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April 25, 2024
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Process for Scheduling Tournament Schedules and Venues

I was just thinking of adding a new Message Board post regarding the Home Field complex in Kansas City and saw this thread.

We played in the 65 division on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I have to say that the facility is first rate. Great parking, close to the Legends area and multiple hotels, and the staff was fantastic. Stadium type seating behind the plate. And all dugouts, bleachers, and stadium seats were covered by sun shades. Very nice.

I have to admit...being 67 and chasing gapped shots on turf to the fence was a chore. In the very stiff crosswinds we faced, it would take two relays to get the ball even back to 2nd base or the pitcher's mound! But I love getting true bounces and no divots in the outfield. If the temporary 300' fence can get in place it would be cool but even if not, I would come back.

I heard the entire complex (including soccer fields and out buildings) cost about $865 million. Not sure if that is true or not. But it is a beautiful place.
Dec. 21, 2021
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major (?) Rule Change

JimmyG, thank you for the link/path. I was unaware that the minutes were posted and I was only going off of the SSUSA PDF Winter Edition.

Staff, I didn't equate 'artificial noise makers' with boom boxes, phones, radios, etc. I immediately focused on clapper sticks, cowbells, and other fan related items. I am now better informed.

I was more concerned with the fans being unable to cheer, encourage, and root on their players and thus, ruining their involvement. Because it can't be fun for them just sitting at the fields from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Chad, I get it. The explicit language isn't appropriate but personally, I have no issues with a team having G rated music for their bench at a reasonable volume.

Dec. 21, 2021
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major (?) Rule Change

In the Winter Edition of SSUSA softball, it states that a "major change" in rules includes:


I don't see any discussions on this and, in between laughs, I have to ask for more details here. What prompted this "major change"? What does it pertain to? Cowbells, clappers, kazoos, music in the dugouts, etc. etc.

Are fans going to be judged by the tournament directors and/or umpires when the 'limit' is reached? What will be the punishment for exceeding the 'limit'?

Who had the thin skin to even put this on the agenda?

I'd sure like to know some more information on this major rule change because, right now, it is amusing and somewhat embarrassing that it was even considered, let alone passed.
Nov. 19, 2020
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Covid concern

In Glendale, Walked from my car to door at Texas Roadhouse with mask in hand, put mask on at door and on way to table, took mask off at table.

In Glendale, observed tournament official/park guy use gestapo tactics to tell FANS to mask up, sitting alone, outside, and no one within 30 feet of them.

Yep, that is one smart virus.
Nov. 17, 2020
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Covid concern

how many players have the virus? since the positive results, have they really practiced together? is that known as fact? when does it stop? why not test all teams prior to accepting their registration?

if a team is that fearful, or "concerned", then drop out or don't register. but one team doesn't get to dictate what other teams should or should not do.

either stay home or play. easy choice.

May 25, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

Local league semi-final game. We are home team and come back in the bottom of the 7th to score 6 runs to tie the game. Bases loaded, no outs.

I'm putting my stuff in the bag and getting ready to head over to the field for the championship game. One run is all we need.

One of our decent hitters up and he's been around the block and knows that any type of fly ball is all we need. However...

...two hopper to third base, steps on bag (1), throws home (2), and catcher is elated but his team tells him to throw to first. Our batter had stopped running and is tripled up.

We go to extras and they score 11 in the top of the 8th, we come back with 3.

May 18, 2020
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Best changes to improve virus safety?

Count me in as one of the cynics...

This is a team sport and one of the greatest aspects of playing league and tournament ball is the social factor with your teammates and rival team members who have become your friends. Now all of that is taken away.

No social time before or during the game, no friendly banter or jive, no ability to congratulate your teammate for a great AB or web gem, no grabbing a beer or dinner with your travel team and fans.

The goal was 'flatten the curve' not eradicate the China Virus. We've done that.

We sign a waiver to acknowledge that there is some danger in our sport, we could get hurt or die. Yet, we play on with standard rules of the game.

Now we have to sign a waiver that we might catch the Wuhan Bug but can't play by those same standard rules. We might get sick and we STILL might die but those of us who sign the waiver acknowledge that risk. If someone doesn't want to risk it, that's have the option to stay home.

Instead, the answer is to publish a Covid Addendum the size of Mein Kampf that will take the enjoyment out of the game just to satisfy a few.

As others have said, I'd rather cancel the entire season than abide by ridiculous rules such as sanitizing a ball that will be touched multiple times each 1/2 inning.

Common sense and freedom of choice have left the building. Sure hope they come back.

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