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Marv Ruddell

Murrieta, CA

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, 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!
, Feb. 27, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

Attention Managers. This is the final day to enter. You have until 12:00 Midnight Friday. If your on the edge and are thinking its decision time. We have room for a few more! The local paper will be covering this as well. You never know you might get your mug on the front page like Craig and O.D. did this morning.
, Feb. 26, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Back Nine

I was sitting with some Softball Buddies after the tournament in Perris today talking war stories. And as I reflected on the conversations I remembered what an old golfing buddy sent me recently. So I thought I'd share.

The Back Nine:

You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here I am in the "back nine" of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember vividly seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first Tee and the "back nine" was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it is . . . my friends are retired and getting grey. They move slower and I. When see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me, but, I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant . . .. but like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd become. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day ! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore . . . it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit! And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the "back nine", and I'm not sure how long it will last, this I know for sure, that when it's over on this earth . . . it's over and a new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done ... things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not on the "back nine" yet ... let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the "back nine" or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life . . . so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is God's gift to you. The way you live your life may be your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Your kids are becoming you .. . . but your grandchildren are perfect
Going out is good . .. . Coming home is better !
You forget names . . . But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you !
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything . . . especially golf
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore !
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called
You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
You tend to use more 4 letter words . . . "what?" . . . "when?".... ????
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"!
What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
Everybody whispers.
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ... 2 of which you will never wear.

But Old is good in some things Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND"!

Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT
, Feb. 22, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

"Jeffrey Adams has always lived his life with integrity. He was just four credit hours away from earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University when things went in a different direction. Instead of walking across the graduation stage wearing a cap and gown, Jeffrey Adams chose to walk the roadsides of Baghdad, Iraq, wearing body armor and a helmet, looking for improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

He found one. Or rather, one found him. The former combat engineer in the Louisiana Army National Guard remembers, “We didn't see anything, so I started to turn, and I blinked. Then I found myself sitting on the ground, missing a leg.”

Nearly 30 surgeries later and a world away, Jeffrey did ultimately make his way across the stage, on crutches, to pick up that diploma. Actually, he did more than that; he showed his fortitude and integrity by delivering the commencement address during the engineering graduation ceremony, too."

Too many stories like this one to put up on the board. We have a week left and could use some more teams to support this very worth cause. Wont you join the other teams and to help the vets that give so much for us
, Feb. 7, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Orphan Team SoCal

Mike we miss the Studs and Duds. Thanks for putting this team together.

On the Wounded Warrior front I have this morning secured a DeMarini (The One)28oz and a White Centenarian 27oz for prizes in the HR Derby. Thanks to the generosity of Arnie Vice from Rated Athletics Im 2/3 of the way to securing all the prizes. The HR Derby will consist of three age groups. 50/55 and 60. I could still use some athletic equipment (preferably softball) for the Raffle. I have personally donated $300 worth of prizes for the raffle. Thanks again Mike for your help and thats "Rated Athletics" in Chino CA. in case you didn't read it right :O)

I have a good feeling this one will be a nice fundraiser for the Wounded Vets that have done so much for us! More info on

, Feb. 2, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: non roster tournaments

Tony I could use a sixth 55M team to make an even number. We're only an hour away if you're staying in PS :) I dont have your current email address. Drop me an email so I can add you to my list.

, Feb. 1, 2014
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: non roster tournaments

Gman Feb 26th is a one day Wounded Warrior Benefit tournament. Its two games for each team. Contact Steve at the link to the right on my web site ( The link is "MVUDSS" He will put you in touch with Mike who is coordinating that mini tournament. As for Feb 15-16 Im assuming you mean SSUSA rosters? If so no we dont require a SSUSA roster but each team must comply with SSUSA rules beyond that. We dont have any 65s yet but there are 27 teams signed up. Mostly 50 and 55s There will be four 60 teams there maybe you can hook up with somebody. As for P.S. Feb 12th I haven't a clue. Good Luck
, Jan. 19, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Awards

If you think Peyton Manning just got a tee shirt and a hat for winning the AFL Division Championship I have some prime real estate I'll sell you in Okefenokee, Florida. :O)
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