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, Aug. 8, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National game results

Just an idea (especially with todays technology)
Use a laptop and put up the scores on the bracket AS SOON as you get them from the umpires.
This way the results would be up right when the tournament is over and you don' have to set aside even one hour outside the tournament.
If you don't think this is possible, I can route you to tournaments that have over 150 teams and results are updated throughout the day as soon as the umps turn in the scores.
The tournament director or UIC has plenty of down time to do this.
As always, just my 2 cents worth.
Brett
, Aug. 7, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where are all the teams??????

TN Connection 55 has it on our schedule
I hope it turns out to be a good tourney
I have never played in Gadsden.
Brett


, Aug. 7, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where are all the teams??????

I have talked to MANY players in the same situation
(many on my team now)
I don't believe that a team should get moved up just for winning or placing high in Vegas. It should be over a 2 year stretch to make a move up.
Any team can just have a great weekend (getting all the breaks, etc) and should not be penalized for it.
If you dominate or even place high in many tournaments in 2 straight years, I do say make you move up... BUT when you move up an age group let the team start back at AAA if they want to. It is hard enough to field a team as you get older especially when you have to play major to start with and the team is really an AAA team.
Just my 2 cents worth as always.
Brett
PS You are correct about AL and Dale.. Both great ball players, but more than that, great people.
, Aug. 7, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where are all the teams??????

I agree Tom, but we have to play here to go to Vegas
I wish that the other associations would get together and plan the weekend tournaments and spread them out so every tournament would get more teams.
At least they changed it where we don't have to play the one other 55 major team in the round robin as they had it scheduled.

CYA in Birmingham.
Brett

, Aug. 6, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where are all the teams??????

Birmingham used to be one of the biggest tournaments around.
I know they have field problems this year, but still....

This year
6 --50 major
3 --50 AAA
2 --55 major
2 --55 AAA
1 --55 AA
4 --65 AAA
2 --60 AAA

Is there another tournament going on that I don't know about?
Any ideas where all the teams are/

Maybe its time to for ALL the associations to have a sit down and find a way to keep senior softball alive.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Brett Cooper
TN Connection 55

PS.. IS there any place to see how many teams were in the 2105 tournaments?
I would like to see the ones that have flourished or gone backwards
, Aug. 1, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50/55 Player moving to North Carolina from California Looking for a Travel team

Call me
I have a 55 team
TN Connection 55
Brett Cooper
901-488-9369
coop3636@comcast.net
, July 30, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: We ( TN Connection 55) are looking for a 55/over player (must border TN)

Rick
I am really looking for an outfielder that can play in Birmingham and Vegas and the rest of the year.
If things change, I will contact you.
Thanks
Brett

, July 29, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just Wondering?

TN Connection 55 will be at both tournaments
, July 27, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: We ( TN Connection 55) are looking for a 55/over player (must border TN)

TN Connection 55 is looking for a player or two for the rest of the year.
(we have had several season ending injuries)

If you are 55/over and live in a state that borders TN and want to play tournament softball, please contact me:

Brett Cooper
901-488-9369
coop3636@comcast.net

Here is the list of the tournaments we have left this year:
Aug 12-13-14 Birmingham, AL (SSUSA)
Aug 27-28 Gadsden, AL (NSA)
Sept 23-24-25 Las Vegas (SSUSA)
Sept 30, Oct 1-2 Huntsville, AL (ISSA) 2017 roster
Oct 21-22-23 Myrtle Beach, SC (ISSA) 2017 roster

, July 25, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: to SSUSA

Anyway, please put it in the discussion for one player on a major team.
Won't hurt to ask
Thanks
Brett
, July 25, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Put me in coach

hey Coach..
Leave him alone. lol
He lives closer to me than you and he is 55
Brett

, July 24, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: to SSUSA

Has SSUSA ever thought of allowing one player from outside their boundary limits to play ?
SPA does it and the people I have asked about like it.
It lets that friend that moves away still play with his friends. (or just to pick up a friend of a player that doesn't touch your state)
Just an suggestion for the next convention.
Brett
We are in that situation now, a player moved (at the end of last year) that had played with us for many years and can't now because of the rules.

, July 23, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Put me in coach

Call me
901-488-9369
coop3636@comcast.net

Brett Cooper

TN Connection 55
, July 5, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Calling all pitchers.

Dan
I have been pitching for close to 40 years
A couple of things to try:
* whatever you do, MAKE sure you end up in a position to defend yourself !!!! that's rule # 1
* Use the new rules to your advantage, most associations let you pitch from behind the rubber, start further back and walk up towards the plate, it helps with the distance.
* Use the 2nd bar of the backstop for a height reference, its usually 10 ft. or 12 ft. tall.
*Try throwing it like a bowling ball, a little spin might help you control it
* and pitch a million pitches.. pitch a lot of batting practice, it will help with muscle memory
* Strive for 1 walk per game, then 1 walk per day, then 1 walk per tournament.

Hope this helps

Good luck
Brett
, June 29, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: divivsions..

DCPete


Those divisions would work
The only thing I would do is give the major plus 8 HRs
That would make teams that just want to hit HRs have a place to play.

Omar, I believe the reason senior softball is declining is partly the rising expense of tournaments and the other is the way associations move teams up too quickly and those teams disband and those players that get rated major plus have no place to play.

I think the rule of thumb should be to let a team play in a division until they dominate for 2 years, then move them up.
Coming in the top 2 in Vegas one time shouldn't penalize your team. (and it happens) Maybe make a team that places in the top 5 ..2 years in a row in Vegas move up or a team that wins multiple tournaments in 2 straight years. This will let you build a team, compete, win, then have to move up. Most teams build around friends and to the strength of the division you are playing. Building a AAA team, winning one or two tournaments, getting bumped to major plus is no fun at all. Any team can have a good weekend and win a tournament, that doesn't make you too good to play in that division.

As always, just my 2 cents.
Brett


, June 28, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: divivsions..

I can live with that..lol
If it betters the great game of softball, you can call it anything you want.
If you never change anything, and keep up with the way the game changes, how can it be the best that it can be?
I don't mind giving my opinions, and that's all they are, but look at the numbers of teams , the tournament prices, the 2 team brackets, the prize packages, etc in the last 5 years, has it gotten better or worse?
just saying
I use to hope for a 10 team bracket, now I hope to have more than 2 of us in a bracket.
It might just be in the south, but softball has been declining for years and us old guys need to do something to keep it alive. (the young guys sure aren't) Kickball is overtaking softball at most of the parks.
Just my thoughts
Like them or not, At least I'm trying....
Some folks just give it up... I would rather play
Brett
, June 28, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: divivsions..

I would like to see a tournament try this. Maybe it will help, maybe it won't.
I think they would get more teams in each division (especially the 'lower")

Make the divisions as follows:

Rec...0 HRS /outs 5 runs per inning
Lower...3 HRS / outs with one up.....5 runs per inning
Upper... 8 HRS/single with one up.....7 runs per inning

(REC) This will let the teams that are mostly out for fun play in the rec division and not have to worry about getting killed all the time by "tournament teams".

(Lower) It would put all the teams that are now AAA and major play together with 3 HRs (outs) and one up, it will level out all the teams and will make larger brackets. It both teams are hitting HRs, let them, if not the big HR hitting teams can only hit 3 and will keep the games close. (if over the limit is a single, its just like open HRS, there is not really a limit)

(upper) Let the big boys play each other and hit all the HRs they want
This will be mostly the major plus teams that play each other now. I have no idea how to get more teams in this division.

This will mostly combine the AAA and major teams where they can have larger, better, bigger tournaments.

No one likes to play in a 2-3 team bracket.

Any ideas or thoughts?






, June 28, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: throwing a bat

Was it thrown or tossed?
If tossed to another player, should be no foul
If thrown, I agree, ejection
That's an umpires judgment call
My 2 cents
, June 27, 2016
coop3636
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA / SSUSA Southeast Championships

Curt
There CAN'T be any more teams next year.
The tournament was "full" according to the director. I sent a check in early (was told it was never received) and when I called to see why our team wasn't listed, he said it was full and had a waiting list.
SO that means that they had the maximum number of teams in this years tournament.
I also have been told by other coaches they were told the same thing.
Just some information to share.
Brett
, June 25, 2016
coop3636
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: why won't SSUSA show teams entered ?

I will agree to disagree...lol
Another example is: If a team is looking for a tourney and they see 6 teams already in, maybe that would push them to enter .
There is always more than one way to look at things.
I also wish that all 3 associations would get together and schedule tournaments on selected dates to help get teams there.
IE: back to back weekends in the same area rarely see both tournaments doing well.
Maybe get them to have AA and AAA one weekend and Major and Major plus the other.
Just a suggestion.
I think bigger turnouts will be more beneficial for everyone involved.
It just will the heads of all 3 of the bigger associations to get together and make it happen.
I know the money is important, but the quality for the players should be the #1 priority.
And if more teams play, the money will take care of itself.
Just my 2 cents.

Brett

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