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April 8, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: End Load vs. balanced.

A fun thing to do is to get different bats with different weights and balanced and end loaded and then time your batspeed. The results are not always what you expect. Hombre, generally a balanced bat swings faster because the balance point on an end loaded bat is closer to the barrel end of the bat. Generally a bat swings faster if the balance point is closer to the knob. The formula for calculating force uses the square of the batspeed so generally the end loaded bat
puts more mass on the ball (good) but at a lower batspeed (bad) and vice versa. And just to really confuse things, hitting the ball slightly below center imparts backspin which creates an aerodynamic effect which gives more distance. If you can, borrow lots of bats and determines which bat gives you the most consistency hitting the ball hard. Unless you are an effective HR hitter, consistently hitting the ball hard will make you an effective hitter irrespective of distance.
April 3, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

LDpro, thank you for not beating "good" trees. The likelihood of getting caught does not go to whether the activity was legal or not.
And by the way, the softball attached to the tree would violate the rule. In your specialized former golf life, testing the clubs wasn't a big deal. With many players and many bats, testing bats is more involved, even if a cheap test was available.it is an involved process to correctly break in a bat using the bat and softball method. I totally agree that just banning bats that actually tested too hot would be the best way to go, if it were practical.
April 2, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: gloves on throwing hand

Now that it is getting warmner, does anyone have an update on these gloves and their experiences with them and any other thoughts on this subject??
Thanks.
April 2, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

LDpro,

It is the official position of the SSUSA Staff which deems such activity to be altering a bat.

This is the staff's post on 3/9/2013 in a link under bats titled

"Talk regarding illegal bats:

"The SSUSA believes that the only rules-compliant method for "breaking in" a bat is by the owner/player using that bat consistent with the manufacturer's only intended purpose: striking a softball.

"Activity which serves to change either the "as manufactured" technical specifications OR the performance aspects of the bat by any manner not resulting solely from the manufacturer's intended use of their product (i.e., the bat striking a softball) is considered altering a bat. Examples include, but are not limited to, bat shaving, bat rolling/compressing, striking items other than softballs, striking the bat with foreign objects and/or opening the bat and adding or removing material."

I do not recall any change to this policy by staff. Anything other than hitting the bat against a softball is illegal altering of the bat.
March 28, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

Hitting a softball bat against anything other than a regulation softball is considered illegal. A tree is not a softball. Sorry to be the village scold.
Feb. 28, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Adi,

cut and paste the above link into your browser and your questions are answered.

Spoiler alert: use 3 bats, your regular bat, 1 8 ounces heavier and 1 8 ounces lighter- no tee just air swings


Feb. 26, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Perhaps Alan has helped create his own problems. Both Alan and MM in prior posts have made it clear what the correct way is to break in a bat. If memory is correct, it involves 75 swings starting at 50% for 25, then 75% for 25 swings, etc. Perhaps is this regimen had been followed, the Barrage would have lasted more than 17 swings, perhaps not, but what is the message?
Feb. 26, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you get fit?

Just read this, you must get sufficient rest if doing high intensity

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/how-to-get-fit-in-a-few-minutes-a-week/?emc=edit_tnt_20140226&tntemail0=y

Actually Tim, I would like Alan's imput since he does both triathalons and softball and 1 is fast twitch and the other is slow twitch.


Feb. 24, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you get fit?

Olie, Thank you. I agree with your main points but have some nits.

1. Static stretching before activity is now generally considered counterproductive. Apparently static stretching puts the muscles in a protective mode and reduces power. Static stretching is ok after activity. Dynamic stretching is what is used before activity.

2. I don't understand your heart rate info. The general rule for maximal heart rate is 220 minus your age. For a 55 y/o this would be 165 (220-55) and 65% of 165 equals 107.25. New research h5s changed the max for older people to: 211 minus .64 times your age (211 minus .64 x 55 = 175.8.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/ask-well-maximal-heart-rate/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1

I don't think your program is tough enough. I am curious what heart rate cyborg generated with his program which includes maximum effort
for some of the sprints.

Cyborg?


Feb. 23, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you get fit?

The website of a trainer of fastpitch players ( who sells DVDS and individual programs) points out that fast twitch muscles are what are required for softball.
He argues against distance running for long periods of time and uses a cutoff of 30 minutes before the season. Recently I read about a trainer who gets guys ready for the NFL Combine and all his work is done at full speed to develop fast twitch which was specifically mentioned in the article. I have also read about 5 minute workouts at full speed (almost) which claim great results.
At 70 30 minutes of aerobics and going full out are both questionable. Here in Cleveland we can't play softball effectively all year so training before the season is critical. My question is what mix of full out workout and slower aerobic do you do at your various ages.
Jan. 26, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Triad Blackout Senior bat !!!

Tri, a question: What senior bat would recommend for a weak hitting senior? Restated, what senior bat reaches maximum performance with little or no break in? For such hitters breaking bats is a nonissue if the bat isn't used by others. Please advise. Thank you.
Jan. 14, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Team 1 Sports Miken bat testing

boog, you may be right when speaking of 51 y/o players. When you reach 70 as I am about to do you may think differently about senior softball bats if you are still playing and swinging. Perhaps senior bats should only be used by those over 60, Just a thought
Jan. 4, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Triad Blackout Senior bat !!!

When did it break and what was the final performance level? This may be a rec league team bat.
Dec. 31, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

sorry there should have been their
Dec. 31, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

Omar, You actually nailed the problem- you can't be sure when it happens and don't want to accuse if not sure. I have enough issues to worry about w/o trying to figure out who is using an illegal bat when
I am in the field. I just know that it appears some guys are hitting much further than there physique and swing would seem to warrant.
I am thinking about umping in my league which uses volunteer umps to be closer to the action w/o playing. The league does not seem to want to get involved and thankfully no one has been seriously injured by a batted ball recently. I think southernson is right on. I am surprised that tournament players aren't more angry and strident on this issue.
Dec. 29, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

This is just more of the same in the discussion of senior bats and why some are adamant about not changing the bats and balls to make the combination less explosive. For my part as a rec player I don't care as long as what I do and others I play with do, is legal.
I don't think there are enough who are serious about keeping it legal.
If a lifetime expulsion were in effect, and strictly enforced, perhaps there would be significantly less cheating with doctored bats. Until there are lifetime expulsions which are publicized, the rest is just lip service and B.S,
Based on the ease of buying doctored senior bats online, there must be widespread use of them. Companies would not stock them unless there was demand.
Dec. 8, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Statins

Many take statins and have muscle problems.

This article discusses that the muscle problems may be caused or exacerbated by other drugs we are taking. It also suggest CoQ10 may help.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/muscle-aches-from-statins-drug-interactions-may-play-a-role/?src=me&pagewanted=print

The article has a list of the drugs which may make statins worse.
Dec. 8, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Warning about too many pain medications

Just read this about common pain killer (Nsaids) and vit B-6:

People with arthritis frequently take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen or Celebrex for pain relief. A new study suggests, however, that long-term use of such medications may have a negative effect on vitamin B6 status. This vitamin is involved in more than 100 essential biochemical reactions throughout the body. Low levels of this nutrient can cause nerve damage and have been associated with cardiovascular complications.
One NSAID, rofecoxib (Vioxx), was removed from the market because it increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. A possible explanation for such adverse reactions might be linked in part to drug-induced vitamin B6 depletion. Animal studies confirmed that Celebrex and naproxen both reduced vitamin B6 concentrations in the liver. The authors suggest that people taking such NSAIDS should have their vitamin B6 levels monitored.
[American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec. 2013]


Bottom line, doc should monitor B6 if taking Nsaids
Nov. 29, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Thanks for the input and more welcomed. Jim I will forward my email address. My name and email address is on my profile.

I still would like to hear if any hitters have problems with the ball pitched over the screen.
Nov. 28, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Do any hitters have a problem with hitting a ball pitched over the screen? My personal experience is that I never see
the screen since eye is focused on ball.
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