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, Dec. 1, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

Again, if a screen will be required (which I think will happen) let's define the dimensions. Make it as small as feasibly possible, but still give some shelter to the pitcher. I propose 30" X 60" placed just in front of the rubber (to eliminate that deflection problem). Any larger and it does tend to get in the way. Also, the pitcher needs to be able to field all hit balls that don't hit the screen. Then, we need to decide what to do with the ones that do hit it. Just like a foul ball? Okay by me.
, Nov. 26, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

Regarding the rubber, it is a fielding hazard. So, I make sure it is fully covered and the playing surface around it is filled-in before throwing my first pitch each inning.

I've read thru this entire thread and see valid points on both sides of the screen issue. I too enjoy fielding the position and find the screen to be an obstruction. But, the trump card for me is the hot bats. Batted balls come back very fast from the big hitters and there is a very short reaction time. If a minimal sized screen helps keep the pitcher healthy, then I'm for them.

And, some batters just tend to hit the ball up the middle. I don't take offense to it. We all know there is a lot of open space there without the 11th fielder and a line drive could split the outfielders for extra bases while chasing runners home. Just part of the game.
, Nov. 26, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

The mat simply takes some of the human error out of the game. I'm okay with that. No one likes a missed or bad call going against their team in the heat of battle. I also don't like seeing the catcher positioned close to the "plate" for safety reasons. The wooden "mat" is a good idea. I've played with thick rubber mats (that includes the plate) where a pitch hitting the edge jets-off at a sharp angle clearly indicating hitting it for a strike. And, I agree the unpire's height discretion is always a challenge for the pitcher. It would seem worth it for all to agree on the range visually with warm-up pitches for each team in the first inning. That would cut-down on the complaints during the game.
, Nov. 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SCREENS IN TOURNAMENTS

I pitch and generally would be against a screen being required. But, I do see it as a safety measure to protect the less athletic pitchers. If one is required, let's specify the dimensions. A 24" width X 60" height should be big enough to provide ample protection, yet not be in the way too much. This "small" screen would be acceptable to me.
, Nov. 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball Spring Training

Any chance of doing one of these programs in the West some day?
, Sept. 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LASIK, bifocals & contacts question

I had Lasik surgery several years ago and don't regret it. However, because my eyesight was really bad with an astigmatism in one eye I'm stuck with seeing "halos" in that eye when looking towards lights in dark backgrounds. This is a problem for night driving and playing softball under the lights. I just live with it and limit both situations. Still much better than wearing glasses or contacts - which I had done both for many years. Reading glasses were also a resulting need.
, Sept. 6, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question regarding Senior Recreation Leagues

In our NW WA league we toyed around with requiring the screen this summer, but then decided to make it optional. Some pitchers used it, but most didn't. When the screen was hit with a batted ball it was simply a foul. If the screen is not used, a mask is required. Our age limit is 55. U-trip bats for all, except those players 70 & over can use Senior Bats. We also struggle with the age and skills gap issue for safety reasons. Just crossing our fingers thus far while enjoying time on the diamonds.
, May 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty...gray with teal lettering

Oops. Just double-checked. It's an Easton S1, not S2. Senior moment.
, May 22, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty...gray with teal lettering

I've been using it this Spring, switching back-and-forth with a 2014 Easton S2. Both are multi-certified so can use them in any tourney. This Combat Dirty was hot right away and I like the feel. The paint is cracking some on the barrel, but not nearly enough to disqualify it from tourney use. I'd recommend a methodical break-in period to preserve it's lifetime, although I haven't heard of any early breakage problems. Overall, this gap hitter would recommend it. Not sure how it would do for the big hitters.
, Jan. 28, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Endload or balanced?

Balanced only for me. I get that there are more long balls in end-loaded bats, but I prefer to hit for higher average, in the gaps and thru the infield. Just a personal preference on how best to help the team do win with my abilities. Table setters vs table clearers.
, Jan. 6, 2015
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Do you use senior bats in non tournament games/leagues?

Senior bats are not allowed in our rec league games or practice games, but many guys swing them in batting practice.
, Dec. 12, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State

Just sent you an email message.
, Oct. 5, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 pitch count

I'm not for it in league play, but accept its use in tourneys for time reasons so can get the most amount of innings in. Agreed that time between half innings can be managed better.
, Sept. 29, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Why do you swing an End loaded bat?

I make more consistent solid contact with a balanced bat. This is probably due to being able to keep the bat on the desired flatter swing path. End-loaded ones seem to cause more fly balls and less frequent solid contacts. Could be just me, though.
, Sept. 23, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

I looked at the Schutt one, but didn't like the rounded piece extending down from the forehead into the main sight area. Otherwise, it seems very sturdy. I know some players who use and like it.
, Sept. 21, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

Playball5, I have seen some balls glance off of the masks. One thing players like about them is they can play a hit ball more aggressively on the infield rather than defensively. This can be important on less than good fields and with hard hit grounders.
, Sept. 19, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: face masks

They are required for the pitcher in our league. I use and like the Rip-It Defense. It has very good visibility, decent cushioning, is lightweight and inexpensive. It comes in several colors, if that matters to you. The plastic ones out there aren't very durable. I also would stay away from those.
, Sept. 19, 2014
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Product review
Discussion: knob cuff advocates

I also use and like the simple cone shaped cuff on all my bats. It makes a big difference in grip through the swing for me. I recommend using it.
, Sept. 13, 2013
OlyPenSenior
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat restrictions for Seniors.

I'm looking for another balanced ASA bat for co-ed tourneys I play in. Anyone have any comments on the Easton new S1 or S2?
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