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April 18, 2024
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The new ball

We played in Phoenix in November. Other team's ball dirty as hell. Part of their "strategy" Was easily countered by having our pitcher spit on the ball and wipe it fairly clean on his pants. Obviously not the solution but it worked for us.
March 25, 2024
Bob21
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Doesn't it just take a couple of clicks and a little typing?

Thanks for the updates. Awesome.
On a side note, never having played in St George, what an absolute great location and tournament. One of the best run tournaments we've been in. The Canyons are probably the best natural grass fields we've ever played on.
Jan. 8, 2024
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Commitment Line question

In Omaha our Senior League also uses 65’ base paths. The commitment line is 45’ off 3rd base.
Nov. 29, 2023
Bob21
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

JohnO28:
Yes, probably 6 in those divisions. The older guys as well. I'm certain the teams from Kansas City (and St Louis) will attend since it's in their backyard and Midwest players have been asking for this to be moved (back) to Kansas City for several years. Several Scrap Iron teams also make appearances in KC. I'd expect the Iowa Demon teams would also be there.
I think we'd all agree later in the Spring or Summer would be ideal but it is what it is...
Nov. 28, 2023
Bob21
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships

Re: Who's going:
I'd say most of the Omaha teams will go (probably a 50AAA, 50M, 55AAA, 60 AA and 60M, 65,s and 70s). We usually went to the Cow Town in KC, which is always a crapshoot on weather. It's been 70 and it's been snowed out. Backing this up two weeks in April isn't perfect, but should be ok. I understand a brand new complex with turf near the Legends in KCK. Even if it's in April, it beats the dumps we played at in Rogers and St. Louis.
April 2, 2023
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: nicest softball complexes

I second the fields in Aurora. All three complexes are grade A. Fences are about 320 due to the thin air. Balls still go out. The entire complex (soccer fields, etc) is gorgeous. Even the 14 mph speed limit captures your attention. Not so much of a great area as you drive wet into Aurora however.
Oct. 20, 2022
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call:

Upon an intentional walk, does the out of order batter who is intentionally walked then become the legal batter? I’m confused.
Oct. 20, 2022
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call:

If that’s the case, why wouldn’t teams do that as soon as wrong batter is the the box and umpire has ok’d a pitch?
Oct. 20, 2022
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call:

I’ll throw a kink into the scenario:
What if the batting out of order player comes to the plate, the defense knows he’s the wrong batter, intentionally walks him. Then appeals. Do we then have an out?
Aug. 12, 2022
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call:

Dave, Please check the schedule for the AAA 60s. You have the silver bullets playing twice at noon. Thanks
Jan. 23, 2022
Bob21
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

Omaha would be the definition of Midwest. Unfortunately, I don’t think there are enough decent fields here to handle this tourney. It would, however, be the perfect location.
June 11, 2021
Bob21
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Carrying bat to first base

If I get a hit to drive in the 5th run of an inning, I usually carry my bat to first base and touch. Many players do the same. As Dave has said, it's a non-issue. I'm more concerned about the left-handed batter who bats in front of me that drops his bat halfway down the first base line when we're the home team and I have to fetch it!
July 17, 2020
Bob21
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EVENT UPDATE • Rocky Mountain Championships 2020 Cancelled

Any chance of a re-schedule to another location or is it too late? Thanks
July 1, 2020
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: C-19

We played in both Columbia (MO) and Tulsa. No issues.
June 9, 2020
Bob21
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: schedule of game times at 60's Missouri open,june 6&7, won't ever play their again

Homer:
55 AAAs
1. KC Vintage
2. STL Road Dogs
3. Minnesota Lumberjacks
4. Omaha Silver Bullets
June 8, 2020
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Review of Missouri Open June 6-7

For our team, we played 6 games and all went 7 except for Game 1 (pool game). I don't think the new regulations were an issue on game time.
June 8, 2020
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Review of Missouri Open June 6-7

Hats off to getting this tournament scheduled as well as played. It was VERY much like a normal tournament. We are thankful to SSUSA and tourney director Will Rogers for getting us back to playing.

Here's the recap from my perspective:
1. Hotel
Stayed at the Hampton Inn. Things different. No breakfast anymore. No daily housekeeping. Other than that, OK. So no issues here.
2. Playing Fields at Rainbow Complex
One of the best complexes to play at. Infields and outfields in perfect shape (also hadn't been played on all year). No food at concession stand.There is decent shade available on all fields.
3. Teams participating
We are a 55AAA team. We had more teams in our bracket (8) than we've ever had. Nebraska, Minnesota, KC (2), STL (2), Illinois and Indiana. Actually played 6 of the 7 different teams.
4. Atmosphere
Again, seemed like old times. Quite a few spectators. Common sense ruled the day as far as physical spacing. Not too many mask wear-ers.
5. Game Play and SSUSA guidelines
Umpires were wearing a weird kind of plastic welder mask thing with heat indexes of 100 both days. I am not an ump so that's their deal. Catchers had to wear a face covering. Some used a surgical mask thing, others a bandana. Again, with 100 heat index temps, this one didn't make sense but glad we were playing. Wasn't really an issue in the big scheme of things but probably unnecessary moving into next month (IMO) Also the balls at the end of an inning had to be thrown back to the rack and "cleaned" before the next inning. This actually made no sense (in just about everyone's opinion). Columbia has huge dugouts. We had no issues spacing out. There were quite a few fist bumps like old times.
6. Scheduling
We're about a 5 hour drive from Columbia. We played early (0800) on Saturday. We do like early games as the weather is better early most times. The way the bracket worked out, we did have a 3 hr gap, but that happens almost every tournament. I can't say what the other team's game times were as it wasn't a concern or factor as far as what we experienced, but if teams played 2 before someone played 1 in the same bracket the heat could play a factor.
7. Forecast
Mostly sunny and looking forward to Tulsa then Rogers. From what is known, Oklahoma is farther along with "re-opening" than any state.




May 11, 2020
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: States "Re-opening" plans

AHH, not so fast... To complicate matters, the Governor's Office clarified that the guidelines only apply to Youth baseball and softball.
May 11, 2020
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: States "Re-opening" plans

Nebraska governor announced today that team sports, specifically Baseball and Softball, may be resumed in June with strict guidelines (such as those proposed by SSUSA). Beginning June 1, team practices may resume, and June 18, competitive games can be played. That is good news for our Senior league as well as a glimmer of hope for the tournament season. Nebraska is one of the few states that did not have house arrest orders.
April 30, 2020
Bob21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Net for Pitchers

The screen is optional in our Omaha league. If used, the pitcher must stay behind it until the ball is hit, otherwise it's an unfair advantage. Any hit ball hitting the screen is a dead ball, no matter what the count is. The screen is a pain in the rear when trying to gun a runner out at the plate. Any thrown ball hitting it during play is a live ball.
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