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Steven Imlay

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Phoenix, AZ

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Men's 60

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Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTER WORLDS 60's MAJORS

What a competitive division with great teams and ball players. It's been a while since I have been fortunate enough to compete in this division and now I remember how tough a division it is. First thanks to Double Play for allowing me to participate in this tourney with them. Very impressed with make up of the team and their approach to the game and quality of their players.
I would like congratulate the other teams on the quality of their teams and how competitive they played. 4Seasons has a strong team that will only get better and Fan Grabbers as always fielded a very strong team with both of our games with them going down to the 7th or 8th inning. Didn't get a chance to play Phil's Just 4 Fun and Rio Grande's 55 but both teams played well and beat some very good teams.
So Cal played outstanding really putting it to us in the Championship game and getting off to a good start in the "If" game. Pete, Tony, Jack, Wayne and all the guys played great...very impressive. I believe they got a little tired after 3 straight hard fought games and Double Play started hitting and pulled it out in the bottom of the 7th.
Well run tourney and I have to wonder why this tourney was not attended by even more teams.
SLi
Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Al Dreschler - Pace Softball - Suddenly Passed Away

This is very sad news as Al was an exceptional person. With all that he has gone through it was a shock to receive this news. I only had a few interactions with Al but enough to establish the quality of a man we all will miss.
Steven Imlay
Nov. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Webbie
Good luck with the knee replacement and look forward to seeing you back on the softball field hitting your normal impressive long Home Runs!!!
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Rock softball

Matt43
We have taken out some Rock balls to hit to prepare for Vegas and have not seen the irregular flight problems either. However I believe other factors do affect the ball because we did see the ball do funny things in the Spring tournament in Vegas.
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ARROYE GRANDE BATTING PRACTICE LOCATION

AzTomC
I would check out the Silver Bowl over by UNLV's football field. Plenty of open fields and it's not too far away from Arroyo Grande.
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Marv

I want to thank you again for looking into this matter and making a viable attempt to address this situation. You have some good ideas and hopefully they will provide some solid answers. If your attempting to find a solution I will continue to support you and your organization any way I can.

Maddog are you going to be in Vegas? Bruce I know I will get the opportunity to see you in Vegas and Happy Birthday!!

SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

Gary
You hit the Dirty very well!! Good luck this weekend.
SLi
Sept. 24, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

Gary
You hit the Dirty very well!! Good luck this weekend.
SLi
Sept. 20, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Bruce
Glad rehab is going well and look forward to seeing you in Vegas.
SLi
Sept. 20, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Bruce
Glad rehab is going well and look forward to seeing you in Vegas.
SLi
Sept. 19, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

RoyHobbs,

Sorry I haven't responded to your question - missed it somehow?? Anyway I swing a Dirty 30oz FL and I'm still very happy with the bat. I just ordered the new 29oz and another 30oz from Kelly Ultimate Sports. I have been getting somewhere between 700-900 swings before the bat breaks and then I get an additional amount of swings using the Tuff Sleeve utilizing the bat for batting practice. Look forward to see all the posters in Las Vegas just come up and introduce yourself I'm number 12 with Joe Brown's All Stars 60 Major plus and you will recognize me as I will be carrying Webbie's bats!!!

SLi
Sept. 17, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

We need to be giving examples of balls that will work not necessarily balls that don't work. Jim I respect your opinion on balls but I have never found the Baden ball to be a "hot" ball more like the Stote ball it just works better in the heat. Bam (David Winslow) suggested Dudley 40/400 ball that holds up in the heat in Vegas. Kevin, Jim and Mike should have some good recommendations on balls that perform comparable to Stote but hold up in the heat. We really need to give some viable options to the Directors so they can make an intelligent decision.
Thanks for all input...

SLi
Sept. 14, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Rock balls

Webbie thanks for bring this discussion back up. It's always good to hear from Mike, Patty Mac and Fabe and their opinions on these issues. Rock is a fun ball to hit and I know I look forward to Vegas because of the Rock, chance to catch up with all the players, the competition and it's a great place for a well run National Tournament.
SLi
Sept. 14, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

It seems to me that we have gotten off track on this thread. It's turned into a debate about the Rock and that really is not what I intended for this discussion to get into. I realize that the Rock is a potential answer but it seems like it's not a very good answer from the Directors point of view which I can see their argument- not that I agree or disagree. We have other threads that discuss this topic which is a good topic but!!!!
The topic here is hitting the Stote ball in heat where it turns into a sock. We need to be discussing alternative solutions to this problem. What will happen is this will be swept away and not addressed by the associations if we don't address this issue now.
Marv I appreciate your responding to this and you make solid arguments from the Tournament Directors point of view which we should consider (I'm surprised that SSUSA has not responded.) This is a real issue and one where I have made the decision that I'm not going to participate in tournaments using the Stote ball in high heat in the future. I'm hopeful that other players and teams agree and make similar decisions about these tournaments. I believe the Stote ball is a very fair ball when the heat is not above 80-85 degrees. Why can't we find another ball that will respond equivalent to the Stote ball in normal conditions when it's above that temperature? This is not about an ego driven desire to hit the ball 400 ft but an expectation to be hitting a fair ball in the warmer weather.
Patty Mac I know you can hit any ball out but I also know you feel strongly about this topic. I also agree why travel to Vegas or any tournament if your going to have to hit a sub par ball!! (I'm not trying to bring LV-SSUSA National Tournament into this discussion because it's not an issue in this tournament.)
Mr. Manassas, I agree all we want to do is hit a good ball which you do very well- see you and Patty Mac in Vegas.
I appreciate all point of views on this subject but it's time we get this issue resolved to all parties’ satisfaction.

SLi

Sept. 11, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Kevin great hearing from you especially on the subjects of softballs. How and when is the new bat coming out? Maybe we all would have been happier if you had tried to sell your ball to Marv and SSUSA although I understand why you didn't and would expect nothing less from you.
This discussion was started to look at viable alternatives to the Stote ball in hotter weather.
Dave Winslow from Las Vegas called me and suggested a Dudley Thunder that they use in league play. Mad Dog has brought up the 52/300 which performs the same in the heat. Kevin has brought up the ASA rock as a alternative, possible some of his won softballs and hopefully other people will suggest some other balls-several people like the Baden ball. Hopefully we can find some alternatives for tournament directors to at least look at.
PJ3P I'm happy for you hitting a long home run with the Stote ball in tough conditions and it can be done. You should be talking about it because it doesn't happen very often. However I don't really see this discussion following in the category of "whining" just wanting a fair and consistent ball in hot weather. It costs all of us a lot of money to attend these tournaments and I believe it's fair to expect a fair ball in exchange.

SLi
Sept. 10, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

DB14- Thanks for the response and I agree with you 100% that's what we are looking for is a fair ball that let's us play our normal game. It's really a win win for players and associations.
Look forward to seeing you in Vegas and don't be looking for any revenge. Timberworks is a great group of guys who play very competitive ball at a tough quality level and you guys hold your own!!!

SLi
Sept. 10, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

First of all thank you Marvin for investigating this much appreciated and I believe you were speaking to one of the experts with softballs and a person who I trust personally.
I have always been a big fan of the Rock (mainly because of the heat issues and yes for performance capability), however after what I witnessed in the Vegas Spring Worlds it was definitely doing tricks.
I think Bob W. nailed it when he stated - "I like neither extreme... balls that are too lively and/or balls that are 'decompressed' in the heat." As I stated earlier I think the Stote ball is a very fair ball except when it gets over 85 degrees. Hopefully we can find a ball that falls in the same performance capabilities including when it gets hot- maybe not??
DB14 a lot of people speak about hitting 400 ft but not many do including with the Rock. I believe the same people will hit the Stote ball 400 ft as long as it's not too hot.
Don as always it's great to play you guys as you have a class team of quality players and of course one of the best looking coaches around. Look forward to seeing you in Vegas.
Sept. 10, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

Marv
I don't want you to go away. I really enjoy your tournaments and I think overall you do a very good job offering top notch tournaments with great competition. Love the ballpark and appreciate your attitudes towards the way you generally approach the teams and players.
I didn't mention anything about the Rock although I do believe it's a better alternative plus I think it would attract more teams, however I'm not in disagreement with your statement of erratic flight patterns. I do believe that you can find some alternatives to the Stote ball in the heat. This applies to SSUSA and the tournaments in the warmer weather as well I was not trying to single you out. I really like the ball and believe it's a very fair ball except in the excessive heat. Other balls compression may decrease but not as much at this ball.
Boycotting is not positive and not a path I would normally advise, but if people don't want to at least listen to your concerns then you have to get their attention. Just tell me that you understand and will investigate and then hopefully you will.
It's not just about hitting a ball 400 ft but it's not about hitting 2-3 HR all tournament as a team. By the way I sure wouldn't want to be part of the cause of you losing your house!
Seriously, enjoyable tournament last weekend and I appreciate what you do for senior softball players.

SLi
Sept. 10, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New HOF inductions

I was just informed that Gil Frelly and Dave Birones both Omen 65 players are to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in Las Vegas at SSUSA-Las Vegas National Tournament during the 65 Major Plus tournament this year. I wanted to congratulate both of these players and let you know I will be at the ceremony. Great ball players, teammates and even better people.

SLi
Sept. 10, 2013
StevenL.Imlay
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

I know this has been discussed several times but it's starting to bug me. We go to these tournaments during the summer months (normally over 85 degrees) and play with softballs that normally are very fair balls but in the heat they lose so much that they are tough to hit for any distance. What really sets me off is the tournament directors do not seem to care.

Comments:This is the way it is or it's too expensive to change balls and ect.

What we need to do is boycott some of these tournaments and let some of these tournament directors see how expensive it is to investigate a better alternative vs not having teams show up. It's just getting frustrating to swing these low performing balls in the heat and it doesn't help you improve your game when you do play with decent balls.
Sorry to rant but wanted to know if I was alone in this thought process.

SLi
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