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Aug. 6, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reebok Senior Bat

Hey Joe,
Thanks for offering! Shoot me your e-mail address to curt@classicspringtraining.com
Anyone else interested can do the same!
Thanks,
curt
Aug. 3, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reebok Senior Bat

I'm going see what they can do about getting us some demos bats. I'll let you guys know.

Ed, I hit some with the thicker walls and they still dropped some serious bombs. I haven't hit then since they added the new glue. I'm waiting on a actual production model now.

Jim, I've hit both versions, end-loaded and balanced, and didn't notice any vibration. I have not yet to hit the production model. When I do I'll post a full report.
c

Aug. 3, 2010
chollis
Topic: Bats
Discussion: macenko senior bat

The Macenko Senior bat is the real deal. Maybe just short of the U-2 on pop but I think the durability is much better. Those I have had hit good right out of the wrapper and then got better from there.
Aug. 2, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reebok Senior Bat

Looks like there will be a new senior bat on the market soon. The Reebok Senior bat was certified about a month ago and went into production about 2 and half weeks ago.

The Reebok brass came to my Classic Spring Training event in February in force and brought some prototype bats to hit. The bats were ridiculously sick but broke rather quickly. The seniors that were there saw Davey Reed blasted some 450' bombs with it.

Since that time, I've had the pleasure to work with them in a small way on the development of this bat. They thicken the walls a bit to increase the durability. In addition, they added some kind of "new super glue" to assist in the durability department.

The latest prototype models I've hit were exceptional. Audie and I opened a brand new 28 ounce Ultra II end load right out of the wrapper and hit it along side a new 28 ounce Reebok end load bat. All three seniors hitting the Reebok bat reported 10'-20' more distance than the U-2 end load. The ball hitting the bat sounds like a 38 pistol going off. Kinda like the yellow rip it bat sound.

I don't yet know the date this will be available or the retail cost. I do know it will come in a balanced and end loaded versions from 26 ounces to 30 ounces.

Now, this is where I'm asking for your help. I'm trying to assist them in figuring out the percentages of bats to buy for each weight, both balanced and end loaded. You could help if you would be kind enough to take just a minute and respond back with what weight bat you swing and is it balanced or end loaded.

Thanks for your help,
curt hollis
July 31, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: It can't happen to me?

Kevin, thanks for sharing this information with us. I'm sorry to hear this happened to you but I'm glad your recovery has gone very well. It could have easily turned out very different.

By giving all of us your first hand account of what you were feeling and when may very well save a life. Here is to your complete recovery and I hope to see you at the ball park soon!

curt hollis



July 31, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need some help from you guys?

Do you swing a balanced bat or end loaded?
What weight bat do you swing?

I swing:
end load 28 oz.
July 8, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: post that was deleted

Kevin,

Thank you for the post clearing that up! As most everyone here knows, Kevin is in a position, through his association with Anaconda Sports and his work behind the scenes on several committees, including those involving bat standards, that he feels he can’t attend open softball camps such as the Classic Spring Training because anyone can attend these event, including even known bat doctors. I can appreciate his commitment to holding the highest standards for himself and I respect his decision.

To further explain what happen a good faith offer by Maddog was made to Kevin asking him to come to the CST event (run by Curt Hollis) where he could get the bat some exposure. The following post was by Kevin who mentioned he couldn’t come to the event because his doesn’t associate with known bat doctors.

I received calls from around the country from guys saying “Curt, I know your not like that” and why would Kevin trash you like that on a national board. I got to say, this got my blood pumping like it hasn’t pumped in years!

After viewing the thread, I called ask Terry and asked him to delete the “white bat thread” as I felt it was slandering me and my event. Terry read the thread and agreed to delete it.

In the meantime, Kevin called me to clear this misunderstanding up. I’ve known Kevin for several years and he has always treated me fairly. He explained what he was trying to say and that he didn’t mean it the way I and several other people had intrepid it. I fully accept his explanation and I look forward to our continued friendship for years to come.

Now, to the guys that read the thread before it was removed. About 125 guys/gals attend the event and 2 are known bat doctors, that’s less than 2%. I have played softball games where there are more bat doctors on the field than this. Please don’t go away thinking the CST is a bat doctor’s convention because it isn’t. The non profit event is put on once a year by softball players for softball players. It is as much a social event as it is a softball event.

I want to thank a couple of people, first off I want to thank Terry Hennessey for his quick response but even more so for what he does for softball. Its guys like this that make the world go around. Thanks again Terry!

Secondly, I want to thank Kevin for his work behind the scenes to clean the game up. Kevin has being working in this direction for years.

I have been doing some work behind the scenes also. I’ll soon be bringing what I have been working on to the national stage for everyone’s critique……any hopefully…some help.

God Bless,
curt hollis
March 24, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Comments

Thanks Bruce, good info there! Yea, we always lose about 15% on the list when it is time to pay. LOL.

I have considered adding Drew Park to the event but there are some issues to overcome. The campers wouldn't get to see everyone and then we need twice as much equipment. Maybe we could put the seniors at Drew Park. But the park has an issue as the parking lot surrounds the fields and hr balls land on cars and people walking in the park. Then I need to double up on field bosses and talk Randy into running a complex....etc.

Right now, I'm thinking the thing to do is put a solid cap on the event and just keep doing it at Ringhavor. Its big enough!!
c


March 24, 2010
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Classic Spring Training Comments

Hey Ed, Thanks for the post!

Bruce, thanks for the comparison. Let me help you out a bit with the numbers though.

We had 118 campers at this year's event, not 150. Counting campers, wives, guests, etc we had 162 people in the banquet. We had 23 campers schedule to go to the prison game on Friday morning but the prison didn't get back to me until late Thursday so only 9 made the trip adding 14 more campers to the field. I will agree, it was crowded. More so on the senior field than anywhere else.

I've investigated the Daytona area field and they would work fine, except the field fees are $200 per field per day and that is just too high. It would cost an additional $24 per camper for us to move to Daytona. Keep in mind, this is a non-profit event. The expenses are divided up among the estimated number of campers to determine the entry fee.

Despite the bad economy and even with a drop in sponsors this year, we managed to give-away a CST record of 20 bats, all high end composites, except 2 Worth EST's. In addition, there were other lower end prizes.

Bruce, I'm interested in how they get an equivalent of 6 fields out of four? Are they hitting two groups a field on a couple of the fields? If so, how did that work out? In your opinion, did this increase the risk factor for injury? I'm really interested in your opinion on this!

The fields were open to the campers for 35 hours over the four days. Yes, they were crowded more so Friday than I would have liked but I don't think anyone went home lacking swings.

It looks like we will be staying in Jacksonville next year. I'm happy with the field facilities and the Holiday Inn and Denese Buzzy really did an excellent job on the banquet this year.

Thanks again for the information Guys!
curt
April 13, 2009
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good sunglasses

Try Pete Vinci at

www.vincipro.com/cart/pages.php?pageid=6

Sunglasses for ball players by ballplayers!!!

Pete donates this type of sunglass for the Classic Spring Training event's giveaways and they are excellent!!

http://www.vincipro.com/cart/product.php?productid=51&cat=32&page=1


curt hollis
Feb. 25, 2009
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52-275 ball

I did.

I also forgot to mention in my post above that hasn't really been talked about much. For the better part of the 48 swings, say 35 of my swings, I was using a broken silver Combat(Pete Delange lent me his bat and said see if you can crack it. It broke on the third swing using 44/375 balls) which was cracked almost halfway around the barrel when I started taking my swings on the 52/275 balls. After I finished swinging I checked the bat again and the crack did not expand. My thinking is this might just be the ball I am looking for to hit batting practice with. I broke 4 bats in a ten days using 44/375 balls trying to get ready for the CST event. I'll be doing a write-up on the ball in my final recap of the 09' CST which I'll post on the CST web page in a few days. www.classicspringtraining.com
Feb. 25, 2009
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 52-275 ball

I hit it Sunday afternoon with Don Norquist, Stoney and Mike Macenko. I didn't want to hit it on Field #4 as the wind was blowing out hard, Field #1 was blowing in hard so I elected not to hit it there either. I moved to the most nuetral wind field which was #3. However, the wind was still aiding the ball if hit to left field.

Stoneman said I hit 12 balls out on my first round of 24 I think and then I hit a few more than that on the second round. I tried several difference stances and swings. I had the most success when I just made sure to hit the ball solid and not try to swing too hard. This type swing also produced my longest hit balls.
Feb. 25, 2009
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A simple

No

It looks like we have another curt on the board. I am Curt Hollis.
Nov. 12, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Ed, great to hear from you. Get that arm back in shape and come on down. Bruce, I think we had more than 40 guys over 50 years old last year. It dang near a grey event! LOL. The most asked question I get from people that are interested in attending is " Will I fit in or is this just for big bombers?"

I will have some big bombers there and they seem to get a lot of attention when prople talk about the event. However, they are not the norm. The typical guy/gal is an average player, some are beginners, some only play league, some play tournmanet ball. All have a great time and everybody rubs elbows with each other regardless of where they play.

The event is filling up at a record pace this year which is quite frightening from my standpoint as I hate to turn people away. If your interested check out the web page www.classicspringtraining.com If you want to talk with some guys that have been going stop by the message board at www.northfloridahitclub.proboards.com to chat.

curt
Nov. 4, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Ha Ha, go ahead and get your name on the list. I'm not worried about you........I lnow where you live anyway! LOl.
curt
Nov. 3, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Bruce.
Please do me a favor and go back to the sign in page and re-send your information. I didn't receive your sign up form. I did get the PayPal, Thanks! My concern is that it is not working for certain browers types and I might not know when some people sign up.
Thanks,
curt
Nov. 2, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

For those seniors that have express interest to me over the last month or two, the web site is up at

www.classicspringtraining.com

and sign-ups are open. Due to limited space it will be first come, first serve. The event will be held in Jacksonville, Florida on February 20, 21 and 22, 2009.

Thanks,
curt
Aug. 29, 2008
chollis
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSUSA Adopts Major-Plus Task Force Recommendations

Dang, we might need to send you guys to Washington!!! Great job SSUSA, Terry, the task force and everyone else involved. Thanks for all of your hard work, it would have been easy to leave things as there were, but that is not what leaders do!
Many thanks again guys,
Curt
Aug. 5, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just posted on NCSSA web site

That is so sad and senseless. God bless him and his family.
curt
July 9, 2008
chollis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers requested for Murl Skalla

Deidra,

I can feel your pain and loss in your writings. It is apparent you loved him and miss him very much. I am sure he loves and misses you even more. Nothing I write will squelch the empty feeling in your heart. But please, keep the faith, as God has a plan that will re-unite you both for all eternity just as he has been re-united with his son.

God bless you and your family,
curt hollis
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