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June 12, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Product review
Discussion: bat bags

Demarini seems to make the best rolling bag out there, but it's not cheap. It will probably set you back almost $200. If you want to make that or any bag you buy better, buy a bat shelf that fits the bag you buy (http://www.batshelf.com/). I bought one for my Easton backpack and it makes all the difference. Yes they are pricey, but I really like what I got.
June 8, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Rejuvenate

Just a quick update on this older thread-- looks like SSUSA has approved this bat now for play (5/30 update), so if you got one, swing it without fear of repercussions.
May 27, 2018
Jon44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite

http://www.mesquiteseniorgames.org/canam/

I believe this is the tournament your coach is talking about. It's a small local tune-up tournament before the Huntsman tournament. A lot of Canadian teams play in it since they will already be down for the Huntsman tournament.

I could be mistaken, but that is what I think he is talking about.
May 9, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Brickyard

1-1 count dissenters triggered.....

Admission fees are tricky. We pay $5 (or maybe more now) to get in to play at BLD's out west. It gets fun when your wife and others join you for a tournament (need a second mortgage). With that said, I love playing at nicer venues and not afraid of occasionally paying fees if it means the facilities are great. Paying the entrance fee sometimes doesn't even guarantee the fields are kept up-- some BLD's (Riverside) are not so great, but they still stick it to you at the gate. I have no idea how good the fields were at your particular tourney- hopefully better than most given the fee you paid.

SSUSA I am assuming have no control what local parks charge. I am sure they will weigh in.
April 29, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Softball for 2018

This would make an incredible CSI episode, don't you think? The case of the missing balls.... no one knows where they are, the ETA, or anything about them. I have found that in situations like this, the most logical explanation is usually the right one, and I am guessing there are quite a few old Trump Stote balls sitting in a warehouse in Sacramento somewhere and most businesses will exhaust the existing supply before introducing new product into the mix (FIFO, not LIFO).

I have come to the conclusion we will hit the old Stote ball in tournaments until we don't, and no post, vent session, etc will change that fact. This comes up over and over, and it seems like the boat must be lost in the Bermuda Triangle or re-routed to the Galapagos Islands or somewhere like that. Just plan on the old ball at the next tourney and be pleasantly surprised when the new ball finally makes an appearance.

I would have loved to see the new ball in play before the hot weather comes, and my hope is that will still be the case (the old ball was perfectly fine in St George/Mesquite in cooler weather), but either way I will enjoy every chance to play and try not to be bothered when I see the old ball. The truth is both teams have to hit it, so go out there and try to have fun!
April 25, 2018
Jon44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Screamer5

Just my opinion, but every game I was involved in at the SW Championships this last weekend went all 7 innings and I didn't feel the adjustment was so great. I obviously am a proponent of the 3-2 count and didn't love the "one to waste" compromise, but I even found that to be ok for me after watching it all play out.

This is always going to be a personal feeling thing and I don't expect anyone to change their opinions over anything I say, but I like the game going the full 7 and loved the fact I never felt rushed or forced to hit first good pitch.
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.
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