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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.
Oct. 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running up ????

What is "exactly" RUNNING UP IN THE BOX?

Many hitters, especially from the midwest with a 16" back ground, shuffle step to the ball. Some take several quick steps to the ball.

Is running up on the ball what most of the left handed batters do in girls softball?

Can U run up quickly and hit the ball as long as U stay completely in the batters box?
Oct. 20, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

Regarding the 1-1 count, we are beating a dead horse. I was told by a staff member that most of the nation votes for the
1-1 and the California teams edge out the vote for 0-0. If 1-1 does not speed up the game, then why do all the qualifiers we play in use the 1-1???????????????

Play is slowed by teams that can't decide which player is going to courtesy run. If a team can't have a guy moving toward 1st within 30 seconds after the ball is returned to the pitcher, the ump should deny the sub runner.

Even in Vegas this year, some umps let teams have infield throws after the 1st inning. 1st inning only.

Give the pitcher 1 warm-up only, after the 1st.

We did have several games in Vegas where the opponents were ahead late in the game and the ump had to ask them multiple times to get a batter in the box. Obviously stalling to burn clock time. Don't know what kind of penalty could be given, but something to talk about.


Oct. 15, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Durable Bats

What nobody adds, when talking about durability, is what is their Ht.-Wt.Age and how hard they swing. I have teammates who are in their 3rd and 4th season with their Mikens. They are placement singles hitters.

Also, after the bat is broken in, do they still use it for batting practice??

Also, is it a bat that multiple players use????

I do find it interesting that a guy can drop a $1000 or more at the tables in Vegas and not blink an eye, but go crazy if they have to buy another bat to finish the season.
Oct. 6, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Players needed-Ft, Meyers

Have our 2. Thanks guys
Oct. 5, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Players needed-Ft, Meyers

Due to injuries in Vegas, the Chicago Gray Sox are down to a solid 11 for the winter nationals in Ft. Meyers Nov. 1-2-3. Looking to add 2 more, solid, 70 AAA players for 13. All will hit and play in every game. Position not important. We have no major players so I think we can have at least 2 majors. You must be from Illinois or a state that touches Illinois. If interested call me at: If I don't answer, please leave a message.

630-347-7475 Gary Heifner
Aug. 25, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

I don't know who is worse. Is it the Little League umps or the Women's NCAA softball championship umps?

Don't know how the players can remain calm. Often seems like if the catcher catches the pitch it is a strike. Pathetic!!!
Aug. 14, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Baden Fire Balls

Just got back from the SPA/Nit in Ohio. In 4 straight games on Friday, the above game ball split (tear in the cover)in the games and the ump had to put in additional balls.
July 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The new Adidas Melee 2

Thanks-that is what I wanted to hear.
July 4, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The new Adidas Melee 2

Has anyone swung the "balanced" 27 or 28 oz. versions? How did you like it? I watched several videos on this bat, but the pitchers couldn't get the ball over the plate and I could see no real results to judge by.
June 26, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1-----0-0 count

Staff

We have beat this topic to death and then eliminated it from the current known universe.

However, something to maybe think about.

In my Sun City Huntley Illinois 12" league, we have many current and former SSUSA players. We have been trying a 0-1 count. Helps pitchers who are off a little or want to work the pitches and encourages hitters to hit the 1st good pitch. Walks rarely happen.

We also capped the runs at just "4" while making a full game "8" innings with the 8th the open.

Result has been lots of action and the games are being completed between 55 and 65 minutes. The vast majority like it.


June 16, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Price Went Up? Worlds

U would think the casinos could kick in some stuff. Surely they pull a bunch of $$$$$ from the seniors over the weeks of the tournament
June 12, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

Once again on my Soap Box!!!!

Your caught with a shaved/altered bat, LIFE TIME ban from senior softball. Simple-problem solved. This should not include the manger/team as he/they do not have control when a player drives out of the parking lot.

For those of you who do not understand what altering does:

I played in a pick up league in Joliet, Il. Guys show up, self ump and pick teams. I forgot my bat. I asked a guy if I could hit his Ultra 2 28 oz. 1st swing, I went about 320. I can, maybe, go about 275 max with my ultra and the wind blowing out, hard. I said, it was the hottest 28 I have ever hit. He said, it was a SPECIAL bat. Which translates to an altered bat. An altered bat alters the game for those who honor the rules and regs. of our great game.

Seriously guys, it is worth it to cheat??????????


June 9, 2016
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SSUSA Staff: Shaved Bats

As I have noted in the past:

When u are in the championship bracket play and the opponents have over a dozen senior bats lined up in the dug out and they are hitting bombs and almost all are using the SAME exact bat:

U might think something is not right!
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