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, 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 18, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens new Freak Senior bats for 2017

Actually, the ASA version many times will break in quicker depending on the hitter. Key thing here is the bat was engineered SPECIFICALLY to hit the 52/300 balls so make sure to use those during break in. Rotate the bat with each swing and hit balls up and down the barrel too not just the center sweet spot. If you haven't hit a ASA Freak Platinum yet, you are missing out on the most outstanding ASA bat out there right now. Call me if you have questions about it. Almost every time I ship one out I quickly receive a call or text of amazement from the player who received it....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, 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
, March 13, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vero Spring Training recap

Just returned from what I felt was the best camp that we have ever been able to run. With the addition of personal video spots, a coaching, hitting at to self adjust, and our Under Construction area our campers got ALOT of tools to help them become better players. I saw a huge amount of skill gains from a vast majority of our players and I will tell you this..... My staff and myself had as much fun coaching as they did playing and learning. We are blessed to have each player there and I think they enjoyed themselves a lot even when they were in the "penalty phase" 😉 You can find out about that if you attend one of our camps. I have already been asked about a fall edition and am considering dates in November for that now. If you have an interest in attending then please get with me now to reserve a spot. We keep numbers limited so we can give personalized instruction.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 21, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens new Freak Senior bats for 2017

Just to pass on some current information from MIKEN... the new Freak Platinum bats that debuted around the TOC have been so well received that a lot of players have had to wait to get bats. MIKEN has ramped up production in order to stay up with the demand and should be catching up in the next 7-10 days with new shipments. I am just about caught up now so thanks to you guys for your patience. As more players get them and use them I am sure demand will continue to grow and MIKEN is now prepared to produce larger quantities to keep up. If you need more information get in touch with me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 18, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

Raider,
Feel free to call me for more in depth information. I am available anytime.
Alan Tanner professional coach , former professional softball and baseball player, 25 plus years working with athletes from beginners to professional and Olympic athletes. Current 50 Major Plus player
Bob O'Brien : pretty much the same as me. Works full time coaching baseball and softball. Current dominate Major Plus player
Roger Bard: coach and dominate infielder in Major Plus softball. 25 years working with infielders and one of softballs best 55/ over shortstops.
Carlos Wade: one of 60/ over softballs longest and farthest home run hitters and student/ coach of the SOFTBALL swing for many years
Davey Reed: may stop by as time allows due to a previous coaching commitment. Davey is usually on our staff full time.
We may have one other guest instructor as well.
That's a quick snapshot. It's better if players can call me so I can explain in detail....
This is not a batting practice play a few innings softball camp. Come to this if you want to learn SOFTBALL skills just for senior athletes that will improve you as an athlete immediately.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 14, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

We now have players coming form as far away as Canada. If you want more individual attention and not feeling like you are herded at home plate like cattle, my camp might be the best place for you... 😏

AT18
, Feb. 6, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

Raider,
We limit the amount of players we take so we can spend some one on one time with each attendee. Generally we only have 4/5 players per instructor. Maybe some past attendees who see this can post of their experience. You won't get this kind of attention anywhere else from qualified professional instructors.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TOC / Bats

Try Shergill Grand hotel in front of Legoland. They are the most reasonable in the area that I have found. A lot of the other hotels are charging $175-$230.
, Feb. 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

Looking forward to the Training camp. Here are the 3 hotels located close by and right next to the Vero Beach Outlet Mall a famous destination and quite possibly your ticket to get down here !
Hampton Inn 772-774-4010
Country Inn and Suites 772-257-0252
Holiday Inn Express 772-567-2500

Tell them you are coming for the camp and also AARP which usually nets you a good discount. Priceline also works. Don't miss out on a great camp!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 5, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Cleats

I have had very good luck in the pat year with Mizuno new Erupt turfs. They come in low and 3/4 versions and are so supportive and comfortable that they feel like a high quality pair of running shoes. Additionally, they are water resistant which helps us ballplayers a lot in those situations where we play on wet fields. The other thing I like is the tire cleats themselves are slightly longer than most and the include 9 cleats hidden amongst them. This allows this shoe to be worn in the infield or the outfield and they perform well in both situations. If you need more info get with me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, Feb. 1, 2017
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TOC / Bats

I will be at the TOC starting Wednesday morning to help out with the MIKEN hitting clinic. I should have on hand demo bats of all the new Freak Platinum series for you to try and will have a booth set up after the hitting clinic. I will also be at the Auburndale fields on Thursday with the latest and greatest in MIKEN equipment. If you want something set aside feel free to contact me ahead of time as a majority of the first run of bats are sold out already. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive on the new lineup as they have only been out a few days. Thanks to the SSUSA for all the extra events at the tournament and another first class event!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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