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, Jan. 17, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken Senior line for 2018

every player looks to improve his game one way or another....of course every item we use is attempted to be made better over the previous model....why else do we put model years on new vehicles, they are all the same right???...I get "sucked" into this "trap" every year when all the new bats are released...but you know what???...They ARE better....I don't hit 400 feet but if I go from 300 to 315, that may make the difference between a ball by the short stop a little faster or a gapper between the outfielders....I like Alan and he gives great information...he has never steered me, personally, in the wrong direction with equipment and I respect his opinions on equipment...I will never blame my equipment for being responsible for poor playing no matter what sport I play and I take advantage of all the best in softball, hockey and golf....that way, I know my equipment is at it's best and the rest is up to me.....I never leave the field and say, I wished I had used another bat.....Alan is just passing the information onto us and I, for one, appreciate any input to excel in my playing ability....just my opinion
, Jan. 17, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

besides all the engineering marvels of the new bat, I must say that the bat has all the pop of all the other Melee editions...you will not be disappointed if you are used to the Melee performance plus the added end load and longer barrel than the 12 inch model...something for everyone here.....i would go to the lesser weighted bat than your normal weight....i.e 26 ounce regular user, go to a 25.5....it will feel like your regular bat swing-wise but have the added endload through the hitting zone...but that is just my opinion
, Jan. 14, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

This is older and Miken bay but it had to be somewhat similar

https://youtu.be/wMEBhv07lPU
, Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

cyborg...I agree with your statement, the lightest weight bat HAS to have the most end load.....that is assuming that ALL the end caps are weighted the same.....i have seen a balanced end cap and an end loaded end cap from a Reebok Melee and they are way different...the end load has a bunch of epoxy and pellets floating in it...unless the manufacturers have 4 different end caps, it is probably easier to just put different weighted rods in the handle.....we probably have enough broken bats from members on this board to get enough samples...lol
, Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

there is a great article about Physics of softball and here is a link to swing weight (end load, balanced, etc) and how it affects how a bat feels in your hands

http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/bat-moi.html


, Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different classes

thanks
, Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

here is a question...if the bat is end loaded 3/4 ounce, it seems like a production nightmare to make different end caps and different rods in the handle to get the desired weight of the bat...So, like the above poster asked, if end caps are the same does the 29.5 and the 25.5 have different rods in the handle? Thus, neutralizing the end load in the heavier bats???....i remember the re-cert aluminum bat debacle that happened in the early 2000's where the bat companies put a slug into the handle to neutralize the excessive end load in the bat....the weight of the bat went up 4 ounces and took away the end load....Lee, do you have any ideas on this?
, Jan. 13, 2018
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing in different classes

In 2018, can a player be on one team rated AAA and one Team rated majors in the same age bracket...and if not, how can a player play on 2 different tournament SSUSA teams not necessarily in the same bracket i.e. 50s and 55s?
, Dec. 13, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: diference between melee 2 bats

I have the reloaded 26.5 and it smokes the ball.....however it is just a bit heavy for me...if anyone is interested in this email me bkb555@verizon.net
, Dec. 7, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Wicked

it is a good senior bat...for me, it did not match my Adidas Melee but I could feel it getting more pop with each swing...i would say 200 good swings made it feel good for me
, Nov. 1, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: worth wicked

I have hit this bat right out of the wrapper...I wouldn't go so far as to say it was the "hottest bat out of the wrapper" but after a few hundred swings I could feel it open up.....it was very durable in those 200 swings as no cracking or spider webs formed at all...in a 100 more swings, it should be game ready
, Nov. 1, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Evil B.P. 52+ Softballs

wow...I searched this ball issue and it goes back to 2003 and before.....can't we all get along?
, Oct. 9, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

After 2 solid weeks of Hitting, the Nkue Flame is a resounding success....we have had 15 different hitters use it and all said how great it is to just hit...there aren't a lot of good BP PITCHERS on our teams, so they aren't really as productive as they could be....i would say if 1000 pitches were thrown by the machine, 980 were hittable pitches...to replicate that success with out pitching would be impossible plus each round per batter can pitch 30 pitches in 5 minutes...thats a lot of good productive BP and a lot of happy players
, Oct. 6, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW ! Worth Wicked Senior bat

these guys do good bat reviews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHjs9_OCa5Q&feature=share


, Oct. 3, 2017
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching machine

I got a blue flame and have used it 3 sessions for BP...the guys LOVE it....best , most consistent BP I have ever had....no complaining, anyone can operate it and it is very portable....I wish I had gotten it years ago
, Sept. 30, 2017
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Bad experience for a Class Tournament - Worlds

runner is OUT...no different than touching home plate instead of crossing line....if that was OUR team, we would be livid that OUR guy did something that "stupid" because it has happened any times with inexperienced senior players...sliding into first, not advancing to next base on 5th run scoring, touching home plate, being a courtesy runner when you are supposed to bat in 2 spots, sliding into home, running 2x in an inning as courtesy runner.......they all happened to our teams over the years and they are OUTS....runner should have been called out no question
, 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
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