Putting some bounce in my workout

Written by Bob on March 25th, 2015

senior.Bball.web Senior basketball (ages 50 to 83) players of the Drayson Center in Loma Linda, Calif. I am first on the left of the bottom row.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Yesterday I rode the stationary bike for 20 minutes and didn’t enjoy one minute of it. I also lifted weights and that wasn’t much fun either.

I needed to make a change in my stale fitness routine and today I did. I asked myself: “What do I really enjoy doing physically to stay in shape?” The answer came quick – basketball.

So today I went to the Redlands YMCA determined to spend at least an hour on the court. And except for three younger guys on the far court, I had an open court all to myself.

Some of you are probably thinking, “what fun is playing basketball, a team sport, all by yourself?”

Since I was a little kid living on a farm, there wasn’t a lot of kids around for pick-up games. So I played basketball alone, shooting under the yellow yard light off the garage, or in the haymow of our barn when part of the floor was cleared. During haying season, the haymow was full to the peak, so the yard light had to do.

But my point is, it has never bothered me to play basketball alone. As a kid, I would pretend I was Lakers star Jerry West or 76ers backcourt ace Hal Greer. I’d pretend I was taking the game winning shot with just second or two left on the clock.

I delighted in shooting jump shots, set shots, driving to the basket for layups. I delighted in the sound of the bouncing ball or seeing it drop through the basket; and on an especially good shot, the sound of “swish” when the ball hits nothing but net.

I was on the court for 1:05 hours today. Just me, the ball and the basket. It sure beats sitting on that stationary bike.

(I still play senior basketball at the Drayson Center in Loma Linda, Calif.)

To learn more about senior men’s basketball, visit: Masters Basketball Association

 

California Czar’s buzz cut will save water

Written by Bob on March 23rd, 2015

YuleBrynner The late Yul Brynner typifies the new California look to conserve water.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – California is running out of water. To solve this dire dilemma, I’m appointing myself California Czar of Water Conservation. I don’t want any help. No board of directors, no commissioners, just me.

If you want to shorten my title and call me “Czar,” that’s fine. Now let’s get to work and solve one of the worst droughts in California history.

I’ve got a few great ideas to fix the problem.

First, no more hot showers.

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Men’s fastpitch tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.

Written by Bob on March 21st, 2015

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Beautiful Demuth Park in Palm Springs, Calif. has been the scene of many men’s fastpitch tournaments for over 50 years. Photo By BOB OTTO

PALM SPRINGS – Want to watch some men’s fastpitch action? Want to watch it in beautiful spring-like weather?

Then be sure to take a trip to beautiful Palm Springs, Calif. for the annual Palm Springs Men’s Fastpitch Tournament run by Vicki Oltean for over 20 years.

This Southern Calif. Independent Fastpitch League tournament is held at Demuth Park. Here’s a map to help you out. Demuth Park, Palm Springs

 

Australia’s Marshall Kronk, selected Top Pitcher, meets legendary Terry Downs

Written by Bob on March 21st, 2015

winterset.kronk.marshall.69 Marshall Kronk, a 20-year-old Australian fastpitch pitcher was awarded Best Pitcher of the Australian Open Men’s Softball Championship March 7 at Redlands Softball Association. Kronk also pitched in the United States and Canada with top club teams.

In 2013 Kronk was selected the Most Valuable Pitcher (5-1 record, 41 innings, 1.54 ERA, 59 strikeouts) of the NAFA World Series AA-Major Division after pitching Winterset, Iowa to the runner-up spot.

And in 2014, Kronk was chosen First-Team Designated Hitter at the ISC World Tournament for the Kitchener Hallman Twins of Canada. He had a .421 batting average (8 for 19) with three runs and three RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2013 NAFA World Series.

By Amanda McAuliffe / Redland City Bulletin

AUSTRALIA – Marshall Kronk, of Birkdale, came face to face with former Redlands Softball Association member and Australian softball legend Terry Downes when he received the individual award for Best Pitcher after the 2015 Australian Open Men’s Softball Championships on March 7 at Redlands Softball Association.

Having won the same award exactly 20 years earlier, it was a special moment when Downes who played 109 games for his country between 1995 and 2009 presented Kronk with the award.

Marshall Kronk receives his Best Pitcher award from Australian pitching legend Terry Downes.

Marshall Kronk receives his Best Pitcher award from Australian pitching legend Terry Downes.

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Weezers NAFA Spring Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Written by Bob on March 18th, 2015

KANSAS CITY – This should be a good kickoff to the Midwest men’s fastpitch season.

Weezers Fastpitch Tournament

 

U.S. men’s fastpitch tournament schedules

Written by Bob on March 15th, 2015

Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Tyler Bouley taking his swings in the 2014 NAFA 23-Under championship game. Photo By BOB OTTO

Minnesota Computers / Kegel Black Knights Tyler Bouley (Champlin, Minn.) helped his ball club win the 2014 NAFA World Series 23-Under Division. Bouley, a member of the USA Junior Men’s National Team, was selected the 2014 USA Softball Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

YUCAIPA, Calif. – Through the research and courtesy of Minnesota Men’s Fastpitch Softball these are the most current listing of 2015 tournaments in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Oregon, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois. But of course, any of the tournaments could be subject to change.

May 16th-17th
McCuen’s Pub – Des Moines, IA

May 23rd-25th (Memorial Weekend)
Dugout Bar – Cushing, Wisconsin
NAFA A-Major – Fargo, North Dakota
Pigeon Falls Tournament – Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin
Walcott Memorial Day Tournament – Walcott, Iowa

May 30th-31st
Hollywood Tournament – Waverly, Minnesota

June 6th-7th
Sioux Falls Tournament – Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Grumpy’s Tournament – Wellsburg, Iowa

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Fond memories of The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin

Written by Bob on March 10th, 2015

YUCAIPA, CA – In the 1970s I began subscribing to a monthly magazine called The Fastpitch Softball News Bulletin published by the late Ray Anderson (inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame in 1993).

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Vicki Oltean’s Palm Springs men’s fast pitch tournament

Written by Bob on March 10th, 2015

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PALM SPRINGS – Vicki Oltean will once again host a men’s fast pitch tournament, March 21-22, in Palm Springs, as she has done for the past 20-plus years. The tournament is affiliated with the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League, the strongest running league in Southern California.

A friend to men’s fast pitch? Vicki Oltean is one of the best!

For more information about entering the tournament, contact Vicki at 760-323-8277.

For information on the So. Calif. Independent Fastpitch League (SCIFL), visit: www.scifastpitch.com

 

23rd Annual Best of The West in Santa Barbara

Written by Bob on March 9th, 2015

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The 23rd Annual Best of The West men’s faspitch tournament will be held June 6-7 at Elings Park in Santa Barbara.

THE DETAILS

  • Entry fee: $400
  • Entry deadline: May 20
  • Format: Round robin into single elimination. Four game guarantee. Saturday has a 90-minute time limit. Sunday NO time limit.
  • Berths: One ISC World Tournament berth to the highest U.S. west finishing team. ASA berths to classes A-B-C.
  • CONTACTS
    Clyde Bennett – clydebennett50@gmail.com / 805-895-9007
    UIC – Clyde Bennett
    ISC rep – Chris Santos: jcsantos25@msn.com / 303-419-7332

     

    Final stage of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

    Written by Bob on March 4th, 2015
    The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

    The front cover, left, and collage page of my soon to be released 2014 NAFA World Series magazine. Photo Illustration By BOB OTTO

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve reached page 93 with about seven left and my magazine (8.5 x 11 inches) about the 2014 NAFA World Series will be finished after four months work.

    Content will include:

  • Championship game stories
  • Feature stories
  • Hall of Fame stories
  • Over 125 action and team photos
  • The magazine will be published and available through Blurb.

    I’ll post as soon as the magazine is available for preview on Blurb.

     
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