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Feb. 26, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Guys,
I haven't had as much time to test bats in the last couple of weeks as I have been busy with a steady stream of bats to break in for players and also my team has two tournaments in back to back weeks. I have to take care of the clients first before I get to play with new bats....As soon as I get the time I will continue the testing on the Barrage and a couple of other bats as well.
Thanks,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 24, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Injun,
Similar feel but different construction so the swing weights are a bit dissimilar. The Ambush a little more end load than the Barrage...
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 24, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Lefty,
Sorry for the late answer... My team was playing this weekend and I had a booth set up so it was busy! Webbing on the Barrage is not as noticeable as on most senior bats until a bit later on. Usually they break in very quickly although a few have taken 50-75 swings. Of course this is all subject to the player doing the break in. Enjoy the bat, it's certainly a good one!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 21, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Cyborg and Clean Up...
I have hit the second group of Barrages a little more. So far, so good. Performance is still very good and we have not noted any major difference in how the bat reacts as compared to the first batch. We haven't experienced any early failures as of yet but I will get a little more into the research next week. The Barrage is not going to win any durability awards for heavy hitters who break bats frequently but it does offer high performance levels very early in life and the only bat that comes close to it in that aspect is Mikens Ultra 2 two piece right now. I'm pulling a 27 from my new stock order and will be working on it next week.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 20, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dennis Wiley

Kelly,
I never met your husband but he is a member of our softball family and more importantly Gods family. I'll be praying for you and your earthly family for healing and strength which God gives us in times like this. I am sure that others in the softball community will be lifting you up too..

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Feb. 18, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

There are serial numbers now on most bats from each company . Some companies also put batch numbers on certain models but not all of them. Reebok generally makes smaller batches at a time and ships to the US. A majority of the time they are pre purchased by dealers and shipped out to them once they pass customs. So...batches come in and are gone to dealers very quickly for distribution. So....a majority of the time the batches never co mingle as Reebok doesn't keep stock long.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new ultra 2

Cat,
It looks, swings, feels, and smells like the old red one piece end load Ultra II. It takes slightly longer to break in than the red ones did and is a bit more durable too....
Alan Tanner
Tricoach18@att.ner
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 14, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Mike,
You are very welcome. Glad to help you and the guys out anytime. The fed ex guy just dropped off a big bunch of Reeboks to me for valentines day!!
Funny thing....I have had several ladies call and order bats for Valentines Day! I told them all....smart gift, at least you know he's going to use it. Everyone have some good safe fun tonight...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 14, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new bat rules

Bats that were produced before the new rules that were previously approved by SSUSA are grandfathered in.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

Gary,
Lots of good ideas here for you. My suggestion to any hitter that I consult with is this:
Don't try something in a game situation that you haven't practiced over and over again in bp until you are comfortable with it. Now a little summary of some things mentioned before and a little input.

1. If you are practicing backside and middle always have a pitching screen.
2. Set up cones (5 gallon buckets can be used or other suitable targets) in the target area between 1st and 2nd if you are a righty or opposite if you are a lefty.
3. Warmup with taking 15-20 easy swings and then start practicing taking aggressive swings by trying to split the cones. Do this for two rounds.
4. Next time out set the cones to a gap between where the pitcher backs up and where the second baseman plays. Use your rounds shooting that gap.
5. Next time out set cones in right center gap and practice hitting lines drives in that direction and split the cones.
6. Finally, after you have had three days of individual practice make a day where you spend one round hitting each spot on the field or infield. Incorporate this regularly in your bp session and you will find that you become more comfortable with it.

As far as technique...I can write a book on that but start out with fundamentals....
1. Back off the plate slightly so your pitch selection allows for arm extension resulting in solid hits.
2. Choose the pitch correctly in bp that results in your consistent ability to place the ball in your desired target location.
3. Don't force pitches...that will turn a .700 hitter into a .450 hitter quickly.

Hopes this helps,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Feb. 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Hey Gary,
Your idea is one that I recommended to Reebok but....I am unpacking multiple cases today to fill orders to ship. The Barrage is a great bat for those of you who want a bat virtually game ready with just a few swings. Remember, not every 26 or 27 in the first batch broke...just too many that broke too soon so that we knew there was a problem. Luckily, we as senior players have several very good bats to choose from and I'm happy to consult with anyone with questions concerning their needs.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Pete,
My first Ambush had over 800 swings on it. My second Ambush died at 630. I have number 3 and 4 in my bag now. Number 3 has over 500 and number 2 has about 220. Both are fire hot. Generally, I get around 250 from most other senior bats.

Bubble Gum, 27 is the most popular with 26 and 28 running neck and neck depending on the month...
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Clean up,
It hasn't shown any damage at 65 of my swings. Keep in mind that I will generally break almost ant senior bat other than my Combat Ambush at around 250 swings...
Thanks
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Ok Guys,
You asked for it and here it is. In an effort to help everyone learn about the early failure issue with the 26/27 Barrages I took a 26 out of the 2nd batch box and headed to the field today. Dimensions I believe are 315' at left field line, 345' in left center, and 360' to center. My bat of choice is a 28 so a 26 swings a bit light for me but we commenced to hitting. I put 65 hard swings on the bat using 44/375 balls and found no damage to the bat at all. I examined it under a scope back at the shop and found no fragmental damage along the barrel
so at this point everything looks good. I should mention that with the 1st generation Barrage 26 I was never able to get more than 38 swings on the bat without the carbon collapsing. I will continue to swing it tomorrow. As far as performance goes...I'll stick with my earlier reporting. Probably in the top 2 with the Miken 2 piece for out of the wrapper performance and even though it was a 26 I had no problems exiting the fence at every point in the outfield. Definitely a high performance senior bat. Hope this helps out you guys and I will be at it again tomorrow so stay tuned for more from...
The Bat Geek

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Kleenex,
Reebok did issue some refunds early on. They changed their policy to giving the purchase amount on Reebok gift cards that you can use in the e store or any Reebok store recently. Reebok does not have any Barrages to replace bats with right now because myself and a couple other people bought everyone they had. They are making more and should be shipping Barrages in about a month. It's the same thing with the Melees, a few people bought all that are here in the US for now and Reebok doesn't have anymore for about 4--6 weeks or more. There was a production mix up on the lighter bats and that was the problem in the first group. It was straightened out when the heavier bats were produced. I was fortunate to get the Barrages and Melees that I have now.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTERCREST

Smooth,
I got it in so let me know what you need...
AT18
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Florida updates and Sunday meeting

Dbax!
I hear ya . We always meet at the pitchers mound for a brief prayer after each game. Played a great bunch of guys this am from Canada who were down for some sun and softball. One of their players asked me...would you please pray for some sun for us while we are here?! So, I did just that ! Rumour has it,,, clearing tomorrow with 72 degrees at noon. Who says God doesn't bother with little things and doesn't hear even our silly requests?! Good luck and safety to everyone tomorrow.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Florida updates and Sunday meeting

Hi Everyone,
The weather is less than optimal but the tournament is going well. We have had cloudy sky's, some spotty rain, and cool temperatures so far.
Kudos to SSUSA for another well run event and we have had outstanding umpiring over at the Loyce Harpe complex. The umpires are hustling just like all the players and everything is on schedule.

I would like to invite everyone and their families to come over to the Loyce Harpe fields tomorrow at 7:30 am for a short bible reading and prayer since we will be missing church. I'll be right up at the hub of all the fields. Hope to see you there!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 6, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

No it doesn't need to be retested. It was a manufacturing defect and it passed testing numerous times.
AT18
Feb. 5, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Since I am going to the TOC this week I am not testing any new bats other than the Special TOC limited edition Miken bat I will post info on that bat later.
As for the Barrages let me clear up a couple of questions:

1.Contrary to misinformed people, the Barrage does NOT carry a batch number on it at this time. The only number you see on it is the MODEL number which at this point is the Same number on every bat regardless of the batch.
2. How do you know it's the second batch?
A. I sold every first batch I had.
B. Reebok just started shipping the second batch and they told me it's the second batch.
C. I post correct information as given to me by the company producing the bat.
I will tell you guys that are MeLee and Barrage users....reebok is only producing a small amount of both. Alot of people are sold out already on the Melees and they just came in. There won't be any more Melees made until at least the end of March so....if you want to use a reebok bat this year you might want to get one while you can.
Hit me hard,
AT18
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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