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Michael Adair

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Men's 70

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Jan. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 9. Make safety bag plays safer

I think this rules change misses the mark. I believe this creates more of a safety issue than solves it. It also requires the umpire to make a ruling regarding the trajectory of the ball when the fielder utilizes the safety bag. I envision more collisions at first as opposed to less.

9. Make safety bag plays safer
RECOMMENDATION: If a throw or play pulls the fielder into foul territory, allow him to touch the safety base to put out the batter-runner.

MOTION to adopt ASA/USA rule: “On any force out attempt from the foul side of first base, the defense and the batter-runner may use either the white or contrasting color portion of the base. On an errant throw pulling the defense off the white portion of the base into foul ground, the defense and the batter-runner can use either the white or contrasting color portion.” And separately, the rule says: “When the defensive player uses the foul portion of the double base, the batter-runner can run in fair territory when the throw is coming from the foul side of the base, and if hit by the thrown ball, it is not interference. If intentional interference is ruled, the runner is out.”

MOTION PASSED 11-0

Dec. 25, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thank you, SSUSA

For once Webbie, I agree with everything you said.
Dec. 10, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Starting a new team

Find at least two other players you trust and create a team through a consensus and not just a singular point of view. There should be one manager, but if he/she can rely on thoughtful constructive opinions then there is a reasonable chance that your team will be a team and not a group of individuals.

Manage and expect your batting average to drop minimum of 100 points.

50s, bat 12 or 13. Appoint an outfield captain and let them handle rotations and positions.

Find someone to do the book. Use OBP. No conflicts, no hurt feelings.

2 guys coach 3rd, you stay on bench to control/observe the dugout.

Designate another to handle finding tournaments and registering.

One voice, but always an informed decision.

Good Luck.


Dec. 10, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Uniform supplier

Graham Sports. grahamsports.net@gmail.com

623-262-0716 very satisfied. He does all 3 Scorpion teams.
Nov. 29, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team Reclassifications

22 years in SSUSA. Softball since 1971. When I started two divisions Rec and competitive. Needless to say over the years been on both the hammer and the nail.
Nov. 29, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team Reclassifications

It is my understanding The results of a tournament and the scorecards are sent to
SSUSA. A team enters 6 tourneys 2 1st 3 2nd and whatever. Competition/results/run differential. Body of work.

Every measurement factor can and will have drawbacks, but placing teams in correct competition groupings is a goal not a guarantee.
Nov. 29, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team Reclassifications

SPA also has flexible rosters for certain tournaments. Not a positive the other teams when you have a set roster.

SSUSA have automatic move ups, but also have the body of work evaluations. The few that get "hot" cannot dictate for the whole.

Had to me a couple of times over 22 years, but every time I look at my rings the great out weighs the negatives.

Mike Adair
Nov. 23, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 11 Players For 65 Brackets

DD clarification - you don't see webbie, you are part of the webbie experience, but I do get the air quotes.
Nov. 22, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2023 Tournament schedule

Nov. 9, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3972 posts
Typical/Historical target date in prior years has been December 15th ...
Nov. 22, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: seeding games

I must be missing something. To avoid sandbagging or blocking out another team, rosters are submitted prior to tournaments and then certified. If a roster was/is submitted and an individual misses bracket games due to circumstances, as long as they sign in, they could play.

Teams must play to finalize a roster prior to worlds. We all have had to add a tourney to get the roster we want for worlds.

There are published rules to add players in special circumstances for worlds.

Most of us know the rules for adding players with a team rating of M+ to a major roster, of team rated players with a M rating to AAA teams.

I do not see a problem with a team trying to get the best LEGAL team they can, but conversely I abhor teams sandbagging or players trying to game the system. My comments are general in nature and not directed toward a team or player.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70


Nov. 22, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 11 Players For 65 Brackets

Does the 11 man for the majority of the 65 teams dilute or uplift defensive play. I would say it increases the defensive capability of the majority of the teams. Is that a bad thing? We play a game where the ball is thrown underhand and must be between 6 and 12 feet. 6/12 on a good day most pitches are barely above 10.

Assuming of course we play with a decent ball and decent bat, the 11 man is something to deal with not a deal breaker. If you have an espn infield then put the 11th player in the OF. The infield rover does in some extent protect the pitcher, with "hot" bats any help is appreciated.

I admire the player with extra ordinary range and glove, but the 11 man is not BAD for the game. I believe everyone will agree, your bat is the last of the skills to decrease so a balancing of the offensive and defensive advantages is reasonable. Same as the differences between AAA, M, and M+. And I say this from someone who has lived up the middle.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Nov. 19, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost tennis shoes at Papago Thursday.

what were they? send me an email. softball4b@aol.com
Nov. 18, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thank You to SSUSA Staff, Papago Parks Personnel and an Angel of Mercy

Found Angel of Mercy - Linda Cailloutte. Our extreme gratitude and thanks for your care and consideration. Our softball community is fiercely competitive, but caring and compassion is first and foremost at all times. Prayers asked and answered.

Mike Adair
Scorpions Softball Club
Nov. 18, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Found cleats Papago Park

If you left your cleats at Papago Park on Thursday, please contact me and we will figure it out.

softball4b@aol.com
Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Nov. 18, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Thank You to SSUSA Staff, Papago Parks Personnel and an Angel of Mercy

During our intense battle with a very good Ranall Reality team, our rover, Dennis (Hack)worth took a ball off of his wrist. One out in 7th inning, us not knowing the severity of the injury, Hack continued play.

Once the game was completed, SSUSA staff, park personnel and fans jumped into action. Medical personnel were called and responded quickly. Before their arrival, a wife(nurse) of a Ranall player took command and control. Jim Lewis, Scorpion teammate held Hack while the Angel of Mercy tried to keep Hack from going into shock. Someone please send me her name and contact information. Scottsdale fire responded and Hack was safely transported for care.

As we took the field in the Championship game, we see Hack returning all splinted up and family surrounding him.

The Scorpions Softball Club and Hackworth family wants to thank everyone for their support and prayers.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Oct. 26, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY AD

Current Bid US $660.00
Oct. 5, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-ratings at Vegas Worlds

After Reno and before state/region championships begin.
Oct. 5, 2022
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-ratings at Vegas Worlds

Everybody take a breath...The senior staff arrived back in Sac late Sunday after 3 weeks in Vegas. A hurricane devastated the area where WW are being held in FL. A lot on their plate. It will all get worked out and a number of individuals will be dissatisfied. I know it affects recruiting and retention, but they will get there. Dave do you know which fields the 70s will be playing on in April???? ;-)
Oct. 4, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: BALLS

IMO The Baden ball used in Vegas was fine for most of the teams; 65 major and major+ and all younger groups. I believe in the 70 Major+/major division there was a total of 10 home runs in 52 games, 6 of those being hit by Timberworks in 5 or 6 games. The ball gets dirty very quickly and hard to see. Performance degrades quickly. That being said, it is the best ball we have played with all year and I support the efforts of SSUSA to find the right ball for use in all divisions.

The Trump Stote is a better ball when available.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Oct. 3, 2022
softball4b
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas Legends moving to 65AAA

§13.1(3)A.2. • All men’s 40+ to 70+ teams, EXCEPT teams from California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon, may also draw up to two players from states on the same side of the Mississippi River as the home state/province of the team.

§13.1(3)D.3. • The Canadian provinces east of Manitoba are merged and known as the Eastern Canada region. The Canadian provinces west of Ontario are merged and known as the Western Canada region. These regions may draw players from their U.S. bordering states, but may not draw players from the other Canada region. (See also §13.1(3)A.2.)
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