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Ken Van Bogaert

Location:
Darlington, WI

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Men's 55

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Jan. 11, 2009
bogie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I was killed last night.

I played in the senior all star game, got a chance to hit with Kevin's new ball earlier in the day and for the last 4 days during the TOC, I was in Tampa with my son, Steve Imlay, a great senior hitter, and several senior members fo the Woodlawn hitting club in St. Pete.
We had 5 of the new .52 cor, 275 balls that Anaconda has made. First off, being from the north and not having a chance to hit much lately, we were not very consistent, so each time out of the buckets of 200 senior s balls, we only had 5 chances at the new ball. Kevin told us that we needed to try to level off and cut the ball, if we wanted to make it fly.
The ball will fly 360 feet and further. When you cut it, it jumps off the bat like a tennis ball off a racket. A slightly different, but not unpleasant feel to hit. I did line a knuckleball out and that was not supposed to be able to happen very easily. The ball felt lighter to us. If you did not spin the ball, it did not reward you with a super fast exit speed or longer ball. I pitched the ball several times without telling hitters and they did not notice it. In the all star game, I believe Mike was wrong, I think there was 4 homeruns, all by very good hitters, but not big guys or high profile homerun hitters. They spun the ball and it went. The mishit fly balls, were of shorter distance and most dramatically, the speed of the ball thru the infield was considerably slower. It reminded me of the game of the 70s and 80s, where 40% of the outs were infield play.
A hitter on my team hit 2 homeruns in the game with the new ball, but in the homerun contest the next day, using the current 44, 375 ball, he hit 2 of 10...so when he swung good, the new ball rewarded him.
So I am personally saying for the 40s and 50s senior major and major plus, I am a big fan of this ball. I think it will let small guys hit homeruns, but only if you learn to cut the ball..which most do anyway...you must spin it. It will cut out times when the first 9 of 11 hitters homer because a flat hit ball that now carries 350 will be 280 ...without spin.
The all star game was a treat to see all the infield play, see a fair ball that is not dominated by overblown homeruns, a game that is safer in the infield and involves more players in every play, and a game that is not a homerun hitting contest. Being fair, I am mostly a homerun hitter, so I would not like to see the 5 and out...I personally would rathe rsee the game defense brought back into the picutre and have less rules as a result of a more sane ball...I am not for changing any bat rules...I think any lesser bats, will invite the same shaving, painting that the kids go thru.
Just my opinion. joe, Kevin, mike...guys on both sides ...are all good friends...I am not taking sides and I am mentioning that the new ball fits my agenda personally...but I did want to voice my experience with hitting it and playing in a game with it..
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts 50 major(moving to 55 major)
Dec. 20, 2008
bogie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

Joe,
your my man but I am one who would rather leave the bats alone and tone down the ball for the 50 and 55 teams. I think changing bats would encourage the shaving and painting that we see in the young mans game. But the ball is easy to change.
i would ONLY change the ball for the 50s. I think the current ball/bat combo is okay for the 60s and up, but homeruns are so cheap in the 50s that rather than limits, I would like to see less hr limits and have a ball that the true power hitters would be hitting out. ....and you are one of them. That old lady in Seattle is still trying to locate your phone number after you bombed the roof of the ice rink.
I think a slightly less hot ball, will bring back more defense and balance out the homerun dominated games.
The younger guys coming in from 49, seem to be stronger, in better shape and technically better... The ability to hit the ball hard, seems to be the last of the softball players gifts to leave him or her. So I am all for a simple adjustment of the ball and less need for rules to counterbalance.
I would be for a rule that once we get snow in Wisconsin, all you cali and florida boys have to stop playing like us. We can never catch up to you.
kenvan bogaert
roberts 50 major
Dec. 17, 2008
bogie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: RULE CHANGES...COMMENTS

I hate to see the out rule for homeruns, but feel that homeruns in the 50s were a bit out of control. I can't say how many balls I saw on the weekend ( Phoenix 50major) alone that went 400 feet. What must the major plus have been like?
I like the fact we see less bat shaving or painting by allowing the Combat, Miken and other senior bats but I feel for the 50s age group, that its too much ball for the bats. Especially as you see the calibur of the hitters coming up from the 49-50 ages They seem in better shape, and appear to be technically more sound...just a more powerful generation coming in.
I would like to see less rules, but a slightly deader ball for the 50's. This would cut out the mishit homeruns, make ground balls on infield play more sane and increase fly balls on mishits. A ball that has to be hit with more spin to carry would be of benefit. I have hit some of the new Utrip balls (high cor, low comp) and I think a better version of it, would be great.
I think the current ball/bat combo is fine for 60s and older.
On a side note, I do not see why homerun limits decrease as we go to 60s and 70s. If you have some older guys who can hit it..God Bless em....it seems a moot point to even have limits after 65...let alone why are the tighter?
I feel SSUSA has done a tremendous job overall, but feel this rule is one that will not be popular and there are other ways around it.
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts 50major
Dec. 13, 2008
bogie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Yellow Macenko VS Grey Combat

I was on a video shoot in St. Pete this week and I had a new MM combat gear. I put over 500 swings on it and its still in great shape. We all know how the U2 is a super bat, but the MM offers the option of the endload and a different feeling bat than the U2. NIce to have another option that performs awesome.
That said, I think we all have to understand that the MM and U2 are made to be "game" bats. I do not swing them in bp...because they are made for performance, not durability. I would rather have my senior bats ready to rumble...than to play the asa game, where they need 2,000 swings to break in.
I think we need to find returnable Utrip bats that feel similar to these and use them more in bp...with less swings on our senior bats. I would prefer for Kevin, Mike and Corky to keep making bats ready to perform...and for us as seniors, to help them out by not expecting durabiltiy and performance out of the wrapper.
Just my opinion. For bp, we swing freak plus's, worth titans or eastons cnts+...super bats, returnable and durable.
Nov. 12, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrats to Coors Light

congrats to coors lite from us guys at Roberts Construction. I got to see several of your games and you proved not only to be the best tailgaters but the best team of 26 in the worlds. Nice combination of speed, defense and hitting.
BTW, the champaign tailgate party was impressive...I can only imagine what the championship party was like, LOL.
Ken van bogaert
roberts 50 major
Sept. 22, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new Manceko senior combat

We will be playing at Papago..and I will be jumping around doing some videotaping. LMK your assignment and field...and where your staying...I'd like to stop by and say hello. Is your brother u mping too?
3bogie@mhtc.net
Sept. 21, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new Manceko senior combat

nice to hear from you...just waiting for winter here in the midwest! will you be in phoenix?
Sept. 21, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new Manceko senior combat

I have a 30oz senior combat Mike Macenko model...10". After 100 swings or so, it woke up and its an awesome senior bat. It has a more endloaded feel than my Ultra2 which is also 30oz...and it hits with a different feel...both bats crush the ball and sweetspots are huge. Those who like more endload, will have an option in purchasing this bat. The U2 feels like it has more give and to me it feels like the ball buries into the bat. The Senior Gear, has a firmer feel to me ...a crisper hit on the ball....both bats superb.
Congrats to Kevin and Mike for bringing out another winner...and another option to us seniors.
Sept. 21, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new Manceko senior combat

I have a 30oz senior combat Mike Macenko model...10". After 100 swings or so, it woke up and its an awesome senior bat. It has a more endloaded feel than my Ultra2 which is also 30oz...and it hits with a different feel...both bats crush the ball and sweetspots are huge. Those who like more endload, will have an option in purchasing this bat. The U2 feels like it has more give and to me it feels like the ball buries into the bat. The Senior Gear, has a firmer feel to me ...a crisper hit on the ball....both bats superb.
Congrats to Kevin and Mike for bringing out another winner...and another option to us seniors.
Aug. 25, 2008
bogie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Robert's Construction softball team out of Wisconsin is looking for 55 major level players for the 2009 season.

LOOKING for 55 major level players for 09
Aug. 25, 2008
bogie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Robert's Construction softball team out of Wisconsin is looking for 55 major level players for the 2009 season.

Robert's Construction softball team out of Wisconsin is looking for major level players for the 2009 season. We will be moving up to 55 and as a result will have a few openings. If you are interested call Dave Dukelow @ 608-712-4879 or email dpdukelow@charter.net.



Thank you. Please call with any questions.
Aug. 7, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT EASTERN NATIONALS

Great job Dave , staff and all that helped this gentleman out.. It was amazing to me, being at the coaches meeting and hearing about the d fibrillator program that SSUSA and others are promoting and not more than a day later, you guys save a mans life. Awesome job. We all hear about the couple of deaths of senior players on the softball diamonds across North America every year...that happens to young guys too, but in the senior game its reality. What people sometimes fail to see is that this program of softball, keeps people in better shape than they would have been in, and probably saves dozens of lives every year by keeping us active. We thank SSUSA for that.
Eastern Nationals was a great location in North Carolina, but If we keep eating as much barbque as we did in Raleigh, you better put a Dfib on the Roberts bench for Hugo and I.
Ken Van Bogaert
Roberts 50 Major
July 25, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Robert's Construction, Wisconsin major looking for 55 players for 09

My manager, David "Duke" Dukelow asked me to post this message. Our Roberts Construction team will be going up an age group from the current 50 major . On a personal note, its a great opportunity to play with Brownie. bogie
Ken Van Bogaert, Roberts 50 major

Robert's Construction softball team is looking for major level players for the 2009 season. We will be moving up to 55 and as a result will have a few openings. If you are interested call Dave Dukelow @ 608-712-4879 or email dpdukelow@charter.net.
July 7, 2008
bogie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: NEED 60'S MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NOW!

"Hey Bogie...I'm one of those helpless guys myself!"
??!!!!!??
I'm flying out there to teach you some sensitivity!
July 7, 2008
bogie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: NEED 60'S MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NOW!

"No DHs or catchers need apply"
Art,
that is so hurtful to us who man those positions.
Its a slow man prejudice and I demand justice from you!
Bogie
June 17, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Couple of questions for Trumpball spinning and your BP balls

Lecak
the anaconda made, Evil bp 2 tone ball is pretty awesome. They carry well and seem easy on the bats too. Its easy to pick up the spin....sideways will show if your early or late....you can see great underspin when you catch them right and hit a rising line drive. Your right on about the great hitters of pre composite and double wall days. They spun the ball to hit it out and those guys had great swings. Flat hit balls should not carry out, but often they do with the senior combat and other composite bats...its part of todays game but they sure didnt go out back in the days your mentioning.....these evil bp balls give immediate feedback and ours have taken a beating and have lasted well. Keep stoney behaving.
June 8, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Announces Major-Plus Task Force

I say leave the bats the same, open up the rules and just control the game by adjusting the ball. You don't even have to ask anyone to do it. Kevin can provide you with a ball that will meet the offensive numbers you wish to obtain. Deaden if, if you feel the game is going out of control, but in my opinion, the less rules the better. I agree with BruceinGa...bats will be shaved if the senior bats are removed. I personally think the 44 375 is a bit too hot for senior ball...with the Senior Combats and other hot bats...so just tone it down a bit if your association feels its too lively.
You can adjust the ball too, considering when the tournaments run...hot southern weather use the 44 375. Cool Seattle fall worlds...deaden it up. I think ASA is really going to miss the boat on the 93mph bats. Leagues will be using NSA and USSSA lists around here when the 98 MPH bats are gone. How will this affect girls college fastptich and the records? JMO for what its worth. The ball rules the game.
May 7, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Diatance: 12" vs 14" ball

My son and I play in a local league that used 14". Its been very popular over the years in southwest Wisconsin. We play on a 250 foot fence and can use any bat including Ultra 2s. This is a lower end rec league but the 14" balls are poly core and carry well. I would say 10% of the players (its a young league, 20s and 30s) can hit it out on occasion. 3 or 4 hitters in the 6 team league hit it out at will. A really good shot is 320 feet but I have seen balls go 350 plus. This ball carries very well and is fun to hit. But its the equivalent to a 12" blue dot...as far as how lively the poly cor ball feels. Fielding is another issue. Its like a cannonball coming at you.
There are some 14" balls that are foam core and they would be mush and I doubt would travel at all. Great game where you have a field with short fences.
April 5, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bashbro1's Top 50 All Time TV Series Growing Up in Seattle, WA!

Little House on the Prairie"? C'mon Bash, let's butch it up a little..this is after all a softball board. Geez, I can't see myself or Joe watching that! My sisters, yes, but boys and men, NO!
March 24, 2008
bogie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff surgery

mad dog
just curious how you are tearing your biceps?

A great exercise for removing knee pain and keeping them mobile is to do full squats with just a bar and a few weights.
Use a bench to lower on until your butt hits...do 3 sets of 15 reps every day. I have had 4 knee surgeries and have no anterior cruciate in one knee..but my knees are painfree. This promotes blood flow and stimulates the entire range of motion..a college strength coach told me about it and its amazing. Use light weights and go down parallel. I use 135 lbs, doing the 3 sets everyday. Sometimes the first few are hard, but its an amazing exercise to keep mobile.
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