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Aug. 22, 2014
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Can't imagine any sanctioning association would ever go back to Blue Dots no matter what bats were being used.
A 47 cor/525 compression ball would be deemed too dangerous by them even if someone was just hit by a thrown ball.
Their attorneys would never let them go back to the Blue Dots under any circumstances.
Aug. 21, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

Thanks for the replies; sounds like the ump blew the call since he expressly stated that the Fielder's verbal declaration of losing the ball in the sun was what negated calling the IFR. He said that it negated the normal effort part of the rule once the Fielder said he couldn't see the ball.
Having been there, the 3rd baseman wasn't guilty of baiting since all 3 runners ended up safe.
Seems like what the ump was trying to cover up was his neglecting to call IFR in a timely fashion and once the ball hit the ground he must have felt like calling IFR at that point would draw complaints from the hitting team.
We actually had an ump in our league this year declare to both teams he would no longer call IFR the rest of the season to avoid any future arguments.
Aug. 20, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

Happened at the ISSA tournament in Virginia last weekend.
Runners on 1st & 2nd with nobody out, batter hits a pop-up to the 3rd baseman.
Umpire does not immediately call Infield Fly and when the ball reaches its peak the 3rd baseman yells out that he's lost the ball in the sun.
Ball lands 5 to 10 feet behind the 3rd baseman and the umpire declares all runners safe claiming that once the 3rd baseman lost the ball it eliminates Infield Fly call.
The 2 questions here are; 1) how soon after the ball is hit does the Umpire have to declare Infield Fly rule and 2) does the verbal declaration by the 3rd baseman of losing the ball in the sun eliminate the Infield Fly rule from being called?
July 16, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Sure; once the ball hits 1st or 3rd base it has to be a fair ball no matter where it goes from there.
No different than a ball that hits on the foul line anywhere between the base & the outfield fence. It's still a fair ball even if it rolls backwards & sideways into foul territory between the base and home plate, right?.

July 15, 2014
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ball For Break-in

We used 44/400 balls at the Roanoke ISSA tournament 2 weeks ago.
My Red Max cracked on the 1st swing . . .
May 27, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

Don't really see how having an extra fielder would help a lower-rated team when the higher-rated team is hitting their extra home runs.
More eyes to watch the ball go over the fence?
May 11, 2014
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth legit

How does distance & sweet spot compare between: Legit, Reebok Barrage & Ultra 2 TOC?
March 12, 2014
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Softball

Agreed; the ball feels like it has a very low COR. There's no bounce or rebound to it; it's like hitting a wooden croquet ball.
And without any flex to it there will probably be even more broken bats.
All in all very disappointing, also just saying.
Feb. 23, 2014
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken new senior bat-----ULTTOC 2014 Ultra-2 Max

Took 10 swings with one at the TOC; liked it a lot, very good pop.
Ordered 3 for our team.
Dec. 30, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: All the hate on DBO with senior about this?

Garocket; don't see how that could work? We waited for a game in Vegas to finish some years ago so we could get our game in on a Saturday night. Home team was up around 30 - 22 going into the 7th of a M+ game with no DBOs. Visiting team scored around 30 in the top half to go up by about 20 runs. Home team came in and got their 20 or so runs to win. Game took over 2 hours to play and then it was too late for us to get our game in (at around 10:30pm) so they made us come back Sunday at 7am. Several of our guys refused to ever go back after that.
With 2 Unlimited innings like you're suggesting a game could last 2 1/2 hours; how could any TD run a tournament on any kind of schedule under those conditions?
Dec. 30, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage Legend is GREAT BAT

Kind of the same question: are all the v55660 bats defective and is there any other batch number out there?
Or are ALL the defective bats from the v55660 batch but not all of this batch is defective?
Dec. 25, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

Come on Turbo, really? "every softball player has a massive ego"?
And where is it written that you have to hit the middle when you're out of home runs?
That's the biggest cop-out on this whole issue.
Dec. 11, 2013
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2014 SSUSA Tournaments

Why only 1 tournament all year (ACC Championships in Northern Virginia) in the entire Mid-Atlantic region?
Nothing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or West Virginia?
There are over 100 teams in the mid-Atlantic in just the 50 thru 65 age divisions; shouldn't there be more than 1 tourney in 2014 or is SSUSA just giving this region away to ISSA?
Oct. 15, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

Thanx W25; when your gamer is a 1-piece Red Miken you're always looking for a back-up . . .
Oct. 13, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reviews for COMBAT DIRTY BAT

What's the final verdict on the Dirty?
Does it hit as well as the Reeboks and the Ultra 2's?
Sept. 11, 2013
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

At the ASA Nationals in Burlington 2 weeks ago we used a 44/375 Tattoo ball in 85 to 90 degree weather & it seemed to be OK.
Don't remember anyone complaining about the ball, but then again how could they when the "fences" were over 330 feet (looked more like 400)?
Sept. 10, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Triad Blackout Senior bat !!!

Tri18; has anyone hit with this bat yet & outside of durability how will it compare performance-wise to the 1-piece & 2-piece Ultra Maxloads?
And how will it compare to the Worth Senior Legit since they're now all the same company?
Sept. 8, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Believe it was Charles Barkley who said: "The older I get, the better I used to be"
Sept. 2, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

ISSA combined Major+ with Major this year & it's not really working. In their recent Worlds there were 94 teams & only 14 of them were in the new M+/M bracket.
The Major teams are dropping down to AAA so they don't have to play the M+ teams & the AAA teams are dropping to AA so they don't have to play the Major teams.
Some intrinsic values probably haven't changed; most teams still don't want to show up if they're overmatched and likely to be drilled.
Aug. 25, 2013
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat restrictions for Seniors.

OK; would also like to hear from anybody that swung both as to how they compare?
When the titaniums 1st came out 1 umpire told us the average hitter was getting an extra 50 feet with these bats but they were banned within 2 or 3 months after several deaths/injuries happened.
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