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Feb. 16, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Alan, it's good have you on this thread.

To open a discussion on my belief that allowing a group of players to continue to dominate any one division is harmful to that divisions ability to grow..I asks

Think back to what happened to AA when spectrum and Hague stayed intact year after year while domination AA...

Do you think this was an incentive or a negative when it came to A teams wanting to mover up...

Maybe move on to how Utrip Major and asa Super divisions of youngster softball have been unable to attract enough teams to have a stand alone division.

It is my belief a large part of the problems in those two youngster divisions is exactly what's been holding senior plus programs numbers down...ie...allowing individual groups of players to dominate year after year.

As an example...in another thread about the top senior players one of summerville's players said they were something like 102-8 last year.

In seniors...many groups of friends disband every year instead of move up to, in their minds, be cannon fodder at the next level.

It is my belief the breaking up of teams/friends for the betterment of the health of softball should not stop at the Plus level.

Removing dynasty teams from AA, AAA, Major is a proven asset to senior ball.

Please enlighten me as to why it would not be as valuable for the Plus Division.
Feb. 16, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

SSUSA staff...I think you are over looking the point that in every other SSUSA division the dominate teams and their players get rated to a higher level.

This allows for bumped teams in AA, AAA to believe they have a chance to compete in the next level.

It should be obvious by investigation into EVERY age group of softball that...allowing dominant teams to continue to dominate any individual division does NOT lead to many teams moving up.
Feb. 15, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Perl, I think it will be great to see how many SSUSA major teams are pulled away, and decide to support ISSA instead...

I have to think??? There will be few to no SSUSA teams leaving their major world program to join the merged ISSA thing.

I am sure SSUSA will be paying attention IF..the merger thing has any legs.

BUT...I doubt very much that any Major team planning on supporting SSUSA are going to leave to get beat up on by the elite Plus teams.

Sorry...I just don't think the merger thing will hold water except for a few major teams that have almost no travel costs to go to ISSA.
Feb. 14, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Ring winning major teams
Feb. 14, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

I go along with jarwoods idea as long as you allow Bumped ring wing Major teams to return to the major division with no more the 6 players.
Feb. 13, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Limit the amount of returning players to 6 for national World winners until the champions reach the next age group.

Turning over the top teams each year works in all other senior divisions...it would help the major plus program also.
Feb. 13, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Thoughts on the new ISSA Super Divisions?

Not a good move...

maybe SOME seniors have not been paying attention to the young softballers but...EVERY division infested with national all star teams shrinks in team numbers..

SSUSA and SPA should be happy a competing association is hurting their chance to compete with them.
Feb. 5, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Correcting a downswing, brings BIG results." Swing Makeover Episode 26

Leelee, you drop your back side and hands and we will be having a little talk.
Jan. 6, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

There are a couple day time city senior leagues in our area that allow senior bats...

But the night time city senior leagues around here do not allow senior bats.
Jan. 4, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Nancy, I am sorry about being a little over aggressive with my initial reply.

I will put some of the blame for my over reaction to how much crap I got when I helped push the 1-1 count into our Concord league.

In the end...only a small minority of league players did not end up liking the change..

With 65 minute time limits, the 1-1 count averaged awarding us at least one more inning per game of actual softball play.

As for tourneys and the 1-1 count..before it was installed in no time limit brackets of play some brackets would get as far off as 3 hours...the 1-1 count drastically reduced the scheduled time over runs.

I have to admit...I am a HUGE fan of the 1-1 count...it redices the down time during games,, helps a good pitcher a little, it keeps games on schedule...

Jan. 2, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Second to last paragraph should have read...gave us more INNINGS to actually play softball
Jan. 2, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Nance and Bruce.

Let's make this a teachable moment on some of the facts....

USSSA incorporated the 1-1 count in an effort to speed up tourney games in the major and AA events that were going ways over the bracketed time posted on the tourney bracket.

These events had no game time limits/always went the full seven other then run rule...

so your IGNORANT view that it was initially used....

"to cheat players out of full games" is neive and just flat out wrong...

This 1-1 rule allowed Major and AA events to stay closer to on schedule.

It was in no way meant to cheat teams out of innings. This should be obvious because innings were never removed from those games.

The same goes for the next move USSSA made with the 1-1 count....many leagues went to 1-1 to try to get Innings of play....that in my view is giving your customer more chances to actually PLAY instead of sit and watch a batter watch yet another hit able pitch go by.

As for Nancy's neive shortened games theory...

All the leagues I played in...concord, walnut creek, pleasant hill, Pinole, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Pleasanton. Orinda were the same.....

When the league went to the 1-1 count..all games times were NEVER shortened...ie....all the teams still had the same mount of time to play...they were never "cheated" out of any time...what the 1-1 count did was speed up the time for a batter to swing which...helped out the pitchers a little, and gave all of us more innocent nags to actually play softball.

We can leave out the USSSA 1-1 no rule education for another time...;-)
Jan. 2, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Signs of Getting Old(er)

Signs of getting softball older

1) You will not play night games
2) You are scared to play like the youngsters with a 1-1 count
3) you are scared to play like the youngsters with homerun limits
4) they sell wintercrest at your tourneys
5) they hand out heart related health info at your events
6) your team needs pitch runners
7) you spend three days playing five games in a tourney
8) you fear facing USSSA pitching while you used to love that game
9) when roids are refered to during a game its "hemerrh" instead of "ste"
10) even with senior bats it's hard to hit a homerun
11) you get to play defense with 11 players and even then..the other team gets five runs almost every inning.
12) every five years you get to be the YOUNG GUY.


Jan. 1, 2015
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please Forgive My Naivete!

In my late 20s for a few years I was all about winning.

A teammate of mine..Jeff Peterson who won all world at the utrip World Series and a AA MVP and I used to argue endlessly about the goals of playing softball.

I would argue that winning was what made it fun...he would counter...if your having fun your winning.

In the end...Jeff, I believe was right....

Since then...my main goal is to be a part of a group that has fun whether we win or lose...and you know what? When you achieve that...the game is fun no matter what.

In NorCal we get to play NCSSA....win or lose we all get five games...in ssusa no matter what...we get to play seeding games at at least two bracket games...as long as no surprise that ne gets hurt and we are competitive alls well...

Now....the only frustrations I get in softball are when I let my team down....when a teammate fails...all it is, is, another thing to poke fun about...

I am fortunate to be part of a Great group of people on our team..

We don't cut players to get better...

we play everyone that shows up at the game all season long (except for the double elim of the world) many times our line up starts where the last out the game before ended.

Our MTC 55 Jaycee team is great to be a part of.
Dec. 20, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

I think swings team told he he should wear "ear plugs".
Dec. 16, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

Ron, is it ok for us to refer to you as the "one hit wonder" from now on.

It's not our fault you were stuck on the mound and had to see that weaker right fielder not get to that hard hit line drive over his head.
Dec. 16, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a team to play on

Mario brother is a beast with the bat...he had the game changing hit against us at the worlds last year...a five hopper down the first base line.

He always had a good time and carried himself in a professional manner during all games.

If Dale lived in our neck of the building (we don't have to many woods around here) I'd be working hard to add him to our squad.
Dec. 16, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

You are right swing..it could have been caught...

That's probably why the Rated brain trust moved the pitcher that "one hit us" to right field the next game.

I am sure the "one hit wonder" would have caught that ball if he wasn't stuck on the mound...

"One hit wonder" now that's a nick name I can remember;-)
Dec. 15, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Automatic Move Ups

Leon..I haven't followed this thread but...is a guy that pitched a one hitter against our "major plus" team while playing for another major plus team complaining about having to play major plus to the point they traveled across the country to play down??

I don't understand?? Did this marvelous team that one hit us actually run all the way to Georgia for a major instead of driving a few hours to Vegas to Play SSUSA Major Plus?

Leon, Is that what happened?

Or is there something else evolved? Maybe they found discounted tickets to the east that were cheaper then the price of 30 gallons of gas????? You gotta remember gas was expensive last summer..I think it got up to around $4 a gallon down south.

I thought that rated team was good enough to at least try to compete in Plus last year???? Kinda like we "tried"..

If I remember correctly????? Their catcher/coach/sponsor was a pretty funny guy.

I remember their shortstop was good but...I can't remember any one else?

Oh...I think I do remember...wasn't that guy that used to drive up to play with Ranaldi the rated pitcher?? I thought his name was Geoge or something like that..not Ron

You remember Leon...the guy that didn't pitch when we beat them the next time we faced them.

I think that's the case because I seem to remember saying...what coach doesn't start a guy that one hit a team the next time they play them;-)

Anyway...isn't senior ball fun? We get to act like five year olds well into our late 50s.
Dec. 15, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

Letting go with your top hand should not effect your bat speed at contact unless/which does happen occasionally...the hitter slows down his hand speed before he finishes hitting through the ball.

It's not guaranteed but a do know a couple top hand release hitters that ended up with elbow/forearm issues latter in life.
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