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, May 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

In the interest of budget and travel $$, we try and get 3 or so more local tournaments before the remaining 6 major tournaments that we travel a great distance to.

We do play in 2 SPA. But mostly SSWC. Ohio just has not been in the plans to this point.
, May 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re-Learning Hip Rotation, Cures Early Season Slump. Swing Makeover #39

Hi Bogie

I hit 40 balls off a tee today. Thought about Nothing/Nada!!! but HIP rotation after watching your latest video. Can't remember hitting the ball harder or further in recent years. I so often forget the importance of this, just arm swing and forget about the lower body. Now, I have to find a way to transfer this to real games.
, May 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Brickyard-Nancy Allen

For your serious consideration:

My 70 Gray Sox team did not come this year nor are we likely to return as is. Our decade + of coming down for it has been highlighted with cold, rain delays and and just poor conditions almost every year.

The Milwaukee tournament is in Mid-May. The Quad City tournament is Mid-to later June.

There is a huge hole in between these two. Move your tournament to the 1st week after Memorial Day or the week after. This would give the mid-west teams 3 tournaments in row with at least several weeks in between. It will also give us a much better chance of better weather. My above feelings are not just mine. I live in Sun City Huntley, and there are a number of guys who play in lower age groups and agree.


, April 17, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Others' Thoughts on the Importance or Merits of 3 Pool Games Prior to Brackets?

2 prelims and 5 guarantee is good. I have not thought about a 1 game prelim and then 4 game guarantee in the championship bracket play. Seems like the TD would have to consider how you did in the 1 game along with your season results. Like tournaments won for a fair seeding. Would be an interesting bracket on the results chart.

My whole team is on social security and would not be real happy with traveling x-country to play in 4 game major tournaments.
Just make sure we get at least 5.




, April 7, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: asking for opinions

Sorry-have had to play 65 teams with our 70 team. Even with
the x-tra player and the 5 runs, talent level and ability was huge.

Which brings me to to this point!!

If say, a 70 team is the only one entered and it is a ring tournament. You are forced to play 65 teams. If you are willing to come and pay the $$ and accept the pounding, you should be awarded the championship at 70 and an entry into the TOC.

Now, some of you are going to say you didn't win. Not the issue and not your fault no one else showed up but you. This happened to us in the Northern Nationals. If we would have been given the entry into the TOC, we would have come and taken the pounding by the 65 teams. For us, it would have been no more than a practice tournament,so why come. Instead, we got our money back and missed a great tournament.

This would have also helped the TOC with the lack of teams in some age groups.
, March 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why I like softball.

What I like the most is beating teams that on paper we should not be on the field with due to their superior players.
, March 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: courtesy runners

Lost a world championship "IF" game in high heat. The opponents had 7 guys on the bench in a close game. They ran for every guy who got a hit. Was the difference in a close game. We were down to 10 due to injuries.

Hope you would let them play once in while when you are way up or it is a game that doesn't matter. Your best chance would be a guy with like arm or shoulder injuries that still wants to be a part of a team
, March 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: coaches touching a runner

Very common for a 3rd base ump to high 5 a guy in his HR trot.
According to this ump, the HR should be an out.

Obviously, ump used no common sense.
, March 13, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule 6:16 once more

B.J

That sounds correct, thanks
, March 12, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule 6:16 once more

I posted the following and looks like it didn't go thru. Excuse me if it did

Talking with some 60s players, the following came up.

Lead off batter is RHB. Can't see ball and pitcher is moved over.

#2 is left handed, wants pitcher back in the box. Can he ask that??

#3 is RHB. Wants pitcher moved over again. Can he do that??
, March 7, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

Moving a pitcher into the area of a pull hitter does bring up a good concern.

With park districts around the USA mandating screen use in their local leagues, I believe most have a screen. Maybe this is the one situation that you put in a screen for one or two innings until the sun moves (umps judgement). Leave the pitcher in the box. Real simple, ball hits screen, no pitch, do it over.

From what I have seen posted in the past, most pitchers do not like the screen and I believe would only request it if they felt in danger.
, March 5, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

I like where this is going.

How about, any ball hit where the outfielder has to look into the sun is an automatic out, ball is dead, and all runners must return the the base they started from.
, Feb. 28, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

Thanks for the reply
, Feb. 28, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: The new sun rule 6.16

Under the new rule: If batter requests pitcher to move, Ump and TD agree, OK Do you have to make request each inning?

If Ump says no, can batter ask for the TD anyway to over rule?

Heard this rule was going to go for the pitcher also who can't see the ball off the bat. Batter would tell pitcher which side to stand on. Is that true?

Also, rule mentions wind problem in the title. How does that work?


, Feb. 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

My team worries about neither. We don't keep any stats. One of the advantages of our roster, that has been basically the same since 2002, is that we all know who plays and bats where.
Our managers don't play the roster "whore" game of dropping and adding players each year. Our pile off rings speaks for stability. We play through it when players or hot or not.


, Feb. 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

fennellwg

Pre-testing bats before a tournament has merit. However, I was at a USSSA tournament and watched the bat check in process. They weighed and tested each bat and put the good ones in a barrel for each team that only the umps had access to. I watched over a dozen players walk up, take off "PLASTIC"
wrappers from USSSA certified bats, hand it to the tester, and fail the test. $300 down the drain and a lot off pissed players.
, Feb. 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Are possible changes ahead for future TOC tournaments

Don't mind Florida. Would like to see it moved back a month. Despite what you might think, it can be damn cold in Winter Park in Feb. Made it several years, there was frost on the ground for the early games and the stores were out of cold weather gear.

Also, if there is mis-rated team that wins multiple TOC tournament spots, offer a spot to some of the 2nd place finishers. Sorry, but when you make it to the final two in a large field, you are a champion. As we all know, the difference between 1st and 2nd is only a hit, error or bad call. Try and make it at least an 8 team field rather that 2 or 3 playing for the TOC.
, Feb. 22, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball Quotes

Just before a ring tournament-game 1, I gave the best motivational speech/quote I have ever given.


"Eat a live toad every morning and nothing worse can happen to you the rest of the day".

It worked. I believe it powered us to 2 wins and 4 losses.
, Feb. 22, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bat rolling

As I have posted in the past-get caught with an altered bat-not a year or so off-"LIFE TIME BAN" simple and makes a point.

This should add concern in buying a used bat from someone you don't know.

A tip that a team might be using an altered bat is when the opponents have a row of senior bats in the dugout and 7 or 8 hitters in a row use (just in championship bracket play) the same bat with great results.

As to the opening post, you might want to let your local park district know about the above service. How many of your rec players are using illegal bats. I will assume that even non-senior bats can be rolled which cheats the game.

Question: As I posted several years ago: For you that take the chance and used a rolled bat: When you are showing off your championship ring, do you tell your grand children that you cheated to win it????????


, Feb. 21, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SWING WEIGHTS

Clean Up

This is just me, OK. I have the new Miken (white) 26 oz balanced and a Dudley (Lightening) 26 oz. (black) balanced.

The Dudley feels heavier when I swing it. I feel like I get faster bat speed with the Miken but can drive the ball deeper with the Dudley. Just Me.

Always been a 29 0z guy. Decided to try the lighter bat speed theory last year. Deep hits reduced but mis-hits and batting average jumped up.
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