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, July 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The new Adidas Melee 2

Thanks-that is what I wanted to hear.
, July 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The new Adidas Melee 2

Has anyone swung the "balanced" 27 or 28 oz. versions? How did you like it? I watched several videos on this bat, but the pitchers couldn't get the ball over the plate and I could see no real results to judge by.
, June 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1-----0-0 count

Staff

We have beat this topic to death and then eliminated it from the current known universe.

However, something to maybe think about.

In my Sun City Huntley Illinois 12" league, we have many current and former SSUSA players. We have been trying a 0-1 count. Helps pitchers who are off a little or want to work the pitches and encourages hitters to hit the 1st good pitch. Walks rarely happen.

We also capped the runs at just "4" while making a full game "8" innings with the 8th the open.

Result has been lots of action and the games are being completed between 55 and 65 minutes. The vast majority like it.


, June 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Price Went Up? Worlds

U would think the casinos could kick in some stuff. Surely they pull a bunch of $$$$$ from the seniors over the weeks of the tournament
, June 12, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

Once again on my Soap Box!!!!

Your caught with a shaved/altered bat, LIFE TIME ban from senior softball. Simple-problem solved. This should not include the manger/team as he/they do not have control when a player drives out of the parking lot.

For those of you who do not understand what altering does:

I played in a pick up league in Joliet, Il. Guys show up, self ump and pick teams. I forgot my bat. I asked a guy if I could hit his Ultra 2 28 oz. 1st swing, I went about 320. I can, maybe, go about 275 max with my ultra and the wind blowing out, hard. I said, it was the hottest 28 I have ever hit. He said, it was a SPECIAL bat. Which translates to an altered bat. An altered bat alters the game for those who honor the rules and regs. of our great game.

Seriously guys, it is worth it to cheat??????????


, June 9, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

As I have noted in the past:

When u are in the championship bracket play and the opponents have over a dozen senior bats lined up in the dug out and they are hitting bombs and almost all are using the SAME exact bat:

U might think something is not right!
, June 2, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

I am all in with you COOP3636 Would rather play games with real MEANING.
, May 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

RHB-The ump should stand on the 1st base side, away from the back of the mat. He can see down the 3rd base line to judge fair or foul and will be well away from the hitters run to 1st.

Opposite vs LHB. Should the batter follow through and let the bat go, the ump is out of the line of fire.

All the ump has to do is judge if the pitch is legal and simply watch the mat. He could probably stand by the back stop and see that.

I have lost count how many times, when I have been catching, that the ump blocked my path to a foul that could have been caught because he has been standing on my shoulder.


, May 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a strike if ball hits front edge of strike mat and also kicks up some dirt?

Have had the post happen many times. Quite often, the ump has ruled it hit the dirt 1st and is therefore a ball. Had several rule hit both at the same time and is a strike. In truth, the ump is between a rock and a hard spot. I found it is not worth bitching about. Just move on.
, May 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

After thought, Dave D, you are often at his tournament representing SSUSA. Do you have any thoughts on the above.
, May 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

Nancy, do you have any feelings on this???
, May 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

In the interest of budget and travel $$, we try and get 3 or so more local tournaments before the remaining 6 major tournaments that we travel a great distance to.

We do play in 2 SPA. But mostly SSWC. Ohio just has not been in the plans to this point.
, May 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-Learning Hip Rotation, Cures Early Season Slump. Swing Makeover #39

Hi Bogie

I hit 40 balls off a tee today. Thought about Nothing/Nada!!! but HIP rotation after watching your latest video. Can't remember hitting the ball harder or further in recent years. I so often forget the importance of this, just arm swing and forget about the lower body. Now, I have to find a way to transfer this to real games.
, May 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

For your serious consideration:

My 70 Gray Sox team did not come this year nor are we likely to return as is. Our decade + of coming down for it has been highlighted with cold, rain delays and and just poor conditions almost every year.

The Milwaukee tournament is in Mid-May. The Quad City tournament is Mid-to later June.

There is a huge hole in between these two. Move your tournament to the 1st week after Memorial Day or the week after. This would give the mid-west teams 3 tournaments in row with at least several weeks in between. It will also give us a much better chance of better weather. My above feelings are not just mine. I live in Sun City Huntley, and there are a number of guys who play in lower age groups and agree.


, April 17, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Others' Thoughts on the Importance or Merits of 3 Pool Games Prior to Brackets?

2 prelims and 5 guarantee is good. I have not thought about a 1 game prelim and then 4 game guarantee in the championship bracket play. Seems like the TD would have to consider how you did in the 1 game along with your season results. Like tournaments won for a fair seeding. Would be an interesting bracket on the results chart.

My whole team is on social security and would not be real happy with traveling x-country to play in 4 game major tournaments.
Just make sure we get at least 5.




, April 7, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: asking for opinions

Sorry-have had to play 65 teams with our 70 team. Even with
the x-tra player and the 5 runs, talent level and ability was huge.

Which brings me to to this point!!

If say, a 70 team is the only one entered and it is a ring tournament. You are forced to play 65 teams. If you are willing to come and pay the $$ and accept the pounding, you should be awarded the championship at 70 and an entry into the TOC.

Now, some of you are going to say you didn't win. Not the issue and not your fault no one else showed up but you. This happened to us in the Northern Nationals. If we would have been given the entry into the TOC, we would have come and taken the pounding by the 65 teams. For us, it would have been no more than a practice tournament,so why come. Instead, we got our money back and missed a great tournament.

This would have also helped the TOC with the lack of teams in some age groups.
, March 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why I like softball.

What I like the most is beating teams that on paper we should not be on the field with due to their superior players.
, March 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: courtesy runners

Lost a world championship "IF" game in high heat. The opponents had 7 guys on the bench in a close game. They ran for every guy who got a hit. Was the difference in a close game. We were down to 10 due to injuries.

Hope you would let them play once in while when you are way up or it is a game that doesn't matter. Your best chance would be a guy with like arm or shoulder injuries that still wants to be a part of a team
, March 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: coaches touching a runner

Very common for a 3rd base ump to high 5 a guy in his HR trot.
According to this ump, the HR should be an out.

Obviously, ump used no common sense.
, March 13, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule 6:16 once more

B.J

That sounds correct, thanks
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