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Dec. 13, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Batting screens

The Chicago Gray Sox use the Pitch safe. We are in Year 5. Very compact and I bring it to all the tournaments. 2 guys can set it up or take it down in under 30 seconds. Everyone on the team kicked in $20. Excellent choice.
Nov. 22, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Wicked Pro XL Signature Series

Picked up the 2 piece in Vegas from Carlos. Used it out of the wrapper and then again in Ft Meyers. Let's put it this way. I sold all my other senior bats. 1st time in 18 years I only own one bat.
Nov. 22, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 75AAA in FM

The Gray Sox liked the round robin. We hate prelims. A total waste of time and energy and injury potential.

We will accept whatever format is needed. We have been stuck with the 4-5 games on one day many times and it sucks. Now that we are all 75 to 78 4-5 games in a day would be even worse.

We played a night game in Vegas a few years ago. We lost the game because we lost one more fly ball in the lights and haze than our opponents. No night games.
Nov. 17, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft Meyers

Just finished our 1st tournament at the 75 level. Just want to note really good tournament. Well run and organized. TD stayed on top of things. Thought the umpiring was really good. Sure, we disagreed with a few calls, but all of them hustled and carried themselves as if they wanted to be there.

Having pitched quite a few games over the last few years,by far, the best job of determining
or calling the 6-12 arc consistently.
Nov. 2, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft Meyers Format

Just looked at the 75 and over format. Will be the first time I will play in a Round Robin
"Ring" tournament. I like what I see.

1. 7 games for sure instead of 5

2. U know when U play and the field

3. No useless prelims-all games have meaning

4. For the most part, no or little time between games. Makes it easy to plan other tourist
stuff with the wife.
Oct. 31, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy runner

Dbax is right. Why wait for the batter to get to 1st.

Batter walks. Tells ump he needs a runner. CR runs to 1st and the batter goes straight to the bench. Saves time.
Oct. 29, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Keys to Tournament success

Obviously. great hitting is important. That can be fickle. IN one game in Vegas I hit 4 balls on the screws. Rocket liners that great defensive plays ran them down. 0-4. Next game 1 liner for a hit and 3 seeing eye mis-hits, 4-4.

I think the key is defense. Make the plays and get the outs U are supposed to get. Concentrate. Know where to go with the ball. Hit the cut off.
Talk to each other. Assume nothing. Great plays are an added bonus.

Guy makes an error-life happens. Encourage and move on to the next pitch.


Oct. 29, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Purpose for allowing base runners to "run thru" or "over run" bases?

I like it. The two times I have had a bad hamstring pull was running full speed and having to quickly stop. If I could of run past would not have been injured.
Oct. 21, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

ALL the batter box lines should be eliminated. Most are gone by the 3rd inning anyway.

No matter where U stand, a hitter has to defend the mat which keeps U in a small area.

Also, what difference does it make if U step on or in front of the plate during a swing. It means nothing
Sept. 16, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Staff--- Game Balls

Thanks
Sept. 16, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Staff--- Game Balls

1. Are we using the Rock Ball in Vegas?


2. Are we using the Rock or new STOTE in the FT. Meyers winter nationals?
Sept. 4, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken and Worth Senior bats for 2019

Are U going to have the new bats in Dalton and or Vegas???
Aug. 5, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Calling High Pitches

Just played SPA-NIT

Had an ump locked in on 6-10 and didn't give a rip about our rules. After about 10-12 absurd high calls (no where near 12 feet) the base umpire said (quietly)I was being squeezed badly and just have to deal with it for this game.

The next game had an ump who was consistent at a 5 foot flat arc. Both teams complained until we all realized it was like hitting off a tee.

My conclusion is that the shorter the distance (arc) between the high and low calls, the better.

Since most of the umps are coming from 6-10 associations at all ages, it would be best to join in and at least get umps who are somewhat consistent as to what a 6-10 arc is and we would know what to expect at a tournament.

As to pitching against senior bats, I wear protective gear, pitch from around 55 feet. In 5 tournaments this year, I have had only 4 liners hit at me. All catchable. At the 70 and over division, the 11th defender, a middle fielder, really discourages hitters from going there. Helps protect the pitcher. Maybe all ages should go to the middle fielder.


June 30, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Was the ump right??

Thanks
June 29, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Was the ump right??

Grounder to the SS. He airmails the throw over the 1st base man's head. As he starts to chase the ball, it rebounds off the fence and right to him. He jumps towards the bases and touches the orange bag a 1/2 step ahead of the runner.

The runner slightly cked up and reached for the white base. Ump calls out-was that right???
June 24, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Terminology

Nancy

U brought up a whole different subject that should be addressed. In our 3 tournaments this year, the 12 foot arc has been quite a problem. What is 12' switches from ump to ump, game to game, batter to batter and even while the same batter is in the box during the same at bat.

I would, as a hitter and part time pitcher, like to see senior softball go to the 6' to 10' arc.

I think an ump could easier visualize a yard stick on a pitchers head plus a little more. I think this would create more good pitches to hit and probably eliminate the 1-1 count trials.

June 23, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Terminology

This may sound silly on the surface.

However, we have had 5 maybe 6 instances this season where the ump had trouble getting the multi-syllable word ILLEGAL sounded out in time as to not stick it to the batter.

Maybe time for 1 syllable words.

If the pitch is HIGH, then say HIGH.

If the pitch is FLAT, then say FLAT.

Simple-easy
May 31, 2018
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: home plate mats

where can U get the official 19 X 34 1/2 mats for the home plate area
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.
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