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April 15, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee end loaded bat

Manny and Mark,
I have had several reports of a little extra break in on the Melees and added durability from guys I have got bats out to. I just received the shipment of the new ones today. As I do when test bats, I randomly pull bats from stock orders from each company. That way we all get a fair evaluation of each bat model and also evaluation of batches. I will be working on a few of the new Melees this week and next and I'll update you guys on my findings. If you have questions you can reach me via email or phone.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Tricoach18@att.net
April 14, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee end loaded bat

Touch and go right now. I hit an unexpected shipment in this week but can't get them to commit to making more yet. ....it's possible there will be no more till June and after that they aren't saying anything. Quite a stressful story but that's what I am told at this point.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updated....

Performance and durability....ok here goes

Miken 2pc and Ambush are tops there.
The One comes in a close 3rd...
Some general comments on the rest.
2014 Easton Elder good on durability , average on performance.
2014 Barrage: excellent in performance, slightly below average on durability.
Boombah Boss: average across the line
Dirty: actually ...close to a tie with the One in third as both of these bats are good but not quite in the top tier. The Reebok MeLee belongs right there with the Ambush and the Miken 2 piece along with Mikens TOC bat.
The bottom line is at the top tier you have 3 or 4 choices of bats that are darn good. The one that feels good and matches your swing is the one that you most likely have your best success with.mim happy to discuss your swing and technique with you or any player to try and find the best bat that fits so contact me anytime.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updated....

Chick,
What's the criteria? Just performance? Performance and durability? Performance durability and sweet spot?
AT18
April 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updated....

Hi Guys,
Was happy to get in the newly tweaked Combat Ambushes in and took a few out for break in for clients. The Ambush continues to give a great combination of solid performance, good durability, and a large sweet spot without vibration even on miss hit balls. The ones I broke in came to life very quickly in the 50-60 hit range. Keep in mind some things about breaking in ANY bat. First it should be done in the proper way and secondly: getting the bat broken in within a certain number of hits depends on the player(s) doing the break in swings. You have to consider swing speed, mechanics, and strength so some players will take a few more and some will take a few less to get a bat game ready. Also, the type of balls used comes into play. (I only recommend 44/375 for senior bats)
All in all the Ambush will get VERY good around 75 swings for an average range of players and the sweet spot is maximized even more around 100 swings with a majority of the barrel being effective. It is certainly a top choice for a bat while considering our 3 main criteria in a senior bat. (Performance, durability, and sweet spot) My 2 recent durability tests have resulted in 500 (and still going) major + level swings on each bat which is very good for the skill and strength level of the players who help me. Contact me if you need more info or have questions.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

Bogie,
I pulled a few out of stock to try various weights. What you mentioned is very true. Not only do they swing heavy with their end load but many of the bats actually weigh more than the posted weight. Many of my 27's weigh as much as 1/2-3/4 ounce more...27.5-27.9 range. I pulled a few more and checked those and got the same readings on many of them. So.....definitely a nice improvement over their previous efforts but you must be careful with actual weighting. I check with each player and then weigh them before shipping to get an acceptable range for them. You may want to do the same especially on the end loads. Get with me with any questions.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miken TOC Ultra II Max

Guys,
I have broken in 5 of these TOC bats in the last few days for clients. The more I hit with this bat the better it becomes. Our two test models now have 450-500 swings on them and are VERY good. You will notice around 100 swings or so that the bats sweet spot begins to expand down the barrel resulting in a more forgiving bat. It hits just like the red Ultra II but is much more durable. The 2 bats I broke in yesterday were stinging the ball at only 25-40 swings and after 50 were game ready. I added in another round and my o my did they become a different animal. If you guys like end loads....jump on these before you miss out as they are a limited production model and will not be in the regular Miken lineup. Call me with any questions.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 10, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

Surprise today was that I received some Reeboks! I hit one briefly and....same good ole MeLee! Will post follow ups along the way.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 9, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

AZ,
I should mention that the Barrage is also being produced. It's a big surprise to all of us since Reebok was so non committal only a few weeks ago. The last groups of Barrages have shown to be much better in durability than the first ones. So, now it's just a personal preference as to what feels best to the player. Not to mention we certainly have several other top tier bats to choose from as well. It's great to be in the senior game!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 9, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: FLASH! Reebok MeLee Update!

Guys,
I received a very surprising phone call yesterday. It seems Reebok has listened to the pleadings of some of the distributors and made some more bats. The long term bat program with Reebok is still a bit undecided but this was a nice phone call to get. A few distributors should be receiving all sizes of Reebok Melees next week is what I am told. If you need more information feel free to contact me.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miken TOC Ultra II Max

Pack,
It is indeed the red bat that so many guys loved to swing. I have been breaking a few in for guys this week and boy they are nice. If you like a true end load....here it is. The good part is that we now have some built in durability too.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 8, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken's New Mike Macenko Signature Model is Coming Soon

Big Mike!
Looking forward to swinging your bat. Hope all is well and your health continues to improve.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 6, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

Guys,
I have started preliminary testing on DeMarinis new bat for this year. The ONE is most definitely improved over their last two models. Right now I am working on the end loads with a follow up on the balanced model. Performance is improved over their previous models. Balls hit within the sweet spot react crisply and it has good feel. The only thing at this point of testing is the effective sweet spot is somewhat smaller than some of the top senior bats and off center hits towards the end of the bat and down on the lower barrel produce a stinging vibration to the hands. I haven't done a complete autopsy to determine why yet but put on your surgical mask and stand by for more details. I will be working with them later this week....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

Happy Day after April fools !
For you other bat geeks out there like myself:
Bent handle bat was : The Zapper
Water bat was made by Spalding: Tidal Wave
(I was doing some consulting for them back then but I PROMISE I had no input on the Tidal Wave)
Triangle bat: was in fact : the Broadsider

? Of the day...anyone got any more relic bat story's?

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

Big Mike,
Just got the packing list from Miken. I have to again say thank you to them and Brad Augedahl their National sales manager.. I couldn't think of a better place to help someone out that's involved with our sport and Miken certainly did that. Good luck to you guys and enjoy the equipment.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just want to say a BIG Thank You......

SARGE,
A update for you today and it's for real not April fools. I reached out to MIKEN on your behalf and they have agreed to donate some equipment to you. I will say they have been very responsive to charitable things so my thanks to MIKEN for taking care of our own troops. Look for a care package sometime next week...
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Introducing the latest technology

Mark,
The CURVE will bring an added level of excitement to our game. Since several hockey companies became involved in softball we have been able to borrow hockey stick technology and combine it with the latest bat technology to create the CURVE. It's quite amazing to see some of the prototypes being used and it's going to take softball to the next level. It's similar to having different club selections in your golf bag all in one ! We are working on production capabilities now as it does present challenges in manufacturing but it should be available in 14....
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 29, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new ultra 2

We have now completed a lot of testing on the TOC bat. As I mentioned before, it's almost identical to the popular Miken U2 red one piece bat from prior years. The added plus is that durability has been increased and you still get that solid end load feeling. We have a few on our Team 1 Sports M+ team that now have over 450 swings which is real good. If you liked the red one piece get one of these and you won't be disappointed.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
March 27, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TPS Hyper Z

The last I was told they would not be available until next year.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
March 27, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Combat Bryce Oliverra USSSA Bat

We hit again with this bat yesterday. We had winds of 15-17 mph blowing straight in on us and we used our normal mixture of bp balls which I added to with some 52/275 ASA balls. Even with the wind issues the bat performed very well and several of them have a nice soft feel to them and now have over 300 cuts on them. If you like an end loaded bat and need a great USSSA bat or a bp bat with a warranty, this is worthy of consideration. Combat had now told me that they are only making 750 of them and as the word got out, Combat dealers bought them up. I was fortunate to get some more in and pulled this one out of the batch for additional testing.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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