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, Jan. 17, 2018
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

Youre correct I cant go into a lot of details on how are bat is loaded exactly. We took the Melee 2 Endload and added 50% more endload to the end weight. That's why the Melee Reloaded bats are in half sizes: 25.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5, 29.5 Adidas just added the weight to the endweight with a small amount of counterweight.

For guys that like End weights - you need to take a look at the Melee Reloaded. Im highly impressed with this bat. Took us over 2+ years to find the right design and now we have it.



Thanks,
Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
, Jan. 12, 2018
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

The Melee 2 Endload & Melee 12" Legends of the Game are both 1/2 ou end weight. The Melee Reloaded is a 3/4ou end weight.

You def can feel the weight difference between the endloads & the reload.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
, Jan. 12, 2018
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

The New Melee Reloaded bats are here!

Have had some questions about the bat and we wanted to give you some more feedback & insight on the Melee Reloaded bat:

We started testing heavier end weight bats about 2 years ago when a lot of bats out there had a 1-2ou end weight. But we wanted to see what we would be best for the Senior Market. When we combined the heavier end weight with our exclusive Adi-light composite (which makes our bats swing faster) - The results were phenomenal, guys were driving the ball, being able to pull the ball instead of having the bat head drag. The best results were with the 3/4 ou end load - which gave us the Melee Reloaded Sr bat. Its the same mold as our other 13" barrel bats with 50% more end weight than the Melee 2 Endload. We also found that with the weights of 25.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.5 & 29.5 that this bat can be used by all Sr players. Melee Reloaded bat was designed to give optimal swing speed but still feel the end weight all the way thru connecting thru the ball.


Just wanted to give you some info on the New Blue Melee Reloaded bat.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing you & good luck to your team in 2018!


Thanks,
Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, Dec. 22, 2017
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

Sorry to add to this post. Not my intention, but after calls & texts from a lot of concerned people - we need to get this straight. Team 0ne is not an approved rep or dealer for Adidas.


Also our Adidas Pro staff & Seniors from FL (Woodlawn, Villages, Bradenton & Venice hitting clubs have been our Adidas official testers.) Weve done a lot of testing in 2017 with over 30 hit tests to compare the bats.



Team One like all bat companies compare the competition bats, and I believe Alan is saying that. I think a lot of guys were getting confused and after 2 days of phone calls & texts. Just wanted to make sure that the Adidas reps & dealers are where youll get info on the adidas products.


We appreciate your support & Happy Holidays!



Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yahoo.com


, Dec. 6, 2017
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: diference between melee 2 bats

Guys,

That is correct - the Melee 12" Legends of the Game bat does swing heavier than the Melee 2 Endload. With Adidas maintaining there performance based model in bats & using our Golf Partner "Taylormade" influences weve developed a quicker, high performance line of softball bats. Melee 12" (with the shorter barrel) gives us more of a faster head swing like a golf club to power the ball further than the other Softball bats.

Melee 12" will give you more power & the Melee 2 will give you power and more consistent swings to hit to all fields.

The New Melee Reloaded is made for the Melee 2 Endload guys that like more end weight. This will be coming out end of the month, and Ill give you the details when we have them here. The testing with our test groups have been very high, and is our new 2018 Adidas Sr Melee Model.

Well also continue with the Melee 2 Endload & Balance bats with the Melee 12" for 2018 also.

Hope that helps answer your questions.


Thanks,
Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Addidas

, Nov. 23, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 Adidas Melee 2

We brought out the Melee 2 in April this year and will go thru 2017. This bat has achieved what Adidas R&D engineers designed it to do. It took the Org Melee added the lightest & strongest composite available to engineer a faster swinging bat with high performance & good durability. Also has the bat flex that you get out of a 2-piece but still have the 1-piece feel. That gives you more control to where you want to hit the ball.

The 2017 bat will be the Melee 12" Legends of the Game Pro Player Model. It was helped designed & endorsed by our Adidas Senior Pro Staff: Davey Reed, Bobby Davis, Don Clatterbough & Steve Imlay. This bat besides being 1" shorter barrel explodes thru the hitting zone. It took us 8 more months testing on this bat then the Melee 2. We strengthened up the handle flex to cut down on the whip from the swing. The testers are from 40 to 75 year olds & everybody just loved the feel & pop from the bat. This will be available in limited quantities end of Dec this year.

Demos of the Melee 12" will be with the authorized reps from Suncoast Team.


Hopefully that answers the questions that are out there. We are currently also testing 2-piece bats to add to our Senior Bat line.


Happy Thanksgiving to all the Senior Players from Suncoast Team & Adidas Softball!



Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
seniorlegend@yahoo.com



, Sept. 14, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Cleats

We'll have all of our different styles that have been player tested at the Adidas tent in Vegas and at Ft Myers Winter National tournament. Looking forward to seeing you at the fields.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
www.suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, Sept. 8, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do i do to get started

Joey Michaels... What you do is call your former Suncoast teammates. They are putting something together for Winter Nationals in Nov. for the 50s. Were having a 40 & 50s team. You know a lot of the guys already.

Call me when you get free... Would be great to see back on the field!


Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
941-228-7224
, Sept. 8, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vendors

What weve been told is that all Bat vendors must be at Big League Dreams. So Suncoast Adidas will be there and at all Managers meeting.

Let us know if we can help!


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, Sept. 8, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Cleats

Well weve been working closely with Adidas and have come out with about 4 different shoes for all different types of feet & needs.

Adidas Bounce has a side saddle lace system to give you added suport. Trail shoe & running shoe weve adopted for the softball field.

Power Alley Quag is like the (Reebok Zig Quag) very light and durable in all 5 team colors.

Turf Hog shoes are a Midtop that has some similar things that Tanel offered. Great turf shoe.

Speed Trainer Turfs (Wide Shoe) is used by Adidas coaches on the field. Very comfortable and lightweight.


All of these shoes will be on display at Vegas. Were very excited about providing a comfortable and durable shoes.



Look forward to seeing you in Vegas!



Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yhoo.com
, Aug. 27, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken 2 piece balalanced vs. Adidas me lee 2 balanced

When talking with a lot of Seniors we tried to capture the best of both worlds. Adidas Melee 2 is a 1-piece bat which most Seniors like, with the added flex from the Melee 2 Composite gives you the performance of a 2-piece bat.

It took us a while to find that happy medium of the bat flex & make it swing faster with high performance. Most Seniors wanted to have there bat as game ready as possible.

Same thing with our 12" bat were launching for 2017. Weve done extensive testing on that and had to take down the flex because of the shorter barrel was coming around real quick.


Hope that helps give you some insight on the Melee 2.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, Aug. 27, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Melee2 hair line crack

Yes thats the clear coat stress from the barrel flex. Adidas R&D tried to minimize the spider cracking that we got from the org Reebok Melee.

The way that the Melee 2 composite is laid out & made is to give max barrel flex to get more performance out of it. It will have stress cracks.

You'll get straight lines on the Melee 2 barrel and if you take care of your Melee 2, and once you get to that point its your "gamer" bat.


Good luck on the fields!


Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, June 3, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Yes - Red is Balanced, Green is Endload. With the Balance Bats you get more control, and your hands will roll over quicker. The Endload is more for Power Hitters that want to drive the ball.

The Balls that I would recommend would be the ones you swing in your games. Some people believe hitting a stadium ball will help break the bat in faster. It will but it will also reduce the life of the bat. Im not a believer in doing that. I want a ball that will be similar to what will be used in games. That way you can get the feel on how much you have to cut the ball to get either backspin for power & topspin for base hitting.

Appreciate the questions!


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, June 2, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Alan - Correct the Patriot bat has a 25ou bat, but at the time we launched this Melee 2 bat it was not out yet. Also my reference is to the 25ou Melee 2 Balanced Bat that I have not seen out for anybody to try. In closing on this - we tried to make a bat that could cover about 90% of the Senior Softball market. Having a 25ou Balance & Endload thru a progression of weights to a 30 Balance & Endload does that.

Swing for the Fence - I thought your comment was very funny! With saying everybodys bat is hotter than everyone else's and adding the distance together. Well have guys hitting them 600 ft very soon. LOL - Even Gorilla Boy Mike - would laugh at that!

In trying to answer the questions that everyone is asking about the Melee 2 bats. My only reference to another bat is to the original Reebok Melee. That bat is 6 years old and the composite technology then compared to now is not even close. The Melee 2 is stronger, bigger sweet spot, more distance & much more durable than the original Reebok Melee.

From our Adidas Pro Staff (heres what they swing):
Davey Reed - swings 27 & 28ou Endload (moved up 1 ou in Melee 2)
Bobby Davis - swings the 26ou Endload (moved down an ou.)
Ray Wimbrough - swings 25 & 26 Endload (switched to End from Balance)
Don Clatterbough - swings 30ou Endload (says perfect weight)
Dale Mayo - swings 30ou Endload (went up an ou.)
Steve Imlay - swings 30ou Endload (felt same way Don & Dale)

So you see our Pro Staff made changes to what best for there swing. Also most of them will have 2 different weights and some carry a balance bat in there bag for more bat control.


The last question on breaking in the bat? So many variables in that: 1. How strong the hitter is. 2. What ball is used. 3. Are the balls water logged. 4. Are u rotating the bat after each hit. 5. Are u hitting the balls to all fields. 6. Do u cut the ball or do u hit the ball square.

Doug 60 - 10 swings def is not enough swings to have the bat loose enough or "game ready". The range that Im finding out is 40 - 200 swings and the bat is game ready. We took a brand new Melee 2 balance bat out of the wrapper and did hit a lot of Hr's out of the Baseball field for our video that we shot.

https://youtu.be/TEvjyVEOQCU

Hopefully - that will help answer some questions that you guys have. Please feel free to email me anything specific, and hope to see you out on the field soon!



Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yahoo.com

, May 31, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Kevin,

Sorry I didnt know that the Nightmare bats came in 25ou bats. Since the Nightmare was made more for the heavy end weight guys we didnt compare it to the melee 2. Were looking for a bat to help the Womens & 70+ guys with the 25ou Melee 2 balanced bats. We didnt find a 25ou bat made in the balance bats except for USSSA bats.

Doug - I will ask our testers what they feel the break in is. We did our testing with 40, 50 , 60 & 70 year old guys. Our oldest is Zeb Carter and a very good hitter in the 70 age group.

Well get back to you.



Thanks,
Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas

, May 28, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Guys & Ladies,

I just wanted to give you an update and answer a lot of questions that are being asked.

The bats are continually being made since end of February and hasnt stopped. There are no numbers that reference which "batch" its made in.

Question on what part of the market did Adidas Melee 2 target?
We targeted the Senior Market more of the 90% of the Senior Players. Now the Major+ 40 & 50 guys that cut the ball will get a lot of life out of the bats. But mainly Adidas wanted the Best performing bat on the market and with being the first bat company to make senior softball bats for the women & guys who want to swing faster by adding the 25ou bats to the line.

We appreciate all of the feedback and what you like and dont like about the bat. What some people dont like is how fast it swings or not as durable or getting 2000 swings on it. As we have said this is a performance bat and you have to get used to the swing. Some guys can pick it up and feel very natural to them, other guys need to get a couple of BP sessions and have 100-200 swings on it before they really get the swing down. There will be a 12" bat with a 25ou bat & a 30ou bat coming out in the fall, that will give more of the end weights that some of the players like.

Softball Senior Bat Reviews did a review on the Adidas Melee 2 and gave there feelings and comments on the Melee 2 Bats.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxRSdh8hixk
A lot of the comments they said are very true in the design of the Melee 2. We did change the load of the bats to make it more progressive and give the 28 & 30 more end weight feel. The 25ou feels like swinging a tennis racket, but you really can put the ball anywhere you want to. The comment on the Taylor made technology might be a little off in the video. Personally I was able to swing the non - Taylormade shaft on the bat versus the Taylormade technology added bat which we have now in the Melee 2. That was a no brainer on the decision to what to make the bat. The Taylormade technology gave us the bat flex, speed off the bat & the bigger sweet spot that everyone wanted. It continued in the Reebok Melee tradition and evolved with all of the new technology thats been put into the Adidas Melee 2.

If you have any other questions please feel free to email me and Ill try to get back in touch with you asap.

Good Luck to all of the Teams & Players now that were really getting into the season. Hope to see you on the field soon!


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team - Adidas
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
, April 28, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Guys we appreciate all the feedback, and just wanted to give a comment about the "first batch" questions. After talking with a lot of the Players - they were all bringing up the Reebok bats.

Reebok did mark there bats with a code like (1A or 2E) to identify the month & year that the bats were made. Back then the factory didnt have a dedicated work area for the bats to be made and were making bats 2 or 3 months of the year. Thats not the case with Adidas Melee bats. These bats have been made from Jan and have been made every month since then thru June for the Adidas Melee 2 bats. We will be getting 4 more shipments of the Melee 2 which the next shipment just came in this past Monday. These shipments will be coming in now thru Sept, so that we can meet the demand for this bat. Starting in July we are scheduled to make our 2017 Signature Series bat line with the 12" Endload bat to come out in the fall. So were continuing to make bats and testing bats for 2018 and beyond.

We've been listening to what the players have wanted, and hopefully that will answer the first batch questions you had about the Melee 2 bats.


Look forward to seeing you on the field!


Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
, April 6, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Which Batch Is It?

The bats will be shipping out this Friday. The bats were originally supposed to be here March 15th and were getting them on Friday. Nothing but 1 problem after another in getting these bats here. Nothing that Suncoast or the reps have any control in. Adidas has written an email to SSUSA stating that this was there fault and that Suncoast was not at fault here. There was some issues with logistics that Adidas couldnt correct to meet the timeframes that they told Suncoast. Weve been thru 3 New Bat launches with Reebok, Dudley & now Adidas and have had delays with every launch.

Most of the bats are being bought thru a rep, and they will have the bats by next week. We have not been in contact with those customers because we dont know who you are. We have talked to a lot of our reps customers and explain the bats have been delayed, but we couldnt get a hold of everyone. Weve sent out 3 emails to the reps & 2 to customers that bought on-line.

The First Batch and Second Batch comment is all the same batch. We ordered 5k bats and they will all be here by May. The factory is continuously making the bats, with one delay when we asked the Factory to check the decal on the bat. It was giving a straight line that looked like a crack but was the decal that came together. There is no spider webbing, and if you clean the barrel off it looks like it has been barely hit.

The bats have been shipped in multiple shipments. The reason we did pre-orders was the only way to guarantee that you would get a bat in this 2nd shipment. We are pretty much sold out. We've told some reps & teams that they will have to get them in the next shipment on April 20th.

Every one we have talked to is eagerly waiting on the bats and we want to get them to you. There is def a supply -vs- demand issue going on here. If you liked the Melee youre going to love the Melee 2. The performance of this bat is crazy. Once you see the bat perform you'll understand, the added Taylormade Golf technology - makes the bat swing smoother & faster. It is a Senior Bat and is built in the same tradition of the melee - performance with added durability. Def not saying this bat will last forever.

Good luck on the fields, hope this helps. To all the people that have ordered bats from a rep understand we were going by what we were told.


Thanks Again,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
, March 19, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

I appreciate all of the responses and emails on questions on the bat. This is just informational info on the new melee.

The Melee2 was totally designed against the original melee. Not made to copy any other bat. You'll soon see the melee 2 bats on the field very soon. You can judge for yourself.

Xavier if your really big super strong major+ thats hits the ball indoors, hits the ball square, than maybe this bat is not for you. But in my opinion thats not the typical senior player. The typical senior player doesnt swing 1+ ounce endloads, they swing bats that they can control and hit well. Thats what our whole intention with this Melee 2. To better the org melee and through the technical engineering aspects of the Melee 2 - Adidas has def done that.

Weve received compliments from almost everybody that has swung the bat. The only comment that is real common is that the bat swings fast. Thats an adjustment you'll make just like swinging any new bat and swinging a 12" bat.

Like when we sent the 100+ demos out to all over the country, hit it and form your own opinion.

Good Luck to all the teams this weekend.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
941-228-7224
, March 16, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Xavier - we appreciate your input. Theyre has been some bats with a line where the decal comes together. Weve also noticed some straight lines (ie stress cracks on the paint outer layer) But not noticing the spider webbing or paint chipping off the bats like the org Reebok Melee.

We have over 100+ bats all over the country, that have been hit over the last 30 days. Currently there are 2 bats that are broken, one around 700 & one around 400. We have 12 bats that I know that have over 1k swings on them.

Dale Mayo from Indiana, hit the bat with a lot of the OKI guys and wailed on the bat. I asked them to not baby it, but to hit it and let me know how many swings they get on it. They hit the bat over 2 weekends in Feb in Indiana which is not as warm as FL. I was hoping for over 500 swings and they got almost 700 on it. Dale, Vern Hensley and others are big Major+ guys and they were getting much more distance then the org Melee.

For Informational purposes only: This bat was made to the same tradition of the Org Melee. With this 2nd Generation Melee we vastly improved the performance and increased the durability of the Melee 2.


This is all the feedback that I'm getting from the field. Well get you the info that we can share within the guidelines of this website.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
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