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Mark Weber

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, Feb. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

John, we had 7 m+ level players and the team was put together with a lower ranked team to make a team for the tournament. It really was friends getting together to play a fun tourney, and I was happy to be playing. Period. The fact we were able to play WAS, for me, the important thing. We played 5 different teams and it was great. This will be one of those tourneys you remember over a beer and laugh about later. They happen!
But it does become a concern in important tourneys, like qualifiers. And it is a tough issue, because especially Major Plus quite often doesn't have enough teams in their bracket. The real issue is what is fair to both teams. Should an equalizer really be designed to give each team a 50/50 chance to win, or should the higher ranked team retain an advantage? And maybe a bigger question is should teams that are put in a position of playing a higher ranked team in a tournament actually be penalized in their division of the tournament if they lose to the higher ranked team.
My personal feeling is SSUSA has it pretty close. But I think each team should play to their level on home runs. That won't be popular, especially with lower ranked teams, but that is the level each team plays all year. IN A QUALIFIER, why should that change? Why should a major plus team have to play less home runs when their team is designed for more. They are already limited to 5 runs an inning. What is the difference if they hit 9 home runs or 3, if they play a AAA team? They still can't score more than 5. But conversely, a AAA team should not be able to hit 9 home runs if they play a major plus team, either. They should have to score their runs the way they always do-with the 3 HR limit. And I have seen AAA teams that can hit 6 or 9 a game.
But, the debate will go on....and there will never be a perfect answer.
, Feb. 16, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer

We played yesterday at the M+ level in a tournament in Phoenix. We did have to play 2 AA teams. We gave them 7 runs a game. We played 1 home run. We only got 5 runs an inning instead of our usual 7. They got an 11th fielder. They also got 1/2 run, being visitors, to insure that there were no ties. That is 5 equalizers. We did get home team, though. the wind was blowing straight in about 20 and the first game the sun was low and right over the pitcher's head where it was almost impossible to see a pitch. That was the one game we played a Major team and only gave a 5 run equalizer. After 6 innings the actual score was 7-2. We lost 8-7, including the 5 run spot. It was not the best of days for us. We went 0-3. But.........
We got to play 3 games of softball on a nice warm day in February and had fun! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Also, for important tournaments, I do think the one concession that the equalizer committee should give back is the home runs to the higher ranked team. It can be dangerous for M+ hitters to have to keep the ball in the park against a lower division pitcher, as the middle is the best place to go when keeping it in, even with the 11th player. And they still have to hit 'em to get 'em.

Just my 2 cents worth....

Mark Weber
, Feb. 7, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bullhead City's 15th Annual Senior Spring Tournament

I heard from the tournament director they have changed to the 44/375 Rock. She said everyone loved it. Nice move!
, Feb. 2, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SliAcademy.com offering slow-pitch softball hitting Clinics in Phoenix, Az

Gentlemen, a lot of guys talk hitting, but this man TEACHES you how to improve your swing. This is one clinic worth considering.

Mark Weber 65 Major Plus
, Dec. 20, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: player fees

This is a huge consideration for me, living in New Mexico-ALL of my tournaments are travel tournaments. Period. We drive to as many as we can, because of air fares, and rental cars. Being Major Plus, there are few teams. I considered playing in Northern Cal, but it costs us (my wife travels with me as much as possible) well over $1000 for each tournament that we would have had to fly to Sacramento for. $600-1000 for flights-3 nights hotel for at least $300, rental car $200-300, and then eating out every meal, water and snacks in the dugout,--you do the math. And do that several tourneys a year. We go to Reno, Vegas twice, Sacramento, Mesquite, and hope for Dalton. Add in smaller tourneys like Prescott-twice last year, Phoenix-3, Tucson-1, Las Cruces, NM-2, and it costs a lot to play this game I love. I know most teams don't have to travel like that to play, but the hotel costs alone for 16 guys(8 rooms) can run easily $3000 per tourney) unless you take the cheapies and take the chances. I have played on teams that collected $300 for a year before. It can work. But you have to decide what the team pays for and what the players are responsible for. And I am an advocate-you don't pay, you don't play-not fair to those who do.
, Dec. 12, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Wow-gman, I did that face plant thing at least 5 times when I asked too much of it after I started playing again. But you learn again. good luck Mike.
, Dec. 10, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Probably--"Help, I slid into second and I can't get up!!!"
Merry Christmas Mad Dog.
, Dec. 9, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Glad to hear you are not going to slide, Mike, you might shake the San Andreas fault loose.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your lovely wife.
, Dec. 5, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Sun rule

I agree totally with SSUSA and Bballer3. We played twice with it in effect and both times was worse than just playing regular. The mat is skeejawed and hard to hit. In St. George the pitcher was pitching from about 15 feet right of third base. The fielders had no idea where to play. As a left handed batter, I turned to bat as normal against the pitcher and pulled a ball-straight over the mound for a single. If I had hit a ball to the right fielder, it normally would have been 75 feet foul. Right handed batters had to go either up the middle or to the opposite field, or the ball went foul. It was a rule with good intentions that just didn't work.
, Dec. 5, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Interesting conversation-again. I have a Dudley that Davey Reed and Bobby Davis gave me 2 years ago at World's that has, through use, hit 1100 compression. I also has to have 2000 swings on it. Would it be called shaved now if tested? Wow! It stayed at about 1400 compression for at least 750 swings. I haven't had a bat last like this since the advent of the 'Senior Bats'.
In Winter Worlds this year I had a pain in my back that pretty much kept me from turning on the ball like I usually do. I ended up driving the middle much more than usual and had a couple balls that came way too close to the pitcher. Had I been using a shaved bat, I might have gotten one or both of them. How could anyone take the chance of having to live with themselves if they did hit a pitcher with a doctored bat and injured them badly.....or worse?
, Dec. 3, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Academy

I talked to Steve today and he said he will hold an academy in Albuquerque in Spring. We will get contact info then.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Academy

I'm working on him. I think he could really help a lot of guys. I would love to see him in Albuquerque.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Durability of Total Knee Replacements

I had my right knee replaced in December 2012 after wearing a brace for 26 years. I had a tough one as there was much damage and apparently a slight Dr. error and spent 2 months in a recliner with little therapy, especially for the first month. But overall conditioning before the surgery had prepared me. I did over 1000 miles on my bicycle-outside miles- in the 4 months before surgery in addition to playing tournaments. That paid off as it came back pretty quickly. I cannot overstate how much bicycling helped-before AND after the surgery. I played my first tournament in Vegas in late April as a DH. It went surprisingly well.
The biggest thing is there is NO PAIN. The pain that was ALWAYS there for the last year before the surgery is gone. I now go at 100% with no hesitation. There have been 2 incidents that could have damaged a regular knee-like stepping in a hole in the outfield and a collision in the infield, but the only thing that happened was a bit of muscle pain around the knee. Also, I had to relearn to run. Seriously, I was running so flat footed I was extremely slow (Slow is a relative term at our age-LOL) I had to practice getting back up on my toes, which increased my speed a lot. And sometimes it even feels 'springy' and when running I get too much air between strides-that feels funny. Running smoothly after fly balls is more of a challenge now, too. I still slide on the bases and go down after balls in the outfield-although at my age it appears I fell rather than dove for the ball-LOL.
I continue to work out and improve-Winter Worlds at 65 M+ with the Old A's was one of my best tournaments since the surgery and always continue strengthening the leg. Softball is still fun and I thank the technology that allows me to play.
, Nov. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Hi Mike-great to hear you are doing so well. One thing I noticed since mine was I seem to dehydrate much more easily-even now. Not sure why-but watch your water. Will we see you on the field in Vegas?
, Nov. 24, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

Living in Albuquerque, my closest tournaments are Phoenix at 6 hours drive. Denver is 6 1/2 and Vegas is 8 1/2 at best. I have to fly the rest. Ir recently played 2 tournaments for fun in Las Cruces-only 3 hours. Hardly got comfortable in my car-lol. You guys are lucky. I enjoy the 3 day 'get away' from work, and any more than 3 games in a day gets hard now.
, Nov. 23, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Academy

I have been hoping that soon there might be something for those of us that live in the west, because it is difficult and expensive to get to Florida for these Spring Trainings and other great venues. Good news for us! Steve Imlay is going to start having a traveling 'Academy' soon, working out of Phoenix. His website is: sliacademy.com and with video taping, one-on-one training, and other features it should be great. Having played on the same team with him for years, I can tell you he has helped me when I get a bit off on my swing. I look forward to hearing more from him about it.
Mark Weber
Old A's 65 M+
, Nov. 16, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Hey, Mike, maybe this will help-I have been trying to work with Depends for years to create a 'depends with a cup' for senior softball players. Still can't get them to listen. There are times.......
, Nov. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

I was not but I talked to a couple people in confidence that were and said it was convincing. It was probably a front. I will not betray a confidential conversation, but maybe someone else who took the tour might so others might not get duped again.
, Nov. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

How diplomatic, Dave. You should run for President in 2020.
Being a member of GSC 60 M+ team. My wife and I did meet Steve and Kristi at their million dollar plus house in San Clemente. After we left, my wife asked me what I thought of them. My immediate reply was 'Bible Thumpers'. I attended a Lutheran College and have seen my share of those that are so vocal it becomes almost a 'show'. Jim and Tami Bakker come to mind. One of my own family even went through that, leaving a 3 minute sermon on his phone before you could leave a message. For those of us with a strong belief, people like this are embarrassing and disgusting. They lived high on the hog at honest people's expense. I hope they enjoy the next several years in prison, and maybe learn what believing is really all about.
By the way, Clean up-he really did have a factory that he took people to that was convincing. The people that invested were not stupid people. But the bat we had for the team was, in my view, a dud. I would never have used it in a game.
Thanks.
, Nov. 7, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Some justice served.

Mango thanks for the correction. The interesting thing is that a lot of guys played for both GSF and GSC, including me. But we were appalled at what he did in the name of God for his own gain.
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