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Real name:
Gary Kadow CPOA Cleveland

Location:
Mentor, OH

Division:
Men's 50

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May 16, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Jawood, I don't disagree with you at all, just playing by the rules we are told to play with----------as a major team we've received 5 runs against M+ and had to give five against AAA.

If there is anequalizer, I actually do like the thought of earning the 6th run (if possible) instead of ending an inning at five runs-------if you get it you get it and if you don't you don't.

I sometimes miss softball from 35+ years ago---------everybody played everybody straight up, no divisions, no homer limits.
May 14, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

We play 50 Major and often have to play a Major plus team at a few tournaments per year.

I have yet to see a team that "always" puts up 30 or 35 runs all the time--------------yes it happens in individual games or a couple/few games in a given tournament.

those 5 runs are hard to pass up.

On the other end of the stick, we have also had to spot runs to teams as occasionally they throw a 55 Major in our bracket as an example----------we have had teams decide to NOT take the runs against us and use the extra player.

There is no right or wrong answer-------but a full innings worth of 5 runs is hard to pass up on.

Most tournaments and associations I have been in, what they actually do is give you (1) run extra in innings 2 through 6----------so if you really scored (3) you add the (1) run and you scored (4)runs that inning.

I think they do it that way due to time limit games---------if you don't get all seven innings in due to "THE CLOCK" they don't want one team to have all five runs already on the scoreboard.


May 14, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 runs or 11 fielders

Good topic:

You are going to get feedback both ways.

However:

My Opinion is ALWAYS take the five (5) runs----------it is quite possible the extra fielder will never get a ball hit to them------------the five runs is HUGE------------because with a limit of five runs per inning, you are basically getting a Full Inning of extra runs in a seven inning game.

On the other hand if you are playing a team that shoots the middle, putting a 5th infielder detracts to that somewhat-----------or a rover defender too--------------but the five runs is hard to pass up on with limited runs allowed per inning anyway
May 13, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can a female be on a mens tournament team

I also assume the girl would need to be ON THE ROSTER.

One of my pals plays in the Florida Half Century Tournaments, and due to injuries at a tournament last month, they almost pulled a guys wife out of the stands to finish a tournament game------------I don't know how their association works, but my guess is she would have not been legally allowed to play if not on the roster??????

That team did not have to resort to doing this.
May 9, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior World Series Columbus Indiana ???

Lee thanks----------I wish we could go to Vegas---------again coordinating off dates from work for everybody is a challenge, but its still open for discussion.

I've played out there about 8/9 in the past,including, but not since, 2009 & 2010 when they had the winter nationals there (before the switch)
May 8, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior World Series Columbus Indiana ???

Mario, thanks for comments!!

No, it is highly unlikely we are going to Dalton this year.

However, we are shooting for 2016 on our "to do list"----------if you saw my post above, trying to get working guys off for a long weekend and either 11 hour drive or plane flights and a two hour drive to Dalton, realistically a 4/5 day weekend isn't going to work this year. We even explored flights from Cleveland to Chattanooga which basically is 10+ hours, with no direct flights.

On My world wide tour of the USA last Friday before the Indianapolis Tournament:

I was in Orlando Thursday afternoon, stayed in Atlanta Thursday night, I drove to Dalton Friday around 9:30AM, and stopped by to see the complex------wow--------pretty cool with the fields on top of the hill and the other fields below--------but everything was locked up---------I took a couple pics from outside the complex to show our guys.

I got back in car, drove to Nashville, then through Louisville and Kentucky Derby Traffic, and still got to the Managers meeting in Indianapolis at 5PM and had a cold beverage and chatted with Nancy and Dave.

Eleven hours of ball Sunday----------------counting our 7AM batting practice and back to back to back to back to back games.

Note to self-------DO NOT LOSE first game of Double Eliminaton!!!!! You guys beat us 28-27, in bottom of 7th, with nine straight hits and three bombs in bottom of 7th to knock us into losers bracket right off the bat.

It was quite a battle playing all day to get to play YOU again twice, but it was fun, and I am sorry somebody had to lose!!!!


May 8, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior World Series Columbus Indiana ???

Nancy, yes thanks for that info.

We do explore pretty much every tournament (SSUSA and other Associations) and ALL playing dates between April and Thanksgiving.

The one major issue we have ( as a 50's team) is everybody still works for a living--------we don't have any retirees, so trying to coordinate the same weekend for player availability is a challenge.

We have a set roster of 17 guys----------period----------all local guys who live within 25 miles of each other in the Cleveland area-------and our goal as a team, is to NOT pick up other players for tournaments unless an absolute emergency.

We are blessed to all be good friends who have pretty much known and played with/or against each other for 30+ years in local leagues and tournaments in Ohio.

Trying to blend work & travel schedules of Doctors/Tradesmen/CEO's/Truck Drivers/School Teachers/Engineers, and a whole lot of other professions in between, and NOT pick up other players is a challenge in itself.

We not only ignore & don't use the "border state" rule, LOL, we would probably have problems adding guys from the next county :-)

But it's what "WE" want to do.

There is a LOT to be said about going to (and winning often )tournaments with your VERY GOOD FRIENDS you've known for decades!!
May 8, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior World Series Columbus Indiana ???

Mario, thanks

We (CPOA/NOP) just played you (LS) multiple times in Indianapolis last weekend.

It looks like last year there was only (3) 50 Majors at Columbus though??

You guys have a nice team!!!

The one thing, (as you probably do know too) is we seem to play the same teams over and over & over & over again, no matter if we play in Ohio/Indiana/Michigan or even in Florida.

I'd hate to spend a couple "K" $$$ on motels, entry fees, and 6/7 driving hours to only play two teams all weekend.

But we will keep an eye on it.

Good Luck the rest of the summer!!!!!


May 6, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Senior World Series Columbus Indiana ???

I am just inquiring, as we don't know much about this tournament at end of July/early August.

ISA in Columbus Indiana.

Do a lot of "50 Majors" usually attend each year????

6 to 7 hour drive for most of us, not sure if we can fit this in schedule or take time off work to get there???

Any input appreciated.

Thanks
May 4, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard

Great Tournament/Great Weather.

DAVE/NANCY-----well organized THANK YOU!!!!!

Splendid Job!!!!

Tournament Results already on-line------OUTSTANDING!!!!!

NICE Meeting everybody!!!!
April 29, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

BUD: A special THANK YOU, to not only YOU, but each and every person I met at the Soaring Eagle complex over the past two weeks.

GREAT....GREAT group of guys I met, and thanks to all letting me hit and shag some balls with all of you!!!!!!!!! (and joining a team practice too!!!!)

I look forward to moving down from Ohio--------------full time-----------"Some Day"--------------and hopefully getting to play league and travel ball !!!!

THANK YOU TO ALL

GK
April 27, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Thanks Bud, I may indeed try to stop over

if its a team practice will the other guys mind????

I went this past sunday the 26th and met a couple dozen more guys
April 22, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

I see they just posted all the teams today on the tournament site.
April 22, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

LOL, looks like the normal same cast or characters so far???
April 22, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard

CPOA Cleveland/NOP will be there in 50 Major.
April 21, 2015
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hot Bats and Hrs

Adding to what I just stated above, I also sponsor a 60 AA team, with some really good hitters, but nobody on that team is going to hit home runs on 325 fences, unless they are allowed to play with golf balls or "wham-o's: LOL

Those guys, are a beat up bunch on weekends, especially the outfielders chasing balls in the gaps to the fences.

Gary above got 4 1/2 years out of a U-II which is incredible!!!!

Bat speed comes into play though too-------------the guys on my 50's team, go through bats fast!!! The guys on the 60AA team I sponsor have been using the same bats for years, and won't break them unless they use them when its cold out.

April 21, 2015
17Black
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hot Bats and Hrs

Good Points Gary:

I will say that in 50 Major/Major Plus, more often than not, a lot of home runs are hit, maybe not the limit every game, but often.

Certainly playing on 4/5 field complexes, some games the wind is blowing out and the others its blowing in, so that is a factor.

I cannot speak for every division/age group or other parts of the country. But one thing that does come into play with the hot bats and balls is size of the fields.

My team for example, on 300 foot fences will likely push the home run limit most games, unless a strong wind is blowing in.

However, most (not all) tournaments we seem to get entered in have fences ranging from 310/330 with around 318/325 being pretty normal.

The longer fences definitely cause fewer home runs.

What longer fences also causes ---- balls hit in the gaps wear out our outfielders running to chase them-----------a lot of miles on older legs on big fields in all divisions.
April 20, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Bud:

Yes I went to Soaring Eagle on Sunday morning and there was about a dozen guys there hitting so I joined in ------------Thanks, nice bunch of guys!!!!!!

Of all weeks to be down here, the two main complexes are going through maintenance :(

Do you know of any hitting sessions going on at all this week or maybe a tournament team practice I could join in at? Otherwise nothing going on again till next Sunday I guess???

I am leaving here on 30th afternoon and driving straight to Indianapolis for Brickyard tournament.
April 14, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

BudLeftGField: Thanks for that info!!!!

Yes I am coming down the 18th through end of the month. Do you know if there is any hitting going on anywhere on the 19th??? I believe Buffalo Glen is down all month, and sounds like Saddlebrook is down a couple weeks.

Do they do open hitting at Soaring Eagle????

Up here in Ohio the snow just melted in my neighborhood literally a week ago. Had our first outside practice this past weekend, I need to get in playing shape fast LOL--------winter and long hours at work took a toll on me last five or six months.

When I leave the Villages, end of month I am driving straight to Indianapolis for the Brickyard Tournament--------so I am using some time in Florida for "spring training"
March 30, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Bud: GREAT INFO-----------THANK YOU!!!

This is huge help to me, for when I get down there.


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