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Michael Adair

Location:
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ

Division:
Men's 70

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Dec. 12, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's the rile

Rabbit trail, off topic, bottom line - catcher has no reason to catch a ball not over batters head If SSUSA going to match other organizations for roster and box then conversely this rule should follow suit.
Dec. 10, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's the rile

It seems based on the discussion, there is never an advantage to the defensive team unless the ball goes above the batters head when caught with a foul to give. Personally doesn't make sense, with 2 strikes a caught ball is a caught ball regardless of height. Less than 2 strikes then it makes sense. DD you want to weigh in?
Dec. 9, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's the rile

and I am pretty sure Kenny meant rule or maybe not.:-}
Dec. 9, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's the rile

I think the question is "what is straight back." I did extend my arm at a 90 degree angle and catch the ball on a line. I think everyone was surprised that I made the play so there is that. The call was made, short discussion, play resumes. Later more discussion with everyone and there was a general hmmmm. No animation or agitation just what if it happens in another setting such as world tourney. For the record, very good umpire.
Dec. 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shaved Bat

One of my favorite isms is, “I am going to give you information” how you process it is entirely up to you. I expect there will be a lot of information that will be forthcoming within the next few weeks, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts beforehand.

During the winter worlds a pitcher was hit with a batted ball and subsequently the bat checked and deemed to have been shaved and therefore illegal. I am not concerned nor interested in the back story only in the causation and result. An illegal bat was used and an individual incurred an injury. SSUSA will determine what consequences will be paid by the individual and or anyone else knowingly involved with regards to future play within the organization.

The why an individual would knowingly make a bat “hotter” is known only to that person. I can guess, but truthfully, I don't care.

That person put someone else at risk for injury and forever ruined his reputation. Correspondingly his action has sullied not only his reputation but those associated with him whether they knew or did not know of the players actions. Beyond the scope of the softball field the individual has also put he or she and their family in financial jeopardy. In the case of injury, litigation is not only a possibility but a probability.

95% of the bats I have owned or do own have come from manufacturer reps or certified retailer websites. The few bats I have purchased from individuals, I know them personally and feel confident in their integrity. If I ever purchased a bat and I didn't like it, I would sell it and usually less than half of what I paid for it. Sorry rabbit trail and not relevant to the subject.

My current experience is limited to the 60-70 division. I personally have no firsthand knowledge of individuals shaving or selling illegal bats. Being a catcher and kind of anal retentive, I look at every bat being brought to the plate. Most of the issues I see are guys swinging Utrip or ASA bats. I know those bats aren’t as good as senior bats, so I don’t say anything. With the new rule change I guess I might. If there is an instance where I think a bat is not legal, I will always protect my teammates. If I am wrong, I will deal with it. If I must buy a guy a new bat I will. I would rather be wrong, than not say anything, especially if one of my friends is injured.

Velesquez has been on top of this for years. I feel confident SSUSA will take corrective action, but it is up to us to be more involved in policing our sport. I sent an email to my teammates informing them that I did not believe anyone on our team was cheating, but such conduct is not acceptable and not tolerated. I copied our sponsor and SSUSA.

Lastly, no hit, home run, game, or championship is worth the possibility of injury to an individual and or a financial hit to you/your family’s livelihood. In the worse scenario, the injured player dies because of the illegal equipment, criminal action. Criminal negligence or manslaughter.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70

Nov. 30, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Lost Equipment at Papago Park Session 1

I found some lost equipment at Papago park during session 1 winter worlds. Please contact me at softball4b@aol.com and we can figure out a way to return the items.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Nov. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Balls in Phoenix

Will the TD supply balls per game or give X number to each team.
Nov. 12, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rose Mofford Sports Complex

They had full services when we played there last month
Oct. 25, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Question for Dave Regarding border states

Play Ball

Oct. 25, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Question for Dave Regarding border states

What is the rule for Canadian teams?
Oct. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Worlds and 2024

Yup!
Oct. 13, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 75 AAA pitcher

Mark is a good player and a better person. He would be an asset to your team.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Oct. 11, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Phoenix

How can you know that until you know how many teams are coming in each age group?
Oct. 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LAGACY PARK NEWS

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2023/10/04/mesa-legacy-park-sale-in-limbo-here-is-what-we-know/71060060007/

Oct. 5, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA

Congrats on a great year. Your mission statement or plan has evolved over the 20+ years I have played in the organization.

Expanding the scope of the organization internationally through philanthropy and softball outreach is a testament to looking beyond just the hosting the easy tournaments.

All organizations have trial and tribulations, but I believe SSUSA has learned and been made better each and every year.

Thank you again for providing a venue for us to continue to play this sport.

Mike Adair #35
Scorpions 70
Sept. 28, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 50 Major Plus bracket issue

IMO Worlds must be in a location that accommodate the players and their supporters. The main knock I hear is the fields. Any organization is at the mercy of the city in which the tournament is held for the condition(s) and use of the fields.

A few points to consider:
The temps in Phoenix are still in the 100s.

Because of the size of the tournament, it is already stretched over 17 day period, which is actually more for the staff and vendors.

To utilize only the best fields in any location; the tournament period would need to double+ in length. People already complain about the 3 day tourney extending to 4 days.

Vegas does offer ample entertainment and eating choices for everyone coming to the tourney.

There is no perfect venue or location, but Vegas seems to be the best overall.

SSUSA does a great job of providing this end of season experience for us to measure our team and ourselves against the best in the world.

BTW, I don't gamble, I am not a foodie(I do love eating though), and because I am a trophy husband(wife still works), Worlds is the tourney wife gets to come.

Mike Adair
Scorpion 70s
Sept. 26, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65, 70 75 's ?

I looked at the results and was disappointed. I was hoping that we did better than I thought.

Nope, still lost.

Congrats to the teams for a very competitive and challenging tournament.

I love this tourney and appreciate how much work SSUSA puts in to give us this venue for us to play.

Mike Adair
Scorpions 70
Sept. 25, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 65, 70 75 's ?

I believe only session 1 results have been posted.
Sept. 7, 2023
softball4b
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What do 12 and 6 foot arcs really look like?

I don't know if I could hit off of you, but it would be fun. Good Stuff!!
Aug. 20, 2023
softball4b
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2023 Worlds - Team List

I concur, much easier to see classifications
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