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, March 7, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunglasses for Softball

19,
Out of respect for the SSUSA and the rules of this message board I can tell you you can see pictures on my timeline on Facebook or you are welcome to call or email me for more information. They are quickly becoming very popular.
Thank you,

Alan Tanner
561-718-7504
Tricoach18@att.net
, March 6, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunglasses for Softball

Hemi and Swing,
Glad you like the glasses! My wife makes fun of me because I have a different pair for every occasion! Oh well, I just like sunglasses. Some guys like watches, some guys like shoes, and then there is me. So.....why not make a great quality pair with five different lenses to meet every light condition or every little whim? Lol! I'm still a kid at heart but I like nice things and every bit as important is dollar for value which is why I created these. I think anyone who buys them will agree they are well worth the money and....they happen to look good too! 😎
AT18
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, March 3, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunglasses for Softball

Wayne,
Thanks for pointing this out. There is a small release pin on the left temple.,before using it put a small drop of dish soap on it to help loosen the release. Once you do that they are a little easier to move in and out to change lenses. Yes JR, I can hook you up. You can view a short review on the bat section of the message board.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, March 2, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunglasses for Softball

There have been several posts concerning good sunglasses for softball recently. Being the gear geek that I am and also happening to like all types of sunglasses including expensive ones....here is some exiciting stuff for you. For many years I was fortunate to be sponsored by a major brand of expensive, high quality sunglasses. Not everyone can afford to pay $160-$200 for a pair of glasses so I decided to start developing my own line of glasses. So.....a year later here is my shameless plug for my new sport glasses that are protective, good looking, fog resistant, have optics that rival $200 glasses and come with FIVE yes 5 different lenses for ANY LIGHT CONDITION and are under $50. 00. If you need more information about them feel free to get in touch with me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, Feb. 28, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

Just got home after wrapping up our Spring Training program in Vero. What a great weekend working with players from California to Canada and everywhere in between! The weather could not have been more perfect...I have a facial sunburn and chapped lips from our harsh Florida Winter. I had as much fun as the players. BKB, you are a gifted athlete, great to have you in camp again!
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 25, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

Bkb,
Going through various weather reports it looks like a couple of crisp early mornings warming up to high 60's low 70's with not a lot of rain chance. Looks like a great mix to have a fun camp in! Welcome to Florida in the "winter"!
I've been here since the early 80's and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Looking forward to another great camp with you and all the guys and girls this weekend. See you at the Meet and Greet tonight.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 22, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: non prescription " polarized " sunglasses for softball.

Guys,
Interestingly enough, I just finished developing my own line of glasses which come with FIVE sets of lenses for under $40 including a polarized lens....if you have questions about them get in touch with me. I'll put up a review under that section soon. They are comparable to glasses costing $160 and more in fit, optics, protection, and accessories. If you are on Facebook, they are on my timeline for you to see.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, Feb. 17, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Dodo,
Great point as we have thought of that on our team too. Could be a new way that we do things in the future....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 17, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Computer Meltdown!

Guys,
A computer tragedy has occurred at Team 1 Sports! Somehow yahoo has vaporized my contact list of players and they say there is no way to recover it....! I had backup for a small amount of you but many emails and names were lost. This might be your lucky day so you can't hear my rants and raves from the gear geek every few weeks. But , if you are still interested in getting an email or two here and there about the latest and greatest, please send me an email requesting your email address be put back on the list. Out of respect for the SSUSA and there message board, please don't post them here just shoot me a quick email. Thanks,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, Feb. 15, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

Joel,
Your statement that USSSA bats have always been hotter than ASA bats USED to be true....until a couple of years ago when ASA changed their balls and bat testing specs. Currently, Mikens Freak52, Freak Black, and DC41 are excellent examples of three of the best ASA bats out there that will rival usssa bat performance when they are new. Eventually, both types of composites will closely resemble each other once they reach their high performance levels. If you like even more end loads, DeMarini Flipper and Juggernut are excellent choices as well. Those five are tops right now....don't forget, USSSA and ASA REQUIRE different association stamps for bats used in their events. There are some bats that have both stamps on them as they meet both standards but they lag behind most of their lives in comparison to the bats I mentioned above. If you or anyone else has questions feel,free to call anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, Feb. 15, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Taits,
When someone hits into a fielders choice or double play, that is scored as an out and a plate appearance. Thus, a player is not rewarded for an out. Also, we did just add in a little asterisk in the rbi column. We asterisk a "team sacrifice" when a player willfully hits a fly ball on purpose to score the last run of the inning or a run to run rule another team. He is given a no at bat in the scorebook for doing so. On our team it becomes very important especially if we avoid hitting a home run in that situation.
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 14, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Years ago when a lot of us were playing under endorsement agreements and personal services contracts this issue came up because there was bonuses and contracts involved in it. Many teams tried to popularize their contract players by inflating stats. As a rule, softball then changed from keeping BA to keeping OBP as the way to measure a players achievements at the plate. I agree with it for a variety of reasons and just as an FYI , nobody in competitive softball considers BA very much anymore. A walk is a hit and a plate appearance, a sacrifice is an out and a plate appearance, and an error is considered a hit. All of this takes away the "favorable interpretation " that some players seem to get over others in the scorebook. OBP is really the stat to keep and look at these days as that is what a vast majority of tournament softball teams do in every other age group. That being said....I feel defense is often overlooked and even the additional challenges of certain positions need to be considered when voting for All Tourney , MVP, and defensive MVP awards. If you play center field in a three man outfield, short stop, or pitch those are 3 positions that POTENTIALLY require more physical effort and stamina than some others. How you field your position, the throws you make, and the attempts you have should all be thought about. I help run my team (Team 1 Sports / Miken 50 Major Plus) and when I became involved with the coaching side I implemented a new policy as I did not wan the one to be solely responsible for award decisions. We now pass the scorebook around to each team mate and remind everyone to consider defense too in their vote. Each player is given a slip of paper and they write down the names of the players they feel earn the amount of awards that we won as a TEAM. WE then count up the votes and if we get 3 All Tourney selections the top 3 vote getters get the award so the entire team makes its selections , not just the manager. OBP is just another way to make this process simple and fair to everyone. Hope this helps you guys out.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports / Miken
, Feb. 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TOC in Florida

Jim,
Take a drive over to Vero Beach the last Friday-Sunday in February for my spring training camp. I have guys and girls coming from all over the country. You will be very happy that you did!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 10, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Curt,
Go to Team 1 Sports website and click on forum on upper right corner. Then click on your first forum and you should see the thread for spring training camp. If you can't find it or have questions, please call me at 561-718-7504. It is the last weekend of this month and I still have openings if players would like to come.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 3, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TOC in Florida

Just got to the hotel from the hitting clinic today. What a blast out there working with guys dedicated enough to show up early to work on their swings. It was a great time watching guys make small adjustments and improving their game during the session. Many thanks to Miken and SSUSA for having me there as a guest instructor and for sponsoring the event.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 1, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Worth Dennis Rulli Senior Bat Balanced SBDRSR

Titan,
Reasonably, possibly, somewhat sure.....! I don't work for Miken or Worth but interact with them each week. I was told that Worth would not be making senior bats this year meaning the Jeff Hall and Rulli models are not being made. That doesn't mean that they aren't out there somewhere, leftover from 2015 production runs. Also, we get somewhat confused as the manufacturer names bats to include the coming year not just this year...i.e....new bats now are being called 2017 as they will be produced through the 2017 in their respective models. So....from what I gather, no more Worth Senior bats will be made during 2016. I will try and verify that for sure this week.
Thank you,
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Feb. 1, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Worth Dennis Rulli Senior Bat Balanced SBDRSR

The Miken/Worth people have informed me that Worth won't produce a senior bat this year. The Rulli was last years model but production of it has been cancelled.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Jan. 29, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: TOC in Florida

Good morning everyone!
Just letting you know that I will be at the TOC throughout the weekend in case you need anything. I will also be set up on Wednesday at the skills session and will be doing batting instruction and evaluations in case you would like to come by, take a few swings, and get some input. The instructional session is scheduled to begin at the Auburndale fields at 10:00 am. On Thursday I will be set up and also participatiing in the home run derby there as well. Come by and visit as I look forward to seeing all of you there. A BIG shout out to Fran Dowell, SSUSA and to Miken for putting this on for the tournament players to enjoy.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Jan. 27, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Combat senior bat....?

16,
The Adidas bat is said to be coming into the country in March if all things go well in production.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Jan. 27, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Hemi,
At this point yes, all are on schedule to attend and possibly one additional staff member as well. Davey Reed may be somewhat limited as his grandson is wrestling in the State tournament that weekend so it depends on his match times as to his availability. We have a great mix of staff and agenda for this spring session so you won't want to miss out. You can call me for details or to register.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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