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June 20, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mike Macenko Ultra 2

Mighty Mike,
The bat is testing and hitting very well. I am
Glad to hear you are in the process of getting fixed up. We all look forward to seeing you back out on the field soon. I will be praying for a quick recovery from your procedure. See you soon.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Bag

Reggie,
Good choice. Definitely a Top quality bag along with Mikens championship . I sell a lot of both.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage

Reebok has a couple of customer service numbers you can now try if necessary. Don't forget to return the bat with your receipt from an authorized Reebok dealer. More and more companies are refusing to consider ANY returns unless the product was purchased directly from an authorized dealer. Maybe you can or maybe you can't save $5 on ebay but consider the potential issues that could lay ahead and the lack of customer service....there are several very reputable guys around the country that you are much better off dealing with. Myself, Mike Macenko, and Ed Andrews I think are all sold on helping our customers getting the best product they need at competitive pricing. It's worth speaking with a knowledgeable , honest bat rep as compared to not knowing what you get elsewhere. (Is that considered a shameless plug ?) :) !
I'm happy to help when I can:
Reebok Customer Service
1-855-770-1743
1-888-242-1332

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
June 16, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

No problem Jerry. Glad to help you out. Let me know how you like it. It's definitely one of the top performance bats out there and is very durable as well. Certainly a winning combination for a senior player.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
June 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Surf,
It's on my website and you can go to salt stick.com for in depth analysis.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
June 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Actually, I have used this for night cramps and restless leg syndrome due to excessive exercise. While long term exercise certainly contributes to the situation, exercise periods for as little as one hour with burst type explosive efforts can cause the same results. The whole idea here is to do as much BEFORE you step on the field to PREVENT this from happening. Salt Stick coupled with sound nutrition and hydration strategies severely limits the chance of cramping issues. If you become acutely cramped, the pickle juice remedy will work a bit quicker as it's more easily transferred throughout the body and it's systems. Remember this....your digestive tract is the first thing that your body shuts down while under undo stress especially from heat. This can cause bloating and gastric distress. Be careful and hydrate properly before you begin exercise. HJ, YOU BROUGHT UP A CONDITION KNOWN AS hyponatremia which is directly correlated with excessive consumption of water which leads to sodium depletion in the body. Very dangerous scenario. Answer for that? Mix in some sports drink like Gatorade with your other fluid intake not just water and DONT over hydrate. The bottom line is....learn your body and do what's necessary with supplements and hydration BEFORE it becomes a problem
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
June 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

Jerry,
Thanks for getting with me. It's all taken care of.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
June 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Hi Guys,
It's interesting to see and read about cramping issues in the "kids" game, senior softball, and....the NBA. I am a certified endurance sports coach and work with hydration and nutritional issues with many athletes. This time of year as it gets hotter, the issue always comes out. I won't bore you with long scientific explanations as some of the issues are covered in other posts but the fact is cramping is a widespread and serious issue that accelerates as we age. Let me point out that in severe cases, the result can be organ damage, failure and even death. Nothing to mess around with. Lots of home remedies out there but here is something you can do to PREVENT them from happening. Those of you who are more profuse sweaters are more succeptable but anyone can fall prey in the summertime. With myself and my Ironman athletes we do sweat rate testing to find out how much fluid we need to take in before, during, and after exercise. Along those lines the first rule is to hydrate WELL beginning the day BEFORE you are going to play multiple games with some sports drink like Gatorade and of course water. Watch your caffeine intake as this can tend to dehydrate you....

During my first Ironman race I did everything according to plan. It turned out the weather that day was crazy hotter than normal with temperatures in the mid 90's. I did the 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on the bike and set of on the marathon. 9 hours into the race on mile 12 of the marathon my system started to shut down and severe cramping set in. I could barely walk and when I tried running I got about 10 yards in and my whole body seized up. I beg and stumbling ahead doing anything I could to finish the race. I was walking with my head down when God looked down on me and....I found an electrolyte pill someone had dropped in a crack on the road. I took it and went on and eventually finished the marathon. I was immediately put in the med tent and they put two bags of IV fluid in me to stop the shaking and spasms. Not a fun day and I was an hour away from being put in the hospital as my vitals were not good. This experience led me to try numerous products and finally find one that works. So well so that most pros use it and pay for it. It's CHEAP at only $20 a bottle but I did over 70 races using it without ever having a cramp again. It's called Salt Stick and it was developed by a scientist who broke down human sweat in the lab and recreated it in capsule form. I have put out hundreds of bottles of it over the years and everyone who uses it reuses it. I thought I would share this as I have experienced these issues in severity first hand and seen literally hundreds of athletes on stretchers with IV fluids going in bringing them back from cramping. It's easy to prevent and something to keep in the bat bag. Glad to help out anyone needing help with this or other issues.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
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
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