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Aug. 12, 2007
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Comments

The Wrath 120 is pretty hot out of the wrapper. These bats are fragile. Be careful. Hit is 30 or 40 times and make it a gamer.
Aug. 12, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CHollis: Weight Loss

Yo Pete, I tried rapping but I wasn't cut out for it. I just dug deep in the closet and found some older pants that fit now! LOL. The up side to dieting is you do save money! Tater, let me know if I can help. Don't get discouraged as it will take a couple of weeks to really start working. Dave, not much cardio since I started and no weight lifting since March. However, this will change as I picked up a weight set this afternoon. I was going to work out today but just picking it up and unloading was work out enough for me today.
Aug. 11, 2007
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Divisions

Interesting topic guys. My thoughts are have Major Plus (which I think should be called Major) play unlimited homeruns and no adjoining states boundaries rule. Let the sponsors with money take the best players out of the players pool and put the best teams on the field that money can buy. This would reduce this division down to just a few national teams. Let them go play their own circuit. This is what the young guys do and there are really only 2 Major teams on the young circuit. They open their tournaments to the A, B & C teams and generally play with homerun limits but on bigger fields.

Have the major (which I think should be called A) division play with some type of homerun rule and with the adjoining state rule. There would be more players (ie more teams) available in this division because most former Major Plus teams would lose their best players to the national teams. These teams would have to move down to the major division. Make this your competitive division.

All other teams would be recreation division. Just my ,02 worth.

By the way, I'm OK with 1,20 bat and 44/375 balls. You make a good point about the Ultra's keeping the playing field level against cheater bats.
Aug. 10, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What 50 Major Plus Teams are going to the ASA in Burlington?

That is a fine trophy if I may say so myself. It was the toughest one out of the bunch because the rest of them disintegrated on contact with the pavement at 60 mph. LOL. I'm already looking forward to spring training 08. I hope I can talk Steve Manning into doing the BBQ again! Looks like we are not going to Burlington as there we not enough teams. Next tournament for us will be Vegas.
Aug. 10, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CHollis: Weight Loss

Hey John and Pete. How you guys getting along? Careful what you ask for, you may get it.

Well, the short answer is apples and bananas. But that is no way to live.

The truth of the matter is I had to step back and figure out why I was not willing to lose weight. I did some considerable thinking, no comments please, and when I finally put my finger on the answer I decided to do something about it.

Now, for only $250 per month, I can provide you with the secret that will drop weight off of you and keep it off of you, forever. But, because you guys are my softball buddies, if you order today, I throw in an extra hand of bananas. LOL

Actually, this may sound really stupid but after I broke it all down...........I like the taste of food. As simple as this sounds it basically was what was driving me to over eat. I didn't eat to live, I lived to eat. I found out that if I ate an apple and/or a banana for lunch, that I felt just a full afterwards as if I had my lb of BBQ pork and fries. The only difference was, I didn't get to enjoy the TASTE of the BBQ. This is the key so I will repeat that. I found out that if I ate an apple and/or a banana for lunch, that I felt just a full afterwards as if I had my lb of BBQ pork and fries. The only difference was, I didn't get to enjoy the TASTE of the BBQ.

If you're like me and if you can get over that hurdle, the rest is easy. Real easy.

The first thing I did was go on the internet and figure out how many calories a day, at my activity level, did I need to maintain my weight, which at that time was 286 to 290 lbs. The answer per the site I visited was 4,279 calories a day to maintain my weight.

Now, to lose weight or to take off one pound per week, I needed to reduce my calories by 500 per day because One pound of body fat equals about 3,500 calories.

I got back on the internet and found out that most national companies, like Wendy's or Pizza Hut, etc list their nutritional value of each menu item right there on the internet. So I started by figuring out just what I was getting both in calories and fats. Before my diet, my typical lunch contained from 72 to 93 grams of fat and I was getting between 1,460 to 2,022 calories from lunch 7 days a week or 575 grams of fat and 12,250 calories per week at lunch. Because my lunch spots varied, let's say my average was 83 grams of fat and 1,741 calories per day. Take this times 7 days equals 12,187 calories and 581 fat grams per week at lunch. WOW.

Therefore, I started doing 4 fruit lunches per week which equals 6 grams of fat and 900 calories. My other three lunches would be from the menu below which I built so that it was at least half calories and fat or my typical lunch.

So if I ate three Wendy's lunches per week equal 114 grams of fat and 2,856 calories added to my 4 fruit lunches per week this lunch plan totals 120 grams of fat and 3,756 calories per week. Taking my prior lunch average of 12,187 calories per week minus my new lunch plan of 3,756 calories per week equal a difference of 8,431 calories. Dividing this by the amount of calories it takes to lose 1 pound, which is 3,500 and that equals 2.41 lbs per week weight lose at lunch. In addition, I cut supper back in a similar fashion and I concentrated on eating a lot more protein and less fat grams. This is important because a gram of protein is 4 calories, a gram of carbs is 4 calories but a gram of fat is 9 calories. Fill up on the proteins and carbs and slack off on the fats some.

I went from just under 290 lbs down to 252 lbs in about a month and a half. The first two weeks I didn't lose hardly any weight and started to get discourage. After that, it flew off. I think it takes your body a couple of weeks to cycle through. I have dropped the banana and apple lunch now after the initial month or so of dieting and I maintain my weight at 252 to 255 lbs us lunches slected from my menu listed below. I came back from the ISA National at 260lbs (that dang waffle house was right next door to the motel room), it took two days and I was back at 252 lbs. By the way, Pepsi, Coke etc is a taste thing, liquid candy. I drink water with all meals.

Here is my menu I made for the places that I may find myself at lunch time.

Fruit Lunch: - 1.5 grams fat, 225 calories
Banana 0.5 grams fat, 125 calories
Apple 1 gram fat, 100 calories

Tropical Smoothie - 26 grams fat - 670 calories
Cordon Blu Wrap - 16 grams fat, 510 calories (no dressing)
Small bag of chips - 10 grams fat, 150 calories

Firehouse subs - 4.5 grams fat, 500 calories
Medium turkey sandwich 3 grams fat 350 calories
Lays Potato Chips small 1.5 grams fat, 130 calories

Wendy's lunch - 38 grams fat - 952 calories
single hamburger 27 grams fat, 522 calories
medium frosty 11 grams fat, 430 calories

Arby's Lunch - 47 grams fat - 910 calories
chicken corden blue - 29 grams fat, 570 calories
curly fries 18 grams fat, 340 calories

Krystal Lunch - 45 grams fat - 830 calories
2 double burgers 26 grams fat, 520 calories
small chicken bite 19 grams fat, 310 calories

I hope this helps. You be able to get the video version soon! LOL

Aug. 8, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What 50 Major Plus Teams are going to the ASA in Burlington?

Going to Sonny's, Don't tell Curt.......You just did!!! How is it going Don. I hear you have a great team assembled yourself. I would like to get to see them play. Maybe sometime soon! For the record, I've dropped 32 lbs. That is how much my swing weighed.
Aug. 3, 2007
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Passion !

So Gary19, using your own logic and after reading your quote "So there is nothing in-between Senior bats and KMart specials?" & "Using technology to do what you cannot on your own is "passion for sport"?"

I have a few things to ask? Using a bat that "is something between a senior bat and a Kmart Special isn't using technogly? Apparently it is technogly over a Kmart Special? So is this where we should stop?

For the record, I don't have any problems hitting the ball out with the KMart Special. I used to believe that these Senior Bats were bad for the game. However, after playing last year and this year in Senior Softball, I see Senior Softball growing and the feedback I get from most of the players is that they like the senior bats. Yes, it would help me and my ego if they changed the standard as you suggest. However, after looking at the big picture, I would rather see the senior game grow than stroke my ego. By the way, just for the record, I do pitch and anyone that knows me has never questioned my "passion for the game" either before or after my opinion changed on this senior bats.

curt hollis
Aug. 1, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISA Worlds

Baer, makes a very good point. Because we were in the championship game we all missed our flights out which were scheduled from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Sunday evening. It was not like there were later flights to schedule, these were the last flights out Sunday evening. Most of our guys had already taken Thursday and Friday off from work and then the missed Monday as well.

I would suggest to Mr. Jackson and the ISA officials that in the future to reconsider the late start on Sunday if at all possible. I think our first game was scheduled to start at 1:30pm, the game went a full 7 innings with 87 runs being scored. After this game, we had to take a team vote on to see if we wanted to change our flights, stay and play the final game or forfiet the game. At the cost of over $1000, we changed our flights and played the "if" game. It appeared to me there was fields available Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

Please understand, I'm not bashing ISA or Mr. Jackson. I am suggesting this is one area that they may want to take a look at in the future.
curt hollis
Hollis Appraisals #50
July 31, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ISA Worlds

I think it was Butch's Bulldogs. I think one of the player's said they were out of Michigan if I remember correctly.

I thought the tournament was pretty well run. There was a little mix-up regarding rules such a pitching with fakes, but that was cleared up quickly by Saturday morning. The facilities were excellent and plenty of room for pre-game BP. The concession area was the best I have seen since I started playing in 1974. The softballs were excellent. Please keep using them! The only suggestion I have would be to water down the fields several times a day. The batter boxes and the infields were very hard and bad bounces ruled the day. After the rain Saturday the field was excellent for a while. Overall I think they got a lot of things right this year. Good job ISA!!!
curt hollis
April 30, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Geographic rules

I will toss my two cents into the conversation. This being America everyone wants to see the biggest and the best. So, if we are talking Major Plus and Major Plus only, I would suggest open rosters. OK, so Dan Smith loads up a team with select players from all over the country to create a super team and say your team doesn't have the resources (money) to compete with him, then your team maybe should stick with the residency rules and play Major ball.

I would say have the Major Plus division be for the big boys with a sponsor that is willing to bring national players in from around the country to play tournaments. Yes, this probably means less Major Plus teams but it would create a nice Major division with more teams and less traveling to find good teams to play. Don't worry about the Major Plus teams that would move down to Major as long as they meet the residency requirements rule. The Major Plus teams would recruit away their best players.
April 30, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is the correct call?

Does that rule book say if it is a dead ball or live ball?

It seems to me that it would not be a dead ball as the player was on the base when he was hit. ie as part of the field. Therefore, the force at second would be the first out and the throw back to first, which the hitter never touched, would be the second out.

I just don't see why it would be called a dead ball if the runner is hit while in contact with the bag.
March 20, 2007
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Congratulations to Kayson's Grille!

First off, congratulations Don! A job well done.

Now, about the three strike outs in a row. I weight 278, not 300 to correct the record. I didn't get the pitcher's name but he did a good job pitching. However, when the pitcher gets selected to the hall of fame for this feat, he needs to take the umpire in with him cause he couldn't have done it without him.
Jan. 28, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 15 States and 2 Countries

This year\\\'s Classic Spring Training event is shaping up to be the biggest and the best ever with guys coming from at least 15 states and one attendee is coming from Xinjhuang, Taiwan. Mike \\\"The Big Cat\\\" Macenko will be our special guest this year. Senior softballers make up about 1/2 of the attendees.

This is the last call for sign-ups so if you are interested check it out at

Jan. 17, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wedding rings--take them off?

I talk mine off. Matter of fact, it stays off during the season. After taking BP my hands swell and I can't get it off till they go down. On another note, I always heard mechanics should not wear rings or watches with metal bands. For years I wore a leather strapped watch. Finally my wife bought me a metal band watch and about a week later while working on the car, leaning over the engine to do something at the back of the motor with my right hand, I rested my left hand on the motor, or so I though. The metal band hit and stuck to the nut on the back of the alternator which shorted through the watch band turning the whole band cherry red finally melting the band so I could get my hand away from it. It melted the skin off my wrist. Lesson learned!
Jan. 17, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous

I am greatly sadden by this news and I will keep Bob and his family in my prayers. The two earlier post said it all, I know Bob through softball and he is a first class fellow. The power of prayer is amazing so I will be looking for him to have a speedy recovery. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
curt hollis
Jan. 2, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who will be at the 2007 Classic Spring Training in Feb?

Hey Audie/Bruce,
Here is the current list of players attending the Classic Spring Training. Though this event has grown over the years it is still a grass roots event for players who are coming out for the love of the game. This year Hall of Famer, and fellow senior ball player, Mike Macenko will be our special guest. He be giving hitting tips along with telling some of his world famous stories.

This morning I received word that Jeff Hall will be attending the event possibly with some of his 2006 Specialty Tank / Worth team mates. We are looking forward to seeing these guys!

Even though we will have some of the world's best softball players attending, you need to keep in mind this is about the typical softball players. It is a great opportunity to meet these guys and pick up some tips on hitting and fielding. Your never too old to learn!

Here is the current list of attendees which includes another Hall of Fame player, Ed Rose.

1. Curt Hollis chollis Jax, Fl.
2. Dave Allgood dca51 Orange Park, Fl.
3. Rob Harris rohar13 Resaca, GA
4. Tom Riccio tarman Brunswick, Ga.
5. Audie Hollis Audieh Jax., Fl.
6. Adrian Dameron adrian2109 Savannah, Ga.
7. Josh Foster joshintampa Gibsonton, Fl.
8. Bob Falkins hummbob Tallahassee, Fl.
9. Don Ward jah4 Henderson, NC
10. Steve Morris pitcher21 Jax., Fl.
11. Troy Yowell troyfrommd Mt. Airy, Md
12. Kevin Crotts niner Mt. Airy, Md
13. Andy Dynda Mt Airy, Md
14. John Martin Mt Airy, Md
15. Julio Reyes julio13 Orange Park, Fl
16. Lance Anderson playinthefield12 Tampa, Fl.
17. Mike Hayes Tampa, Fl.
18. Kevin Goforth kgoforth Powder Springs, Ga.
19 Keith Gibbs unclek Jacksonville, Fl.
20. David Minter Sarasota, Fl
21. Tony Riccio Vito1937 Littleton, Co.
22. Bruce Fairchild bruceinga Marietta, Ga.
23. Steve Butler steve butler Dallas/Ft Worth Tx.
24. Darren Till Millbrook, Al.
25. Jerry McDanal bulldawglost Millbrook, Al.
26. Monty Blair monty blair Montgomery, Al.
27. Chad Jennings thelongballhitt Jax., Fl.
28. Gary Deaton Cin.Ohio
29. Frank Shirley Acworth, Ga.
30. Pete Delagne pete d El Cerrito, Ca.
31. David McDermott notyetretired555 Durham, NC.
32. Tim Golden Decatur, Ga.
33. Baer Chandler Pinehurst, Ga
34. R.T. McMahan Canton, Ga.
35. Mike Walker Florida
36. Horace Jefferson Palatka, Fl.
37. Ed Rose Florida
38. Dennis Willis Florida
39. Timmy Schwab Dayton, Ohio
40. Bob Butler bb666b77 Henderson, Tx.
41. Will Murray teekostang Alachua, Fl.

We plan on running several competitive events such as base running, place hitting, thorowing and the homerun derby. Each event will have a under 50 winner and a 50 and up division winner. This way, the young guys can win something too!

We are taking a limited number of senior players on Friday to play at the nearby prison. This is a great out-reach program and if you have never done this before you should give it a try! We are hoping to take two complete senior teams, one team will play the young prisoners (under 50) and the other team will play 50 and over prisoners. You will be back in time to attend the Friday evening banquet/swapmeet with World Class BarBQ Chef Steve Manning will be preparing the meats for the meal.

Saturday we will hit till our hands bleed, play scrimmage games and have the homerun derby under the lights Saturday evening along with the exhibition hitting. Sunday we will play ball until the last man drops. Keep in mind Monday is President's day which gives you another day to get back home.

If you interested in knowing more about this event, go to The space is limited and filling fast.
curt hollis
Jan. 1, 2007
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who will be at the 2007 Classic Spring Training in Feb?

Hey Bruce,
I haven't updated the web page yet but the prison games for the seniors looks like it will be changed from Thursday to Friday. I'll know more Monday or Tuesday. I think we will have a pretty good senior turn out this year.

For those interested the web site is

Dec. 24, 2006
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Curt Holllis "Classic Spring Training" in Jacksonville, Florida

Hey Don, There is no set cutoff date on sign-ups. However, the earlier the better as I have to order shirts and food. I generally plan on a few late additions anyway. It always heats up in the last week. curt
Nov. 13, 2006
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Updates In Ft. Meyers

I thought it was a well run tournament. I heard that they have some 325' fields. The only change I would suggest is to run the Major Plus division on the larger 325' fields and maybe extend the bases 10 feet. Just my thoughts.
curt hollis
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