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, 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.
, Feb. 18, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentional walk rule

Possibly have the pitcher go back to the 60' line. Launch the ball and back peddle quickly buying more reaction time with each step. When you pitch to him it doesn't always mean an automatic hit. You will have a chance to ring up an out. Back in my U-Trip days, there were hitters who pounded the middle on every swing. When I pitched, I did the above and it worked quite often by giving me more time to react.
, Feb. 17, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Glove - Break in

I bought one of those 1 pound softballs for arm rehab and adding strength to my throwing arm. I found playing catch with this ball broke in my new glove better than any other way. Kinda killed two birds with one stone.
, Feb. 2, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batter's box

Fred S

I don't get your point. I am a pitcher/outfielder and this is my 51 st year that has covered U-trip through senior ball. Since the introduction of a mat, I pitch to the mat and get in a defensive stance. I couldn't care less where they stand.
, Jan. 30, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batter's box

As to the above "Why do we even have a batters box"????

There is a black mat. Legal height pitch hits mat, it is a strike.

Batter must defend that black mat against strikes. Who cares where the batter stands before the pitch. Batter only needs to relay to ump he is ready. This would end all ump decisions about pre-pitch foot position and lines that are usually gone by mid game. Who cares if your lead foot steps on the mat or in front of the mat during a swing??

The only line needed is the front line to keep batters from closing the gap to the pitcher by going too far out.
, Jan. 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?


agree above but Canyons is my #2

#1 for me is Grand Park in Myrtle Beach. All astro turf. Weakness, fences are 325+ or so and if you gap the outfielders
it is usually a HR. What I liked was the softness of the turf. Played all the days and feet, knees and legs-no muscle pulls or soreness.
, Jan. 8, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix-Winter Nationals

Anyone know who the final 3 teams were at the 70 AAA level and who won????
, Jan. 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Where do you play during the winter month's?

Live in sun city huntley illinois. Once a week indoor 16" no innings limit at a soccer complex. just play for 2 hours. After that lots of weight room, volleyball and pickle ball. Then to top off my conditioning program a beer and cigar at eddie fabros garage once a week.
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