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, Aug. 31, 2016
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

In case you dont want to click on the link:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."


Booker T Washington - 1911
, Aug. 31, 2016
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

https://polination.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/booker-t-washington-quote.jpg
, May 30, 2016
jfsully
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Question about 1.21

I was reading anther website and the following came up in discussion. Is this true that the 1.21 BPF limit applies only when a bat is new and it can exceed that as the bat "breaks-in"?

The other questions are interesting as well:

"However, current SSUSA testing only requires the bat to pass BPF = 1.21 straight out of the wrapper with no break-in.

It's not entirely clear which bat actually meets or exceeds BPF=1.21 as it becomes "game ready" ....?
What is the potential max BPF of broken-in bat?
What is potential durability of bat once it reaches its peak BPF?
Which bat has largest sweet spot once broken in?"

(credit to post by Fennellwg @ SBF)
, March 21, 2016
jfsully
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Here is an interesting item on e-bay :

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Restitched-PAIR-of-softballs-52-275-covers-with-54-600-inside-HOT-/252281989053?hash=item3abd2da7bd:g:W94AAOSwPc9WuhJF


, March 20, 2016
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Works fine for me Sparky ......
, March 18, 2016
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Soreness

I have had achilles tendonitis at various times.

I also am a huge proponent of Kinesiology Tape. MAke sure you sue a directed and it is NOT just for while playing. You should leave it on and it helps in the healing process. http://www.kttape.com/


I also switched to more flexible trail running shoes from "cleats" and that provided help.

Many times it can help to replace the insoles of the shoes. As the insoles become worn down , there is not as much arch support and new insoles can help.
, March 2, 2016
jfsully
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: what is the call

An even more interesting scenario is the runner is chased to the commitment line by the 3rd baseman but does NOT cross the line.

As the 3rd baseman reaches out tag him, the runner steps over the line.

I believe the ruling would be the runner is safe because you cannot tag the runner after he crosses the commitment line.

(If the 3rd baseman had thrown home before the runner stepped over the line, the runner could retreat to 3rd.)


, Dec. 22, 2015
jfsully
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens New Ultra II Black debuts.....

Sweet spot studies :

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/sweetspot.html

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/cop.html
, Dec. 3, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

I believe (not totally sure) that after the ball is hit, it is legal for the screen to be placed on the ground (knoccked over), so it does not interfere with a throw from a fielder.
, Dec. 2, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

When people have talked about other fielders being injured from bad hops etc there are acouple of issue that are being missed.
There is a limit on reaction time of human beings and the pitcher is substantially closer to the batter than any other fielder.
This reaction times tends to increase with age. From our pitching distance it stretches the ability of human beings to react especially given our "hot" senior bats and/or "hotter" balls.
Here are a couple of studies :

http://my.llfiles.com/00260735/223.full.pdf

http://thesportjournal.org/article/a-composite-softball-bat-revolution-why-the-pitcher-has-little-time-to-react-to-a-batted-ball/
, Oct. 30, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Cal 50 :

Per SSUSA rules : Home plate shall be made of rubber or other suitable material. It shall be a
five-sided figure, 17" (43.18 cm) wide across the edge facing the pitcher

The mat for SSUSA is 19" wide by 34.5 long.

The pitchers are already given 1" per side extra (2" in total)
, Oct. 15, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Bats and Temperature

For every one degree of temperature change, the compression of a ball changes by 5lbs. I beieve the balls are intitally tested at 72 degrees.

That means if its 42 degrees outside, a 475 ball is like a 625 compression ball. That is the biggest influence on what breaks a bat. (This is why guys usedto put balls in coolers)

The bat warmers were originaly approved by ASA and later disallowed because in testing they found that bat warmers give a significant increase in performance. I believe the number was was in the range of 2-4%. They were then outlawed by ASA. (SSUSA and other organizations allow bat warmers. Its funny, here in Florida I hav seen guys using bat warmers in 65-90 degree weather, its probably not to keep the cold from breaking the bat.)

If you call the bat manufacturers, they will tell you that the danger in breaking bats in cold weather comes primarily from the change in compression of the ball.




, Sept. 29, 2015
jfsully
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

In most associations (all that I know of) the batter's bx exists whether the lines are visible or not. The batter's box is defined by dimensions NOT just lines on the ground.

The ASA point of emphasis says "In cases where there are no batter’s box lines evident, good judgment must be used and the benefit of any doubt must go to the batter. If no contact is made with the ball, there is no penalty."

A good comparison is, when the foul lines are erased, does that mean there is no foul line?

, Aug. 23, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Guture Senior softball homerun hitter

http://i.imgur.com/HBMRd3B.webm OR

http://imgur.com/gallery/HBMRd3B ? do those work for you?


, Aug. 23, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Guture Senior softball homerun hitter

yes a "big finger" typo ... lol

I just copied and pasted the link and it worked
, Aug. 23, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Guture Senior softball homerun hitter


http://i.imgur.com/HBMRd3B.webm
, July 20, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Guture Senior softball homerun hitter

This is in response to ? above, who said "After reading about all your bat testing I have noticed you have not rated any bat as a waste of money. Why is that?"

Living in SOFL, I have had the privilege of being able to bend Alan's ear on bats and other subjects. (I also have had the "privilege" to play on a team whose behind was kicked by his team..lol)

Alan has always been totally honest and unbiased in the information he has provided. He works hard at making sure he is able to provide factual information via his experience AND others input on various products.

He also knows that different bats are better for differing swing types. To give an example, the last time I was looking for a bat, he didn't guide me to his bat, he said "Sully, with your swing I think the bat you are using is fine."
(Still dont know if that was an insult or compliment?)

Alan has been a great sourcce of info for a lot of us and I think its important to thank him for the efforts.
, May 6, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Mat

SPA is, I believe, 21" by 35".
, May 6, 2015
jfsully
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Mat

Rome: Which association are you referring to? Believe it or not, there are many different mat measurements.

SSUSA dimensions are in rule 1.62. It is 19" by 34.5" (48.26 cm X 87.63cm)
, April 13, 2015
jfsully
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Gimmick

The ultimate gimmick bat :

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1987-08-06/news/8703050234_1_bat-tidal-wave-official-softball


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