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July 21, 2014
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rubber bat knob

In the past, I was able to purchase a rubber bat end knob that stretched over the end of the bat. Several places, like Kelly, sold this type of knob, but no longer! This is NOT a cuff that slides onto the handle (there are lots of those on the market). Batters who use an overlap grip like these as the end of the bat knob fits into the palm of your hand.

I can't seem to find this end knob anywhere any more. I think the company that made them was called or something like that. They used to have a web site, but it's gone now.

Does anyone know a source for this type of knob or what happened to the company that used to make them?

Oct. 22, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Can we make this a PHX Worlds Score thread?? Post results here

Thanks, DuWayne. Yes, we had a very fine tournament, with all 14 players contributing - we batted everyone in every game. The competition was very tough, and we won two of our bracket games by only 1 run and the final game by 3. I think our best game was against a very fine Chicago Blue Chip team that on another day might have demolished us. But the ball bounced our way and our hitting was on throughout up and down the lineup.

Bart Prieve
Jan. 13, 2010
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What's up with the South West Championships?

Just noticed that the SW Championships, listed before for Tucson in April (date TBD) have been dropped from the SSUSA tournament schedule. Anyone know what this is about?
Aug. 22, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prescription Eye Glasses Versus No Glasses

I use bi-focal contact lenses with monovision, too for everyday. I HATE them for softball, so my eye doctor also set me up with a distance only, 20-20 corrected set. Works fine. Players I've observed using multi-focal glasses or contacts of any type tend to miss even easy catches as they can't see the ball coming accurately as it moves across their different corrections on multi-focals of any type.
June 5, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: PPR-Reno

So far this year, we have had two "opportunities" for applying the hit pitcher rule.

First, a line drive was caught (in his glove) then dropped by the pitcher, after which he picked up the ball and started a double play. The ump called a dead ball out. Seems like the result of the play, when advantageous to the defense should alway prevail; the dead ball call should be delayed.

Second, a ball hit through the pitcher's box (with pitcher inside) was deflected off his glove. Ump said this was not a hit pitcher rule call, since the ball hit the glove. I didn't know that a pitcher making a protective move and touching the ball with his glove automatically made the rule inapplicable.
June 2, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who won in Reno?

60 AA - Scrap Iron Diamonds
June 2, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock 'N' Reno - Action Shots - Team Pictures etc

Well, we also love your pictures, but it is a shame that you have to forgo playing with your team (that would be us) to do all the shooting!

Bart Prieve, Manager Scrap Iron Diamonds
May 14, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: hotel room rates

I agree with you, WOW. If I had known that the Housing Connection is locking out competitive bids from the tournament hotels (they haven't even been listed on the SSUSA site for Salt Lake yet, so I could not have known which hotels to be "careful" with), I would not have identified us as a team. Live and learn (to avoid Housing Connection!)
May 12, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: hotel room rates

I join WOW and others about being very concerned about being ripped off by SSUSA and The Housing Connection on hotel prices.

And The Housing Connection will not make good on their "low price" guarantee, at least for Reno.

I have also learned that SSUSA/Housing Connection is forcing hotels to sign "exclusive" contracts that preclude our teams from booking directly with a hotel and prevent us from to saving the approximate $30/room/night that is added to the Housing Connection/SSUSA price over direct booking. I think that is unconscionable.

Do other senior softball associations play the same types of shinnanigans?
Nov. 10, 2008
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lodging for T of C - Florida in January

I've been searching for affordable lodging for the Tournament of Champions in Lakeland. I would be happy to share what I've learned so far about Kissimmee hotels. Also, I'd be interested to learn any good find you might have.

Bart Prieve, Scrap Iron 60s AA (Diamonds in the Rough) Manager
Oct. 24, 2008
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: AA 60 Colorado - Scrap Iron

Looks like we will be recruiting a player or two to join us in 2009.

Colorado based, on the rise (we won Western Regionals in Salt Lake this year), excellent team spirit and support of each other. 60s AA.

Bart Prieve, (newly-elected Manager and sometimes Left Fielder)
"Diamonds in the Rough" - part of Scrap Iron Senior Softball Club
303-587-4459 (cell)
April 1, 2008
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Medical Emergency When Out Of Town

The player was Ed Rothe, our shortstop. He collapsed in the second inning of our first game. He woke up a short time later, said he didn't know what had happened, insisted on getting up and walking off the field. A short time later, he passed out again and stopped breathing.

A 911 call was made immediately, using a cell phone. After a long time trying to have the operator dispatch help, someone ran over to the police station across the way, and finally, help arrived.

We were told that it was not a heart attack, but rather a pulmonary embolism. An obituary can be read at
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