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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.
June 16, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Location of HRs

Good points-thoughts
June 15, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Location of HRs

When recently watching the USSSA M and A teams play, I saw well over 40 Hrs. Besides being young animals, I noticed the following:

If you were to place a cone at the fence in center and walk about 15 paces to each side of that center cone and place another--the vast majority of HRs went over the fence between those two outside cones.

My question is: If you are trying to go deep is there some physical-techniques-advantage- or whatever for so many of them in go out in this small area rather than the LF or RF fence. My question is really for the singles hitters benefit who when they get really squeezed by the OF-is this a prefered area to try and burn them?
June 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

Can't comment on the study but I do swing a bat a 100 times a day with a 1 pound donut and another 100 with a 2 pound weight-easy in sets of 25 while watching TV. Started several years ago

I have definately increased my hand-wrist and forearm strength. I am no longer a HR threat unless a serious wind is blowing out but I really feel my bat head speed with my 29 is faster and I get more velocity on the lined singles than I did 3-4 years ago. Got macho and doubled the workout for a while but just ended up with sore wrists. I mentioned in another post that I saw Resmondo play recently. They have a Weighted ROD in the warm-up area and many of their guys swing it two or three times real easy but then take 3 or 4 really violent practice swings with their game bat before stepping in. I told my teammates that were watching with me that we would break our backs if we swung that hard in the warm up area.
June 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

One above said never throw a weighted ball. Our shortstop had arm rehab and they had him throwing a weighted ball into a net. You don't gun a weighted ball, you lob it. All I know is that we both have significantly stronger arms than in recent years. RE: weight training. Just got to see Resmondo play. Three man outfield-holding gappers to a single. Cannons. Average HR over 400 feet. One guy hit one over the 300-over 90 feet of grass over a two lane highway and one hopped the apartment complex on the other side of the highway. You do the math.

Yes they are much younger but although they were of different heights they all had small waists and HUGE chests-Arms. They have been doing a whole lot of weight training or a whole lot of steroids. When they swung the bat, you could barely make out its shape. Weight training has to have some benefits to softball. I heard one guy yell to an M player on another team-how much are you benching these days-the guy said he was down to only "405".





June 7, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Similar thing happened in the Northern Nationals back a number of years. I question the ump that our runner should be awarded home, it was the rule. He said, didn't care today the runner gets 3rd only. Local ump-local team-interesting
We lost by that one run.
June 7, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

A teammate and I work out at the same health club. One day a week, throughout the winter, we threw a 1 pound weighted ball for about 10 minutes and then about 10 minutes with a game ball. Not saying we have monster arms now, (3 tournaments) but so far we have had no should or arm pain and we are both visibily throwing with much more velocity and distance.
Fingers crossed it doesn't change.
June 7, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

PS

However, they should keep the rule about not running at the pitcher like the left handed girls in fast pitch do.
June 7, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box

My contention over recent years is that a batters box does not matter in anyway and should be eliminated.

No matter where you stand, you have to defend the mat. If a guy is up front, pitch it deeper. If he is deep, pitch short. With the back pitch line now back to 60 feet, who cares where he strides forward.
June 4, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Maybe Hr rules should vary depending on age groups. So far in our 3 tournaments this year at the 70 AAA level--winter nationals in Florida, The Brickyard and Milwaukee haven't seen a HR yet. And, we have had a few games against M teams. Might see a few this next tourney in Quad Cities. I think their fences are 285.

I still think the M Plus guys should be unlimited HRs as long as they are willing to chase and return the balls. If you did this, I think you would see many more M+ teams. However, once a player opps to go to M+, they should be stuck there forever.
May 29, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thinking of retireing from tourney ball

It does cost a bunch. However, doing this and riding my Harley is my rtirement and I budget accordingly. However, someone in Milwaukee told me that SSUSA is only promising "4" games at a qualifier instead of "5". If that is true, then it might cause me to miss a couple of qualifiers and concentrate on ring tournaments and then it doesn't matter. I like playing 3 on day one and 2 on day 2 and heading home at qualifiers. At Milwaukee this year we played "6" games and one team went home after "4". It was not right. Qualifiers are meant to be practice tournaments. Everyone should just play a 5 game round robbin and enjoy.
May 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is this altering a bat?????

Pick up league means just a bunch of guys divide into two teams, self umpire and play a dlb header
May 25, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is this altering a bat?????

I have a very old gray combat that I use in a pick up league. Over time it has developed quite a few small chips-holes-NOT cracks. I took some black adhesive rubber cemment and filled in the holes and the holes have stopped spreading-getting bigger. I have two black Ultras with many hits on them that I use in tournament play. If I did the same thing to them would SSUSA view that as altering the bat????
May 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tee-shirts or other prizes?

I agree with one above. Got a hat at the Brickyard-great hat. I collect hats so it fit right in. Got a million Tee shirts -don't need more. We won a very nice trophy a few years back and nobody wanted it. I lost a coin toss and now have it taking up room in my trophy case. If you check award catalogs you can find a decent medal with ribbon for a little over $1.00. They are nice, don't take up much room and can be passed on to grand children to let them know you aren't quite as old and decrepited as you look.

That being said, if you win the Worlds or a National title, I think something a little more nice would be appreciated.
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