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May 19, 2018
Player
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Loudon

This may not be the appropriate thread to pose a request for opinions and I don’t intend to “hijack” it, but it seems relevant to the discussion, as it deals with Loudoun and “rainouts.’ Dave will correct me if it isn’t. Situation: A four team bracket in which the four teams each played each other in the seeding games. One team went 3-0, while the other three went 1-2, respectively. Appropriately, in the bracket, the 3-0 team took the number 1 seed and played the number 4 seed (1-2), while the numbers 2 (1-2) and 3 (1-2) seeded teams played each other. No complaint at this point, as this has been the rule since we started softball so long ago. “The rest of the story.” Number 4 seed defeats the number 1 seed in the bracket (number 1 seed is now 3-1, number 4 seed is now 2-2 overall). Number 2 seed defeats the number 3 seed (number 2 seed is now 2-2, number 3 seed is now 1-3 overall). Number 2 seed defeats number 4 seed (number 2 seed is now 3-2, number 4 seed is now 2-3 overall). Number 1 seed defeats number 3 seed in the losers bracket (number 1 seed is now 4-1, number 3 seed is now 1-4 overall). All teams have played the requisite 5 games. Remainder of the tournament is cancelled because of rain. Final standings: number 2 seed, at 3-2, is declared the winner; number 4 seed, at 2-3, is declared the runner up, while; number 1 seed, at 4-1, is given third place. All is according to the proverbial “hoyle.” May I get some opinions about this. Nothing shady going on, but…. In a situation in which there are fewer than six teams, would it not be more relevant to have all the games count, as in a “round robin” formant? The number of games played would be the same – or less if no “if” game – so the cost to SSUSA would be unchanged. Opinions?
May 17, 2018
Player
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Loudon

We’ve played the last two days and the fields were in excellent shape. Kudos have to be given to the grounds crew. Apparently, the games for today, Thursday, are cancelled, but the last two days, were great playing days.
April 24, 2018
Player
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Ohio Move

You’re kidding, right? If you’re interested in tournament ball, check out the Dayton Legends organization. They have several teams in all age groups.
Jan. 6, 2018
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: partial tear of the supraspinatus tendon

Not to worry. A few years back, I had the tear repaired in my throwing arm and it healed quite well. With mine, it was completely torn. As he described it, my ortho pulled the tendon back into place, sewed a piece of "bacon" onto it, then reattached it with two screws. The most beneficial part was that he eliminated the bone spurs in the rotator that had caused the tear. At the time of the surgery, I was given a "nerve block" which made the pain minimal - for about two days! Following removal of the tubes, there wasn't enough pain killers in the county to help! That lasted about three more days (grind your teeth and bear it, type thing). However, following about sixty (60) days of rehab, I was again playing the outfield. I still play the outfield and have a better than average throwing arm. Hope that helps. My theory is that if it needs to be fixed, fix it.
Dec. 31, 2017
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ryan Harvey Tee Hitting & Hitting Tips Swing Makeover #66

But Bogie, you've been to Woodlawn and watched Ryan. His "pop-ups" go 325/350 feet! LOL
Sept. 28, 2017
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 60/65 Major World results

Just some info. No sides or criticism being offered. A firm called Quickscores, LLC, provides nearly hourly score updates. It's, usually. posted before you get to the parking lot. ISSA and some SPA venues use this service. I'm not promoting them or endorsing them, as I know nothing about the service, its cost, or how to employ them. Just some info.
June 11, 2017
Player
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Huntsman 2017

Your best bet is to sign up on the Huntsman site as looking for a team.
April 27, 2017
Player
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Changing Format for 70 Year Old Division

baseballbill. Speaking from the North side of 75, most of the associations in which we play, try to limit the games to two per day. 'Course, this depends mostly on the number of teams entered. Often, if there's a large number, the teams will be split into two or more "flights," or brackets, and. they try to pair the skill levels. Ergo, there are two or more winners. And, as with most senior softball, there are always some complaints. But, it seems to work and the players enjoy the tournaments. We old folks like it when we're helped across the street! LOL
Feb. 26, 2017
Player
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC 2017

Ken, sharpen up your hitting with a little more bp, and we'll give you a tryout, for our 75 team, the next time you're at Woodlawn. :)
Jan. 4, 2017
Player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Just a couple of points. In the Florida Half Century (FHC), the age has been dropped to 74 for all players in the division. A little different, but not much. Works well, in fact. And yes, we use the safety pitching screens.

Now, for we 75+ players, if we can just convince the SSUSA and SPA to drop the "Snowbird" requirements when we play down to a lower age, that would be great! JMHO
Nov. 7, 2016
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Nationals

Just an additional note on the 75 AAA group. Don't know the winner, however, Monkey Joe's took third, losing to the Louisville Red Birds in the losers bracket. LI would have had to lose both games in the finals as they were in the winners bracket. The only losses suffered by Monkey Joe's was to Louisville, who came from behind in the seventh to win in each game. If Louisville won, big congrats! They're a good team.
Aug. 25, 2016
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

Crusher, I concur completely. Since I'm, intently I might add, following one of the players on Kentucky's team (so you can imagine where my allegiances lie), I believe all those involved are doing their best to make it a memorable and rewarding event. Many, many volunteers and sponsors put tremendous effort into giving most of these young players a once in a lifetime experience. To be playing in the final eight is exciting enough. But, to win, WOW! It would be tremendous to have perfection in every aspect of the game, but then, we know that won't happen. We've all been there. So, relax and enjoy the athleticism and sportsmanship these young gentlemen are exhibiting.
April 13, 2016
Player
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Non-senior bats

Try the Miken Ultra 750. That seems to be an okay ASA bat.
March 25, 2016
Player
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: courtesy runners

Wes, keep that thought in mind for this summer. The Legends will let you play the outfield AND run every inning - just to keep you into the game! LOL!
March 6, 2016
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Complex in Sanford Fla.

Don't know if it's the one about which you're inquiring, but there's a new complex about ten miles south of the airport at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs, FL.
March 1, 2016
Player
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

Gary, you play the outfield - or did (LOL). So, what about a rule that sez, "the ball can only be hit into the shady side of the outfield" (Tongue-in-cheek here)?
March 1, 2016
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

We need hitters! Batters are dime a dozen!
Feb. 10, 2016
Player
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC results in 65 AAA

SSUSA Staff, great job on the brackets and scores for the TOC. When will those of the Winter Worlds and Winter Nationals be available?
Feb. 5, 2016
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World Championships Results

Check out the results (on this board and Twitter) for the TOC. They're reported as they occurred - today! Still would like to see the Ft Myers Winter Worlds results!
Jan. 18, 2016
Player
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Travelling question

Cincinnati airport is my least favorite to be sure! It's not even in Cincinnati! It's in Kentucky! And several miles from Ohio! But, there are cheap flights into and out of it. So, to save money, you have to put up with the inconvenience.
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