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Real name:
Pete D

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Norcal/Thailand,

Division:
Men's 65

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April 20, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: interpretaion

I recognized that it was Cyrillic. Where I am now is multi-national and I have a lot of friends who are not English based so I used Bing translator to see if it was softball related or not.

We have international tournies here with many different languages so I thought there might have been a chance it was either related to our sport - or trouble - so I took a look to see if I could help one way or the other.
April 20, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Stutter Step

You know - I MAY have to be back to the US at about the same time as RR. If so I might just hook up & head out and get the chance to see everyone there. I've got bats/gear stored in the rig so may get some BP in. Now - talking to the wife maybe we'll stay for a couple of months and RV it (I'm thinking of tourney locations but she doesn't know that) and play some ball too. Have to see how it goes. But 2 months 24/7 still won't straighten out the dance moves.....
April 19, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Stutter Step

Yeah Yeah Yeah Big R.....LOL . . . . let's see one two three one two three - where in the heck did four come from? With me it's not dancing with the stars - it's Dancing With The Scars !
April 18, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Stutter Step

Walking the box...some are very successful with it and can crush the ball....a couple of guys I spoke with were avid active tennis players and they liked it because it helped them place/gap a ball like they are use to. One young guy can go 375-400 consistantly to pretty much all fields. In Thailand they call it the Chiang Mai Shuffle.

I've experimented with it in BP. Sometimes feels good - most times feels awkward - but I can't dance either. I'm ususally at the front of the plate so walking up/starting from the back of the box didn't feel right

I think it's something you have to dedicate yourself to and have patient team mates playing tourney ball because you are not going to be consistant hitter for your team until you get it down. It does seen logical that you could pick up some pop as you are actively moving toward the ball. I know I had a few wow swings when it went right.

It's easier off a tee. But unless you are a tennis player or Happy Gilmore it will take a LOT of work.
April 17, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Public Forum VS Anonymity

Navy - that was me and the reason was that I check a couple of softball related boards and you were on with new/1st time posts praising a brand. It seemed at the time to be a faux post - we've had a lot of those - but that is in the past. As others have pointed out you are real.

I don't think the board should be used for company/vendor advertising. SSUSA is pretty tolerant with it but there are quite a few thinly veiled commercial messages in spite of the fact that it is specifically forbidden under the terms for use of the board. On other boards they are removed pretty quickly unless in the "sales" section and SSUSA should probably do the same here as they have their own store and advertisers to protect (in all fairness).

There's a place to put your email address on your profile - we all know who sells what and that is a private way to communicate that is available to all of us.

I like to see names posted when I see an interesting comment. It's a small softball orbit out there and we get to know each other coast to coast so I like to see if I know who the person is.

On the other side of the coin more often than not when it's a viscious serial ranter more often than not there only seems to be commas where information is supposed to be. It seems like the people with real problems/attitudes have been removed and the board has automatically once again become a useful informative source with members that were driven away returning.

By and large it is a well contained community that polices itself well. When the fur flies (which it will) now the board tends to equalize itself fairly quickly.

Personally I think if someone wants to post they should leave some information in their profile as to their identity with contact information and hold an SSUSA card.
April 7, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Tuff Shield

Yeah I caught it Swing...

First they have to get here and then be proven with consistant performance and durability. It would be nice to get away from the Miken-auto break technology.

In the meantime there's 10,000's of thousands of $200 bats that could have a prolonged life with the use of the Tuff Sleeve. Seems like a good trade off.
April 7, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Tuff Shield

s4tf - you sure you're swinging from the right end of the bat?


I guess they could last 1000's of swings if you never make contact!

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April 5, 2013
4x4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Big Cat Classic

Sounds like it's going to be a great event for years to come!

April 5, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Tuff Shield

Scott - for $12.99 (lasted Bob - 5 years $2.50 a year say) Figure you don't break a lot of bats and only break 3 a year - your $12.99 Tuff Sleeve will still be around supplying you with extra BP swings after you've gone through $3000.00 worth of bats during that time.

It's also possible you'd go through less bats by prolonging the use of your bats for BP that you've previously discarded.

Given the fact that factors even as simple as the cost of gasoline are cutting into the softball budget this seems like a bargain to me.
April 4, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMBAT BANKRUPTCY

W37 - whether we believe as you or wonder what type of kool aid you've been drinking your post (or any other away from this topic) along with your own personal viewpoint does not belong in a softball forum.

If you are so eager to spout this stuff off go find a political forum and have all the fun you want. There will be plenty of folks there that will gladly support you or take you on. YOUR view of history and political science will be in better company there.

Wouldn't fit well on the field and it does not fit well here either.

Not relevant here.
April 4, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Tuff Shield

Knowing Steve's swing & seeing the condition of that Miken & how fragile the Reds are this thing obviously works. A lot bats die in BP so it has a very practical application. Especially for those that take BP often with a lot of reps.

For those that have used it for awhile how long does the Tuff Sleeve typically last?
March 30, 2013
4x4
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA April Opener, Regional Athletic Complex, Lacey WA April 13-14

That's a very nice complex with decently priced hotels around it ...
March 12, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMBAT BANKRUPTCY

Got it Kevin - one website showed liabilities 10-50 Mil - other one shows assets of 1M-10M - liabilities 1M-13M. They showed number of debtors at 50-99 - so far the court matrix shows 213

They may be OK if something else doesn't unexpectedly blow the end cap off...........
March 12, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: COMBAT BANKRUPTCY

Getting back to Combat.......

If I have read it correctly Combat has about 10 Mil assets and 50 Mil liabilities.

It would take a lot of effort to be able to continue. I don't think there will be a lot of suppliers or financial institutions willing to offer credit terms, financing, etc. Possibly ripe for a sale/buyer with deep pockets to rescue the company but there does not seem to be a lot of upside here for the present company.

It would be sad to lose one of the best lines of bats out there.

March 5, 2013
4x4
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Gripping the bat

It might be a built in system to keep their hands loose. I use hand over hand but extend/hold out my fingers while waiting for the pitch only clenching when starting the swing. It could be a different way of approaching and keeping the hands and forearms from being locked up and hindering the swing.

Or - it an old habit from holding their teacups.......
Feb. 28, 2013
4x4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0

At 1:20 per game you could/should go full 0-0 count and still get a full game in.

There is a whole lot more satisfaction playing a full game out and getting a decision than - 4 or 5 innings - never knowing what the actual outcome would have been if it had gone the full term regulation 7 innings.

A lot of things have happened in those innings when they are allowed to take place. Often times that's where the real gut it out win the game takes place and in most (very high percentage) games and teams are cheated out of it.
Feb. 28, 2013
4x4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0

Other way around MD.....game times chopped - pay remained the same. It was the reverse of what you took it to be. Game pay was raised not lowered.

Wouldn't we have all have liked to demand less hours to work with the pay remaining the same. In essence a 25% raise while undermining the length and quality of the product.

Probably changing the ultimate outcome of many games and tourney winners.
Feb. 28, 2013
4x4
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0

From what I understand the one hour time limit was engineered by umpires unwilling to accept a certain amount of money for games that went 1 hour 15 minutes and wanted to work only an hour per game.

I have never figured out why we are catering to the people that are basically working for us in the first place.
Feb. 21, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

Thanks Bob

? - I'm not looking to swing the next best greatest bat. The ones in my bag will do just fine (end/full load Combats & Reeboks with one surviving Red Miken).

I guess if you really want to swing a certain bat - either wait and see who has one around where you are or Cowboy Up and buy one for better or worse.

PMF - Zip swings with the Dirty - do have 2 original Grays (28 & 30 FL) which seem to swing about the same per other comments. Both speak loudly when used. Don't need to go around swinging anything I'm not sure will get the results that I want. It's not a fad - it's a sport.

I don't think any bat company is going to selling any bats that turn balls into ballistic missles any time soon. Even if they did they would go the way of the Gray Ultra.

Then it's just a matter of choice and solid mechanics - and work. Amazing how many have lousy swing mechanics and think another bat is going to cure it.

It's not the arrow - it's the Indian - to quote a BP partner while we were watching someone swinging making the same mistakes over and over getting frustrated......


Feb. 21, 2013
4x4
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

?

I don't get on here very often but Kevin gave a very good answer and your retort is uncalled for. There are a few that you should pay attention to on this board and Kevin is one of those with superior knowledge in all processes of bat/ball evolution as well as flat out a monster hitter.

Where do you go to sample other bats? Well - let's see - do you take BP with a group of guys? Do you play on a team? Is the truck at any tournaments you play? Know any bat reps?

You do not have to hit a ball to "feel" what weight and balance feels good in your hands. Pick up a few different bats. When you feel one come through the plane of your swing and gather speed through toward the end you probably have a good candidate to ask a team/BP mate if you can take a few swings with their bat. If you watch the truly good hitters in the on deck circle most are working on balance and timing thoughout their swing. Emulate them - you can feel when a bat drops or drags = probably not your bat to swing. You can also feel when a bat it too light through the swing - again probably not what you need.

It's all balanced and rotational based on repetition and practice. Put in the work and gain the results.

Looking for a "magic wand" to rescue you from yourself is the worst thing a serious player can do. Take the time to find what works for you and work to make it work better. Then stick with it.

There is no bat in the world that will improve poor mechanics. And remember - each time you swing a different bat looking for the next best thing - you are in essence changing your mechanics. You can break down yourself just through constant change. We all have different swings and styles - it's a marvel to watch - we all do the same thing differently......find what works for you and do what it allows you to do. Then make it better.
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