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July 15, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ball For Break-in

I just was gifted a doz. .44 400 softballs. I want to break-in a new Miken, 1-piece red maxload. I know the recommendation is to use .44 375 balls for break-in. Are the 400's Ok to use for this purpose?
July 14, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runners from the plate

Omar, our league is competitive. You are probably nicer than I and I probably take league play too seriously. That said, in our league I see the courtesy runner abused so it actually becomes a tactical benefit. If the rules were changed so the substitute runner arrived about when a slow able-bodied runner would, I would have no problem.
July 12, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runners from the plate

We have a similar rule. The above scenario has happened to us twice this season in league play. The line was inserted so as not to confuse fielders respecting who is running to 1st base.
I believe the effect of crossing the line in our league is the batter is out and all runners return to where they were when the play started.
Incidentally, the runners are always running too soon and it is never called because the ump is looking at the mat.

Nancy, it is caused by a senior moment coupled with years of trying to get a fast start. The same guy on our team did it twice.

I like the runner starting way back and like the ball, although our league will never do either. I personally believe there should be no runner for the batter. Isn't getting to first slowly part of the game for some hitters? Alternatively, if you can't run to first you should be required to be the catcher or right fielder, no the shortstop, etc.
June 24, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting

What bat do you use for BP. Do you use your bat? Do you go heavier or lighter? Do you use a non-game bat but one which approximates in weight and balance your game bat? In meaningful games do you do you use a different bat in different situations? Do you go lighter in long tournaments? I personally am coming to the belief that you should use the same bat for BP and games and have 2 going if 1 breaks. ??????
June 17, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

I did read the link and watch the video. Although the science is not persuasive I did notice something for both the golfer and the BB hitter. It seemed that their timing was slightly off after using the heavier bat or golf club. For those of us who are challenged to make consistent good contact, it seems to me we should never use a heavy bat during the season and in fact should probably have 2 or more of the same bat to use for BP and games. I recall that Ted Williams was fanatical about his bats and would reject any new bat which was slightly off in any way as to weight or conformation. That said I believe weight training and a batspeed program using different weight are probably both beneficial during the off season.

By the way the link and video both do point out that the bat does "feel" lighter after the heavy bat swings and also points out that how it feels is totally irrelevant. I have seen good fielders make throwing errors early in the game after warming up with a heavy ball.
June 16, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

This is the link to MM's batspeed program:

http://www.bigcat844.com/increasing_bat_speed.html

His site also has other specific pages of softball advice including weight training. I didn't see any advice of an on deck routine, but I might have missed it.

I think whatever makes you feel comfortable and relaxed is best for you on the on deck circle. All muscles are in pairs so the muscles which fire the swing must be warmed up and flexible. Likewise the muscles which "stop" the swing must be relaxed. Personally, I just swing my game bat as fast as I can and concentrate as if a ball were being pitched so my eyes are on the imaginary ball as I swing.
June 15, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

I believe Mike Macenko has on this site set forth his program. By memory it involves swing your regular bat and then 1 8 oz or so heavier and 1 8 oz or so lighter. It is a regimented program with specific amounts of reps. The theory is that the light bat activates the quick twitch muscle and then the brain "remembers" the feel of that swing and the other bats develop the strength to swing the regular bat that fast. I bought a SKLZ bamboo bat which is about 1" in diameter about 16 oz and most importantly is 34 inches long. Its real use is hand eye with small wiffle balls, but I use it for fast twitch. Does the whole think work, probably does help some.
June 12, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Alan, thank you for your very interesting post. I note that Salt Stick is exactly as you describe and it is probably perfect for people doing extended activities in oppressive heat.
I note that what you describe in your post is extreme heat prostration and electrolyte depletion. I believe this condition is highly special and your approach makes total sense for it.
I believe however that the "pickle juice" post may have been dealing with a different issue. Many suffer from cramps at night or cramps which just appear during the day. These are idiopathic but real. For this type of cramp the pickle juice, vinegar or mustard does provide immediate relief.
If my memory is right, I recall reading that in marathons more runners are in life threatening condition because of drinking too much water than from being underhydrated. I believe this is caused by
too little sodium because of over hydrating. Your input on how to balance hydration properly may be of interest here. Thank you.
June 11, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

Mustard works because it contains lots of vinegar. I have also used it when out of pickle juice and it works.
June 10, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

Chick, I received my 26 yesterday at the 160 price. I just read your post and found that they only have 28, 29 and 30 left and are now selling them for 200. Very sorry.

Chick, my email address is posted in my profile on this site. I can't find your email address on your profile. If you email me, I will email you the site. You may be able to call them and negotiate a price better than the 200 posted price.

Incidentally, is it ok to break in a new TOC at a batting cage using machines which throw the solid pimple softball? Thank you
June 10, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

I like science and believe in science.

This article:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/phys-ed-can-pickle-juice-stop-muscle-cramps/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

really explains this. It demonstrates that it is not the salt in pickle juice which does it. In fact, in the actual test, pure vinegar
stopped the painfully induced cramps faster than pickle juice. The study suggests that it is not dehydration but muscle exhaustion which
causes cramps. I think proper hydration before and during exercise stops exhaustion, but based on the study, dehydration itself doesn't cause the cramps. ( They actually tested intentionally dehydrated volunteers.) Read the article and draw your own conclusions.
June 8, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

Mulewhipper, I don't think Alka Seltzer is a good idea, indeed I think it is a very bad idea.

Wiki states the ingredients of Alka Seltzer as:

Alka-Seltzer is a combination of sodium bicarbonate, paracetamol aspirin, and anhydrous citric acid, used for the relief of heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach aches.

Aspirin might help a headache. Many years ago they erroneously thought salt was good to take in the heat. This has been totally proven wrong. The sodium in Alka Seltzer would just slow the absorption of water which is a bad thing.
June 7, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

Gary 33, please read your Lime Cucumber label of gaterade and tell which ingredients stop cramps. The electrolytes in gaterade slow water absorption. If it is really hot and you have really sweated then gaterade after the game may make sense. Cold water (with a touch of real sugar) is the best. And yes there is science about cold water and a drop of sugar. Much of feeling tired is your mind telling you to stop which is a safety measure. The drop of sugar fools your mind to believe all is ok so the tiredness goes away. Miniscule amounts of sugar do the trick. Sugar delays water absorption which is key so think less than a teaspoon in a quart of ice cold water. Taits, glad to see someone else know about magnesium. I also thinks it helps recovery. Note: magnesium is not for during the game!
June 7, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

I can't get anyone on my league team to practice throwing. I have been told that consistent long toss and throwing the ball at a 45 degree angle in the long toss will improve arm strength. That said, getting rid of the ball fast and accurately hitting the cut off man in a place where he can quickly get rid of it appears much more effective than trying to get the lead runner unless you truly have an accurate cannon. Usually the long throw is ineffective and usually lets the batter get to 2nd eliminating the DP. Any team having 6 guys thrown out by 1 outfielder in 1 game doesn't seem to learn much. You don't run on the accurate cannons.
June 6, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

I have used pickle juice and found it effective. I recall reading that any vinegar will work, but dill pickle juice definitely worked for me. Lots of water before exertion is still the best preventive and cold water is absorbed faster. Sports drinks just slow the absorption. Force yourself to drink more than you think you need before and then drink water continuously. A tiny drop of white sugar in your water tricks the brain to put off feeling tired. Sports drinks again are counterproductive during the event. Some find magnesium supplements help preclude cramping.
June 6, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

Does anyone know anything about this bat? It is supposedly a 1 piece fully loaded.
It is being sold now for 159.99 and seems too good. Thanks.
June 4, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: combat dirty g3

biggrey9, I note you mention as one of your bats the dirty girl g3 which I note is a 1.21. How does it swing and how hot is it and would it work for older men? Thanks.
June 1, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

I would like staff to give its opinion. To me, "If there is a play" doesn't fully resolve this. Many middle fielders automatically make the throw to first and don't stop to look how close the runner is to first in a DP situation. To me, who was umping at second base, there definitely was a play if the middle fielder threw the ball. If the throw had been made, there probably would have been a collision.
The issue is whether the phrase means an actual play or the potential for a play. For example, if the fielder starts to throw the ball and stops, then the first basemen is likely to move his foot to the bag in anticipation of the throw and there could easily be a collision w/o a throw. Staff??
June 1, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

Man on first 1 out. Batter hits slow grounder to SS. SS throws to second for force out. 2nd baseman decides not to throw to first since batter almost there. Home Plate ump calls batter out because he doesn't touch safety bag but touches inside bag. Manager of batting team argues that since no throw to first the call is wrong. Ump argues that rule is for safety and there easily could have been a throw with resulting collision so batter is out.
I have no idea what the correct ruling is. Please advise under both ASA and SSUSA if there is a difference.
Thanks.
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.
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