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July 28, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Alan, mine is not intended to be a negative commentary of you or the bat that you're testing, but of Miken for already having the technology to produce a durable bat with high performance. I'm sorry that I didn't explain myself better. hombre
July 27, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

I always find it amusing when there is a discussion concerning a bat company trying to design a bat with both performance and durability, especially Miken. I began playing ball in 2003 as a 55 year old. My first bat was a black ultra II which I used solely for two and a half years. The first night I used it in league play I hit three out. Pretty good performance from a bat that wasn't even broken in. I played four games a week in summer league and fall league plus about ten tournaments a year plus batting practice.I don't know how many hits it had on it, but it had many, I know other players who had this same bat for years without it breaking.

I'm old and have much less power, but still break the Miken black Ultra II's in 300-400 hits. The last one weaned me from Miken, it broke in 35 hits.

My question is, why doesn't Miken just reproduce the 2003 bat. They already have the technology. Perhaps a different color with different name and graphics?

I've been told by Miken reps that the process for making the black ultra is the exactly the same because it is patented, but I just don't buy it.

July 2, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Because there are so many opinions as to the reason for the decline in the number of men playing slow-pitch softball, I decided to do a little research into the objective reasons. I found a great site called ATHLETIC BUSINESS , The Resource for Athletic, Fitness & Recreation Professionals. In an article entitled " Slow-Pitch Softball's Participation Decline Challenges Rec Professionals ", There were a number of objective, statistically based articles followed by a subjective one written by a disgruntled, embittered old ball player.

The general consensus for the decline are as follows:
1. We baby boomers were the driving force behind SPS during it's heyday in the 70's and 80's. We are dying off and are not being replaced by younger players. High school graduates are not playing, The core of SPS, ages 25-34, has dropped 400,000 since 2008. In a 30 and over league in Wisc. the average age is 45-50.

2. Parents and grandparents are devoting their time and resources to their children and grandchildren instead of playing themselves.

3. Park and recreation associations are allocating more and more money to girl's softball and other sports.

4. Many of the softball fields are being converted to girl's softball, youth's baseball and other sports.

There are other reasons that are often discussed on this board such as cost, fear of injury, and dissatisfaction with balls, bats and the way the game has evolved, but they are almost insignificant to the factors mentioned above.

Sparky 1, Did you write the original letter in ATHLETIC BUSINESS, or just paraphrase it and clean it up by omitting the parts about "punk players living the lie" and "little pansies" hitting the ball 300 feet? Unless you wrote the original letter, you might consider giving the original author credit. Plagiarism?

I encourage everyone to read the article.
June 30, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

Dbax, I care. I wanted to compare my differential between hitting from the tee and hitting live pitching with others who hit from the tee. The feedback tells me that I'm getting good results from the practice of hitting from the tee.

And thanks for caring enough to add to the conversation with your comments.
June 28, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

My tee is home made and extends from 30" to 60" in increments of 3". I usually hit a dozen balls at each level from 3' to 4'. Then I concentrate on specific heights, depending on what I'm working on. It's my opinion that you should definitely vary the heights at which you hit.
June 19, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

This is a question for all the batmaticians. I'm sure that someone out there has done extensive empirical analysis on this topic. The question is: with all other factors being equal, if a batter can hit a ball 300 feet from a tee, how much further could hit a pitched ball? Just wondering.
April 25, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I believe Mr. Manassas asked his question on this board because it's a softball site which is read by many softball players who find themselves in similar situations and may be able to make a suggestion that will improve the current major plus dilemma. He mentioned that it is a problem across all associations, which would include SSUSA. Since they play several SSUSA tournaments every year, he is appealing to the staff for suggestions.

I also think that the STAFF at SSUSA will decide if they can make a positive contribution to the discussion. Just a thought
March 13, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: God's Sports Company P413 Senior Bat

I'm still awaiting the arrival of the solid core bat I purchased about four years ago. I wonder about its status.
Feb. 22, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anyone being dizzy on the field,

Michael, you might check out the possibility that you have a sugar problem. I've been hypoglycemic ever since I began playing senior ball and have passed out on the field on several occasions. The way to tell is to have a glucose tolerance test. A simple blood test which checks your hemoglobin level will not indicate a spike in blood sugar, which is what causes the symptoms.

Google reactive or athletic hypoglycemia and see if you have similar symptoms.
Feb. 20, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So the question to get more teams to play Major Plus

Tim, I have no original thoughts, however, I do have some opinions on thoughts expressed by others.

1. I would support the idea of combining major and major+. There is already a mechanism in place to allow those teams that are not competitive to drop down to AAA. This might cause some weak AAA teams to drop to AA. This would be a good move in our region in that there are very few AA teams.
Every division has teams that are dominant and those that will only win a few games each season. The difference in the M+ divisions is that they are at the top and there is no place to move them.
2. I am strongly opposed to forcing any team to break up. I know players who have played together for 40 years. Team camaraderie
is the determining factor in playing softball.
3. After the home run limit has been reached, then play one up. This would eliminate the big home run advantage held by some teams.
4. The pitching screen might be a good move, especially in the upper age groups.

The cream will always rise to the top. The most important factor is getting the different organizations to develop a system that will objectively evaluate the teams and place them in the appropriate division. Just my opinion. Thanks
April 6, 2014
Topic: Bats
Discussion: End Load vs. balanced.

If all else is equal, does an end loaded bat give you more distance than a balanced bat or is it just a matter of comfort and preference? Thanks
Dec. 6, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing Time

Before the start of the season this topic needs to be discussed. If the players decide to share time for whatever reason, so be it. If their intention is to win as many tournaments as possible, when elimination begins put your best ten on the field. If you have one or more players who are hitting well, have them DH. In pool games, let the players who won't be playing in elimination games play. Heck they may get more playing time than those who play elimination only. LOL

The important thing is that everyone be on the same page. If a player doesn't like the team philosophy, he should move to another team. Any new player needs to be made aware of you team policy. This is just my POV, for what it's worth.
Dec. 6, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

I did some research on this subject last night at the suggestion of my daughter. There seems to be some positive results from eating cherries or drinking cherry juice for not only arthritis, but also gout. It was convincing enough that I'm going to give it a try. Good luck
Aug. 7, 2013
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Eastern National Championships 2013 updates

Mario, I believe that the balls we used were the Baden Fire #2SB550YS. They have 44 375 in a red circle. A couple of sites like ebay advertise them as maximum 44 core and 375 compression. However, the majority of the sites advertise them as 47 core and 550 compression. The 44 and 375 were advertised as minimums, not maximums. They are to be used in outlaw leagues and home run derbies. Note the 550 in the model number. I bought two dozen last year and they are as hot as any 525 compression ball I had. I really don't know what they really are, but they are much hotter than any other 44 375 balls I'm familiar with. The exception being the 2005 Decker Sharks. LOL
Aug. 4, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weight and Swing Speed

This topic has been discussed many times and the general consensus seems to be that to maximize distance, a hitter should swing the heaviest bat he can without losing bat speed. Many have opinions, but has anyone done any actual quantitative analysis?

My question: If a hitter can swing a 30oz. bat the same speed as a 27oz. bat, how much further will the ball travel when hit by the 30oz. bat? Everything else being equal. I'm already familiar with Ray DeMarini's experiments. Thanks
March 4, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting THE DIRTY

I've had a Blue Flame for about 2 years and it saves so much time due to wasted pitches. Putting more body weight on the spring pedal and gently pulling the release bar, instead of jerking it, will also improve consistancy.

I would also suggest getting the pitching screen. It is made specifically for this machine and can be found for $80. Even with the screen, the ball can come back through the hole, hit the machine,and bounce into the pitcher. This has happened several times. You can purchase the machine on for $170.

Feb. 20, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bats

What I find amusing is the seemingly perpetual discussion about the ability of manufacturers to produce a bat with great performance as well as great durability. Folks, Miken has the rosetta stone. The early Ultra IIs had both. My first Ultra II lasted two and a half years. That's about 200 games a year and batting practice. I only had the one bat and it hit as well as any bat out today.

Today's Ultra IIs last me about 350 hits. I hit much harder in 2003. Miken's business plan changed from one of making a truly great bat to one of planned obsolescence. If they chose, they could produce the same bat again. I know that there are quit a few players still swinging those early models.
Jan. 2, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What the #@%& is a BATCH?

When I asked one of the bat reps why a particular batch of bats was more prone to break than later batches, I was told that the resin used in making the first batch was too hot, causing the bats to be brittle when they cooled. The temperature was adjusted when they realized that there was a problem.
In another first batch, the inner core was offset during manufacturing, making one side thicker than the other side. These turned out to be exceptionally hot bats.
These problems aren't usually discovered until the manufacturer starts getting feed back from the players. Then adjustments are made.

Jan. 1, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What the #@%& is a BATCH?


A quantity or consignment of goods produced at one time.
Arrange (things) in sets or groups.
group - parcel - lot
1. a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners.
2. the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete.
3. the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
b. batch processing.
a quantity of raw materials mixed in proper proportions and prepared for fusion into glass.
b.the material so mixed.

You may not be able to find out from what batch you're buying
The information is usually somewhere on the bat. Sometimes it's visible on the bat and sometimes it's under the tape on tyhe handle.
There probably aren't enough buyers who want to know from what batch their bat came.
Dec. 24, 2012
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior Olympics 2013

The Tennessee state finals are to be held in Williamson county (Franklin, tn.) on June 21-27. What is your age?
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