan sullyjag@yahoo.com 770-820-7531

Reference - Played with Florida Classics Manager was Rick Sapp, 904-982-9954

Play anywhere but SS and Pitch
Right Handed
Hitter with a .700 average
Gets along well with the group

Also interested in any 50+ league ball in Atlanta

, July 7, 2016
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling all pitchers.

Diesel Dan,
Honestly I'd quit throwing backspin every pitch. It's harder to locate, and truly height, location, and batter tendencies are the priority here. I occasionally use it mainly for a change in speed, but that's it. 2 strikes, pull hitter, yeah probably going to get high inside backspin pitch. But that's it...




, June 14, 2016
southernson
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

Alan, So sorry for your loss, The Florida Classics extend their condolences to you and your family. Remember the good times, they will bring a smile to your face and ease the pain if only for a moment. God Bless You and Yours!
, June 10, 2016
southernson
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

DOLFAN and Others,
There are far more shaved bats in Senior Softball than anyone really wants to know. I agree with you. No different than the young guns. Pitched for a lot of years, and you know that sound....or lack of it for those who know what I mean. It extends to all levels of play. It's just a fact of life, another obstacle to overcome.

There's too much money at stake for it to ever change.
, May 16, 2016
southernson
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play-FL panhandle

Try Florida Half Century, 850 Boys out of Tallahassee for a once a month tournament. www.fhcsoftball.org
, 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....




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