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, June 29, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW TO PREVENT A HEATSTROKE

Guys,
Great topic as we come in to the hottest days of the year and great information. Let me expand on it a little bit....
You can actually drink TOO much water over extended periods of exercise, dilute your blood sodium levels too much, and get hyponatremia (sp?) which is quite dangerous. Additionally, I have seen athletes whose organs begin to shut down due to dehydration and over exertion. Another very scary and potentially dangerous situation. Mix in small amounts of a sports drink, i.e. Gatorade or Powerade in order to prevent this. Let me again share a product I found when doing the Ironman Triathlons that also greatly prevents dehydration and cramping.... For around $25 a bottle Salt Stick will aid in the prevention of both scenarios while competing in the sun and humidity over long periods of time. It is actually a form of human sweat broken down molecularly and put in a capsule form. I have been using this and sharing it with athletes for over 10 years with always positive results and no cramping. If you want more information you can contact me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, June 16, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

Dear friends,
Thank you so much for your replies here, calls, texts, and emails. I am telling you honestly that your prayers and support truly matter. I also hope that none of you as parents have to endure this. It is so very hard to trust that Gods plan is the perfect one in a time like this even though in our heart of hearts we know it is.
My son was an incredible athlete, father, friend, and a strong Christian example. As I have been in his hometown these last few days many, many people have reached out to me to express the impact he had on their lives. I am a grieving but extremely proud father today. My son did not like flowers...! We are respecting that and in lieu of that we have set up an educational trust fund for his son Bryson age 3 and daughter Kayran age 20 months. It is account number 00003286497702 at TD BANK. You can visit any TD location, use "pop" or p2p transactions or Paypal donations to:
Timtanner17@bellsouth.net. You can also use the mail at:
TD Bank
ME2-001-033
PO Box 1190
Lewiston, Maine 04243

Thank you again from myself and my family. Please keep praying for us. We feel it and it is our comfort.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, June 13, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

Hello Guys,
I consider many of you family and wanted to reach out to the softball community after receiving a lot of emails, calls , and texts concerning my son Tim. On Saturday I was playing at the Senior Smokey Mountain Classic when I received a call that my son Tim had been involved in a serious motorcycle accident and airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock, AK. I got in touch with them as he was being admitted. There were no flights out of Knoxville so I left the field and immediately began driving the 7.5 hours to Little Rock. They called to update me and Tim had severe brain injuries and they asked me to get there as soon as I could. My son Tim passed away Saturday evening and went to heaven to be with my infant son Travis who preceded him. I was and am very proud of my son and his strong Christian faith and I know where he is right now. I share thiis with you my friends and ask that you pray for my family and also especially for his 2 young children. We are having a service here in Arkansas on Thursday and a memorial service down in Florida at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday , June 25th at 10 am. Any of you are welcome to attend. We will be arranging a memorial fund in lieu of flowers in honor of Tim for his children. Thank you for each of your prayers and support during this.

Alan Tanner
, June 4, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW 2016 USSSA Miken Patriot

Sure just give me a call.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, June 3, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW 2016 USSSA Miken Patriot

Okay so after a couple weeks of testing we have....a sure fire winner here. Mikens new USSSA Patriot uses their traditional 14" Maxload design to deliver one of the very best "kids" bats out there. The Patriot comes in a balanced version or a 1/2 ounce end load version which is very desirable for us seniors because.....the bat feels and swings just like Mikens new Senior Ultra II Black Maxloads (black and green) and their balanced (white and black) bats that many players currently swing.
Let's just say this: if you are swinging the new Miken senior and now the USSSA Patriot you are hitting the top of the line in both categories. The Patriot also now has the new S3R technology which adds microscopic spheres to the barrel of the bat which helps to increase spin and performance. You will notice very early on that this bat does not act like a USSSA bat but feels and responds quite a bit better than other bats out there. Within 100-125 swings the slightly "tingy " sound goes away and now the bat REALLY hits. Utilizing a number of different players and skill levels, we saw fantastic results during the testing and evaluation process. The caveat is that it comes with a one year warranty along with its stellar performance up and down the barrel. Mikens engineers have again created a fantastic balance of feel, performance, and durability for us to enjoy. Another big bonus is that when you purchase one, funds go directly into the Heros Fund which impacts and helps our Veterans in a big way. Enjoy a great bat and do your part to support a bat made in the USA and the veterans of our great country. Call me with any questions at 561-718-7504.

Alan Tanner
Team.1 Sports
, May 31, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

Mikens new Patriot comes in a 25 ounce version as well in both USSSA and in its senior SSUSA model. Get the one that feels the best to you and each of them delivers good results....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, May 27, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Bubble gum,
The two bats and weights you have listed will swing and feel TOTALLY different. If you want to call me I'll be happy to speak with you and help match you up with what will best suit you.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, May 20, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Mizuno Erupt Turf/Cleats

Fence,
They don't list that info so I grabbed a pair of 10.5 in the 3/4 model and they weighed 1 pound 8 ounces which is fairly light for such a well cushioned and supportive shoe. The low top version will be even lighter. Every player I have supplied them to has really liked them. Again, they only come in a standard D width so if you have a really wide foot I would suggest New Balance. If you need help or questions call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
561-718-7504
, May 20, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The Combat Ambush...revisited

Taits,
Good to hear from you. All is well in South Florida! Heading to the field now to test some prototypes on a new bat that I'm working on and then to the gym before leaving for the West Coast of Florida to play this weekend. You are very correct in your statement about the break in period. Most players don't want to spend the time hitting enough (but they should 😏) to get bats game ready. I will say technology has shortened that cycle on several bats while still giving us good durability. Only a few years ago bats that broke in quickly usually....broke quickly! Several companies have made great strides in that area and we now have a lot of good choices that don't require huge amounts of break in. This is a reason why we "tweaked" the Ambush in order to keep up with some of the very best of the best out there. You brought up a great point about individual players break in times. Some guys will take longer than others depending on swing speeds, mechanics, strength, and also the type and condition of the balls that they are using. I break in a lot of bats for guys and still notice subtle differences from bat to bat as we also must consider each bat is not perfectly like the one before. I again must point out that most of the companies that have had top tier bats out for more than one or 2 production runs are providing very consistent products for the most part. We will wait and see how some of the newcomers do in that department!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, May 19, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The Combat Ambush...revisited

Hello guys,
A lot of info out there on new bats and I have received a lot of calls recently on one piece bats vs. 2 piece bats. I've always said a player needs to pick a top notch bat that FEELS good to them when swinging it and it most likely be the one they are the most successful with so.....I know a lot of players aren't real comfortable with how a lot of the newer two piece bats swing so you may want to consider the Combat Ambush with its new resin system. The Ambush delivers great performance and once broken in has a tremendous sweet spot. The balance point of both the end loaded and balanced version swing comfortably and are very easy to adapt to. If you have questions or want comparison information feel free to contact me and I'll try to help you out.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, May 19, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Senior Patriot

The Patriot in the senior version comes with a 1/2 ounce end load and does not have quite the same "sledge hammer" feel that the Rocket Launcher has. My opinion on this is more SENIOR players will be able to effectively swing the Patriot due to its balance point difference. I have swung the Rocket Launcher and it is indeed a good bat but I have not swung it enough to test its durability. I do know the Patriot extensively and I can tell you it's the finest 12" barrel senior bat out there right now. And.....I will do a review on the USSSA version soon. At this point I'll summarize. WOW,,,!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, April 28, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Senior Patriot

Miken just informed me that the 28 ounce Patriots have been released from production and have begun shipping. All sizes are available now including 25,26,27,28 and 30 ounce models....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, April 25, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Senior Patriot

Lefty,
Just got in late last night from playing in Alabama. I received 26&27 Patriots while I was away so yours should be here real soon. I'll check in with Miken this morning on the status of the 28's...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, April 16, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Spoke with Miken yesterday and the first batch should be shipping to me in about 7-10 days....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, April 13, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Hail,
Fair questions so let me explain further...
I try to put out factual information so players can make the best choice on a bat that fits them and their needs.
I did not design the construction of this bat, the engineers at Miken did that. I did have input on feel, balance points, flex, performance, durability, and sweet spot on the various prototypes that I swung along the way to selecting the finished product. I have very good feed back on durability as its a very big concern or mine since it's a big concern of most senior players. The Patriot showed very good marks in durability on the last versions that we tested and ultimately selected for production. When combined with its outstanding performance and sweet spot it will be among top tier levels of any senior bat.
The reason I gave the Dudley a slightly higher mark is that their 12" bat has shown to be exceptional in durability and they have hundreds out in the hands of a players of a variety of skill levels. Because of a proven track record such as this, I feel "street credibility" should be considered when rating bats. I believe the Patriot will achieve this as well once I get my shipment in and start getting them out to players. Based on what you stated you were looking for in a bat I think the Patriot will fit you well and you will be very happy with it.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, April 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Perl,
I should have mentioned my 3 measuring sticks:
Performance
Durability
Sweet spot
Thanks,
AT18
, April 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Perl,
When I rate a bat unless I specifically mention one of the three areas by itself that's what I use to measure. All of us as senior players want those three attributes in a bat and the Patriot delivers in each one. As a direct comparison with the Dudley I'll say this:
The Patriot has a slight performance edge after break in
The Patriot delivers a more consistent hitting area
At this point I will give the Dudley the nod in overall durability as the Patriot has not yet established itself in that area. I will say that in testing, the Patriot delivered acceptable levels of durability but let's wait to get a few hundred out on the street to be objective about this part of the equation. The Dudley is certainly a good measuring point as it too is a fine bat. Hope this helps...

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, April 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

I received the first Patriot bat this Friday and my team unwrapped it at Bp at the Ssusa spring Nationals. After a few of us hit it , it was deemed game ready and it was used in several games over the weekend. The good news is that the production model hit and acted just the same as the last prototype that I worked with. Those of you who like a slightly shorter barrel with a tad bit more end load will really like this. Miken tells me they are still on course to have bats produced in the next 2-3 weeks so get ready for another great choice in bats. Call me with any questions at 561-718-7504.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, April 5, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Hi guys,
If you want to see some footage on when I was testing the Patriot go on you tube and put in Alan Tanner softball and you will see listings for 3 prototype bats and you can view a few short videos there. The bats should be out of the factory this month....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, March 27, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Crusher,
Excellent observation as its been my experience that bat speed can actually slightly increase while swinging shorter barrel bats. Additionally, when you consider the end load and increased inertia from this you can add it all up to additional bat speed. As always, select a very top tier bat (which this is) that FEELS comfortable with your personal swing habits and techniques. You will find your most success by doing so. The new Patriot 12" bat is the best short barrel senior bat that I have ever tested and swung regularly and for those guys who like those balance points....you are going to love it too.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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