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Sept. 19, 2021
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Miken leaves Minnesota

CALEDONIA, Minn. Employees of Miken Sports, maker of the baseball helmets used by Major League Baseball players, have been notified that the manufacturing plant will close in the next 18 to 24 months, delivering an economic blow to this small rural community. Some of the jobs will stay stateside and other jobs will head to China.

In addition to baseball helmets, the Caledonia plant makes composite bats used by youth baseball, girls softball and adult slow pitch players. The operations and jobs employed in the making of the bats will be moved to a facility in China, and the helmet operation will be shifted to a facility in Washington, Mo.
July 28, 2021
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat stamp question

Thanks for the info! I hope that players would be notifies far in advance of any changes are on the distant horizon.
July 27, 2021
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat stamp question

Thinking of purchasing a used bat for use as a back-up. Will the old stamp bats be gone after this year or can they still be used in tournaments?
March 5, 2021
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

3N2's are best turf shoes as far as I'm concerned. Boombah's fall apart and the company doesn't stand behind them. One year I bought a pair in February, we didn't start playing until May. Quickly the toe box shifted and the shoes started to crack and split behind the toes. Contacted the company, sent photos as requested and then (even though I'd only used them a few times) I was told the 90 day warranty was expired. 3N2's are sturdier, more supportive, just as light and comfortable and they last longer. The toe box is wider which is plus for those of us that have wider feet as opposed to narrow, pointy ones. Yes, they cost more but you get what you pay for!
Jan. 31, 2021
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 3rd Base Commitment line

Sticckkkk, you got this one? Tom was great guy. He was my boss too along with Charlie Johnson. I was assigned to watch Dwayne Postavich and he was nice enough to watch and critique the first few games I umped. Yep, that was way back at the Softball City, good times!
Jan. 28, 2021
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 3rd Base Commitment line

Our league has the halfway commitment line between 3rd and home, once the runner crosses it he MUST continue to the scoring line and the catcher or defensive player must have a foot on the strike mat and catch the ball to register a put out. We went over this scenario yesterday in our league zoom meeting. We are merging with another league and trying to codify our 'house rules'.

There are less than 2 outs runners on 1st and 3rd. Batter hits loopy short fly that falls in. Quick throw home is off line, catcher moves up the line to stop the throw, mild brush with runner from third but no tag attempt is made. Is runner automatically safe or does play continue? 2.) Baserunner that was on first attained second and then third during the play. If call is that runner going home is automatically safe due to light contact does the runner who attained third get a 1 base award, stay at third, or go back to second? If the rules states the defensive player (catcher or someone covering the strike mat play at home) cannot have contact with runner once he crosses the commitment line is the light brush with the catcher considered incidental or reason to call the runner safe? Umpire judgement call?


Jan. 23, 2021
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When to go backside

IMOP: The more important the situation the more you should go with your best shot, the swing you are most comfortable and confident in. If I'm going to make an out in a crucial situation I want the defense to have to make it on my best swing. Of course this is being said by a stone pull hitter. One would think after playing with and against HOFer Stick8 (Mr.900) for over 30 years I'd be better at going backside! Sadly that's not the case.....
Sept. 12, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you find a Major Sponsored team ???

The same way as when you were younger: Play ball, that's how. Unless you are a player with a 'rep' generally the major and major plus sponsored teams find you, you don't find them...
Aug. 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northern Championships, no fans allowed in

Quite obviously, you don't know me as well as you think you do.
Aug. 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northern Championships, no fans allowed in

Dave, I wouldn't back out at this late date, at this point it's about keeping a promise to the team. That is why I posted that advanced notice of their policy would have been nice. I have lots of friends in that area and they don't 'obfuscate' the details. Stick, watch for my email and attachments.
Aug. 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northern Championships, no fans allowed in

Dave, c'mon 'small price'? 200 bucks plus?! Small? Maybe to you that's small, not me. I know the SSUSA policy but it would have been nice to have advanced warning of the Lake Alliance policy, decisions may have been made differently by players and teams. Now the day before the tournament starts we get an email informing us of this policy....dirty pool!?
Aug. 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northern Championships, no fans allowed in

The Lake Alliance complex will not be letting fans into the park. However in a magnanimous gesture, fans can sit outside the complex around the outfield fence. Pay for two nights in a hotel, gas and food so my wife can sit in leftfield....nice.
Aug. 3, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should I buy a new 'old' bat?

I would like to hear Alan on this. I don't want to end up like those guys bringing 5 bowling balls to the alleys, one for oily lanes, one for dry lanes, one with only a thumb hole, one offset weighted, and one with a semi-fingertip grip, only except instead of bowling balls it'd be bats!
Aug. 2, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Should I buy a new 'old' bat?

What is the current lbs. of Compression on Senior Bats and what will the new lbs. of Compression be? Anyone know? Should I be buying a senior bat now to be grandfathered in because it will be hotter? ? I got this email from a friend today. I know it's USSSA and not SSUSA but just to be clear I'd like to know the lbs. of compression numbers for Senior Bats and what they will change to if they change at all. What about other associations? Same or change? The official post on this site says 'ESSENTIALLY' the same numbers. What does essentially in this case actually mean? How many different bats will we need if we play ASA/USA, ISSA, SPA, WSL or One Nation? USSSA is also going to the NTS style stamp.

USSSA SLOWPITCH SOFTBALL RULES
USSSA has decided to change their Slowpitch Bat Standards!

What does this mean? The new bats will have less pop than the current models with the 2012 stamp on them! Current models allow a lower compression of 220 lbs as opposed to the new standard of 240 lbs or higher. They are deadening their bats!

What about NSA? Seeing as NSA also allows the 1.20 BPF or 220 lb compression, will they be changing as well? No, NSA currently does not plan to adopt the 240 lb compression. They will continue to allow all 2012 stamped bats for the foreseeable future.

What about Other Associations? GSL, WSL & ISA All plan to stick with the Current 1.20 BPF or 220 lb Compression Bats.

ONLY USSSA IS CHANGING THEIR BAT STANDARD


DATE USSSA TIMELINE
Sep 1, 2019 New USSSA Bat Stamp: USSSA is transitioning their bat testing to a new facility, NTS Chesapeake.

June 1, 2020 New USSSA Bats Launch: USSSA Bats that meet the New Standard will begin their initial retail Launch
JAN 1, 2021 Stopping Use of Current USSSA Stamp: No Bats can have the current 2012 USSSA Thumbprint put on them after this date.

JAN 1, 2023 New USSSA Bats REQUIRED: USSSA Bats that meet the New Standard of 240 lbs and tested by NTS will be required for play. The current 2012 Stamp bats will no longer be accepted on the Slowpitch field of play!
July 21, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: C-19 case at St. G tournament

I'll tell ya Mikelmart, if they are not hyping the 'virus' they will write about the 'peaceful protests' taking place......
July 20, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

Good points Benji, There shouldn't be any rule that says a fielder must catch a ball rather than play it on the hop..... If the defense picks up on a batter/runner not, well, running, then more power to them. The rule book shouldn't compel a catch just the same as it wouldn't compel someone to hit a homerun. Offense/Defense. Kind of like a 'I think I play this ball on the hop (my choice) or I think I'll try for a single instead of a homerun' (my choice) scenario.
July 20, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: C-19 case at St. G tournament

In other earth shattering news it was reported that Madison Square garden was shutdown as one of the reported dogs at the Westminster show tested positive for flea antibodies! Further testing revealed that the dog in question actually had ear mite antibodies. :-)
July 18, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EVENT UPDATE Rocky Mountain Championships 2020 Cancelled

Correction, 12 straight weeks, not months! Yipes!
July 18, 2020
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EVENT UPDATE Rocky Mountain Championships 2020 Cancelled

Omar, a very prophetic post on your part, another 'shut down for a few months' brings us up to the election. Many say that was the plan all along. More testing equals more cases so it's no surprise that the death rates have now dropped for the 12th straight month. IMOP: we are seeing the feared 2nd wave right now which is much weaker. Playing ball is what we should be doing be it sanctioned or getting together informally. It's amazing the hoops the governments are making the organizations jump through just to hit a ball with a stick, especially when inherently, the participants are spaced yards, not feet from each other.
July 13, 2020
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just my Opinion

Capt., around here we have drugged drivers (both legal and illegal), fly by night driving schools, distracted drivers, foreigners who can't read the traffic signs, ragers who don't like bikes taking up 'their' road, drunk drivers, speeders, illegals driving, and impatient drivers, watch yourself out on the roads; Your chances of being struck by a vehicle are probably higher than getting the virus. The same goes for mountain/trail biking and the unforeseen hazards involved with that. To use a phrase that's already overused these days, stay safe.
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