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, July 10, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS SESSION 1 RESULTS

Thanks Dave.....we won both our Play in games and were top seed.....we literally played the next 2 games against the 2 teams we played in the prelims......my only concern was when scheduling the prelims, directors should take into consideration that local teams play each other during regular season games and usually in tourneys that are close to their home....we had teams from mass, ct, pa , ohio, Canada and other farther places that we don't play very much and didn't get to do in this tournament either...we like to play teams from all over so we get to see what the rest of the world has and meet different people.....thanks for listening
, July 10, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST CHAMPIONSHIPS SESSION 1 RESULTS

our team Custom Logo from Syracuse played in the finals of the 50AAA and we came upon a very silly situation....we were the winners of the losers bracket and were facing winner's bracket top team...we beat them and figured we would just go into the title game with both teams there, both umpires, all the fans and just play the title game....but no, we were told to move everybody to another field where teams were already playing and they were in a similar situation as us...except, if the loser bracket winner won their game, we would have to wait until THEIR game was decided.......I know it is difficult to run a tournament, but it seems weird that people in California are decided schedules 3000 mile away......we waited a good 75 minutes to play the final game and there was a lot of moving around by many people.....another major problem is that we have 6 teams in our bracket and in the 2 play in games we play a team from Syracuse and one from Rochester 90 minutes away from us......they should have a rule that you can't play anyone within a certain radius in play in games....we didn't even see some teams in our bracket but played 6 games and 5 were against a Syracuse team (2) and a Rochester team (3)....it would be nice to play against some teams we have never faced before.....just a few suggestions for future tourneys...otherwise a great weekend despite the rain and handles very well
, March 13, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vero Spring Training recap

Also a shout out to Jeff Monpetit for his expert analysis and teaching
, March 13, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vero Spring Training recap

just attended 3rd camp and it was a great time....had the video extra this year and was very informative.....can learn from positives and negatives from that addition.....campers were great, weather was fantastic and coaches were top notch again....thanks Alan and the guys, Bob, Roger, Carlos....great job
, Feb. 26, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

I said earlier, I have been to 2 spring trainings and the next one will be #3....you get what you put into it ....there are lots of instructors and if you have a question you ask.....not only does the camp get me into action a lot sooner than my fellow northerners, I can work on things that I feel are weaknesses and work on strengths...if the instructors see something, they will let you know without trying to change your whole approach...sometimes, it's a minor tweak there or a 1/2 step there but it is helpful and something they see can help your game....plus , it's a week for me in 70-80 degree weather...Alan puts on a good show
, Feb. 7, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

raiderman66.....I have been to 2 camps and the instructors are great.....there is no need to worry if you will get enough attention if you attend.....all are very approachable and open to all questions and feedback.....they are some of the nicest and humble people you will meet and great softball people on top of that
, Jan. 13, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

I am IN.......nothing like spring training I Florida for us NY'ers
, Jan. 12, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Spring training in Vero Beach March 10-12

I have gone past 2 years...Thursday night was informal meet and greet at local restaurant....Friday around 830 til 230-3ish....Saturday same and dinner Saturday night....sunday 830 till noonish....that was the past two years in the spring....great time for all and it is a great way to start up the season for northerners
, Dec. 23, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Active retirement communities with senior softball leagues

we hit indoors in February.....lol

, Dec. 18, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Patterson NY Over 50 League 2017 season

Kenny, is that you ...from Northeast softball board from yesteryear....are you and Max ready to start playing REAL ball now????
, Nov. 22, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2017 Adidas Melee 2

what is the difference between 2017 Adidas Melee 2 and 2016 Adidas Melee 2 ....different graphics???? colors???....please let us know
, Nov. 9, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Age question for Feb TOC Florida

thank you for response
, Nov. 9, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Age question for Feb TOC Florida

If you are 54 yrs old and will turn 55 in mid 2017, can you play on a 55 team in The TOC in February
, Oct. 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a strike if ball hits front edge of strike mat and also kicks up some dirt?

JT....if you put a 1 inch strike mat for a strike, you KNOW somebody is going to fall, trip, stumble at least once an inning over it......the sound/noise part is good but the physical part of it is the problem....
, Oct. 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1-----0-0 count

we did our fall league 1-1 with a screen......games lasted 1.5 hours tops....some were shorter and the reason we knew this is because the sun went away and there were no lights on the field....it takes a little getting used to but 1-1 definitely sped up our games......the screen was probably hit less than 10 times in the 8 games our team alone played...there were 3 other teams so I would say middle shots were way down also for their games.....I always said to go the other way in balls and strikes in a 0-0 count...3 balls is a walk and 3 strikes is an out
, Oct. 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running up ????

90-95% of the fields we play on have NO batter's box....we used to say as long as you didn't cross over the plate, you could "run" up as far as you wanted....I believe the rule has changed.....but the question remains......what if there is no box????
, Oct. 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

our summer leagues use a full count and games could take 2 hours....our fall leagues used a 1-1 count and games lasted 1.5 hours at most......our example showed that 1-1 does speed up league games but tourney games are different......a little more at stake and decisions may take a bit more......anyway, our experiment with 1-1 shortened games.....it takes a little more to get adjusted to doing but once you set your mind to aggressively go after the first good ball you see, you get back to your normal full count approach
, Oct. 19, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Durable Bats

I am 6'1" 185lbs, 54yrs old and have never broken a bat....I swing hard and use my bats in BP too....some guys are just bat breakers.....some guys hit squarely and some guys cut the ball.....bkb555
, Oct. 18, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where to get a pitching screen

thanks guys
, Oct. 17, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where to get a pitching screen

I have searched high and low for a portable, fold up pitching screen.....our team is looking for the kind that has the snap poles and the netting with the rings that slide up and down the poles and when it is stored, it fits in the base of the unit.....they are about 250 to 300 dollars from what I have heard from the guys.....now the hard part, where can I find them.....thanks
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