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Sept. 17, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Boo's name? Yes Boo's and several others. More will be added as we go. This is not an endorsement of the bat and is not intended to be.

It started about 15 years ago when I met and became friends with Mike Dove. For all the guys that knew him there is no further explanation needed. For those who didn't he was the guy that would change you life just by knowing him, and it did change my life. Sadly Mike passed due to a battle with cancer. He passed on a Saturday morning. The Thursday prior I was at his house to see on my way to a tournament. When I was leaving we held hands while he prayed for me. That was Mike, he touched my life forever.

When I did this bat I decided to put M5D with a dove next to it to honor the man that meant so much to me.

As time went on I felt the need to honor other friends with their names on the bat. I am not waiting until they pass or maybe me and it never gets done. More names will be added I am sure but it is a start. Friendships are worth more than any amount of money, they define who we are in life and help us through the bad times. I am very fortunate for the friends I have and they are my family.

So when you ask why is someone on the bat this is why. Are there other great ball players that names could be on the bat because of their ability? Yes but that is not what this is about. BTW the guys who are on the bat are all great players and tops in their age group, I am just honored they are my friends.
Sept. 16, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Of course there will, some day. As of now I have 20 different designs all from this platform. I am just deciding what I want to do next. I will have a 26 maybe a 24 and 25 as well. Right now I am just selling the bats I have and working on the next one. This is the worst one I have made and as time goes on they will change rapidly. The bat that was in Dalton this past weekend is up to 4500 swings and still going. I have sold them to people of every skill level and size and have not had anyone say the bat was not for them. However a certain person from another company keeps repeating that so you will buy theirs. Time will tell.

Good luck to all in Vegas.
Sept. 12, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Yes
Sept. 11, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

Sorry to say this but no. We will be out of bats by then, Our big shipment will arrive in Oct.
Sept. 10, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nightmare bat approved

The NIGHTMARE bat has been approved for all play in SSUSA softball. The bat has passed testing for all weights offered and is now licensed for play. Good luck to all teams heading to Vegas for the worlds.

Kevin Schullstrom

ADSTARR.COM
Aug. 27, 2014
tattooball
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Player looking for a team that's going to nationals 50 majors

What is your name and give me contact info.
Aug. 1, 2014
tattooball
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Red 10inch EL

If you thought that one was good, just wait. I have one that will be out very soon that blows it away.
July 24, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NorCal Warriors bumped to Major Plus

This never happens to east coast teams, that funny. There is a east coast team that should be AAA but they won a tourney that no one was at and they are now major+. They can't beat any major teams and have for 2 years lost to many AAA teams. I have played against them they are bad. They no longer play SSUSA. Last years worlds they lost every game.
May 13, 2014
tattooball
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 Year Male from Middlesex, NJ looking to play

Who are you and who did you play with?
K22as@hotmail.com
April 20, 2014
tattooball
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: New Team 50 major PA,NJ,DE,NY

Who are you and where are you from? I may have 1 spot on my team for the right player.
Jan. 15, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

A quality hockey or catchers mask will probably stop a ball from breaking your skull but test have shown they will not stop a brain injury. Hockey pucks and baseballs are much lighter. Catchers and hockey goalies are constantly getting concussions in todays games.
Hockey pucks are 5.5to 6 oz, baseballs are 5 to 5.25. Softballs are 6.5 to 7 oz. So if brain injuries are occurring with things that are at least 1 oz less in weight adding 1 oz at 100 mph puts SI way over what is safe.
Jan. 15, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Skep I am with you on that but it will happen it is just a matter of when. Being in the industry we all fear the day the lawsuit hits our desk. There have been over 20 suits in softball in the last 10 years with the associations, all have been settled instead of trials. Insurance goes up and players bitch about the price they pay to play.

Talk about assumed risk, in the lawsuits it goes down like this. A judge assesses risk to the parties involved. field owner, bat manufacturer, ball manufacturer, association, etc. The judge may say association is 60% ball 10% bat 10% field owner 10%. If it was because of poor field conditions it could be association 50% field owner 50%. Many different scenarios. It is a shame but it happens everyday.

I just think if you mandate something that does not exist you are opening up yourself to a lawsuit.

Jan. 15, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Swing I have seen the plastic mask's break, I don't remember the name but they were all made with clear plastic. # of them broke in testing. As for the hockey analogy that is true for hockey and also the baseball mask's are strong but they do not prevent injuries to the brain on a severe impact. That is why nocsae has backed away from testing. A softball traveling at speeds over 90 with the weight of the ball is an excessive force. I am all for safety but you also have to look at the liability aspect of it also. The first pitcher that get hits and hires a lawyer and claims that he was injured due to various reasons that include the mask will have a field day in court. The main reason is that the association mandated a piece of equipment to be used by a player that does not exist. So it's like the Army issuing a catchers chest protector instead of a bullet proof vest.
Jan. 14, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

So if a mask breaks and the pitcher is injured who is now liable for the injury? What if the pitchers vision is impaired by the mask on a normal ball that could have been caught and a injury occurs? it seems to me that ssusa is opening themselves up to a lawsuit. Why would you even want to test those waters? Glad I don't pitch.
Jan. 14, 2014
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Dave sorry to say there is no such thing as a nocsae approved pitching mask. None of the masks today would pass such a test for softball that is why nocsae does not perform the test. I have worked with the nocsae lab for many years in testing various products and a safe pitching mask does not exist according to the teat results.
Dec. 19, 2013
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams leaving SSUSA?

I think there are a lot more reasons why teams are not playing or playing as much.

Money for one thing has teams playing closer to home.

More senior associations hold events more regionally.

Rules for making a team is another, in the northeast it is very difficult to compete with the current rules. other associations have made concessions to the northeast to make it easier to put teams together that are competitive.

These are just a few there are many more.
Nov. 4, 2013
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Marv

I did not go this year to busy with some things. The truck is there now I will send you a couple of photos from staging.
Nov. 4, 2013
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

PS I too will miss Corky.
Nov. 4, 2013
tattooball
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corky

Mad dog thanks for the props, but I left on my own and glad I did. Things couldn't be better, look for some exciting things coming soon for our direction.
Sept. 17, 2013
tattooball
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Softball and hot weather!!

I have had the fireball tested and is was not a .44/375. When I get back I am going to try to find the results for Marv.
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