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Dec. 30, 2014
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The TOC

Curly; one of the biggest reasons this happens is because only the players on your team that actually played in your qualifying tournament are eligible for the TOC. So even if you had 20 guys on your roster but only 12 were at the tourney you won, those 12 would have to be your complete TOC roster.
Dec. 28, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

You're right OK, we've never used the Baden Fire in our area & have only hit the Rock out in Vegas which we don't go to anymore, and the caliber of the ball being used is a bigger safety (and performance) issue than any type of bat that's allowed.
Seems like the screen will always be an issue with pitcher's fielding since a lot of guys have pointed out on here that not being allowed to field a ground ball potentially takes away many double play opportunities.

Dec. 27, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher safety screens.

Actually there already has been some toning down of the bat/ball combo in the last decade. When the Ultra 2 came out in 2003 the most commonly used ball was the Dudley Red Thunder which was a .47 cor/525 comp product.
It was quickly replaced with the lower-performing Dudley (and others) 44/375 ball & SSUSA is now mostly using the Trump Stote "44/375" which isn't nearly as lively.
So the balls have been noticeably toned down while the bats have stayed at about the same performance standard as the original Ultra 2.
(not to say there aren't still some hard shots being hit up the middle)
Dec. 12, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Thanx Bruce; if you ever watch golf on TV you'll see the pros club shafts bend an amazing amount on their downswing (in super-slo motion) before they hit the ball.
Wonder how easy it would be to see bats flex in slo-motion?
Dec. 11, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Bruce; no, the golf ball itself nothing to do with the shaft flex. The shaft flex is a product of the swing & as a rule a shaft that's too stiff tends to cause a slice or block to the right (for a RH golfer) while a too flexible shaft creates hooks or pulls to the left.
This link explains it much better:
http://golf.about.com/cs/tipslessons/a/shaftflex.htm

Softball's a lot different since the bats are way shorter & thicker than any golf club & the ball is bigger & heavier. And unlike golf, we don't really care if the softball hooks or slices a little so the question is what impact does bat flex have on your swing & the flight of the ball?
Dec. 10, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

So what happens if you swing a bat with too much or too little flex?
In golf the shaft flex mostly affects how straight or crooked the ball flies but not so much distance or height.
Do you want the bat to flex at all when it makes ball contact or would that mean the bat has too much flex?
Dec. 10, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

So is the amount of bat flex a good thing, a bad thing or just a personal preference (like balanced vs end-loaded) when it comes to a bats performance, durability or anything else?

Nov. 14, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

Maybe someone that knows or owns a rolling machine can set the record straight. Never seen a roller but thinking it's probably as long as the bats so it would be able to roll up & down the entire length of the barrel and actually could extend the sweet spot in both directions?
Nov. 14, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

Don't know for sure if it's true, but have been told that rolling the bat extends the sweet spot beyond what it would normally be which makes it illegal/altered.
Nov. 13, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA v SSUSA

Just interested in anyone's opinion; how do these 2 associations compare when it comes to running their tournaments?
Is either one better or different than the other?
Oct. 23, 2014
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count? Playing Devil's advocate

Would like to see a rule that Courtesy Runners can only be inserted before the 1st pitch to the next batter.
Aug. 22, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Aluminum bats and blue dot balls

Can't imagine any sanctioning association would ever go back to Blue Dots no matter what bats were being used.
A 47 cor/525 compression ball would be deemed too dangerous by them even if someone was just hit by a thrown ball.
Their attorneys would never let them go back to the Blue Dots under any circumstances.
Aug. 21, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

Thanks for the replies; sounds like the ump blew the call since he expressly stated that the Fielder's verbal declaration of losing the ball in the sun was what negated calling the IFR. He said that it negated the normal effort part of the rule once the Fielder said he couldn't see the ball.
Having been there, the 3rd baseman wasn't guilty of baiting since all 3 runners ended up safe.
Seems like what the ump was trying to cover up was his neglecting to call IFR in a timely fashion and once the ball hit the ground he must have felt like calling IFR at that point would draw complaints from the hitting team.
We actually had an ump in our league this year declare to both teams he would no longer call IFR the rest of the season to avoid any future arguments.
Aug. 20, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

Happened at the ISSA tournament in Virginia last weekend.
Runners on 1st & 2nd with nobody out, batter hits a pop-up to the 3rd baseman.
Umpire does not immediately call Infield Fly and when the ball reaches its peak the 3rd baseman yells out that he's lost the ball in the sun.
Ball lands 5 to 10 feet behind the 3rd baseman and the umpire declares all runners safe claiming that once the 3rd baseman lost the ball it eliminates Infield Fly call.
The 2 questions here are; 1) how soon after the ball is hit does the Umpire have to declare Infield Fly rule and 2) does the verbal declaration by the 3rd baseman of losing the ball in the sun eliminate the Infield Fly rule from being called?
July 16, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Hit by Batted Ball

Sure; once the ball hits 1st or 3rd base it has to be a fair ball no matter where it goes from there.
No different than a ball that hits on the foul line anywhere between the base & the outfield fence. It's still a fair ball even if it rolls backwards & sideways into foul territory between the base and home plate, right?.

July 15, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ball For Break-in

We used 44/400 balls at the Roanoke ISSA tournament 2 weeks ago.
My Red Max cracked on the 1st swing . . .
May 27, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

Don't really see how having an extra fielder would help a lower-rated team when the higher-rated team is hitting their extra home runs.
More eyes to watch the ball go over the fence?
May 11, 2014
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth legit

How does distance & sweet spot compare between: Legit, Reebok Barrage & Ultra 2 TOC?
March 12, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Softball

Agreed; the ball feels like it has a very low COR. There's no bounce or rebound to it; it's like hitting a wooden croquet ball.
And without any flex to it there will probably be even more broken bats.
All in all very disappointing, also just saying.
Feb. 23, 2014
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken new senior bat-----ULTTOC 2014 Ultra-2 Max

Took 10 swings with one at the TOC; liked it a lot, very good pop.
Ordered 3 for our team.
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