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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.
May 19, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Unusual play

Two runners end up about 10 feet apart trying to score after rounding 3B. The throw gets away from the catcher but he picks the ball up and touches the mat. The 1st guy scored the second was called out.

Now, if the catcher had caught the throw both would have been out.

Question: Had he caught the relay, would he have gotten both by leaving his foot on the mat or would he have had to touch the mat to get the 1st and lift his foot and retouch the mat to get the second?? I asked the ump who is very experienced and he was stumped.
May 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

I don't believe that because pitchers are wearing protective gear that invites hitters to go middle. It has more to do with where the SS and 2nd base players position themselves.
Over the last five years at 65, many of my teammates went hard middle due to the large open area. Now at 70, an 11th defender is around 2nd base. In our 1st two tournaments this year most of the guys went left field or right field. A 70 team we played choose to play five outfielders. Want to guess where we hit!!

What I posted before. If you want to cut down on middle hits allow the 11th defender at all age levels. Also that 11th guy must have his feet on the dirt when the pitch is delivered. For those of you who haven't played against an 11th defender, when you step in the box and look up at see the pitcher, 2nd baseman, middle fielder and SS in the same line of sight, the last place you want to go is up the middle. In our 1st two tournaments this year, our pitchers have not been hit and only a few balls have even gone their way.

OR: for you younger guys do what the top USSSA pro teams do. Play a 5 man infield and a 3 man outfield. You will see less middle hitting. I get to see 5 or 6 of these teams play in Joliet, Illinois each June and more and more of the pitchers are wearing masks. Gotta be a reason for that. Maybe life is more important than death.


May 3, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Makers

Seems like everytime a new bat is introduced on this site, everyone wants to know how it compares to the Mikens. That has to say something.
April 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Kyphogt

I have the same question. I rented a place there for 2 weeks after the winter nationals in Ft. Meyers later this year. I have a guy working on this and will post if I hear anything.
April 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Do you use a Heavy/Warm up ball

Bobby

I think mine is actually the Cannon not the evil??? Name is worn off.
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