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Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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June 19, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for 50 Team in North TX

There are senior leagues in Richardson and Grand Prairie.

The Richardson league plays at Heights Park, on Floyd Road just south of Arapaho on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Most nights teams are looking for players. Come out and pound your glove, you can probably hook up with a team pretty quickly.

I believe the Grand Prairie league plays at Mike Lewis Park on Monday and Wednesday.

There is also a day league that plays throughout the Metroplex, however, you have to be 55 for that one and it's probably not going to be a good fit if you still work.

All leagues have a lot of tournament players, so that would be a good way to get involved with a tournament team.
May 29, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is the infield fly rule based on physical ability to catch the ball?

B.J., I will grant your point that any fielder might conceivably catch an infield fly, but it must be a ball that CAN BE caught BY AN INFIELDER with ordinary effort. Here's a good synopsis of the rule from the umpire section of the Softball Fans board:

"ASA defines an Infield Fly as "a fair fly ball, not including a line drive or an attempted bunt which can be caught by an infielder, pitcher or catcher with ordinary effort when first and second or first, second and third bases are occupied with less than two outs." Every other organization (USSSA, NSA, ISA, SSUSA) defines it in much the same way."

My question is when does a player, in this case the 11th man who frequently moves around the field, cease to be an infielder? If he positions himself 50 feet behind second, is he still an infielder for purposes of the IFR? 100 feet? What if his team elects to play him at the same depth as its "regular" outfielders?

May 29, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is the infield fly rule based on physical ability to catch the ball?

A related question: When you get to the 70+ age group (65+ in SPA) and have the 11th fielder, how do you determine when he/she is an infielder and when he/she is an outfielder? The most common alignment I see is to place the 11th man in the center of the infield, somewhere immediately behind 2nd base, but it's not uncommon to see this player 20, 30, or 40 feet into the outfield and possibly in LC or RC depending upon the situation. When does he cease being an infielder for purposes of the IF rule?

May 14, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching screen preferences

We use a rigid, 4" x 7' screen in league. We are able to simply chain it to the backstop between sessions. I provides significantly more protection than the PitchSafe.

My BP group uses it PitchSafe and it is hard to beat for mobile use and if you have to break it down and store it between sessions.
May 3, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate mat size

Interestingly, the SPA rulebook shows their mat to be 35" x 21"; two inches wider than the SSUSA mat.
Feb. 17, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC LAST WEEKEND

And while you're at it, just publish the names of the teams and the tournaments they won. You don't have to read them all off. The program is too long. One guy at our table was actually asleep.
Feb. 2, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Rules for Older Player Also Playing in Younger Age Group

Thanks for the quick response. And for the clarification about "on the roster" versus actually playing.
Feb. 2, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Rules for Older Player Also Playing in Younger Age Group

If a 70+ year old player who plays primarily with a 70AAA team (Rating Index 3) is also rostered on, and occasionally plays with a 65AAA team (Rating Index 4) in emergencies, does he count as an "Out of Rating" player on the roster of the 70AAA team.
Jan. 25, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior softball in Ft. Worth texas

Birman, I believe the league that played at Mike Lewis park is moving back to Trinity View in Irving this year.

Jan. 23, 2018
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior softball in Ft. Worth texas

Not aware of a senior league in Ft. Worth. There is one that will be playing in Irving this year. Here is a link to the league contact information on this website:

https://seniorsoftball.com/?league=202

There are a number of tournament players of all age levels in that league.

There is another league in Richardson, but that would be a pretty good haul from FT Worth.

There is also a daytime league that plays in a number of cities in the Metroplex, including Ft. Worth. It has A, B, & C divisions. I believe you have to be over 55 for the A division and over 65 for the C division. Not sure about B. Lots of tournament players of all ages in the A division, although obviously the 55's are somewhat limited because so many still work. Here is a link to their website.

https://seniorsoftballdfw.com/about-mscsa/

If its tournament ball you're interested in, there are several teams in the area that play in various age groups. Probably the best way to hook up with them is through these leagues.

You'll have to cut and paste the links. This site doesn't let you post live links.


Dec. 8, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff surgery re attachment of the supraspinatus

Not sure if my injuries were exactly the same as yours, but I have had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders. Right (throwing arm) at 54 and left at 65. The right was somewhat more invasive as revealed by the two inch scar vs. three little holes for the left.

For the right shoulder, I had the surgery New Year's Eve and was playing in late June. My arm was still very weak, but I was cleared to play. It took nearly a year for me to get back to full strength. I rehabbed hard! Three PT sessions a week for about 12 weeks + 30 minute home sessions every morning and evening and continuing after the formal PT was over. The good news was, once fully recovered, I felt my arm was stronger than before the surgery. I'm going on 18 years now and no more problems.

With the left, non-throwing arm, the recovery time was about the same (surgery in Feb, played the first of August. The rehab was similar, but the non-throwing arm was a little less critical.

I felt after two or three PT sessions that the therapist was taking it easy, possibly because of my age. I challenged him to treat me the same way he would a young athlete who was eager to get back to his sport. He accepted the challenge and we had some pretty "vigorous" sessions, with him even inventing some new exercises specifically of my situation.

Good luck with your surgery.
Nov. 9, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For SSUSA staff about tournaments

coop, I see two in Tulsa, OK and one in Rogers, AR that should all be closer than Raleigh.
Sept. 6, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

lb16,

Glad to see you point out the runner's right to the base path. Absent some overt act of interference, he shouldn't be out merely because he is hit with the ball if he is legally in the base path. He can't just go poof and disappear. You hear the mantra "get down or veer off" so often that I fear that it has become dogma to most players and a lot of umpires.
Aug. 7, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

I don't remember when the World Championships moved from Phoenix to Las Vegas. We played in Phoenix in 2010 and it might have been the next year. That's six years ago. I don't know what the term of the contracts we've been hearing about is --- must be pretty long. In the business I was in, if we had as many customer complaints as I've seen on here about the Stote, we would have been seriously engaged in rectifying the situation. Contracts can be renegotiated. I could be wrong, but I believe both the Stote and Rock are made by Trump, so it wouldn't seem to be an insurmountable problem.

On the other hand, if the real issue is safety or economics, why not say that and end the discussion.

Now having said all this, I seriously doubt that organizing senior softball tournaments is a gold mine. I don't know why anyone would want to pursue a business model where the primary customers are old farts who bitch about everything. All issues about balls, umpires, etc. aside, I for one am glad they do.
Aug. 7, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Actually Curveball, I think he does have the right to certain financial information. According to this disclosure (see below), which you can find with a little digging on this website, Senior Softball World Championships is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and, as such, must make certain financial disclosures.

I doubt he will find sufficient detail to answer questions about the quality of the balls, number of umpires, etc. Good luck with that. But he does have some rights to financial information if he wants to pursue it.




Financial Disclosures - IRS Required
Senior Softball World Championships, Inc., is a tax-exempt organization, under IRC 501(c)(3), subject to the Internal Revenue Service financial information disclosure requirements listed below:
Public Disclosure Requirements Applicable to Tax-Exempt Organizations
In general, exempt organizations must make available for public inspection certain annual returns...and must provide copies of such returns...to individuals who request them. Copies usually must be provided immediately in the case of in-person requests, and within 30 days in the case of written requests. The tax-exempt organization may charge a reasonable copying fee (the current Federal approved photocopy rate is $0.20 per page) plus actual postage, if any.
Exempt Organizations - Documents Subject to Public Disclosure
An exempt organization must make available for public inspection and copying its annual return. Such returns include Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Senior Softball World Championships, Inc., files Form 990), Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-PF, Return of Private Foundation, Form 990-BL, Information and Initial Excise Tax Return for Black Lung Benefit Trusts and Certain Related Persons, and the Form 1065, U.S. Partnership Return of Income, filed after August 17, 2006. Returns must be available for a three-year period beginning with the due date of the return (including any extension of time for filing). __________
Procedure for Making a Disclosure Request to Senior Softball World Championships, Inc.
All requests must include the tax year of the requested documents and the full name, physical mailing address (no P.O. Boxes), phone number and valid e-mail address, if any, of the individual requester. Requests by an organization, trade name or any other non-individual entity will be denied. Requests for multiple copies or for transmittal to a third party non-requester will be denied. Recipients are prohibited from posting the information received on third party World Wide Web sites, including their own. Recipients will be required to acknowledge and agree to these terms and conditions prior to receiving the requested information. In-Person Requests at the principal office of Senior Softball World Championships, Inc. Senior Softball World Championships, Inc. 9823 Old Winery Place, Ste. 12 Sacramento, CA. 95827 Phone: (916) 326.5303 Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Weekdays Written Requests (including requests by Facsimile and E-mail) Mail and Courier Services (Same as In-Person Requests) Senior Softball World Championships, Inc. Attn: Public Disclosures 9823 Old Winery Place, Ste. 12 Sacramento, CA. 95827 Facsimile Requests sent to (916) 326.5304 E-mail Requests sent to the General SSUSA Mailbox and including the words "Public Disclosure" in the Subject line
Aug. 3, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: For U hitting experts

In the early days of the metal bats, I continued to always hit in the same spot, based on my wooden bat experience of hitting with the trademark up. When I realized I was flattening out my bats on one side, I switched to rotating it, trying to spread the impact around the barrel. Now, in games, I just grab it an hit whatever side come up. In BP, where I may be hitting 20-30 balls, I do try to rotate it I'm my hand with each swing.
July 30, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PITCHING SCREEN USE

We have used a pitching screen in our league in Richardson, TX for three or four years now. I won't say that the concerns you voiced are not valid, but I have not seen any of them happen. The screen just doesn't come into play that often with respect to defensive plays.

We do allow the pitcher to come out from behind the screen to field a ball (at his own risk), but the screen is there for his protection; it's up to him to take advantage of it.

The first year we used the screen, if you (as a batter) hit the screen it was an out. In subsequent years we have treated it as a foul ball. Personally, I like the foul ball treatment better.

I think the screens we use are about 4'x7', but that's a guess. We don't have any pitchers whose head sticks up over the screen; not sure is we have any that stick out to the sides.
July 18, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Carey Hall

Carey Hall died Sunday. Carey was a long-time player with the Dallas Spurs, first on their 60+ team and more recently on the 65+ team. If you played tournament ball in the Texas area, you probably knew or played against Carey. Like most of us on this board, he loved the game. Since his recent knee replacements on both knees, his joy for the game increased because he could run the bases like a young man again.

Beyond his involvement in softball, Carey had an accomplished career. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and held a Doctorate in Pharmacology. Over and above his softball and career accomplishments, he was just a super nice guy. He always had a smile and a joke. I never heard Carey say a negative word about another person.

Rest in Peace, Carey. I hope they're playing two in heaven today.
July 17, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aggieland classic-college station,tx

Wouldn't that have been July 11?

July 16, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aggieland classic-college station,tx

Does that surprise you, bob?

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