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Dec. 30, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: REEBOK BARRAGE vs MIKEN ULTRA 2PIECE MAXLOAD

Thanks for the kind words guys. I have pretty much set up things catered to senior softball players and try and provide the best service out there coupled with a little knowledge sprinkled in occasionally. If you need questions answered and want specialized service that is hard to find these days, get with me.
Ffdonnie, call me after 1:00 est tomorrow or Wednesday.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 23, 2013
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Roger "Doc" Clay

Thanks Perl,
Doc is a great guy and I've had the pleasure of speaking with him at length about the game and got him some bats when he needed them. He's an all around great guy. Doc, we are all praying and pulling for you.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 22, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Merry Christmas!

Johnny,
You and many like yourself have encouraged me to re embrace softball after a 8 year hiatus to pursue Ironman racing. I always enjoy the people I meet in the softball world and the opportunity to share a little knowledge and of course "old war stories" ! I look forward to seeing you soon.
Alan
Team1 Sports
Dec. 21, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the bat man to each of you and the SSUSA Staff. I appreciate all of you and wish you a fantastic CHRISTmas!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 20, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

Pete,
That run of bats was exceptionally good. In my opinion, Worth hasn't come out with a CONSISTENT good performer that measures up to it until now with the Legit. I think you will find that both bats are very similar in all respects. I am sure a few guys will say that one or the other was better. I really think it's somewhat of a toss up but....the big thing is that the Worth faithful finally have a LEGITimate senior bat to swing. Now if I can convince them to fine tune and end load one...hmmmmm please stand by!
Alan
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Dec. 18, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

43,
Good point! The Legit is by far the best bat that Worth has come up with for us old guys in a long time. The Legit is a balanced bat that delivers good performance and pretty good durability too. I have been sending out a few for some Christmas presents in the last few days. If you need more info, get with me,.
Alan
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Dec. 18, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ronharp2

Ron,
A good point to be heard here....breaking in a bat should be done properly to enhance performance and promote durability. I have the description of that on my website. I also offer bat break in services which I do here year around since I am fortunate to live in sunny south Florida. If you or other players need a bat and need it broken in to be game ready, get with me. You can also ship me a bat that you have on hand and need it to be broken in.
Alan Tanner
Team1sports.US
Dec. 17, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Cold weather and senior bats

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!
I have had a lot of inquiries lately on the topic and it's also been mentioned on the board so I thought I would just go over a few things to benefit all the senior players.... (Even though I sell bats ! LOL)
1. Temperatures below 65 are not recommended for senior bat use, period. If you do choose to use the bat below 65 degrees, you are causing damage to the bat and decreasing its life. If you aren't a "bat breaker" you may get away longer with it than other guys but it's still not recommended.
2. If you do choose to use a senior bat anyway...a well broken in bat will be the one to break first as it's lifespan is already on the downward slope.
3. If you do choose to use the senior bat at least don't hit it in bp. Invest in a ASA or USSSA bat that has a warranty and save your senior bat for the games.
4. Bat warmers do slightly preserve bats but what about the ball you are hitting? The ball is also adversely affected by cold and becomes Harder and thus, creates more potential damage to your bat.
5. Senior bats that are known to be very hot quickly and generally don't last as long as the other choices will be the first to explode in cooler weather.
Another important note...! As we know, senior bats do NOT have a warranty with the exception of Mikens new Triad Blackout. However, some companies do extend a replacement if a bat breaks quickly or by a defect. AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, a bat company is going to research where you live and the temperatures associated with your area before even considering a replacement. Most of the time, a bat will not be considered if you live in a cooler weather area. So again....be smart with your bats.
Last....good discussion on senior bats on previous threads but consider this. If you break bats regularly, ONLY US THEM IN A GAME. let's do some easy math. Even on the low side most guys that break bats can still get 250 hits on a good senior bat. At an average of 4 at bats per game you can still get over 60 games out of a bat. At 5 games a weekend, that translates to 12 tournaments which is what an average player might expect to play. So now you are talking about 1 bat per year which is a reasonable investment to enjoy softball like we all do. Again, get a good quality ASA or USSSA bat for bp and league games that comes with a warranty for your other days. Remember,,,,these are averages and there are certain guys that break bats more frequently. If you can't afford to keep buying senior bats, make an adjustment so that you can still enjoy the game. Another consideration is Mikens new Triad Blackout that comes with a warranty and has proven to be highly durable while providing good levels of performance.
I am happy to help you with any questions you have.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Dec. 16, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

Wolf,
We have done a lot of testing on the new Triad Blackout. It is a highly durable bat especially for a senior bat. It will take longer to get loose but it has several gears....1 at about 100-125 swings and one at about 250-300 swings. There is a small overdrive gear after that! The good news is that it actually lasted that long through extensive beating by major and major plus hitters. It doesn't give you crazy out of the wrapper performance like a lot of Mikens, you must be patient with it. I recommend it especially if you are a bat breaking person...the guys I have sold them to like the swing feel...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 16, 2013
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need BP in Southern California 12/23-12/30

Hey guys,
My buddy Dwight Treadwell is having computer issues and asked me to put the word out. He is coming to So Cal with a bat bag of new bats I sent him and wants some good bp! Anyone would have fun hitting with Dwight...he's just a little feller that used to play with STEELES back in the day. Call him at 901-486-8676 and arrange a schedule.
Thanks,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 16, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best cold weather bat?

Simple....drill it and cork it...like Major League Baseball players have done in the past. You guys think it's just the ASA and usssa kids? Lol
Look at the role models...grab a bat you like and go have fun with it. Just don't alter it, they are good enough...Softballs a great game and we are lucky to be playing.
Merry Christmas from Team 1 Sports!
Alan Tanner
Tricoach18@att.net
Dec. 15, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best cold weather bat?

Bo,
Go find a tree that's been hit by lightening and make the "thunder Boy" edition out of it with a chisel and some sandpaper. It's you only hope as you are too strong for this game. Btw...why did you let it rain in your hometown and now we can't play today?!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 14, 2013
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR MIKE MACENKO'S RECOVERY

Big Cat,
The entire FHC tournament will be praying for you this weekend.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 12, 2013
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

Tim,
I guess you guys are using Rock softballs all the time in your tournaments? We never use that ball on the east coast or at least I have never seen it. We hit Trump Stotes which are a fair ball but certainly negatively effected more than most by temperatures and humidity here. So....the games of a bazillion homers really don't happen much unless you get one of those wind blowing straight out days. The only time I've seen the Rock ball was in Vegas where....it probably is overkill. But...I think the real points are these:
1. This new HR rule does NOT promote enhanced player safety.
2. This new HR rule does not entice teams to move up and especially not to major plus.
3. Is this a rule changed based on major and major plus teams complaining about the old set of rules?
4. Most importantly, to the best of my knowledge either very few or no major and major plus players were asked for their input before the rule was changed. The rule directly affects our divisions , not the lower divisions so why not consult with the players. If I'm wrong on that point...someone please advise me.
If there is open discussion about the old set of rules versus the new set of rules WITH THE PLAYERS AND MANAGERS affected by it and there is more support for the new rules.... So be it.
Otherwise I think it's only right to re visit this now.
Alan
Dec. 12, 2013
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I do not agree with the rule for major plus for a variety of reasons and safety is one of them. It's not just guys hitting the middle (which is relevant) but very strong hitters intentionally hitting missiles through the infield batter after batter. There is no doubt the injury risk factor is raised with this rule change. Why? Tou shave 5 minutes off the game? Remember, all major plus games aren't just home run derbys that take extroidinary amounts of time. Consider also that most " major plus" tourneys have maybe 1 or 2 major teams. Now when a major plus team plays a major team they must give away 5 runs or a extra defensive player, play DOWN to the major levels home run rule, and have all extra home runs counted as outs. That isn't a major plus program and that certainly isn't anyway to increase participation in the major plus program. What that is is just another very good reason for a team that could play major plus to play major instead. It gives absolutely no incentive for teams to want to grow into major plus teams. Another thing I find odd....we are one of only a few major plus teams in Florida. After speaking with other members of major plus teams NOBODY representing us on the committee or or region contacted any of us about our thoughts and feelings on the subject. Should not the players have some kind of input? After all, we are the ones paying to play. I could possibly see having the rule as high up as the major level....that would actually promote the thought of major teams moving to major plus ON THEIR OWN and potentially grow the program instead of possibly killing it. I urge the SSUSA to rethink this and if nothing else POLL the registered major and major plus teams and get their input. Then make an educated decision. I am not advocating boycotting the SSUSA, it's a fine organization that puts on great events. I will tell you if there is a conflicting weekend tournament and we can choose between a USSSA DBO event and another event without the DBO rule, I will play where we can swing the bat. Before, there would be noo question, I would go to the SSUSA event. That alone should cause the SSUSA team to re evaluate this. Sorry for the long post.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 11, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage Legend is GREAT BAT

JR,
As of now no but remember,,,,there is some end load in the Barrage bats right now. I have described the unique characteristics of each bat weight in a previous posting. They are quite nicely weighted and can be easily adjusted to by either a balanced or end load player. They hit well....quickly! Get with me...I'm shipping for Christmas now. Get something you know will be useful, a new senior bat!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 11, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

Coop,
I appreciate you clearing up this misconception...again. For those of you who don't know, Don Cooper is the Vice President of Combat Sports and is personally involved in almost every new and developmental project that Combat considers and develops. He has been at it for many years and very obviously knows what he is speaking about. Additionally, he works with an outstanding design and engineering team at Combat that creates outstanding products for all levels and divisions of softball players. I am very happy that they were willing to work with a "little guy" like me who had a couple crazy ideas which their engineering team utilized with their already outstanding technology to create the Combat AMBUSH, one of the finest senior bats in the game today. When you consider the three main areas players are looking for ie...
Performance
Durability
Effective Hitting Area ( advanced sweet spot)
The Ambush delivers a great combination of all 3. Thanks again Don to you and all the guys behind the scenes at Combat.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 10, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage Legend is GREAT BAT

Vet,
The Barrage was originally intended to add some durability to an already potent bat. (MeLee) after extensive testing of various weights of the Barrage we have not found this to be totally true. There have been a few early failures on the Barrage but we have found out why and that is being corrected. However, there is no doubt that this is one of the hottest bats out right now with great balance points that are easily adjusted to. I think when the dust clears you will find similar durability with both Reeboks but at this point I would give points to the Barrage for a little or no break in period and a slight performance advantage. Definitely, ....an excellent bat choice and all the guys that I have shipped to love the bat.
Alan Tanner
561-718-7504

Dec. 7, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What's the best bat for open tournaments?

Kat,
Glad to hook you up...enjoy the Ambush it's a fun bat to swing. Any senior bat is negatively impacted at temperatures below 65. You may get away with it a time or 2 but you are taking life away each time you do that. However, some people just can't resist!
Alan Tanner
Tricoach18@att.net
Dec. 5, 2013
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage Legend is GREAT BAT

KC,
Did some more testing, demo on the bat. My new break in techniques for the Barrage are as follows: Choose 1 of the two but DO NOT do both....

1. Carefully remove bat from plastic bag. Walk to outfield grass, hold bat at waist high level and drop it on the ground. Pick up bat , remove cellophane from bat and walk to home plate and hit bombs....
OR:
2. If it is a windy day: remove plastic from bat and then peel cellophane from barrel. Stand FACING the wind and take 3 swings into the wind without hitting a ball. First swing at 50% swing speed, 2nd at 75% swing speed, and the third swing take a 7th inning cut. Walk to home plate and hit lasers everywhere!

I put ALOT of time and developmental strategy into formulating these two methods in case the weather didn't cooperate.
Have fun with the Barrage and if you haven't hit it yet....call me.
Alan Tanner
561-718-7504
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