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, Oct. 18, 2015
korbacatcher
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter World`s

My team played in the Vegas Worlds in the over 65 Major Class. It was about 100 degrees every day we played. My team hit a total of three homeruns in six games. All three were hit in the same game when the temperature was a little lower and the wind was blowing out Only two homeruns were hit against my team in six games, both by the same team in the same game. One HR hit the very top of the fence and bounced over. This is is a very low amount of homeruns in six games. If we had not been using the Rock, there would have been no homeruns hit by us or against us. If the Rock is not used, a better ball needs to be used when it is over 80 degrees than the Trump-Stote 44/375.
, Aug. 23, 2015
korbacatcher
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken black senior bat- balanced vs endload alan -mike or other

If you listen carefully to the Kelly Ultimate Sports video about the Miken Ultra 2 Black bat, it says it begins with the pastor hitting the bat after it already has about 200 to 300 hits on it. Therefore, it's probably well on its way to being broken in. Also, the pastor has done several demos of different bats for Kelly's on its website and he obviously can frequently crush the ball in the 350 to 380 foot range with USSSA as well as senior softball bats. Therefore, he is not your average senior softball player. He must have one super church team.
, Aug. 22, 2015
korbacatcher
Topic: Bats
Discussion: miken black senior bat- balanced vs endload alan -mike or other

Just a heads up for those who are considering placing an advance order for the new Miken Ultra 2 Black senior soft ball bat.

Two over 60 major plus players here in the Twin Cities have been trying out a prototype Miken Ultra 2 Black with no lettering or graphics, which Miken gave to them to hit and provide feedback to Miken. The bat has been very slow to break in. They have somewhere between 400 and 500 hits on the bat and it is just starting to break in. No word yet from them as to how it compares with other senior bats already on the market with respect to performance. It does, however, appear to be very durable.

I've been told that the prototype Miken Ultra 2 Black bats with no lettering or graphics that were given to certain players to try out could vary quite a bit in stiffness when new. This was because they were prototypes made in small numbers and not production models.

Therefore, before you place an order, you may want to wait to get feedback from the players who purchase actual production model bats in mid-September.
, July 17, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA National Over 60 Major Dalton, Georgia - Injury to Wild Bunch Pitcher

Glad to hear he is OK.
, July 16, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA National Over 60 Major Dalton, Georgia - Injury to Wild Bunch Pitcher

The pitcher for the Wild Bunch got hit in the throat by a bad bounce when bending down to field a grounder when playing the Minnesota Masters. It appeared to be a serious injury. Does anyone know his condition? He is a class act and I hope he is OK.
, June 29, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA National,Dalton,GA July 14-17th

Tom/wazoo - Yes, the Minnesota Prize moved up to 65. Actually they moved up to and played over 65 last year (in 2010). We look forward to playing you too. A one run game won in the bottom of the 7th. They don't get any closer than that.
, June 28, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SPA National,Dalton,GA July 14-17th

The Minnesota Masters over 60 major team will be there.
, March 24, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Kevlar bats

TPS cames out with a Kevlar bat (it was not a senior bat) in about 2002. It was a great bat (hot) but it would frequently break with 50 or even less swings. It was under warranty and because of its frequent need to be replaced under the warranty, I think it was only made for one year. I loved the bat but probably broke at least six of them that year. From my limited experience, it appears that Kevlar is not a good material to use for softball bats.
, March 23, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Centenarian

To Gorilla Boy (aka Mike M), Thanks the information. I'll give you a call in a day or two to place an order. Never seen anyone hit the ball harder or farther than you.
, March 22, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Centenarian

Is the length of the barrel 13 inches like the new blue senior combat?
, Feb. 14, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC T ime O f C old

Several of the Minnesota players who are retired (not me) play dome ball one or two days a week during the winter. In addition, some of us played in a two day, four to five game dome tournament in January in Rochester, Minnesota. It was 28 below zero outside one day and only in the low 40s inside the dome. Anyone who has played dome ball knows it is nothing like playing outside. For example, the wall in right field in the Rochester dome is only about 200' from home plate but 300' to left and center. Balls frequently hit the wall in right or off the ceiling, which is low. Balls that hit the ceiling or wall in fair territory are in play and are outs if caught before hitting the ground. Fly balls cannot go very high because of the low ceiling. The lighting is generally poor in domes so it is difficult to see and judge the ball. The floor is artificial turf so the ball bounces much differently than on a normal ball field. Some players like me who don't have the greatest eyesight have difficulty seeing the ball in a dome, even when hitting. However, there is no question that playing dome ball in the winter helps but again it is nothing like playing outside. We were glad to be able to play two mini-tournament games on Thursday and two seeding games on Friday before the tournament started on Saturday.
, Feb. 14, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC T ime O f C old

The Minnesota Masters and Minnesota Prize finished first and second, respectively, in the over 60 Major. Except for a few snowbirds, most of the players on these two teams last played in October in Phoenix or November in Fort Myers.
, Feb. 12, 2011
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: TOC Update - Over 60 Major

Minnesota Masters 30, Master Collision 15

Winners Bracket Final at 11AM Sunday, Wild Bunch v. Minnesota Masters
, Jan. 22, 2009
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2009 SPA Major Plus/Major Tournament

I received an e-mail frm Ridge Hooks (I'm on SPA's distribution list) a few days ago with the revised dates for 65 major plus, major, AAA, and AA. I cut and past his e-mail in my message above. The correct dates for the 65 tournament are September 10 through 13.
, Jan. 21, 2009
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2009 SPA Major Plus/Major Tournament

Important Message From
Softball Players Association
Softball Players Association

Corrected National Tournament Dates:

* Men's 65+ Major Plus, Major, AAA, & AA has been changed to September 10th - 13th, 2009.
* Men's 50+ AAA & AA has been changed
to September 17th - 20th, 2009.

Above you will find new dates for the 2009 Men's 65+ & 50+ National Championships in Dalton, Georgia.

These changes have been made due to a conflict of playing dates with another senior association. SPA has worked diligently over the past 10 years to avoid any scheduling conflicts with other senior softball association National or World tournaments. Although we announced our schedule two (2) months ago after many hours of deliberation, we just learned that another organization has placed their dates on top of ours. It was not done deliberately, however such a conflict will hurt both tournaments. We have discussed at length the pros and cons of moving the dates, however, SPA does not want teams to be forced into making this type of tough decision. No one wins in the end if we have the same date. We apologize for the inconvenience that your team may incur with this change, however, it is only January and we believe that our teams can still make changes accordingly. If you have any questions please call our office.

Thank you for playing SPA,

Sincerely,
Ridge Hooks, Executive Director
, Dec. 5, 2008
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2009 ASA National Tournament Location and Dates

Here is information about the 2009 ASA Men's Senior Ntional Tournament:

ASA Men's Senior Slow Pitch Tournament
Burlington, NC
9/4/2009 - 9/7/2009
, Nov. 27, 2008
korbacatcher
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2009 SPA Major Plus/Major Tournament

The dates and location for the 2009 SPA Major and Major Plus tournaments are as follows:
JULY 17 - 19, 2009 50+ 55+ 60+ MAJOR PLUS & MAJOR, DALTON, GEORGIA***
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