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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.
Dec. 9, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New rule

Gotta disagree that you can't see the ball. I have a mask and a helmet with a mask. I can see the ball off the bat clear as a bell. On rare occasion, if I get lazy and don't get my head down on a hard grounder, I might lose the ball in the bottom cage bars. The couple of shots I have taken in the mask or helmet have been bad hops off the front edge of the pitching rubber.
Dec. 2, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA AND SPA MEETINGS

In senior ball, you don't need a batters box to start the game. Waste of time and $$$ by the local park. By the end of the 1st inning it is gone anyway. All you need is the front line so you can't get closer to the pitcher. Doesn't matter where you stand to start, you have to defend the mat anyway.

Played at a park in Naples, recently. They had roll out/up rubber mats with astro turf type material that became the batters box with one on each side of the plate. Can't tell you how nice it is to actually bat on level surface for 7 innings instead of out of a hole or 5 inches of dust and dirt.

I would like to see the SSUSA and SPA encourage the park districts to look into these. They would save batters box area prep for games. Being selfish as a right handed batter, I would like the same surface the lefties usually get.
Nov. 27, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Thought you were kidding about pitching over the screen. How can you hit the mat consistantly? Played in a pick-up league game today in Florida, 1st time visitor. The pitchers could place the screen in whatever position they wanted. One guy choose to pitch over the screen. Had no trouble hitting the mat.
Nov. 15, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

Used the black since they came out, like it a lot.

Bought a White, didn't like it-sold it-28 oz.

In a moment of weakness, bought a white 27 oz-hated it.

Traded the white 27 to a friend who had a 28 white he didn't like.

Used the 28 white for batting practice for quite a while. All of a sudden, it came alive and it is now my bat of choice for big tournaments and the guy I traded the white 27 to is killing the ball with it.

A team mate bought the red 28 at about the same time I bought the white 27. It seemed rather hot out of the wrapper.

Now that you are confused, just hit the crap out of all 3 and one will jump out at you.


Nov. 6, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitching

The arc is 6 to 12. That being said, no ump in the free world or known universe knows what 12' is and many struggle with 6'. Don't worry about mechanics. Work on your composure as every ump has a different concept of the arc. Everytime I pitch, I just hope the ump is consistant. Even though he might be way off, you can at least deal with it. You can pitch from the edge.

Nov. 3, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

Yep, bad move. I can't see anaconda giving you a special price if you are repeat loyal buyer. I can't see anaconda dropping by and watching you swing when you are in a slump and give advice to improve your game. A smart bat/sport equipment company should pick him up quickly.
Oct. 29, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Was a rule voted in?????

I suggested last year that once you made it to 1st base and a left handed batter came up, you could stand on the orange base in foul territory for a safety margin, the same margin a runner on 3rd would get if a right handed batter came up. . It used to be an out if you touched the orange when the ball left the pitchers hand.

Was that rule change voted in? An ump in a recent tourney told me he thought it had changed.
Oct. 27, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good umpires / bad umpires

Caveman

Great answer, my thoughts exactaly. And, if he is doing what you said, I may not like a bad call but I can live with it and move on.
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