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, Nov. 23, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Total Knee Replacement

Interesting

Got a guy here in Sun City in Illinois. Had two orthopedics prescribe full knee replacement on both legs. He decided to get one more opinion. The 3rd Doc said he only needed what is called a Partial. He went with that and is doing great. Much quicker recovery, according to him.
, Oct. 27, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

U asked:

Dave Dowell told me the southern California teams carry the vote for 0-0 and is popular out west when most of the rest of the country wants 1-1. I believe the conversation took place in Lansing several years ago. Might have been in Vegas. I don't remember the final #s but I seem to remember a difference of several hundred votes at the time.

We have played 1-1 counts in Elgin-Milwaukee-Quad Cities-Oshkosh Qualifiers. I know they vary because our mangers make sure to ask what is the starting count at the beginning of every qualifier and it has varied.
, Oct. 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running up ????

What is "exactly" RUNNING UP IN THE BOX?

Many hitters, especially from the midwest with a 16" back ground, shuffle step to the ball. Some take several quick steps to the ball.

Is running up on the ball what most of the left handed batters do in girls softball?

Can U run up quickly and hit the ball as long as U stay completely in the batters box?
, Oct. 20, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Regarding the 1-1 count, we are beating a dead horse. I was told by a staff member that most of the nation votes for the
1-1 and the California teams edge out the vote for 0-0. If 1-1 does not speed up the game, then why do all the qualifiers we play in use the 1-1???????????????

Play is slowed by teams that can't decide which player is going to courtesy run. If a team can't have a guy moving toward 1st within 30 seconds after the ball is returned to the pitcher, the ump should deny the sub runner.

Even in Vegas this year, some umps let teams have infield throws after the 1st inning. 1st inning only.

Give the pitcher 1 warm-up only, after the 1st.

We did have several games in Vegas where the opponents were ahead late in the game and the ump had to ask them multiple times to get a batter in the box. Obviously stalling to burn clock time. Don't know what kind of penalty could be given, but something to talk about.


, Oct. 15, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Durable Bats

What nobody adds, when talking about durability, is what is their Ht.-Wt.Age and how hard they swing. I have teammates who are in their 3rd and 4th season with their Mikens. They are placement singles hitters.

Also, after the bat is broken in, do they still use it for batting practice??

Also, is it a bat that multiple players use????

I do find it interesting that a guy can drop a $1000 or more at the tables in Vegas and not blink an eye, but go crazy if they have to buy another bat to finish the season.
, Oct. 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Players needed-Ft, Meyers

Have our 2. Thanks guys
, Oct. 5, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Players needed-Ft, Meyers

Due to injuries in Vegas, the Chicago Gray Sox are down to a solid 11 for the winter nationals in Ft. Meyers Nov. 1-2-3. Looking to add 2 more, solid, 70 AAA players for 13. All will hit and play in every game. Position not important. We have no major players so I think we can have at least 2 majors. You must be from Illinois or a state that touches Illinois. If interested call me at: If I don't answer, please leave a message.

630-347-7475 Gary Heifner
, Aug. 25, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

I don't know who is worse. Is it the Little League umps or the Women's NCAA softball championship umps?

Don't know how the players can remain calm. Often seems like if the catcher catches the pitch it is a strike. Pathetic!!!
, Aug. 14, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Baden Fire Balls

Just got back from the SPA/Nit in Ohio. In 4 straight games on Friday, the above game ball split (tear in the cover)in the games and the ump had to put in additional balls.
, July 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The new Adidas Melee 2

Thanks-that is what I wanted to hear.
, July 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The new Adidas Melee 2

Has anyone swung the "balanced" 27 or 28 oz. versions? How did you like it? I watched several videos on this bat, but the pitchers couldn't get the ball over the plate and I could see no real results to judge by.
, June 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1-----0-0 count

Staff

We have beat this topic to death and then eliminated it from the current known universe.

However, something to maybe think about.

In my Sun City Huntley Illinois 12" league, we have many current and former SSUSA players. We have been trying a 0-1 count. Helps pitchers who are off a little or want to work the pitches and encourages hitters to hit the 1st good pitch. Walks rarely happen.

We also capped the runs at just "4" while making a full game "8" innings with the 8th the open.

Result has been lots of action and the games are being completed between 55 and 65 minutes. The vast majority like it.


, June 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Price Went Up? Worlds

U would think the casinos could kick in some stuff. Surely they pull a bunch of $$$$$ from the seniors over the weeks of the tournament
, June 12, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

Once again on my Soap Box!!!!

Your caught with a shaved/altered bat, LIFE TIME ban from senior softball. Simple-problem solved. This should not include the manger/team as he/they do not have control when a player drives out of the parking lot.

For those of you who do not understand what altering does:

I played in a pick up league in Joliet, Il. Guys show up, self ump and pick teams. I forgot my bat. I asked a guy if I could hit his Ultra 2 28 oz. 1st swing, I went about 320. I can, maybe, go about 275 max with my ultra and the wind blowing out, hard. I said, it was the hottest 28 I have ever hit. He said, it was a SPECIAL bat. Which translates to an altered bat. An altered bat alters the game for those who honor the rules and regs. of our great game.

Seriously guys, it is worth it to cheat??????????


, June 9, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

As I have noted in the past:

When u are in the championship bracket play and the opponents have over a dozen senior bats lined up in the dug out and they are hitting bombs and almost all are using the SAME exact bat:

U might think something is not right!
, June 2, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: which do your prefer on a 5 game guarantee?

I am all in with you COOP3636 Would rather play games with real MEANING.
, May 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOME PLATE UMPIRE POSITION

RHB-The ump should stand on the 1st base side, away from the back of the mat. He can see down the 3rd base line to judge fair or foul and will be well away from the hitters run to 1st.

Opposite vs LHB. Should the batter follow through and let the bat go, the ump is out of the line of fire.

All the ump has to do is judge if the pitch is legal and simply watch the mat. He could probably stand by the back stop and see that.

I have lost count how many times, when I have been catching, that the ump blocked my path to a foul that could have been caught because he has been standing on my shoulder.


, May 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is it a strike if ball hits front edge of strike mat and also kicks up some dirt?

Have had the post happen many times. Quite often, the ump has ruled it hit the dirt 1st and is therefore a ball. Had several rule hit both at the same time and is a strike. In truth, the ump is between a rock and a hard spot. I found it is not worth bitching about. Just move on.
, May 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

After thought, Dave D, you are often at his tournament representing SSUSA. Do you have any thoughts on the above.
, May 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

Nancy, do you have any feelings on this???
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