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March 21, 2014
Cougar
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: best sunglasses for softball

A number of years ago I was using the Oakley M-Frame glasses for inline skating and skiing. I went thru 4 M-frames which ALL broke in the same spot and the warranty required that I pay $19 for each replacement.. I still have the latest broken frame that I never bothered returning........They were a ripoff, over priced piece of crap. I would never, ever recommend anyone purchasing their products........
Aug. 30, 2013
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BLACK MIKEN ULTRA 2 PROBLEMS FIXED ?

To 17Black: As far as the claim about bad bats making it to retail stores, two guys I know purchased theirs from Dunhams's and the third got his over the internet. And as a side note, the bad bat I sent back had no visible serial number on it but the replacement did............I wasn't about to remove the original bat's grip to see if there was one......
Aug. 29, 2013
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BLACK MIKEN ULTRA 2 PROBLEMS FIXED ?

Today is Thurs, Aug. 29, and I just received a new Ultra-II as the replacement for the bad one I sent back last week. Great turn around and my thanks to Miken Sports...........
Aug. 21, 2013
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Solar Bat Warmes

It might have been me.......I've made several
Aug. 21, 2013
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BLACK MIKEN ULTRA 2 PROBLEMS FIXED ?

On July 30, 2013, I purchased a black Ultra from Dunham Sports in Sterling Hgts, MI that felt deader than a doornail. Let a buddy hit with it and he said the same. So yesterday I took it in to LineDrive Sportz in Sterling Hgts. where they performed a compression test. The first words out of the gentleman's mouth were "That is a bad bat!". So I boxed it up and sent it back to Miken, will report back here when I get a response. As a side note, I had a friend's new Ultra with me but that one checked out fine.
May 9, 2013
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA approved bats vs. USSSA and ASA

I just received an update from my manager on the league rules:

"The ASA and USSSA are the only bats approved for our Senior league . Any SSUSA or Senior Softball bats are banned in our league."

That now brings me back to my original question. If a bat has the ASA and USSSA stamp on it, it obviously meets the legal criteria of both associations. BUT, if such a bat also has the SSUSA stamp on it, it is illegal in our league. The rational line of thinking would be that since the bat met the USSSA and ASA approval, any additional stamp of approval would be irrelevant to the bat's actual performance.

I don't know if any USSSA and ASA stamped bats actually have SSUSA stamps on them but if one does and is used in our league, the batter gets thrown out of the game............

My whole contention is that the rule is too vague and needs to be more closely defined. Specifically, only ASA and USSSA bats allowed with no mention of Senior Softball or SSUSA at all, which is currently clouding the conversation.
May 9, 2013
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA approved bats vs. USSSA and ASA

I just spent an hour on the phone discussing my senior league's ruling on approved bats with my team manager. The vague rule regarding legal bats states: "All bats except Ultra I, II Launch, any bats marked SENIOR SOFTBALL." My argument was that my Reebok Melee is not labled SENIOR SOFTBALL but does have the SSUSA stamp on in.

My Launch DOES have SENIOR SOFTBALL stamped on the handle as well as the SSUSA stamp and thus meets the rule of being illegal. He then proceeded to argue that the SSUSA stamp was the defining fact in disqualifying this bat. I then argued that there may be bats out there approved by both ASA and USSSA that might have the SSUSA stamp on them and he argued that if it has SSUSA then it is illegal........I tried to convince him that the SSUSA stamp does not mean that the bat performs more than what USSSA allows but he couldn't understand the concept.

He then argued "why don't bats stamped ASA and USSSA have a SSUSA stamp on them if they are accepted unchallenged by the SSUSA? The only answer I could come up with is that their already known lower performance standards pretty much preclude them from even having to be tested.

Can anyone here help me out with this argument?
Jan. 3, 2012
Cougar
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Care

Here in S.E. Michigan, a bunch of guys and myself continue to play pick-up ball 4 days a week, well into the fall until the fields become unplayable due to snow.

To counter the cold factor, several of us have made solar bat warmers which will easily warm a bat into the 70 degree range on even the coldest days. Of course you need sun to make them work.
May 23, 2011
Cougar
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a SE MI Team

Number 7:
There is a +55 league in Macomb County that started 2 weeks ago. We play every Mon. and Wed. morning at 10:00 a.m. at Liberty Park. Two divisions, B and C, with a 24 or 26 game schedule, 9 inning games.

On Friday and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. we play pick-up ball at Helmich Park in Warren which is on 13 Mile W. of Ryan. We have anywhere between 25 and 40 guys show up regularly all summer and into the fall until the snow prevents us from playing. All players welcome. Right now we've been forced to play in Centerline next to the Mopar plant but after June 1 we should be back at Helmich....

Myself, I'm looking for an additional team to play with on Tues. and Thurs. mornings, probably in Oakland County since there's nothing going on in Macomb county on those mornings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at dr888@sbcglobal.net

Good luck
June 26, 2010
Cougar
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: S.E. Michigan player looking for 55+ or 60+ tournament team

I'm an outfielder playing senior ball (55+)in Macomb County, MI, looking for a tournament team. I can also play infield. I'm 59 now but will be 60 this fall so I should qualify for a 60+ team......
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