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Real name:
Fred Scerra

Location:
Marlboro, MA

Division:
Men's 85

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, April 4, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 50 this year..looking for a team

The EMASS website is EMASS-Seniorsoftball.com. The rosters are full right now but you can get yourself on the waiting list for when an opening comes up.
There is also a Senior league in Tewksbury.
, April 2, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mat vs. board

Differently the board. I pitch to the edges of the mat and one year we went to a rubber mat because of the ricochets off the wooden bat slowed up the game. All the good pitchers complained that we were loses strikes on the edges so we went back to the wooden mat.
The black mat I agree. Most of time I had a hard time seeing the edges. All mats should be white with a black painted silhouette of the regular plate. Now that gives me a perfect target to shoot for.
, March 29, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Collapsible Pitching Screen

Pitch-Safe is the best. A little expensive but well worth it. We are going on our 4th year with them (using them 6 days a week) and they are still in good shape.
Easy to set up and break down and folds down to an easy carrying unit.
, March 26, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bats and balls allowed for ASA and USSSA tournaments

The DC41 is a very hot bat right out of the wrapper. The ball just jumps off the bat. It does have a significant end load 1 oz. If you want a lighter end load the Freak PT is just as good with a .05 oz end load.
I have a 30oz DC41 and by BP buddy has a 27 oz PT and he loves his. We do BP together so we get a pretty good comparison of the two. I think the DC41 is better because of the extra weight but you can't go wrong with either one.
, March 25, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bats and balls allowed for ASA and USSSA tournaments

I believe that Senior bats are allowed in ASA Tournaments only but not in league play. Not sure about the ball but I would guess they would be 52/300's as that is the official ASA ball
, March 24, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: slow pitch slider

Haven't forgotten you. Just that I ran into a pitching hand problem and having a hard time flexing my fingers making my grip unstable to grip the ball and spin it.

I was just getting use to the tucking of the little finger under the ball to get a tighter break at the end. Going for EMG Tue to see if doctor can find problem and if they can fix it with little down time.
, Feb. 24, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Injury to player - no subs available

ASA rule in 2011 book (Don't have a later one) Sec 4 D 2E "When a player who has left the game an out will be declared for each turn at bat. An inning or game can end on an automatic out.

Not sure if this has been changed since then.
, Feb. 8, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Product review
Discussion: bat break in

It is illegal but who is going to know. Any alteration to a bat not in it's normal use is illegal last I knew.
, Feb. 8, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NORTHEAST STORM

Don't rub it in.
, Jan. 24, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Seniors 75 and over allowed to use composite bats?

You may have seen something about an ASA league or a league that bans senior bats but that allows 75+ to use Senior bats. There are a lot of them around.
, Jan. 23, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Advice

Have fun in your first one. It is only a game and that first experience only comes once.
, Jan. 13, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

I wear trifocals and the same problem crusher had. What I did was had a pair of glasses made just for softball and them drop the lines down so the separation were dropped down out of the way as the ball comes through the hitting zone.
, Jan. 13, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

Had mine done about 1 1/2 yrs ago during the off season. Because of other eye problems it didn't improve my vision but to concur with rh25 it did worsen my depth perception problem. About 3 months ago Dr finally gave me a prescription for my dry eyes and now my vision is good. A combination of the two did the trick for me and my depth preception has gone back to normal (lousy).

It took me about 2-3 months to see any improvement where I was able to read the paper without too much trouble, which is what the doctor told me would because of other eye problems.

Most of the players I know who have had this done have have had great results. I guess I am just the odd ball.
, Jan. 7, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Taping of bat handle.

I have a 2010 rule book but I don't think it has changed and it would be illegal. No more than 2 layers of tape allowed.
, Jan. 4, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

Cuda65: There is one flaw in your thinking. There are not many 85 teams in the whole country and they are mostly based in Florida and California. Once you are dropped from an 80 team there is a very slim chance you can get on a 85 team unless you from those areas.
, Jan. 3, 2017
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: slow pitch slider

Wild: Tried the pinky tuck today. It took a while to get used to but it did, as you said, give me a tighter break especially on my curve ball. It also seemed to give me better control on keeping the ball inside.

It seems that by holding the pinky finger in it cuts down on the turnover of my wrist as I release the ball keeping the ball more on a straight line. Will be able to tell better when it warms up a little giving me a better grip on the ball. We get the use of the facilities but we don't get any heat.
, Jan. 3, 2017
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New age eligibilty rules for 75s and 80s - Reactions?

The down side is a lot of older players will not have a team to play on, which if I remember right was the reason for changing a few years ago.
, Dec. 30, 2016
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: slow pitch slider

We are 6-12'. I pitch mainly on the low end. It would be a challenge with unlimited arc. I haven't tried the bullseye yet but will as I concentrate more on pitching for effect towards the end of Jan.

My next pitching session I will try the pinky tuck and let you know.
, Dec. 29, 2016
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: slow pitch slider

I hold it loose in my hand with the seams, index finger on the left seam and my 4th finger on the right seam. I release it by letting it slide out of my hand with a slight left twist of the wrist as I let it go. The idea is to come in about 5'-7' height and break left and down about 10' from the batter resulting in a ground ball. Down side of this pitch is if it don't break it is off the fence or over.

Being a candlepin bowler for many years most of my pitches come natural as it is the same delivery except in bowling you slide and pitching you don't but the follow through is the same in both.

One pitch I have problem with, and trying to work on it this winter, is a high pitch hitting the back edge of the mat. I am basically a low ball pitcher (6-10') working the front and side edges of the mat. Never been able to throw high pitches effectively.
, Dec. 28, 2016
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: slow pitch slider

I watched it a couple of times and I didn't see how that demo related to slow pitch. I throw a slider type pitch which is my out pitch.
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