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Discussion: SSUSA where are you?

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Dec. 22, 2008
Men's 70
41 posts
SSUSA where are you?
Does SSUSA ever answer any questions from its member teams?
I have seen many questions put forth to them on various topics, but I never see any answers.
Granted, some of the questions don't rate an answer, but there are several that certainly do.
Especially when rules are changed and, because of the change, teams are saying they will not participate anymore. That deserves some sort of response. It doesn't matter what division they're in.
Safety rules are implemented that clearly do not protect anybody. There are several players, including myself, who have spoken out about this and there is nothing but....Stone silence.
why aren't all new softballs used during night games?
Obviously, SSUSA monitors the site, because every once in awhile they throw somebody off.
Why don't they have someone who has the experience and the authority to answer questions?
I know I wrote SSUSA , a couple of years ago about lack of medical personnel at the fields during world tournaments..I have yet to get a response.
Maybe I just have too much time on my hands..
Dec. 22, 2008
96 posts
Leftie..over the last 3yrs I've emailed Fran, a number of times, she has emailed me back..EVERY TIME. Always tried to be 'POSITIVE", in my questions and every time she has given me a pretty fair answer. Was it always what I wanted?..NO..but she took the time to help me understand the reason, whether it came from Terry H. or someone else. Try that approach, I'm pretty confident u will get a repsonse.

One last thing..I really grow weary from the constant complaining about, balls, bats, rules and regs'..gosh, we get to use the BEST BAT.U2, most of the time the BEST BALLS (Sharks or whatever). HRs..well, most of the M+guys can JACK IT OUT, any time...give'm.. 5 and play 1 up..Majors..3 and long as u can catch up and 1 up..why does all this matter??? Do something for AAA too.. This HItting the, we got 53 feet plus 6 feet throw from...Why is it any different playing 1st base or 3rd??? I've been there, both places...U just REACT..we going to put a screen up for those spots too? I think not....
I feel ..REALLY BLESSED to be able to still be playing ball at 56, competitively STILL....I"M GRATEFUL..

Thanks for the forum...
Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays to ALL U GUYS and GALS

Dec. 22, 2008
Men's 50
302 posts
jc24 well said agreed! i too am happy just to still be

able to play! happy holiday's!
Dec. 22, 2008
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
On the general thread, I agree that I seldom see responses from SSUSA on the forum itself and some do deserve a response, if only to explain or clarify a situation.

As to the difference in safety between a pitcher and a 3rd or 1st baseman, let me point out a few things. The pitcher is generally 50 feet from home, not 53, and he can be as much as 56 feet away (if he wants to sacrifice familiarity and jeopardize accuracy). On my teams over the years, my third baseman plays behind the bag, probably 70 to 75 feet away, depending on the hitter. Ditto with the first baseman, or even 80 feet away from the majority right-handers. Second, the pitcher generally is completing his motion by stepping forward toward the plate, putting him maybe 47 feet away from a player he thinks might be a light hitter. Yes, he can rapidly back up, but try doing that batter after batter for a couple of games in a row in a tourney and you'll discover new unused muscles. I don't know any 1st or 3rd basemen who backup before the ball is hit. The result is that the pitcher has much less time to react (shorter distance) and has to reverse motion to be in fielding position and isn't set as fully as an infielder. Much more dangerous for a pitcher.

P.S. I have known many third basemen over the years who hate fielding Miken and other hot bat hits but they seldom speak up publicly to a group because they don't want to jeopardize their macho image.
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