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Nov. 17, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

I disagree with some of the above. My competitive AAA played some majors this year. It's not just about HRs. Those guys killed the ball. Obviously a talent level far beyond ours. Without the "5" runs the games would have been more of a farce than they were. Do the major teams really enjoy beating lower teams by slaughter rules? By the way, you majors can practice hitting singles when you need them in big tournaments rather than huffing and puffing and hitting balls into the parking lot.

It's beating a dead horse, but the 3-2 makes the games go faster. Hitters go up to hit. I pitched most of the games in Vegas for our team this year. Not a single batter in 5 straight games swung at the 1st pitch. Many took a second pitch. For those of you who claim the 3-2 doesn't matter, how come in every qualifier we played in this past season the TD used the 3-2?????? I had one ump ask me in Vegas why we don't use the 3-2. I said, dumb isn't it. He said, I agree and hopefully we can can get in 7 innings.

Also, I can remember back in my younger days before the 3rd strike fair rule, batters intentionally fouling off 3 or 4 balls that were going to be close just to get the pitch they wanted.

As to courtesy runners, we have guys who would not be playing without them. Of the things my team does really well, we know before most games who is running for who. Our pinch runners are usually heading out of the dugout as the ball is coming into the infield. If a guy is coming up to bat that will need a runner, we often have that runner coaching 1st base for a quick change. I will go along with, if a guy gets on base and needs a runner, it must be done right away. Once the next pitch is made, that guy should have to continue running-no sub.

Also, although I live in Oswego, Illinois where it is 1 degree, I am sitting on the beach in Fort Meyers Fl by the cottage I am renting for a month. It is partly cloudy and 80 degrees. So, all the above doesn't really matter.







Nov. 15, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

What weight is the bat you have hit for 1600+ hits. And, have you tried various other weights.
Nov. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

SSUSA has more teams at their World Tournament thus are spread out over many venues so each age group seems like a different tournament. However, no complaints.

SPA has their World in Dalton at one large complex. So, it seems much more 1st class. Opening parade, tribute to vets, Christian overtones, two umps, official score keeper.

As stated above, both are good.

My team bases out of the Chicago area and we have very few SPA opportunities unless we travel east. SSUSA gives us many more opportunities to play.


Nov. 12, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken bat question

Re: the Miken 2 piece end load-red/white

I have seen some hitting reviews say that the new 2014 model is better than previous years. If I were to get one, is there a way to tell if it is the 2014 model or one from past years the bat company had in stock and just wanted to dump.
Nov. 12, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

How about a knob cuff with two layers of tape over it. By the above, should be legal.
Nov. 12, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

Slow pitch is a hitters game. However, if you have the poise to lay off swinging at "4" bad pitches, you are placing the team 1st. As a result, you should be awarded a hit.

The most fun I had in my u-trip years was the year every time you reached base, it was recorded a hit. Every time you made an out, you put 25 cents in the quarter jar for the team party at the end of the year. A FC was an out. A sac was a hit.
Oct. 18, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

The 0-0 count is absurd. I once again traveled to Vegas and on to Mesquite and the Huntsman games to play an endless number of "5' & "6" inning games. Endless # of hitters who took one or two strikes before hitting. I was told that California, which has a huge number of players, are the ones holding the vote power to keep the 0-0.

Drives me nuts that we play 0-0 at the worlds and in every qualifier we play in, the TD uses a 1-1 count. Why would they use a 1-1 count? Let me guess. The tournament stays on time and we get "7" that's Seven innings.
Sept. 17, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: knob cuff advocates

I have been trying out tappered knob cuff. For someone who has been using one for a long time:

What is the value of or rather how does it help your hitting?
Sept. 17, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

What company or web site do you go on to get information regarding this bat-construction-models etc.
Sept. 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENTAL CAR PRICES FOR WORLDS 9/28-10/2

The Rental car situation is about the biggest scam I have seen. The rental itself is not bad, it is the $150 in airport taxes that are added in. Vegas-Billions of profit and the airport is worse than the one armed bandits.

The only way I have found to really reduce was to book my flight lodging and rental car through Southwest as a package. Then the airport tax was $51 which is about what I have been charged at other airports around the USA.

I miss Phoenix!
Sept. 11, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fairness in Ratings

Might be they are so engrossed in what Scrap Iron team is going to show up for a tournament, they don't have time for you.

I have wondered if average team age shouldn't be factored into the ratings. It might help solve the AA problem. Say A 70 AAA team averages 73-to 74 years old-they are not going to compete with the 65s that just rolled up or a team of 70-71s-72s. Even though they might have competed at the AAA level the 1st 3 or 4 years-they will probably field batting practice that last year. Maybe that last year before 75s, they should go back to AA for one year. It is hard to rate teams that are in a large organiztion-never ending rosters and have a basic name but add a second name just to make people think they are different.
Sept. 11, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunset Park-Vegas

Thanks for the reply
Sept. 10, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Sunset Park-Vegas

If you have played at Sunset, is there any open space to take team batting practice before the game???
Aug. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: huntsman games

My 1st time last year. Had a blast. Senior bats were good to go.
Fields were great-good umps and competition. Make it more than just softball. Tons of other sports to watch and play in. National Parks as well as State. Make it a vacation. I have guys on my SSUSA team that play on other teams in Huntsman and stay an entire month. I will return every year as long as I can play.
Aug. 24, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

Thanks for the field input. My team can hit and run but we seem to have an issue with defense at times. A good field really helps us!
Aug. 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

Pitchers get the hardest hit balls with the 3rd basemen and hairs breath behind.

As far as toughest--physically challenging position to play:

1. When I pitch-it is pitcher

2. When I catch-it is catcher

3. When I play outfield-it is outfield.

4. When I get to the field on day 3 or 4 of a major tournament-all the positions are physically challenging.
Aug. 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

P.S. Staff

Good explanation of some of the problems you must deal with. Don't think most of the guys realize what it takes to run all these tournaments.

Having been a 30 year football coach/athletic director, I have a small clue. Keep up the good work. Despite any criticism you might get, none of this happens without your efforts.
Aug. 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

OH Boy


My team played at Lorenzi two years ago and the fields were excellent. Looks like my 70 AAA team is at Sunset. From the above, I get the feeling we should not expect a good set of fields???
July 9, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: who's goin to ISA WORLDS Columbus Indiana

The Chicago Gray Sox 70 AAA will be there providing WW III doesn't start before then!
June 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

In the qualifiers, I use them as practice and try all kinds of different grips, stances, bats, swings etc. I have come down to pitch selection as being the key for me. Didn't matter what I tried, if the pitch was in the small window I look for, the results were positive. Maybe not always a hit but a solid hard hit ball.
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