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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
March 14, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Thanks Hitman!

We should have a couple to demo out there. Were setting up demo days all over the country. Want to get the players the opportunity to hit them.

Theres a youtube video of 4 guys hitting the melee https://youtu.be/-gCye_KnCnk



Thanks,


Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
March 13, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Bruster, Bill & Don,


Thanks for the added testimonials.

Bill - same mold as the reebok, only the composite has been upgraded from the original melee. So no new drag technology, but enhanced composite to allow more flex that speeds up the bat. That really speeds your hands up. Id recommend to stay with your bat weight but take a smoother swing with the bat till you get use to the bat.

Bill to your questions no changes in balance points & now would be the answer to your last question.

Don - the bat weights come in a 25, 26, 27, 28 & 30ou weights. I think u had a typo.


Look forward to seeing you on the field.



Thanks,
Lee Trotter
suncoastteam@yahoo.com

March 11, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

swing for the fences,

Good question, when doing the testing with the prototypes we used our Suncoast 40s team to do the hitting. We didn't break the last prototype and has over 1k swings.

For Informational purposes: This bat was designed to follow in the line of the original Melee - but is def better in performance & durability. With the added Taylormade technology weve achieved that and have the bat swing faster.


For all kinds of bats it depends on the hitter. If you cut the ball you will get more swings out of the bat. If u hit it square youll get a limited amount of swings.

Hopefully that gave you a little more insight with out breaking any rules on this message board.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team

March 11, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Great news

Saw the email last night. That was great news. Looking forward to seeing you soon Terry.


Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team


March 11, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

bkb555,

Glad to hear your feedback and testimonial. When we sent the demos out I told everybody "Let me know what you think?" Didnt want to influence them at all.

Its crazy I went on Ebay and saw the old Melees selling for as much as $400. I was shocked. We ran out of the Reebok Melees last May.


Thanks,

Lee Trotter
Suncoast Team
March 9, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

16wood

I couldnt agree with you more. Conway Waddy stood out to me so much I asked a director that was near me, did u check his date of birth? He said "Thats Conway - hes a player"

Talked with him in Vegas - he is a great guy & very humble. Have a pic with him & Bobby Davis.

He didnt tell me he made no outs in 6 games. Awesome.


Thanks,
Lee Trotter

March 9, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Very good ?

No, and you'll tell on your first swing. Without going into to much info on the bat. This is the 2nd generation of the melee with the advanced technology. It swings faster with more flex then the org melee.

Its not a repainted melee.



Thanks,
Lee Trotter

March 9, 2016
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

JR - we appreciate your info and good to hear from the Senior players.


Just to clear up some info and get the correct information surrounding the Adidas Melee2 Senior Softball Bat.

This bat continues in the tradition of the original Melee (Reebok-sister company of Adidas) Its made out of the same mold, same end weights but with added new technologies. When doing the tests last year we went thru 6 different proto-types to get the right mix of performance & durability.

When Adidas R&D team started working with Taylormade Golf (Adidas Company) on a line of Baseball bats, they started to apply some of the golf technology into the Senior Softball Bat. We told the R&D team if we can get a bat that will help swing the bat faster - which in turn will make the ball go farther and quicker thats what we need, thats what happened with the new & improved Melee2. Also with the added technology weve increased the sweet spot of the bat.

This bat is exclusive to Suncoast and its reps & partners. But when we got the demo bats in I reached out to non-affiliated Sr players like Conway Waddy, Steve Imlay & many others. We wanted an unbiased opinion and after hearing that Steve Imlay broke the org melees in less than 100 swings, we had to get a bat in his hands. Watching Conway Waddy in Vegas playing in the 65 Major + division, Pitching, Hitting (3 games didnt make an out) and running he looked like 35 years old on the field. We searched him out to get a demo out to him.

This is just some info on the Melee2 bat.


Thanks,
Lee Trotter
suncoastteam@yahoo.com
Sept. 3, 2015
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken black senior bat- balanced vs endload alan -mike or other

I dont think they will have the production line out by then. But I do believe the Pilot Run will be out around that time and I'll see if we can get some there for people to try.


The Bar has been raised in Senior Softball with the Dudley bat. Giving the players a bat that performs at a high level and gives you durability. Miken bringing out there New bat with these features. Its only going to make the Senior player get better. Using your bat for bp & games will only make you better.

Adidas/Reebok Melee 2 will also be following those same performance & durability standards and will be producing a High End Senior bat. Personally I love the Melee swing weight and how it comes thru so effortlessly. Adidas also uses there Composite technology with Taylormade Golf & CCM Hockey to get the best materials into there Senior bat.

The Dudley bats with the Grip Spin is awesome! John Loiars did a phenomenal job in engineering this bat.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Vegas!Safe travels and good luck in your tournaments!
Sept. 3, 2015
Trotter25
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken black senior bat- balanced vs endload alan -mike or other

I dont know anything about the Miken New Bats. But the Melee 2 we hit is very good. Got the first proto types in. As like the Org Melee - pretty hot out of the wrapper and has that great swing weight. Like we told you - Its Coming... Will be out in 2016.
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