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, 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?
, Oct. 9, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70 AAA schedule Masters-Bitch time

Staff

Just learned today one of our players had heat implications later in the evening of day two that required medical attention. Just piles on my concerns.

As to your reply, I prefer the 2 prelims with the 5. But I could live with the 3 prelims and then 2 if spread over four days. Anything to avoid night games and limiting the # of games in a day. I would not step up and say OK for my team to plau a 4th prelim. I guess the only fair way would to be draw a name. I could see a team not trying real hard and could affect the seeding with runs given up??

This is a mind set issue and the tournament is the World Championships not some little qualifier. We try and approach this as softball and a vacation week. Play two or three games a day, sit by the pool, have a nice dinner and take in a show. Be physically recovered for the next day. This should not be an endurance contest.

I am up in Mesquite playing in the can am games. 3 games each day for two days. We then go to St. George for the Huntsman games. Two games on Monday and one on Tuesday, Wed thru Friday for the finals. Players not physically wrecked. More than softball-we enjoy the area and week as a vacation.

anyway, my opinion.


, Oct. 8, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70 AAA schedule Masters-Bitch time

Staff

At the manager meeting Dave indicated that a managers poll was taken to reduce the games from 4 days to 3 days. The Staff needs to simply say NO and never do this again.

The Chicago Gray Sox played 2 games on Monday in 103 degree heat and then had the honor of playing a night game. News flash-70 year olds can't see the ball at night. There were "3" injuries on batted balls that the infielders never saw and one liner that nipped the ear of the middle fielder. Never saw it.

We then had the honor of playing "4" games on Tuesday in 103 degree temps followed up by a 2nd night game. Our pitcher NEVER saw the ball off the bat for the last 6 batters. Two fly balls landed, in the deciding final innings, within 5 feet of our outfielders who never saw the ball.

I drank many cups of water on Tuesday along with a quart of gatorade and 4 quarts of water. Never went to the bathroom.

Staff, is this really what you want in this tournament especially with the older groups.

I heard one guy say the 3 day saves $$. A $39 a night room, a $3.99 breakfast and an $11 dollar buffet. $55 savings, Get real.

My team has attended the World Championships 12 years in a row and has been the highlight of our season. If this format is repeated, won't be back. On the way out after the Tuesday night game, two other teams agreed with my position.

Few care if the Gray Sox are back or not, I simply won't put my guys in physical danger again.





, Oct. 4, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: need 70 AAA players

The Chicago Gray Sox 70 AAA looking for 4 players for 2016

We have a solid core of players and have had success over the years. Five of our newer guys are returning to a group of 65s that are moving up that they have a history with.

We play about 10 tournaments a year. Mostly SSUSA and some SPA/ISA.

We play hard and never give up--play to win. However, we handle a loss with class.

Prefer: 1. guys with previous experience
2. Decent hitter
3. Understand the purpose of a glove
4. Can run for themselves. We have excellent speed and would like
to add more.
5. Can play mutiple positions a plus.

You must be from Illinois or a state that touches Illinois.

Post a reply and we will talk.
, Oct. 3, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Need two players ft meyers

The Chicago Gray Sox 70 AAA needs two players for the Ft. Meyers Winter Nationals in Ft. Meyers, Fl--November 3-4-5. Infielders or outfielders. Prefer you can run for yourself. You will need a valid 2016 SSUSA card and be from a state that touches Illinois.

If interested call ASAP as entry and rosters are due soon.

Gary Heifner 630-347-7475
, Sept. 23, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

Turbo

Interesting comments. I went down to Joliet Illinois to watch USSSA young guns play. They crush the ball. But, I watched some of the check in for the bats to be marked and placed in barrels for the umps to control. Guys were walking up with brand new bats in the wrapper and failing the test. Go figure. $300 down the drain.
, Sept. 22, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The care of senior bats

I have absolutely no insight on this that is factual. However, if heat hurts them, why do guys put them in bat warmers on warm days?? I live in the north, I would like to think leaving them in a garage or trunk during winter months would lead to expansion and contracting of materials that would weaken the fiber etc.

I did happen to hear a guy in Dalton say his U2 was OK out of the wrapper, after break in swings was hot and now seems to be backing off.

Maybe bats wear out in time like something else ??? Oh, I remember, Senior Players.


, Sept. 14, 2015
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR FIFTH INFIELDER

There are a LOT of great middle hitters out there. That 5th guy hanging around second really takes them out of their comfort zone. If you put him in the OF, your pitcher better be good on defense. He will get attacked repeatedly. So don't complain about the other team hitting middle. Since moving up to 70s, my team has turned a bunch of dlb plays with that guy turning the play and we have hit into many ourselves. Yes, teams will go right side more which really increases the importance of a 2nd baseman that is strong at fielding ground balls.
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