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April 11, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Easton Empire Senior bats

I am glad you guys are liking the bat. Having more options as a senior player is always great and it gets the competition to continue innovating and driving to make their products better. I always appreciate others feedback and look forward to seeing more people swinging it and Senior Softball bat reviews to review it for their take.
April 11, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Easton Empire Senior bats

I will be interested only after Dave V reviews the bat and it makes his top 5. I don't always agree with the bats he rates high, but it gets my attention if he likes it. That's just me... Been burned by Easton before (see ELDER) and need an impartial 3rd party not repping the bat to like it.
April 9, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Schedule

I have seen quite a few teams opt for airbnb's close to venues. This is getting more and more common to share costs and cut down on drive times to games. Knowing venues early helps identify the right Airbnb house to target and reserve it before it gets gobbled up. I am not saying this is widespread, but I hear and see this more and more and have personally done this at tourneys to save money.
April 6, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: What Ball for 2018 LVSSA/Southwest Championship

I know contractually SSUSA will use the rock at southwest championship and worlds in sept., but do you have an update on the slow boat from China carrying the new ball for all of the other tournaments in between? Hot weather is right around the corner and hopeful the new ball will be here so we don't have to hit the oatmeal ball in the heat.
April 5, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Rejuvenate

Mizuno Rejuvenate is NOT approved ASA/USSSA, etc. It is a senior bat only. It's got the senior stamp and appears to look legal, but is not on the published list of approved bats on this website. Other Senior bats not on the the list include Monsta, boombah, AD Starr, etc. For the most part these bats are either unpopular now or discontinued, like the Mizuno bat. The problem is the Mizuno bat has become interesting to a bunch of people because it actually is an amazing bat that performs better than most senior bats, but apparently Mizuno has given up on it and will not pay the insurance fee etc as Dave described above.
April 4, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Rejuvenate

Thanks for the clarification
April 4, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Rejuvenate

So using it in a tourney is a big no-no. I would be called out or worse, correct?

I will stick to my adidas game bats-- I want to be compliant. I am just curious of the consequences if someone uses that or any other non-approved bat.

Thanks DD- I appreciate the fast response.
April 4, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Rejuvenate

Maybe a little more context... I don't want to walk up in LV with this bat, hit a ball well, then have someone tell me bat is not approved and I am in trouble or hurt the team by being called out for using a non-approved bat. I am hopeful someone from Senior Softball can verify that I am ok to use this bat in tournament play. DD-- thoughts?
April 4, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Rejuvenate

I just hit one and liked it, but I don't see it on the approved bats list for SSUSA. Does anyone know if it's approved for senior tournament play?
March 27, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

Last years ball performed well in Mesquite/SG, but everyone knew it would given moderate temps (60's/70's), altitude, and other factors. That ball isn't an issue in these conditions. It's when the temperature/humidity increases when that ball falls apart and performs poorly. The hope I have is that we have the new ball before the upcoming tourneys in the hot weather. There is nothing more deflating than hitting the ball on the nose and having it not respond.
March 26, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Line Scores Spring Worlds

oopsie-- meant Mesquite/St George
March 26, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Line Scores Spring Worlds

I concur-- dilly dilly! I was shocked (in a good way) to see scores already posted for Southwest Championships. It is appreciated.
March 23, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

With Vegas right around the corner and SSUSA's commitment to the Rock at that tourney, it will be May at the earliest before anyone sees this new ball. Looking forward to seeing how it does on a hot humid day.
March 23, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Easton Empire Senior bats

I had such a bad experience with the Elder that Easton is way down the list when it comes to looking at senior bats for me personally. What were they thinking? That bat was/is a turd. It would take a lot to get another easton product in my hands after that experience, especially since adidas/miken/dudley have such good products out there.
March 21, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

I went early to Saint George and see that they are playing the old Stote ball- same as previous years. New ball nowhere in sight.
March 9, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

It seems all batters boxes are not created equal. For example, the ones at BLD in Vegas don't seem right. The plate is too close to the front of the box and it's difficult for a lot of guys to stay in the box, including myself. I might be wrong, but this is the only place I have had issues, including other fields where the boxes are permanently there.

I do agree that the blatant wiping out the lines before hitting has got to stop. I see all the time the guy walks up and does this as part of their set up ritual and the umpire watches the whole thing and does nothing.
March 9, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds

I am a little bit surprised I have not seen more comments on this. We complain about a lot of stuff on here, but rarely praise when good things happen. Getting schedules out this early (Reno too) is a wonderful thing. I know there are some venues that have changed (Spring Worlds) from initial announcement, but SSUSA mentioned that they were tentative assignments subject to change. A lot of people book hotels in both places then cancel one when things firm up. That seems to be best practice.

My team was initially announced to play at Pioneer in Mesquite, but was changed to St George. Our guys will either cancel their Mesquite reservations or enjoy the beautiful drive to St George through the gorge or the back way. I am sure some will stay in Mesquite because there is more to do there after the games.

I just want to say THANK YOU for getting this out early and seed games announced early. I really appreciate it.
Feb. 28, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds Managers Meeting

Dave-- are they planning on using all three fields at Pioneer park? 1 of the fields clearly is a baseball field. Also, Little Valley was on the list on the tournament page as a venue, but not on the list of fields being used. It clearly is much better place than any of the Mesquite fields. What happened?
Feb. 24, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: St. George Lack Of Hotel Discounts - Spring Worlds.

Thanks Dave-- I am probably remembering a Huntsman tourney game at 8am.... Appreciate you setting the record straight.
Feb. 24, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: St. George Lack Of Hotel Discounts - Spring Worlds.

The original ask is a good one. With the time change and travel times to/from Mesquite to Saint George, starting games at 9am MST seems like a reasonable request. Coming from Nevada myself, it would sure be nice if games started a little later than 8am.

The drive Diesel Dan suggests is pretty, but the games are being played at both Canyons and Little Valley (not Gubler) and Little Valley would easily be 1 hour away if you drive old HWY 91 and much easier to get to if you just stayed on I-15. Getting to Canyons from the route he suggested is fine.

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