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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.
Oct. 23, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2014 season-player cards--TOC etc.

The deal with the new players cards, 2014 computer program not ready or whatever, brings up a point I often think about.

Maybe it's time for SSUSA to rethink the schedule. Why are the winter nationls the 1st tourney of 2014? Why not finsih the season with the Winter Nationals and the TOC still being played in Jan-Feb in Fl. With teams moving up and players being left behind etc., it can be hard for winning teams to reassemble a year later. With most of the northern and Canadian teams not playing until April or May, the staff would have plenty of time to get new player cards out.

Also, the TOC is a great event. Sometimes I see guys post about the lack of teams/competition. Everytime a team wins a ring tournament they are in and others out. Now comes a team who wins multiple ring tournaments and doesn't get moved up. Why not offered a spot to the 2nd place teams they beat. What about the team that dominates a ring tournament, kills everyone and gets moved up, obviously not rated correctly. Why not offer a spot to the 2nd place team.

Now, I know it is advertised as Champions. However, the final winner ofg a ring tournament is often decided on a single error, bloop hit or a really bad call by an ump.

I just think the TOC could be a really BIG event with most of the 2nd place teams being of high quality would make every game a real challenge.







Oct. 22, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Umpires

DPC

You said something very important. Ump like you want to be there!!!!

2 years ago we had an ASA ump who was calling about a 6-9 foot arc. I said we play 6-12 arc. He said senior rules were stupid and we will be playing with whatever rules he wants.

The TD must get across to all the umps that they signed on to use SSUSA rules.

Just had a lady ump in the Huntsman games. She missed 3 calls against us and 2 against the opponents. We had to sit out a game and the next two teams teams to play were on her after only 1 inning. It is hard to contain the anger sometimes when you travel, spend a lot of $$ and all you just want is a good effort from the ump.
Oct. 22, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How long does it take to update SSUSA card?

Texas T

My Gray Sox will be playing at the 70 AAA level in Ft. Meyers. Are you going there and what level/team will you be at/with.
Oct. 22, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: How long does it take to update SSUSA card?

Texas T

One of our guys called out and was told what you are saying. Simply show your old card and they might ask for a driver's license. We should not get any hassle.
Oct. 21, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11th defender

Just played in Mesquite and Huntsman games. An 11th defender was allowed at the 65 level. Two of our opponents played a "5" man outfield which took away all the alleys. This left the middle wide open and guess where we hit often and successfully. Who wouldn't go there with the outfield blanketed and a 60-70 gap in the middle? Pitchers were a little miffed we went there. Question why?

I see only "2" reasons to allow an 11th defender.

1. Lets another guy play.

2. An 11th defender, when played in the infield,gives very little space to get a hit up the middle, so you go elsewhere. Helps protect the pitcher.

I really believe that when you are allowed the 11th defender, he should be required to play (line up)feet on the dirt at least until the ball leaves the pitchers hand. The main purpose being to clog up the middle infield and discourage hitters from going hard middle. Also, playing that 11th guy in the infield will give you many more double plays over the course of a season.






Oct. 18, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: winter nationals cape coral

70AAAs are assigned to cape coral sports complex. Tried to get address for the complex. Internet gives me different ones and several phone calls to the cape coral rec department netted no one that knows what I am talking about??

Anyone got an address??????
Oct. 1, 2013
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New player cards

STAFF--Just curious.

Moving up to 70s next year. Sent my stuff in for new 5 year card in August. Any chance we will get the new card before the winter nationals in Nov. ???????
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.
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