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Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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Men's 70

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June 14, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

rightj, despite you're earlier contention, and my somewhat agreement, I think you just named a bunch of things other than arm STRENGTH that can be improved: throwing mechanics, positioning, charging the ball aggressively, and game awareness. I've always thought that one of the things that sets baseball/softball apart from some other sports is that proper application of technique and knowledge can make a person an outstanding player even if they are not blessed with outstanding physical attributes. Of course, everything else being equal, fast and strong will usually prevail over slow and week! :)

June 5, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

I suspect that there is an element of truth in what you are saying. I would submit, however, that few of us spend nearly the time working on our throwing that we do on our hitting. I know that personally, while I hit several times a week, year round, any throwing in limited to pre-practice and pre-game, warm-up time.
June 1, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Louisville Hyper-Z

Titan,

Don't disagree that there should be a way to get the bat approved before producing 1,000's. However, I've read accounts of this bat and the GSC bat being used in tournaments. It doesn't seem to me that its use should be allowed until it is available to the general public.

By the way, I finally broke the prototype this morning and, despite my earlier comments, this particular one was very durable. I've been hitting it since late November and probably have put 2,000 to 2,500 swings on it, including some in marginal temperatures. That being said, we had a second one which a 50-ish former Super Major open player broke in his first round.
May 31, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Louisville Hyper-Z

Got it! Interesting that it's already on the approved bat list when it's not available.
May 31, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Louisville Hyper-Z

I believe this bat may have been on the market for a short time and then pulled, possibly due to durability issues. I found it for sale today on one website but you had to call for a price. I did not proceed through the ordering process to see if it was actually in stock. I hit a prototype and it was very hot! The proto was probably too hot to be approved.
May 20, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Arkansas Senior Softball Invitational 5/22/14 - 5/25/2014. New Infields.

Will be there with Crackerbox 70's. Looking forward to the new infields, but hoping they've improved the outfields some as well. Wish there were more than 3 70's teams, but I guess that's the penalty for getting old.

March 26, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Left-handed third basemen

I think that at many levels of Senior Softball having an able-bodied player capable of playing the position trumps many of the old baseball/softball stereotypes. I played on a 65+AA team that won the SPA Nationals and finished second in the SSUSA Championships with a left-handed shortstop. It's more about making the routine plays well and consistently than it is about making the spectacular plays.
Jan. 29, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DeMarini Swing Chute Trainer

I can't vouch for this site, but I found them her

http://www.thefind.com/sports/browse-demarini-chute-trainer
Jan. 23, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing In a Lower Age Group

Thank You.
Jan. 23, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing In a Lower Age Group

A couple weeks ago, someone posted a chart that showed what skill levels that a player playing down in a lower age group could participate in (or possibly it showed what skill level a player had to be in order to be picked up by a team in a lower age group). I can't seem to find that chart again (I may have even seen it on the softballfans board and not this one). If someone could direct me to that information, I would appreciate it.
Jan. 15, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bat - Status

A friend and BP partner of mine ordered and paid for one of these when they first started promoting them (2-3 years ago). Unfortunately, he died last month and, even if they honor all the old orders, he will not be around to enjoy it.

Jan. 11, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Managers/Players around the Texas Region, what do you think about the Sportsplex in Houston?

It does not seem like a quality location. Dugouts and seating areas were exactly as you described. Fields were marginal at best. I find it strange that both major senior organizations decided to have their big Texas tournaments at this complex last year (and apparently again this year).

I did not play in the SSUSA event there last year, but did play in the SPA tournament in August. I was playing 65's and we started on Thursday. The gate was not manned and they did not charge admission, at least for the older divisions. Maybe because the participation was so low that it wasn't worth paying someone to man the gate. I don't know what they did for the younger groups. Maybe SPA struck a different deal with the Sportsplex than did SSUSA.

Even though I live in the DFW area, I enjoy going to Houston to play. I know there are better facilities. A tournament billed as the "Texas State Championship" deserves a better venue.

To some extent we are like addicts; we all want to play every chance we get. But if we continue to patronize events held at marginal facilities like this one, we deserve what we get.
Jan. 7, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: HO-SPA

This link should take you to the SPA schedule.

http://www.softballspa.com/spadata/CalendarPrint.aspx
Dec. 26, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

I just learned that Doc passed away this morning. Please keep Barb in your prayers in the coming days.

I was a late comer to Doc's long established hitting group in Dallas, but have always appreciated his letting me join in, even though I was no where near his caliber as a hitter.

Although, he hadn't played much in recent years,, he was still dedicated to his BP group and was still a very strong hitter until the cancer interfered.

Incidently, for those who don't know, Roger was known to everyone as "Doc" because he held a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

Rest in Peace, Doc.
Dec. 17, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run and divsion rating thoughts

Gary, I would add: segregate the M+ teams on their own field or fields so their 2-3 hour games don't throw the whole tournament schedule behind.
Dec. 13, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: best article ever on Physics of softball bats

Good read! Wish I knew more physics so that I could understand it better. After reading, it sounds to me as if bat companies could devise a system that would tell us (as customers) more about the swing weight and feel of a bat.
Dec. 4, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

Courtesy runner must be inserted as soon as a batter reaches base, before the next pitch is thrown. Exception for injury occurring while running the bases.
Dec. 2, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

For what its worth, if you place a 3ft wide screen at the front edge of the pitcher's box and centered on the box, the angle formed by drawing imaginary lines from each edge of the screen to the back tip of home plate is about 3.6 degrees. If you extend those imaginary lines all the way to the second base area, you can see that the screen has blocked a width of approximately 6 feet. If you allow the pitcher to come out from behind the screen and become a fielder and assume that he can cover his arm span of about 5 feet, the wedge behind that 5 feet becomes about 10 feet in the second base area. Combined, that's a total of about 16 feet of space that would otherwise have to be covered by the infielders.

If you move the screen to 25 feet in front of the pitcher's box, which would be necessary to make the pitcher throw over the screen, the angle from the tip of home plate to the edges of the screen becomes about 7.6 degrees and the expanded wedge in the second base area becomes 12 feet. Add to that the 10 foot area potentially covered by the pitcher and you've taken 22 feet out of the area that the infielders must cover.

Additionally, the middle infielders can now position themselves closer to 1B and 3B closing down the 3-4 hole and the 5-6 hole respectively and taking away more of the infield.

None of this is to say that pitcher protection isn't an issue, or that a screen is a necessarily a bad thing (although I loathe the idea). It is saying that placing a screen, particularly 25 feet in front of the plate, and also allowing the pitcher to be a fielder, is going to change the dynamics of the game, particularly at the lower levels where you see relatively more ground balls.

Now being basically a coward, I wouldn't pitch on a bet, but it seems to me that protective gear for the pitcher is a much better solution than a screen in the middle of the playing field. If we eventually reach the point where a screen is mandated, my thought is that it should be located at the front of the pitching box and the pitcher should not be allowed to become a fielder.

Nov. 30, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Not sure I understand the need/requirement to pitch over the screen. Seems like this would necessitate placing the screen well out in front of the pitcher. The closer to the plate that the screen is placed, the wider the wedge of the field that taken away from the batter. Surely anyone able to walk onto the field can make his pitch from beside the screen and get behind the it while the ball is in flight.

I like the idea of a batted ball hitting the screen being treated as a foul ball. When we experimented with a screen, the league director (a pitcher) insisted that any batted ball hitting the screen be an out.

As a matter of curiosity, for those of you who use a screen, what is the pitcher allowed/not allowed to do? Can he, at his own risk, come out from behind the screen and become a fielder? Or must he stay behind the screen?
Nov. 11, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tanel Shoes

#6, bag ordered, thanks for the code.
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