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Aug. 26, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2012 Western Nationals - Action pictures Best of the Best

FANTASTIC pics....awesome action and emotions of the game...what happened to the guy who slid into 3b and was carted off on stretcher....looked like a shoulder or elbow.....WHAT is up with all this sliding tooo!!!!!......I havent slid into a base in 15 years...takes too long to heal...LOL...maybe going down on the ground for a fly ball but THAT is all...that dirt stuff is hard and takes skin all the time...thanks for the time and effort to get full action of the game...now if you could come to Syracuse on Sept7-10 to take some of the same photos..that would be great
Aug. 18, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ambush Review

nothing wrong with wanting to take advantage of technology...we use improved drivers and irons in golf, better bowling balls, better hockey stick and every other sport allows these advances...sure, it seems like every bat that comes along is the latest greatest bat ever made but that is marketing and just trying to squeeze a extra something out of our aging bodies...sometimes just a change of equipment gives us the mental boost to try harder or just keep playing...i know some day my melee will not seem to hit "like it used to" and I will move on to the next best thing but until that day comes, why not embrace technology and feel like a 20 something immortal that we thought we were.....we have no problem with new cars coming out every year, they all drive to where we have to go but maybe just maybe, this car will get us there a little bit better,,,THAT is what new bats are all about....just roll with the changes...i finally did and love it
Aug. 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

best way to build arm strength is to use it....if you had it when you were younger, it is just a matter of maintaining....if you didn't have it when you were younger, you will be a cather or firstbasemean the rest of your life..or worse, an underhand pitcher......you won't have to worry about throwing out your arm, but the bullets that come back through the middle are your biggest concerns...lol...yikes
Aug. 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What makes it a "Senior" bat???

I relied on the reviews of Alan (tri18) when I got my U-trip Worth legit and my Senior reebok Melee both balanced versions.....he could have told me any bat was this or that but I went on his comments on testing and his reviews were extremely accurate...I am sure all the bat suppliers here sell good stuff but when you have actual testing and verifications on performance, you can't beat that ....as to the original poster, I wouldn't go so far as to say the ball flies 40 feet farther etc, but the ball does shoot off the barrel and it feels REALLY sweet when you get it.....if you are interested in a bat just ask /email/or call the bat suppliers on the site.....word of mouth is strong and we have enough "bat testers" out there who can vouch for what works for them...just research before you buy or ask a fellow team member if you can try a few swings with his bat...then go buy your own...lol
July 27, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Strike or No Pitch

my understanding is....If the batter isn't in the box, then there can't be a strike...that being said, I suppose the umpire has to grant a timeout to the batter first but as a courtesy, the pitcher usually doesn't pitch the ball unless the guy is in the box......I suppose a smart/veteran pitcher might just throw a "practice" pitch to see what the ump might say BUT , the bottom line is, the guy was irate over a ball/strike call and made the ump look bad....it is mat ball for god's sake...it hits the mat or it doesn't....pretty simple concept here...unless the ball takes 10 seconds to come down, there isn't much of a ceiling so JUST BE READY to hit the ball.....if it hits the mat, it is a strike...batter, man up...it's not like you start with a ball and strike like u-trip...you have 3 THREE strikes to look at coming in at 6 miles an hour (maybe more) stop arguing and get in the box...oh yeah one other thing, How many fields have clearly outlined batter boxes too?????
July 13, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO GETS THE BALL??

as an outfielder, I would get the ball IF I was going OUT to my position...no big deal here....it is much easier for the team that just hit, to go out and get the ball as they field their defensive position......not poor sportsmanship to not go get the ball from the team that drew in fielders
July 5, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: USSSA bats???

peedee....a few things you must consider when buying either of these bats mentioned above...the USSSA bats will usually have a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer while many of the senior bats have no warranty..of course there are some exceptions to the later but generally speaking, most senior bats have no warranty...I go with the balanced versions now for most bats...when i was younger I liked the end loaded to really snap the bat around and generate a bit more power and distance...now i go for just hitting the ball hard and let the bat do the rest without all that "extra" effort needed to swing that 1/2 ounce in the end of the bat a little faster.....I swing the Worth 454 Legit and the reebok melee balanced (soon arriving)...the legit hits it hard and far and has the 1 year warranty.....it is more expensive but the same price as most high end bats...I have swung the end loaded melee from another guy and it hits really nice too......so now you have so much more to digest and THAT is only 2 bats to decide from...throw in eastons, demarini, mikens, worths and then you REALLY have some choices..i personally got my bats from tri18 and he is a good man.....but that is my experience.....call him or email him like I did to get more info or any other guy and listen to what he has to offer...good luck
July 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

oh...my bats of choice are Worth 454 Legit balanced for USSSA and Reebok Melee 34-26 for senior tourneys.....thanks alan Tri18 for the heads up on these babies...good advice and for others who may need a bat, Alan is a good guy
July 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

so...for the past 20 years i have been using a 26 ounce bat...i guess in a 4 at bat game a heavier bat might generate a few extra feet but over the course of a weekend tourney where you play 6-10 games possibly, mechanics will break down as the body tires and bat speed falls as you continue to use a heavier bat....
July 4, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: what's the best senior bat, gave up on the gsc promises.

I will refer this to the technology of golf where technology is first and foremost on ball striking, club speed etc.....the faster the swing speed the farther the ball will travel...of course most of the numbers use consistent clubs and weights etc...when you throw in the differences in bat weights and swing speed, there is a formula to calculate distance...I am sure something like mass times velocity (momentum) will play a huge part...but the thing to remember is that the only way to test these things is to actually get three different bats and go hit them...but also take into consideration of pacing yourself i.e. hitting only 5 balls before moving onto the next bat size to keep from tiring out thus changing things like bat speed and mechanics of swing...I am sure "somebody" has conducted this experiment but back to my original idea, I think bat speed is the key to distance and a lighter bat might generate that faster whip..jmo though..bkb555
July 1, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slowpitch, US National team vs US Futures team on ESPN2 at 8:00pm or ES2HD

WHO is Jim Rome??????lol
June 30, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slowpitch, US National team vs US Futures team on ESPN2 at 8:00pm or ES2HD

I must say, it is alot more fun playing in a game like this than watching it...I played with Helmer (syracuse area) in early 2000's and he is a terrific guy...also had Jeff Wallace on our team...it was just a rec team but these guys were so good with the other players and just wanted some swings during the week before the big games on the w/e....also saw Steele's come to Syracuse in early 80's to play our "all stars" from our classic league...they won 45-3 I think...but the big thrill was going to the Van after the game and thinking if you wanted to spend $35 for a Steele sports 34 inch-38 OUNCE bat...thirty five bucks couldn't buy a bat bag today but it was a TON of money to spend for a bat back then......they were just way ahead of their times....one thing I did notice about these guys is, they pack on the pounds....or really fat guys to be blunt...i guess if I weighed 240 instead of my 180 solid steel and sex appeal body (lol) I would be hitting the ball about 350 ...but it is fun to watch them hit...I am so glad to be back to fundamental, fun softball again playing senior ball


June 30, 2012
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Slowpitch, US National team vs US Futures team on ESPN2 at 8:00pm or ES2HD

I must say, it is alot more fun playing in a game like this than watching it...I played with Helmer (syracuse area) in early 2000's and he is a terrific guy...also had Jeff Wallace on our team...it was just a rec team but these guys were so good with the other players and just wanted some swings during the week before the big games on the w/e....also saw Steele's come to Syracuse in early 80's to play our "all stars" from our classic league...they won 45-3 I think...but the big thrill was going to the Van after the game and thinking if you wanted to spend $35 for a Steele sports 34 inch-38 OUNCE bat...thirty five bucks couldn't buy a bat bag today but it was a TON of money to spend for a bat back then......they were just way ahead of their times....one thing I did notice about these guys is, they pack on the pounds....or really fat guys to be blunt...i guess if I weighed 240 instead of my 180 solid steel and sex appeal body (lol) I would be hitting the ball about 350 ...but it is fun to watch them hit...I am so glad to be back to fundamental, fun softball again playing senior ball


March 11, 2012
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Composite Bats

I used a tri-shell connexion (that I still have) and the age of recertification nightmare started......after sending in my 26 oz. Tri-Conn bat and getting it back at almost 31 ounces, i was Livid...easton at the time had a chat board that I rode for about 3 weeks solid complaining about $300 bats that were ruined because of all these "hot" bats and now I have a log...well, after about the 3rd week of ripping easton, one of the VP's who I won't mention sent me an email and told me to contact him...he told me if I stopped all the chatting, he would send me this new easton Synergy composite bat...I said, "yeah, ok"...not knowing what I possessed, I went out and started hitting major bombs.....otherwise called a 1st batch Synergy, it was the hit of the team.....until next season when it got banned...Easton was nice enough to replace it with Syn 2 which couldn't hold a candle to the 1st batch but THAT is where softball is today....I never owned an Ultra because to me, it was just plain ridiculous...Bruce in GA, YES!!!! I hit with POP44 in Tampa in the early 2000's with Hacker52 and a few of the Boys on the thursday AM hit club...Pops (dave) is a great man....still have the shirts he gave me from the 4-5 years they made for their hitting club...NoW I am a senior player (1st year) so I get to play with all these hot bats again...woohooo, i think...I can still run, so maybe that will be my saving grace...grew up on MOHR board and we were so FAR ahead of the times in softball equipment, we were just ahead of our time...met lots of great people on that board
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