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Aug. 2, 2004
Fred
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Western Nationals

I think it would be great if the results for every SSUSA tournament were posted. It's very simple to do. The directors simply need to make them available to Scott Flodin the webmaster, or to whoever is responsible for getting things posted. This website could be so much better!!!
July 28, 2004
Fred
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Westrn Nationals

I only know the 50 AA results.
1. Pastimers, Seattle WA 6-0
2. Class Act, CA 4-2
3. ReMax, Seattle

Fred
Pastimers
July 19, 2004
Fred
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

Mad Dog: Seattle is a great place to play softball with some great ballfields. It's a shame that more teams won't travel up here. I guess it's OK for all the guys from WA and OR to travel to CA, NV, TX and FL to play but no one wants to come here. The comment about the WE Ruth teams is totally uncalled for. They have traveled all over the country and have played the best competition around. They don't duck anyone. Bill Ruth is a class individual and has sponsered softball teams ( 3 senior teams this year) since the early 70's. He has spent more of his own money sponsering teams than anyone in this state that I know of.

This is one of the the big 3 SSUSA tournys this year and it's a shame that it doesn't get better representation.

Fred
July 19, 2004
Fred
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Seattle Western Worlds

Hi Robinette.

Rosters should already be set. Any additions at this late date must be approved by National office. Please look me up when you get here. I played with and against a lot of the Rusty's guys. I played for Grimes for several years. I will be playing with the Pastimers AA team.

Fred Taylor
July 17, 2004
Fred
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

The balls should be flying out at this tourny. 3 of the fields are 280' the other one is 320'. My guess is that the Major plus and Major will play most of their games on the big field. For the AA teams, if they use a good ball, there will be some that will go out especially if you are swinging the Miken U2. They should consider changing it from an out to a single if someone on a AA team gets a dinger. Looking forward to seeing you all there next weekend.

Fred
July 15, 2004
Fred
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals

Who is coming to Seattle for the Western Nationals? Any teams from CA, AZ, or the rest of the country? Sign in and let us know. I'm hoping to see more teams than last year.

Fred
July 11, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Bats for 2005

TO LOBO:
Make sure you get in a lot of swings with your new EVO. There is a break in period with this bat. Approx. 300 batted balls and it will be really popping the ball by then.

Fred
July 8, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Bats for 2005

So far all the buzz is about the TPS Catalyst, Miken Freak Plus, and the DeMarini EVO. Your guess is as good as anyones if they will remain legal throughout the 2004/2005 season. It's a roll of the dice when you're shelling out $300 each.

Fred
58 years young
June 30, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The newest Hot bat

I just read about a Major/A USSSA NIT (not senior) tourny in Minn. held a few weeks ago. Quite a few guys were swinging the new TPS Catlyst and the reports are that it is a very hot bat with great durability. Don't know when it will be available for purchase.

The new Miken Freak Plus will be for sale in July. The hype is that it is better than the original Freak.

Fred
58 years young
June 27, 2004
Fred
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SENIOR's, what have or r we turning into?

Stoneman: Point well taken. As long as there is competition of any kind, whether it's Senior softball, the Olympics, or the stock market, there will always be cheaters. It's always extremely disappointing to find that someone has played outside the rules. There is always a consequence to it. Someone is always hurt in some form or another. I try to only get really upset about things that I can control. Love the game, love the people in the game (for the most part).

Fred
58 years young.
Play or die.
June 26, 2004
Fred
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SENIOR's, what have or r we turning into?

My, my, my. You certainly have painted the senior softball community with one big brush. I seriously doubt that the use of illegal or altered bats by the top palyers (as you have called them) is occuring on anything but a very, very small scale. With the Miken II, Miken Freak, Synergy etc. still legal, why would anyone risk using an altered bat? There are many, many guys that can hit HR's with legal bats. Why let the actions of a very few people make you so bitter? I know quite a few of the top senior players, world and national champions in all age brackets, and to a man a believe them to be honorable people. Rather than come on this board and call people cheats, why not do it to their faces and be prepared to take your medicine?

Fred
58 years young.
April 16, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MX37 vs tps response endload

CORRECTION to the last post. It's www.batsbatsbats.com. I don't think the guy that tests these bats has anything to gain by touting one bat over any other. This web site sells them all.
April 16, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MX37 vs tps response endload

This is from www.bats.com and their reviewer.
Scab's Power Ranking
Wow, this bat is the sleeper of 2004!!!!! In fact I would say it is the best bat money can buy, & that includes all the new legal & not legal composites. I really cannot figure out how this missle launcher passed the new ASA test, but it did. Great selling price of 219.99 is also a bonus. Come next season, I guarantee this bat will a must have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Scab

April 11, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MX37 vs tps response endload

Try the new Demarini 375. They have been made especially for low comp balls.. At $219 it's an affordable bat.

Fred

April 8, 2004
Fred
Topic: Product review
Discussion: SAFEST BALLS TO HIT.

Stoneman: The information I posted was taken directly from www.softballhitting.com. These are not my words. I was just trying to shed a little more light on the subject. You really need to have a degree in physics to understand all this. I personally don't care what kind of ball is used.
Fred
58 years young.
March 26, 2004
Fred
Topic: Product review
Discussion: SAFEST BALLS TO HIT.

Here is something from an advertiser on this site, www.softballhitting.com. it is a litle long but seems to say something similar to what you have posted.

"Ok. I will try here to simplify a complex issue. We all know about the hype surrounding bats, but what if any surrounding balls? It's probably more confusion rather than hype, but it should not be so. First whats more important Ball core or compression? Answer: compression.

COR is simply the rate at which a ball will reflect back after being cast against an immovable object. So the higher the core the higher the reflectivity or the higher the bounce if you will. Core 47 has a higher bounce than a core 40. But core is not as important as compression, although if you could choose a core 47 with low compression this would be a good ball for a stock techzilla to hit for example. Unfortunately low comp balls usually are paired up with 40 cor. This is why it is important to separate the two. The compression is much more important and it's as simple as this : 375lb. comp balls are softer or "compress" more than 525 lb. balls. It takes 525lbs. of pressure per sq.inch to compress a 525lb. ball 1/4". It takes only 375lbs. of pressure to compress a 375lb. ball 1/4". So the higher the comp the harder the ball and the harder the ball the farther it will fly WITH THE RIGHT BAT. What is the right bat? Well lets look at a bit more.

If you could choose and I know many times you can't unless it's your own practice, but if you could the ultimate ball for lets say an ultra would be high comp 525lb.ball with 40 COR as opposed to 47 COR. Most times though 525's are paired up with 47 COR. Now on a stiffer bat like the stock techzilla the best ball match would be 47cor and low 375 compression. Again you don't see this ball too often because usually low COR is matched with low comp., but there you have it."

Fred
58 years young.

March 18, 2004
Fred
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HIT THE MIDDLE.

I have played this game for 35 years now. Many of those years as a pitcher. I currently picth for a USSSA youngsters team of 20 and 30 year olds. Risk of injury is and always has been a part of this game. I have taken too many shots to count. Off the toes, shins, knees, arms, shoulders and yes even off the head. They come from bad hops, knucklers and screaming line drives. They have been hit all types of bats imaginable. I know that some guys like to shoot the middle. As long as they don't talk about, I'm OK with that. I personally take it as a challange and love to turn their shots into outs. As a pitcher you should know the risks and prepare for them. When you realease the ball, back up 2 or three steps and get set. I'm really tired of everyone wanting to change the rules, ban the bats, etc., ect. The best thing that can be done is to go to the gym or do what ever you do to stay fit and make sure your reflexes are as good as they can be at our age. If they're not, don't pitch. That's my 2 cents worth.

Fred
58 years young.
Feb. 26, 2004
Fred
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix SSUSA tourny results.

Bruce, my sentiments exactly. I phoned the SSUSA office about 6 weeks ago to see if they would post tourny results. They said the message would be passed along. As a softball junkie, like everyone else on this board, I like to know what's going on in other parts of the country. I have played in many tournaments all over the country and know a lot of teams and would like to be able to keep up with who's winning what. Just my 2 cents worth.

Fred
Feb. 24, 2004
Fred
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix SSUSA tourny results.

Does anyone have the results form last weekends qualifer in Phoenix?
Thanks,
Fred
Feb. 23, 2004
Fred
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WEAPON OF CHOICE FOR '04 ??

Miken U2 for SSUSA. I will also be purchasing a Miken Freak and a 2004 Demarini 375. I have read several reviews on the 375 and it is supposed to be awesome on low to mid compression balls. At $220 it could be this years sleeper.

Fred
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