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, Sept. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: rolling

I forgot to a mention a positive to rolled bats. It your team
is using them, U might win "A" big tournament. But, they will put your ass on the fast track to Major and Major plus. Have fun playing the same small hand full of teams,over and over,at those levels.
, Sept. 22, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: rolling

I sincerely believe rolling is far more than just break in.

I was playing in a self-umped-pick-up league about 3 years ago. I grabbed my ball bag and forgot to put my 28 oz. U-2 in it. Just had a 16" bat.

At the field, I asked a guy if I could swing his. My first hit one hopped the fence and my second hit the top of the fence in LC. Now, this is a guy {me} who hadn't hit the warning track in 22 tournaments.

When I said it was the hottest bat I had ever hit, He said it was special-ROLLED.

I also sincerely believe there are a goodly number of guys out there using rolled bats and think it is perfectly OK. 3-6 hitters at (70-AAA)are usually big hitters and can drive it deep. Most hitters from 7 on are mostly singles hitters. When U play a team and #s 11-14 are hitting the warning track or more, makes me wonder if the bats are-as above-SPECIAL






, Sept. 18, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals-SSUSA Staff

Question:

With the Chaos in Florida, I called the LaQuinta. Asked if team members reservations for Nov. would be good. What if all the rooms are taken up by people who lost their homes and need a place to stay during rebuilding? They don't know how they would handle it as of now. Even if the weather is perfect, will there lodging for teams that come from outside Florida?

Maybe SSUSA should contact various preferred Hotels/Motels and see how they might handle this situation. Would this effect even having the tournament?




, Aug. 8, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

I totally trust Dave-Terry and the guys in California. Without these guys, we got squat. There expenses have to be huge. At the same time, they have to make a living. When the Hillary and and Bill pony up with a report on what every penny is spent on from their "SECRET" foundation hidden in Canada, I might ask for more $$ info from SSUSA.
, Aug. 6, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

Thanks
, Aug. 6, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley bat question

Is there any difference between the 2016 and 2017 Dudley Lightning balanced other than the 2016 is black and gold and the 2017 is blue and green? Is the construction the same?
, Aug. 6, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

Talking about bats failing compression tests. The big time USSSA players came into Joliet Illinois for a tournament for a number of years. They played the local teams on Friday night. I went down to watch the big dogs blast 400+ foot Hrs.

Each year, I watched the bat check in under the tent. Each year, I watched the local kids, walk up, take the plastic wrappers off a new bat, hand it to the guys and fail the test. $300 down the tubes!!! I am talking around 6 or more bats each year.

I guess one way to start is to find out who the guys are that are shaving bats and make sure they are banned from playing and maybe anyone who is on a team that they might sponsor or be affiliated with???
, Aug. 3, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

Once again, my long time opinion.

Caught with shaved bat-LIFETIME banishment. Problem solved.

The other thing all should watch is when there are 14 Mikens hanging in the bat rack and the majority of the team is using the same bat-causes??????????????????????????????
, Aug. 3, 2017
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: For U hitting experts

We can all agree that the barrel of a bat is round.

When U go up to hit, Do U always hit the ball with same side of the bat.

Or, do U just grab the bat and hit with whatever side is pointing at the ball?
, 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.
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