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June 18, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: foul ball on no fouls left

if a player catches a foul ball on the batter's "no fouls left" is it considered a live ball?
June 3, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a good outfielder for Michigan Men's Team

sandbagging is notorious in the ISSA and SPA tourneys...anything for that T-shirt at the end of the day
April 25, 2019
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

since Dave brought up that each team gets 6 balls and the option to buy more balls if they don't retrieve them, it made me think of the last 2 tournaments our team attended...one at the TOC in Florida and Tidewater Classic in Virginia beach....both fields had water/ponds/lakes behind the fences and made it impossible to retrieve balls without a long net on a pole, a branch or something similar.....I think as long as we keep playing at these facilities, something should be provided by the fields or SSUSA to retrieve these balls.....at least $5 a ball, I counted 9 balls in the water the next day we played at the one field in Va Beach.....with today's modern technology, balls can get wet and still be fine ….I thought of bringing my pool net to my next tourney but fitting it in the car is a little tough being it is 10 feet long plus it can extend another ten......just my observation...thanks
April 23, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Senior bat technology and performance insights

why are you ripping on Alan....either buy his bats or don't....new stuff comes out every year...it's shiny, it feels good and it looks good.....same thing goes with golf clubs, cars, TVs and every other item we use....a little tweak here or there but it's NEW.....not necessarily better or worse but Newer....same goes for shoes and gloves and all our other "things"....I am a consumer and I like to see the new stuff come out....if I like it, I buy it...if it doesn't work for me, someone gets a great deal on a slightly used item...it is the way of the world....there are just better tools now to measure things like ball speed and swing speed and compression and distance and I am one of the lucky ones who gets to see some of this stuff work....like anything written on this message board, you can take everything with a grain of salt and move on to the next topic if it gets under your skin.....newer doesn't always mean better but I'm not taking any chances...LOL
April 18, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LVSSA/SSUSA SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 • TENTATIVE Field Assignments

I thought fences had to be at least 300 to be a sanctioned event.....seems like BLD , other than it's beauty, falls very short of these numbers...that is unless the fences are 30 feet high???
April 9, 2019
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Launch Angle

here is something that may help.....http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/~cross/baseball.html


March 30, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2017 Miken Platinium Freak

Mr Wolf....those bats are extremely rare in that weight and if you don't like it, you can sell it on the famous web selling site....I have seen new in wrapper bat that you have go for over 350.....make your decision wisely but do NOT mess with the end cap
March 13, 2019
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Runner clarification

my head hurts now
March 9, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Softball bats on southwest airlines

here is just an idea of some of the different types of bags...usually you can fit yours and a team mate or two into this type of bag....https://www.tgw.com/golf-travel-bags?gclsrc=aw.ds&&utm_source=google_PPC&utm_medium=Golf+Bags&utm_campaign=Club+Glove+Golf+Travel+Bags&utm_content=club%20glove%20travel%20bags&mkwid=scGZ7El82&pcrid=258684498624&SITE_ID=W0209&mtype=e&devicetype=c&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8bfl7_v14AIVGoTICh0n4AocEAAYASAAEgJzS_D_BwE


March 9, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Softball bats on southwest airlines

I have traveled with bats and golf clubs using Club Glove travel bag....also guys on our team have used their bat bags and tagged them with no problems.....as long as you keep it 50 pounds or less it is only 35-40 dollars to bring it with you under the plane with regular luggage
March 4, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DUDLEY 2019 LIGHTNING HOTW

Seems like they made a bat for the 40 yard dash and not the mile.....at $220 a pop, that is a very expensive experiment at the expense of the hitters....everyone wants performance but at the sacrifice of durability is not worth it....remember when old Dudleys lasted 1500 hits AND still performed...I guess they flew too close to the sun on this one
March 4, 2019
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: DUDLEY 2019 LIGHTNING HOTW

Bobby, it may be too late….I get upset when a warranteed bat breaks after a few hundred swings WITH a return....but who is to say these replacements will last that long????...I have the 2-piece worth wicked with well over 700 swings and it is still pristine....if it breaks now, I will say I got my money's worth...I broke a 2-piece red adidas after about 120 swings and I was upset but I knew when I replaced it, to only use it for games.....with the new Dudleys, I would be afraid to swing it and feel I would have to check it after EVERY swing...that is pretty scary for a $220 bat with zero warranty....Dudley better get it together....word spreads like wildfire and right now, it is blazing
Feb. 2, 2019
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC Next week

Alan I will be there this week starting weds Feb 6th and will look for you....our team is in 55 Majors...look forward to seeing you, Brian...maybe we can hit somewhere
Nov. 10, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Wicked Pro XL Signature Series

I have close to 400 swings on my Wicked 2 piece and it still looks new.....really loosening up and smoking the ball....I don't think durability is an issue at all with this bat...some of you bigger guys may break it but us normal guys will be just fine
Oct. 25, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

I watched some of the videos mentioned above and I saw guys with their front foot up (pre-pitch)against the front part of the box and strided 18 inches in front of the lined box to contact the ball...no call made....if the box is there , the ump has to make a call....there was no confusion on this play, it wasn't a shoe or a toe in front of the box it was a full foot and a half......as long as the rule isn't enforced, players are going to keep doing it....I know they were Major plus players and the umps seemed to give them certain leniency but this exceeded privilege
May 21, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Loudon

i can't expect a refund of hotel, food, travel, rental cars, but i would expect a refund or transfer of registration to next optional tourney.....that is fair I believe to most.....the town got their hotels rented, their food eaten and some cars rented...the malls got business and probably some extra clothing was purchased so it would seem fair for a little bit compensation but only in the form of future tourneys entry fees
May 21, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Loudon

this situation happened a few yrs ago with an October Tourney in Virginia beach....we never saw the fields and drove 12 hours and spent hundreds for hotel, travel and food PLUS registration fee of $500+.....we were told we would not get refunded our entry fee but after considerable arguing and correspondence, we got entry into next season's first SSUSA tourney in Virginia in April.....it was in 40's temperature-wise but we played at least and got some type of reimbursement.....weather is very tricky but there should be a system in place that can prevent long travel and expense if future forecasts don't look promising.....a refund or new entry into a tourney of choice should be the least of concessions offered to a team...we heard that the tourney was going to lose money on pre-made T-shirts with dates etc but there are ways around that next time, don't date your material.....otherwise, I hope we all learn something from this so it doesn't happen in the future...but it probably will...I don't envy their position
March 16, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken Freak Black ASA maxload 2016

...to add onto Alan's comments, I hit a Miken Freak ASA with .44 balls and cracked the bat after 120 swings...sure, the ball flew but it only lasts for a short time...I would say 1 swing with a .44 ball is probably equal to 8 or 10 swings with an ASA ball in terms of durability and maybe more
March 16, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: replacing bat caps

i have a few broken bats lying around...what kind of bat was it
Feb. 26, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team 1 Sports Spring Camp

Agree 100%...this also was my 4th spring camp and every time I come away with something different...Alan and the guys are so knowledgeable and there is no question they won't try to help you with the answer....new comer instructor Brad Stillwell was a great addition and gave tons of advice in all aspects of the game...Roger, Davey and Bob O'B were excellent as always.....and of course the ringleader himself, Alan Tanner is top notch....look forward to the coming season and returning for my annual pilgrimage to Vero...thanks guys....brian from syracuse
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