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Real name:
Jim Klassen

Location:
Vancouver, BC,CAN

Division:
Men's 50

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March 10, 2005
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 70' bases?

I agree with Gumper. We played major in Huntsman last year (thatís probably comparable to AAA in SSUSA) and loved the 70' bags. The added 5í distance adds an element or two to the game and allows a coach and or players to introduce some innovative strategies into the game. The scores in our games were all in the teens or twenties and I think all went the full 7-innings. Ö70' bags all the way! I donít know if the extra 5í increases the reaction time for players or not but expect it would.
March 10, 2005
Bat-Heater
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II Beyond 2005

Keep the Ultra or any bat like it including a decent ball. If it makes players & teams better then perhaps more teams will be forced to move up a division or two?
March 3, 2005
Bat-Heater
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SSWC balls

jah#4 is correct. It really depends on the weather. At around 60 degrees or cooler, the 44/375 is great to hit.
Jan. 23, 2005
Bat-Heater
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for competative 55's team.

What a great name!
Jan. 23, 2005
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NOONE HAS BEEN BANNED FROM THIS SITE

I agree. Fran is top shelf
Jan. 12, 2005
Bat-Heater
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II Beyond 2005

I think if you use bats that follow the USSSA guidelines and a good ball you don't need the Ultra or original Synergy. However, I don't pitch so don't really care one way or the other.
Dec. 25, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II Beyond 2005

That's too bad about the dates LVSSA chose for the 50s in 2005. Last year we went because the dates for the 50s worked great with play being scheduled for the weekend just prior to Huntsman Games starting on the Monday. This year it would require a separate trip and that's a lot more money...not good!
Nov. 28, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: las vegas winter world

King-Of-Pain---I read your post and have to say I don‚t share your view regarding the winter worlds. I don‚t see where the directors of the tournament did anything wrong with the way they placed the teams and given the small number of teams in the tournament don‚t know what they could have done different to appease you. I seen a tournament with 11 teams in it that were all pretty good ˆ some better than others. Six of those teams who played better than the other 5 went on to play in a Gold division and five went on to play silver. That seems fair. I know that a couple or maybe three teams have been previously rated major but I did not see any teams that IMO should be considered major in the 11 team tournament. I talked to the coach of the Colo. Rockies / Master Collision and he told me they are rebuilding, they had 7 players move up to 55s---fair enough for me and besides they lost 2 out of 3 games in the RR and should have played in the silver but ASKED to be moved up. That‚s a classy move-not sandbagging.

I coach and play on the Canadian team you are referring to that you say "had no business playing AA-AAA" and am not sure if I should defend that statement or feel honored. I can tell you we do not sandbag. A little history on our team for you. We are rated AAA this year and based on our play all year can say we belong in AAA. We played in the SSUSA AA Worlds in Winnipeg last year and finished 2nd. And that was with a stronger team than we what we managed to scrape up for the winter worlds in Vegas. We also played AAA in the LVSSA Worlds in October and won only one game in the elimination round and again that was with a MUCH stronger team. Did we have a good week-end in the Winter Worlds? You bet! We got hot and had some luck and got some bounces along with some down home weather on Sunday and by the way, we did loose a game to an AA team.


Nov. 24, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Results?

Mad Dog: It was good seeing you in Vegas and you guys look like you have a good club there and had us beat until the last inning.

Playing in Utah with out you would not be as much fun so ya gotta be there in 05. We are hoping to play all three October tournaments next year LVSSA, Huntsman and Phoenix if they keep the dates more or less back-to-back and will try & bring a bigger supply of Molson Canadian next time ...eh!
Nov. 24, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Winter Worlds Results?

Enviro-Vac Marauder50s Bat-Heater.com from Vancouver, BC Canada won the Gold in the 50s division.
Nov. 7, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rolling for distance

MK39 - What in the world did I do to you?

You said "Now does that answer you question about the way i feel about you and your equiptment "

I don't know you nor have I ever met you?
Nov. 7, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rolling for distance

I think I recognize the need to try and purge softball of all the perceived altered bats but broken in bats? I say perceived as I think the use of altered bats at our age is just a little overstated. I would still prefer to think that most players at our age play within the confines of the rules. Perhaps I am naive?

If altered bats are really as prevalent as tittle-tattle indicates then perhaps we need to think outside the box. e.g. don‚t let the players bring their own bats to a tournament. As an alternative, have the TDs provide about 6 bats or so in a variety of weights to each diamond. The TD‚s could have a higher entry fee to offset the initial investment and the players could reap the benefits in not needing to buy new bats all the time. And if someone hits a home run, the lingering doubt over whether that person used an altered bat is removed. Altered bat problem solved.

Financial savings: I know I own six or more bats & purchase a couple of new ones every year and that‚s just to keep up with all the different associations ever changing bat rules.

IMHO we are getting a little carried away with the interpretation of „altered bats‰ as well. Most of us know that bats improve with use and for me personally, for obvious reasons, would prefer a used bat to a new bat anytime. I would be rather upset if you flex-tested my nicely broken in unaltered bat during a tournament and found my bat exceeded the factories „new‰ specifications. Are there other motives here or are the factories „flex‰ and performance specification based on a well broken-in bat? One could easily come to the conclusion that the end users are being set up to have to buy more bats. It also becomes easy to envisage a near future where merchants will be marketing softball bats at tournaments to replace all the over-flexing bats with new.

p.s. If someone wants to bang away at his bat with a hammer the people or stores that sell the bats should be happy as that person will probably be buying a new bat a lot sooner.

Nov. 6, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: las vegas winter world in nov.

Can't help you with any format Info. but can say we have played SSUSA before and found it well organized so are happy to get out of the rain and go to Vegas.

We are from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Team is Enviro-Vac Marauder50s Bat-Heater.com We will be playing AAA.
Oct. 30, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ratings

BruceinGA and MK39 very well thought out comments. It may be a little additional work for the softball associations but in the end well worth it. It seems to me that if the various softball associations were to marry up your two ideas they would be taking a giant step forward. Also, if players were rated the way you described, it should do away with the Florida and CA rule as it would no longer matter. i.e. we are a Canadian team that is rated AAA and do ok at that level however, if we pick up 2 or 3 major level players from CA or WA or anywhere else, we would probably do ok in Major as well.
Oct. 28, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batheater

She was HOT!
Oct. 27, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batheater

Enviro-Vac / Marauder50s / Bat-Heater.com from Vancouver, BC
Oct. 21, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 05' World's

That's an interesting date. Sounds like it might be right after the LVSSA & Huntsman Games. Lets see: LVSSA then Huntsman then SSUSA? That might work. Now if they could all just agree on the same bats and balls.
Oct. 19, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batheater

It was a treat playing with ya Dog and you brought a nice sense of humor that was appreciated. Bunch of home runs and a plus .700 average is nothing to be humble about at the Major level. Very impressive! How about that game against the major + Arthur-RECO, was that fun or what?

Would have you play with us again anytime!
Oct. 18, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Al Sorenson

Al was always one of Canada's best outfielder and had an arm second to none. A true gentleman and one of the classiest guys I ever met. He would have been awesome to see play as a 50 year old.

Al was also inducted into the SPN Hall of Honor some years ago in the player category.

Visit: http: //www.slo-pitch.com/provinces/bc_yukon/hoh.asp?name=SORENSON
Oct. 7, 2004
Bat-Heater
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: St George Weather

tell me it ain't so!
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