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, Jan. 7, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

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Mine took a loooong time because it was the first public batch that came out.....production was low and demand was high...i think they have more onhand now so turnaround might be quicker....mine was almost 3 months though...dudley was good with email response also
, Jan. 6, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

In our senior leagues we do NOT use senior bats at all.....I was wondering how many guys out there use senior bats for their leagues and if it is a good or bad idea to use them in non-tournament situations.....obviously, there are all talent levels at local leagues and if because of this fact, safety is top priority for not using these bats......in reality, out tourney team plays 3-4 tourneys a season and occasional end of season BP and exhibitions but otherwise, we use U-trip bats or any bat of your choice not senior approved....thanks
, Jan. 6, 2015
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

it took some time for my replacement to come but it did come eventually....I think it was just poor mixing of the epoxy on my bat....the cap cracked in 2 and one part was still solidly stuck in the barrel, glued like it was supposed to be done.....if end caps are falling out or breaking, maybe there was a batch that had the same glue and obviously defective...performance wise, it was spectacular....for 25 swings....now it is winter and 10 degrees in the northeast
, Dec. 31, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

My end cap cracked and half flew out to shortstop..the other half was glued solidly still inside the barrel....it looked like the epoxy wasn't mixed fully because the broken part was still shiny and wet.....I sent the bat back and got new one.....I am sure if i had the marine epoxy and the cap wasn't broken, I could have repaired it......it was the balanced model and was hitting bombs...I hope the new one hits as well
, Dec. 26, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley Lightning 12" barrel

I am IN....looking forward to a nice vacation and hitting some softballs with some great players AND getting out of snowy Syracuse NY......3 months to go
, Dec. 14, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

here is a link to what they look like in the aggressive sole.....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIKE-Air-SPEED-DESTROYER-5-8-Turf-Trainer-Lacrosse-FOOTBALL-Cleats-Shoes-SIZE-18-/150841461362?pt=US_Men_s_Athletic_Footwear&var=&hash=item231eda0a72


, Dec. 14, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

I have used Nike 5/8 airspeed destroyers the past 3 years.....they aren't high tops and they aren't low....no Achilles pain at all...Tanels felt great on my feet but 2/3 of the season my heels really got tender...the new balance umpire shoes are really nice too but too slick for outfield wet grass.....the Nikes are discontinued but you can find them on ebay for some good prices...they come in turf soles and a little more aggressive sole for outfield....luckily I stocked up on them to last me some more seasons
, Dec. 7, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

in regard to the Salomon shoes mentioned above, the Fellcross are 170 dollars...the speedcross are 125 dollars....here is link to site if you are interested...very nice colors, that's for sure
http://www.zappos.com/salomon-speedcross-3-black-black-silver-metallic-x~1?zlfid=191&ref=pd_sims_p_ab_t_1

, Nov. 28, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best turf shoes out there

just to save a lot of phone calls and emails, how much is the 3 day clinic for instruction?
, Nov. 28, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

i don't even consider them courtesy runners, they are more like PINCH runners.....every game I have ever seen a runner used, a faster guy was put on base for the "slower" or "injured" runner.....maybe a limit on the number of times a runner can be used should be limited...maybe only ONE runner per inning...maybe no runners after a certain inning.....obviously, the rule is abused so I don't think the speed of the game time is affected but the SPEED on the base paths definitely is affected....
, Nov. 24, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

I like the one up rule once limit is reached.....I also like DBO's for any HR's over the limit/one up rule..... we played a major team last year (we are AAA) and we got destroyed by both hits and walks for HR's after limit was reached...at least an out would have shortened a few innings

as for 1-1 count, I have played both...I am not fan of 1-1 only because , your at bat can be decided by an umpire after one pitch...we all know there is supposed to be a height limit etc but say a pitcher throws the border line high pitch that the ump calls a strike....guess what the next pitch will be????.....now you will be forced to swing only because you have 2 on you and cannot trust the ump for the next pitch....if you go to a 1-1 count, then make 3 BALLS a walk...forget the 4 ball walk...THAT will speed up games

courtesy runners should be limited to 1 or 2 per inning....forget about speeding up the game. it speeds up the team that puts the usually faster guy on the bases.....maybe put a limit on the number of times a same runner can be used in a game

just a few thoughts on some of the bigger concerns in the game
, Nov. 17, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Jose Canseco injured in accidental shooting, per reports

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/11/jose-canseco-finger-fell-off-poker-game


, Nov. 11, 2014
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Top players in the state of Florida

there are rankings now....is fantasy senior softball on the horizon????
, Nov. 11, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

it is more a team decision....since batting averages are sometimes competitive, the team has to decide if walks counts as 0 for 0 or 1 for 1......if you ask a pitcher, a walk is just as costly as a hit because it allows a person to be that much closer to scoring.....and in this case, batters will want errors to not go against their BA because in essence, they got on base.....team decision.....you have to decide
, Nov. 9, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

the only thing the adding the weight to the handles in the re-certification debacle was to change the balance point of the bat....it decreased end load which may or may not have changed MOI or any other physics term, but bat performance remained the same in terms of bat and ball contact
, Nov. 7, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Winter Nationals, any bat sellers there?

where is Dudley getting all these bats....seems like there are hundreds of guys on waiting lists to get these bats and yet Dudley has a tourney and is selling bats.....hmmmmm
, Oct. 19, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

what a surprise the big boys didn't participate in the HR contest...it is a lot easier to brag about how you are THEE best power hitter in the 50's than go out and prove it......it's like the bully in class, everyone backs down from him because he puffs out his chest but as soon as he is confronted, he turns tail and runs away....let the excuses begin
, Aug. 24, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

back to original topic...we play our senior leagues with utrip bats and 44 core balls......it is "regular" softball like back in the "old" days.....the tournaments and leagues that use senior bats art creating all the "super ball off a tennis racket" effect.....we use senior bats in tournaments only and end of season BP and fun games.....
, July 26, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SENIOR BATS

I haven't seen "good" bats go half price, in fact the better the bat, the MORE expensive it will be later...case in point, Worth original senior bat...I got mine for 149 when it was under the radar and now it is 229 because it is a better performing bat...I would say if the bat is equal or lesser than the newer model, then it may be lower but if it is a dud, it is probably taking up shelf space and they are just getting rid of them....you get what you pay for in these instances
, June 17, 2014
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

I don't come on here to argue with people...I stated what worked for me.....for some people it helps, others it does not...I have been playing softball for 37 years, I have tried many things over the years, heavy bat seems to work for me....not everyone, but it works for me..... some people use 30 ounce bats, some use 26, some use 2 piece , some use one piece, some people wear high tops, some wear turf shoes...if the game was the same for everyone, there would only be one bat, one shoe and one glove out there......it's just an opinion but not everything fits into the same mold
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