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July 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

http://youtu.be/0ePFeDo7xjE

This is the You Tube URL where you can find the afternoon session which you can see the ball flight better on...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Bruce,
Let me finish with the durability testing but right now at 715 swings it's showing outstanding performance levels, expanded sweet spot and great durability as well considering my breakage test on other senior bats. It is the most impressive senior bat that I have tested at this point over the last year or two. I will continue to update you guys on the progress. The afternoon video session is now up on my facebook page so go take a look. The bat was consistently propelling 44/375 balls VERY far. Tomorrow I will see if I can get it on my You Tube page too. I hope to hit it again tomorrow afternoon.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Funny thing is...that was being considered but I don't want to talk about Miken policy as I do not work for them. I do not think there will be a warranty on the bat but if you use one of their USSSA bats, you will get great performance WITH a warranty from the DC41, Freak Black, or Freak12.....

Alan Tanner
Team1 Sports
July 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Two hitting sessions today...the first on a baseball field has a short video under Alan Tanner Miken Senior bat on you tube or on my facebook page. The second session of hitting I did this afternoon. Thankfully one of my buddies came with a nice HD camera and tripod and filmed it. He is downloading it now and I'll get it on the net ASAP. The bat has 715 swings on it and it's truly outstanding. Pretty much every other senior bat I would have broken by now. This thing just keeps on going. It's an amazing new design/materials from the engineering staff at Miken.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stadium "Show" Balls?????

17,
The Bomber tour is for entertainment kind of like the Globetrotters. They hit a special ball that is as high as 650 compression so it does fly to the moon. Tour bats are also not as they appear although I do know last year Denny Crine did use a stock DC41 during the tour. I have hit those balls with a senior bat out of baseball fields and onto buildings behind the fences. Evil Sports makes them for the tour. They are tough on bats but a lot of fun to just....have fun with!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

Swing, you are correct in that...ALOT of bats were kinda one upped with their new offering. It appears this new bat from Miken will raise the bar even higher. This type of technology competition is what made our country great in many areas of commerce and technology and this is another good example of that. One other thing that I REALLY like and proudly support....Mikens bats from concept to design, prototype to production line are produced in our great country, USA and are not imported from the Far East.....This is something that appeals to me as well.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
July 18, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

Swing,
I stand behind the bat and it's design , performance, and durability.It still sells on a regular basis with little or not much promotion and I am the only one allowed to sell it. Players buy it over again after using it. The Ambush is still a solid performer in performance and durability and still has one of the largest sweet spots when broken in out there. It may not fit every players needs but one bat does not fit every players comfort level and needs. So in summary, the Ambush sells because it's a good quality bat that has proven itself to players all over the country that continue to buy it and re buy it. It may not fit you , but it continues to fit a lot of guys. Thanks for the input.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 18, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

You guys are right to a point with a majority of senior bats. I won't tell you that you will hit 800' home runs but I'll tell you this. It will meet or exceed any current senior bat performance and most importantly outlast them. The other thing you should consider is this:
Your theory is this....pick a top tier senior bat that you feel comfortable with and most likely it will produce similar batted ball speeds and distance once it's broken in and reaches it's highest performance levels. Agreed but,,,,how many swings do you get at it's high performance levels before it breaks? With most senior bats their high performance life span is maybe 20%-40% swing life but: if a bat was created that reached normal senior bat performance levels VERY quickly, got a bit better as time went on, outlasted pretty much every senior bat, and you got 85% of it's usable life in high performance swings and performance would that appeal to you? It certainly does to me and Mikens new design and materials is proving to do just that. The staff at Miken told me that they set a goal to change the standards of what a top tier senior bat is at it appears that they will achieve just that with this bat.I am continuing on with durability testing in the coming days to further help educate you and myself of it's durability potential. I am already convinced through testing that it's performance standard is among the very best out there. I will keep you posted....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 17, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

Diesel,
I understand what you are saying people that know my background know I don't sugarcoat anything. I also don't talk details unless I KNOW factual information that I have seen for myself. Testing is ongoing for me from multiple companies on multiple projects. I'll always be objective in my opinions as I do not work for any one company at this point. What I WILL DO is give you honest evaluations on products that I test from any company. Because I am in the midst of this, there are certain things I will not definitely say but I will give you honest and fair evaluations along the way with my educated opinion. Once I get to a certain point I will give you a summary based on FACTUAL firsthand information. Feel free to contact me directly with any of your questions or comments. The senior athlete and their needs is what I specialize in.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 17, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

Goater,
I forgot to fully answer your question. Mikes blue Gear bat at $100 is a great bargain for a legitimate senior bat. As I always tell players in trying to help them select equipment.....once you get to a certain level and quality of equipment, what you feel the most comfortable with in your swing will most likely be the bat you will hit the best with. All things considered , Mikes bat may be just right for you and at that price certainly worth considering.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 17, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

You can see it under my personal facebook page at Alan Tanner. Hopefully I will have some video up later today. Thank you.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 17, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Guys,
A VERY exciting day yesterday testing a new bat. I've been testing a few designs from various companies lately but nothing really exciting until this one. I've been back and forth over several months with Miken on this design and yesterday was the day for an actual production line model.Ive told many guys over the years...it's one thing to make a few bats by hand and say they are good. The true test is producing multiple bats on the production line that all react consistently. You may have read some of my reviews and opinions in the past but this one is easy to write:

This bat will set a new standard and raise the bar for any other senior bat out there....period.

It's performance within 25 swings was that of most fully broken in senior bats and at 100 swings those levels were eclipsed. (Remember that each players swing speed, mechanics, strength, and type of balls used can make this vary some) I used a mixture of different brands of 44/375 balls and I did hit about 20 stadium level balls to further challenge the durability of the bat. The feel is quite subtle as it has it's own character like no other senior bat. The layup and materials used are quite impressive and different than other bats. It's still in the composite family but it's design is quite complex and VERY EFFECTIVE.
The good news is that it has passed all certification testing and it will soon go right to production with anticipated delivery in September.....maybe a bit sooner but the target is having them for everyone to enjoy by all of our highly anticipated trips to the granddaddy event, SSUSA's great event in Vegas. The design team has tuned this bat perfectly and it's balance points are spot on. It will be available in 1/2 ounce Endloads which will feel like the current Miken 2 PC Max, 1 ounce end load which will feel like the Big Cat, and of course a very potent balanced version as well. Get with me for information on delivery and any other questions you may have. I will be doing some video and demos with the prototype/production model soon. You can see it on my Facebook page right now....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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561-718-7504
July 17, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

The Dudley was engineered by the same person that did the design for Reebok...thus there is some sameness there. It is a great combination of performance and durability. Mikens 2 PC Max gets the nod in overall performance over those 2, Dudley gets the durability prize but.....that may change soon.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 13, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fall Senior Softball Training in Vero Beach, FL

Hello Everyone,
I have secured the host hotel again for the Fall Training event. It is the Holiday Inn located right off I95 and Route 60 and it sits in the PARKING LOT of the famous Vero Beach OUTLET MALL. Bring your wife or girlfriend , I'm sure they will be happy to accompany you!

Holiday Inn Express Vero Beach
772-567-2500

You can contact me to register.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 10, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pool games....???

Guys,
I think this is one of the better discussions I have seen where all the comments were respectful and there was good content in every post. Go look at some of the younger sanctions message boards and RARELY do we see that which brings me to my point.

Most of us have played organized softball for many years and now obviously play senior ball. I was fortunate to play at just about every level of softball and played professionally for over 10 years so I too have seen and heard a lot on the subject. As Seniors, thankfully our mind sets and attitudes are somewhat different than we were as younger players. I think we look to get as much or more from the social aspects of the game while also trying to quench our still competitive nature. So....my vote and feeling is that the SSUSA has been doing a fine job with 5 game guarantee for a lot of reasons and that should remain in place. Here are a few that have been brought up.

1.From a managerial standpoint it gives us a chance to allow more players to get playing time. As seniors, injuries are more frequent and we have to bring extra players just in case. It's easier to be fair to the team with 5 games to work with.
2. It's COSTLY to travel and play and commit to a schedule where you might only get 2 games in. Corporate sponsorship is more of a rarity these days and MOST teams and players I speak with are mainly self funded. We need to get a return for our investment as players and pseudo sponsors so the extra games help.
3. It allows tourney directors to spread schedules out some where teams are less likely to play multiple games in a row and thus preventing....overuse injuries for the senior athletes. I work with athletes every day and spreading exercise over time periods gives a senior athlete better recovery time that we need. As you know...once it goes to double elimination we need to have gas in the tank in case we get in the dreaded losers bracket early.
4. It gives players and families time to meet and socialize some off the field instead of cramming an event in one or two days. This is a BIG and fantastic difference that I embrace in Senior softball and is very different in the younger game. We get to meet former friends, make new friends, and form common bonds with other teams and their family's too. This is a real benefit that allows our wives or girlfriends to link up with our softball community too.

So, all in all I believe the current format is beneficial for a overwhelmingly larger percentage of the players playing in the SSUSA and even other organizations and should not be changed. I think the SSUSA has it right and continues to put on quality events for us to enjoy.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports / Miken
50 Major Plus
July 10, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fall Senior Softball Training in Vero Beach, FL

Guys,
I went and played on the fields at South County Regional Park in Vero Beach where our Fall Session will be held at. They are VERY nice and actually a little closer to the host hotels than the fields at North County where we held the Spring Session. I am finalizing the banquet arrangements next week and it will be most likely held at the same place as before...Mulligans on the Beach which is known for it's location and great food quality. We had a great dinner there in the Spring. Registration is open now so get with me to reserve your space. 3 fun days November 13,14, and 15 where you will have a LOT of fun, learn a lot, and play a lot. Get with me with any questions or to resister at
561-718-7504. Come down November 6-8 to Ft. Meyers to play in the always good SSUSA event and stay over for the fall training camp....

Alan Tanner
July 7, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Broken Miken Ulttra ll

Col.
I'll be happy to discuss your swing and swing weight preferences and help you make the best choice for you if you need some help.

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

Brian ,
Cost is $250
Early registration now through August 15 th $225
Spring Training camp attendees $200

Thanks,
Alan Tanner
July 6, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

Doer,
Video will be good. We will be at SOUTH County Regional Park in Vero instead of North County like last time. It's right off Oslo Road and it's close to the Route 60 exit from i95. So...a little closer to hotels and restaurants and the fields are as nice or maybe nicer than the ones we used before and,,,,those were darn good. Doing my best to ONEup what we did in the spring. Remember...hotel is in the PARKING LOT of the Vero Beach Outlet Mall. Between that and the beach ANY WIFE SHOULD WANT TO COME ALONG AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, LET YOU COME,

AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 6, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

I will be bringing back as many of the original instructors as possible and adding a couple. Bobby may have a conflict that will allow him part of the 13th and then 14/15. We are working on that right now and I'll update you along the way....Look forward to seeing a bunch of you there....Should have Holiday Inn Express right down the road signing on to be the official hotel so I can get you guys some discounts....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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