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Feb. 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens Limited Edition TOC bat is....back!

Miken has again produced about 1000 Limited Edition TOC bats for this year. These bats were originally done especially for the SSUSA to be used as a highly coveted award, etc....in their events and they are fun to swing! As I mentioned when originally testing them, the bat is based on the old Red/black end load model that has been popular for a number of years before Miken stopped producing them. The bonus on the TOC bat is added durability not usually seen in previous editions and the nice one piece end loaded feel that they have. I took out a few to test and they are spot on like the 2014 model. If you need more info feel free to get with me about the bat.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Feb. 19, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Training in Vero Beach, FL March 27-29

I got a funny call yesterday. The player said he was awakened by a snow plow in front of his house. It seems the plowman pushed and left 3 feet of snow in front of his driveway already blanketed in 2 feet of white stuff. He then told me he figured he HAD to call me to sign up for Spring Training to protect his sanity! So...you guys do the same. We will have 3 great days in Sunny Vero Beach, Spring Training grounds for hundreds of famous players from years past! The Saturday nigh banquet is being catered by the best restaurant on the beach and the entire weekend is only $225. We will be having a lot of seminars, bp,professional instructors, skills challenges, hr competitions, and of course games too. Don't miss out on the fun and sharpening your game. It's a great way to get ready for the fantastic SSUSA Spring National Tourney in the beginning of April too. Call me at 561-718-7504.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Feb. 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Tim,
My belief is if you disbanded the top Major Plus teams....you would end up getting more MAJOR teams formed and LOSE the teams from the program you are trying to grow. But, that's just my opinion. I think the SSUSA process is the fairest that it can be right now all things considered. I'm just happy to be playing competitive ball again....

AT18
Team 1 Sports / Miken
Feb. 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

Hi Tim,
You bring up valid points. Hague and Spectrum should have been moved up to the next level back then just as winning teams should move up now. I think you and I will have to agree to disagree about disbanding teams at Major Plus though. Since you have been in senior ball longer than me and have experienced this trend could you list for me the "dynasty" teams winning year after year in the last five years in Major Plus at the various age groups? Maybe SSUSA could help with that so we could see all these dynasty teams that keep dominating.

As I stated, following existing rule guidelines should force teams to move up every year building the upper level programs. We seem to be getting a few more M+ teams in the 50 division now although we could certainly use more. I wouldn't be opposed to moving teams up MID SEASON if they win certain large scale tourneys. If they don't win anything at that higher classification during that season, let them go to the Nationals at their original classification level. If they happen to win another event once moved up.....place them in that new classification level at Nationals. This is just an idea to quicken the process.

I guess I'm getting soft in my old age Tim but I want to play with my same friends on my same team year after year. I really value our time and the friendships I've made with my teammates and I don't want to have to recruit a new team every year because I happen to win a couple of tournaments. Look forward to seeing you this year.

AT18
Feb. 16, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to get more teams willing to play in the Major-plus division

OK,
I'll take a shot at this one....I have been playing Senior softball for now the start of my 4th season and I started when I was able to at 49. Like most guys starting into Senior softball I had to learn the new rules of the senior division along with the ranking of teams/players by each different association. When I found out what the highest level of play was, that's where I wanted to play. My team ELECTED and chose to play Major Plus and we eventually won some tournaments and took on that classification as a team. It is a PRIVILEDGE to play there and it's something that some players aspire to and some don't. I understand and embrace that since not all players want that. BUT.....running away from being bumped up in classification when it's in conjunction with the rules of the association isn't something that should be done whether it's AA to AAA or Major to Major Plus. Since this is the SSUSA board I will respond along it's lines and my knowledge of it's policies. I think the SSUSA's current system is pretty fair and actually, I would possibly be even more aggressive in bumping teams. Since I live in a state where you can play all year, I think we have teams that could climb up more than they do. As far as Major and Major Plus go...I see several teams across the country who can compete quite well in Major Plus but seem to be intent on playing at the Major level. We can't grow any of the upper levels without bumping people up the chain. My team does not win all the time but we win our share just like most Major Plus teams. I accept the fact that if we don't play our best in every game, we most likely will not win. That's what competition is all about....taking your game to a higher level.

The other part of the topic I'll comment on is breaking up teams because they win. Bump them to the next highest level and if they continue to win at the Major Plus level all the time...kudos to them! At this age I try and recruit good people and families to my team along with them happening to be good players. The beauty of SENIOR softball that I have experienced is the comraderie and sportsmanship amongst my team AND the teams we play against. I look FORWARD to seeing my team AND their families each time we play. If an association is going to cut that out by forcing roster reductions at the Major Plus level, I would not support that rule nor the association enforcing it. The fun and fellowship COMBINED with competition is what makes the senior game so refreshing as compared to the "kids" game today.
Keep up the good work SSUSA, I think you are on the right track.
Sorry for the long post.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports / Miken
50 Major Plus
Feb. 14, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Gloves

Guys I got in Mikens new Koalition series gloves last week. As good as the Super Soft Series gloves are, these are even more impressive. I put a small amount of glove conditioner on a new 14" H back model, played catch with it 3 times, and it's about game ready! Fantastic feel and hand sizing makes these gloves a real winner. The built in pad for impact and ball control is just right enough to stop ball spin and sting. This is now my glove of choice. If you need more information and pictures feel free to email or call me.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Feb. 14, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens New Freak Black USSSA version

The Freak Black has a 1/2 ounce endload and it is a USSSA bat. It also comes in a ASA version. Mikens new For the Fallen USSSA bat is basically the same but comes as a balanced bat. I will say this....the FTF is extremely good very quickly after the wrapper is removed. The Freak 52 is an ASA Bat and was designed specifically for hitting the 52/300 balls and became so popular after one year that it comes as a balanced version too. Mikens entire top line of bats is as consistent as I have ever seen ANY bat company in recent years. Get with me and I'll help you select which model is best for you.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 9, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC follow up

Well I guess everyone has to say what a great weekend of softball. Players that played early on Friday or Saturday found out that it does get chilly in Florida! But....every day things warmed up into beautiful softball weather. Congrats to all the teams that qualified and all the teams that won this year. Even though it's a little difficult in timing if you haven't played in this event you should try and do so. Great fields and plenty of good restaurants. Finally, a big congrats and thank you to Terry, Fran, Dave, and all the SSUSA staff members for again putting on a quality, well run event.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 29, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens New Freak Black USSSA version

Previously I reported to you on the incredible performance of Mikens new DC41 bat. I made a short video clip on you tube about it as it was a no doubt best USSSA bat out of the wrapper today.
Well....today I finished off testing it's little brother, the Freak Black USSSA bat. Basically, it's the same bat as the DC41 except it has a 1/2 ounce end load and the DC41 has a more pronounced 1 ounce end load. Let me tell you this....the baby brother Freak was every bit as impressive as the DC41. The performance is so good, it's not far off a senior bat after only 25-50 swings. Somewhere between 100 and 150 it turns in to an absolute beast. Batted ball speeds were incredible and we were getting consistent distances between 335' to 375'. Several balls were hit over 400' using standard 44/375 Tattoo and Trump balls with a 7-9 mph wind blowing across left field to right. Temperatures went from 75 degrees at the start of the session to 70 degrees by the end. Perfect testing weather for a very fun bat to hit. Weighting and balance points are spot on with both of these bats. Miken will surely erupt in sales now that these bats are shipping to dealers. I'm glad I have them to test as they are going out as fast as I get them in. FYI....I randomly select bats from my stock orders of different weights to test so these aren't demo or test bats made differently. These are just random bats I pick out of the warehouse to get a true evaluation of their capabilities. If you have any questions give me a buzz anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 28, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

Bruce,
That's a very good question for an interesting discussion. As you know I sell bats and consult with players in pretty much every age category from 18-85 and all over the US and in many other countries too. Generally speaking, it breaks down to about 75-80 end loads to 20-25 balanced bats in every 100 sold. These numbers go up slightly higher if you were to just consider 60-85 age groups as a few more of the older guys prefer balanced over end loads.
This is a quick glimpse into your original question....if any of you need help call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Jan. 27, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Spring Training Program in Vero Beach in March

All you guys under the snowstorm....! Book your flight now for spring training in SUNNY Florida. Heading to the field now for bp and testing....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

Guys,
Great input from a lot of experience from each of you. Let me share mine....I have worked with endurance athletes for many years and this is a common problem. What people don't always realize is the calf muscle contributes to this as it can get slightly shortened with repeated use and cause it to pull on the tendon in the foot/heel. The result; serious inflammation and pain. Calf stretching helps , ice helps but inflammation is still present as this particular area has very little blood flow which is what is needed to alleviate the inflammation. How can we increase blood flow to that area? I have been providing high quality, over the calf compression socks to athletes for years and they work. Try a pair when you are playing and AFTER you play. You will be quite surprised at how much quicker you recover. Soft tissue injuries require patience and multiple treatment strategies. I also have my own stim machine as well as a ultrasound unit. They help too....
If you need help get with me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Jan. 21, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

Tommy,
Doing preliminary testing now as I just got them in. Mikens new Freak52 now comes balanced and without a doubt is your best bet if you are hitting 52/300 balls. If you are hitting 44/375 balls , the Psycho balanced will give you better durability. Both have a year warranty and are tops. If you need more info you can reach me at
561-718-7504.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 20, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Manny

If you are a team looking for a good all around player who can hit give Manny a call. He can play a variety of positions and hits for power and average...
AT18
Jan. 15, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Spring Training Program in Vero Beach in March

Stan,
Check your email...you should have all info now. Call me at 561-718-7504 with questions or to register.
Thanks,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 14, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Gloves

Hi Stan!
Bernie btw.....
Rawlings and Miken and Worth.....are all one company owned by the Jarden Corp which means they all share some parts of design and production.....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 14, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Spring Training Program in Vero Beach in March

I will send you info now. Anyone else is welcome to request it and I'll send you the schedule of events. You can fly in to Orlando, Sanford, or West Palm Beach to get in town.....
AT18
Tricoach18@att.net
Jan. 14, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Gloves

Mikens Super soft series is my best selling line of gloves. Here is why:
VALUE FOR DOLLAR
If you want an excellent quality glove that fits most hand sizes well , breaks in EZ, plays well, and lasts...then get a miken. At around $99 you simply can find a better combination. I'll clue you in on a secret.....sometime in the spring they will unveil new additions to the line that are just AWESOME. Mark my words....couple those with an incredible bat lineup this year and Miken will be at the top. Great job to the whole Miken team . If you need help along those lines contact me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Jan. 12, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Triad Blackout

Knees,
The bats performance is right up there with all the good senior bat models...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Jan. 12, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Spring Training Program in Vero Beach in March

Yes there is... We have room for about 30-40 more players at this point. Call me at 561-718-7504 to register...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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