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Dec. 14, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

Ken, your swing evaluation two posts up is right on, although I think we see proper weight shift and arc of the bat slightly different based on some of your videos I has seen.

I assumed when you were talking rotational hitting you were talking about the craze that's taken over many baseball schools of thought..ie...short arming your linear arm extension.

In the end...tutoring senior players limbs/backs/legs/eyes..ok..lets just say BODIES, into a successful softball swing is more of a Rube Goldberg then an exact science.

The first thing I ask a new senior student is..do you have any ailments that limit your mobility?

After that question is answered...most often I have to pull out my Rube Goldberg senior softball hitting book.

The power chapter is the shortest chapter..it's one page long...it says..

I don't know how we are going to get there YET but somehow we need to get the bat head from here to there moving as fast as possible.
Dec. 13, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Weight Transfer, A Mistunderstood Key to Explosive Hip Rotation" Swing Makeover 22

It's my believe rotational hitting is senior softball reduces your power.

The main reason rotational hitting is often used in baseball is because the batter doesn't have the hand speed to catch up to the fastball.

In senior softball...no pitcher can throw a fastball past the hitter so..if your a senior player shortening your linear extension by rotational hitting is cheating yourself of as much as 20% of your bat speed. There is a reason bats cannot be longer then 34 inches it limits your linear extension.

If you doubt my believe on this subject??? Just look back to the top precomposite softball players swings. Linear swings is what was required in the aluminum era...unless of coarse..you stuck a needle in your azz.

That same linear extension still gives you more bat speed then short arming your swing with a rotational swing you do not need to use because the pitcher has no way to throw a fast ball at you.
Dec. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

nazzerino not hazarding
Dec. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Cal energy is no more we picked up one of their guys, the MTC varsity picked up another and hazarding picked up two..

Does anyone know if Flip is building a 55 team?
Dec. 11, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Dave, that's great news.

I figured you guys were making a 55 team when you added a "chicken" to your pot of stew.

The more teams the better.

It sounds like Northwest Legends are a year away from getting back together for a 55 team also.

We are looking at 50 majors and or, the 55 Major Plus World.

Our guys are really looking forward to being one of the younger teams on the block instead of aging out..

This senior stuff is interesting...you get to see many/most players drastically slow down for individual divisions as they get to the back half of the age group.

As the say...the new young is 55 or 60 or 65 or 70. And......

The new old is 53/54 or 58/59 or 63/64 or 68/69...



Dec. 9, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

So let's see...

Does that mean there are FOUR west coast 55 Major Plus teams total?

1 SoCal 55 Plus team/nighthawks

1 Oregon 55 Plus team/ Grants Posse

The MTC 55 varsity (champion winners)

And our NorCal MTC 55 Jayvee squad

Who is missing?


Dec. 8, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How many 55 Major plus teams

Our MTC 50 team is moving to major plus in the 55 age group.

Other then the nighthawks and our MTC 55 varsity team (we will be called the MTC JV because they own all the "hardware") how many teams can we expect in our new age group Plus Division?

any info would be helpful
Dec. 5, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

Bruce, your name sounds familiar...

For some reason when I hear Bruce Wood I think of Bunca or Jimmies.

In my younger days I was a Pro Team, American Reality/Budweiser SF, Dan Smith player.

Who'd you play for?

I to played younger ball latter in life..major World Series till 43, B worlds at 48/Disney, C Worlds at 49/at Liberty Park.

Glad there is senior ball...it's nice being one of the young guys every five years.

Dec. 4, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

BW, I will agree that USSSA has not evolved into anything special at this point.

I paid no attention to how there worlds went but..I would guess they didn't do well.

On the USSSA issue...at least in the plus division they running a glorified homerun contest giving everything the power hitters wanted..it started out as 15 hrs then walks..I don't know how it ended up but that more or less killed it for me.

Usssa also decided not to use the already set SSUSA division format of AA, AAA, Major and Plus. A big mistake as far as I am concerned.

USSSA also turned down running their world earlier in the year...maybe playing thier world the same weekend as a couple of their Big Conference events..

Maybe during the Smoky Mountain Classic in Maryville run the Eastern Senior Worlds except having it start on Sunday at Sandy Springs/late Saturday if possible at the satellite fields and end Monday night at sandy springs.

Then maybe after a Conference event in the west running the Western senior worlds Saturday night and ending Monday..

They did a smart move trying to run their western worlds in SoCal where there are many teams except I think they should have run their worlds about 1 month before SSUSA not after it.

I doubt very mich that USSSA will walk away from senior ball...they will tweak it till it works.
Dec. 4, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

I would say...only two players can be pinch run for each inning.

In the open inning, if the player that was pinch run for earlier in the inning gets on base again he can be pinch run for again.
Dec. 4, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

BW, on the number of Plus teams at worlds I could swear some guy called that an "anamaly"????

Does that sound familiar?????

Maybe we will just call that a senior moment;-)
Dec. 4, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

No need to compare abilities....

How about getting back on the subject of what would be the positive and negative effects on the game with an enlarged mat.

Less walks

Batters wouldn't be able to sit around waiting for that cookie

Pitchers could use more angles with their pitch

Pitchers would not get behind in the count as often and need to throw cookies

Pitchers would have a better chance of hitting the mat while pitching from the back of the box(giving them more reaction time)

Pitchers with the ability to throw breaking balls would have a better chance to hit the mat.

Batters woukd have to cover the outside corner of a larger mat/thereby requiring them to stand closer to the mat..which would give the pitcher a better chance to jam the batter with an inside pitch

Now I know...according to many...I have shown my ignorance so...maybe you geniuses can use this as a teachable moment and help me out.
Dec. 3, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

I actual gave hitting lessons to many of the old As players over the years so...I know many 60+ players/although many of those same players are now pushing 70 years old...and, on occasion watch them/now the Omen players play in NorCal events.
Dec. 3, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

My views on the offensive side of the senior game can be summed up easily.

I think the bats/ball combo are dangerous, but I think getting ride of the combo is almost impossible because of so many seniors living a offensive game they never got to experience when they were young.

I also think it's evident that pitchers more or less have to serve up batting practice in games (pitcher catchers gear, homerun restrictions because it's so easy to hit home runs and run limits for innings)

So yes...I would support almost any new rule to give a pitcher a new "advantage" against hitters.

It looks like Fred plays in the upper senior levels that allow an 11th defensive fielder...if that's the case...his views on pitching should not be considered when talking about the younger (only 10 defensive players) programs.

It's admerable to be able to play at 81 years old..but we need to agree that the game he is playing compared to the under 60? Programs have almost nothing in common.

As for woodie and my view of many being afraid/scared of loosing some of the huge advantages senior hitters get...Its my view and I will stand by it
Dec. 3, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Home plate Mat size change?

I think a 24 x 36 mat would be GREAT.
Pitchers are already at huge risks...and hitting a softball is way to easy.

And one more thing..this is directed at Fred S...

you claim to be a pitcher and want a small strike zone???

Is that because you have super accurate/dominate pitching powers or is because your a vary weak hitter that's scared to fail much more often because of a bigger mat?

Twits idea isn't bad either...heck move the height to 14 feet, reduce the size of the haters box, ENCORCE THE BATTERS BOX..widen the width of the rubber to four feet
Nov. 20, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Don't listen to yet another catcher/ah/1B hitter crying about the dbo in Plus ball.

The new rule made for a better game/kept the bracket closer to on time/and I didn't hear one complaint during a Plus tourney.

I will agree with one post on this subject..if your 60+ they should. It be outs once you reach the limit.

If your 65+ every ball hit over the fence should count as a home run.

And...let the starting pitchers decide before every game whether they want to start with a 0-0 count of 1-1..If they don't agree..it's automatically 1-1. That way...any player that doesn't like the 1-1 count only has to lobby his own pitcher to not use it...now..at that time..I'd tell the guy crying about 1-1 to learn to be a starting pitcher.
Oct. 9, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to Play More Innings

Crusher...aren't you the same guy that said no to the 1-1 because you might hit a pitcher like you do a lot in your 1-1 senior league)
Oct. 9, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How to Play More Innings

Forget just doing it for more innings.

HOW ABOUT DOING IT TO GIVE PITCHERS A BETTER CHANCE TO NOT HAVE A BALL DRILLED UP THE MIDDLE.
Oct. 9, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: If SSUSA can change individual rules for Plus Division why not 1-1 for those that want it

Why can't 1-1 be used in individual age groups that want it?
Oct. 8, 2014
Tim Millette
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New MTC 55 Jayvee team looking to add NorCal talent

Ron, no dissension with me...I think it's great our young 55 guys have a squad as great as Kurts 55+ Varsity team to aspire to.

I hope it ends up being a good rivalry...kinda like the one we have with you guys and the other NorCal teams...

heck...maybe it can end up like those old UCLA games when Kareem wasn't allowed to play Varsity as a freshman..

as I recall, Wooden so got tired of his Varsity getting boat raced he made sure they didn't scrimmage the Jayvees.

Or maybe...pistol Pete's freshman year, jayvee team??

We needed to make sure there was no confusion with which MTC 55 team was in events so we came up with the well earned Varsity and Jayvee squads.

I don't know if Kurt will need to register as the MTC 55 Varsity...but we are registering as the Jayvees...

We thought there would be a problem with our uniforms next year because we will carry around 15 players, and Kurt usually carries 14...

but once we found out the 14 Varsity hand me down Uniforms Kurt is giving our team included yours...we figured we could get your uni cut in half and our team mother is going to make a uniform for Leele and Perry out of it;-)
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