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April 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miken TOC Ultra II Max

Guys,
I have broken in 5 of these TOC bats in the last few days for clients. The more I hit with this bat the better it becomes. Our two test models now have 450-500 swings on them and are VERY good. You will notice around 100 swings or so that the bats sweet spot begins to expand down the barrel resulting in a more forgiving bat. It hits just like the red Ultra II but is much more durable. The 2 bats I broke in yesterday were stinging the ball at only 25-40 swings and after 50 were game ready. I added in another round and my o my did they become a different animal. If you guys like end loads....jump on these before you miss out as they are a limited production model and will not be in the regular Miken lineup. Call me with any questions.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 10, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

Surprise today was that I received some Reeboks! I hit one briefly and....same good ole MeLee! Will post follow ups along the way.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 9, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

AZ,
I should mention that the Barrage is also being produced. It's a big surprise to all of us since Reebok was so non committal only a few weeks ago. The last groups of Barrages have shown to be much better in durability than the first ones. So, now it's just a personal preference as to what feels best to the player. Not to mention we certainly have several other top tier bats to choose from as well. It's great to be in the senior game!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 9, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

Guys,
I received a very surprising phone call yesterday. It seems Reebok has listened to the pleadings of some of the distributors and made some more bats. The long term bat program with Reebok is still a bit undecided but this was a nice phone call to get. A few distributors should be receiving all sizes of Reebok Melees next week is what I am told. If you need more information feel free to contact me.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miken TOC Ultra II Max

Pack,
It is indeed the red bat that so many guys loved to swing. I have been breaking a few in for guys this week and boy they are nice. If you like a true end load....here it is. The good part is that we now have some built in durability too.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken's New Mike Macenko Signature Model is Coming Soon

Big Mike!
Looking forward to swinging your bat. Hope all is well and your health continues to improve.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 6, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

Guys,
I have started preliminary testing on DeMarinis new bat for this year. The ONE is most definitely improved over their last two models. Right now I am working on the end loads with a follow up on the balanced model. Performance is improved over their previous models. Balls hit within the sweet spot react crisply and it has good feel. The only thing at this point of testing is the effective sweet spot is somewhat smaller than some of the top senior bats and off center hits towards the end of the bat and down on the lower barrel produce a stinging vibration to the hands. I haven't done a complete autopsy to determine why yet but put on your surgical mask and stand by for more details. I will be working with them later this week....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

Happy Day after April fools !
For you other bat geeks out there like myself:
Bent handle bat was : The Zapper
Water bat was made by Spalding: Tidal Wave
(I was doing some consulting for them back then but I PROMISE I had no input on the Tidal Wave)
Triangle bat: was in fact : the Broadsider

? Of the day...anyone got any more relic bat story's?

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

Big Mike,
Just got the packing list from Miken. I have to again say thank you to them and Brad Augedahl their National sales manager.. I couldn't think of a better place to help someone out that's involved with our sport and Miken certainly did that. Good luck to you guys and enjoy the equipment.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

SARGE,
A update for you today and it's for real not April fools. I reached out to MIKEN on your behalf and they have agreed to donate some equipment to you. I will say they have been very responsive to charitable things so my thanks to MIKEN for taking care of our own troops. Look for a care package sometime next week...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

Mark,
The CURVE will bring an added level of excitement to our game. Since several hockey companies became involved in softball we have been able to borrow hockey stick technology and combine it with the latest bat technology to create the CURVE. It's quite amazing to see some of the prototypes being used and it's going to take softball to the next level. It's similar to having different club selections in your golf bag all in one ! We are working on production capabilities now as it does present challenges in manufacturing but it should be available in 14....
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new ultra 2

We have now completed a lot of testing on the TOC bat. As I mentioned before, it's almost identical to the popular Miken U2 red one piece bat from prior years. The added plus is that durability has been increased and you still get that solid end load feeling. We have a few on our Team 1 Sports M+ team that now have over 450 swings which is real good. If you liked the red one piece get one of these and you won't be disappointed.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
March 27, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TPS Hyper Z

The last I was told they would not be available until next year.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 27, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Combat Bryce Oliverra USSSA Bat

We hit again with this bat yesterday. We had winds of 15-17 mph blowing straight in on us and we used our normal mixture of bp balls which I added to with some 52/275 ASA balls. Even with the wind issues the bat performed very well and several of them have a nice soft feel to them and now have over 300 cuts on them. If you like an end loaded bat and need a great USSSA bat or a bp bat with a warranty, this is worthy of consideration. Combat had now told me that they are only making 750 of them and as the word got out, Combat dealers bought them up. I was fortunate to get some more in and pulled this one out of the batch for additional testing.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
March 27, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

Sgt,
I appreciate your kind words. I look on it as a privilege to be able to help out when I can. It's our duty as civilians to help out those who dedicate their lives to protect our freedoms in this country. So...our thanks and gratitude to all of you.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 25, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage and Senior bats in general...

Good deal. Let me know if you need anymore help with anything.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 25, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage and Senior bats in general...

Dan,
Forgot to ask...out of curiosity how was the weather and fields you played on?
What kind of temperature and humidity?
A
March 25, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage and Senior bats in general...

Dan,
Shoot me an email and I'll help you through the process so you are taken care of.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
March 24, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage and Senior bats in general...

Hey Guys,
Just got in from a weekend tourney. I will be hitting with some more Barrages this week to see how they hold up. Remember a few things about senior bats...they are a risk we take as senior players who like to enjoy a cutting edge piece of equipment. The risk we take is that they are mostly non warrantied products. Obviously, Reeboks Barrage has had some defective bats out there and that is why Reebok has been issuing refunds or gift cards for people who experience early breakage. I do not work for Reebok nor am I "hyping up" anything about their line. I will say that Reebok has taken care of every player who has had these issues that I have sold bats to. I buy these bats and all the bats I test at my expense spend my own time testing them so I can get you guys honest information. If you have questions you can pick up the phone and call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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
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