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Real name:
Gary Kadow CPOA Cleveland

Location:
Mentor, OH

Division:
Men's 50

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, Sept. 24, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LASIK, bifocals & contacts question

I had Lasik two years ago and WOW what a difference!!

The eye doctor I went to, also guarantees "FREE" touch ups if anything ever goes bad as long as I get my eyes examined once per year, which everybody should try to do anyway.

Only issues I had-----------My doctor told me that for the first 3 to 6 months, if playing night games under the lights (or) even driving at night, I might see "halo's" around the lights, and YES I did and I am guessing it was closer to three months.----it went away and everything real good and I have 20/15 vision now--------for distance, and I can read the newspaper or a book without reading glasses now as long as its LIGHT out----if its dim, or very small print I need reading glasses still----------but that's normal. Reading glasses went from 100% of the time to less than 10% of the time. Most people wont improve up close vision but my eyes were very bad and it did.


You can't do anything very physical (like softball) for a 1-2 weeks after, because you need your lens to re-heal back on to your eye-----------they remove it temporarily for the laser surgery (which my entire surgery on both eyes was about 10 minutes tops)

I made a mistake (sort of) of playing in a tournament in Florida in November three weeks after my surgery------it was very windy which dried out my eyes FAST (you will need drops for several weeks to a few months after surgery)------------AND because it gets dark earlier in November, I played a 6PM game under the lights and on pop-ups and fly balls there were HALO's on every single light pole which was really hard to make adjustments to-----------

Not to mention I must have been guessing where the softball was when I was swinging for years, because I made terrible contact at this tournament with a bunch of infield pop ups which I "never/ever do"--------your depth perception will change and it takes a while to get your hand-eye coordination (literally) to catch up with each other.

That all being said------get a good eye doctor with a good program, I have NO REGRETS!!!!!

I'm on computer right now without glasses which I always needed for ten + years prior to Lasiks.
, Aug. 28, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series Double Elim that Isn't ???

DAVE, correct. Pennsylvania beat Texas to knock them into losers bracket already.

So if Texas comes back to beat PA tomorrow, they "split"

Unlike senior softball, (we might play 4-5+ games in a day) I do like the idea of the pitch counts and days off depending on how many you threw the last game, especially with 11-13 year old arms. Playing an "IF" game on a tight schedule could eliminate an entire pitching staff for the World Finals? Especially if they had to play a double header.

State Finals and Regionals already get compacted into a short summer. MAYBE starting this tournament a day earlier (last week) or re-exploring other potential formats would be more fair.

Still I know everybody in the office kitchen, is talking about LITTLE LEAGUE baseball, instead of NFL pre-season, or upcoming college football season, or even Major Leagues (OK we have to route for the Indians around here :( Not much to talk about LOL


, Aug. 28, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series Double Elim that Isn't ???

For whatever reason, I've really been intrigued, watching a lot of the Little League World Series on ESPN & ABC past week or so.

What I don't get, is they have this double elimination bracket just like we have in our softball tournaments.

Teams lose a game and then battle back several games through losers bracket, to come back and play the top team still remaining in winners bracket. OK that makes sense, that's how we all play too.

HOWEVER, what I don't get, if the team that comes back through losers bracket beats the winners bracket team, THAT'S IT the team that wins that game is the American Champion---------even though the winners bracket team could have only one loss (if they lose)????

So the team that did the best, won their games in winners bracket to play less games, gets to the final, its one and done, with the winner going to play the international winner.

So in Double Elimination there "could be" two teams with one loss with one getting eliminated. Of course its all possible the team in winners bracket now (Pennsylvania) doesn't lose and advances anyway.

Maybe its too much to ask the kids to play a double header "IF" game if needed tomorrow.

Yet today (FRIDAY) there aren't any games????? To me, play tonight, and an "IF" game tomorrow (if needed) with World Finals Sunday.

I'm sure Saturday/Sunday brings in better TV ratings though????
, Aug. 26, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championship

Nancy, no, I spent the night near Atlanta, before driving rest of the way to Indy and the Fishbowl.


The adult beverages, for me, are best the night before a tournament, or just after holding a trophy up at the end. (OK they are pretty good most anytime :)

I'll keep the 2AM chat line idea open for future reference :)


, Aug. 25, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championship

Nancy, there weren't any adult beverages associated with the 2:00AM golf cart derby was there :)

I haven't seen 2AM in a long time, unless one of my room-mates for tournaments is snoring LOL.


, Aug. 18, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Favorite Baseball Movie

"I should have been a farmer" "I should have seen it coming" "I'm as interested in a buck as the next guy" "losing, is a disease"

^^^^adlibbed Quotes I use in during softball, or business, to this day from The Natural.
, Aug. 6, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA WORLD"S

We were going to come to this tournament, but we entered an "OPEN" division GSL Tournament against all the young kids here in Ohio, we were the only Over 50 team-------------mostly the guys in their 20's and 30's

It came down to driving 6/7 hours and spending $2K on motels and entry fee or staying local, we will probably check this out in 2016


, July 24, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Manassas

OK, less than a month away.

Who is going in 50 Major??

We are.

CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing
, July 24, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stadium "Show" Balls?????

Here in Ohio, Sports Time Ohio (The TV Station that carries Cleveland Indians Games) picks up the Softball 360 Show, its been on a couple years.

http://softball360.com/

The show is 30 minutes, and covers other softball topics from women's fast-pitch (high school/college/pro) to men's slow-pitch, softball hall of fame, and occasionally seniors too. I'd say 10 to 12 minutes is usually dedicated to the Long Haul Bombers Tour though.


, July 23, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stadium "Show" Balls?????

Tri18 Alan THANKS:

Holy Cow!!!!!!!!

650 compression isn't a softball, it's a Wham-O :)

That makes sense, we've all witnessed some incredible long balls in senior softball, but the stadium tour is ridiculous. Over the fence, over the bleachers, over the food stands, and over the wall into the parking lot. I think I saw one of those guys hit one 565, and that's where it went out of the stadium, not where it landed. Assuming that it went 600+, its like hitting it out of two softball fields.
, July 18, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stadium "Show" Balls?????

On TV Last night, watching the "Long Haul Bombers" Stadium Tour, bashing balls out of Major League Ball Parks, and/or completely out of stadiums.

Just curious what kind of compression balls those guys are hitting???

That being said, I'm guessing they aren't really hitting retail bats either???

Just curious.
, July 14, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: VEGAS FIELDS

^^^^^ Dave (SSUSA STAFF) that about sums it up.

THANK YOU!!!

I don't think a lot of teams and players know what it takes to put on a tournament, especially one of this magnitude!!!!!

Kudos to the SSUSA Staff for being as organized as possible, with multiple left turns to be up against at each and every tournament!!!!
, July 5, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Team "Rankings"

Agreed. I certainly don't want anybody to add staff or expenses.

I was thinking subjectively Dave or SSUSASTAFF sees a lot of teams in person.

I know it is probably not realistic. I do hear guys who don't get to play against certain teams, banter about how they would or wouldn't stack up against certain opponents.
, July 2, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Team "Rankings"

OK, I know the only thing that matters is who wins on the field. At all tournaments but especially at the big tournaments.

Not trying to start any arguments or controversy.

Since SSUSA Staff (Dave) and others do see a lot of the teams around the country, is/was there every any thought into maybe having a SSUSA Top 10/ Top 20 or something by division???

Before the banter begins, I love the NCAA Basketball and now Football Playoffs as a way to get the #1 Team in the country as played on the court or field. Rankings every week generate interest in those sports before the playoffs ever begin.

However, part of the fun of entire NCAA seasons (as examples) is to see weekly rankings posted, start conversation and keep the interest alive, sometimes in epic proportions.

I am just wondering if softball tourney teams, who would be watching national rankings, would be more inclined to enter a tournament if they had a chance to play/knock off/move ahead of another SSUSA ranked team??? Or see how they may, or may not stack up against teams from other parts of the country (or even other softball associations) based on "opinion"

It could also generate more interest and turnout at some tournaments all year???

On the other hand it could cause other teams to not attend a tourney, knowing a ranked team or several were attending???


, July 2, 2015
17Black
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

^^^^ Ohio had both girls Fast and Slow-pitch softball going on until the early 2000's until the OHSAA made everybody go to fast-pitch. My local high school won a state championship in slow-pitch before the conversion.

When I was in high school in the 70's, I played baseball.

However, we did, at the time have club level boys slow pitch softball that played against all the same schools and conference we had for baseball. Decent uniforms (for the 70's anyway) and everything.

Slow Pitch was HUGE beyond huge in Northern Ohio from the 60's even up until the Mid to late 90's and then it started nose diving FAST.

The local softball complex here in Mentor Ohio had two weeknight leagues of 8 teams Monday thru Thursdays for years as well as a huge Sunday morning program----------There was a waiting list for at least 20 years for teams trying to get into the weeknight leagues even as late as 1999.

NOW-------fast forward to 2015-----------that softball complex has NO men's slow pitch program at all--------and that pretty much goes for almost every suburban town here in the Cleveland area----it's a shame!!!!
, June 29, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dave Humphries Memorial

OK, first of all KUDOS to the grounds crew, and Lucas County Rec Center!!!!!

After 3 inches of rain in just over 30 hours, which stretched far into the wee hours of Sunday morning, I cant believe what outstanding condition the infields at the complex were in!!! OUTSTANDING!!!!

And although there was some standing water in the outfields, which is understandable, the fields were in great condition.

Obvious a wash out Saturday, the rain was blowing sideways. Driving home Sunday night, local homes, farms and crops were flooded & under water.

Also thanks to the tournament directors for adjusting all brackets to get things moving and finished!!!

That being said, we were short handed/hobbling and got knocked out--------WHO won 50 Major????
, June 24, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

Yes I know a "flight" wouldn't work in every tournament or every bracket based on the number of teams.

Certainly 6 teams or less you could get your four or five game guarantee in by playing everybody once?

8 teams or more you could have 2 flights?

Its not perfect, what do you do if you have 7 or 9?? 10 teams you could have two flights of five, that's easy. What if you had eleven?

This is "probably: why we play "seeding games" that's what I call them anyway, as its easier to have teams play a couple games that don't mean much, before going to double elimination.

I think the difficulty with my "wish" is for SSUSA or any organization, to be able to do every age, every division in some kind of flight format. You could have a tournament with 12 teams in one division but only 2 or 3 in another division.

In 50's, especially when we play on Fridays-------------a lot of teams don't have their entire team on Friday, as some guys work or cant make it----------those teams go 0-2 or 0-3 as examples and get a bad seed but don't care, because they are at full force on Saturday when double elimination starts, and often change their fortunes.

For three day tournaments in a flight format, that would force those teams to be at full strength on Friday.

On another topic though in 50's I am just not a fan of playing Fridays, because everybody does have to take off work------(but at least you can schedule that)-----I am a huge fan of trying to get most tourneys entirely in on Saturday/Sunday--------I know that's difficult with field availability and how many teams are entered in tournaments---------but then again if there are weather delays or other issues, missing Monday at work can be a possibility too (and probably unscheduled with your boss)
, June 23, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

Adding to above comments from even myself :)

I "wish" that at many tournaments, MAYBE instead of playing "pool games, seeding games, get to know you games" whatever you want to call them.

MAYBE if possible, and if there are enough teams in a bracket play, do a flight or pool against XXX amount of teams so that every game does mean something, and still allows everybody to get their XXX (4/5) game guarantee???

As an example this weekend we are in a tournament with a total of only (5) 50 Majors-------if we played everybody ONCE in a flight, you would still get your 4 game guarantee in, and then maybe the top two teams play another game or best of 3 for the championship (as one way to do it, but there could be MANY ways to do it)-------that still gives all teams their games, they all mean something???

If you had 8 teams you could do 2 flights of 4 with the winners playing each other??? "or something"
, June 23, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

There are a lot of really great points above by all. THANK YOU

When I first started playing senior tournaments five years ago, I too, was questioning the "seeding games"----------only because I was used to double elimination for three decades.

Now I love them for many of the same reasons above.

Our team certainly likes to win, and we normally do pretty well at most tournaments.

But since our tournament team is basically " a club" that plays softball-------for the purpose of "playing softball" I like the usual 4/5 game guarantees------because its all about just playing ball at our age. (its all about softball)

There are certainly some detriments too.

If the weather is HOT HOT HOT, playing a lot of games on a weekend can certainly wear you down. Last month we won our two seeding games and got #1 seed but did a bonehead thing and lost the first game of double elimination, causing us to play five more games in a row to get out of losers bracket, all in the same day in 90 degree heat. Yes well worth it, but it was a lot easier at 24 than 54 LOL.

Playing in 50's, a lot of guys (all of our team) still has jobs, and have to take Fridays off as vacation time (sometimes Thursdays and Mondays too)--------if we didn't have seeding games, guys wouldn't have to usually burn a vacation day or two, and we could just play Saturdays/Sundays.

Unfortunately, even as recently as the late 1990's here in Ohio, in "young ball" we could find a tournament almost every weekend ALL Spring & Summer within a 20 to 90 minute drive, which was great for double elimination and two day tournaments and sleeping in our own beds----------------but now with senior ball, our closest tournament is three hours away, most are 4 to 7 hours away and/or a plane flight to Florida/Arizona or Vegas-------so for those distances, expenses and burning vacation days at work, the more games makes more sense---------at least to us so we can get our "club" together.
, June 23, 2015
17Black
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Dave Humphries Memorial

Thanks for posting this

CPOA Cleveland/Northern Ohio Printing will be there in 50 Major (Masters)
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