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Jan. 2, 2013
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: place best hitters last strategy

In my mind, either is an oversimplification when it come to putting together a lineup. There are so many other variables to think about in addition to just focusing on batting average. This era of homerun limits kind of throws lineup strategy back to the days of alloy bats.

Ideally, you want hitters throughout your batting order. That's the only way you're going to turn over your lineup & get everybody more AB's. One thing that slowpitch has taught me is that you're going to get opportunities to impact on a game no matter where you hit in the lineup. Player psyche can also affect where someone hits.
Feb. 17, 2012
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Gloves-Any Good Ones?

Vinci makes the best stock gloves for softball.

Glovesmith also makes a geat softball glove but they are a custom order.

You won't get any better than those two.
Sept. 27, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Do we need a rule to cover this?

No, you don't need a rule to cover this. What's needed is proper umpire mechanics!

If a two man umpire crew has their thing together, they've already discussed what their roles are for this kind of situation.

Any time a base umpire recognizes & goes out to determine a difficult catch, it becomes his responsibility. Once a plate umpire sees his partner go out, he should assume his responsibilities. In other words, their roles are reversed.

As detailed, it sounds like bad mechanics by the plate ump. The base ump should've stuck to his guns on the call!
Aug. 2, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior Bats

Why is it that SB's & UTrip bats essentially have the same exact performance standard yet SB's are considerably hotter???

The answer is that the testing for SB's is seriously flawed & therein lies the problem! As is stands now, most SB's with more than 50 hits will begin to perform above the standard set for it. There mfg's know of the loopholes in the testing & take advantage of it. This why they won't give a warranty. The bats are purposely designed to pass a flawed testing procedure & then get as hot as possible. This is why they blow up sooner.

There is iherently nothing wrong with having a "senior bat". Just lobby for the testing procedure to change to insure that they adhere to the established performance standards already set in place throughout the life of the bat.
Aug. 2, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Survey Time:

I vote A.

A couple of comments:

1. Even USSSA has finally realized the errors in their bat testing procedures & have taken steps to correct them. That's why, starting in 2013, they are adding an additional procedure to their test & adding additional physical requirements for their bats (tamper-proof end caps). At that point, any bat that does not contain the new stamp they're creating will be banned. (Unless they decide to do something else between now & then!)

2. Enjoyment of the game should come from comraderie & competition. Saying that it should come from the equipment is a sad statement & a poor reflection on the abilities of anyone who believes this IMHO.
June 3, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rule clarification

From an umpire's perspective, all I can tell you is this:

A defensive player has as much right to get to a base on a force play as the offensive player. Now while the defensive player must tag the white bag, there is such a thing as "incidental contact". If his momentum takes him into the path of the runner in the course of making a play and he tagged the white bag, there'd be no other call to be made other than safe or out.
March 31, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Screen vs Rocket Bats/Balls

Just a thought..........

Since you have such a wide variety of ages in your league, why not impose bat restrictions by age?

Under 50: Singlewall
50 - 60: Multiwall
Over 60: Composite

This would level the playing field a bit make it somewhat safer.
March 21, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: So there's no penalty for that..........

There is no standard penalty for a case like this.

At the very least, the runner should have been removed from the basepath & returned to the dugout. At the most, the umpire could have removed him from the game as well for unsportsmanlike conduct.
March 21, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What About BAT BAGS?

My wheeled bag of choice is the Gearguard No Errors Dinger bag. The Fatboy wheels give plenty of clearance & roll over all types or terrain. As long as you get the 2010/11 model, there's no issues regarding bats.

My non-wheeled bag of choice is a Vinci Players bag. It's just a good basic bag with plenty of room & built to last. Too bad they don't produce them anymore.
March 10, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Something I've been wondering about for a while.....

Tater50,
I've heard nothing regarding ASA. USSSA is supposedly making ALL bats not carrying their new stamp (not available until 2012) illegal in 2013. Unless they change their maind between now & then, the OG Velocite will be illegal in their association.

#6,
I didn't say the there weren't USSSA bats selling for that price. What I said was that nobody (if they have any sense!) is pay that much. Some manufacturers force internet sellers to only post MSRP. Shop wisely & you'll pay a lot less.

There are a lot of bats available for less. I'll take a Freak Plus, readily available for $180 w/warranty, over a senior bat any day!
March 8, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Something I've been wondering about for a while.....

Doker; You're missing the point.

With USSSA planning on banning all current bats for 2013, prices have come way down. NOBODY is paying $299 for a 1.20 bat! I can name at least a dozen 1.20 bats that can be had for under $180 w/warranty & you may not even need it because they're durable as well. Compare that to a no warranty senior bat......

Additionally, senior bats are marked at 1.21BPF supposedly due to new testing equipment. A insignificant difference on the surface until you realize that the testing procedures used are inherently flawed. It's this that allows senior bats to perform better! Truth be told, senior bats are hotter than spec & perform well over their 1.21BPF limit.

Anyway, I don't want to get on that soapbox since that wasn't the focus of my post. What was the focus is all of the crying about the durability of senior bats.
March 6, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Something I've been wondering about for a while.....

1.20BPF bats are:

Durable
Returnable
Priced competively
Great performers

So why even bother with a senior bat? Wouldn't it be more cost effective to buy a 1.20BPF bat?
Jan. 22, 2011
MaverickAH
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2-More Durable???

WOW..... Calling a bat originally designed & produced in 2002, "latest technology" is a bit of a stretch don't you think?

Personally, I don't get why seniors are using no warranty senior bats anyway! A good U-Trip bat w/warranty makes much more sense.

Now, as far as anyone using a U2? Well, as the saying goes, "You don't bring a knife to a gun fight!" That's plenty reason enough right there to use one even if you think that it shouldn't be part of the game.

Hypocritical? Maybe, but I'm not one to make a moral stand on this issue if it allows my opponent a competitive advantage especially when it's legal!
Dec. 17, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New Normal?

Yes, it's definitely an early Christmas present! Hopefully it will continue into the new year.

I have no problems with differing opinions. It's what makes this or any board worthwhile! We should be able to discuss varying opinions w/civility.
Dec. 17, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Purist....

Dirty: I've got to agree with you. I know that in these parts, we play it old school with strict singlewall bat restrictions. HR's still manage to be hit.

It keeps the games from being an arms race. It's all about who plays the best on both sides of the ball. It also brings strategy back into the game.

Check it out:
http://lissascoreboard.com/
Dec. 12, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Nike Keystone 14" glove

CON!

It's not a glove I would recommend to anybody who's playing seriously. I haven't looked at one of quite some time but my memory is that the glove is not all leather & that the quality of the leather used poor. It's not a glove that's going to stay firm or last.

A much better option would be a Worth Mayhem or Louisville Slugger Omaha Pro. Another excellent option would've been to visit the store on the Akadema website & click on their monthly specials. You could've picked up a 14" Prosoft ASR282 for $35 but they're long gone for this month!
Nov. 23, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new idea

Well, I think that they're comfortable with this format although it's ancient in technology terms. Switching to a more updated platform would require an investment of time & learning.

My frustration lies in the pattern of purposeful sabotaging of threads when opinion/sentiment doesn't go the way certain individuals want it to. It has certainly reduced my participation on this board. These are my first posts since my email.

FTR..... My first email was responded to by SSUSA but my follow-up, which brought up the issue of moving to a newer platform, was never responded to.....
Nov. 23, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: new idea

I brought up this same exact topic in an email to SSUSA over a month ago when they deleted I had started about the upcoming chages in 1.20 bats.

1) They need to move to a more modern message board platform. It's a change that's sorely needed & would give them the flexibility to do the things you describe.

2) They need to ban repeat offenders & not delete threads. I really don't understand how threads can be removed for bad behavior yet the offenders are still around to do it again!
Aug. 5, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: nature of bat cheating...

Why would it seem to be amazing???

The goal of every single sporting contest that I can think of is not, "to be as good as". It's, "to be better than"!

There's a certain segment that's just not going to settle for using a bat that's as hot as what everyone else is using. They want an edge...... They want hotter...... That's how it always begins. That's how it began for the younger crowd & how it's begun in the senior's.

To use the earlier traffic analogy:

Most of us do speed at one point or another. Sometimes it's done just to keep up with the flow of traffic.
Aug. 5, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Something most married guys can relate too...

The only way my wife would get upset is if she showed up at the ballpark & I wasn't there!
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