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Feb. 14, 2018
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring Training camp

We have a few spots left at camp so if you would like to attend or have questions please give me a call.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 9, 2018
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 TOC

I will be at the Auburndale fields by the racetrack starting around 8 am on Friday. Come on over and check out the latest in Miken and Worth gear....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Feb. 2, 2018
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2018 TOC

Hey everyone
I will be doing my best to get to the TOC on Wednesday evening in time for the All Star game at the Auburndale Complex. I will have some of the new Miken 20th Anniversary Freak Senior bats with me as I will be leaving Mikens HQ in time to get there. I will be set up at the same field on Thursday so come by and demo the new line. Hopefully I will have some left there for purchase as they have been selling so quickly due to demand. Miken sold out in 3 days after they hit fields all,over the country and players saw how good they were. We are busy at work making more ASAP. You can reach me at 561-718-7504 with any questions.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Feb. 1, 2018
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Alan @ Team 1 sports

Thanks OZ,
Finally got them in and through customs. We are shipping out all the orders so guys can get them ASAP. Enjoy the fun!
Alan Tanner
Team 1Sports
561-718-7504
Jan. 23, 2018
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Critical read on utilizing engineering & physics while selecting your new senior bat

Appreciate the words everyone. Please donít think Iím not talking at myself too! You have to learn to,laugh at yourself in this world sometimes. Knowledge can be powerful but crippling. I have to watch myself in that regards and not think too much. Anyway, Iím always up for a good laugh and me and our little Softball sub culture are prime candidates for that sometimes.
Seriously though, anytime you have questions get with me. A little knowledge applied in the right direction can narrow our decisions down sometimes. Occasionally, my pea sized brain can contribute. See you all at the TOC,!

AT18
Team 1Sports
561-718-7504

Ps;
In the back of the book after you read it all.....
if you read carefully.... the computer printout paper felt familiar. At a later meeting when I had recouped enough money to provide a bar tab I asked the lead engineer why the paper felt so familiar and what type that they had specíEd for their powerful computer. ďCharmin Ultra he replied....the information contained on it is worth about as much as the paper....Ē

2018 the best year ever !
Jan. 23, 2018
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Critical read on utilizing engineering & physics while selecting your new senior bat

Hello Everyone,
I thought I would share a few insights with you concerning the critical components of engineering and physics involved in selecting your new senior bat for 2018. Let me preface this by saying that I enjoy reading and talking with people who are much smarter than I am and sometimes even at my advanced age and diminished learning capacity, I learn something. When you consider all the data, abbreviations, tolerances, and measurements being thrown around, the average player can become downright confused. So...after years of studying thousands of guinea pig players and myself, we created the softball super computer so we can find out exactly which bat is best for you. Remember, this is a serious investment of a very large sum of money and we don't want to get this wrong or this could severely restrict the bar tab that we run up that totally exceeds whatever we are spending on the subject bat just about every weekend we play. I mean if you ponder this decision, it could take more time and effort than deciding what house we can afford to buy. So, everyone knows that a computer can only spit out correct data if the program inside of it has the content within it to do so. We created the Softball super Program with literally thousands of critical input areas so we can be absolutely sure that at the end...it spits out the right bat for you! Remember, your bar tab is riding on this.

We took into account the content of how MOI, BPF, BBS, SW, BP, BBF, BS, LOL, SSUSA, HOF, COR, IMO, EL, MAXLD and a bunch of others and fed it into our computer. Then we put in all of the parts and pieces of the bat itself like carbon, Kevlar, nylon, rubber, metals, epoxy, plastic, leather, glue, and a bunch of other INERT ingredients and fed that into the computer. And then we brought in the most COMPLEX PIECE OF THE PUZZLE...YOU and your BRAIN. We had our team of doctors measure you from head to toe...I mean wouldn't added arm length increase leverage and have a direct effect if the MOI we were putting out made a difference with various BPF factors while hitting various COR softballs and the humidity was at 74%? What happened when we took off 1/1000th of a gram in the rod in the handle of the bat and transferred it by putting 1/16th of a bb shot in the end of the bat? And I just forgot that in the lab we forgot to set the temperature and humidistat in the lab to equal the exact averages of where you play the most in the region that you live....We need to abandon this test and start over as our data is totally inaccurate and will not show us exactly what bat we should buy. Remember, our quality of life is at stake here as it directly compares to the size of our bar tab.... So lets start the test over and get the right data into the softball super computer. Well....who the heck built this computer and is it really 100% accurate? This particular computer happens to be my pea sized brain that is shrinking quickly with age and overuse. In fact, the power supply is going bad and it has voltage and wattage bursts and surges which directly effect its effectiveness but lets keep going anyway.... Back at the lab we have the temperature and humidity data programmed in properly. We have 16,237 electrodes taped all over ever critical area of your body and some forcibly placed in strategic 7th inning areas as well. We NEED to have this data be 100% accurate right !? Our batting gloves are on and we are ready to swing at the first pitch....Sweat is already pouring down and...wait a minute! Sweat is pouring down? Wont that affect our COG (center of gravity) and reduce bat speed? How can this test be accurate? How am I ever going to be able to pick out the right bat for me? STOP THE TEST, all the scientists on hand agree we have to remove the sweat as it is ruining our data and have decided we are best to head to the bar, drink something cold to stop the sweating, and most importantly have the studied subject player pick up the bar tab. O no...if I pick up this bar tab, I cant buy a bat. Well, forget the bat for now lets take care of the situation at hand at the bar and we will figure out the bat purchase later. I mean do we really NEED to buy new front tires on the truck? Aren't they made out of Kevlar too and my bat engineer says that stuff makes it the most durable ever? so....meanwhile another day goes by and we call the Super lab to reschedule an appointment. In the meantime we missed 13 league games and 4 tournaments because we cant decide what bat to buy and the stupid guys at the lab don't know how to make that lame brained computer work. Aren't I smarter than that dumb computer anyway? Most likely, yes but I HAVE to find the right bat or I can't be my best. My very existence, (Bar tab, mortgage, and house itself) depend on it. So with great anticipation, I show up at the lab after 3,457 hours of deliberation, testing, and bar time. The lab is set and has been adjusted thermostatically to take in account of my body temperature at the time of impact. I pull on my brand new set of Team 1 Sports batting gloves and wait for the first pitch. Just as I am about to put every abbreviation I have ever learned into MOC (MOMENT OF CONTACT... *for you lame brained ignorant fools) the lead engineer screams out : WAIT DONT SWING!!! I try to stop my swing but its too late...my IDS (inertia during swing...see *) coupled with the 1/2 ounce end load caused the muscles in my forearm to tear and now I'm out for the season. I guess I don't need a new bat after all. So...in true softball fashion, we head over to the bar to discuss the test data. After 4 and 3/16th rounds of drinks ingested at 39.4 degrees I asked the engineer: Why did you yell at me to stop my swing/ He answered: At tests 1 and 2 you had on a different pair of batting gloves and at test 3 you had on Team 1 Sports batting gloves which would have polluted the data and the test results. EVERYBODY WHO IS ANYBODY KNOWS the TEAM ! Sports batting gloves are the most slippery and aerodynamic batting gloves ever developed. I hired Lance Armstrongs engineering and design crew from Project One and Livestrong to develop these in the wind tunnel. We spent over 29 Million dollars in research and development to build a pair of $25 batting gloves. I even created my own abbreviation in the development of these which is critical to all softball players...FGR Frictional Grip Response. The FGR on the Team 1 Sports gloves is so good that it changes the dynamics of a player holding his or her bat and has a direct effect on which bat they should swing. The other critical ramifications of FGR is the ability to grab your zipper in the 6th inning and get it up and down like lightning so you can use the bathroom quickly before its your turn to hit after you have ingest 58.6 ounces of Red Bull, Gatorade, Water, and Bud Lite before and during the game. (Of course, no Bud Lite was ingested during the game)Thank GOODNESS the engineer caught that or my test would have been totally inaccurate and I would have bought the wrong bat depending of course if my wife let me.
So the night at the bar carries on and the rounds continue. finally the lead engineer leans over and whispers the best owrds a player can ever hear: Even with limited testing time our computer is so advanced and intelligent that is was able to print out what you want: The perfect bat for you to buy! Ahhhh! Music to my ears, can I see the print out? He nods nd hands me over a rumpled paper something that feels quite comforting like I've known it before. I look down and read "YOUR PERFECT BAT MADE FOR YOU" :
You need a Dudley end cap on a Miken Freak barrel, with an Adidas handle, and a knob from the Combat Ambush. The end load should come from a Demarini not to exceed .21 ounces impregnated in epoxy from the Easton Elder. Below that it said INFORMATION VOID IF OVER 78 DEGREES AND 64% HUMIDITY.

Those of you who know me know I love to kid around and I love the game of softball, the equipment, and most of all the players I meet on the journey. The biggest asset you have when selecting the bat is YOU and YOUR BRAIN. Yes, get WISE council from people who are educated on the subject but DON'T OVERTHINK THINGS. You aren't buying a house , its a softball bat. You have fantastic choices from a variety of companies to choose from these days. Yes, that can seem confusing at times but again, seek wise council and then go out and hit some of the bats out in the marketplace if you cant decide. Choose the one that FEELS BEST TO YOU when you are swinging it, Make sure you swing it CONSISTENTLY WELL not just for 10 swings. If you want to ask me any questions feel free to reach out and I can do a short interview and possibly help you narrow down your decision. Most importantly... have fun in 2018 and enjoy your new bat !!

AT18
Team 1 Sports
tricoach18@att.net
Jan. 18, 2018
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Senior line for 2018

James,
The Big Cat happens to hit those very well. In my Bp bag I keep about 8 of those just out of curiosity during testing. ( Obviously we use an entire bag of those when testing ASAbats) Iím not sure if you are aware but Mikens ASA version of the DC41 has the same one ounce end load as the Big Cat. It swings very similar as swing weights are close. The ASA DC41 technology is different as itís engineered specifically to hit the ASA 52/300 and 52/275 balls. When you hit that bat you will see but itís performance that itís tuned for those balls and hits them even better....

AT18
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 16, 2018
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Senior line for 2018

Fair observation guys so let me give you a little More detail to help you understand where Iím coming from. Last years bats were so good I was afraid when the engineers wanted to change them some. After testing prototypes and now the finished products they are indeed better and here is why. At 60-85 swings we are achieving the same results that we had to wait until 250-300 swings to achieve before. Are you going to hit balls 50í farther? Most likely not but EVERY player at EVERY skill level will benefit in MORE HIGH PERFORMANCE SWINGS in this entire bat line than ever before. Itís great to get 1200 swings on a senior bat but at what level of performance are they? This will also greatly benefit older players with slower swing speeds in their quest to get their bats game ready. The break in period is shorter, the high performance is there and the durability is still outstanding. I did notice personally that I did achieve a certain rise in batted ball speeds and distance as well but each player is an individual with different technique, strength, and mechanics. I do know that these bats are incredibly good with the biggest sweet spot of all of the senior bats.

Incidentally, the pitcher and each of the players on hand hit these bats too. I said little to them and let them all have their own observations and opinions. Each of them had hit other bat brands along with Miken this past year. Every single player observed the immediate response after taking the wrapper off and unanimously agreed that they were better than anything previously hit. Everyone of them ordered as least one or multiple bats.....

Benji, I am aware of Eastonís return to senior Softball. Being the bat geek that I am I will check them out and report in on them as well. Easton has made some good products over the years and itís good for senior Softball that they are back at it again.

In closing, when I post information I put out the facts that I have seen or experienced to the best of my ability in an effort for each senior player to make the best decision on any equipment they purchase. I love the game, the players, and the equipment. If I can do anything for you guys just reach out...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 15, 2018
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Senior line for 2018

I just got back from a hitting and video session in Vero Beach this morning with the new Miken Big Cat 1 ounce end load. I was certainly amazed by its performance and shocked at the distances I was getting off a bat with 100 swings on it. The sound and explosiveness coupled with extreme distance makes this one of the very top bats I have ever tested. The video is on you tube now if you want to see it....

AT18
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 11, 2018
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring Training camp

We will have a variety of new 2018 senior bats for you to try out at the camp so you can see and hit them before your season starts. Come on down where itís warm and dial your game in while learning how to make yourself a better player and having a lot of fun!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Jan. 11, 2018
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Senior line for 2018

If you want to get a look at the new Miken line I have posted a couple of videos on my you tube channel. Go on you tube and put in Alan Tanner Softball and you will see a video explaining each one and the first video of me hitting the 1/2 ounce end load versiontat I made yesterday. I will be posting the other videos soon for you to see . Miken should be releasing the first shipment around January 22nd or so. If you need more information just pick up the phone and call me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Jan. 7, 2018
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ASA 44-375 Balls

OZ,
Just got word that I will receive my supply in 10-14 days. I sold out earlier than anticipated so I ordered more this go round. Happy to help all you guys out.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 29, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring Training camp

Forgot to include that the camp location is South County Regional Park right in Vero Beach. 4 very nicely manicured fields and only about 15 minutes from the beach , hotels, and of course the famous Vero Outlet Mall. Bring your wife or girlfriend and make it a mini vacation with a great list of activities and of course Florida sunshine! See you on the field....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 24, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

Bill,
Let me just say this....if you always speak or write the truth you never have to worry about what you say. Iím not worried.....
Merry Christas

AT18
T1S
Dec. 22, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring Training camp

Our Training camp will be in Vero Beach on February 23-25th. If you want individual attention and the most comprehensive senior Softball camp in the country, you will want to sign up now. Cost is $250 which includes our legendary banquet at Mulligans on the Beach. If you want more information or to register give me a call. We only accept a certain amount of athletes so that we can make the experience memorable. Camp is open to males 49and over and females 35 and over....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 20, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

If you have questions about any of the 3 Dudley bats or how to obtain any of them you can reach out when convenient. I have worked on and evaluated all 3 along with the Adidas and other brands. Being a bat geek has its rewards.....🤔

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Dec. 7, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2018 Dudley Lightning

Kevin and SK,
Curious if the bats you swung were brand new with no hits on them as the ones I swung? I didnít get a chance to put enough swings on each model to accurately review the bats fully yet. My short observation was the initial swings right out of the wrapper. I will reply in full detail once I have the opportunity to test the bats more in depth....

AT18
Dec. 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2018 Dudley Lightning

L.
I did have some limited time with the new Dudley a few weeks back. It was a little stiffer to start out with than previous versions but the balance point and swing weight felt pretty much unchanged. It appears they might need a little longer to break in than previous models but I would like to spend more time with them before I give a more in depth review. As soon as they become available I will post more information.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Dec. 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Convention Minutes

Oops
Darn spell check.... it should have said STOTE not State!

AT18
Dec. 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Convention Minutes

The microcell ball by State is a consistently good performing ball in all types of weather. So much so that I used that platform for my own Team 1 Sports Softball. I Give credit to the management at SSUSA for listening and choosing a great product that the players will enjoy using. Great job SSUSA and thank you for creating great events for all of us senior players to enjoy.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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