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, July 20, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: weight training

I do a circuit of weight training and aerobic exercise 4/5 days a week in the morning, year round. The whole thing takes about 70 minutes. I stay in the 12-15 rep area. At 73 years old, I am not worried about gaining any great additional strength. I just want to keep what I got and it really keeps my conditioning at a high level. Most of our tournaments are 2/3 weeks apart and I can stop several days before for complete recovery. I also have a large shake of muscle milk with fruits mixed in after each workout. Really helps with muscle recovery.

I also play in 3 softball leagues which means 3-4 games a week.
Even if I work out in the morning, doesn't seem to detract from my ability/game at night. I have even reached a point that if I miss a workout, I feel like crap the next day. Probably mostly mental.
, July 20, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

I will say I have enjoyed the Ark tournament the last two years. However, I agree with some of the comments on moving it.

I live in Illinois about 40 minutes south of the Wisconsin line. It takes me 11 & 1/2 hours to drive down there with reasonable stops. I am questioning if it is worth it. With the Steve Simmons tournament now a TOC and the Northern Nationals in Lansing, MI, I will not return. It will be up to the rest of my Gray Sox team to get enough guys to go, if they want.

I believe a St. Louis area tournament would possibly gather more teams even though the humidity can get rather intense. It would also be an easy interstate ride over for Indiana and lower Michigan teams.
, June 18, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lost Glove-Steve Simmons Tournament-Mn

I am actually innocent. It was a glove I sold to our right fielder but still had my info on it. Since I am a human of superior intellect, I never forget or lose anything.

Except, I have forgotten my wife at 4 tournaments. She is like a homing pigeon, always makes it home.
, June 17, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lost Glove-Steve Simmons Tournament-Mn

OK The glove has been returned. This is kinda like the stuff U see in Jason Borne movies, Democratic Party stuff and rumors like the main stream media puts out.

Through an "UNNAMED SOURCE" It has worked it's way home??????

I am not to ask or search out any details of it's supernatural disappearance or resurrection.
, June 12, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Steve Simmons Tournament

The Chicago Gray Sox 70s just played in the Steve Simmons Tournament in the twin cities for the 1st time.

1st class tournament. Good fields, umps, well run and organized. The welcome ceremony at Jimmys was fun.

This will now be a must for us each year.
, June 12, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lost Glove-Steve Simmons Tournament-Mn

We played 70s at Vadnais Heights.
, June 10, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: VERBAL INTERFERENCE

Had a coach from a Michigan Team when coaching 3rd base yelling out cut or let it go on throws in. It took the ump to educate him on verbal interference besides extremely poor sportsmanship. I guess there are no bounds some will go to, to win.
, June 10, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Lost Glove-Steve Simmons Tournament-Mn

Had an outfielders glove supernaturally disappear between games. It would be quite difficult for someone to mistake or confuse it as theirs as I have my my name-team name-phone # on the glove in permanent marker.

Gary Heifner
Gray Sox
630-347-7475

Would really like to have it back

If you did find it-please call 630-347-7475 to arrange return.

Our next tournament is Quad cities on Tues and Wed. June 20-21. Could hook up there.

Thanks
, May 5, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking to start Chicago Style 16" No Glove softball in Southern Arizona

This will be an abomination for the purist. We use gloves.

It gives the older players confidence and protection. Many of the players are former 12" players who couldn't handle the speed of the 12" game any longer. Result is very few injuries, including broken fingers. A vast majority of the some 18 team's players came out of Chicago 16" ball and have no issue with gloves. They just want to play ball. The ages on the teams ranges from 50 to 92. Doesn't seem possible but the 92 year old guy can hit, run and field.

One problem is to find bats these days. You don't want to use 12" composites, they will break. Old wood Clincher bats are like gold. They can go for as much as $250 for a good one. So, we don't have a bat rule., Many guys use wood or metal baseball bats and seem to hold up well. You can find good ones at resale shops and places like Goodwill etc for just a few $$$.
, 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.
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