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Aug. 8, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: OUR TEAM BROKE UP!!!!!!

Ron, Bamm is now scheduled for tomorrow morning. I understand the operation will be performed by one of the best doctors in the country. Lets keep your wife and him in our prayers.

Hang in there bro you will find a team you are too good of player not to.

Kevin all I can said is this reminds me of the many different people who wrote about the Vietnam war. Most never went but all had opinions which is one of the reason we serve. But in the end whose opinion does anyone really trust those who went or those who read about it. Same goes here.
Aug. 7, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: OUR TEAM BROKE UP!!!!!!

Stoneman all I can say is: "I see said the blind man" I guess I was having trouble separating the job from softball.

BW nice try my friend but once again if fell on deaf ears. Look at it this way when trying to converse with one who has selective memory and thought the one will never see the forest for the trees.
Aug. 6, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: OUR TEAM BROKE UP!!!!!!

BW my wife told me that I my attitude toward the human race has gone from bad to off the chart worst these past two years so I was trying to make an attempt to prove her wrong. That attempt failed. So I shall join the rest of my friends and follow suit.

Stoneman you lost me on that one but I shall make attempt to answer. My life is enforcing said rules so it is very difficult to agree with that statement. Those who aspire to find ways around the rules I enforce have a tendency to put my country and many lives in danger. While what I do is different from the rules you speak of it is just difficult to see it any other way.
Aug. 6, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: OUR TEAM BROKE UP!!!!!!

BW I thought about a witty come back but then decided it was not worth the time or effort. It is clear to me now that one cannot reason so one must just ignore.
Aug. 3, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: OUR TEAM BROKE UP!!!!!!

Ron I hope you wife gets better fast and you find a team. It is a shame your team broke up. I like some of the others am sorry for what the resident know of it all of senior softball has stated. His hate and discontent for senior softball at the tournament level has clouded his judgement.

Those who know you through the senior softball tournaments know why you are a snowbird those who never play but only read about it don't. That is why they put their foot in their mouth more often than not.

Gary what do you think snowbird means? It means and has always ment that one goes south or west for the WINTER when it is warm and north for the SUMMER when it is cooler. In case you want to dispute this here is the Webster definition: "Slang One who moves from a cold to a warm place in the winter." Now I understand why you were banned from SBF.
July 31, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best ASA softball

Kevin is right about the X ROCK. My buddy played in the tournament and loved the ball. I got to hit it and it is the best out there.
July 29, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISA Worlds

I know that this post is about the ISA world that were held in St. Louis but I am so proud of the KC team called the Barrons that I must post.
They won the AAA worlds this weekend at the 50+ level. Way to go Barrons.
July 27, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Young people coming into Senior softball (Ness's comments)

Gary how many senior associations are there that hold qualifiers across the country for their world tournaments? The answer is 3 and I will let you name them. How many associations in younger ball hold same type of qualifiers? Answer is 4. Plus they hold regionals, nationals, and have a point system that can qualify a team for worlds. In that association it is all about how many tournaments you enter to rake up points. The legit association that hold legit worlds that you talk about are larger in number on the younger side than the older side.

My son's team won a USSSA qualifier early in the year and in order to get a good seed in the world they have to still rack up points, play in the regional, play in the national, and then go to worlds. All of these tournaments cost at least 200+ to enter and by the team they get to worlds they have paid out more in fees than the seniors do for a world tournament and a qualifier. In order to know this you would have to go play tournament ball which by your own omission you do not do. Try playing in a few senior tournaments around the country and then if you don't like it complain.

As far as the younger players we have a lot of reasons as to why they are not come to the tournaments teams some have been mentioned here and some have not. I would suggest we are a little to restrictive on some rules and we are not reaching out. There is more to this but I have 3 paragraphs already and more than that tend to upset some readers so I will save my thoughts for later.
July 27, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: READ, STOP, & THINK ! Please, stay on the subject matter.

Stoneman I hear what you are saying but I see two other problems with your thesis that are really never addressed here or if they are addressed here this is where it stays.

1. We hear from those who are worried about the number of bounty hunters going after pitcher (that may be too strong of language) on here all the time. When are we going to start hearing these voices of concern on the field of play. I read it here, I see it here, and yet I watch and listen to some of the same guys who post on here about their concern for the pitcher cheer loudly when one of their teammate hits a ball at the pitcher that drives in a run. Now the Stoneman as far as I know does not fit into the above mentioned observation but as I witnessed at the SPA there are some who do. Stop your teammates first then talk to others.

2. The other side of the coin and that is the crying wolf all the time. I watched a guy hit a ball 10 feet over the pitchers head at the SPA that hit the fence in the air. I then watched and listen to the pitcher start yelling the middle is open and acting out. Later he stated to some of fans he was just getting into the other teams head. Well that is all fine and good but what happens when you cry wolf too much? It is the same with the bat issue but that is another topic.

PS Stoneman I will not be seeing you in Vegas. E-mail me if you have question bro.
July 26, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: REPLANT...... FOOD 4 THOUGHT???

Fred I guess we will have to agree to disagree on that point. You get tired of the homerun limits as a so called excuse I get tired of hearing about hitting the middle period. Fact is the safest hit is softball is beyond the fence. No one can catch that and it is a hit. The second safest place to get a hit in softball is the middle. If you take away the hr then the middle is where you go. Besides as stated it is where most of us who played baseball were taught to hit.

Gary what can I say about anything you say. I wrote those six graphs because you forgot to add what really went on back then. Selective memory does not prove a point. Besides you are the one who goes on and on about senior having special bats.

The purposely hitting the middle remark was to make a point to some. You missed it and that is fine because it was intended for you. The guys who get upset about someone hitting the middle and come on here talking about are the same guys who have one or two players on their team who hit the middle. And what is funny they never say a word to their teammates. Is the middle part of the game? Yes period. Should you try to hit the pitcher? No but you should make outs just to avoid the middle. I mean I saw a pitcher at the SPA get upset on a ball hit 10 feet over his head that hit the centerfield fence in the air. He was never in danger but he made a big deal out of it. Things are getting out of hand IMHO.
July 26, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: REPLANT...... FOOD 4 THOUGHT???

I don't want to get into this but it is hard to read about the good old days of how things were and not read the whole story.
1. In the 1970 and most of the 1980's THERE WERE NO HOMERUN LIMITS! Most of the teams did not hit the middle because they could hit it out without it being an out. Those who did not hit homeruns just hit the ball where it was pitched and no one complained. Pitchers backed up and were fielders.

2. We seem to forget that in the 1970's the pitching rubber was 46 feet from home plate and the bases were 60 feet. Most fields in the Midwest were 275 to 285 if they were fenced at all. When the balls and bats changed for the better the ASA moved the pitching rubber back to 50 and the bases to 65 and up. The fences moved back to 300 feet.

3. In the late 70's early 80's USSSA came about and brought to softball the idea of classes and of course the homerun rule. With these homeruns rules came the idea of purposely hitting the middle because it is the biggest hole on the field. We also were introduced to the T-4000 softball, Ti bats, doublewalls and believe it or not the composite bat. Two pitchers were killed by batted balls (T-4000) and that is when the balls were suppose to be regulated. Bats were not regulated as a whole until the 90's and that is because of the Ti bat. But I ask this quesiton was it about safety or homeruns. For 6 weeks in 1995 we were allowed to use the Ti bats with crappy softballs. Homeruns were plenty and games were long yet fun. The major complaint after those 6 weeks was never about safety but about the amount of homeruns and who hits them.

4. The 1970's, 80's and 90's was the greatest time for softball. Numbers were up and people actually wanted to play the game. Now enter the classes and homerun rules and add to that other sports who don't have so many restrictions and softball is down at the younger level. I would venture to say the samething will happen to senior softball in 10 years if they don't pay attention to history and continue down the same path.

Are the bats better? YES BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF SENIOR PLAYERS WANT THEM THAT WAY!! Do the balls suck? In some associations they do but the general senior association they do not. Do we hit the middle too much? Not anymore than we did a back in the day. Why because we don't have restricted homerun rules. Are we as a people stronger and in general can we hit the ball harder? Yes and unless you want to put rules into affect that states a players cannot work out or be strong then players are only going to get stronger. I watched a very strong senior hit a ball up the middle with a wooden bat in a wooden bat tournament that put a pitcher in the hospital. He was also sandbagging which in my opinion is the biggest problem.

I am sorry it was so long but if we are going to talk about back in the day lets at least tell the whole story.
July 5, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Metal in the U2 handle ???

That is the counter weight put in the handle to make the bat balanced. The heavier the bat the bigger the rod is in the handle.
July 5, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Launch 510

We hit with the bat over the weekend and it is a U2 with a 14 inch barrel. It will take about 50 to 75 swings to break in and after that it is HOT. It has a funny shaped knob and SENIOR SOFTBALL engraved on the handle and painted on the barrel.
June 25, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: GARY 19 & SMOOTH 01:

ASA, USSSA, NSA, and ISA all you have to do is pay and show up to play worlds. Seems wrong to me. SSWS does have some qualifing tournaments but if you can not make them then all you have to do is pay extra and play. Once again not right.

So for our area the guys just play in the SSUSA and SPA qualifier and world tournaments. Which means all they are going to use is the senior bats. We are lucky to have some leagues that go by these rules.

As far as the middle goes and hitting it with the senior bats I am not going there. I have seen just as many guys hurt bad with the PST as I have with any other bat. Very few with the senior bats. I think most guys look at the senior bats and know they can drive the ball through any hole. With the lesser bats I think they just do care and hit middle. The middle is part of the game and when I pitch I expect everyone to hit middle.

Here is a thought for those who pitch and get mad at guys hitting the middle. If you throw the ball out side and it gets called a strike and you stay out there then you should not be upset when the ball goes up the middle. Do you really expect the batter to make an out just because you want to live on the edge? The game is about hits and runs. Now if he walks through the box to hit an inside pitch at you then you have a beef. It is a two way street.

Just last night (non mat ball) the pitcher through me two pitches 4 inch + off the outside corner for strikes. I told him not to do that cause I will hit the ball up the middle. He laught and threw the next one out there. I hit the ball about 10 feet over his head that one hopped the 315 fence. I get to second and he is pissed. Why is he pissed? He was warned and he still threw the ball out there.. Isn't that part of the game? He did what he thought would get me out and I did what I needed to get an hit. That is called play ball. Or did the rules change and I got old?
June 25, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: GARY 19 & SMOOTH 01:

"And if they don't make any difference in the Senior game, why are there guys who will skip a tournament or not play in a league that does not allow these bats?"

I will do my best to answer this question but please keep in mind I am only talking about the region I live in. Gary it is simple THE ASA, USSSA, NSA, ISA AND THE SSWS DON'T HOLD TOURNAMENTS THROUGH OUT THE YEAR around our area. We have only two choices the SSUSA and SPA.

If the above mention associations are what we should play because we are men and don't need no stinking senior bats then maybe they should show enough interest in us and hold more than just world tournaments?

Where I live the guys have only three months to get ready for the worlds and that means about 6 tournaments. If the only ones holding tournaments are the SSUSA and SPA then that is what they play. It makes very little sense to me to pay to play in associations who care nothing for the senior program other than their worlds just to say I can play with any bat. Besides I my self am tired of buying so many bats and I am not going to use a lesser bat and get beat.

You know most of the time it is not about ego but about money. You read where one or two guys say they won't play in any association that does not allow the senior bats and you lump everyone into that mind sit. Here in our area it is about who holds the tournaments and the money PERIOD!
June 22, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rip it reaper

Trump if you noticed that is why I put the internet address on this post so one and all can go read the 6 pages of stuff.

The only reason I pasted what I did was to spark an interest for those who want to read about this subject. Nothing more and nothing less.
June 21, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rip it reaper

You know this discussion was gone over and over and over again on other boards. Here is what was the final outcome on SBF.

From the Rip-it company:
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So where are we at with the CE Combats and the ASA Rip-it? Different bats or no? Do I have a repainted censored? I read this hole thread and haven't seen an explicit answer.


Jeremy,

I apologize that I have not been more clear during these posts. I know people are looking for a definitive answer to this so here you go:

All Rip-It bats are 100% unique. The bat models we have worked with CE to design, test, and launch have never been used before by Combat or any other company.

NONE of our bat model are, or ever will be, repainted bats that were once another company's product. This means none of our bats have ever been sold under the Combat brand name or any other brand name.

We have an exclusive supply agreement with CE Composites that guarantees exclusivity will all of our bat models. That means any company in the future that launches a new bat, including Combat, cannot use our bat models. This is pursuant to a contract signed by myself and the President of CE Composites.

Anyone who would like to discuss this matter further can call me at (407) 464-3764 x111 and I would be more than happy to talk.
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05-11-2007, 02:07 PM #47
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Posts: N/A Easy there Matt you refer to yourself as the manufacture of the bat, clearly that is not true. Good luck with your patents and I do know how long it takes because I own 1 in the bat field and a couple others in other fields. We also have one one that has been accepted and are just waiting for the number to be returned in the bat security field. You can go back in the thread the patent number is there. We are also getting ready to manufacture using it in the composite world, yes all of the changes have been submitted.


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05-11-2007, 02:09 PM #48
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Posts: N/A Sorry I did not see your statement before I posted the last. Now that is a very good statement refering to your product, and truthful.

You can read the whole thread at:

http://www.softballfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=304143&page=4&highlight=post+retired

Please read to be better informed about what is really going on in the bat making world.
June 16, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA BATS

The Anti Virus is a great bat once it is broke in. I like the 30 EL because it is the same swing weight as the Senior Combat 30 el which makes it easier to jump from bat to bat.

Anderson is ready to launch it's new ASA composite in a week or two and I hear it is very good. The Rip-it Reaper ASA model is also suppose to be very good.
June 16, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Damn cpope I was hoping you were coming. Tell Anne I said hi and I hope to see y'll soon.
June 15, 2007
E. Ness
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA World Tounament July 13-15

Bruce Martin City is not close to the ball fields. The one on the plaza is a lot closer.

AB is just across the river as is Gates. North of the river where the ball parks are there are many bbq places but none of them are as famous as the ones mentioned. When I see you on Friday I can give you directions to all these places.
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