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Nov. 29, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Between Vegas and Ft Meyers my right shoulder is gone. Have't been to the Doc yet-been rehabbing on my own. I got 2 choices-see the doc and do the surgery which probably will be recommended. Or, since I am somewhat ambidextrous, buy a left handed glove and finish out my years left handed.

My Question: for some of U who have had the surgery,looking back, was it worth it?


Nov. 28, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box

It is really quite simple. Without a line in front, a batter could run up 2 or 3 feet in front of the mat on a short pitch. As to a full box, why do U have to start with 2 feet on the line or inside the box. Who cares how far off the mat U stand. U gotta get back. It helps many batters go opposite field.
Nov. 27, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: swinging the bat

Ken Bogart Boggie has over a 100 short videos on U tube on how to strike a 12" softball. These will answers about all the hitting questions a man could think up.

SWING MAKE OVER SERIES
Nov. 27, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box

My previous--so batter CAN'T close the distance.
Nov. 27, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box

I still do not understand the need for a batters box. Regardless of where U stand, U have to defend the mat. All U have to do is start on one side or other of home plate. Also, what is the difference if U step on or in front of the plate during your swing. When I catch, I see several batters a game
step in front of the plate and in 15 years of SSUSA have yet seen a batter called out.

That being said, U do need a line in front of the plate, as current. so a batter can run at the pitcher and close down the distance between the hitter and pitcher.
Nov. 27, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recommendation(s) for Rolling Bat Bags

I have a boombah. 8 years old and still going, However. I stopped using it for every tournament several years go. I use it for the tournaments that I fly to which is Vegas and Ft. Meyers.

For the tournaments I drive to, friends talked me into a folding-rolling wagon. They are awesome. Holds All my gear plus chairs, coolers and misc.
Nov. 22, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

The wife and I are about to enjoy our 5th straight great/fantastic Thanksgiving dinner.

Went to Walmart, got our two complete Hungry Man Turkey dinners. $2.67 each, nuke them for 4 minutes, 30 second cleanup!!

Then watch the Bears kick Butt!!
Nov. 22, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base path Distance

From our team observation, the move to 70' bases brought the Dlb play back into the game. I did not hit into a DLB for at least 3-4 years at 65'

In the 1st year at 70', I hit into 3 in the 1st tournament.

65 footers might bring the infield in a little so the fielders can cover the bases quicker. This might leave a little more room for the single/bloop hitters to drop hits in between the infielders and out fielders. All I know is that in game 8-9 in a tournament. 70 feet is a long way down there.
Nov. 21, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65s to 1-1 or not 1-1

Sorry, I got it totally wrong. I kinda now know what it feels like to be a Democrat.
Nov. 20, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: AT18 bat for 2020 from Worth

I am going to pick one up for next year. I was between the 25 and 26. Glad to see the the above post about swinging heavy. Being 76 next year, the 25 will be the one. Talked to Allen and this is actually a Mid Load. I don't understand the construction of End Loads vs. Mid loads but might explain why it might of swung a little heavy???
Nov. 20, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65s to 1-1 or not 1-1

NYGNYY

I play outfield and pitch or catch when needed. It is very easy for the catcher to catch the ball and return it to the pitcher if the pitcher can actually hit the mat as it bounces up to U. If he misses the mat a bunch, the ball takes off in whatever direction the slope of the batters box has been graded.

Don't forget the fielders basically stand around for 7 innings and move only when the ball is hit in their direction. The catcher often bends over 60-70 times a game to get the ball. Take that times 7-9 games in a tournament. A little hard on the back.

P.S. 1-1 count=s less bending over.

Buy your catcher dinner as he is probably the MVP of your team.
Nov. 16, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 65s to 1-1 or not 1-1

I have been led to believe that when a vote is thrown out there, the west coast teams seem to prefer the 0-0 while midwest and eastward prefers the 1-1.

The west coast teams seem to carry the day. My local league uses a 0-1. The pitchers don't throw a meat ball on the 1st 2 anyway. It gets serious on the 2-1 count. I prefer the 1-1 all the way. With the 1`-1 count a batter can't afford to take a close pitch while the pitcher can only afford to waster 1 pitch.. If the batter takes a 2nd strike, Does he think the next will be better?
Nov. 9, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: looking for videos

where can I find some videos hitting the 2020 miken bats?
Oct. 31, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Red meat for umpire types

what I don't get about the call is that the runners lead foot hit the base before the bad throw hit the fielders glove and then the runner.

Dave--don't understand how the runner could be called in a dlb base game. The runner gets the orange. If the fielders glove crosses over the orange base, he is in the wrong.
Oct. 26, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

I guess I can't understand the big issue here. If U get 3 Hrs a game, take them whenever U want in any inning. See, I have never been or played with a team who can hit them on demand.

What if U save them for the bottom of the 7th and U have 3 or 4 singles hitters coming up before your bombers come up and the bombers never get up to bat. What a waste. Obviously, if a bomber comes up in the early innings with bases loaded, u use one.

It would be easy on the ump He simply enters the runs scored in an inning on his scorecard and the # of HRs hit to get that score.






Oct. 22, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

What is awesome about all the above is that our 3 hitter hit one out in Vegas. It was the 1st and only one my 75AAA team hit in 9 tournaments this year. We don't have to worry about HR rules!
Oct. 20, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wipe away front line of the box?

I think the front line should remain to keep hitters from running too far up on the ball like girls softball players do.

As to the batters box, it should be eliminated. Most lines are gone after 2 or 3 innings anyway.

The batter has to defend the mat. Who cares where he stands. He can stand only so far from it and still defend it. In Vegas the ump warned us with ejection if the batter erased even an inch of it. By the 3rd I asked about the lines that were gone. He basically indicated stand anywhere.




Oct. 11, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Game Balls

tc4whir


Vegas Rock

I was in RC and a liner headed for the gap between me and the LC fielder.

After about 3 steps to the ball, I had to put on the brakes and run 3-4 strides towards right. The ball sliced at least 8-10 feet or more. Was lucky to catch it.

In all the years never saw a ball move like that that was not wind aided.






Oct. 10, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Game Balls

l Been thinking about a post a while back. A team was called out for using some game balls for the prelims from the previous year because of a seam color change. When U get eliminated early, U usually have one or two new ones left over. My team has used new left overs, with permission, in the prelims.

My Question: If the ball is a Stote 44/375 what difference does the color of the material/string holding the seams together make?

Does a seam color change mean we are using a dumbed down ball from the previous year?

Or, does a seam color change mean it is a better ball?

Isn't a Stote a Stote?


Oct. 2, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Game ball

What ball will be used in Ft Meyers Winter Nationals?
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