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Jan. 11, 2015
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

In Redwood City we can use ASA bats only in senior night league where it is open for all age groups 50 and over. The 75 and older men and the few women that play can use senior bats. They just started using a screen this last year. We use a 1-1 count and a 52-300 ball.
Jan. 3, 2015
AJC
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

Omar, we also play in NCSSA, we average 14 tourneys a year. One of the contributing factors to the amount of teams not growing IMO is each year at every level ( 50, 55, 60 etc ) there are a few teams that disbands. The top guys always lands on another team but what happens to the rest who cannot find a team to hook up with. We're probably losing as many as we gain.

As far as the bats go, I would have to disagree with your claim that we are losing players because the bats are too hot. I have not heard of one player who has used them and said he doesn't want to play anymore. I think if they got rid of the bats that we use today. We would lose more players than we would gain IMO.
Nov. 17, 2014
AJC
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National Results

Too funny Nodded !

Hittem, the Reebok is great bat ( both models ), depending on your preference ( end load or balance ) I'm sure you would be very happy with this bat. We all are extremely lucky to play this game and should be thankful. Your response to Pood, seemed a bit harsh and unnecessary.

In short, get a Reebok Melee, hit some seeds all over the field, it will put a smile on your face.
Nov. 17, 2014
AJC
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Age Groups

That is correct Max. It can be a difference in age as little as 1 day. There has to be a cut off date Dec 31 seems the most logical.
Nov. 14, 2014
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

J Dub brings up a great point. This bat has to "press" a lot higher than the rest of the Miken senior bats or the other senior bats from other manufacturers for that matter. To really compare apples to apples, having some data to look at would be more useful than having someone say " I tried the new senior bat from ABC company and was hitting 380 foot bombs " when that same guy can hit 380 foot bombs with most other senior bats.

Compression readings would be really helpful !

Alan, the 2 piece Ultra Max Load I got from you in the beginning of the year is still going strong !
Nov. 12, 2014
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

Neck, it is not " illegal " to sell bats which are not legal for different sanctions. On EBAY you can find purportedly Ultra II'S re finished or re labeled as Freak 98's. There are bats being offered as rolled and shaved. EBAY is allowing these to be listed and sold and I have not heard of this practice being deemed illegal even tho these bats are not legal for game use. They get around the law by saying these are for batting practice only.

As far as buying used bats from EBAY, buyer beware. I wouldnt buy a used bat that I couldn't inspect in person.
Nov. 12, 2014
AJC
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter National Results

G Man, I wouldn't wait too long if this is the bat you may want. Reebok has stopped producing this bat and inventory probably won't last much longer. These bats have been around for a few years and they come in an end load ( yellow ) and the balanced ( red ) versions. Alan from Team 1 Sports I believe still has a few in stock. Both bats are winners, durability is decent .
Nov. 12, 2014
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

It has nothing to do with selling them on EBAY. You can paint flames on them and dip them in chocolate as long as disclose what your selling and someone is willing to lay out the money for it. The potential problem in reference to your question " if a bat is painted on the end " is if the home plate umpire suspects your bat has been tampered with, he can toss it !
Nov. 10, 2014
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

The issue of the end of the bat painted would look like a repair to the end of the bat has been made. This could be needed if someone damaged the end of the bat when trying to pry off the end cap to have it shaved.

Why paint the end of a composite bat, scuff marks or missing some of the original finish will not diminish the durability of a composite bat.
Oct. 18, 2014
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken 2 piece knob came off.

Barrel cracked in Manteca ? Knob flew off my 2 piece Ultra II at BLD also, same weekend my gray Ultra cracked. I did glue the knob back on with J B Weld 2 part marine epoxy, seems good so far. Haven't had great success with Miken' s lasting but I always have to have a couple.
Oct. 8, 2014
AJC
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DH

If you can have 12 guys listed on your lineup card and of course everyone gets their at bats but you can only have 10 in the field, isn't that the same thing. You don't have to list them as a d h since positions for the starting 10 in the field is not required.
Oct. 7, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Donll, Jose played with God Sports Co. 50 M+ .

I read a lot of " they " and " those guys " above referring to both of the Cansecos although the only Canceso that has posted here was Ozzie. I've never seen a post here by Jose. I'm sure Ozzie didn't want to start off his senior softball playing days by rubbing people the wrong way. I'd like to think he had good intentions and it just came out wrong. These guys should be great for the game and it should create a lot of interest for a while, heck I'd stop and watch them hit.

Swing gave good advice to Ozzie on a different thread , " be humble " ! True true
Oct. 7, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

I'd like to see it go to. 1-1. Been used to that for years in ASA, games normally go the full 7 innings. With a 0-0 count, it seems like there is too much time wasted for the first strike before most batters are ready to swing. im sure the average innings played would go up slightly. I've seen more 5 inning games than 7 inning games.
Sept. 30, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Updates. .

Just curious, did Jose Canseco actually show up and play with GSC ?
Sept. 11, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Too hot in the Valley?...

Taits, we are from the San Mateo - Redwood City area ( San Fran. Peninsula ).

My email address is bayareadentfree@gmail.com.

Thanks, Tony
Sept. 11, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Too hot in the Valley?...

Thanks Duke, Taits. September 20,21 probably wouldn't work because of timing. Cut off for this one has to be close if not passed already but it sounds like they have had tourneys here in the past. We would definitely be interested in the future. Morro Bay, SLO and even Cambria are all nice places to stay. This is the first I've ever heard of tourneys down there. I will look for these in the future. Where would the calendar of events be posted ?

Thanks again !
Sept. 10, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Too hot in the Valley?...

Taits, who is putting on the tourney in Morro Bay and what are the dates for that tourney?
Aug. 29, 2014
AJC
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher does what?

In this case, the play has to be made at home. You have to get the sure out, then if it's a right hand hitter I'd go to first unless you ( catcher ) see you have a shot at third which is an easier throw for the catcher. The throw to first usually requires a step towards the shortstop so as to avoid the runner running down the first base line. A throw to any other base would require a sure double play or the run would score, you have to take the sure out and prevent the run from scoring.
Aug. 26, 2014
AJC
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking to join 65 and over team tampa area

IF I were to guess, think he meant......." give me a shot ".
Aug. 24, 2014
AJC
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Sparky, you're post that SSUSA is making " $$$$$ " off of senior softball seems a bit exaggerated. If Lee Lees numbers from last years big tournament is correct of $333 k gross , they probably would be lucky to keep 10-15 % of that as profit after all is said and done. Then how many guys are getting a slice of that pie. This is a business and should be reasonable to expect them to make a profit.

Even if you're team is self-sponsored, splitting the cost of $695 between 12 guys is less than $60 per guy for 3 days of ball providing you're has the good fortune of playing on the last day. I'm sure you're portion of the entry fee will be a small percentage of you're softball budget for the weekend.

The fee for such a big event ( $60 per guy ) seems pretty reasonable for a weekend of ball. Be thankful they're making a few bucks cause if they didn't, there wouldn't be a tourney held at all. If you want over priced, take a family of 4 to a Gaints game and fork out $500 for seats that are just decent, not great.

The cost of senior softball seems pretty reasonable .
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