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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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, Dec. 31, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HAPPY NEW YEAR'S 2016

Same to you Jose!
, Dec. 31, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

LeeLee50-If you know that I must know you, but can't put the handle with anyone. Who are you? (Could be Senior Memory lapse, too)
, Dec. 30, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

This was only meant to be food for thought. But I know there has to be a lot of others in the same boat. I love playing this game and will play for as long as the Good Lord allows me to. There just isn't a great answer right now. Stick, it sure is, but my wife and I try to treat trips as mini-vacations if we can. I look around at some of my friends my age that don't do anything any more and they look so much older and broken down-this game treats us well right back.
Fabe-you do have it the worst! I'm happy to have had a chance to meet you and play against you a few years back in Vegas. Happy New Year!
, Dec. 30, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

jrhunch-that would cut teams even more as each division would be smaller than the combination you suggest. I have been talking to people and really looking at what it will cost me to play 60 M+ this year. The closest team is at least 800 miles away I think this could just be a big factor in why there are not any more teams in M+. I have to travel for EVERY tourney I play, with Phoenix being the closest at 420 miles. If I fly and take my wife, rent a car, stay for 3 nights in a hotel and food it will be over $1000-($500-$600 for flights, $300 for hotel, $100 for car, and whatever we spend on food). If we drive-6 hours on the road each way, about $75 for gas, $300 for hotels, and food-at least $500. That's my cheapest trip. We can drive to Denver-6 hours, and Vegas-8 1/2 hours also, but every other trip is a flight. I do not like to go without my wife-we are a team for this. If I just play SSUSA main events like Mesquite, Spring in Vegas, Reno, Sacramento or Aurora, and Vegas worlds, that will be around $5000 for those tourneys. If I play on a team well away from my area, they will undoubtedly play some area tourneys which would cost the same for me for each one. Team continuity is important and I would like to commit to the entire schedule, but that would be economically impossible for me to spend $10,000 to play 10 tourneys in 7 months-not really a lot of playing-maybe 50 games-and that's about $200 per game. Whew!
I know there's not an answer, but it is reality, probably for a lot of people, until there are more M+ teams.
, Dec. 24, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

I put this on another thread, but think it is worth exploring a bit. I think this illustrates my point about out of area players in M+. These states have NO access to a 60M+ team, therefore, any 60 M+ level player in one of these states is out of area for any team he wants to play for (and also has much larger travel expenses)-WA, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT, NE, KS, MS, ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, SC, CT. These states have access to ONE team-ND, SD, NM, TX, OK, LA, MO, FL, NY, DE, MD, MS. California has 5 teams (Joe Browns is no more and R&R is playing 55M). IN and OH have 2 teams each. Out of 17 60 M+ teams, I believe 10 played in worlds, and AZ Rogue, who played in worlds, is also gone now. That is a total of 16 states with NO access and 12 more with access to 1 team (28 of 48 states with AK and HI not included). And there is even less access to teams that went to worlds. I know that if you raise the limit to 4 out of area players it raises the specter of teams with money getting stronger, but I believe it would give more players a chance to play at that level.
SPA does have an impact players list. Maybe SSUSA could have one of those also to limit out of area IMPACT players, but that would allow teams to put non-impact players from out of area on the team, and maybe we would get more teams. I realize it does get tough to be fair about who is truly an impact player and opens a brand new can of worms. I thought I would put this out for thought, though.
Another possibility is players in states that have access to 0 or 1 M+ team be allowed to play on a team with 2 out of area players already, if the 2 existing out of area players have played at least one or two years with the team. Maybe you could limit a team to one of these players per year. That would keep teams from 'loading' at one time.
I didn't realize how limited my options are here in NM until I became a 'free agent' a month ago. There must be others in this boat.
Thanks!
, Dec. 23, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: West Michigan

Hey Joel, I am from Michigan, Ann Arbor HS grad-western Michigan is small compared to New Mexico, where I live now-458 miles north to south and about 370 miles east to west. LOL The closest tourney I was able to play last year was Phoenix-a 6 hour drive.
, Dec. 23, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

bkb555-As one that played for GSC/Joe Brown's this year, I know Mike Adair felt, and was given assurances many times, that GSC was coming through for all involved. I actually do have a GSC bat in my bag right now-they did produce some. Mike was duped like everyone else and DOES NOT DESERVE ANY CRITICISM HERE. For those who know Mike like I do, know his honesty is above reproach. And I will also say there is NO ONE on our team that should be attacked in any way over this.

Mark Weber

, Dec. 22, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NEEDED

I did this quickly so please forgive any errors, but I think it illustrates my point about out of area players in M+. These states have NO access to a 60M+ team, therefore, any 60 M+ level player in one of these states is out of area for any team he wants to play for (and also has much larger travel expenses)-WA, ID, MT, WY, CO, UT, NE, KS, MS, ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, SC, CT. These states have access to ONE team-ND, SD, NM, TX, OK, LA, MO, FL, NY, DE, MD, MS. California has 6 teams (Joe Browns is no more). IN and OH have 2 teams each. Out of 17 60 M+ teams, I believe 10 played in worlds, and AZ Rogue, who played in worlds, is also gone now. That is a total of 16 states with NO access and 12 more with access to 1 team (28 of 48 states with AK and HI not included). And there is even less access to teams that went to worlds. I know that if you raise the limit to 4 out of area players it raises the specter of teams with money getting stronger, but I believe it would give more players a chance to play at that level.
SPA does have an impact players list. Maybe SSUSA could have one of those also to limit out of area IMPACT players, but that would allow teams to put non-impact players from out of area on the team, and maybe we would get more teams. I realize it does get tough to be fair about who is truly an impact player and opens a brand new can of worms. I thought I would put this out for thought, though.
, Dec. 20, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NEEDED

LeeLee-they have done everything they can to move more teams up, but teams either break up or move back down as soon as they can. You are debating with one on another thread right now. I just don't believe it will ever get much bigger than it is right now. You are correct, the players are there, but they won't move up for a myriad of reasons, including friendship, proximity to teams, etc. etc.
I may end up playing 55M or something this next year just because there are no teams close to me at 60M+.
, Dec. 19, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NEEDED

TAT22-I agree totally with you. Especially in cases like mine-I believe there is now only one Major Plus team in my age bracket (60) that I would not be an out of area player for. That makes it tough to find a team.
, Dec. 19, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for BP partner in San Clemete or Orange County California...

It was Neil Diamond- "Sweet Caroline....BA-BA-BA"
, Dec. 16, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for BP partner in San Clemete or Orange County California...

Just remember George that the days are much shorter in winter. You will only probably get 1,400 swings before it gets dark.
, Dec. 16, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: volleyball question

Has your league now mandated rear facing helmets to protect you head, and concussion protocol?
I sure hope he doesn't sue for whiplash! (maybe the ball was deflated a couple pounds).
, Dec. 13, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NEEDED

I meant to be tongue in cheek, but in retrospect went a little too far. Sorry. I'm still looking to play M+ ball, but at 63 may be too old to help.
, Dec. 12, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NEEDED

No spot for an out of area, aging pseudo infielder? I can play left out, pitch as long as strikes are not necessary, and outfield as long as I am not required to cover much area or catch the ball! And I still have home run power on my grandson's little league field. Thanks!
, Dec. 6, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter

I debated Tim several times here. I admit I DO NOT understand the mentality of wanting to be re-rated down. Personally, I want to play the best, and if I come up short, then so be it. But I can understand guys that have changed as they have gotten older to enjoy the game more and be less competitive. The discussions passed the time and could be stimulating at times. And I enjoy someone that will have intelligent debates. Einstein was another that could do that, but he crossed the line, too, by a long shot. But I miss the debates with him. I understand Tim is a heck of a player, and maybe that's why I don't understand the urge to move DOWN. But, by banning him SSUSA did not infringe on his free speech rights. They just punished him for crossing the line and not pursuing the issue in the proper avenues available to him. Free speech comes with responsibility. And we, as Americans, have too often lost track of that.

, Dec. 5, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter

Thin2win-who was hiding in the bushes? SSUSA had their annual convention and was waiting for him to come-IN PERSON-and make his case. He did not have to pay the $175 attendance fee. If it meant so much to him all he had to do was go and make his case the proper way-to the committee. They would have given him the latitude to say whatever he wanted to. But HE chose to make his charges here-which is only a message board-not a forum for making a case in a situation like this. He crossed the line numerous times calling Fran, Dave, and Terry liars, and did it hiding behind the keyboard. It appears that SSUSA acted well within the existing guidelines, but maybe the guidelines need to be re-examined. Tim could have presented his plan or suggestion to the committee for consideration to change the way the rules are written. Whether he was right or wrong about the issue-Tim did this the wrong way, and that's why he was banned. He had every chance to do it right.
, Dec. 5, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: prayers for T Rex's (Terrell Stokes) wife, Becky.

Prayers from Patti and Mark Weber.
, Dec. 4, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Joe Browns' All-Stars Disbanding

I didn't see this thread until today. I admit to still being a bit in shock, but Mike did everything for this team, and I can certainly understand that it became too much. While I do wish we had tried to stay together, that is all in the past now.
Mike, thanks for all you did. I have enjoyed the ride. Now it is time to embark on a new adventure. I will miss playing with my old friends, but they will remain friends. I trust the future includes new friends.

, Nov. 27, 2015
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

It would have to be a phasing in, as the fields are the ones to make the change, not SSUSA. But if they made it a requirement by, say 2018, maybe it could be done. I think it is a significant safety issue, at least equal to the issue that resulted in the advent of the orange bag at first.
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