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, March 23, 2016
hombre
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

If anyone is interested, Dave on senior softball bat reviews experimented with a rolled bat. You can find the video on youtube under senior softball bat reviews. They had a Miken Ultra II Maxload professionally rolled. Dave and another guy put over 400 hits on it before it broke. In that they had not gotten that many hits on a Miken before, they concluded that it actually extended the life of the bat. I'm sure that if any of you guys have hit this bat, you know that , while the performance is great, they are pretty fragile. Big hitters don't normally get 100 hits, and these guys are BIG HITTERS.

They also felt that they didn't get as much distance from the rolled bat as they have gotten from bats that are broken in normally. I found it interesting and I thought some of you might also.
, March 23, 2016
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

Just a comment about old age improvement. I began working with a 70 year old last fall. His swing speed from the tee was 68-72 MPH. We worked all winter indoors using a tee radar, and net. He now swings in the mid 80's and will occasionally hit 90. You can make some dramatic improvement in some areas. I wish I could improve that much.
, Oct. 27, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ROOM MATE FOR FALLING TRAINING IN VERO BEACH

My wife has decided not to accompany me to the Fall Training in Vero Beach and to miss three days of great softball and comradery. I'm dumbfounded. If anyone else finds themselves in a similar situation and needs a room mate, (I don't snore) please contact me. 423-508-2995 or ombre@comcast.net
, Oct. 11, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

JH, you can definitely increase your speed. To increase your speed you need to exercise your quick twitch muscle fibers. The maximum distance you probably need to train for is 70', unless your hitting insider the parkers. LOL After you warm up, run 4 or 5 70 foot sprints. Start slowly and increase your speed reaching 100% at 50 feet. Rest until you are completely recovered and repeat. Not allowing yourself to completely recover is like taking 100 swings at BP, you compensate for being tired and your mechanics suffer. Allow yourself one to two days rest before repeating. If you time yourself you'll see a noticeable increase in speed.

Running long distances will work your slow twitch muscle fibers resulting in more endurance, but can actually decrease your sprint speed. It's like swinging a heavy bat. You increase your strength, but not bat speed. Good luck




, Sept. 14, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

Thanks fellas. This is some great information. Our team found itself in a situation where we had a fifth infielder and I was it. The first time we turned 6 double plays and run ruled the other team. Another time we weren't on the same page and looked pretty silly. We (I) made mistake after mistake. I think whatever strategy you adopt, the key is "substantial practice and buy-in".
, Sept. 13, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

I'd like to hear a discussion on how best to play the fifth infielder, if there is one best way. Do you keep him close to second and have him field all force plays? Do you play him as a short fielder? Does it depend on who is hitting and the skill set of the other defensive players? What strategy gives you the best chance of being effective? Thanks
, Aug. 2, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Soccer shoes

Has anyone worn soccer shoes to play softball? I saw a player last year wearing them. He said that they were extremely light and comfortable. Do any of you have any first hand experience with them? Thanks
, July 28, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Soccer shoes

Alan, mine is not intended to be a negative commentary of you or the bat that you're testing, but of Miken for already having the technology to produce a durable bat with high performance. I'm sorry that I didn't explain myself better. hombre
, July 27, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Soccer shoes

I always find it amusing when there is a discussion concerning a bat company trying to design a bat with both performance and durability, especially Miken. I began playing ball in 2003 as a 55 year old. My first bat was a black ultra II which I used solely for two and a half years. The first night I used it in league play I hit three out. Pretty good performance from a bat that wasn't even broken in. I played four games a week in summer league and fall league plus about ten tournaments a year plus batting practice.I don't know how many hits it had on it, but it had many, I know other players who had this same bat for years without it breaking.

I'm old and have much less power, but still break the Miken black Ultra II's in 300-400 hits. The last one weaned me from Miken, it broke in 35 hits.

My question is, why doesn't Miken just reproduce the 2003 bat. They already have the technology. Perhaps a different color with different name and graphics?

I've been told by Miken reps that the process for making the black ultra is the exactly the same because it is patented, but I just don't buy it.


, July 2, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In?

Because there are so many opinions as to the reason for the decline in the number of men playing slow-pitch softball, I decided to do a little research into the objective reasons. I found a great site called ATHLETIC BUSINESS , The Resource for Athletic, Fitness & Recreation Professionals. In an article entitled " Slow-Pitch Softball's Participation Decline Challenges Rec Professionals ", There were a number of objective, statistically based articles followed by a subjective one written by a disgruntled, embittered old ball player.

The general consensus for the decline are as follows:
1. We baby boomers were the driving force behind SPS during it's heyday in the 70's and 80's. We are dying off and are not being replaced by younger players. High school graduates are not playing, The core of SPS, ages 25-34, has dropped 400,000 since 2008. In a 30 and over league in Wisc. the average age is 45-50.

2. Parents and grandparents are devoting their time and resources to their children and grandchildren instead of playing themselves.

3. Park and recreation associations are allocating more and more money to girl's softball and other sports.

4. Many of the softball fields are being converted to girl's softball, youth's baseball and other sports.

There are other reasons that are often discussed on this board such as cost, fear of injury, and dissatisfaction with balls, bats and the way the game has evolved, but they are almost insignificant to the factors mentioned above.

Sparky 1, Did you write the original letter in ATHLETIC BUSINESS, or just paraphrase it and clean it up by omitting the parts about "punk players living the lie" and "little pansies" hitting the ball 300 feet? Unless you wrote the original letter, you might consider giving the original author credit. Plagiarism?

I encourage everyone to read the article.
, June 30, 2015
hombre
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

Dbax, I care. I wanted to compare my differential between hitting from the tee and hitting live pitching with others who hit from the tee. The feedback tells me that I'm getting good results from the practice of hitting from the tee.

And thanks for caring enough to add to the conversation with your comments.
, June 28, 2015
hombre
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

My tee is home made and extends from 30" to 60" in increments of 3". I usually hit a dozen balls at each level from 3' to 4'. Then I concentrate on specific heights, depending on what I'm working on. It's my opinion that you should definitely vary the heights at which you hit.
, June 19, 2015
hombre
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting from tee vs. hitting pitched ball

This is a question for all the batmaticians. I'm sure that someone out there has done extensive empirical analysis on this topic. The question is: with all other factors being equal, if a batter can hit a ball 300 feet from a tee, how much further could hit a pitched ball? Just wondering.
, April 25, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I believe Mr. Manassas asked his question on this board because it's a softball site which is read by many softball players who find themselves in similar situations and may be able to make a suggestion that will improve the current major plus dilemma. He mentioned that it is a problem across all associations, which would include SSUSA. Since they play several SSUSA tournaments every year, he is appealing to the staff for suggestions.

I also think that the STAFF at SSUSA will decide if they can make a positive contribution to the discussion. Just a thought
, March 13, 2015
hombre
Topic: Bats
Discussion: God's Sports Company P413 Senior Bat

I'm still awaiting the arrival of the solid core bat I purchased about four years ago. I wonder about its status.
, Feb. 22, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anyone being dizzy on the field,

Michael, you might check out the possibility that you have a sugar problem. I've been hypoglycemic ever since I began playing senior ball and have passed out on the field on several occasions. The way to tell is to have a glucose tolerance test. A simple blood test which checks your hemoglobin level will not indicate a spike in blood sugar, which is what causes the symptoms.

Google reactive or athletic hypoglycemia and see if you have similar symptoms.
, Feb. 20, 2015
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So the question was....how to get more teams to play Major Plus

Tim, I have no original thoughts, however, I do have some opinions on thoughts expressed by others.

1. I would support the idea of combining major and major+. There is already a mechanism in place to allow those teams that are not competitive to drop down to AAA. This might cause some weak AAA teams to drop to AA. This would be a good move in our region in that there are very few AA teams.
Every division has teams that are dominant and those that will only win a few games each season. The difference in the M+ divisions is that they are at the top and there is no place to move them.
2. I am strongly opposed to forcing any team to break up. I know players who have played together for 40 years. Team camaraderie
is the determining factor in playing softball.
3. After the home run limit has been reached, then play one up. This would eliminate the big home run advantage held by some teams.
4. The pitching screen might be a good move, especially in the upper age groups.

The cream will always rise to the top. The most important factor is getting the different organizations to develop a system that will objectively evaluate the teams and place them in the appropriate division. Just my opinion. Thanks
, April 6, 2014
hombre
Topic: Bats
Discussion: End Load vs. balanced.

If all else is equal, does an end loaded bat give you more distance than a balanced bat or is it just a matter of comfort and preference? Thanks
, Dec. 6, 2013
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing Time

Before the start of the season this topic needs to be discussed. If the players decide to share time for whatever reason, so be it. If their intention is to win as many tournaments as possible, when elimination begins put your best ten on the field. If you have one or more players who are hitting well, have them DH. In pool games, let the players who won't be playing in elimination games play. Heck they may get more playing time than those who play elimination only. LOL

The important thing is that everyone be on the same page. If a player doesn't like the team philosophy, he should move to another team. Any new player needs to be made aware of you team policy. This is just my POV, for what it's worth.
, Dec. 6, 2013
hombre
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

I did some research on this subject last night at the suggestion of my daughter. There seems to be some positive results from eating cherries or drinking cherry juice for not only arthritis, but also gout. It was convincing enough that I'm going to give it a try. Good luck
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