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Marv Ruddell

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Oct. 5, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

As a tournament provider I will tell you when we started this policy of the one and one it did several things. Some of which are outlined by E6 in Az. But more importantly it keeps us on time. Since implementing it we now have been on time well over 90% of the time. But here are a couple of the pros: You as a hitter now will get more times at the plate. No longer will guys sit and wait for the pitcher to throw the first strike. Yes I know we have a time limit. But it shortens the open innings and that is where most of the time is wasted setting on the first fat one that no one swings at. Pros: We have a much higher rate of 7 inning games than any other senior organization bar none. Cons: I have to listen to grumpy old men tell me about how... "I have ruined the purity of the game" Then I have to remind them the purity of the game was ruined with the 12 mph fastballs we all see now :O)

Scott, the 70 foot bases is a safety rule change. SCMAF went to it a couple of years ago too. You can thank carbon fiber for that. Speaking of safety, Id like to see SSUSA go to the safety rule of leading off perpendicular to the line on 3rd base when the ball leaves the pitchers hand. How many times have you been on 3rd when the team gorilla is at the plate and you have no where to go until he hits it?? yikes! We use it and everybody likes it. Its there for your protection.
Oct. 3, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Water Coolers

Its probably a good bet the drinking fountains, conveniently located within a short distance from the dugouts, at any park in the Vegas area won't have Athlete's Foot Fungus or taste salty. :O) If LP is correct... Good job following our lead SSUSA. I applaud your wise decision. Hope everybody returns safe and healthy to Southern California. Looking forward to seeing everybody. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the cool weather. Its HOT (104)here!

Sept. 10, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Kevin anytime you'd like to expose that bat to the So Cal Seniors Market lets talk. 11 tournaments a year averaging 20+ teams. 350 guys at last weekends tournament. Plus Monday league there are around 100 guys in attendance each week. I also participate in an organized batting practice for 15 to 25 guys every Wednesday and Friday. Check us out at Website advertising avalible too.
Sept. 8, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA SoCal Championships - Hemet 9-6-7

Results of the rain shortened tournament in Hemet September 6-7. Twenty three teams showed up to play some softball. Unfortunately Hurricane Norbert had other plans for us. Parts of the hurricane interrupted the second day of play in the afternoon. My thanks to the guys that weathered it to the end. Especially the two teams from Las Vegas that had to drive home in the middle of the aftermath. My deepest appreciation to them! I hope everyone got home safe and dry.

Special acknowledgement to the winners of the year long Five Star Challenge:
Top Gun 50 - Kamikaze 50 - OTE - Nighthawks - Kamikaze 55

Tournament Results:

Co-Champion Division #3B
OTE -Cal Xtreme - No Guts No Glory

Co-Champion Division #3A
Gusto - F.V. Outlaws

Co-Champion Division #1B
Wongs - Grants Posse

Co-Champion Division #2A
Top Gun 50 - Kamikaze 50

Co-Champion Division #2B
Kamikaze 55 - Grants Posse

Co-Champion Division #1B
Wongs - Grants Posse

Champion Division #1A

To all... Good luck in Vegas!

Aug. 18, 2014
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: French Valley Senior Softball League is looking for players

Players 40+ needed

If you're in the South Riverside County (CA) or close the F.V. Adult Softball League is looking for players for the Fall. The league begins its fall schedule September 4th. Thursday Night Games are at Spencer Crossing Park on East side of Murrieta, CA. We use senior softball rules. For more information contact Tom Jadwin in Charge of player personnel at or myself Or go to this link for more information.
Aug. 13, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

This is in response to the cooler issue. Since we have been doing this (4.5 years now) I get questions as to why we don't put coolers in the dugouts. One would only have to read the comments above to know why. However at a recent tournament in March I had a player yell out at me "You need to put coolers in these dugouts" I replied "I dont and if you want to know why meet me at the tent after the game". His response was "if one of my guys dies from heat stroke your going to get sued" He said this mind you about 50 feet from a drinking fountain. My only thought now is he wanted a place to put his sweaty towel. Speculation I know but it was only in the upper 70s last March.

My favorite and the main reason I don't put coolers in the dugout is the guy that hurt his ankle and his team thought it would be in his best interest if he put his foot in the cooler to ice it. In the confusion the cooler was left behind after the game. The team that followed lifted the cooler back to the bench. It wasn't until somebody told that team what had happened that the cooler was moved out and emptied. Another case in point. Have you ever seen anybody sterilize one of these things before they fill it?? Food for thought.
Aug. 6, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA August Classic in Temecula

Results of the August Classic in Temecula

Rain shortened us on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday Men's One Day'r
Group One: 1st Nighthawks - 2nd Grants Posse 55
Group Two: 1st Top Gun 50 - 2nd (RAIN)
Group Three: 1st Top Gun 55 - 2nd O.T.E.

Sunday Co-Ed: Rain canceled us after just two games...
Top Gun 2-0
Over Rated 1-1
So Cal NNY 1-1
Spraggs Auto Body 1-1
Team Special 0-2

For those of you that think Softball isnt a winter sport you were not in Temecula this weekend. Thanks to all the teams that trudged through the mud and rain. You guys are all gamers! Sorry we couldn't finish it. Maybe next time.

Five Star Challenge update:

Top Gun 50 (37) points
Kamikaze 50 (30) points
O.T.E. (29) points
Nighthawks (23) points
Kamikaze 55 (22) points
Aug. 6, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Softballs for World Championships in Vegas

I dont want to get into the technical facts about the ROCK as to why it has less breakdown and to some flies a whole lot further. My purpose is to tell you all that there may be a change to the ball you all have so much affection for. As many of you know I use the ASA version of the ROCK. Since we went to that ball there are no reports of the ball fluttering while spinning in flight as opposed to the ISA ROCK. The reason for our change was to get a ball that has a leather composite cover and is certified legitimate 44/375.

Now to "your" ISA ROCK. As many of you know it is a double covered ball. In other words it has two covers. An outer and an inner cover then the solid core. We have cut this ball in half, along with others, to visually observe the insides. We are not engineers but the fingernail test tells us the ISA ROCK has a much denser core than the ASA ROCK and the Trump Stote. BTW the Trump Stote has a synthetic cover.

Now for the speculation. I recently was given an ISA ROCK from a recent shipment. The ball seems to have been redesigned. The part number of the old double cover ISA ROCK is X-ROCK-ISA-Y. The new ISA Rock that I have when we cut it in half is a single cover ball and the core is exactly like that of the ASA ROCK in color and density. The part number of the ball we have is X-ROCK-ISA-Y-2. Now Im no genius but in automotive when a part was redesigned or was updated they sometimes put a dash 2 or B behind the part number. Or the number was one digit off. Time will tell but I will tell you this, the ISA ROCK I have is not the ISA ROCK you all have in mind.

Two ways to identify the (so called) new ISA ROCK. One it doesn't feel squishy. Second is the microfiber "MCT" Logo is missing on the ball. Beyond that it looks the same. I guess only ISA and Anaconda know for sure :O)

July 16, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA Beach Bash 2014 - San Clemente CA July 12-13

Last weekend some of the best of the Best 50/55 Major Plus softball teams met to do battle and enjoy the beach atmosphere in San Clemente, CA. It was a mild 75 degrees both days and a beautiful weekend to enjoy the southern California beach. 5 Major Plus teams but there could be only one winner on the softball field. Somerville outlasted a great God’s Sports team for the finals.

Years from now the victory on the field will be long forgotten but my mind will forever remember the act of kindness shown one sad, frustrated and disappointed young boy. The God’s Sports Co team came to the rescue and Im quite certain made that young man’s day. When I heard about it Sunday it made my heart swell with pride at how my fellow man can be so generous and kind to stranger in need. A tip of the hat to my friends on the Gods Sports Co Team. You're all winners to me. God bless you.

In Division ll there were 3 formidable 50AAA teams and one 60M+ team. In the end it was the Old Geezers that game out victorious. It was a hard fought game with and an undefeated team made up of local 50s yielding to the old guys. However the God’s Sports 60M+ team is made up of some of the best 60 year olds playing the game today. Mike and the boys brought their "A" game Sunday. It was fun to watch and a really good game. My hats off to “Got the Runs” for putting on a nice showing. Not bad for a mostly pick up team. You have nothing to be ashamed of. Good luck if you go any further with the team.

Plans are already under way for Beach Bash 2015 with a golf tournament planned for the Friday before. Hope to see you on the beach next year!
June 24, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA End of SPRING SHOOT OUT - Hemet CA

27 teams showed up in Hemet at the "End of Spring Shoot Out" June 21-22

Results of the Championship games on Sunday:

L.A.F. defeated AZ Elite in a very competitive 9 team 50/55 M/M+ Division #1

Kamikaze 50 defeated Top Gun 50 in a 5 team 50AAA Division #2

R&R Pumping defeated Desert Dawgs in 6 team 55AA/AAA Division #3

Cal Xtreme defeated O.T.E. in a tough 7 team 60/65 Division #4

There were some really tough Games this weekend. Many 1 run games! Some even worthy of a paid admission. (no we don't :o)

Thanks to all that attended!
June 19, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recommendations for lodging in Hemet

My Son-in-Law works at the Red Robin on Florida on Saturdays and Sundays. He's a Teacher with two little ones and this is his second Job. His name is Josh. Great (Irish) waiter and bartender and could use a good tip :O) Oh! and good food there as well.
June 11, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: June, 1970

I had an unusual soft gal experience but it would be inappropriate to discuss it here :O)

Thank you for your service to our country Southpaw!
May 12, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Wine Country Invitational Tournament - Temecula May 17-18

Scott, A complete listing of all teams and schedules are on the web site
April 16, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the SCSSA Spring Championship - Hemet 4 17-18

As usual this time of the year the weather was great in Southern California.
24 teams battled it out for the title of Spring Championship Division Winner.

In the end there were five.

Division 1
1st Sommerville
r.u. L.A.F.

Division 2
1st Grants Posse 55
r.u. Wongs

Division 3
1st Kamikaze 50
r.u. Top Gun Thunder

Division 4
1st Braves
r.u. Lights Out

Division 5
1st O.T.E.
r.u. So Cal 60
April 2, 2014
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: join a team.

Scott, you made reference to more than one link? I posted one. This is what I posted (see above) That link is good for me and since I posted it I have had a couple of hundred hits on my hit counter so apparently its working for others. If your having issues you need to clear out your temporary internet files and maybe your cookies too. Those items clutter up the ability to search in the browser. This would depend on the internal capacity and memory. Each computer is different however. Try it again and see what happens.
April 1, 2014
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: join a team.

John I have a section "Players looking for teams" and "Teams looking for players". Its on the home page on the left. I post the info for 30 days. If you want I'll put you on the web site. Need your contact info if you do.
March 13, 2014
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok?

My marketing background says Reebok's brand identification is in wearables and clothing. The parent company Adidas is in the same market and not bats. Things take time after acquisition but its been a while and Im surprised it hasn't taken place already. Could be the corporate machine has finally caught up to reality. Believe it or not we, the senior market, is small potatoes to major sports corporations. Plus we demand a bat that has super pop and doesn't break in a short period of time. Considering the composition of a carbon fiber softball bat this truly is an oxymoron if there ever was one. :O) Having a product that breaks prematurely has to be a customer relations nightmare to big Corp. It takes more money, time and personnel to make it worth while. Miken has the majority share of the senior bat market. Its a product line I would have loved to have had when I sold speed equipment. High demand and it has a short programmed obsolescence. AND.... people want it anyway. Its a marketing dream come true! However after saying that I wonder how long Rawlings and Worth will stay with Miken. But then again as long as old egos buy two, three and four Mikens a year they probably wont worry too much :O) IMO
March 12, 2014
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55 plus looking for a team

MM: I have always found it a good policy to add your phone number or email to to a message that announces you're looking to find a team. Otherwise you'll be confined to only those managers that are on this board. I know for a fact many of the 50/55 teams that compete at our tournaments are looking for players. But a lot of those managers don't read this message board on a regular bases. We had six 55 teams alone at the Wounded Warrior event last weekend. Not to mention the 50s teams that could possibly use your skills. I'd be glad to take your information and pass it on to those managers that are looking for players. Email me at or go on line to the web site for the more information.
March 10, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results of the First Annual SCSSA Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Tournement

Hemet California March 8-9

Results of the Wounded Warrior Benefit Tournament: First I would like to acknowledge some of the people and companies that made this a terrific start to what I hope is a long and beneficial relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project. Mark your calender March 8-9 2015... Next year should be huge if this year was any indication of the enthusiasm. It is undeniable that the following people helped make this tournament a success and without their help it simply could not have happened. We are truly grateful:

Home Run Derby:
Winners were (50) Sebastian Goodlaw (55) Mike “Pony” Carr.
Field coordinators Tom Jadwin and Rodney Hunt. (honorable mention to Gator). These guys did a great job making the H.R.D. flow. Mike Feeney, Denny McCoy and Steve Staley for volunteering to pitch to those guys that didn't have a pitcher. And to the dozen or more guys in the outfields and behind the fence shagging balls thank you – thank you. Without you this would have been a disaster. And last to Arnie Vice at Rated Athletics who donated the two bats for the prizes... thank you. What you did made it so 100% of the entry fees will go to the charity. For our part I hit my target of 20 or more entrees (24) and as a result we will be sending $480 to the charity.

The Raffle: Thank you to my son and his girlfriend Dawn for working this for me. It gets a little chaotic in the tent and I could not have done it without them. But more importantly to my little adopted granddaughter Jade that went out an sold raffle tickets. I know for sure without her little smiley face (that most could not turn down) I could not have sold as many tickets. Thank you to Ed Rhodes that donated two Bat warmers. Thank you to “Just Bats” for your donation and to all the other sponsors of prizes we thank you as well. For everybody's effort over $450 dollars will be sent to the WWP

Final Talley: With most everything in it looks like we will be sending over $2,500 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Thanks to all that bought shirts, hats, raffle tickets, entered the H.R. Derby and supported the tournament by entering your team. Again we are truly grateful :O)

Special Donors: I want to thank Jack and Mary Brunschmid, Jim Davis - John Crawford NCI)and Mike Adair for their kind and generous separate donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. On behalf of the Charity I Thank you!

I know this sounds like an acceptance speech at the Oscars but Im very thankful to all of you guys and gals. God Bless you all!

Now for the winners....

Division #1 Nighthawks
Division #2 Sugamele Golf
Division #3 Lights Out
Divison #4 F.V Outlaws
March 1, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

What reputable news station was this? MSNBC? CNN? Huffington Post? Gary the fact that you would ask such a question on an open forum is dishing enough! It really begs the question of your motives. A simple Google search would have relieved the web site for the Wounded Warrior Project. I did it for you. Here it is: The phone number is listed there or you can ask your question via email. For me the Fact that Trace Atkins, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Gary Sinise endorse the charity is good enough for me. It would seem to me if there was anything dubious with this charity any of those men would have exposed it by now.

There's enough rain this weekend to go around so go to somebody else's parade please. A lot of honorable patriotic people are involved in supporting this tournament and I have spent countless hours developing this project. Not to mention the fact that I have had to deal with my share of petty childish thinking people along the way already! So I am in no mood!! I hope your conscience will give you the answers you want but do it elsewhere my friend. God Bless you!
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