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Aug. 3, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: nature of bat cheating...

Einstein is correct on one matter:

A lot of the younger players swing altered sticks.

The major flaw in his logic is that people just don't wake up one day & change character! If they're cheating in their 20's, they'll be cheating in their 30's......, 40's......, 50's......, etc. Guys are turning 40 & 50 every day! Does anyone think that reaching a certain age brings automatic enlightenment & morality?

I personally know of guys in their 40's & 50's who are swinging shaved & painted sticks. If anyone thinks that keeping a hot ball in play is going to deter cheating, they're just dead wrong.
May 14, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Do you own a Worth Mayhem BFG Softball Glove?

I think that calling it a very good glove is a bit of a stretch. I think that it's more accurate to call it a very good glove "within its price range".

It's a bit on the heavy side. The leather is thick, fairly soft & easy to break in. Unfortunately this usually means that it will get floppy down the road especially with the larger sizes.

Personally, I would not view it as a primary glove. It would serve well as a bad weather/backup glove though.
Jan. 29, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adoption of modification in bat standard

Bob50,
A very astute & valid question to ask!

Taits,
I think what Bob50 is asking is more along the lines of this:
1. What if the new instruments measured the U2 & Yellow Combat at 1.25Bpf? Would the new limit have been put at 1.25? What if they tested even higher? Would SSUSA have put the allowable limit at whatever to keep these bats legal?
2. Dr. Brandt has new, more accurate test equipment. So what? It really doesn’t amount to much unless he updates his process as well! His original test was designed to measure the performance of metal bats. Metal bats can be tested out of the wrapper as their performance will not increase significantly after their manufacture. Composites are a whole different animal. As they are hit, as they “break in”, their performance measurably increases. If Dr. Brandt is not incorporating this fact into his testing (as the ASA has done!), he is not getting accurate, real world results! The question that needs to be asked is, “Is the fact that composite bat performance increases with use being taken into account when testing is done?”

Jan. 5, 2010
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Waiver or not to waiver...

I think that Omar K., trumpball & framptom are taking the discussion in the direction it needs to go regarding the subject of a waiver.

Personally, I don't think that a signed waiver would be worth the paper it's written on if someone decided to fight it. I'm not a lawyer but I cold have it vacated in court in short order!

SSUSA's biggest problem would be proving due diligence. They'd have to be able to prove that the equipment used is within their performance standards & that they have a program in place to ensure that it does.

Will a waiver indemnify them from a shaved bat? No.

Will a waiver protect them from a bat that performs over 1.20? No (This is a distinct possibility with senior bats. The U2 already comes under this category!)

A waiver sounds nice but it's just not going to work if someone decides to fight it. IMHO, it just might lead to the one thing its proponents do not want & that it a change in the bat/ball standards! THAT is the only way that the SSUSA can put any teeth into any waiver.

It would be ironic, wouldn't it? :)
Nov. 29, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: if we make hitting good balls with good bats impossible...

I think that there is a good bit of, "fear mongering" going on here.

I think that one thing that is being overlooked here is human nature.

You don't turn 50, wake up the next day & suddenly decide to cheat! Odds are if you are cheating at senior ball you were cheating prior to senior ball. I've known & played with some guys for over 20 years & on the whole, those of questionable character when I first met them are still of questionable character.

THESE are the players who will cheat! That seniors currently use hotter bats have no bearing on them. They will still shave senior bats. They will shave whatever bat hey use.

I agree with both MD & OK. Bring in a bat/ball standard that bring balance back to the game. The current bat standard needs to be toned down.
Nov. 22, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why dont teams get to rate umpires ?

Stick, that is the proper textbook way to call balls & strikes. Bravo!

I've seen some pitchers who can really make the ball move to the point of catching the plate but having the ball land close to a foot away! It's still a strike!

One other thing I dislike are umps who change their strike zone as the game progresses. If you start off with an established strike zone, keep it consistent! I think that the only time I will adjust my strike zone is for lower rec levels where the games are more about social interaction & folks having fun. Then I will make whatever adjustments I need to within reason to make it enjoyable for all.

NEVER will I do this at upper levels or tournament/playoff games.
Nov. 22, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why dont teams get to rate umpires ?

Stick8,

I haven't been through here in a bit so I apologize for not responding sooner.

It's been my experience that it's beneficial to get a good read on an umpire's temperment. Some are uptight, some are loose, some are easy to talk to, some are not, some don't respond to critcism well...... You get the idea. I've seen teams get off on the wrong foot with an ump before the first pitch is even thrown!

Maybe a particular umpire allows a higher arc. This can be beneficial if your pitcher is aware of this! Maybe a particular umpire doesn't hustle out on plays & you middle infielders can take advantage of a bigger "halo" around 2B on DP's These are some of the physical things that a team can take advantage of.

As far as the strike zone goes, it's usually the fault of the lack of proper training and/or laziness. There is nothing worse than seeing an ump point to a spot in the dirt as an indication fo a ball or strike. (Actually there is one thing worse & that is when a batter does it!)

The srike zone is a legally delivered pitch that is within the required height & clears the plate within its width the batter's front knee & back shoulder. It's essentially a 3 dimensional box & has absolutely nothing to do with where the ball hit the ground.
Nov. 22, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On balls and bats

Who gets to be the arbiter of what a, "lively & safe bat/ball combo", is?

Hopefully, it's not a 1-man crusade!


IMHO, senior associations are sorely lacking, to the point of negligence, in the bat testing standard they allow. All other associations, with good reason, no longer use this test. It only tests a new bat a limited amount of times & only at the COP (center of percussion). What this essentially means is that there is no real control of bat performance on senior bats. A bat that tests at 1.20 or lower at the COP can easily surpass that once broken in. Additionally, the rest of the bat can also be > 1.20 straight out of the the wrapper since it is not tested.


I find it interesting that a player/team would not attend a tournament, with all else being equal, because of a bat/ball combo. Do they realize that it says a lot more about them than it does about the bat/ball combo?
Nov. 13, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why dont teams get to rate umpires ?

I play & also umpire. There may not be a formal system of teams rating umpires but I stronly dispute the idea that upires are not rated. In tournaments, in leagues they are constantly rated either by tourney/league officials, their UIC or informally by teams. You just don't get to do late tournament rounds if you're not a good umpire unless there is an availability problem. Bad umpires usually go the way of bad teams...... Gone early!

Umpires are human beings. With that said they are not all the same. They all have different peronalities & tendencies. One oversight most teams make is to scout other teams but not scout umpires. You can get an advantage if you know your umpire & his habits.
Nov. 3, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ball and bats facts,kinda of long

I haven't been through here in a long time but I see that very little has changed!

It makes me long for the days when the game was about an individual's ability & not about the equipment used.
May 24, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vinci glove

The Vinci Custom Pro 2 BV100 is great! A 15" is a lot of glove though! Way too much for me! I prefer to stay under 13" myself....

Vinci makes the only 15" glove that'll give you years & years of service w/o getting flopy as long as you treat it right.
May 24, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMPOSITE BATS ARE UNSAFE

"The game has to be fast enough to be dangerous........" Wow! That comment really made me raise an eyebrow.

I guess I'm a bit of a traditionalist. I remember when the term, "dangerous", was ascribed to individuals & not the equipment! I wish that we could go back to those days.

How about that? How about a bat/ball combo that neither adds nor detracts from an individuals' natural ability? How about bats with realistic sweetspots that don't encompass the entire barrel?

Or is that asking too much?

I remember the first time I ever used a U2. It was a bp in the fall of 2002. Pitching screen..... 525 comp ball..... all the infielders playing in the outfield grass..... open field with all outfielders at 300+'..... It was someone elses bat so I was only swinging at about 80%. I was easily putting the ball 50+' beyond what I would with a good multi-wall bat. I immediately knew something was wrong.......

Why others don't also realize the same thing is a bit of a curiousity to me.
May 10, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is THE ball or... having enough balls.

The only thing the SSUSA needs to do is move this board to a more current platform that has an, "Ignor", feature!

One would think that someone with such a bulldog attitude, who thinks that they can build a better mousetrap, would have the balls to leave said association he is always critical of & establish his own!
March 7, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home Runs

If the rule is if you're over the limit they're outs, then they are outs! End of story......

Seriously, it's not that big a deal that anyone hould be acting like it's the end of the world!

It you're out of HR's & can't hit effectively while still keeping the ball in the park you are either lacking in ability or intelligence.
Feb. 25, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52-275 ball

Virtually every comment about the new ball has compared it to the old ball as far as hitting HRs. How would the new ball affect the 90+% of AA & AAA players who are singles hitters? With the new balls slower BBS, are the .600 singles hitters going to become .300 singles hitters?
This would be a huge problem since a lot of them would probably stop attending tourneys & many good singles hitters are also key defensive players like pitchers & shortstops.
Why no comments on this part of the new ball issue?

DCPete: Why would you think that a ball that makes a key defensive player's role actually MORE important drive them away from tournament play?

Pitchers should welcome this ball. Now they stand a chance of throwing a good location pitch & being rewarded with an out. No more "mis-hit" homeruns! A good shortstop will actually have a chance to impact a game defensively!

I see no downside if the 52/275 is introduced into the senior game. Other aspects of the game will become more important & that is as it should be!
Feb. 22, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: removed threads

I also agree with you Maddog.

People should be able to have opposing views that they can discuss with civility.

I am unfortunately seeing a pattern here where it seems that certain threads are purposely being sabotaged in order to force their removal. The SSUSA must recognize it for what it is....... An attempt to supress ideas & thoughts that some individuals don't agree with.

Now I know that the SSUSA wants to put on a pretty face for potential members who visit this board but there's got to be a better way........
Feb. 22, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR's cry me a river

Wagon487: I wholeheartedly agree!
Feb. 22, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A simple

ABSTAIN

Why? Because in all honesty it makes no difference one way or the other to me. I'm going to play the game presented to me either way. I am going to make whatever adjustments to my game that I need to make & adapt.

Besides, I've played in leagues with much harsher rules where the arc was 20ft and a HR was a DBO from the moment the ump said, "Play Ball!".
Jan. 11, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: Bats
Discussion: U2 protection

The Gameface is fine for adequate protection but I really think that Worth has the most substantial option:

http://www.softballfans.com/shop/product.php?productid=1247&cat=0&page=1
Jan. 8, 2009
MaverickAH
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why the constant changes?

Wes: The term "modified" refers to the pitching motion. In fastpitch the arm motion is 360+ degs. & it allows the pitcher to pass his hip twice during the motion. In modified the pitching motion is restricted. The pitcher can bring his arm back but then he must come straight forward only passing his hip once before delivery. Additonally there are restrictions on his arm position during the delivery & he is not allowed to break his wrist (a practice known as "slinging" which is only reserved for "Class A" modified).

Pitching distance for men is 46 feet & a top level pitcher can attain speeds over 60mph. You will also see curveballs, changeups, knuckleballs, etc. In Class A ball, which allows itchers to "sling", a top pitcher can throw 70+ & be downright nasty!
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