http://www.humankinetics.com/products/all-products/The-Complete-Guide-to-Slowpitch-Softball?associate=6350

 
SIGN IN:   Password     »Sign up

Message board   »Message Board home    »Sign-in or register to get started

Online now: 1 member: DirtRiderSE; 24 anonymous
Change topic:

Details for Rhino


Real name:
Russ Hacker

Location:
Springfield, MO

Division:
Men's 55

Messages posted by Rhino »Message board home   »Start a new discussion

Feb. 22, 2011
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville, FL area?

Rino ... ok, I'm interested. What now?
Feb. 21, 2011
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville, FL area?

Rhino ... where do you play and how can I look up info on it?
Feb. 21, 2011
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville, FL area?

Rino ... tell me more about the St Augustine league. I couldn't find anything in St Augustine, just Flagler, FL.
Feb. 16, 2011
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville, FL area?

Thx mad dog. Curt responded and I'm in. See you guys there on Friday for sure.
Feb. 15, 2011
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville, FL area?

Thx. Might be too late but sent them a msg asking.
Feb. 15, 2011
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BP in Jacksonville, FL area?

New to Jax, FL area (Jax Beach). Any BP in the area?
Feb. 28, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Weekend BP - Phoenix

Obviously not. Try it again at rhacker3@gmail.com. See you at Foothills tomorrow morning.
Feb. 27, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Weekend BP - Phoenix

No BP in the Valley this weekend huh? That's dissapointing. Never thought it'd be this hard to find BP here as a new guy in town. Guess I'm stuck with the cages again.
Feb. 27, 2009
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles treatment

SteveH ... 1st are you sure it's an achilles and not a lower calf pull? Reason, is that many people mistake the two and the treatments are different. Achilles pulls/tears are very serious and really only heal with complete rest or surgery. Where as lower calf pulls (very painful BTW) are not as serious and can be rehabbed with some of the traditional methods: rest, ice/heat, specific exercises, and even tape to help support it. This isn't guarenteed, but if you can press or pull on your achilles tendon without sharp pain then it's probably not an achilles tear and is a lower calf pull. Mine (lower calf pull) popped during a game a couple different years but was able to rehab them and play again same year. Couldn't walk for a few days and took about a month or more to heal up.
Feb. 26, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Weekend BP - Phoenix

Thanks Joncon. However I'm not on a team and don't know anyone down here ... yet. So it's BP for me for now.
Feb. 26, 2009
Rhino
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I have a simple question for those who have pitched.

I agree with Joncon's position that pitchers and only pitchers can assess the danger level but even that is going to be very subjective. The new pitch box rules are punitive and not protective as it's after the fact and very subjective. It puts the umpires in the impossible position of making a "judgement" call. I don't have a problem with a pitching screen being used if a pitcher feels unsafe, but absolutely don't believe it should be an out if the screen is hit. However, they aren't fail safe ... nothing is. Saw a discus thrower standing behind a screen take one off the nose bridge by a thrower on the other side that lost control and it came thru the screen. He thought he was safe and wasn't paying attention.

The bat and probably ball technology is much different than back in the 70's when I started playing men's softball. However, there were pitchers getting injured and killed back then with the ole Hot Dot or Red Dot balls and 38 ounce bombats. Probably why they quit using that ball. So, maybe not that much different. Heck, although I wouldn't like it ... I guess they could use pitching machines and let the pitchers be the 5th infielders if it's that much of an issue. But there will still be people hit with balls at all the bases especially 3rd and 1st. So what do we do for that? I would still play if they forced us all to go back to wood bats. I'm just not sure how much slower thru the middle the ball off a wood bat is vs a composite, so it may not make any difference at the pitcher position.

I pitch and can attest that I quit playing youngster ball (still play 35+) and moved up to seniors a couple years back because I was having trouble picking the ball up off the bat of the better youth hitters ... especially at night. Hard to defend what you can't see.

I do not wear any protective gear and question my sanity sometimes and have seriously thought about it, but so far have opted not too. Although have used soccer guards in the past. I don't see senior players constantly going for the middle like the youngsters do. I believe most of that is created by the limited or no HR's rules in youth ball and the new bat technology where anyone can "accidently" hit a HR now and they don't want to be penalized or cost their team.

Every pitch you "have" to be ready to defend yourself. I see a lot of pitchers watching and not defending after ball release. Not good ... they better have superhuman reactions if that's the case as they are playing russian roulette with their bodies and possibly lives. Usally see this a lot in lower levels or when non-pitchers are used but sometimes at the upper levels as well.

I'm of the opinion that the good hitters (the ones with bat control in seniors) hardly ever hit through the pitcher. It's the ones that don't have bat control that create havoc up the middle. Although, as in the youth ball, there are a few hitters that just don't care and think it's funny to light up a pitcher. However, none of them are ever pitchers themselves. Funny how that works out!

One last thought ... no matter what you do technology wise and protection wise ... injuries are just going to be part of the game we all love. It's up to each individual, family and friends to decide when it's time for an someone to stop playing. We all know when that is, just like when I knew it was time to move up to senior ball and get out of youth ball and when it'll be time for me to stop pitching and go play another position and eventually stop playing altogether.
Feb. 26, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Weekend BP - Phoenix

Anyone up for some BP Sat and/or Sun anywhere in the valley? If so, let me know when and where? I'm game both days.

Russ 913.593.3480
Feb. 21, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Next BP - Phoenix?

Gloffer - still waiting on your email? Don't forget about me. Dropped by the 50+ tourney this weekend at Papago to watch the guys. Saw several good teams but not sure who's local. Did see Roy playing and said high. I need to meet some of the local guys.

Russ 913.593.3480
Feb. 18, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50+ Gold Glove Tourney - Phoenix

Just in case someone finds themself short a player this weekend in Phoenix (50+), I'm not playing with a team but will be there spectating. Equip will be with me and am registered with SSUSA and SPA. Can pitch, play 1st, catch and help out in RF, 3rd or 2nd. Coming from Mesa approx 20-25 minutes(est)from ball park (papago). Brand new to area so hoping to see some great ball and meet some area players out there. Good luck to everyone.
Feb. 18, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Golden Glove Tournament - Phoenix

Just in case someone finds themself short a player this weekend in Phoenix (50+), I'm not playing with a team but will be there spectating. Equip will be with me and am registered with SSUSA and SPA. Can pitch, play 1st, catch and help out in RF, 3rd or 2nd. Coming from Mesa approx 20-25 minutes(est)from ball park (papago). Brand new to area so hoping to see some great ball and meet some area players out there. Good luck to everyone.
Feb. 18, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Golden Glove Tournament - Phoenix

Thanks Lecak. I'll definitely check it out. Hope to see you all there.
Feb. 18, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Golden Glove Tournament - Phoenix

Thanks hitnrun. Any idea of what time the tournament starts Saturday?
Feb. 18, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Golden Glove Tournament - Phoenix

Can anyone tell me where on this site the actual locations of this weekends Golden Glove Tournament in Phoenix is? New to area and wanted to go out and watch a little 50+ ball this weekend.


Feb. 13, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Phoenix weekend BP?

Now that I have somewhere to hit on Sunday ... Anyone up for some BP on Saturday? It's been late October since I last swung a bat and I'm jones'n in the worst way. Weather turned foul and my KC bp pals both went down with joint replacement surgery about that time.

Russ 913.593.3480
Feb. 13, 2009
Rhino
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Phoenix weekend BP?

Thanks ... I'll see you there. I'll take your cell in case I have problems finding it or you guys. Looked it up online and assuming I have the right place its located up in glendale near 101 ... right?

Russ 913.593.3480 (c)
Older messages »
Senior Softball-USA
Phone: (916) 326-5303
Fax: (916) 326-5304
2701 K Street, Suite 101A
Sacramento, CA 95816
Send us e-mail
Senior Softball-USA is dedicated to informing and uniting the Senior Softball Players of America and the World. Senior Softball-USA sanctions tournaments and championships, registers players, writes the rulebook, publishes Senior Softball-USA News, hosts International Softball Tours and promotes Senior Softball throughout the world. More than 1.5 million men and women over 40 play Senior Softball in the United States today. »SSUSA History  »Privacy policy

Follow us on Facebook

Partners