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June 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

HJ,
I have the TOC bats in and have hit them extensively. If you or others need to get them I will be happy to work with you. I would NOT recommend hitting a composite bat that you cared about with those balls. Use a good 44/375 ball for break in...thanks,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
June 9, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth legit

AJc,
Thanks for checking in ....FYI I don't list everything but I do have pretty much every senior bat there is as well as ASA and USSSA too. I test most of them and keep a majority around for you guys. Glad to help you anytime,,,
Alan Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 6, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

I agree with Mike,,,,the TOC is a VERY good bat. Not quite sure how that price is being offered as it's way off Miken policy but it's a fantastic bat. It is basically the same swing weight and make up of the old red 1 Piece Ultra II. The difference? There are 2.
1. It will take a slightly longer break in period than the old red one piece version. Don't count this against the bat...it's worth it. Take a few extra swings and it will respond. They hit very well.
2. For stronger hitters or guys with quicker bat speed the old red one piece was not very durable. The BIG plus here, the TOC is durable and delivers great performance.

I have tested and hit with this bat extensively and just finished testing another sample from the batch I just got in. I also broke in 3 this week for clients. Results? Lights out bat that delivers great performance AND durability. If you need more info on it feel free to get with me.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 5, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: combat 2 dirty vs. worth legit

Bigrey,
The Worth Legit is basically unchanged from the 2014. Hopefully they did change the glue on their knobs and encapsulate so they don't keep flying off! My preliminary tests seem to indicate that. If you need anything else feel free to call.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 30, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Hey Tim,
I believe that A and AA did do that but we were allowed multiple home run hitters who could hit as many as they wanted too....so not a true limit on home runs. Anyway, I think the basis of my idea keeps rules simple and allows for teams to be moved up and to move up themselves. The entire basis of my team is comraderie....we have a great group of FAMILYS that enjoy socializing together while playing softball. We don't dominate at Major Plus, we compete. But...for SENIOR softball, the TEAM and FAMILY chemistry is a main objective as we grow older. Forcibly breaking up a team family I feel isn't correct and is destructive in its very nature. I don't think this encourages participation....I think it discourages it. And, I don't see that problem across the country or at all levels so I don't think it's a huge factor in making a new set of rules. So, let's agree to disagree there. I hope you have a great season playing, we are fortunate to be able to compete in a competitive association no matter what the rules are.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
May 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Easton Elder

Fabe,
Got the Elders on the mainland. I bet yours didn't get the blessing ceremony...! Keep us posted.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Tim,
I don't think that happens. When these teams start getting re classified it also changes what we look at and what constitutes a AAA PLAYER, Major player, and Major plus player. It's a gradual change to both players and teams classification and status. No different in what is happening now in USSSA. Keeping a smaller limit of countable home runs will make the major plus teams use them carefully and also make a good place hitting high average hitter a hot commodity in Major and Major plus ball. So....we don't discourage offense or penalize the upper level for offense but we encourage smart hitting AND defense by making these changes . (Sound familiar Tim? Remember the great A and AA program USSSA had years ago?...)On top of it, I believe it will be a safer game at the upper levels. What it will take is a few years of changing how we view players status and moving teams up the food chain. It will bring some parity back to the talent level and numbers of top teams.
My opinion...of course.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
May 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Excellent feedback from both sides....! Let me share with you a few thoughts that I have and then let's continue on the discussion:

First my team plays 50 Major plus. We have won and lost tournaments with both sets of rules in the past 6 months. We have not lost because of the new rules, we lost because we didn't play well enough to win. That being said I'll let you know my thoughts are not for just my teams best interest , they are for what I feel is in the best interest of the entire sport of competitive senior softball. I think we have to look beyond what just fits our wants and desires and consider what will help continue, grow, and enhance our sport at competitive levels.

AA: 1 hr and outs after that
AAA: 3 hr and outs after that
Major: 4 hr and outs after that
Major Plus: 7 hr and walks after that

I think something close to this will encourage teams who consistently hit home runs to ASPIRE to playing at the next level up instead of purposely trying to stay down. I think it will help with the safety issues associated with DBO rules at the highest levels. I think it gives the SSUSA another way of putting competitive teams where they should be playing. (Btw...I don't believe home runs are the only determining factor of a teams classification level) teams that stay together and recruit better players should be moving up the classes and should be ready and willing to do so. Teams that stay at the same talent levels and keep to roster guidelines may enjoy staying at the same level for a number of years. I really believe it will help to change the disparity in the numbers of Major and Major plus teams across the country not overnight but in the coming years.

Anyway...just my thoughts and opinions...as always, I welcome yours!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
May 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

I forgot to add...it may be helpful if you each post what division you play in with your post. We may find certain divisions like the new rule and feel it's beneficial while others don't.
AT18
May 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Hey guys,
I believe there have been about 30 tournaments played so far with the new rules that make excessive home runs count as outs instead of walks in all levels of senior play. I am interested to hear comments from all levels as to how they like it, it's fairness at each level, and how they feel it has changed or not changed the game to this point. Btw.... I am not looking for " bash the association" comments just your honest opinions on the change after experiencing play with the new rules.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
May 23, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok MeLee Production updates

Hey guys,
Just got in my container of MeLees from Reebok in every size except 28el. Those are in the next container due to come in around the first of June. The good news is that Reebok has decided to produce another shipment which will be here in about 4-6 weeks. Right now I have everything available except the 28el. It looks as if we may have enough Reeboks for the next few months according to inventory projections. I will continue to update you with any more new information as I get it. Get with me with any questions. I received some new Barrages as well in every size.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 15, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mike Macenko's Ultra 2's.......

Mike,
You bring up great points for all players to see. Each bat can be a bit different but what makes A bat great is consistent performance coupled with good durability. Miken has been known for this and the Big Cat is just another fine example of great technology and design put together. Every one I have hit with and broke in have been very good. Another thing to remember guys....all of us as hitters are different in strength, body weight, swing speed, and technique. No matter what bat you are breaking in you will have differences with the same bat from player to player. Some guys can get bats to respond quickly while others take a longer time to get their bats to shift gears. I break in a lot of different bats for clients and track the results model to model. Another advantage to the Big Cat is it's ease of break in for a majority of players. It make take you a few less or a few more depending on you but generally speaking the Big Cat responds in anywhere from 25-75 swings which I consider an easy break in. The bottom line....? Another winner in an end loaded bat for us to enjoy...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
May 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mike Macenko's Ultra 2's.......

Big Mike,
Just got back from a local baseball field and hitting the Big Cat. Right away with the wrapper still on.....gonzo! If you guys like end loads that break in quick....get a Big Cat!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
May 5, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: A QUESTION FOR YOU BAT GEEKS

A lot....the Big Cat will break in quicker and produce higher batted ball speeds and distance. Sweet spots are similar but the Big Cats expands as you keep hitting it to give it the slight edge. Both are great choices but the Big Cat wins out overall. I just got them in and those end loads sure feel good!
Resident bat geek,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 5, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Cant decide on a senior bat

Krott,
Get with me and I'm happy to assist you in the proper selection of a bat for you.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HELP!!! Shopping for 44 cor 400

Jess,
If you want someone who is experienced in bats and balls I will be happy to help you.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
May 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dimarini One

Jeff,
I have only tested two bats so far and would like to do a third but here goes....
I selected a new ONE out of inventory and started beating on it.
Break in was quick and relatively easy a big change for the better over previous models. Sweet spot although a little smaller than most had a great feel to it and performance again was enhanced over their prior offerings.
Durability was in the acceptable range for a good quality senior model. All in all a MUCH improved version of their senior bat. One downside was off center hits tend to sting quite a bit and have a poor result. They are moving in the right direction and if they tweak the bat a little more it could be a top tier bat. Right now though it's certainly worth considering.....
Alan Tanner
Tricoach18@att.net
Team 1 Sports
April 30, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pensacola

Lefty,
If you are speaking of Team 1 Sports we won't be at that one. Pensacola is a lloonngg drive from South Florida and believe it or not flights aren't cheap either...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dimarini One

Jeffrey,
If you have questions about your teams needs with DeMarini you can contact me and I'll be glad to help you out.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken BIG CAR Ultra tested today!

Bruce,
We did not play well at all this week either offensively or especially defensively. In fact our team was laughing so hard when we had to vote on the Defensive Player award and we could not figure out who to give it to. My first response was to give it to our catcher but he piped up and said " I can't take it, I threw 3 balls in the s****er trying to throw it back to the pitcher!" So then I said, raise your hand if you caught more than 4 balls this weekend....
We laughed even harder when we had trouble finding someone to give it to. No excuses...every team we played was a team of excellent players and they beat us. The competition level there was very good and we love to play under those situations win or lose. Congratulations to the teams that won, they deserved it!
Alan Team 1 Sports
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