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Real name:
Jim Morgan

Location:
Plano, TX

Division:
Men's 70

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, Jan. 13, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

Thanks for all the input. Curious to know who opted for multifocal lenses and who for single focus. I understand that single focus would require me to wear glasses in some situations, but I'm trying to figure out which would be better for softball.
, Jan. 13, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

For those who have had cataract surgery:

After the surgery and recovery period, did you go through an adjustment period in getting used to you new (a presumably improved) vision? In other words, even though you're vision was better, did it take you some period of time to get use to it?
, Jan. 12, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: North Texas (Allen/Plano area)

Chris, I sent a copy of your post to the coaches of two teams I play on in the Richardson league last night. You should be hearing from one or both of them shortly.

You didn't indicate whether you were interested in league, tournament, or both, but the league is a good place to make some contacts for tournaments.

The Richardson league plays at Heights Park (Arapaho and Floyd Rd, behind the Rec Center).

The only senior leagues I am aware of in DFW are this one and one that plays in Grand Prairie (plus a day league, which would be a problem if you still work).
, Jan. 10, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Interference

Randall, this has come up a number of times in the Umpiring section of the Softballfans website. The consensus among the experienced umpires is exactly as you described it. As long as the runner does nothing to overtly interfere (wave his hand, throw a hip, ala Reggie Jackson, etc) he is entitled to his position, with no requirement to "slide or get out of the way." As one umpire put it, "the runner can't simply go poof and disappear." In fact, one guy opined that, were the runner to veer out of the base path and get hit, he might then be guilty of interference.

My understanding has always been as you described.

We all know we have a number of rules in Senior Softball that differ from USSSA, ASA, and other organizations. I am not disputing what the Staff posted because SSUSA may have a different rule (or a different way of interpreting the rule).

Depending on what sanction you are asking about, you might want to check out that forum (softball fans.com).
, Jan. 6, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking For Some Feedback

Here's our planned schedule. I want to know upfront what tournaments you are committed to. Once you tell me that, I expect you to keep that commitment barring REAL emergencies. You know the tournament dates, plan to get there on time and plan your departure late enough to play in the finals.
, Dec. 23, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas info....Not good...Merry Xmas to all over these past years!!

Glad to see a tournament scheduled for North Texas once again. The problems teams have in planning their schedules for the year is that planned new tournaments frequently don't attract enough participants to justify being held and end up being cancelled or having such slim fields that they are less enjoyable. Many are reluctant to plan a season's schedule around new, unproven tournaments.

I don't know a solution to this problem other than a lot of promotional effort by the organizers.

Too bad we don't have a forum where teams could post their tentative schedules and compare to others in their age group. Then we could see where everyone is planning to play and coordinate schedules to increase the likelihood of good participation.

Just to use a hypothetical example, let's say there is are tournaments in OKC, Tulsa, Dallas, and Hot Springs, AR in a three week period. Without coordination, each may find itself with divisions consisting of 2-3 teams. If managers could look at each others' planned schedule, they could coordinate and agree on one tournament and create a really good field of teams.
, Nov. 23, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The 1 day Tourney Movement

Consider yourself lucky if you can drive 2 hours to get to a tournament. This past season, my shortest trip was 6 hours, with at least five that were 10+ hours. I sure don't want to drive those distances for a one day tournament.
, July 28, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just Wondering?

Bank of Rison (70AAA) will be at Gadsden.

, July 23, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: St George, UT

http://www.seniorgames.net/teamfinder/

Fooling around on the net tonight and found this link if you haven't already looked.

, July 9, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: St George, UT

Luna, the Huntsman Games has a website where you can sign up to be contacted by teams needing players. You might want to give that a try if you haven't already. I know several guys who have picked up with a team for the tournament that way.
, June 6, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 2nd base RUN BY LINE

Here is the rule as used in the Metroplex Senior Softball Association in DFW. Was too complicated and unnecessary in my opinion.

RUNNER TO 2ND OR 3RD BASE: In Divisions B and C, at second and third base, the runner must run to the side of the base away from the direction of the incoming ball, or the defensive play, unless they are trying to continue on to the next base. If they “run through” the base and run on the same side of the bag as the incoming ball or the defensive play, they will be called out, unless, in the opinion of the umpires, the runner has to deviate from this course in an effort to avoid contact with the defensive player. In Divisions B & C, the runner must touch the “run through line”, or the ground beyond the “run through line”, for that base before the fielder catches the ball and has contact with the base or the runner will be called out. After running through a base, a runner may then turn either left or right provided there is no motion or attempt to advance to the next base. In running through a base, if the runner touches the base, he is live and subject to being tagged out (umpires' decision). In Divisions B & C, if he/she runs through the base, they must return and touch the base before attempting to advance. In all Divisions, once a runner has touched and rounded a base, he may dive or slide back into that base if play requires.

, April 13, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Non-senior bats

I have a well broken-in Louisville Z3000 with a U-Trip stamp that is almost as hot as my senior bats.


, March 23, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Appeal Play?

I posted this on the Softballfans.com umpiring forum and got two contradictory answers:


SSUSA tournament. Potential 5th run in a 5-run inning is on 3rd. Two outs. Batter hits what would be a clean single. Runner from 3rd touches the scoring plate with what would be the 5th run of the inning. Batter goes straight to the dugout without touching 1B. After discussion with defensive coach, umpire calls the runner out (3rd out) and disallows the run.

Is this the correct call?

Is this an appeal play?

If an appeal play, does that make it a timing play with regard to whether the run scores or not?
, March 6, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How is this scored #2

Since no one else has stepped on this one, I'm going to hazard a guess:

I'm scoring it 2U (Catcher Unassisted) on the basis of the catcher being the closest to the batter (same rationale as the catcher getting a Put Out when the batter strikes out).

I believe the next batter should be the third batter in the order (the one who follows B on the official scorecard).

Now everyone can fire away and tell me how wrong I am!
, Feb. 27, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Are possible changes ahead for future TOC tournaments

And there are plenty of precedents from professional sports of wild card teams going on to win big in the WS and Super Bowl.
, Feb. 24, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

"Nice throw; does you husband play?"

, Feb. 13, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

It's always seemed to me that taking a hit away from the opposition is as valuable as getting a hit. Unfortunately, on defense, its difficult to differentiate the routine play, that anyone should make, from the exceptional play that deserves recognition. If I stand in my position and flawlessly field everything that is hit to me, my fielding pct. is 1.000. If I range all over the field, cutting off balls in the gaps, backing up other fielders, digging throws out of the dirt and play flawlessly, I achieve the same 1.000 fielding pct. Undoubtedly, defense plays a factor, but judging defensive performance is much more subjective, therefore most teams default to considering only offensive statistics.

As to Batting Average vs. OBS, I think it depends on how you calculate OBS. If it's just hits + walks / AB, I think OBS is a better gauge. If you calculate is hits+walks+errors / AB, as many managers do, I think it OBS rewards the batter for defensive lapses and Batting Avg. becomes a better measure.
, Feb. 12, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Aggieland Classic

Seems to have been changed. This seems more reasonable.

, Feb. 11, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Aggieland Classic

I noticed that the schedule for the Aggieland Classic in College Station, TX has the 50's snd 55's playing on Sunday, 7/24 and Monday 7/25. Can that possibly be correct?

It doesn't affect any team I play on, but it seems highly unusual.
, Jan. 4, 2016
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Status of the GSC bat

CPM, maybe you're lucky, one of my old BP partners died still waiting for his!
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