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Gary Kadow CPOA Cleveland

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May 3, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

Our player and friend is having surgery 8AM this morning as I type this.

Torn Patella tendon, broken bones in femur and knee cap, torn muscles above knee, not sure what else, but he lucked out and got one of the best doctors anybody could ask for here in NE Ohio.

I had another thread going "before" we even left Cleveland for this tournament. As stated, 100% chance of rain leaves little doubt its going to rain. Most of my team was adamant to "not even make the trip at all" but we (I) chose to do it.

The injured players sub came into the game, and slipped throwing the ball back to infield, looks like probable torn rotator cuff.

Moving forward, we will probably just eat tournament entry fees in the future, and save on human injuries and other expenses. You never know if its going to rain or tournaments might be shortened and modified.

We spent a couple thousand $$$$ on motel rooms-------as did all other teams-------so this was win, win, win, for SSUSA/Midwest Sports Complex/ and local motels and eateries.

I was really hoping when tournament director called the 3PM meeting to get all coaches together on Saturday, that they were going to just call it, and send teams home before spending another night in motels. I was shocked it was moving forward.

I mean, as he was saying we were "going to start in a little over an hour" it was pouring like a monsoon outside?????? Yes it did stop raining when the radar said it would stop raining, but common sense had to see the standing water and mud everywhere????????? I took pics of it as I was walking up to the meeting room.

We got done a little after 1AM on Saturday. Sure it was nice being 4-0 at the time. We did not get back to motels till around 2AM. I think the team we beat had to be back to play 7:30AM.

Most of my guys haven't seen 2AM in decades, unless they have to get up to take a leak.

I have a lot of "mixed thoughts" on this situation right now, some of them rational, and others emotional. I'll let others speak their mind as I really do not have anything "positive" to say about the entire weekend.

If anybody has pics of the playing fields please feel free to email me.
May 2, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

I'm not a doc, so explaining the best I can.

Muscles that attach lower leg to upper leg around the knee ripped. & broken bone in upper leg above knee.

He is going to go through more extensive testing at his doc in Ohio today, they think tendons damaged too, not sure what extent? He needs to get MRI for full evaluation. I "think" they only did xrays and doctors review in Indianapolis.

He is in good spirits.

THANK YOU for asking, and was nice playing against you guys.
May 1, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard results

Kudos to Tim and Nancy for your due diligence under "horrific" conditions (Both Days) Saturday Sunday. I know & understand you need to do, what you needed to do.

I am going to wait a few days to post more complete comments, as "horrific" conditions is a key word.

We lost two guys today who will need season ending surgeries due to field conditions. One took an ambulance ride and spent the afternoon in the ER, and over 7+ hours drive home in my car on his back. A 3rd guy was hurt due to slipping, although his injury occurred two weeks ago and is now hurt worse. He's likely done for quite some time too.

The ambulance crew, who sloshed through the outfield with a stretcher & paramedics, asked "why are you playing in this"????? Keep in mind today was the "sunny day"

I'm leaving it at that for now.

Congrats to all teams/all divisions, who participated, and made it through, hopefully safely??????

April 28, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Well, it appears we will make the trek to Indy.

I have a sneaky feeling I am going to have some upset troops, on the turn around back home.

See you Saturday
April 28, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Nancy--------OK we will have to go with what you suggest, I guess????

I have till tonight to cancel motel rooms, if I wait till tomorrow, if washed out, we still have to pay.

Just like anybody else, I don't want to lose $2,000+++ and twelve hours total driving both ways if not needed though.

Its like a monsoon and 44 degrees in Cleveland right now, today.

It the weather forecast for Indianapolis said 80% chance of rain, instead of (100%)I'd feel at least a little better about this. And look below, I just looked again 100% chance of rain BOTH days, not 99%, it says 100% :)

Sat 30 Rain 100%



Sun 1 T-Storms 100%



April 28, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

Rich33------LOL :)

I just "googled" Indianapolis weather this weekend.

Saturday 100% chance of rain

Sunday 100% chance of rain.

100% = 100% & is kind of daunting.

We've got 5/6 hour drive, one way, depending which side of Cleveland our guys are coming from.

We have late 3PM start Saturday but I have a couple guys whose kids are graduating college Saturday AM and are literally jumping in their car between 11 and noon and driving 85/90 MPH to get to games on time as soon as their kids get diploma's.

Most guys coming in Friday night.

between entry fee and motel, its about $2400 bucks +++-------

$2400 also = $2400

I'd rather get games in at $300 to $500 avg. per game LOL, than $2400 for ZERO games, if they can call it ahead of time, although I suspect somebody from SSUSA office also paid to fly and sleep there too :)

April 28, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard Invitational

What is the weather forecast there????

Looks like rain, rain and more rain??? At least on the reports I see here in Cleveland,

I know weather cant be controlled but as a sponsor, I hate spending $2K on motel rooms all weekend for wash outs.

Nancy you got any pull with the man upstairs :):):):)
April 11, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages Florida

Guys, just got done with open hitting at Saddlebrook from Noon to 2PM
77 and sunny.

The next open hitting is Thursday the 14th at 9:00AM at Saddlebrook

Good Spring Training for me.

Left NE Ohio Saturday to 9 inches of snow.

April 8, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages Florida

Hi Bud:

I will be down the week of the 11th for two weeks.

Thanks for the offer to work out. I'm just looking right now at the "open hitting schedule" at any of the complexes? I think they were doing Sunday Mornings and one day during the week.

Last year when I was down in April they were using Soaring Eagle Complex on Morse Road for hitting?

Any ideas when/where ???

See you over next two weeks. I want to get some swings and stuff in before we start our summer SSUSA Tournament schedule back up at the Brickyard in Indianapolis April 30th.

April 3, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team pages

CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing 50 Major just started ours last fall.

I think we have more pics of our activities "after" games then the games themselves.

March 2, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Team Move from 50 Major to over 55 ?

Question to experts. (Story Problem)

My team has been playing 50 Major for a few years in SSUSA & other associations.

We played as a 50 Major Team, in a 2016 Tournament already in Fort Myers in November (Winter Nationals).

Quite frankly (15) of our (20) man roster are Over 55 and (12) of (13) who came to Fort Myers were over 55.

We have decided collectively to "Age Up" to 55's (most guys are actually about 57 anyway)

We have (2) of these Over 55 guys, who in 2015 & 2014 played 50 Major Plus but are now with us full time.

I am hoping we are re-classified as "55 Major" since we are "aging up"??????

I called SSUSA office a little bit ago, and young lady I spoke to seemed to think we would just age up to "55 Major" not Major Plus?

Thanks for any input

Feb. 28, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages Florida

Hi Guys, I am coming down to my home in The Villages in April again (have renters there now)

Anything going on in April for softball, open hitting?

Last Year, 2015, Saddlebrook and Buffalo were getting re-worked in April and Soaring Eagle was the only complex with open hitting?

Also last year there were no tryout evaluations in April? Same this year???

Thanks please let me know any news, would like to get some swings in before heading back to Ohio for tournament season.

Jan. 24, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Nationals

LOL I don't want to see the results, we played horrible.

SSUSA usually get these on pretty quick "Usually" being key word.
2 weeks is normal three months is not.

I bet somebody lost the paperwork between Florida and California.
Jan. 1, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter

LOL, normally I am the one complaining here. What an about face :)

Here in Northeast Ohio, where the snow Webbie25 speaks of in Roswell, is what we get about 15 times a year, is nonexistent so far.

Temps were pushing 70 on Christmas Eve. The only measurable snow we did get, melted in about 36 hours.

The guy who plows my driveway will have typically already been here 10-15 times already, and today on the 1st day of 2016 its ZERO times this season.

Did you guys see for the first time ever in December, the North Pole went above freezing the other day, a few days after its snowing at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.
Dec. 23, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All, as well, from CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing Softball in Ohio (50 Major)

Wishing Everybody a great holiday season, and a healthy 2016 softball season too!!!!

Dec. 16, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: We still Play

Agreed and also thankful.

If you would have told me at 25 I'd still be playing in 30 years I would have told you, you were out of your mind.

I hope I got 30+ more coming too!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec. 16, 2015
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for Tournament Team in New England Area - 55+ AAA

Taco30 I cant' help you here:

BUT--However, just a suggestion for SSUSA Staff (not that you don't have enough now on your plate :)

On the "Ratings" Tab at the top of the page here, its easy to find teams in your age division and also very easy to sort it by State, or by Classification (AA/AAA/Major/Major Plus) by clicking on the tabs.

MAYBE-------since you have all our contact info, add the contact e-mail or phone number for the coach for every team ?????

I know that would take work but guys (looking for teams) could find teams to play on faster???? Coaches could get together throughout the year to talk among themselves for what tournaments to attend ahead of time, lots of info could be shared????

Just a thought???

YES it would take a lot of work by somebody in the SSUSA office, but the data/contact info is there???

I don't know if any advantages or disadvantages but its nothing negative I don't think????
Dec. 16, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: brickyard classic

PERFECT--------We are coming back from Cleveland!!!!

Great Tournament!!!!!

Dec. 10, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

I'm not a bat engineer :)

I live in Northern Ohio. It gets real cold in the winter (sub zero often) and hot in the summer (95+)

In the past, bats I did leave in the garage that went through BIG temp differences in short amounts of time, seemed to break/crack much faster the first time in use during spring.

To me the bat is expanding/contacting over and over when left in a garage.

One guy on one of my teams left his bats in his trunk all winter, and one of the bats was cracked the first time he looked at it in the spring???

If you live in a place like south Florida, and temps are relatively constant, it might not be that bad?

The past three seasons I've brought my bats in the house and kept them in a closet------------the bats seems to last longer?? Or the bats are made better than they used to be???

Just an observation??
Dec. 2, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For 70 and over. 11 players on the field. Like or Dislike

I cant speak for 70 and older tournament ball, I'm still playing 50's in tourneys.

I will say that one weeknight league I play in, not only uses an extra fielder over the middle (or wherever they want), but ALSO a screen for the pitcher. (which is like having 12 guys in the field?????)

There was talk about removing the extra fielder when the league went to a screen-------but-----the league director makes sense when he says there seems to be fewer and fewer ball players each year, so he wants to get more people "involved" with the game, playing in the field instead of sitting on the bench.

I think that's "noble" for league rules, and I'm fine with that, but don't know how that pans out for tournaments????

The league has some really, really good over the middle players, so if a team has a good shortstop, its like having two shortstops--------and if they are mobile, they get to a lot of bloop pop ups in short outfield too.

As a hitter, I didn't like the idea at first of playing senior "league ball" with an extra fielder---and a screen-------but quite honestly, I don't even notice it much anymore unless that darn guy steals a hit from me LOL

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