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, 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
, Sept. 23, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Zytiga/Prednizone

my mom was on prednisone for years to combat COPD....a serious side effect is that it makes bones brittle as we found out later with many micro fractures in her spine.......if it is short term, it will do it's job, but long term has serious side effects....use as doctor directs
, Sept. 20, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Bat Display

I will add that Alan is top notch also....I have met him personally and talked to him on the phone many times....he always answers my texts and emails and is never to busy for me.....any problems, he takes care of them for me.....we all could try to do what he does but after a week or two of me and all my softball buddies, I would resign.....we are a very demanding group to say the least....I have nothing but high praise and respect for the man and not only does he supply good information and equipment, he backs it up by his playing and competing....Brian from Syracuse
, Sept. 12, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3N2 Shoes

uh-oh...just bought 2 more pairs of Boombah Riots too....maybe that's why they were 20 and 25 bucks for a pair BUT, they feel great with extra insole and traction is superb...no separation issues yet....also used successfully Mizuno eruption turf shoes and had great luck with them.....I am sure they all are good in some respects but everyone has different feet so one person's success is another's failure
, Sept. 11, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do i do to get started

yeah.....batting practice is waaaaay over rated.......but try it anyway
, Sept. 11, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fall Training Camp for Senior players

Alan, I am out for the fall training camp....but look forward to the spring session....hopefully it is in March this time so it is closer to the start of our outdoor season in the northeast....either way, I will probably go and have another great start to the softball season
, Sept. 3, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Getting released from a team you don't want to play for any longer

imagine if we played for money....prize money!!!.....I remember a long time ago playing in cash tourneys....it went downhill from there....teams started loading up, rec teams disappeared, leagues folded and all that was left were super teams.....what used to be a 14 team league sunk down to 3 or 4 and that was the beginning of the end....if a guy wants to leave, let him go....it's not always greener on the other side and wouldn't you rather play with friends than be a part of a super team and lose good relationships that you had for 20plus years over softball.....I don't know, I guess I am getting old
, Aug. 29, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fall Training Camp for Senior players

I stayed at country inn and it was excellent in the spring training session
, Aug. 29, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

way to go NY and USA......great job
, Aug. 27, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

today's US Final was umpired very very well.....I think they had a conference amongst the umps about the strike zone
, Aug. 27, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

wayne....the "slot" misses a lot of the opposite side pitches thus leading to bad/missed calls on balls and strikes.....if that is how they are taught then there are going to be many upset hitters and coaches
, Aug. 27, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken 2 piece balalanced vs. Adidas me lee 2 balanced

I have both...for me, the Melee2 is better....more pop, better feel and just a better confidence in my hands...Miken is a great bat too BUT, see first statement
, Aug. 26, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

there seems to be a pattern here....the side of the plate that the ump is opposite is the side where the ball is 6 inches inside or outside ....do we see a pattern here???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlIoliH8NRM


, Aug. 26, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

maybe it is the angle the ump uses...why don't they sit right behind the catcher and see both sides of the plate...seems pretty simple.....watch this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGWXx4_auuM


, Aug. 26, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

the link above to the ump punching out the kid on a pitch that was easily a FOOT outside was ridiculous.....at least sold the call.....except to the batter.....we are so used to calls on TV where strike boxes are used and play in games where a ball hits a mat or it doesn't, so when I watch these umps banging out a kid on a 8 inch inside pitch,, it is disappointing.....I doubt these guys are volunteers totally too.....our league used to pay kids 10-15 bucks to get abused by coaches and especially parents.....at this level, Little League should find the best and use them.....good luck to NY, just an hour down the road from me
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