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, Nov. 14, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

I was surprised to to see the Rock show up in the Winter Nationals in Ft. Meyers. The TD said they wanted to see how it performed in the Florida humidity.

We had an 8:00 AM game the 1st 2 days and the field was wet with morning dew. The ball had to be wiped off repeatedly. As the innings passed, the field dried up. I was surprised to see the ball had as much pop as in the beginning of the game. It seemed the water did not alter the ball's performance. In fact, the ball we used in the 1st game was used as our back up ball the rest of the tournament and still had pop when inserted in the game. .

To sum up, I would like to see this ball used more often in ring tournaments.
, Nov. 1, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Wind and Walks

Thank you. I was not aware of this rule. I would have asked for the TD/Ump to enforce the rule. It would have cut down on most of the walks. I bat 5th and me and the 3 and 4 hitter never had a strike in the game. The ump did keep a sense of humor about it and mostly smiled. Fortunately the time ran out. It was the toughest conditions I have ever pitched in. I pitched balls several feet left of the mat land 2 or more feet to the right of the mat.
, Oct. 31, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Wind and Walks

In a game in Ft. Meyers, (70s),we had a 30-35 MPH cross wind with gusts higher. I walked 12 and we got 21 walks. The game was a farce. Some of our hitters never swung at a ball.

The only way to really pitch a strike was to keep the ball flat. Now the ump was in a bind with that 5-6 foot decision.

What if the TD, ump and both managers agree-don't want fast pitch but let both teams know that anything from the pitchers upper chest area and displays some kind of arc is legal??? It would have a hitters game rather than a what the hell game.

I think even U younger players, regardless of rating, would have been totally frustrated in this game.


, Oct. 23, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: I am confused re: the rating system.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just noticed that the Bostonians and Windsor Chiefs who finished 1st and 2nd at the Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals at the 70 Major level last year are back this year as AAAs. How does that work out?
, Oct. 20, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dont sleep on a Heavy Ball for rehabbing and throwing strength

Don't know what kind of ball yours is. Mine is 1 pound and I use it in the off season and warm ups before game. Don't throw it hard. Just lob it.

Mine is like a super ball. If you bounce it on cement it will bounce up hard and fast. I warned two of my team mates not to do it. Like kids they had to try it. One took the bounce in the nose with blood all over. The other took it in the mouth and split his lip.

I showed compassion by saying told ya so!!!!

The ball does more for my arm strength than any of the weight work outs in my conditioning program.




, Oct. 18, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Sorry, but the teams that are just rolling up to the 50s and up
are going to basically pound the teams that are mostly made up of 57 and 58 year olds. I believe the older aged teams will be discouraged rather quickly.

I play on a decent 70 AAA team that is made up of mostly 73 to 75 year olds. We just can't compete with the teams that just rolled up to 70s from the 65 division. They are just younger, faster, stronger. And, that is only a 5 year increment.

I like the 5 year increments much better.


, Oct. 5, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW ! Worth Wicked Senior bat

Since I posted above, I will update. My Wicked now has 230 hits on it. It out performed my melee and U2 today. I have gone from skeptical to optimistic that this will be my bat for 2018.

big cat-your Hrs and fence hits ain't nothing.

I hit 17 line drives in a row with extraordinary velocity. Only split 7 balls in half!!!!!
, Oct. 4, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time limit

Real Simple. If the city of Las Vegas, Park District and the local softball association agrees to bring in a major tournament (600+ teams)that brings untold millions of $$$$$ to Vegas, then they should realize there might be delays in the starting times of their league games. So what if a league game is delayed an hour or so. Tell to watch great players-they might learn something. Some park districts simply postpone their schedules during a major tournament.

Why don't the local leagues (take time off) and encourage their players to form teams and enter the biggest tournament in the country? I have often been amazed by the lack of local Vegas teams.
, Oct. 2, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW ! Worth Wicked Senior bat

Put 45 swings on my new Wicked today in 3 groupings of 15. I am a 70AAA line drive hitter and usually hit the ball pretty hard, with a track shot once in a while. I will say my 1st grouping was disappointing-felt strange. Will say the next 2 groupings of 15 got better. I think hot out of the wrapper is a stretch for older guys. The Stotes seemed to jump off the bat better than the Rocks or Badens. Going to go with it in Ft. Meyers. My goal is to get at least 300+ hits on it before then. Will see what happens.
, Sept. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: rolling

I forgot to a mention a positive to rolled bats. It your team
is using them, U might win "A" big tournament. But, they will put your ass on the fast track to Major and Major plus. Have fun playing the same small hand full of teams,over and over,at those levels.
, Sept. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: rolling

I sincerely believe rolling is far more than just break in.

I was playing in a self-umped-pick-up league about 3 years ago. I grabbed my ball bag and forgot to put my 28 oz. U-2 in it. Just had a 16" bat.

At the field, I asked a guy if I could swing his. My first hit one hopped the fence and my second hit the top of the fence in LC. Now, this is a guy {me} who hadn't hit the warning track in 22 tournaments.

When I said it was the hottest bat I had ever hit, He said it was special-ROLLED.

I also sincerely believe there are a goodly number of guys out there using rolled bats and think it is perfectly OK. 3-6 hitters at (70-AAA)are usually big hitters and can drive it deep. Most hitters from 7 on are mostly singles hitters. When U play a team and #s 11-14 are hitting the warning track or more, makes me wonder if the bats are-as above-SPECIAL






, Sept. 18, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals-SSUSA Staff

Question:

With the Chaos in Florida, I called the LaQuinta. Asked if team members reservations for Nov. would be good. What if all the rooms are taken up by people who lost their homes and need a place to stay during rebuilding? They don't know how they would handle it as of now. Even if the weather is perfect, will there lodging for teams that come from outside Florida?

Maybe SSUSA should contact various preferred Hotels/Motels and see how they might handle this situation. Would this effect even having the tournament?




, Aug. 8, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

I totally trust Dave-Terry and the guys in California. Without these guys, we got squat. There expenses have to be huge. At the same time, they have to make a living. When the Hillary and and Bill pony up with a report on what every penny is spent on from their "SECRET" foundation hidden in Canada, I might ask for more $$ info from SSUSA.
, Aug. 6, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

Thanks
, Aug. 6, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

Is there any difference between the 2016 and 2017 Dudley Lightning balanced other than the 2016 is black and gold and the 2017 is blue and green? Is the construction the same?
, Aug. 6, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

Talking about bats failing compression tests. The big time USSSA players came into Joliet Illinois for a tournament for a number of years. They played the local teams on Friday night. I went down to watch the big dogs blast 400+ foot Hrs.

Each year, I watched the bat check in under the tent. Each year, I watched the local kids, walk up, take the plastic wrappers off a new bat, hand it to the guys and fail the test. $300 down the tubes!!! I am talking around 6 or more bats each year.

I guess one way to start is to find out who the guys are that are shaving bats and make sure they are banned from playing and maybe anyone who is on a team that they might sponsor or be affiliated with???
, Aug. 3, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

Once again, my long time opinion.

Caught with shaved bat-LIFETIME banishment. Problem solved.

The other thing all should watch is when there are 14 Mikens hanging in the bat rack and the majority of the team is using the same bat-causes??????????????????????????????
, Aug. 3, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: For U hitting experts

We can all agree that the barrel of a bat is round.

When U go up to hit, Do U always hit the ball with same side of the bat.

Or, do U just grab the bat and hit with whatever side is pointing at the ball?
, July 20, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: weight training

I do a circuit of weight training and aerobic exercise 4/5 days a week in the morning, year round. The whole thing takes about 70 minutes. I stay in the 12-15 rep area. At 73 years old, I am not worried about gaining any great additional strength. I just want to keep what I got and it really keeps my conditioning at a high level. Most of our tournaments are 2/3 weeks apart and I can stop several days before for complete recovery. I also have a large shake of muscle milk with fruits mixed in after each workout. Really helps with muscle recovery.

I also play in 3 softball leagues which means 3-4 games a week.
Even if I work out in the morning, doesn't seem to detract from my ability/game at night. I have even reached a point that if I miss a workout, I feel like crap the next day. Probably mostly mental.
, July 20, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

I will say I have enjoyed the Ark tournament the last two years. However, I agree with some of the comments on moving it.

I live in Illinois about 40 minutes south of the Wisconsin line. It takes me 11 & 1/2 hours to drive down there with reasonable stops. I am questioning if it is worth it. With the Steve Simmons tournament now a TOC and the Northern Nationals in Lansing, MI, I will not return. It will be up to the rest of my Gray Sox team to get enough guys to go, if they want.

I believe a St. Louis area tournament would possibly gather more teams even though the humidity can get rather intense. It would also be an easy interstate ride over for Indiana and lower Michigan teams.
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