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Sept. 26, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Midwest Championships Tournament

Rudy ran outstanding tournaments in Champaign. Don't know why the tourney ever left other than $$$$$. Excellent 6 field complex. You would get a bunch of teams since it is centrally located surronded by states with many teams.

Joliet Il also has a 6 field complex by the football stadium. They have tournaments for all forms of softball and associations. The problem would be getting on the schedule.
Aug. 26, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

Mad Dog

I really don't think it was because I was wearing the stuff. What I am starting to notice is that the batters who stand well off the plate, go up the middle quite often along with the right side.
Aug. 26, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

Webbie

Like your idea. Haven't thought about it before you brought it up.
Aug. 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

P.S.

Our team pitched in this year and we bought a protective screen for batting practice. I see more and more teams with one. You are absolutely nuts if your team doesn't get one.
Aug. 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

I play a variety of positions. At the Northern Nats this weekend, I ended up pitching most of the games. Had more balls hit at me than in the whole season combined. I got most as usual but "3" were interesting.

1. A hard liner hit about 4/5' in front of me, didn't come up and slammed into my right shin. Result, a loud boom and the ball bounced off my shin guard and runner was throw out. No injury-no pain.

2. A hard liner hit about 4/5' in front of me and came up hard waist high sticking in the top 2/3s of my glove. The audible click was the other 1/3 of the ball hitting my cup. Result, double play. No injury-no pain.

3. While pitching from the 60' line. a hard liner came my way and as I went down with the glove it hit the front part of the rubber and jumped up hitting me between the right eye socket and right temple. There was a very loud boom with the ball bouncing off my helmet and face mask. Result, runner was safe but no injury no pain.

If you pitch and have been stubborn about protective gear, you might want to reconsider.
July 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Took one off the chest pitching BP

We have 4 guys who can pitch. All have taken a shot in BP. We try and NOT to hit at the pitcher. However, we end up pulling everything and as a result don't practice hitting opposite field etc. We all kicked in and bought a screen. Now guys can free wheel, hit anywhere, try new stuff, stances, swings, grips etc with no worry. Worth every dime we spent. I am seeing more and more screens at senior events for batting practice.
July 13, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA COLUMBUS INDIANA

Player

It will be hard. I really liked that 2 piece end load. However, considering my on going mental chaos regarding the world of bats, I didn't want to have to decide whether I would use the end load or or balanced in key situations. Glad you are enjoying it,
July 12, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA COLUMBUS INDIANA

The Chicago Classics Gray Sox 65s will be there. We went last year. Played on very good fields on the North end of Columbus. Tourney up there was well run, on time, very good umpires who umped like they wanted to be there. Overall, a return this year was high on our list. Hope it's the same this year.
July 10, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Infielders; do you wear a cup?

I am like you cal50. It was difficult finding a XXXL cup. Do they have the MANGO in bigger sizes???
June 9, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Columbus Ind.

Staff:

I understand you are controlling the rosters for this tournament. Last year all a player had to do was show a driver's license. With you envolved, will the players have to show a SSUSA card??
May 7, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: weightlifting

I do a 22 station weight program 5 days a week (M-F)at my health club. 12-15 reps per station. My body adjusted quite well to this program, often increasing 5-10 lbs per week at each station.

Problem:/Result A lot stronger than last year. However, just had 1st tourney of the year. In my 1st 4 games I was so far out in front on my swings, my timing and hitting really sucked. Game 5 it came together and hit the ball hard on all 4 at bats.

I intend to not change a thing throughout the season and see what happens. I don't know if anything I did over the winter will transfer to softball, but I did lose 6 lbs and over 3 inches of fat. I feel a whole lot better.
April 25, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

udaplaya

When you lump your ideas together, they would kill senior softball. A good chunk of us are retired on pensions. No chance that most will spend $$$ to play in "2" and out format. Teams would load up with the best in their region and your 30-40 team fields would be just a handfull.

Maybe you could talk USSSA into trying this format.
April 24, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seeding Games

Hate the 4 prelim games. It simply tires out the players and increases the chance of injury before the real tourney begins. The prelims are only used in ring tournies and I want to have everyone healthy. Much prefer 2 prelims and then get on with it.
April 21, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Stutter Step

I used the step-2 step-shuffle (what ever you want to call it) for too many years to remember. It is like a golfers waggle before bringing the club back. I have heard some claim it can add 10 to 15 feet to a deep ball. I do know you won't walk much. It helps place a pitched ball in your desired window more often than with a static stance. It is very easy to adjust your approach to the ball and go opposite field. There have been tournaments that my timing felt off and I went with the static stance for a while. It can be hard to do if the batters box is deep, full of dust/loose dirt and uneven. I find the batters box is usually very good in the ring tournaments as compared to qualifiers.

Some shuffle into the ball without the back foot passing behind the front foot during the steps. Some like to have the back foot pass behind the front before the next or final step.

There are a bunch of Chicago area 12" and 16" players who are simply great hitters using the technique. There is so much hitting advice out there, it boggles the mind. Find your comfort zone and go for it.
March 15, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: World baseball championships

Saw an interesting thing. We put the last out on second for x-tra inning games to try and help reach a resolution.

In the World baseball tourney, when the game reaches the 13th inning, they put runners on 1st and 2nd in hopes of reaching a resolution. Supposed to help from burning out the pitchers. On ESPN they didn't know if the 2 runners were the last two outs or if the manager could send anyone out there.
March 15, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strange play

I think the rule says you can carry a bat to 1st but if in the umps opinion it endangers the 1st baseman, you can be called out. I would think if was simply be carried the play should go on but if his arm/hand made even the slightest move toward the ball with the bat, it should be an out.

Would this be the same general area as a throw to home from the outfield that hits a bat on the ground and deflects away from the catcher? Tough luck for the defenders???
March 13, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Other bats

Just curious:

For those of you who play not only Senior ball, but USSSA and ASA etc.

How do the composite bats for these associations hold up in terms of durability? Are we talking 300+ hits and then look out. Or are we talking 1000s of hits?
March 9, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

Olie04

Will comment only on what I have seen/heard. No second hand.

In a tourney between prelim games, heard a player whisper to another if he was going to bring out the special bat. Guy said hell no, not until the championship bracket play.

Another time the opponents, championship bracket play, were hitting rockets against us. Almost the entire team used the same bat. Just kept handing it off even though they had a bat rack full of U2s. ??????????????

I am no longer a big HR threat even though I hit the ball hard. Was playing in a pick up park district game in Florida. A little guy hit the wall twice. I said you have real power. He said it is the bat-try it. 28 oz
U2. 1st swing, I hit one about 315. I walked back and said it was the hottest Miken I ever hit. He then said it was rolled. For the 1st time, I understood what rolling could do and why some might give up their integrity just to win.

I am a great listener. Have heard at least 4 maybe 5 different conversations in which the general direction of the talk was that rolling a bat was no big deal or cheating.

Don't think too many shave bats. From what I have been told is that they won't last but a few swings. You would have to be rich.

When I pitch, everytime a real bomb is hit (65 division), can't help but wonder if that guy is a great hitter or did he use an altered bat.

In terms of the rules, I don't like that a manager might get suspended if an altered bat is found. He can't control what an adult player brings to a tournament. However, I sincerely believe that if a hitter is found using an altered bat he should be suspend for "LIFE" no second chances and that his name should be given to all the other assocaiations for the same fate. In other words, tell him to buy golf clubs.

I can't wonder if a guy wins a ring using an illegal altered bat, does he feel a great deal of pride showing the ring to his grand chidren. Look kids. This is what you can get if you cheat!!

P.S. All that hitting your U2 against posts or with hammers to break it in is:

When I talked to Corky, he said stupid. Doesn't break it in, just reduces life. Simply hit it and rotate with every swing.




March 5, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not Pleased with Rating System

R-12

Rating is the hardest thing the Staff has to do. They rate based on scores reported but often don't have knowledge of how that score was achieved.

My team is currently a 65AAA team. We had a decent year (2012)in qualifers (500). However, our winning scores did not reflect several of the opponents batting "18" guys and one very good team we beat batting "17" with their top four power hitters batting last.

Some would say, by the scores above, we are correctly rated. In reality, in the SSUSA ring tournaments, we were 4-5 in prelims and were 2-9 in championship bracket play. In vegas last year (65AAA)there was a huge difference between the top 12 or so teams and the bottom 12 who could easily have been rated AA. Heck, we got blown out by a 70AA team during the year.

Sometimes you gotta make a tough decision. My team is half 70s and most of the rest turning 69 this year. My wife overheard some players watching our game, say in Vegas, these Gray Sox used to be good but now they are playing old. "DAH" When considering the influx of 60s moving up to 65, we have little chance. We voted not to go to Vegas this year, but will hang in there and play 11 events anyway and use it as practice to get ready for 70s next year.

When making the rating changes, I hope the Staff considers what a team looks like now and not what they were 3 years ago. The best Major team in the Midwest got moved down to 65 AAA last year. We were all pretty pissed. Even though they have a really good player (and good guys) at every position they ended up pretty average. I guess it probably evens out in the long run.

The last thing is the opportunity to get rated. Many of you have been playing the 2013 season since January and are constantly being rated/observed. I have "8" inches of new snow in my driveway and we are still 2 months from our 1st adventure.





March 4, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Gripping the bat

I have noticed a number of softball hitters in recent years and a lot of Major league baseball players who extend the index finger of the lower hand while holding the bat. They keep the finger extended throughout the swing.

Does someone know why and how this might improve the swing-power-etc?
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