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, 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.
, Dec. 15, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: carrying bat to first base

My understanding is that is not an out unless the 1st baseman is placed in danger of being hit by the bat. In that case, the ump has the option of calling him out.
, Dec. 15, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: volleyball question

Play in a senior volleyball league. Play occurred that caused chaos. Player serves deep over the net, back line guy smashes the ball and hits his own guy in the back of the head. Ball rebounds back to the guy who smashed it and he hits it over the net. Is that a valid play????
, Dec. 14, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: new rule 6.16 WIND OR SUN AFFECTING BOTH PITCHERS

We were in an SPA World championship game. 3 of our left handed batters never hit the ball in 3 swings ea. and even the RHBs struggled to see the ball. A pitcher move would have made it a better game. Actually, being the final IF game, there were 3 other fields open and the powers in charge chose not to move the game. A move over to an open field, if available, would a smart move.



, Dec. 14, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Phoenix Winter Nationals

Can't find the completed brackets Have they been posted?
, Dec. 13, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

Sheik

good idea. picked up a 6 pack of sponges at the dollar tree store for a $1.
, Dec. 2, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For 70 and over. 11 players on the field. Like or Dislike

Middle fielder is a good move. Lets another guy play and hit. Most 70s can't hit it deep. No middle fielder and guys are going to hit at the greatest weakness-up the middle. No middle fielder, the pitchers better wear all the protective stuff they can. It is a really simple game with a middle fielder. The hitter looks up and sees 5 defenders on the left and 4 on the right. Hit it to right. Been a dead pull hitter for 50 years. Moved up to 70s. Took me a few tournaments but don't mind saying I am getting fairly decent going to right. I found singles to right beats the hell out of 285' foot fly balls caught in left. Being a part time pitcher, I NEVER aim at a pitcher. But if the middle fielder is removed from 70s, I will go hard middle.
, Nov. 29, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ft meyers

Noticed the last game in the 70 AAA division was 7-0. Was that the real score or a forfeit?
, Nov. 10, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Off season training

OK, all of us in the greater Chicago are now in preseason conditioning for the next five months.

I have a good handle on a large variety of weight and cardio exercises.

However, do any of you have 2 or 3 specific "upper body" weight training exercises that you have found to really aid in your ability to hit a ball with power.

I am now bumping 72 and trying to hang on to what I got or maybe even defy nature and build more strength/power.
, Oct. 21, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

I suggested this some time in the past and the Staff might encourage park districts to do this. I have played at more and more fields that have the entire batting area covered with astro turf and painted boxes boxes. Also, one complex that smooths out the dirt and brings out large rubber mats with the boxes painted on them. If you need to have a box--

1. Batters don't have to hit out of a hole or deep dust.

2. No concerns about rubbing out lines.

Since more and more park districts are adopting rules similar to Senior ball, why not come out with a 10 foot black mat for the pitching area. Pitcher must be in some contact at delivery.


, Oct. 20, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Complaint-Masters

Staff

Ok, I can deal with bad fields, poor umpiring, heat and 5 games in one day.

BUT

The one prize I always come back from the world championships is a tournament patch for my collection. They have been large and colorful. 1st class. Really nice.

This year you had these small little things. Totally disgusting. Not worth buying. Ends my streak. I am in patch withdrawal.

Let's get back to a first class patch next year.


, Oct. 20, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

This is a very simple fix. Get rid of--eliminate the batters box. It is just pretty lines that are gone in 2-3 innings. Even in the Masters in Vegas, the box was obviously smaller than specs at our field. I use my bat to measure how far I stand from the plate and my normal measurement would have placed me outside the box that was laid down.

EXCEPT for the front line. Keep this to keep the batter back from the pitcher.

It does not matter where you stand. When you use a mat, the batter must defend the mat so he has to be close enough to defend that mat. Some of you make it sound like that without the box, guys are going to stand 5 feet from the mat or 10 feet behind it??? I don't get it.

Furthermore, why should it be an out when the batters foot steps in front of the plate or touches the plate in his stride.

I am seen so many dozen of batters do this, I have only seen an out called one time. All that is needed is for a batter to be on one side or the other when the ball is pitched.

I would like SSUSA let TDs try not using a lined box in some of the early qualifiers next 2016 season and get feed back. If it works out, put in the rule for the bigger tournaments later in the season.
, Oct. 15, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Do we have this rule

Staff

In the American league play off game last night the catcher was throwing the ball to the pitcher with a runner on 3rd. The ball hit the hitters bat, rolled out on the field and the runner ran home.

Ruling-live ball runs scores.

What would happen if this happened in SSUSA?

How about if a throw from the catcher to pitcher hits the batter in the head and rolls out there which I have seen?
, Oct. 9, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat weights

I have purchased quite a few bats over the years. I take them down to the post office and have them weighed. Every single Miken has been between 1/4 to one full ounce over the weight on the knob. Why, I don't know?
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