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April 1, 2011
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHERE'S JACK !!

Where is Jack Eberhard? We just played in the Spring Worlds in Mesquite and did not see one person taking photos.
I guess we get spoiled with Jack at the tournamments and ball fields taking his action shots. His photos are incredible and we hope to see him in Reno, at least. You don't know what you got until you lose it. Not only is Jack a great photographer but he brings a lot of fun to the game. Hope to see you soon Jack.
Mike
April 1, 2011
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Creation of a new chip for softballs

Are you kidding me. If a chip were invented to work in a softball it would have to create a molecular change in the poly core to change the COR. Even if the chip were developed and this star wars ball was created the price of the balls would be astronomical as they would include developemental costs. Organizations won't even pay $1.00 per dozen more for good balls. They use the least expensive they can get. As senior ball players we will be long gone before this comes into fruition.
Scrappy6
Feb. 26, 2011
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Doctor Needed

I am going to try to make this very simple. I have worked with Steeles, Debeer, Worth, and Combat.
This is the way it works. Increase performance -- decrease durability. It is that simple. You can get technical but basically that is it!!
If you want a warranty you pay for it. With top level bats for USSSA or ASA the cost is around $300 retail (with a warranty). For our Senior bats the cost is around $190. The warranty replacement cost is built into the cost of the bat.
If you press Miken, Combat, etc into warrantees on senior bats you will be paying $300 plus.
I am pretty big (260 pounds) and hit the ball hard. I have Combats and Ultra IIs that I use. I have broken some, but not that many.
1. I alone use my bats. They are not team bats.
2. I rarely use them for batting practice.
3. I always make sure temperatures are over 65 degrees. If colder I might use a USSSA bat.

Many times balls are stored in cold areas. If they are stored at under 72 degrees they may damage bats. If the ambient air temperature is 68 degrees at game time, but the balls were stored in a shed overnight at 45 degrees, you have a great possibility of damaging your bat.
For every 1 degree temperature change there is approximately 5 pounds of compression change in the softball. This a rough estimate and is not linear. If the balls are stored at 60 degrees instead of the 72 degrees that they are tested at you have a differnce of 12 degrees or approximately 60 pounds of compression change. That 375 compression ball will feel more like a 435 compression ball and that will effect your bat when you hit it.
It is more technical than that but it gives you a rough idea.

There are many variables in this game. I just wanted to point out a few.
Some smart guy once said "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" or something like that.
Scrappy6
Jan. 18, 2011
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a Team

GJack,
What position do you play and what level of play are you looking for? We have 3 60's teams in Colorado for the Scrap Iron Club.
I can let you know if anyone needs some players.
Mike
303-324-6421
Nov. 11, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 changes

2 out of three aint bad!! I played unlimited arc back in Michigan or as some called it "blooper ball". I felt it made a joke of the game. Right now SSUSA allows 6-12 and in Phoenix some guys were throwing 13-14 feet and the umpires let them do it! USSSA and most others have gone to a 6-10 arc so in Senior Ball we do get a higher pitch.
I like the other two alot !!
Scrapp6
Sept. 4, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need team in Co.

Ron,
We are the ScrapIron Phiten AAA team and we are very interested as we have had an injury prone year. We will be playing in Phoenix and I will also be at the Huntsman Games.
Let's get in touch amassong@aol.com or 303-324-6421.
Mike
June 13, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: AAA COLORADO TEAM

Due to a couple of season ending injuries we are in need of 2 more players. Need a middle infielder and outfielder for a Colarado AAA 60's Team (Scrap Iron - Phiten). We have plenty of power and looking for defense and OBP players. Call or e-mail Mike at 303-324-6421 or amassong@aol.com. You can also call Bob at 303-944-6818.
June 9, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEED PLAYERS FOR AAA COLORADO TEAM

Due to a rash of injuries we are looking for 1 middle infielder and one outfielder. Each must be competitive and a good AAA player. We have plenty of power so you do not have to be a home run hitter. Defense and OBP is what we really need. We are based in Colorado and play under the name of Scrapiron - Phiten.
Adjoining state players welcome. Please contact Mike at amassong@aol.com / 303-324-6421 or Bob at 303-944-6818.
March 14, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SPRING WORLDS FIELD CHANGES

Up until last week the 60's aaa were listed as playing in Mesquite. We now have found out that we are playing all our games in St. George. What happened SSUSA? Our players have room reservations in Mesquite because you told us we were playing there. It is too late to change now and you have added an extra 45-50 minutes drive time each way and the extra fuel expense. Tentative field assignments should be more accurate. Why publish them at all? What is going to happen in Reno? Maybe we will get moved to Carson City at the last minute.
We spend a lot of money on these tournaments and thanks to you we now have to spend more and also extra driving time. If we knew ahead of time we could have gotten rooms in St George. Thanks for the inconvenience and added expense.
You wonder why team participation is down, or not growing, and this is one reason.
Scrappy 6 - Mike
Feb. 20, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New pitching mask/helmet

Thanks Scott, after 5 surgeries since September I get to go to the gym tomorrow and walk the track and walk on the treadmill. Doesn't sound like much but after 5 months I am looking forward to it. I can start swinging a bat on March 6th. You don't know how much you miss it until it is taken away from you. I will probably start playing in Mesquite (end of March). Look forward to seeing you down the line somewhere.
Mike
Feb. 19, 2010
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New pitching mask/helmet

The best one out there is the new "FACE OFF" and you can see it on the Combat web site. www.combatsportsgroup.com
I have seen the tests and also the other helmets by Halo - Bangerz, Worth, etc.
The "FACE OFF" is also the most expensive but it is your call on paying an extra $40 or possibly more in medical bills. This is a heavy duty mask and both of our pitchers on our team will be wearing it. Check it out.
Mike Massong
Dec. 11, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BEST PITCH TO THROW

I will give a different perspective to ths thread. I am a catcher on teams that have won Nationals, Worlds, Triple
Grand Slam, etc. and this is what I have observed in every division from AA to Majors.
The catcher can help the pitcher at times. If a pitcher does not throw at least 4-5 illegal pitches in a game he is letting the batters see the same old stuff. Remember, this is basically adult T-ball.
When the batter is in the front of the box I like the pitcher to throw him some deep pitches. If he is the back of the box I call for short pitches. Away from the plate pitch him on outside and short. Close to the plate, jam him and deep. This does not work for all hitters but it might get them to hit your pitch. After you see a batter a couple of times you can sometimes spot a weakness or a pitch that they like to tee off on. Don't give him that pitch if at all possible. On another note if bases are empty and you got a big hitter up give him that good pitch and let him use up his home run.
Scrappy6
Nov. 12, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Taits

Scott,
Hope that nothing serious is keeping you from Vegas. Look forward to seeing you in the spring as I am going to Vegas but cannot play. I had a tumor removed from my head September 23rd and have had numerous complications. No softball until at least the spring of 2010. You really miss it when you cannot play. Enjoy playing guys as I am jealous.
Scrappy6 - Mike Massong
Sept. 3, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Bats
Discussion: To rotate or not to rotate ?

I have been a rep for major bat companies for almost 20 years and currently rep one of the most popular composite bat companies in the country. I also have used and tested composite bats ever since their introduction. The one fact that I can tell you is that composites have a life span. That is why it takes most composites a certain amount of hits to "break it in". After the break in period they continue to get slightly better with use. They will then reach a point of failure.
You do not have to be an engineer to figure out if you hit in the same constant area the bat life will be reduced significantly.
My suggestion is like "Tait" said. When breaking in and using your composite bat rotate it to break down the composites/resins equally. The bigest thing it does is prolong bat life.
I am sure that the rep and coach will try to promote the matingly priciple. It actually is a very good training device for hitters, but in actual day to day hitting in the same spot will break down the bat. The only way it will not break down is to multi layer it and make it deader to begin with. The same goes for aluminum bats. Hitting in the exact same spot time after time will cause metal fatigue.
Everything has a life span. From bats to us.
Mike
Aug. 26, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wood Bats

In Colorado last year we had a wood bat tournament. I was very sceptical as I like swinging the senior rated composites and getting in a few long balls.
I have to admit it was a fun tournament. More emphasis on placing hits and team defense was extremely important. I thought a tournament with no home runs would be dull -- it was just the opposite.
We are having another one this September and I am really looking forward to it.
Does anyone else have interest in a wood bat tournament that maybe SSUSA would put on? Maybe SSUSA should look at a national wood bat tournament if there is enough interest. Last year we used a 44/375 ball but I think that this year they are going to a more lively ball.
Whats your thoughts?
Mike
Scrapiron / Phiten
Aug. 4, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Httting wood

We had a wood bat tournament last year in Colorado and we are having another one this year in September. A wood bat performs at about a 92 mph rating. This compares to an ASA bat of 98 mph so there are not many long balls.
A good defensive team and a team that hits a lot of singles will excel.
It actually was fun last year as we won our bracket with defense and gap hitting.
Scrappy6
Scrap iron - Phiten Team
March 19, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MESQUITE BALL FIELDS

CAN ANYONE TELL ME A LITTLE INFO ABOUT THE MESQUITE BALL FILEDS? MAINLY HUNTER PARK COMPLEX? I HAVE PLAYED AT THE OTHER FIELDS AND ALSO AT THE CANYON COMPLEX IN ST GEORGE.
THANKS,
SCRAPPY 6
March 11, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: Bats
Discussion: break in for senior bats ?

MY COMBAT MM TOOK ABOUT 100 - 125 HITS TO BREAK IN AND IT IS STILL GOING STRONG. I USUALLY GO THROUGH ABOUT 2-3 ULTRA II'S IN A SEASON AND THIS COMBAT MM HAS HELD UP GREAT. GOING ON 2ND SEASON.
THE REASON IT TAKES A LITTLE TO BREAK IN THESE BATS ARE BECAUSE THEY ARE COMPOSITES. NATURE OF THE BEAST.
SCRAPPY6
March 6, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MY FIRST AND LAST STATEMENT ON HR & PPR

I HAVE READ NUMEROUS IDEAS ON THE HR RULE AND THE PPR.
I LOOKED AT THE SPA SITE AND THEY DO NOT HAVE A PPR THAT I SAW, BUT I DID NOTICE THEIR HR RULE FOR 2009. AA AND AAA HAVE 1 & 3 HOME RUNS RESPECTIVELY AND THEN THEY ARE OUTS. IN MAJOR AND MAJOR + THEY HAVE A SET NUMBER OF HOME RUNS AND THEN THEY GO TO A ONE UP RULE. I ACTUALLY LIKE THIS SET UP AS IN AA AND AAA THERE ARE MORE PLACE HITTERS AND THERE SHOULD BE LESS CONSISTANT HR HITTERS. IF YOU HIT MORE CONSISTANT HOME RUNS YOU SHOULD BE PLAYING MAJOR OR MAJOR +.

BY ALLOWING THE ONE UP IN MAJOR AND MAJOR + THE PPR KIND OF TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. IT ALLOWS THE HR HITTERS TO CONTINUE THEIR NATURAL SWING. I HAVE PLAYED MAJOR IN THE PAST BUT I AM NOW A AAA PLAYER. ALSO, MOST HOME RUN HITTERS SEEM TO PULL THE BALL RATHER THEN HITTING HOME RUNS UP THE MIDDLE. THIS WOULD ALLOW THESE HITTERS THEIR NATURAL SWING. WHY NOT TRY THAT FOR A FULL SEASON AND GET RESPONSES?
JUST A THOUGHT.
SCRAPPY 6
Feb. 13, 2009
SCRAPPY6
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which 60AAA teams are going to Mesquite?

THE SCRAPIRON/PHITEN TEAM WILL BE THERE.
SCRAPPY6
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