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Feb. 2, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #4 now available on youtube. Connecting the Hips to the Hands for max power and consistency

bogie-swing makeover series #4 is excellent. By coiling the hips and taking a longer stride into the ball seems to ad distance as well as working as a timing mechanism for better contact. Looking foward to episode #5. Thanks-Bud
Jan. 21, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Glove Off Season Care

I use ArmorAll leather care gel. Its not sticky or greasy. It cleans,conditions, and also protects from UV rays.You can get it at most any auto parts store. I also use a leather Rawlings glove.
Jan. 18, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Cerce-the Tobay Indians finished in second place last season in Div. 1 with a record of W-44 and L-20.
Jan. 18, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi Cerce-I am familiar with the Tobay Tigers. They were in Div.2 last season and w31-L33. Why not play Div.1 ? TThe Glen Cove Vikings won Div.1 with a W-52 L-10 record. You would probably have more fun playing against them. Good luck.
Jan. 17, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi JAC-Thanks for the info. do you know Joe Cataldi from the Streaks? I am playing his team tomorrow. Also, on that team is Ev Arnold, a member of the Suffolk Co. HOF as well as the National HOF. Ev played for the Glen Cove Vikings. Great hitter! So long.
Jan. 16, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi JAC-I played 4 years of senior softball in Suffolk Co. My home field was by the Babylon town hall. The fences were at 250' . I thought most of the other fields were too. Been in Florida the last 8 years. Alot of long Islanders down here in The Villages. We have 92,000 people here. 2500 softball players. Many travel teams. Great Soft ball facilities. Are the guys still playing at Caldonia Park?
Jan. 16, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Hi Cerce-I've played senior ball against some of the best teams on Long Island, i.e. Glen Cove Vikings and the Streaks from Suffolk county. They use single-wall bats and the fences are 250'. When you start pitching in tournaments around the country, you will be facing alot of great hitters with Mikens,Reeboks, and Combats. If you don't wear a face mask or shin guards you might consider doing so. Good luck.
Jan. 14, 2013
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: bursa sac

Prepatellar bursa is an inflammation of the frontal knee cap. It can be treated with ice, rest, an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofin, or can be drained with a syringe. It is a good idea to wear a knee pad to pro tect it when playing softball. Good luck.
Dec. 20, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What did you do in your last at bat?

My last at bat in 2012 was a line drive base hit in the sixth inning of the semi-final game of the Dan West Memorial tournament. My team lost 19-17. I had played against Dan West for years and he was an excellent softball player. More importantly, he was a great guy. Having a tournament in his honor says it all. Before the final game,each player was introduced and came out of the dugouts with a rose that they presented to Dan's widow Brenda. What a special day.
Dec. 19, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

A few seasons ago, I was playing in the rec league and a team mate hits a home run over the 300' fence. As he rounds third base , he high fives the third base coach and misses third base. After he touches home plate, the other team appeals and he is called out. We're playing on the same team this coming season and I can't wait to remind him. Now we have hit and sit after an over the fence home run so I guess he is safe for awhile.
Dec. 18, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

If you don't mind traveling an hour, you are welcome to practice with my team on Fri., jan.4 , 10-noon at the saddlebrook softball complex in the Villages,Fl. . We also have open practices on 8 fields on every Sunday all day long. The Villages is north-west of Orlando. Bud-((352) 753-4840.
Dec. 14, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" Episode #3 is up..using Pipe Drills,for maximizing hip power and we check 4 of our athletes progress

bogie-enjoyed your "swing makeover series #2. Many of the tips you gave were also in your 2006 northstar DVD ,which is still the best DVD I've seen.(Blasting bombs and spraying singles) I greatly improved my hitting by using a tee, and also by getting the weight more on the back leg and driving off it. Thanks-Bud, the villages,Fl
Dec. 3, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Which Bat should I use?

BudLeftField- A number of my team mates use bat warmers. This might keep your game bat from breaking in cool weather.Good luck with the wounded warriors project. Go Army !
Nov. 15, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

17 Black-If ball hits frame and goes foul before passing first or third base, it is a foul ball. We have no rule for ball stuck in net. I would hope that situation would be covered when going over the ground rules. Most likely a dead ball. Either that or a big arguement. I think the screen as well as masks for the pitchers and now even batting helmets are provided because of injuries. We had a base runner hit in the head with a throw, so now we have helmets if the batter/runner wants one. I haven't seen anyone use them yet.
Nov. 14, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitching screens

the villages,fl- screens to protect pitchers are optional. All batted and thrown balls that hit the screen are in play. Pitchers do not have to stay behind the net after pitching. Seldom does anyone use this screen in a game. Most of our pitchers wear masks and shin guards, and alot of our infielders are wearing masks as a result of numerous injuries.
Oct. 23, 2012
BudLeftField
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: villages softball tournament

Allen tri-coach -glad you enjoyed our tournament. other winners were 60+ Hollis Apraisals, 65+ Rose Ent., 70+ fla. Legends, and Dave Reed won the home run hitting contest. As always, there were no run or home-run limits. See you next time. Bud
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