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March 12, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sofball Pants

Having trouble finding plain black long softball pants with belt loops and and prefer open bottoms not the ones with elastic at the ankles. Any ideas??
March 1, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

Ok Marv, You seem to think I am not in support of this project. I have donated over $500 plus more on two harley fund raising rides for just this specific cause and its' HEROS. This may seem like not too much, but I also give support to "4" other charities and Christian ministries on limited income. Also, Harley Davidson clubs are not shy about passing the hat for charity.

The blurp I saw on this really pissed me off thinking that a large portion this $ plus other donors $ could be lining the pockets of some dishonest people. I asked you publicly being you seemed to be someone who was deeply involved in this and might know the facts. Yes, I have seen Gary Senese speak on this project and I know he is really out there. It sounds like you will know exactly where the $ you raise will go and that is good. Just like one of my rides saw the $ go directly to remodeling the home of a wounded warrior for handicap access.

"If" there is some funny business going on, this post and discussion just might cause people in the know to get it right and get the help that the warriors deserve.

I have never cheated a man out of a dime in my life. I don't want the wounded warriors to be cheated.

P.S. I do a lot of parades and you would be shocked as to how much I have done for VFWs, MIAs etc. and their projects over the years and I am not even a veteran.

Thanks for stats Swing. If the $89 million under program expenses above indicates that it went to the HEROs, then it answers my questions and concerns. Thanks

Feb. 28, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SCSSA 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Project Benifit Tournament - Mach 8-9 Hemet, CA

Marv

I think this is a great project. However, I would like to ask an honest question and I am not dishing your efforts.

I saw a little coverage about the wounded warriors program on a news cast. The guy said over $150 million has been taken in and only about $10 million has gone to the soldiers in need. Untold millions have been spent on meetings, salaries etc with no accounting for the rest. I have done some harley fund raising rides for these guys. Do you know if the above stats have any validity. Is the money/medical attention getting to the guys who need it?
Feb. 26, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Legit need reviews

I am sitting here looking at an ad that shows it is constructed from "4" pieces. Interesting!!!

How about some reviews from some of you that have actually hit it.

I would appreciate NO reviews from anyone who works for or at Worth and nobody who is a bat salesman, You know, just normal everyday players who are retired and must make every retirement penny count!
Feb. 16, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player classification

If I play 70 AAA on my regular team, it is my understanding I could also play on a 65AAA team.

Question: If I am like a super sub for the 65AAA and only play in a few tournaments when they are short handed and in one of those they win big and get moved up to Major: Would that knock me off my regular 70AAA team????
Feb. 12, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Even though my posts may not always reflect it, I am a pretty smart IQ guy. Looks to me as though you bat guys are NOT going to sell a lot of new bats until the 2nd batch versions have some kind markings to indicate 2nd batch. What is the old phrase, Let the Buyer Beware. I am not challenging the integrity of the posters on this topic, but it looks as though you might not know what the facdtory is actually shipping you??????? You guys might want to drop a hint to the bat companies.
Feb. 11, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Your lap top sounds like some of the senior bats--NO durability
Feb. 8, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: gloves on throwing hand

About 4 years ago I was in Menards (it's like a home depot) and I saw a pair of Box Handler gloves for about $8. They are nylon with like dozens of plastic little knobs. They are designed to handle slick card board boxes. Not only do I get a great grip on a bat, When I wear them in cold weather, they hold the ball very securely and have no problem throwing the ball. Menards currently have the same type for about $7 but they are chartruse and have a NASCAR #27 on them. I am probably going to look a little silly with gray and red unforms high lighted by the gloves but what the hell, they work and most of my team thinks I look silly anyway!!
Feb. 7, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

cyborg45

I was not aware of the 1st and 2nd batch of the 2 piece. I didn't like my 1st one (end load) and some time later I bought another (end load) and really like it. Should I buy another, is there a way to tell if I am getting the 1st or 2nd batch model before I take the wrapper off.
Feb. 5, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

QUESTION:

Since the 2nd batch is a changed formula, it is a different bat. Does that mean it has to be retested and approved by SSUSA and added to the 2014 list of approved bats?????

If it does, it must have some type of code or serial number in order to test legality. If the 2nd batch is declared illegal, the TDs need to be able to identify them at tournaments.
Jan. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: super bowl tickets

With the current price for super bowl tickets at $3000 ea.

Even if our average team entry cost was $500 per tournament this upcoming season, One SB ticket would enter my team into "6" tournaments.

Lets see, playing in "6" tournaments or freezing your ass off in the cheap seats at the SB with a bonus chance of being mugged in the parking lot.

Hard decision.
Jan. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

Thanks guys-gives me something to try
Jan. 27, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Info needed

Just got a call from a relative. He is joining a very restrictive league.

What are a couple of the best single wall aluminum bats out there???
Jan. 22, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

In all our games at the Florida Winter Nationals, the wind was blowing out hard to RC and Rt field. Now, me being a pull for the last 50 years, I thought what the hell, I will try and go with a wind this strong. I had "9'
hits in the 13 times I tried. Some might say, that's not bad. However, only two were solid liners with the other "7" being, you can't be serious bleeders. The "4" outs were a pathetic waste of a time at bat.

How about some tips on being a good RF hitter.
Jan. 20, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Swing Makeover #12.Using a Double Knobcuff for max power and the 70's Senior Bomb Squad from St. Petersburg, Fl

What is the difference as to how much tape you put on a bat handle. This might go back a year or two, but I remember one of the guys who are into formulas, bat head speed etc. said that the more weight in the handle area the slower the bat head speed. So wouldn't a lot of tape on the handle be
a negative.

I have enjoyed meeting and hitting with bogie. He, at least,
has opened a whole new discussion for the Staff.
Jan. 20, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mask or Pitcher Protection Screen

While in Florida, after the Winter Nationals, I played 4 days in a T-Th pick up league. Intermixed ages with many 50s big time power hitters. They use screens. Ball hits screen-do over. At most, the screen was hit 1 or 2 times a game. I found it not to be a disraction or did it cause it not to be senior softball. I liked it. Even with the screens, the pitchers made some very good defensive plays.

Now, on the other hand. I play in a Tuesday pick up league in Joliet Illinois. I have a screen my tournament team bought for batting practice. I offered to bring it for these fun games as several of the pitchers had taken some hard shots. After 2 days, the organizer told me guys were bitching about the screen and not to bring it back. The next set of games the pitchers had some hard shots at them and were bitching about hitting the middle.

I pitch and play outfield. I can go with either the protective gear or screen. For total protection, the screen makes more sense.
Jan. 17, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home Run Rule

Once you get to the 70s you always get your 11th defender regardless of any level situation etc.

Major teams are almost always superior over the AAAs. So your a major and you play a AAA at the 65 level or lower. You get reduced to 3 HRs. Now you take away their choice of either the 5 runs or 11th defender. You pound them by 15-25+ runs and your victory average goes way up. Now, on Monday morning you get the message, wecome to major plus.

All this stuff only applies to qualifers. You know, practice tournaments. It's where guys can try different swings, stances grips, play different positions. Who gives a rip. All you usually get is a freggin left over tee shirt from last year if you win.

None applies in the big ring tournaments when you are paired with equal level competition.


Jan. 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting deep

I just got the senior newspaper. Great article on where to strike the ball to drive it deep. I gathered some info on the same idea before last season.
In our 1st tourney that I tried this in Milwaukee-Day one, Had only 2 or 3 hits. Popped up to the catcher twice, pitcher once and 3rd once along with some weak flies. Day 2, went back to hitting the ball in the middle and finshed strong.

Question: With ball dropping down in its arc, can you guys really see and hit the bottom half of a softball? If so, how much practice does this take?
With us Chicago area players our season is only from May to Oct and good lord I hate to waste at bats.
Jan. 14, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat experts-I need advice

A young man that works at my health club has put together a team of young 20s from his baseball and college days and they want to enter the world of 12" softball. He asked if I could recommend a few bats. I said I would check with the experts.

What are the one or two best bats that would:

1. Be legal in ASA

2. Be legal in USSSA
Jan. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

For the what it is worth discussion:

The way I now deal with the rubber.

I always back peddle after release. I now back peddle at a 45 degree angle so only my glove is now beind the rubber-not my body. I field the true hops and bad hops go over the glove. So far so good.
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