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April 5, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

As U all have seen over the years, I am in favor of the 1-1 count at all age groups.

Question, for those of U who have used the 1-1 count in the younger age groups this year so far: Any impressions about it?

2nd-if U have played with the new ball talked about a few months back-any impressions?

March 20, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Needed "1" or "2" Softball Junkies

I know I can't meet any of it. Just looking for a guy to off set all my weaknesses with me being the weak link on the team.
March 12, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Needed "1" or "2" Softball Junkies

If U are a psychopath with a type "A" personality, STOP reading now. U will not fit in.

We are the Chicago Gray Sox-70 AAA based out of Northern Illinois. We are looking for a full time player who can make most of our 11 tournaments. We play SSUSA and SPA. We would prefer someone who will turn 75 during the 2019 season as we are moving up to 75s in Nov. at the Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals. Thus, we will compete well this year @ 70AAA while putting together a solid 75 team for 2019.

Looking for someone who can run for himself and has solid softball skills.
Someone who can play infield and or outfield. U can be either a singles hitter or power hitter. Also, U could be a major player (I believe we can have 3) as we currently have none on our team. Interested?? call Gary 630-347-7475
or E-mail me at garyheifner@hotmail.com Yes, I am the handsome pitcher/outfielder with long hair.


March 8, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: pitcher getting hit

There is a very powerful hitter we see often who goes hard middle, often. We pitch and back up quickly toward 2nd. Those xtra steps back have really shut him down (xtra reaction time). Strange considering he can hit the wall anytime he wants.

B.J. nailed it. In addition, as I have posted before: Pitchers, after releasing the ball, assume some form of a defensive stance and be ready.


Feb. 25, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it time for Full Time Screen?

My sun City was pretty much against the screen. After numerous pitcher injuries from hit balls, it was inserted. After a few games U hardly noticed it was there. In our 1st 3 games, the screen was only hit twice. The screen is a rather large barrier to a batter. If the hit screen is called a strike, the batter is going to hit somewhere else.

The big plus side is that a ton of batters learned to hit to right. Some developed more power to right than they had to left. Some had not hit a ball over there in years. Many a right fielder made the comment that it was fun to be a real part of the game and field some hit balls.

Now, U are going to have some rebels who will stand off to the side of the screen rather than pitch and step behind until the ball is hit. One rebel now steps behind after taking one in the head.

When I do pitch, I have not had a problem with fielding balls hit my way. Now, we and U should still require to pitcher to wear a mask. When a ground ball is hit and U step out to field it, bad hops still do happen.

We did have a game where the relay hit the screen. The relay guys learned to take the OF throw in an area where they had a clear throw home.

For all the teams, U are an idiot if U don't have a screen for batting practice. There are compact quick set up ones out there. Someone on your team can easily transport one in the truck. Ours was around $300 and everyone kicked in $20 for the purchase. Before we got the screen, guys were hitting BP so as not to hit the pitcher rather than hitting where they hit the most in a game.

If U have not figured it out, I like the screen.






Feb. 21, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: MITTS

If I read the rule changes correctly, anyone can now wear a mitt. I assume that means a 1st baseman's mitt.

If that is true, when I pitch, would a mitt be better for defense than a fielder's glove???
Feb. 4, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Rules for Older Player Also Playing in Younger Age Group

Thanks guys that covered all my questions including Dave's last post which covered a consideration I had not considered.
Feb. 4, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Roster Rules for Older Player Also Playing in Younger Age Group

Help out an old man. Not sure I understand the above.

To the point. Can a 75+ AAA player, play 5 tournaments
with a 75+ team and can they also play with a 70AAA team in 5 different tournaments?
Feb. 2, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

This does not answer your M or M+ question.

I go for #2. Especially considering my Chicago Gray Sox will be one of the oldest 70AAA teams in the nation.

Defense and the ability to run for themselves and for others wins out all the time. This will be our priority as we put our team together in 2019 for our move to 75 and over.
Feb. 1, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THE NEW BALL

I see stuff on here about a new ball coming out this year.

I have about a dozen new balls (Trump 44/375) in the wrapper from last year since we got knocked out of so many tournaments, early.

Can I use the old/new balls in the, say, prelims this year. If I can, do I want to use them? Are the new ones better than what we have been using???
Nov. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THANKS-STAFF

I know this large group of opinionated old men often disagree with what the STAFF votes on and implements into the rules and the way they conduct business.

However, without you guys we don't have this amazing opportunity to play senior softball.

Thanks for a great 2017 and looking forward to 2018.


Nov. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: Hawaii Softball Tournament

I am obviously in the men's division. However, over the years I have played against many teams from Hawaii. You guys have many seriously talented softball players over there.
Nov. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1 and 1 count

PLEASE pass the 1-1. I am an outfielder. But, looks like I might be pitching most of the time in our 11 tournaments.

0-0 means many more pitches for me in the heat and humidity of the Midwest.
Nov. 21, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WORTH WICKED REVIEW

Hi bogie

Don't know when I will get back to the Woodlawn Hitting Club. I do enjoy hitting there as much as tournaments. Great fun-Great guys and Dave North runs a great club.
Nov. 21, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WORTH WICKED REVIEW

Thank you-raiderman66

Gentlemen-reread and then call up one of your 2nd or 3rd grade grand children and ask them to explain the the meaning of:

"Sarcastic Humor"

It is the best BAT I have ever hit. After only "2" games, I sold my 2 Mikens and 2 others the same day.

I thought you might have had a clue as to the sarcasm when I suggested a near 800 average among the 4 guys with 22 x-tra base hits, that the bat might be pretty good.

With my Doctorate in Education, I rarely misspell a word. If I did, your issue might be with Spell Check which showed no errors.

Also, if you can understand the inner meaning of the post, I think Allen will sell hundreds more of these bats than what he planned on.

yes-yes-yes-yes-yes- and so on:

The best Senior Bat on the Market.







Nov. 20, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WORTH WICKED REVIEW

When we were in Vegas, this Tanner-Tri guy attacked 4 of us with a sales pitch that bordered on the criminal. We got suckered in and each bought one.

We used them in the Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals. We were disappointed. The 4 of us combined only came up with an average just shy of "800" with only "5" x-tra base hits each.

This bat is a travesty, an abomination, terrible, a farce, awful, dreadful, absurd, disgusting, horrifying, ghastly, just bad.

Now that being said, I am the most kind, giving, magnanimous
man you will ever meet. SO: if U have one of these in your bag, say in the 26 or 27 oz. version and U just want it to disappear:

I will step up to the plate, take it away from U and hide it in my bat bag for the next 3 or 4 years. Say in the $50 area plus shipping.

I am just trying to lighten your pain.



Nov. 19, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fft Meyers Winter Nationals

Thanks
Nov. 18, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Fft Meyers Winter Nationals

Anyone know the top 3 finishers in the 70AAA.
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.
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