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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.
April 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: brickyard

The Chicago Gray Sox will be there. Yep, after a decade of coming we have now moved up to the 70s level. Bigger and better than ever???????Well, maybe slower, less power, slower reactions, get hurt more but still bad ass!!!!
April 9, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Do you use a Heavy/Warm up ball

weighted ball is great for pre-season, pre-game and shoulder rehab.

2 warnings

1. Don't throw hard it's not for that.

2. Don't bounce it on concrete and look down. It is like a super ball. Dispite my warning two team members did it and recieved a bloody nose and cut lip.

March 28, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Code of Ethics @ Mesquite SSUSA Spring World Championships

Nope, your wrong. Don't like the screen. I pitch half the games-rest at other positions. Just put on my helmet, cup and shin guards. In fact, I am not just good defensively, I am freggin awesome. I can hit anywhere, leap tall buidings in a single bounce, the sidewalk cracks when I spit on it and eat nails for a snack.

I do take serious offense at something you did say. You can say something about my wife-mother or softball ability and it would bounce off. But to compare me to Obama in anyway is way over the line!!!
March 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Code of Ethics @ Mesquite SSUSA Spring World Championships

OK guys, hell with the game. Let's go middle and send a message. Bob and Joe, I know you are pull hitters with great power. but go middle. Lenny and Richie, you are machines and hit .800 to right field, but lets go middle. Forget what we do best. Let's get/show this guy. Maybe we can come back in the losers bracket. You send the best message by beating them soundly, shaking hands and let their team decide if this is the kind of player they want to go through a season with. I remember a few years back after the opening game of the Indy Classic a team sent a guy packing and not for his lack of ability.
March 25, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Code of Ethics @ Mesquite SSUSA Spring World Championships

Outsider1

When you posted this, I am sure you expected at least one response like the one from Adiktiv6-nonsense. Gotta think an agressive retaliation by your team would have led to a parking lot confrontation later which I have seen before.

Congrats on keeping your cool and your continued play by the code. I have only run into one such similar siuation over the 12 years I have played in SSUSA. Your situation was a total failure by the umps and the TD.

#13 might want to think if he really wants to continue in senior softball as Terry and Dave have no problem with banning/suspending players who mock the code.


March 24, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anybody seen CERCE?

I think I know this guy. He signed with the Cubs and will never be heard of again.
March 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: best sunglasses for softball

I carry "6" pair of sun glasses. They vary from dark to light. All have performed nicely-clear with no issues. They were big bucks but I have recovered from the expense. $1 a piece at the Dollar Tree.
March 19, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Huntsman World Senior Games

Played there last year for the 1st time. Went for the experience. NO pressure. As a result, we had a good tournament. The 1st time I can remember I played without pressing in years. Enjoyed every moment of both the softball and watching friends participate in other sports. Hope to return every year possible.
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