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, Aug. 16, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: legend 9

Who have you played for and who do you play for now? What level do you play at?
AT18
, July 28, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: mIken border bat

Many senior leagues and regular leagues are going to the ball for safety reasons. I should be in Ft. Meyers in the fall after Vegas....

Alan
Team 1 Sports
, July 26, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: mIken border bat

Mike,
The new Border Battle and Worth USA employ Mikens latest technology that surpasses any previous ASA bat. They are specifically engineered to hit the 52/300 balls and they sure do it well. I have tested them extensively and I just got some of both in stock. I randomly selected some and sure enough....the very top of the heat in performance right when the wrapper came up. The 2017 models are just lights out. Incidentally, only 1500 of each model were made and each is individually numbered. Get with me for any more questions.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, July 17, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2018 senior bats

Gonz,
Many times the bat companies try and do things to coincide with Vegas which is in the fall. Research is ongoing and prototypes are being worked on right now in various forms. I am working with and on a few myself. I would expect to see some more information in the next month or so....
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, July 16, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: weight training

Cat,
Great question which always gets athletes in a dilemma.....do I lift during a season? I think we must consider (at our age) what is best for us physically more than just for athletic performance. We know weight training is hugely beneficial to long term health and quality of life so I am an advocate of year round training. That being said modification of routine, amount of weight, and amount of overall training will vary athlete to athlete based on ability, age, goals, and the most important, personal safety. My short advice is to not do anything during your season that creates extended muscle soreness or lack of flexibility. I work individually with clients to construct programs that achieve this but it's difficult to just put out a "standard prescription ".
Hope this helps a little bit.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, July 12, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Shorts for Bp, games, the beach....!

Scooter,
Give me a call at 561-718-7504

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, July 11, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Shorts for Bp, games, the beach....!

Hello Guys,
My latest project has been a little time consuming but kind of fun. Alot of players have been asking me about this for the past 1-2 years so I have been working on several different styles of microfiber, moisture wicking shorts that can be used just about anywhere. I combined the best features from 3 or 4 different styles and came up with some functional but good looking multi purpose shorts. They are baggy enough to,allow you to hit Bp or play games in them but not overly so. Pockets either have Velcro or a very lightweight low profile zipper as a closure so nothing will fall out at the beach or when running. I made a short video on You Tube that you can find by searching Alan Tanner softball and scrolling to them. If you have any questions feel free to reach out. Looking forward to seeing all of you in the biggest event in the senior game....Vegas!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, July 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat for an ASA 52/275 ball.

Two new Limited Edition ASA bats just came out this week commemorating the ASA Border Battle played each year between USA and Canada. These are numbered bats bats as they only make 1500 of each. Mikens is known as the Border Battle and Worth's is the Legit XL USA. BOTH SPORT red white and blue paint jobs and both are equipped with the latest technology in ASA bats. Contact me at 561-718-7504 if you need more information.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, June 28, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat for an ASA 52/275 ball.

You are very welcome. Miken has been feverishly working to keep up with the demand for these as they have quickly taken over the ASA market. I finally got a few more of them in today in my shipment. If you need anymore help get in touch.
AT18
T1S
, June 27, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat for an ASA 52/275 ball.

Hombre,
Look at the thread below regarding the Freak Platinum. There is no better bat than that for the 52/300 ball...

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, June 16, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken ASA Freak Platinum

Hello guys,
Since the board has been kind of quiet and word is building up on the street I thought I'd share some information with you on Mikens new ASA bats. A lot of senior players play in ASA leagues using either 52/300 or 52/275 softballs and this bat was specifically engineered just for these balls. If you pick up one and swing it 5 or 10 times you will immediately recognize that it hits these balls like no other ASA bat you have used previously. Mikens engineers took this design to the next level when they came up with the Platinum ASA and it far exceeds other ASA Designs. This bat breaks in easily and quickly and I have had numerous players call me after I sent them one telling me how much better than it was even right out of the wrapper than their previous fully broken in ASA bat. The ASA Platinum comes in either a 1/2 ounce endload or it comes in a balanced model. If you prefer even more end weight, the ASA DC41 has a full ounce end load with the same engineering. Does this sound familiar? Miken is making all of their top line bats with these same weight distributions so if you are using a Miken Senior, ASA, or USSSA bat, you can choose the swing weight model in each category and have a seamless transition from association to association. Smart move from the company that is leading the country in sales in pretty much every softball association right now for good reason:
The best combination of sweet spot, performance, and durability in every batncategory. They have been having trouble keeping up with demand as of late since word is spreading around but shipments are coming out again now. The do come with a full one year warranty. Another item of note:
If you happen to hit a 44/375 ball with this bat it almost reacts like a senior bat. Remember they were designed just for the lower compression balls and they hit them extremely well. If you do hit 44/375's with the bat you may very well shorten its lifespan some so keep that in mind.
If you need more information or have questions call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, June 6, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sun glasses for night ball

STL,
I don't have 1/10 th of what I carry on the website including my line of glasses. I also don't want to infringe on this message board rules by sending people to my website. If you ever have any questions about any softball or baseball product feel free to pick up the phone and call me at 561-718-7504.
Thanks,
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, June 3, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sun glasses for night ball

Get with me. My glasses have a lens just for that. You get 5 sets of lenses in the kit, one for every light situation. At only $40, you cannot match the quality and value.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, May 16, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Great Team1 Sports softballs, thank you!

Appreciate the kind words OZ.
Let me know if you need anything else....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, May 10, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Cleats

Hi Guys,
Due to a lot of response and questions especially about wide width cleats and turf shoes I did some homework and got in touch with New Balance. They have totally redone their line and after trying out their cleats I can see why ALOT OF MLB players are wearing New Balance. They stock EE widths in turf shoes and molded cleats and their turf shoes come in a variety of colors but feature the legendary great support New Balance is known for. They retail for around $79 and are well worth it. I wanted to wait for feedback from multiple players before I posted anything and I now have about 50 pairs out on the field across the country and I'm getting nothing but good reviews. The cushioning is very good and a pair of size 11 only weigh about 1.5 pounds. All in all another great option. Don't make the mistake of buying cheap shoes....they are either going to be non supportive, bother your feet, or wear out quickly. Invest in a good pair of turfs as we are all in them a lot when we play. If you have questions or need further information you can call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, April 25, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need your honest opinion........

While your intentions might be to add a little fun on the offensive side of the game you should probably look at risk versus reward. With no pitching screen and a field comprised of older senior players I think your injury risk is too high. There are plenty of good 44/375 Softball's out there (including mine 😉) that would still be fun to hit but wouldn't create the potential injury risk you will have playing with stadium balls.
Respectfully,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, April 14, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is going to Valley next weekend?

Team 1 Sports / Miken 50 Major Plus will be there...
AT18
, March 29, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns

Dave....
Guess I'll wade in on this one. SSUSA has used the Trump Stote MICROCELL ball both in the TOC held here in February and also in last weeks Spring Nationals. I am assuming it was used in Mesquite as well based on the above comments? Let me "gently" say Dave if it was in fact used in Mesquite nobody should really be voicing ANY complaints about the ball. Several of us on the board here have been involved in softball testing and development for many years. My findings with the microcell is that it is a perfect combination of performance and durability EVEN IN HEAT and gives us senior players a great ball to hit all year around. The covers rarely cut and the ball suffers very little loss of compression even after TWO games worth of Major Plus level hitting. It is a significant upgrade especially in hot weather from the original Stote that the SSUSA has used in the past. So.....kudos to the SSUSA for making this change to the microcells, it proves that the SSUSA does in fact listen to their players and responds to them in a positive way making their tournaments top notch for us seniors.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports

As a side note: After significant research and testing, the microcell ball was the ball I chose to put my own logo on and use as my standard 44/375 for sale within my own company.....
, March 21, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of Major +

I have a slightly different view and idea to propose and am interested in getting feedback, I play 50 Major Plus so I do have an experienced perspective on the division. My team, Team 1 Sports/MIKEN does play events all over the country in each of the associations but primarily SSUSA. I see MANY Major teams that could be competitive in the Major Plus division that play down on purpose and avoid at all costs having to play Major Plus. This is very much contradictory to my personal belief that I want to play with the best players I can and against the best competion that I can. Additionally, if you can win 50-60% of the games you play, that's where you should play. So.....I started asking teams " Why aren't you playing Major Plus? " The most popular response: Because we don't want to play 2 or 3 team tournaments when we travel and we have to travel more.....My response: If you and other teams would ELECT to move up to play where you should be playing there would be more Major Plus teams in every tournament and it would clear the way for borderline AAA/Major teams to move up to Major. This is HEALTHY for senior softball in every respect. So here is my idea to help this because I think there needs to be more of a difference between Major and Major Plus designated teams to encourage upward migration.

Make Major teams get 4 home runs and then Outs for any other hr.
Major teams can score 6 runs an inning
Give Major Plus teams 8 home runs and then SINGLES for any additional hr.
Major Plus teams can score 8 runs per inning

If your Major team is constantly being penalized for excessive home runs this gives them more of a desire to move up to the next level. If you are a new but high quality team these rules may entice you to register Major Plus right away.
The game shouldn't be just about hitting home runs but on the other hand players at the very highest levels of competition shouldn't be penalized for hitting them especially by mistake which is quite easy to do. Only giving 8 hr instead of 9 in M+ reinforces the strategy of base hitting and timely home runs in order to maximize scoring potential.

I really feel this type of adjustment would actually improve participation and parity at each level,of senior softball. Major teams needn't be so worried about moving up with these rules in place and might actually embrace it since they have more offensive freedom and potential here. Major division rules should actually hamper teams from staying there and playing down when in all actuality they should be playing M+.
Appreciate everyone's thoughts,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports /Miken
, March 16, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vero Spring Training recap

Jon,
We will most likely have a fall edition in Vero Beach in November sometime as we are working on dates now. If your league or municipality is interested in having us bring our camp to your area we can customize it for a 1,2, or 3 day camp. Anyone can call me at 561-718-7504 to discuss logistics and plan for your event.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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