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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.
Jan. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are teams not rated the same in USSA SPA ISSA

P.S.

The above was refering to the Championships in Dalton
Jan. 13, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why are teams not rated the same in USSA SPA ISSA

I think part of the problem is that SPA is almost non-existent in the midwest-upper midwest. They don't get to see us play. They can only guess after making a few phone calls and asking people about teams. My team was rated AA the past two years in SPA and as it turned out was properly rated with 4th or 5th place finishes. I will say, we did play some pretty powerful talented teams that were also in AA. Be honest, rating teams is the hardest thing that the associations have to deal with.
Jan. 10, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

If you remove the rubber-I have seen at a number of fields small plug like things placed in the ground that have kinda of a feather look sticking out of the ground. The grounds crew can groom and find the holes for the bases. They don't come up. The would easily establish a pitching area.

Re: batters boxes, they don't matter. All batters must defend the black mat. Who cares where you stand or how far off the plate. You still have to defend the strike zone and mat. The only line you need is the front line and if a batter moves up to the front all the pitcher has to do is go high and deep.


Jan. 8, 2014
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Real simple guys. I wear the helmet, mask, cup and shin guards. Can see the ball clearly. The only times I have had a problem, got hit-65 level, was bad hops off the pitching rubber. Get rid of it. Just moved up to the 70 level in Ft. Meyers. We now have the middle fielder behind the pitcher. Had only two balls hit at me in all the games I pitched. In the last three seasons, 65 level, I hit into one double play. Between Ft. Meyers and 4 games in a pick up league in Florida, I have hit into 5 double plays. The middle fielder is a nightmare for middle hitters. Where do you think I am not going to hit the ball this season. I will be dead pull or go to right. Simply allow the middle fielder in all age groups and the number of middle hit balls will be few and far between.
Dec. 29, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

As I posted sometime back, heard two guys talking during the prelims and one asked if the other was going to bring out the "special" bat? The guy said no, not until championship bracket play.

Another possible indicator is the opponents are killing the ball, they have several dozen bats lined up in the dug out and 6 or 7 batters in a row are using the same bat????????

I still think that a player caught with an altered bat should get a life time ban. Don't agree the manager should get suspended also. Since most teams are made up from a large area, he has no control over what an individual player does away from a tournament.

For those of you who haven't hit an altered bat: I was playing in a early morning pick up league. Didn't want to use my tournament bat. Asked a guy if I could borrow his U2.

1st at bat hit it out. 2nd at bat 1 hopped the wall. I am no longer a HR hitter. When I said to him later, wow that bat is hot, he said well it is special. Altered bats change the game.

I do wonder when a player shows his championship ring to his grand children, won using an altered bat, is he really proud of himself? And, what if it came out later that grandpa was a cheater??????!!!!!




Dec. 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

As I said on another post, if you don't like the bats and rules and start your own association and maybe a bunch of teams will join yours.
Dec. 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams leaving SSUSA?

Don't like the rules or way things are done, gather up the teams that don't like them and start a new association. I think you will have trouble pleasing everyone.
Dec. 16, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run and divsion rating thoughts

Be honest, most of the M+ teams and many of the M teams are carefully constructed teams with many having tryouts for the team. They build these monster teams and then complain they have no one to play.

Staff: Have 3 divisions for the normal players. AA--AAA--Major

Have one division of M+

Give the M+ guys what they want!!

Unlimited Hrs with 7 full innings.
Have each team bring a 5 gallon bucket of Trump 44/375 balls. That will be about 24 in a bucket. Place the buckets by the backstop.
They will be responsible for keeping the bucket full or the game is over. Let them give imput on boundries and where they can draw from.

Here is the catch, once a player opps for one of these M+ teams, they are M+ for life. I don't care if they have 8 heart attacks and 73 hip replacements, they can never move down. You will probably see very few posts from these guys. They will blast away and enjoy the game in the manner they want.

NOW:

AA No Hrs. DBOs-This level should be what is was meant for.

AAA 1 Hr and then DBOs-The big guns can find a M team.

Major 3 HRs and then DBOs-Don't like it-find a M+ team

WHY: This will force real M+ hitters/players to make a decision. Do they start practicing singles hitting a little more or do they take the plunge and go M+.

I think you would see more M+ teams as the better players would go for it if they had more competition. This would also get ringers out of the divisions of us normal players. Like in one of our ring tournaments, the "8" hitter walked up, turned to the manager and said what do you want me to do. He said, take the Hr now and the guy promptly hit one about 350'.

I have watched quite a few M+ teams in different age groups over the recent years and Yes, Virginia, there is quite a difference in talent.

With the elite guys off by themselves, the staff would have an easier time rating and keeping the competition more even and fair which is all most players ask for.








Dec. 15, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

My memory can get fuzzy but:

Of the few HRs hit against us last I want tosay the majority of those were in the two tournaments that the "ROC" ball was used. I even hit the base of the fence once which I don't usually do anymore.

Has anyone else noticed that-that ball flys more than the Trump 44/375?
Dec. 14, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

I would really like to know where all these HRs are flying out of parks hit by little guys. I just played 7 or 8 games in the winter nationals in Ft. Meyers at the 70AAA level and not one single ball was hit out. We even played against a 75 M+ team and nothing even got near the wall.

I held over for 2 weeks and played in a pick up league 4 times in Naples. 9 inning games and the players were 50 and up to the 80s. Many were tournament players in the Florida half century and SSUSA. In those 4 games not one single ball was hit out.

I also played one day in a league that allowed only single wall bats, 44/375 balls and a 200' field. I believe only three were hit out. They even have a rule you can't throw a guy out at first because the outfielders are so shallow. Is that the kind of softball you want?

My team played in about 10 tournies last year at the 65AAA level and I can easily say there were less than a dozen hit against us the whole season.

My question has to be, if balls are flying out endlessly, are the hitters using legal senior bats or have they been altered by rolling or some other means?


Dec. 10, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

EURSKINE

I have a plastic mask that I used to pitch with. It is called GAME FACE. I now use it if I play an infield position. It is very light and strong.


When I pitch now, I went to Direct Sports. I got a Wilson Helmet that I think was new year before last. Didn't like the mask that much. They came out with a new metal mask for the helmet last year that has only 2 bars on the bottom. The eye area is wide open and the 2 lower bars are
thinner and easier to see low grounders. They are labeled as softball masks. As all will now see, balls hit from about the knees up are easy to track. Hard hit ground balls get lost in the bottom of the masks bars if you don't get your head tilted down quickly. I do wear a cup and soccer shin guards.

Don't get lazy just because you have protectice gear. Take a good defensive stance after you release the ball and expect every ball to be hit at you.
Dec. 10, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

JB TEXAS

Will explain one more time. Hard hit low liners that I saw CLEARLY off the bat. As I dropped down to either catch on the 1st hop or block with my body, the balls hit the front edge of the rubber and kicked up high and before I could get my glove back up. Result, freggin BOOM off my protective gear. Kinda like the infielders where you see at at least one guy at almost every tournament walking around with a shinner or cut on their face from a bad hop.
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