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May 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ball B.S. In lee county

Nancy,
That's funny! The Stote remains to be a pretty good ball but as PJ3P mentioned sometimes a variation may be used due to supply and demand. When that occurs, you can get less than favorable results when you encounter heat and humidity of which we have an abundance of in South Florida. There are several more consistent balls out there, ie....the Rock balls, Kevin's Tattoo balls but you have to remember cost comes into play too. Most companies have raised pricing slightly over the last year. I know shipping costs are also up. Consider they come in on a boat from the Far East and then have to be ground shipped to wherever the end user is. Softballs are somewhat heavy so that all adds up. I'm not making excuses just pointing out some details on all sides of the softball world. FHC does put on a great series of tournaments at a VERY LOW COST to the players. It gives usa great opportunity to play competitive softball all year long here with entry fees of only $210. Overall, it's a great venue and well worth the money to play in it.
I'm sure next month all will be OK again.....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
May 18, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ball B.S. In lee county

PJ3P,
You are correct on that one. Several of the ball companies have had inventory issues this year with various balls. If any of you think you may be needing a certain ball or any ball in the future, I would recommend checking into getting them well in advance. Most of these balls are made in the Far East and shipping has been a logistical nightmare for the ball companies. I ordered my run of balls now and I'll expect them in August. Sometimes it takes that long.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
May 18, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: In Need Of An ASA Bat

You too guys have it right. The Freak52 and the Flipper are the two best ASA bats out there hands down. The Freak now comes in a balanced model which is real popular and it's the only really high performance ASA bat that works well on the 52 cor balls. If you have more questions get with me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 18, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ball B.S. In lee county

Doer,
You bring up an interesting issue. Welcome to summer senior softball in Florida. SSUSA and Florida Half Century use the same Trump Stote 44/375 here in Florida. I played in both events you spoke of and heard complaints all over the park. If you notice, you don't hear many complaints in the fall or winter down here and there is good for that. Trumps 44/375 in THAT MODEL is severely affected by temperature, humidity, AND WHERE THEY ARE STORED BEFORE PLAY. let's face it, not many tournament directors take the time or even have the knowledge or ability to store the balls in an a/c area before their usage. (I do that in my events) this particular ball feels and sounds more like a sponge ball down here during our hot months. Performance drops off quickly, especially if you play in mid day or afternoon heat. For that very reason when I put on events or run tournaments, I do not choose that particular ball. Mike Macenko has also been testing softballs for many years and is a wealth of information on the subject. He introduced me to a new design by Trump that I tested and found to be a very consistent ball at ANY temperature. (It was our official ball at my spring training camp and I am still hitting balls from that camp in bp)It was an ISA stamped ball and it has a barrier in it to prevent break down in temperature. I was so impressed with it that with Mikes assistance (thanks Big Cat) we made some minor changes to it and it will now be available to the general public under my Team 1 Sports banner. They are in production now and will be available in August so get with me with any questions about it. It is a non sanctioned 44/375 ball that can be used anywhere that's allowed. The ball is VERY durable and consistent , more so than any ball I've tested and right up there with the Rock which is a great ball. It would be nice to see some sanctions go with this type of ball or with the Rock or maybe even the Tattoo 44/375 as they all are very good and stay true in any weather condition. In the meanwhile, get used to hitting a ball with a sock like feel in the Florida heat!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 27, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

Tattoo,
Never really thought about the size thing but yours is a valid point. We have a big state (Florida) and good weather so I guess we are fortunate. There was another post about what makes a major player so I thought I would try and put input on both things. Here in Florida we have a lot of guys and several teams that could compete very well in Major Plus. I know that is like some other states too. We all like to win and we all play to win but it seems many people and teams avoid Major Plus so they have a better chance,,, to not lose. It's VERY hard to win all the time in Major Plus or Major for that matter. Teams and players are very good. But if your team has the potential to win say 40-50 percent of the time, I feel you should move up until you no longer have that potential. Not everyone agrees but I always wanted to play with the best possible level of competition and if I'm the worst guy on the team, we have a pretty good team. I think my Team 1 Sports team is pretty successful and we don't win all the time and we are a basically self sponsored Major Plus team that has good talent and great guys to hang with. We enjoy striving to play the best and even some younger teams too.
My personal opinion is that SSUSA does a pretty good job at policing the teams at every level. I think we could encourage more teams to move to Major Plus is to DECREASE the home runs in Major and bring back excess home runs to be walks in Major Plus. That might entice the extremely good Major teams to take the leap. Just a thought....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 27, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Dbax,
You are good at that. Darn that spell check! Hemi, lotsa rain Saturday am so they cancelled 2 of the 3 seeding games. It cleared up and we ended up winning the 50 Major Plus...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 25, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Complaining? I'm not complaining one little bit. As I told our original group this year I am THRILLED to be around guys who have the passion and dedication to come to a camp that improves their game. I got as much out of it as they did and that's just another blessing of senior softball. I am happy to have multiple people from around the country asking to come to another camp.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 23, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

I am complaining a list now of dates to avoid to try and hone in on the best dates possible. Then I will go about procuring facilities so we can put on another great camp. I'll update you guys as soon as I sort through it all.

Thanks,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Bag

Bruce and others...
Tangelos Rage bag WAS a good choice but as of now Tanel is not producing anymore bags or shoes and is basically...out of the softball business for now. That is why I did not suggest them.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
April 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New bats for 2015

Perl,
I have a few out there on you tube. I even bought a new video camera and radar gun this year for that. I'm a little tech and time challenged sometimes and my goal this year is to do more of that. I need to train myself a little better and set aside time for that. Appreciate the thought...I'll see what I can do.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
April 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Bag

Chip,
Look at the new Miken line up. They have the Freak tournament which my team used last year and the Freak Championship which we are using this year. Both are excellent quality wheeled bags and the tournament is a larger model with telescoping handle that easily holds 6 bats or more. My bag last year is still usable after 8 flights around the country, numerous drive to tournaments, and.....a BAZILLION trips to the ballpark for bp and testing equipment. I can't say anymore than that. If you need help call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning.....

If the association allows senior bats...spa,issa, isa, ssusa, the Dudley can be used. Not all associations require their logo on the bat itself.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 15, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Guys and girls,
After many calls, texts, and emails it seems like a lot of you are requesting a repeat of our Spring Training program in the fall so.....looks like we will do the Team 1 Sports Fall Smash after all. I am working on dates and arrangements now so stand by and I'll put it out there as soon as I can. We already have some players making reservations for the camp now.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 14, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

I just did a custom set of uniforms for the Tulsa Hawaiins? I guess I better call the manager to figure that one out...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 10, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New bats for 2015

ASA for sure and the Juggy is great too...
AT18
April 10, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New bats for 2015

Hey guys,
I've been working with and testing a couple of new bats for this season. Worths new Jeff Hall and Combats new 2 PC Wanted. I should finish up late next week as I have to leave today for the Spring Nationals. Preliminary swing weights and feel of both of these are good but I only have a limited number of hits on them so far. Exciting time of the year for everyone! Softball season is here!
If you have questions about a senior or ASA/USSSA bats, get with me and I'll be glad to help you out.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 6, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Nick,
It was great to meet you and I am glad you got to make it down here. We had a blast working with everyone and the banquet turned out quite nice as well. Good food and great company! I've had a lot of interest in a fall/winter camp so let me know if you are interested and we will put the band back together....
AT 18
Team 1 Sports
April 5, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Johnny,
You bring up a very good idea that I have been thinking about for awhile. I think we can put together a lot of useful information for the senior athlete. My lack of technical computing skills sometimes keeps me from doing certain things as it takes me awhile to incorporate things into my website. I have tried to work with a couple web design people and truthfully, they have been awful. One of these days I need to find someone reasonable and good that can help me with this and a few other things. In the meanwhile I'll send out my little snippets of info to my email list and post a few things here and there. If anyone is interested in getting on my email list just send me an email requesting that. I have had ALOT of of interest in a fall/winter camp so I will begin to check into preliminary planning after we play in the spring nationals this week. Looking forward to playing a lot of my buddies in the 40 division!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
March 31, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Thanks for the kind words guys. My goal when I started planning was to have the most informative and interactive Spring training ever put together. I think we may have been able to do that this year. In answer to the other comments...we are already planning and evaluating our next event. I am hoping to add a official photographer and videographer on site as that can be fun and helpful. My phone and email has been busy with players across the country wanting to sign up for the next event. I will consider a fall camp if there is enough demand at that time of the year. Stay tuned....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 29, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Brian,
I have to tell you that I may have received more than you guys did. First it was an absolute pleasure to meet you after emails and phone calls from the last year or two. You are an incredible athlete and player. I'm sure you will agree with me that we had a fantastic mix of guys and also.....our girl camper Lynelle.....Lynelle you rock! Sharing experience and knowledge with people who are intent on absorbing it and working on their games is a blessing for me. We are already talking and planning for next year at today's staff meeting. I promise you it will be even better.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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