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, 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
, Jan. 21, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

I am happy to announce that I reached an agreement today to again have the famous Saturday night banquet at Mulligans on the Beach in Vero. Mulligans has hosted us for our first two events but were hesitant to commit to us taking up the entire back room as we did in the fall since it's the very lucrative tourist season right now. So....we will be at Mulligans again in February at one of the best restaurants in Vero Beach located right on the beach. Registration Is open now so call me to reserve your spot.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, Jan. 20, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Hemi,
We got a cold front down here today too, it's only going to be 70 today. Time for jacket and sleeves. Off to test some prototype bats at the field right now. See you all in February at the camp!

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, Jan. 13, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload?

Both of Dudley's bats that are end weighted have a 1/2 ounce end load. The swing weight/ dynamics change slightly since one barrel is 12" and one is 13".
Without getting overly swing weight/ center of mass/ balance point technical, the 12" FEELS just a tad heavier on the end. Many players feel it actually helps them achieve better bat speeds. The whole balance point issue can be debated on a wide variety of levels as there are many ways to try and define it. Keep in mind that every bat doesn't always weight exactly what it's marked and that weight could have been achieved either by more handle weight or more end weight. As I have often said, pick a top tier quality bat that FEELS good to you in your hands and when you swing it. It will most likely be the one that you have the most success with.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Jan. 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Hi everyone,
Just to clarify a couple of things as a result of recent inquiries:
The camp is open to any mens players who turn 50 anytime during 2016.
The camp is open to any WOMEN players that turns 35 anytime in 2016.
We do have a few ladies signed up already so girls , get with me and let's take your game to the next level! As of today we have players coming from as far away as Canada, Texas, Maine, and Upstate New York. I have a couple of California guys on the brink....time to represent your state people and come have some fun in Vero Beach the last week of February. Come to the senior camp dedicated to the senior athlete and elevate your game. Call me with any questions or to register at 561-718-7504. If you are coming to the TOC at the end of February may sure to look me up! You don't want to miss out on another great SSUSA event and Floridas nice fields and weather in February.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, Jan. 5, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Team Shorts?!

Dbax,
They came down right about to the top 1/2 of my knee cap. I will measure some up when I get back in my office. They are semi loose fitting shorts and are not cut to be tight.

AT18
, Jan. 5, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Team Shorts?!

Shorts?! Now we are doing reviews on shorts and since when does a bat company make shorts!.?
Ok, I thought it might be a little fun for the New Year and a little twist to the review section so I ordered some in. I got them in and took them out of the bag for inspection and here is what I came up with:
1. Good looking short and functional. They have two regular side pockets and also a cell phone sized pocket on either side.
2. They come in black or grey.
3. Embroidered on them is Mikens "M" logo and a small Miken Sports.
4. Very lightweight and breathable fabric.

So I put them on and tried them out and found them to be comfortable and very breathable which I like. You could wear these on a hot day for bp, for a game, or to go out shopping to buy something for your wife after you buy yourself some of these shorts. All in all for about $35 they are a good looking and very functional pair of shorts. I liked the cell phone pocket too that allows you to grab it easily without having to dig in the side pocket. Call me with questions.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, Dec. 26, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Scot,
There is information on the Team 1 Sports website. Out of respect for the policy of SSUSA and this message board, I don't post the direct link or list the site address. I appreciate the fact that they let me post general info here in regards to the camp. Feel free to call me or email me anytime and I'll be happy to help you.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, Dec. 25, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas to everyone in the softball world from Team 1 Sports. I appreciate each of you and my best wishes to you and your families for a Happy and Healthy New Year. Most of all, let's all be thankful for the best gift ever given in the history of the World......For unto us this day is born a Saviour which is Christ The Lord !

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, Dec. 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Hemi!
Food is a critical resource and I happen to like good food! Lol seriously, nutrition and hydration are two things often very much overlooked by athletes who think they are doing everything correct in an effort to being as good as a ball player as they can be. Understanding and dealing with these requirements is just another key element in helping ourselves to have an opportunity to succeed on the ball field as senior players. These topics and more are covered during our mini seminars and on banquet night at our Spring Training camp.. Don't miss out on the most comprehensive camp in the US. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR OUR February 26-28 th camp in Vero Beach, FL.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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