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Real name:
Brad Geil

Location:
Kitchener, ON,C

Division:
Men's 50

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June 22, 2015
B94
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ARC OF THE PITCHED BALL

I've got to agree with what a lot of others have said here. The perception of 6'-12' seems more often to be 8'-14' and higher. I'm not sure if it's perception of the actual arc or other things that are creating this issue but as an example after a heated debate on the field with what I consider to be one of the better and more reasonable umpires we have I convinced him to come to an empty diamond with me later that day where I proceeded to set up my Juggs pitching screen (without the net in it) approx. halfway between the rubber and the plate. I got him to go behind the plate and threw some pitches just over the top bar so these are about 6"-6" high. He told me straight up that he would have called them illegal and proceeded to say that was to protect me. Another debate ensued but I finally got him to say that by the definition in the rulebook these are not illegal pitches! The fact is that I don't want an umpire to "protect me" I want him to call 6'-12' if that's the rule! I know exactly what I'm in for with ever pitch I throw and accept that risk. The other side of this is if I'm throwing a particular pitch it's probably for a reason. This is a hitter's game - the only thing the pitcher can really do is switch things up a bit to try to throw off the batter's timing and make an effort to put the ball in a place the hitter would prefer it wasn't. Just call the game by the book.

I also thing it would be good to go to the 6'-10' arc because then it would be more likely to top out at 12' than the 14'+ it currently seems to reach.

The biggest thing from a player perspective as both a pitcher and a hitter the main thing I want is an umpire that's consistent. Set your zone wherever you need to but keep it there. We'll adjust but too many times I find that I can throw 3 identical pitches and 1 is illegal the next two are good. Now as a hitter or a pitcher you are guessing. I'm not trying to bash umpires as I know it's a thankless job and there are some exceptional umpires out there and kudos to the guys that take pride in doing a great game. I also think the YouTube suggestion is great for helping to train umpires.
June 4, 2015
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat physics/dynamics question

Well said Kevin! It's the bat speed carried through the ball at and beyond the point of impact that is the important value when choosing a bat. It's been proven that exit speed and distance increase based on choosing the heaviest bat that you can achieve and maintain maximum bat speed through the point of contact. This is where the moment of inertia of the endloaded bat improves the ability to carry momentum through the point of impact. Increasing bat speed by decreasing moment of inertia nullifies the resulting exit speed and distance. In reality what you are lookingto achieve is to swing the heaviest bat your can maintain your highest swing speed through the point of contact with the highest moment of inertia.

The other thing that helps increase bat speed is your grip. Using an overlap grip over the conventional baseball grip effectively lengthens the bat which in turn creates a higher moment of inertia.

For anyone looking for more info on this checkout the following links:

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/bat-moi.html

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/bat-moi-details.html

These are great reads if you have some time on your hands. Explains a lot of the reasoning behind "what is the best bat to swing"...

Now if only I had a swing speed radar and 4 of the same bats to test this with...
June 1, 2015
B94
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Missing 1st Base Before the Throw Arrives

I think the runs still count because it's an appeal play not a force play. The gap shot missed base would have to be a live ball appeal during the play to not score those runs. The fact that the next batter has come to the plate now makes this a dead ball appeal which would get you the third out but wouldn't nullify the runs scoring previous to the appeal.

That said I've been wrong before... Interested to see what stick has to say on this one...
June 1, 2015
B94
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: ball tipped over fence with no bome runs left, bases loaded, playing rules were walks after no HR Left. what should happen.

I'm not sure if it were the case in this scenario, but the part of this rule that's always annoyed me is that at times it seems to punish an OF for trying to make a HR stealing catch. I know it's very tough on some plays for an umpire to be 100% sure that if left untouched the ball would have left the park but if it's a "no doubt" HR and a fielder attempts to make a catch why should he be punished if he makes contact with the ball? That should be a HR.

In order to be a four base award it should be on a play where in the umpire's discretion the ball may not have left the park if it went untouched. Reaching over the fence to pull one back should not be a 4 base award in my opinion. Give the fielder some credit for making an attempt to go get it! Deflecting the ball over the fence is a different story all together.

Just my $.02...


May 13, 2015
B94
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Jackslapp?

Oh my...
May 12, 2015
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ranken "Tater" Johnson passed

Not sure how I missed the initial posting of this but let me say that I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Tater, he will definetly be missed.

Bruce, similar to yourself I met Tater on the Mohr board what seems like so long ago. Back then we chatted a bunch about softball specific training exercises on the board and on the phone a few times. Though I never got the opportunity to meet him in person I fondly remember those chats and how I could hear the passion in his voice when we spoke about the game and his willingness to impart his knowledge to those who wanted to listen. Just those memories have brought a smile to my face today.

Thoughts and prayers to Kimberly and the family.
May 5, 2015
B94
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Outfielder caught a flyball with a first baseman mitt?

To the best of my knowledge when a catch is made with an illegal glove the batter is not out and it is the offensive managers option to accept the result of the play involving the illegal glove or to have the batter return to the plate and resume with the count previous to the hit. The fielder in question must change the glove and a second offense is an ejection.
March 26, 2015
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Second Home plate for National Tourneys

We had a guy step on and slip on the secondary home plate running in hard that got injured. From a defensive stand point I like the second plate however, from a safety aspect the line is a much better option...
March 26, 2015
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not HAPPY with Bats Unlimited!

It typically costs me $1.50 to add the signature option and it's the best insurance whether you're sending or receiving something. It's saved me grief on numerous occasions...
March 26, 2015
B94
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Original Miken UII

If it has the ASA stamps on it it's worth a premium price...

March 23, 2015
B94
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds

Can't say I'd ever describe playing at the Canyons complex as "being stuck in St. George" - one of the nicest facilities I've ever played in and I find the drive kind of relaxing with some spectacular scenery.
Feb. 24, 2015
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Tee Recommendations

Worth makes a slo-pitch tee that is nice and tall... For travel I use a Rawlings Quick Tee (Pro Version)
Feb. 23, 2015
B94
Topic: Bats
Discussion: most durable senior bat

If you like swinging an EL bat get yourself a Nightmare
Feb. 10, 2015
B94
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC follow up

This was our second year at the TOC and all I can say is Wow - it just keeps getting better. First on behalf of the Homer Lovers I'd like to say thank you to Terry, Fran, Dave, and all the SSUSA staff for putting on a fantastic event! The competition was stiff and though there were some blow outs when it came down to it there were a bunch of one run games in the bracket. What more can you ask for? (Other than maybe a two out of three split when there are only two teams in your division) We had great weather overall, got to see friends we hadn't seen in a year and had the opportunity to make new friendships with people that share our passion for this great game. What a fantastic group of people we got to meet from DLB, Team 1 Miken and the Mid Atlantic Elite 40 teams. Class acts all the way around! Now time to get to work to qualify for next year...

Thanks,
Brad Geil
Homer Lovers 40
Jan. 5, 2015
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Life Cycle of a Senior Softball Player

Nice! Glad to know what I have to look forward too... LoL

Thanks for the share...
Dec. 19, 2014
B94
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 1 day Warmup for the TOC January 3 in Vero Beach

My BAD I was thinking Feb 3 not Jan 3rd... As my better half would say it seems my oldtimers is kicking in again... LoL
Dec. 19, 2014
B94
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 1 day Warmup for the TOC January 3 in Vero Beach

Wish we had known about this one earlier Alan - flights are booked already and we arrive around noon on the third... It would have been nice to get some games under our belt before the TOC
Dec. 3, 2014
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

It would be nice to see the 24"x36" mat become the standard...
Dec. 1, 2014
B94
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

I have to agree that going to the bigger mat 24"x36" helps the pitcher without seriously changing the game like an arc height change would do...
Sept. 30, 2014
B94
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 52/275 balls

The USSSA Miken DC41 and the Worth Resmondo Legit bot hit the 52/275 ball extremely well...
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