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Dec. 11, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nasty rattle in Reebok Melee

has anyone else had this happen??? I have a Reebok Melee that has a nasty rattling in the knob end of the bat when I tap it on the ground......obviously there is something loose but how can it be fixed....the bat is relatively new in regards to usage because I can only use it in tournies.....is it fixable????
Nov. 4, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: issa does the right thing concerning va beach

The pen is mightier than the sword
Oct. 31, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: VIRGINIA BEACH RIP OFF

Agreed
I emailed director and got ZERO response....bad business and bad taste in alot of player's mouths
Oct. 26, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Legit 2 Piece Senior 1st test results.....

as of this time, I would not yet put it in the category of a Reebok Melee BUT, this bat is really crushing the ball...if the Melee was an A+ then the Worth is an A-.....the ball jumps off the bat but it takes a long time and a lot of live hits at BP to break it in....once it breaks in, you will know....you have to use it on a fenced field though because some of the hits are very deceiving....a line drive turns into a 310 foot homer and you say, "That went out?"....if you are on an open field you wont get the perception of distance as well....just get one on the cheap and keep using it...give it time and you will enjoy it
Oct. 19, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

I had contact with a director in the Syracuse area and how it is when he runs a tourney....a lot of the parks demand a deposit for the fields which is usually non refunded rain or shine...I get that part....BUT, if the fields cost so much to rent plus workers trying to get fields ready, does it come to the amount of $225 per team????

Sure, they get a "refund" for the next tourney but still have to add another $100 entry fee and travel expenses for all the players

as for shirts and hats and plaques, THAT is a huge mistake getting stuff dated etc....and if the stuff was paid for why wasn't the merchandise given out to the teams that showed up...who wants a Oct 2013 shirt or hat given to them in April 2014????

anyway, this is truly a learning experience for everyone involved.....I believe the director is somehow getting all our money though because we will not be going back in April...and who knows, maybe not in Oct 2014 either...it was a great tourney last year but this year was forgettable in all aspects.....

I believe the Director should reconsider his initial decision and refund at least 75% of the entry fees CASH to all teams ...let the teams decide if they want a 3 day tourney in Manassas next year and go from there....if the Park wants to charge him for fields we never used, then maybe another venue should be chosen next year....to be paid for services not rendered just doesn't go over too well in today's world..I could see if the teams backed out and the field lost 3 or 4 days to not having any business but NOBODY used the fields........who made out there????
Oct. 18, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

Paco...I should have had you as my weatherman...we had a guy in Va Beach down there on Weds and all the channels said the chance of rain (20-30% showers) lessened as the weekend approached....we had to travel on Thursday and trusted all weather guys (big mistake) so our hands were tied.......I guess the big question is, what did the director do with $225 per team x 50 teams......and at least he should have distributed t shirts, hats or anything that said "Virginia Beach 2013" on it.......kind of makes you wonder how much the actual tourney even costs if they allot that much per team to cover non playing expenses....can any directors give us players a summary of tournament costs just to enlighten us......we probably wont go back there if we risk the chance of paying for something and getting nothing in return in the case of a tourney canceled.....really a sad situation
Oct. 17, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISSA Virginia Beach tourney rained out.......who got screwed????

So our team travels 9 1/2 hours from Syracuse NY to play in the ISSA winter national tourney in Virginia beach....it literally misted or rained from the Thursday we got there until the Saturday morning that the Directors sent us back home....we did not even take the equipment out of our bags....I rented a car for 100 bucks, paid 150 for a hotel room, 175 dollars for food and dining, $150 for gas and probably another $100 at the Mall while we waited for the rain to stop on Friday....no big deal, rain happens, weather cancels things...oh well, we enjoyed it while we could BUT!!!!!!!...we get home and find out the Tourney was only giving back $300 of our $525 entry fee because they had to cover the costs of t shirts, plaques, trophies, hats etc.......excuse me but we didn't even get a friggin hat or t shirt or a "participation plaque" and WE have to pay...That is total Bull Shirt on their part.....if I wanted any of those things, I would go to my local outlet mall and get any shirt or hat I wanted etc......if these tourneys "build in" dollar amounts for these expenses, then I don't want to get any of those things...I want to play ball, have some fun, travel with friends and that's it........but the ultimate slap in the face is when you get back home from driving almost 10 hours and you get a phone call or an email that says we owe money for the tournament we never played to cover the difference between sponsor donation and the rest.....TOTAL BS
brian bkb555 Syracuse NY
Oct. 15, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: sick players at Sunset Park

I play with a guy who traveled to Vegas and he got sick at Sunset park....he drank dugout water and was the only guy who did and the only guy who got sick...by the 7th inning he said his stomach hurt so badly he was hunched over in severe pain.....the bathrooms were 100's of yards from the fields too...it was not a good combination
Oct. 15, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

on a side bar...why are any 40 year olds playing senior softball......when I was 40 a few short years ago, I was playing against 20 somethings all the time and representing my age...we played in an over 39 league and used u-trip bats etc.....maybe I have it wrong
Oct. 13, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New for Vegas

I am speaking of the GSC P-413 bat...26 and 27 oz
Oct. 13, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New for Vegas

we would like to try out one of these bats in Central NY Syracuse area.....we are going into hibernation shortly but have a few more weeks of playing....I am sure if this bat is the real deal, numerous purchases will be made....email me
bkb555@verizon.net
thanks, brian
Oct. 13, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

I agree with Curt from KY....I wonder if there is a standard for hosting tournaments all over the country for SSUSA...I didn't go to Vegas but teams from my area did and most of the complaints were similar...some were field conditions, some were no orange base, some were no bathrooms, no concessions, sun right behind the pitcher, sun right behind the batter, umpires unfamiliar with senior rules and changed schedules after making reservations, accomondations etc......I think these issues should be discussed in NC convention without being able to attend....I am sure there are some standards but no matter what they are, it seems like the same complaints arise......I think the major issues are player safety and taking care of the players and their fans.....just about all of the above mentioned seem to fall under that umbrella...I will not attend the SSUSA convention in December but I think if a copy of this post is somehow brought to the attention of EVERY tournament director and SSUSA official, a lot of issues will be resolved.....set a standard and enforce it...pre tourney inspections will verify conditions and accommondations etc.....nothing worse than spending hundreds and thousands of dollars and playing in sub par facilities.....thanks
Oct. 5, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Legit 2 Piece Senior 1st test results.....

OK...so I have about 200 swings on my sr. worth 2 piece and it has come alive!!!!!....I would compare it to the Reebok that I have .....the ball is really jumping off the bat with line drives and fly balls...LONG fly balls...if you have the patience to work in the bat and I mean work it by lots of BP, then you will be happy....I have not seen any spider cracks or webbing or hairlines so I think it might be more durable than a lot of the sr. bats.....I guess Worth doesn't get the love of a lot of people but give it a chance.....you can get them pretty reasonable online and you can get that under the radar, sleeper bat for a great price.....now I have to decide which bat to use in the upcoming tourney....decisions decisions..reebok...worth....reebok....worth
Oct. 2, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

sounds like the tourney is more interested in getting big numbers in participants and little interest in taking care of ALL the participants and their fans....I have been to tournaments where there is one or two porta potties and no concessions....real downer for players and fans.....it should be a mandatory requirement that all facilities have a standard of playability.....double bags at first, lined fields, umpires familiar with senior rules, concessions within 150- 200 feet of fields and restroom facilities that are serviced regularly....I don't want to spends hundreds of dollars to travel and be treated poorly and the same goes for our team's fans.....THAT should be a top priority and not the number of teams that show up so you can boast about how many teams came to your tournament......it seems pretty simple especially when the dates are known well in advance.....how about it ssusa......lets see some written down standards and make sure they are enforced before these tourneys are approved
Sept. 7, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

this episode of South park is what has happened to our society..."Sarcastaball"...nothing wrong with safety in sports but they take it to another level

http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s16e08-sarcastaball

here is episode above
Aug. 21, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to join a Fall league team in Syracuse NY area

we are starting a fall league at Santaro Park very soon on Mondays...If you go to the fields on that night, I am sure one of the teams could use an extra player...games are at 6pm...also like previous poster said, there is a tourney in Syracuse this weekend at Hopkins Road park starting at 9 am Friday....there are at least 4 teams with Syracuse connections there
July 28, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Took one off the chest pitching BP

great input guys...the screen is the best...we used one for BP indoor sessions ...lost count of how many times it got hit and also from a batter's perspective, it is nice to experiment and go with all sides of the field to hit.....chest still feels it one week later and I was really lucky
July 23, 2013
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Took one off the chest pitching BP

I usually pitch BP for our team and get a few guys hit a few through the middle...luckily I either field them or get out of the way but Monday night was the exception....we were running late and we tried to get a quick BP session in...5 balls and get out...I was scrambling getting balls while pitching and not really too worried that a guy might hit middle BUT...as I pitched the ball, I took a step to the right barely to get a ball without really fielding my position and before I knew it, the ball was nailing me in the left side of my chest....it felt like a sledgehammer hit me...I didn't go down but I went back and walked it off and promptly went to bench for my ice packs....it hurt but I still played outfield...later that night it still hurt and the next morning the same...I am sure I will have a massive bruise but really I was lucky...a few inches to the right and I have a broken sternum...a few inches up, I have a busted mouth or broken throat...I was mostly concerned that my heart would beat irregularly but I was ok in that regard.....it really opened my eyes to pitching and the dangers associated with it...it was only BP with less than full swings and old balls.....and U-Trip bats in our senior league...under the right conditions, this could have been catastrophic...here is a link to a picture....nice bulls eye ring and bruising starting to appear only 2 hours after the hit....copy and paste this link....

https://picasaweb.google.com/114024028227182823464/SoftballBruisePitchingBP?authkey=Gv1sRgCJPctZLe75yzDw#5903944369953273986


July 2, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Legit 2 Piece Senior 1st test results.....

Being a worth guy for the past 8-10 bats I have used, this 2 piece sounds very similar to my Jeff Hall Mutant that I still have (for sale if you want it...lol)it had a .5 ounce end load and the sweet spot although very sweet, it was relatively small compared to my 454 Legit one piece that I use in U trip (yellow one from alan BTW)today.....I am sure they worked out the issue with telescoping of the bats etc but performance I believe will probably be similar with maybe a bit more pop because the sr. bats are a little thin walled to begin.....I hope worth hit a homerun with the bat but I would like to hear people who have used a Mutant side by side with the 2 piece Legit and compare notes....That would be a true test comparison
April 23, 2013
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: tournament results

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