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March 21, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: best sunglasses for softball

This discussion was from awhile ago...some new input to save some money!...
Mikens polarized glasses with 3 sets of lenses for around $30 are tough to beat! All the players I get them to love them and at that price....what's not to like?!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
March 20, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2nd batch 27 Barrage

The Ambush will generally break in quicker and get to higher levels of performance up and down the bat. It's hard to find any senior bat that handles miss hits as well as the Ambush does while delivering consistent performance.
Alan Tanner
561-718-7504
March 19, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2nd batch 27 Barrage

Hemi,
As long as you got informed and made your best choice for you....I'm good with it! I try to put out good info so you guys can make a proper bat choice. Then again,,,, some guys like to try all the new equipment to see what works for them . Anyway....today I was back at the field with the 27 Barrage. I got to just over 200 hits and the good news is the bat is fine and continues to hit. I'll keep at it and see how it goes but this is the longest any 27 has lasted and no first batch came close to this...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 18, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2nd batch 27 Barrage

Hemi,
That's a great question....to not be too technical I'll do my best.
The Barrage gets to high performance levels as quick or quicker than just about any senior bat right now. Ie....break in is very easy to accomplish. This can be VERY valuable to some older players or players without as much strength or bat speed as they can still get the Barrage to respond quickly and be game ready. So....even though the Barrage is not a highly durable bat for heavier hitters a majority of its lifespan is spent at high performance levels. Some other bats may last longer but you still may only get 200-250 swings on them at high levels before they break. The Barrage may not be for all people but it's certainly a senior bat worth considering.

To your original question....the Barrage gets hotter quicker than the Ambush or the MeLee but both of those bats usually catch up to those levels a few more hits down the line. At that point which is the better bat?, ,! Another good question....the Ambush usually outlasts both the MeLee and the Barrage and has a larger hitting area if that is of importance to you! To sum it up....all 3 of these bats being discussed are in the top echelons of senior bats. Take the one that FEELS best to you when you swing it and that's a good choice. At that point...it's the batters self confidence in what he is swinging that makes him a .500 hitter or a .700 plus hitter.

Alan Tanner
Chevy still rules
Tricoach18@att.net
March 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2nd batch 27 Barrage

Guys,
Got in another shipment of Barrages Friday so I pulled out a 27 and headed over to the field today. I ended up getting about 78 swings on it today and it performed admirably. After the session I examined the bat carefully and found no wear or marks on the bat. Performance was what you expect from a Barrage....wide open after 10-15 swings. I will say the barrel flex felt slightly stiffer than the first ones we hit with which I'm sure is a result of the proper layup in construction this time. We will see how the bat continues to hit but for now....it's all good.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
March 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Combat Bryce Oliverra USSSA Bat

This weeks bat of testing choice...the limited production Wanted Oliverra model. If you guys want a USSSA bat that's end weighted, performs almost immediately, and gets super good in only 100 or so hits....this ones for you! This bat is VERY end loaded in feel and swing weight but once you get to the 70% zone the end load does the rest. I give it an excellent performance rating right away and we now have over 200 heavy duty swings on the bat with no waves, ripples, or damage of any kind on the bat. You balanced bat guys might want to consider dropping an ounce if you are swinging a 27 on up in bat weight. The ball reacts well up and down the barrel and if you have swung an ASA Wanted you will notice its similarities. Combat is only producing 750 of these at this point so if you want a great hitting USSSA bat with a one year warranty you may want to act now while there are a few around. I was lucky to get a few in earlier this week and went right to the field to see what it's all about. Thumbs up guys...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
March 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok?

The last I spoke with them they were considering another run of bats but were not committing to continuing in the bat business. There are meetings scheduled for late March with Adidas their parent company to determine this. As of now, reebok has no bats to sell and my supply in the warehouse is dwindling rapidly....
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Curtiss,
I guess I did not understand in your text to me that you feel something is defective or wrong with the bat. My apologies...small rattles in bats early on usually indicate that the bat is breaking in quickly and at a good performance level. I thought that is what you described in your text to me....hence my response about your blessing. If something isn't right with the bat get with me and I'll see about getting it taken care of.
Thanks,
Alan
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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
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