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Sept. 5, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Allan55, great post. It seems totally logical.What technique changes do you see which work for upper body hitters who have lost their power? I see former long ball hitters in my rec league becoming placement singles hitters. We crowd them and try to have them hit it over our heads which usually is ineffective for them.












Sept. 3, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

JT9, you have a political viewpoint that society should be more open and diverse. Fine. But it is not germane to a discussion on a SSUSA website which is for very competitive older athletes. SSUSA players are analogous to the 12 year olds who make the traveling team.

Your pov is perhaps applicable to coed leagues or rec leagues or special leagues for special needs people. So please get off your pulpit and realize your worldview is just not relevant here. And don't jump to the conclusion that this is coming from someone to the right of Attila The Hun. Read my posts. I keep my personal politics out of this. This is a competitive softball site. Please get real.

Phantom, thank you for your service. On the other end of the spectrum
you are as out there as JT9. Most thinking competitive oder softball players are realistic enough to know that as long as senior bats are used and older players are bigger stronger and better conditioned than older SB players in the past, some accommodation is necessary.
Sept. 2, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

Intrinsic values are not gone. For SB playing hard, running out all hits, keeping your mind in the game. For SB these are intrinsic and valued for those who know. Don't cite exceptions as the rule. For the mentally challenged a ribbon for participating may have value and a positive effect. Look at youths playing baseball. By 12 many have quit because they realize they won't make the travelling team and can no longer compete with the better players. They understand exactly what a ribbon for participating means. However some persevere and later thrive. Michael Jordan didn't start until I believe 12th grade and was cut in 10th grade. A more open and diverse way of thinking may be a political approach or societal approach but it is not germane to this discussion about sports.
Sept. 2, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

Minor point, many basketball players in fact wear protective clothing or armor. The compression clothes with raised squares is armor.

Every generation thinks the next one is more wussy. In 1906 or so Teddy Roosevelt saved football which was about to be banned by convening a meeting and changing the rules. No more flying wedges which killed many.

What you are not taking into consideration is that players are bigger, faster, stronger and in better shape, but the human brain hasn't changed and is obviously subject to damage by blows to the head.

If we were playing SB with wooden bats there would be lots less talk about accommodating rules. Technology in many ways necessitates rule changes.

Bullying and everyone getting a trophy are not issues based on new technology. Those are societal norm issues and everyone has their opinion.

With our grandchildren with try not to praise the results but the effort. We know if they persevere the results will follow, but praising results can lead to being satisfied and stopping hard work. No trophies for everybody, it sends a dishonest message and the wrong message.



Sept. 1, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2014COMBAT 10" Centenarian

Mike, you imply all 1.21's have the same pop. Please view the thread under Bats named "Technical Question." You may have answered my question no. 2 where I asked if the same batspeed would generate the same distance for a particular model irrespective of the weight since all are 1.21's. This fellow Ohioan would love to hear your opinion. Thanks, HJL
Aug. 30, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Technical Questions

Tatooball, I have been thinking about your post. Are you saying the barrels of the bat in various weights is the same and that as additional weight is added it is done to keep the moi the same or are the barrels in fact different? If the 30 oz barrel is bigger then I think my question may be answered. ?????
Aug. 30, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Technical Questions

Tattooball, just started using your ball for league play and thus far well received.

Neither tattooball nor anyone else has commented on question
2 above. I can't determine the answer for 2 from comments thus far. It would seem that if a 26 endloaded in a model was as hot as the 30 then the speed off the bat should be the same if the batspeed is the same but I know there is more to it than that. HELP?

Mike?? Alan???
Aug. 28, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Technical Questions

1. When a bat is certified are all weights and loads separately tested
and certified?

2. Assuming the same batspeed and a ball hit on the sweet spot will a 26 oz maxload hit the ball the same distance as a 30 oz maxload?

Theoretically the 30 0z should hit hit farther because of more mass, but if in the certification process permits the 26 to be hotter to meet the standard then perhaps the 26 will generate the same distance.
Only Kevin, Alan or Mike can answer this since they understand the the testing process. I have no idea what the answer is?
Aug. 28, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Glove care

Nokona glove conditioner is the best I have found. it conditions and cleans and does not add weight. All liquids I tried added weight. Nokona are high end gloves and their conditioner is high end cheap and now made in US.
Aug. 14, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

Since wall stretches have been mentioned I will describe the one my doc prescribed. Start easy and work up to 30 seconds. Do as much as you want but at least 3x day. Do not do w/in 3 hours before a practice or game. Do do slow jogging before practice or game and between innings.

The stretch:
1. Stand shoulder width legs apart about 30 inches from wall (distance from wall depends on your arm length.
2. Stand pigeon toed (toes on each foot turned inward towards each other)legs straight
3. Stick your stomach out toward the wall as if you were showing off your gut
4. Maintaining body position 2 and 3, put hands on wall slowly bend elbows so your gut approaches the wall. Don't bounce and don't force it too much. You
should feel a tremendous stretch simultaneously in both calves. If you go fast or stretch too quickly the body will tense to protect itself and defeat the stretch. Concentrate on breathing and try to go a little further. Try to hold maximum stretch for 30 seconds, but work up to it slowly.
Aug. 12, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

valgus is saying what my podiatrist said about cortisone and arch support. If the OTC support works for you it is better than a custom expensive one because you can buy many pairs and put them in your shoes so you don't have to keep moving the same smelly one each time you change shoes.
Additionally consider support socks which have a tight band around the arch which raises the arch and alleviates pain. Around the house I wear Feetures brand and for practice and games I wear Rawlings baseball support socks. These are knee high but actually cooler because there is a high % of CoolMax. List is $35 but they are often on sale. Miken also sells a comprable sock. These raise the arch and drive inflammation out of the lower leg. They work for me and help the PF from flaring.

Aug. 12, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

It is my understanding and I am not sure if it applies to all associations, but I believe it is considered illegal to break in a bat by any method other than hitting a regulation ball with the bat. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Aug. 11, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

Most of above is good. My foot doctor recommended Power Step Pinnacle Max. He claimed if the off the shelf ones work for your foot they are as good as the custom orthotics. My guy said the problem with SB is too much down time. He recommended slow jogging before the game or practice and slow jogging periodically during the game. What worked best for me was wearing shoes with inserts virtually the whole day. Cortisone is a temporary fix which makes it worse in the long run. The key is constant stretching since the problem is actually a tight calf muscle which pulls the heel up and shortens the tendons involved (plantar fascia). As stated the pain is localized to the precise point where the tendons attach to the heel bone. Often a spur develops which
can be seen on x-ray. The spur is not the cause of the problem it is a possible result. There are specialized wall stretches which work. Good luck.
July 25, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA U2 snapped

I have no idea if this would have made a difference but there is a protocol posted here by
Alan respecting the proper way to break in a new bat. By memory it is like 25 swings at 1/2 speed,
25 at 3/4 speed and 25 at almost full speed and rotating the bat after each swing. At 20 it should have still been at 1/4 speed. If your 20 count started after a reasonable break in that is a different story.
July 11, 2013
HJ
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Moving and need advice

I am 70 and will be relocating soon. We are looking at various locales including: Aiken, South Carolina (near Augusta Georgia), Southern Delaware and Fort Mill South Carolina (near Charlotte North Carolina). Would appreciate input about rec leagues in these 3 areas and travel teams in these areas in the 70 division. Thank you for any help.
July 9, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Legit 2 Piece Senior 1st test results.....

I would totally discount everything cop298 has said above. There is no name or other info on his profile and he has made only 2 posts. The other post was in April and said the same thing about a
Miken. 4 broken knobs on 4 bats????? draw your own conclusion.
July 8, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Combat Twilight bat users

Ancaconda is selling for 130 when get on actual site. Anyone really like the Ambush?
July 8, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Anaconda is selling the 2013 white short barrel for $110. Is the 2013 model a good bat??
July 2, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

tg69, I am not sure what you are saying. I realize that the starting point differs for each of us. My concern is what makes a player at any level seem to deteriorate suddenly and fast. It is possible that the decline is in fact gradual and my impression of rapid decline is just wrong.
I do think I see rapid decline in some on a year to year basis. As an outfielder I am conscious that we start crowding in on the guys who just don't drive it like they use to. One thought, there may be medical issues which become sudden major issues but which are not publicized. Restated, there may be more going on then meets the eye.
July 1, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Rightrj, taking no meds at 57 and being healthy means you are doing most if not everything right.
Anyone who plays 3 games in 1 day in hot weather most be cognizant of staying hydrated. That said, there is concern for those who are not in your shape who just automatically hydrate w/o letting thirst be the guide. Clearly with the heat now affecting the west dehydration should be the main
concern. But for others playing 1 game in less severe weather the opposite may be the concern.
As a low carber I eat a lot of salt normally which mitigates water loss.
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