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Ken Van Bogaert

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Darlington, WI

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Oct. 23, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roberts 55 Wisconsin major team looking for several position players from adjoining states

Roberts Construction is a 55 major team and is looking for several position players for the 2013 season. Players must be from Wisconsin or adjoining states. Contact Dave Dukelow for inquiries. 608 712 5358
or email dpdukelow@charter.net

Nice group of guys who have played together for a long time.
Oct. 11, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for some used Demarini senior bats with a lot of hits left in them

I swung both of the Demarini models all year and they both have excellent and similar performance. If you have good bat speed, I switched to the One, because the Demarinis outperformed the Ultra maxloads I had (more distance and a nice sweet spot). I felt both models had similar performance, but the lime green or 2013 model is endloaded and is more durable. The older models can be found at some crazy low prices. Bat has a solid handle and not the whippy flex of a Geezer. About 100 swings for me to break in fully.
Oct. 4, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cheyenne Park for Worlds

Like Steve I thought the level of play in the 55 and 60's was amazing. My son came and could not believe what incredible physical shape and how well these groups played. While the park was not fancy, and other venues more attractive, they filled in alot of holes before the tourney, you could see it, and the infield was fine, water was supplied and concessions and food great. The bathrooms sucked but porta potties were supplied. We played late at night and I felt safe enough at the park..not really anyone around much. A rare Stoneman sighting was appreciated. We have to take our turns at parks, and I appreciate all the work it takes Dave, Fran, staff and Umps to run a great tourney. Happy and Umps did a nice job. The worst for me was seeing how strong the 60 teams were..and how well guys like Imlay, Patty, etc. have aged..as our team approaches 60, I had figured guys would be going downhill and it might be easier..NOT!!! Congrats to everyone for having their game on. And to MTC for being deserving champs and for Hendricks for being a great champion last year and an even better group of classy guys.
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts 55 plus
Oct. 3, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cheyenne Park for Worlds

Like Steve I thought the level of play in the 55 and 60's was amazing. My son came and could not believe what incredible physical shape and how well these groups played. While the park was not fancy, and other venues more attractive, they filled in alot of holes before the tourney, you could see it, and the infield was fine, water was supplied and concessions and food great. The bathrooms sucked but porta potties were supplied. We played late at night and I felt safe enough at the park..not really anyone around much. A rare Stoneman sighting was appreciated. We have to take our turns at parks, and I appreciate all the work it takes Dave, Fran, staff and Umps to run a great tourney. Happy and Umps did a nice job. The worst for me was seeing how strong the 60 teams were..and how well guys like Imlay, Patty, etc. have aged..as our team approaches 60, I had figured guys would be going downhill and it might be easier..NOT!!! Congrats to everyone for having their game on. And to MTC for being deserving champs and for Hendricks for being a great champion last year and an even better group of classy guys.
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts 55 plus
Aug. 16, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Passing of Steve Simmons

What a great guy..so much fun and dedicated to softball. A huge loss for his family and our softball community. We will sorely miss him. Ken Van Bogaert on behalf of Dave Dukelow and Roberts Construction/Pope
Aug. 16, 2012
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers needed for the Dowell family

From The Roberts Construction/Pope Softball Family..our thoughts and prayers are with your family..Ken Van Bogaert, teammates and families
June 27, 2012
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2 Performance

I too had become disgusted with how fast the Miken Ultra Maxload were breaking the past year. Some in less than 30 swings and most under 75. Also I had 2 new ones that swung as stiff as a new freak 98 and were still stiff after 200 swings. I had the opportunity to swing the new 2013 Demarini Senior One 30oz and Kevins White Centenarian 28oz vs my 3 broken in Ultra maxload gamers. Both the Demarini and Cent out hit the Ultras by 20-25 feet in 3 tests my son and I did. In the testing I broke all 3 of my Ultra gamers and never broke either the Senior One or Cent. While I loved the feel of the ball hitting the Ultra, the other two bats outperform the Miken for us. My new gamer is the Demarini..done with the Ultra. The Reeboks are good too to be sure..Miken missed the boat with the quality control and changes made on that product.
June 20, 2012
bogie
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: MN SSUSA QUALIFIER RESULTS

Playing in the 55+ Division, I thought Steve and SSUSA did an excellent job on this tournament. There were not that many teams in the region, but Steve and staff adjusted it so we played 3 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. While we got rolled by a nice Doc's Grayhounds Team Sunday, 5 games is just what we needed to try to get our hitting and fielding down this early in the year before SPA and SSUSA Worlds. We can't fly to every senior tournament and are very appreciative of the effort made to hold one in Minnesota. Thanks.
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts/Pope 55 major plus
Feb. 23, 2011
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Swing Makeover Series" on youtube Hall,Connell,Larsen on stride,wt transf n torque and 72 yr old Dave North

Northstar and sportstechnique.com, along with Miken and Tanel are putting out a series of youtube instructional clips called "The Swing Makeover Series". Jeff Hall, Chris Larsen and Greg Connell help demonstrate how a stronger stride and push off the back foot, creates some linear power, helps transfer weight to the front foot and thus allow an easier and more explosive hip rotation. Lesson one is now up...72 year old Dave North is the featured student who needs to improve stride, hip rotation and torque of hips and wrists.
Thought some guys might be interesed in seeing it. Free, so price is right, haha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMRJlZ_yh1s

KenVanBogaert
Roberts 55 plus
Feb. 16, 2011
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nice free web drill program with video clips on hip/wrist torque for fp&slowpitch

http://sportstechnique.web.officelive.com/FastPitchprogram.aspx

If anyone had a girl in the family playing fastpitch or wanted to improve and drill their hip and wrist torque, i thought I'd share the link to our spring program. The only difference in the two swings (fp vs sp), is a much longer linear stride in slowpitch to help generate more power. The college girl demonstrating this can hit over a 300 foot fence with some consistency.
Ken van Bogaert sportstechnique.com
May 16, 2010
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congratulations, Steve Imlay...

congrats Steve...one of the nicest guys and best senior players I have seen. You've worked hard, played super and the recognition is well deserved...glad we could let you beat us as an opponent and do our share in helping you get this award, ha ha.
bogie and the roberts 55 plus boys
Dec. 6, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Would it be acceptable to just make a pitching Mask and shin guards mandatory?

Hope your doing well too!
I wouldn't say I am necessarily in favor of making it mandatory...I just put it out there as a question. Like Shane mentioned, you see more and more masks each year which I think is good. I wonder how many guys won't wear them, because of thinking its not "macho"?
Dec. 6, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Would it be acceptable to just make a pitching Mask and shin guards mandatory?

My apologies if this has been discussed in full, I don't get on the board as much as I should. I want to add up front, that I am a huge fan of SSUSA and all they do for us as players and generally do not see much fixing needed. However, I would like to see pitchers protected more. As others have stated, a screen is an option and the rules SSUSA have implemented are good in the ideals behind them, but make it hard for umpires, etc..to always intrepret. If you use a screen, it seems to cut out the pitchers defense..
I pitch some (not at SSUSA level) and I think the stigma of not being a
"man" if you use a mask and shin guards, affects some pitchers and others are oblivious to this until they get nailed. I think if the Senior organizations made shin guards and a full mask mandatory, it might be a viable option and still allow balls up the middle and pitchers defense...And it would protect the pitcher and help make safety equipment more acceptable for the infielders too. Its becoming common in the young guys game and would be nice if accepted as the norm in the senior game.
I never have liked the idea of eliminating the senior bats. Shaved and painted will come into play IMO. As far as the .52 cor ball. I think it could be used for the 40s thru 50s major/major plus age groups only, but the current combo in the AAA and lower and 55 and older seems to be balanced from what I see. If the wind blows out hard, you will see a 30 foot increase in any ball/bat combo. I have hit the 52 cor ball and played in the TOC all star game where I saw 6-7 homeruns by guys who were good, but not the premiere sluggers in todays game by any means. You need to spin it to get distance, thats all. Again, this ball in my opinion, is suited to opening up the young mens game with less rules, and would only be applicable to the Seniors in the 40s and 50 major plus... teams that still have that over the top hitting power.
However, the SSUSA 5-7 runs per inning is a nice equalizer and most don't care how you get your runs too.
Just curious as to how players would feel on madatory pitching equipment.
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts 55 major
Dec. 6, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Would it be acceptable to just make a pitching Mask and shin guards mandatory?

My apologies if this has been discussed in full, I don't get on the board as much as I should. I want to add up front, that I am a huge fan of SSUSA and all they do for us as players and generally do not see much fixing needed. However, I would like to see pitchers protected more. As others have stated, a screen is an option and the rules SSUSA have implemented are good in the ideals behind them, but make it hard for umpires, etc..to always intrepret. If you use a screen, it seems to cut out the pitchers defense..
I pitch some (not at SSUSA level) and I think the stigma of not being a
"man" if you use a mask and shin guards, affects some pitchers and others are oblivious to this until they get nailed. I think if the Senior organizations made shin guards and a full mask mandatory, it might be a viable option and still allow balls up the middle and pitchers defense...And it would protect the pitcher and help make safety equipment more acceptable for the infielders too. Its becoming common in the young guys game and would be nice if accepted as the norm in the senior game.
I never have liked the idea of eliminating the senior bats. Shaved and painted will come into play IMO. As far as the .52 cor ball. I think it could be used for the 40s thru 50s major/major plus age groups only, but the current combo in the AAA and lower and 55 and older seems to be balanced from what I see. If the wind blows out hard, you will see a 30 foot increase in any ball/bat combo. I have hit the 52 cor ball and played in the TOC all star game where I saw 6-7 homeruns by guys who were good, but not the premiere sluggers in todays game by any means. You need to spin it to get distance, thats all. Again, this ball in my opinion, is suited to opening up the young mens game with less rules, and would only be applicable to the Seniors in the 40s and 50 major plus... teams that still have that over the top hitting power.
However, the SSUSA 5-7 runs per inning is a nice equalizer and most don't care how you get your runs too.
Just curious as to how players would feel on madatory pitching equipment.
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts 55 major
Nov. 10, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My team wants the one up rule back in SSUSA

welll, I'm not Einstein but I did stay at a motel 6 last year. We all have our opinions, but not having played seniors as much as the rest of you guys, I truly sympatize with all SSUSA & other associations have on their plates... but from what I have experienced in 5 years...its awesome...with all the associations offer, I wonder how they break even...and surely for the hours they put it...its got to be minimum wage...like us, I expect they do it for the love of the game. With all the different opinions and needs of us players...its amazing we all generally agree that its still a great sport and well run.
Nov. 7, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My team wants the one up rule back in SSUSA

When I started playing seniors 4 years ago, I was amazed at the simple beauty of the 5 run inning, with the last inning open. It really didnt matter for 6 innings how you got your runs..5 runs, inning over. It was a great equalizer and it allowed teams to flavor their lineups with power like Gekle or high averages basehitters like Windy City. If SSUSA would keep 5 run innings until the 7th in all divisions,and last inning after 60 minutes who really cares how you get your runs and limits seem less necessary. 7 run innnings I think are too long...Also it might work to supply each team with x number of balls and they chase their own homeruns or buy more balls from Td. Also if your down by 10 in last inning, flip flop..to save time. GReat job by ssusa.
Oct. 30, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: some thoughts about our game for change

Don't know how that got on here again!
People do say I repeat myself. sorry.
Oct. 30, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: some thoughts about our game for change

Great comments guys and I really would like to thank the SSUSA for giving us a forum and listening to some of our comments.
First, BruceinGa&Dirty..thumbs up.
1)zero to one courtesy runner per inning...agreed with either..If a team wants to load up with slow sluggers, make them run. Its part of the game and it helps negate the over the top power some teams bring. I usually get run for, but I think it would save the legs of the guys who work the hardest and bring some balance back by making slow power hitters a liability on the bases. Its brutal on your best players to constantly run and this should be changed. I would say for 65-70 and older, leave it be..there are guys who are run specialist there and health issues merit giving some guys a break. They are some special dudes that are still playing at that age.
2)Allow Senior bats. They keep our 99.9% of the altered bats out of the game...totally agree..alter the ball, not bat...cheaters will prevail
3)Three divisions instead of four in all age groups...AGree for 55 to 60 and older, this would be appropriate as numbers decline.
James LG..agree, no homerun limits I would say over 60. If those guys can hit them, god bless them..they get fewer and fewer as guys age.
Up in the air on Joes. If guys hit but play no d, why can't guys play d and not hit? It would involve more players but ultimately I think if you play, you should hit too.jmo
Kenvb roberts 55



Oct. 30, 2009
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: some thoughts about our game for change

Great comments guys and I really would like to thank the SSUSA for giving us a forum and listening to some of our comments.
First, BruceinGa&Dirty..thumbs up.
1)zero to one courtesy runner per inning...agreed with either..If a team wants to load up with slow sluggers, make them run. Its part of the game and it helps negate the over the top power some teams bring. I usually get run for, but I think it would save the legs of the guys who work the hardest and bring some balance back by making slow power hitters a liability on the bases. Its brutal on your best players to constantly run and this should be changed. I would say for 65-70 and older, leave it be..there are guys who are run specialist there and health issues merit giving some guys a break. They are some special dudes that are still playing at that age.
2)Allow Senior bats. They keep our 99.9% of the altered bats out of the game...totally agree..alter the ball, not bat...cheaters will prevail
3)Three divisions instead of four in all age groups...AGree for 55 to 60 and older, this would be appropriate as numbers decline.
James LG..agree, no homerun limits I would say over 60. If those guys can hit them, god bless them..they get fewer and fewer as guys age.
Up in the air on Joes. If guys hit but play no d, why can't guys play d and not hit? It would involve more players but ultimately I think if you play, you should hit too.jmo
Kenvb roberts 55



Sept. 26, 2009
bogie
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Bogie New video is in...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCzKSqi8_Fw&feature=channel_page

This is a youtube clip of exerpts. Its hard to show 10 minutes of a 3 1/2 dvd and do justice, but this gives a good sampling. Since its long, you may have to load it up in youtube, surf the web a bit, then in 3 minutes come back and the stream will be steady and keep up as the video loads. thanks bogie
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