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Dec. 14, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY buyers beware.

Hi Stattad. As soon as I get the 25% refund, you can bet I will be providing lots of negative feedback. Want to get some money back first.
Dec. 14, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY buyers beware.

Thanks for the suggestions Bruce and Bogie. I was looking for a first generation U2. Mine held up for 3 years under heavy use. The new U2's have a reputation for breaking fairly fast. The one I bought was advertised as having been used in only 4 games. Otherwise I would not have purchased it.

Looks like I will be looking at the new Ultra 2 Advanced or the Senior Combat.

Dec. 13, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY buyers beware.

Just settled for a 25% refund. That means I paid $125 for a broken down U2. I would have gladly paid the $165 for a supposedly nearly new one.

I'm pretty sure this was a one time bat sale for this seller. Nothing else they are selling at this time is sports related. That should have been another clue.

Sellers ID is mellobunny75 for future reference.

Never too old to learn.
Dec. 13, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY buyers beware.

Thanks Taits and Jolly. Am still trying to get a decent settlement. The bat is a piece of shit. Heavily used. Seller has offered a 20% refund. I want to just send it back.

Jolly you are exactly right. I did not have a paypal acct setup and just didn't want to do it right then. I normally use my AMEX for everything for just this reason. I never stop learning.
Dec. 13, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY buyers beware.

Hi Taits. I am trying to get the seller to refund my money. I am going thru ebay resolution center to do this. Ebay does have a policy whereby if the seller won't make it right you can get some money directly from them if you really get screwed.

I will keep you posted.

Bashbro. What's up? I know, I know. I tried to be careful by asking the seller specific questions about the bat and thought all was good. Turns out she was selling it for a "friend". I want you to know that I have been at the gym hitting the weights regularly since the SSUSA worlds. I can only to hope to have your pop someday. Trying to double the number of HR's and increase the BA next year. That would put me from 1 to 2 HR's. LOL
Dec. 12, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EBAY buyers beware.

I just got f***ed on EBAY. Bought a used Ultra 2 with the 2000 ASA sticked on it. Seller said it was only used for 4 games. Photos looked OK. When it arrived it looked as bad as my cracked U2 that I used for 3 seasons. The photos did not show the knob. The paint was totally worn off. There were 4 small cracks at the end of the bat. I specifically asked the seller if there were any cracks.

Do yourself a favor if you are buying on ebay. Ask the seller lots of questions. Even then, there is no guarantee you won't get screwed.

I have asked the seller to make it right. If not I will go through ebay for negotiations. A last resort will be to ask ebay to ban the seller.

Another lesson learned. I will disclose the seller if they do not make this right. Stay tuned.
Dec. 8, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it better to use a heavier or lighter bat?

Gentlemen, thank you all for the great information. After reading all the posts, I am going to try an end-loaded bat and stick with it for a while.

Thanks again.
Dec. 7, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it better to use a heavier or lighter bat?

Thanks for the info and thanks for the invite Stoneman. Wish I could get down but I'm stuck up here in the cold North.

Don't know why the message board crammed my whole post together. I had lots of paragraph breaks. Sorry for the confusion but everything after HITTING TIPS came from Ray DeMarini and not from me.

I currently use a 28 oz balanced U2. I have tried many EL bats over the years and just cannot get used to them. I have occasional power (hit 15 out last season) and hit for good avg. but just have not been able to find that consistent power stroke. With the EL bats, I always feel like I am behind on the swing. I know a lot of it is mechanics with me.

Looking forward to next year.



Dec. 7, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it better to use a heavier or lighter bat?

I have seen that a few of the guys on the board, Stoneman, Bruce in GA use a 30 or 31 oz bat.
I am 61 years young, 6ft 2in. and 220 lbs and think I am fairly strong but swing a 27 or 28 oz bat.

According to most of what I have read, you can swing all thase bats at about the same speed but where the big difference comes in is at contact.

This a long post but what follows is an old study done by Ray DeMarini who was a proponent of using lighter bats.

HITTING TIPS FROM Ray DeMarini
These tips were posted by Ray on DeMarini Sports\\\' website when he was still alive.

Letís get started. Subject - what weight bat to use. I have done lots and lots of scientific testing relating to hitting a softball. I have become a proponent of using light weight bats and hereís why:

Using myself as an example - I generate approximately 95MPH bat speed with my 26 ounce bat. I can generate just about the same 95MPH speed using a 29 ounce bat. You would logically think that I should use the 29 ounce bat, no question. I can swing it as fast and the added mass will allow me to hit the ball farther than with the 26 ounce bat. Logic in this case is dead wrong!

The important part of the equation that isnít considered in the above comparison is relative bat speed immediately after the ball has left the bat. In other words, how much of my initial 95MPH speed was I able to maintain while hitting through the ball. Here are the facts. I swing both at 95MPH just prior to hitting the ball. With the 26 ounce bat, my bat speed immediately after the ball is hit goes down to 56MPH! With the 29 ounce bat, my bat speed goes down to 49MPH! In other words, with the heavier bat, Iím swinging it fast but cannot push the bat through the ball and maintain as much speed as I can with the lighter bat.

Before we even take this subject much further I think it is crucial to stop and realize the incredible fact that I lose that much speed from hitting a 6.5 ounce ball. It simply amazes me. I have a pretty good follow through, I am extremely strong and have a decent swing ... and I lose all that speed when I hit the ball. I have tested lots of hitters; it is a constant. You lose a lot of speed when you hit the ball.

If you really think about it, what separates the true power hitters from the mere mortals is their ability to maintain bat speed. Compare my stats to that of a truly great player. Iíll reference Larry Carter, one of the most awesome distance and power hitters Iíve ever seen (and Iíve seen most all of them!) Larry weighs 260lbs+ and is in great physical condition with a vicious swing and scary strength. He can squat over 600lbs, bench 485lbs. and military press 275lbs. (easy)! You get the message. Larry is strong! He is dedicated and a great, great banger. Compare his bat speed to mine. Itís the same at 95MPH. Larry uses a 31 ounce bat ... I use a 26 ounce. So why does he hit the ball over 100 feet farther than I do? Simple ... his speed during contact with the ball.

Larry has the highest Ďafterí speed I have recorded. I finish at 56MPH, Larry finishes at 89MPH. In other words, Larry literally loses NO bat speed while powering through the ball. Larry shouldnít go down in weight! He isnít losing any speed with the 31 ounce ... thereís no need to go lighter. The question is can YOU? If you went with a lighter bat than you now use, would you pickup Ďfinishingí speed, and therefore distance? Try a friend\\\'s lighter bat and give it a fair chance. Take the time to know what works for you. Donít swing 5 times and say, no, not for me. Give it 100 swings. See if your follow through seems more efficient. Note what is happening with the ball.

What I am really trying to get across to you is crucial to hitting performance: you MUST have an efficient and complete follow through with your swing. You must think acceleration through the ball. Go right directly through the ball. Donít give up your swing the second you feel the ball hit the bat ... in fact, thatís when you have to swing hardest! And give some thought to your bat weight. Make sure you give yourself full chance to be as good as you can!




Nov. 29, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rip-It(black), Senior, ASA Bat

Lecak is right on. Our senior league is ASA (unfortunately). That's the only reason for anyone to have an ASA bat in their bag. With the original Freak being banned next year in ASA, I will be looking at the Senior Rip It.

I currently swing a Synergy CNT Flex in league. For an ASA approved bat, it has great pop and in my humble opinion, is the best ASA bat available.

Haven't tried the Senior Combat yet. May give it a go when my U2 breaks.
Nov. 28, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can't trust Anaconda

I just bought a U2 on ebay. I purchased a lightly used one with the ASA 2000 sticker on it. Paid $175. These older U2's hold up much better than last years no warranty ones. My first U2 lasted 3 years before breaking at the end Sept. I have never been burned on ebay yet.
Nov. 24, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Associations
Discussion: BAR CODE !!..........

Einstein, there you go again. As the SSUSA staff said in a previous post, anonimity on this board is perfectly acceptable. If people want to put sophmoric comments on this board, it's ok. Just ignore them.

What will you do if you finally figure out who the offensive posters are? Get their phone number and call them? Confront them personally at the next tournament? Call them a coward a loser and a terrorist? Punch them out? Maybe you need to look in the mirror to see if you have an anger management problem.

Anyway, I really hope you find it in your heart to forgive their transgressions.

Peace and happy holidays to all.


Nov. 22, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Associations
Discussion: BAR CODE !!..........

Hey Cat. I too see it happening much more often but I don't think this is the answer to the problem. Just too costly and cumbersome to implement. And, I'm not really sure it is a problem. I know there are a lot of guys that want to play a lot more than their core team does and consequently play for more that one team.

SSUSA used to enforce a policy whereby once you played in a qualifer, the roster for that team for future SSUSA events was frozen. Not sure if they still do that.

There are many reasons players change teams but as long as they are playing in their proper ranking, ie, a Major player not dropping to AA, it think it should be alright. Maybe a manager release form would suffice.

To my friend Bashbro 1. I know it's been raining a lot in the Northwest but you really need to get outside a little more. :-) Let me know as soon as you swing one of the new Ultras. I'm curious about the new grip.
Nov. 4, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This is hilarious. Some new protective gear for pitchers ??

This guy must be a little crazy. Good for a few laughs.

Copy and paste the link below into your browser.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrkSNE_amIE&mode=related&search=
Oct. 28, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SUSPENSIONS for Using an ILLEGAL BAT:

Tater, you have got to be kidding. I know what every guy on my team swings. Always have. I cannot imagine that a manager or player would not know what guys are swinging. It's simple curiosity. I pick them up and swing them. If they feel good and I see that they have some pop I may want to get one.

Some responsibility must be put on the manager. What's wrong with every manager taking this issue and addressing it with his team?
Oct. 28, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Bats
Discussion: IMPORTANT NOTICE

Let me start with this statement: Anyone caught using an altered bat should be banned from organized softball forever. Additionally, the team manager should be banned for 1 year (please read the whole post before getting upset about the manager part.) All associations should be contacted.

I am a lifelong softball player and have played at all levels and as such, think I deserve to make a few observations.

For the purposes of this conversation, I will stick to Senior softball.

1. I have seen a lot of speculation as to the number of bat cheaters out there. 30%, 10% etc. The fact is we really don't know and I suspect it is a relatively small number in Senior ball.

2. Those that have been posting about this subject play at the highest level in their respective age brackets and I might conclude that it could be a bigger problem at this level. I have not yet seen or heard about any of this at the lower levels of play and these are the vast majority of players out there.

3. Guys are bigger, stronger and in better shape that they have ever been and with the legal bats, there are plenty of hard hit, screaming line drives and 1 hoppers that can and will eat you up. Hitting is always the last thing to go, Reflexes and speed are first.

4. Everyone that plays this game knows that the risk of injury from a batted ball exists for a variety of reasons. Least of all from a ball hit by an altered bat.

5. Procedures are already in place to address the issue. But, I would expand upon them and make sure they are enforced. First and foremost is education. Make sure that the umpires and tournament directors and team managers know what to look for. That has to come from the bat manufacturers and the associations. As I stated in a previous post, all bats should be inspected by the umpire and team manager before the game. No additional bats will be allowed to come into the dougout during the game.

6. As players and managers, it is our responsibility to police our own. If you know of or even suspect a cheater on your team, it is the managers responsibility to address it. Managers are in the best position to know who may be breaking the rules and have the responsibility to police it. The last thing you want to have happen is for your team and your sponsor to be tainted by allowing it to happen.

In closing, I love this game and hate to see all these crazy changes made to it. It makes it less fun and distracts from the reason we're all out there. To make the great plays, to hit for high average and be with your friends recreating.

Oct. 27, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Altered Bat Update

Policing the altered bat situation should be left in the hands of the bat manuftacturers,Tournament Directors and the umpires.

With the right education from the right people, TD's and umpires should have a better chance of spotting them.

Umpires used to routinly check the bats before every game. What happened to that? I rarely see that happen any more.

I agree with Gary 19. It is not realistic to stop the game and confiscate the bat etc., etc. every time someone is injured by a hit ball. Too may bad hops and misplayed balls for that to happen.

Just way too many hotheads to have players involved in any way. The only time a player should have any input is if he knows of another player on his team using an altered bat. Then he should do the right thing and report it directly to the TD.

There have always been cheaters and liars and they will always find a way if they are so inclined. It's endemic in our society and comes from the top down. All you have to do is look no farther than our political leaders.


Oct. 23, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Altered Bat Update

I just posted this under the "Einstein" message thread but I will also put it here as it fits:

I must give Einstein credit for his persistence and tenacity. I'm sure he brings the same kind of attitude to his game.

Here's the problem. Persistence is good to a point but there comes a time when it becomes annoying and overbearing. A good salesman knows when that time comes and runs the risk of being completely irrelevent and losing the sale when he crosses that line. In my opinion and from the responses on this board, Einstein has crossed that line many times. It's called beating a dead horse.

In an open forum you will always have a few people that will put up childish posts in response to that. Get over it. It's not the end of the world.

I look forward to Einsteins comments, questions and suggestions as long as they do not not become obsessive, repetitive and yes finally irrelevent.

Just my opinion and hope it is taken in the spirit in which it is given. I too would like to see this board as a place for the exchange of ideas and information.
Oct. 23, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Einstein

I must give Einstein credit for his persistence and tenacity. I'm sure he brings the same kind of attitude to his game.

Here's the problem. Persistence is good to a point but there comes a time when it becomes annoying and overbearing. A good salesman knows when that time comes and runs the risk of being completely irrelevent and losing the sale when he crosses that line. In my opinion and from the responses on this board, Einstein has crossed that line many times. It's called beating a dead horse.

In an open forum you will always have a few people that will put up childish posts in response to that. Get over it. It's not the end of the world.

I look forward to Einsteins comments, questions and suggestions as long as they do not not become obsessive, repetitive and yes finally irrelevent.

Just my opinion and hope it is taken in the spirit in which it is given. I too would like to see this board as a place for the exchange of ideas and information.
Oct. 21, 2006
Hit the gap
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Workouts before next season

Hi Rabbit. Great subject. At our age it is imperative. I started hitting the weights about 10 years ago and I can tell you that it has really helped my game. More strength equates to harder hit balls and more endurance come tournament time.

I try to get to the gym at least 3 days a week and work with lighter weights to start with and gradually build up as I go. I tend not to lift as much during the playing season but will still work out with lighter weights and more reps. I have always had fairly strong legs so I tend to work the upper body more.

I took some pilates classes last year and it really helps with core strength and flexibility.

I am going to take Yoga classes this winter.

Bottom line is that I want to keep father time away from my doorstep and I thimnk this really helps.

I take a multivitamin and fish oil every day. Also, one 85 mg aspirin.
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