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May 10, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Oh Boy!

After a long winter up here in the Chicago area, Our 1st possible tournament is now in July. All that off season training is going to waste. Well maybe not a waste, I am ripped!!! SORTA!! What sucks most is my brand new bat still in the wrapper. I can't hit it because all the rec areas and softball field in my Sun City are closed down. Can't see Northern Illinois opening up soon.
May 8, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Net for Pitchers

Omar, I like your rules. I will agree with Coop on one point. Get rid of the rubber.

The 2 shots I took off my helmet/face mask happened when I went down for hard grounders and the ball jumped up off the rubber before I could react. Not only could they mark the box with lining material, they have those little nylon flag things to mark where the bases go down when they are grooming the field. Put those in the 4 corners of the box and the pitcher and ump can see if your in the box.

The one I took in my chest/stomach area, even tho I was wearing a protector over
my heart, the ball missed that, came off the rubber. I still have a bubble in that area after 2 years. I have since purchased a full length chest protector to go along with can be best described and a pretty much hockey goalie attire.

The term taking your lumps always bothers me. Like the guy I saw in St. George who took one in the leg and had a compound fracture, or the guy in Milwaukee who took one in the face and shattered his cheek and jaw bone or the guy in Indy who took a one hopper in the nuts and 911ed to the hospital. Are there different levels of lumps?

The one good thing I have seen recently is that a good majority of teams have purchased screens and use them in batting practice. That one out of Florida is around $300 compact and easy to set up and take down. We had each guy kick in $20 and it is still going strong after 5 years. We can't take it on airplane tournaments but I carry it in my trunk to every driving tournament. Takes up very little room.

The screen will be a mute point until we have several catastrophic, GOD FORBID,
injuries.




May 2, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Net for Pitchers

I would use the screen anytime it is an option.

For those who say it takes away the pitchers ability to play defense is wrong. The key is not to place it 1 or 2 feet in front of U. Place it 6 to 8 feet in front of the rubber. It protects from the 100 MPH liner and leaves plenty of room to move and catch a liner or field a grounder. It leaves U room cover 1st if needed. If the pitcher is the cut off to home, simply align to the right or left screen and U will have a clean relay throw to home. The relay guys will know where U are. I have been doing this for years and it works great.

A bonus to the screen is I have seen an untold number of hitters who not only have great ability to pull the ball but have learned to hit the opposite field. That includes me. The leagues that I have played in with the screen still require a mask which I believe in.
April 25, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qualifying for World Championships

What about the Northern teams who might not get to play in a qualifier. My team has played in the big one since 2002. The southern teams had an chance before the big shut down.
April 10, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WALMART

The great toilet paper crisis must be over. My Walmart has a bunch all the time now.
April 5, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tampa Looking

Look up the Woodlawn Hitting club in Clear Water. Contact Dave North He can hook U up.
March 23, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WALMART

Guess we are lucky. My Walmart is pretty much holding pre-virus prices.

Maybe the one advantage we have is that right across the street my Del Web has about 10,000 residents. U do not want to piss off this community.
March 22, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WALMART

Our local Walmart in Huntley Illinois has a special deal. Every Tuesday, thru April 28th the store will be open to 60+ seniors only from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

Point: We might get stuff we can't get at other times.

CK with your local Walmart.
March 22, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ESPN...seriously??

I watched these and more. The competitions were ELECTRIC.

Easily as good as a good softball game!!!!
March 18, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunglasses Recommendation

I picked up 2 pair at Menards. They are the special opps glassed U see advertised on TV. Both in the box for $19.99 They work great.
Jan. 12, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Nationals

We know the Chiefs always bring a high quality team. I believe there are several 75 teams in Michigan alone. This is a National. Come on guys step up to the plate. Lets have a tournament.
Jan. 6, 2020
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Nationals

The NN are in Lansing MI Aug. 13-15

The Chicago Gray Sox attended for many years. We did not go last year as we would have been the only 75 team and chose not to get pounded by 70 AAA and 65 AA teams.

We would be open to going this year id we could get at least 2 more 75 teams to sign up.

WE have our team meeting on the 18th If your team has an interest let SSUSA know.
Dec. 12, 2019
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pick up games in St. Petersburg

U gotta hook up with Dave North and the Wood lawn Hitting Club Great guys-fun and breakfast after
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!!
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