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, June 21, 2016
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing Help

Some of our plus 70 players suddenly have lost the ability to throw well. They claim no injury but no speed or distance on throws. Can anything be done to improve ones throwing?
Thank you.
, March 27, 2016
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Mask On Field

Our league has been encouraging fielders to get Face Masks. A number of guys have purchased Rip Its and Champros. 1 guy posed the question what happens if a fielder has a senior moment, takes his mask off during a play a drops it in the base line which causes a runner to fall or have to change course and run around.
1. Do the current rules of SSUSA cover this? If yes, what is the rule?
2. Should a rec league adopt a special rule for this or are existing rules good enough.

Thank You.
, Jan. 23, 2016
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Words of Wisdom

Just got back to this website. At 72 playing 3rd I realize I am on borrowed time for 1 to the face. Those who know, please advise which face mask has worked best for you. Thank you.
, Oct. 16, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

Thank you. As we get older we lose muscle mass so we probably must lose weight to compensate. Speed and weight is obvious and thank you for reminding me what I must do and have started to do. I believe I lost a lot of speed where orthotics during games after a bad plantar fasciitis attack. I think the ankles have to be free to articulate to be able to sprints. Thanks.
, Oct. 13, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

This is the link to the conditioning program:

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00667

The link in the prior post has links to the study and other links.

This may not make you faster but may help you stay fast longer. I think the precious advice to actually sprint coupled with the exercises my be most beneficial.
, Oct. 13, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

This is the link to the article. Within the article is a link to the actual suggested exercises.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/why-runners-get-slower-with-age-and-how-strength-training-may-help/


, Oct. 10, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can you get faster?

I am a 71 y/o rec sb player. During the last season I noticed that I was running a lot slower than last year. I also noticed others were slower. This is not getting winded it is running slower. I did some research and it seems to be that for fast running ankle strength is key and I found some special lifting exercises for this. My question is whether any one has every deliberately tried to run faster by some workout regime and whether it worked. If you have been successful at this, please advise what you think worked.
Thank You.
, July 8, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Simple Hamstring Question

Thanks to all. I have been stretching and walking. But will start doing resistance work when it feels a bit better.
, July 7, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Simple Hamstring Question

I am a rec player who plays on Mon and Thurs. Yesterday I pulled may hamstring. Not a big pull, but I feel it. It will not prevent me from playing on Thurs.
My simple question is, should I do nothing and just let it "heal" or should I actively run today and tomorrow to make it "stronger" or what should I do?
, March 24, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Help for those with Vertigo

The following suggests that low levels of Vitamin D may be involved with the vertigo of some people. If you have vertigo you should at least get your vitamin D level checked or at least start taking supplements of vitamin D3 which is very cheap.

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/03/23/vitamin-d-solved-vertigo-problem/
, March 23, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not HAPPY with Bats Unlimited!

If you paid by credit card you can follow their procedures and dispute the claim. If I am reading this right, and I skimmed it, all you are asking is for your vendor to file a claim which is what FedEx needs to start an investigation and costs them nothing. They should not object. By disputing the credit card charge, the credit card company starts an investigation and if you word it correctly they will ask your vendor why he didn't file the claim, etc. They will also debit his account and postpone requiring you to pay until the credit card finishes its investigation.
, Feb. 23, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anyone being dizzy on the field,

Michael, I checked your posts and you complained about this in 10/14 and said it occurred while changing oil after sharply moving your head. You received a diagnosis and were given exercises to do. This probably has nothing to do with softball and sounds like an inner issue after positioning your head in certain ways. Are you doing the exercises you were prescribed? There is also a manipulation of the neck called the Epley manipulation which might be what you were prescribed. You should get checked out by the best ENT specialist in you area since diabetes medications and blood pressure meds could also be involved as discussed above. My guess is if you learn to do the Epley you can proactively take care of this.
, Feb. 6, 2015
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

If you have plantar fasciitis there will be a sharp pain when you press the underside of your heel in the back on the inner side of the heel.

Tri is right that it is caused by shortened achilles tendon. A bone spur is not the cause, it is the effect of the bone growing because it is being pulled back and up by the achilles tendon. The intense pain point described above is where the fascia inserts into the heel bone. The fascia is being pulled tight which is why inserts may work. My doc recommended the PowerStep inserts which work for me and saved $300.I get the red one which also has a lift to help pronation.

As usual Webbie gives the best advice. Wall Stretches. Do not do within 3 hours of starting to play but do it 3 or 4 times a day every day.

Stand 18 inches or so from wall. Have feet at right angle to wall about a little more than shoulder width apart. Stick stomach out toward wall so you look really fat. Put hands on wall about shoulder width apart. Do slow controlled pushups. If you are doing it right, you will feel a tremendous stretch in your calves.

The above is from my Cleveland Clinic podiatrist. I never got shots.

Note: Don't go barefoot because it flattens the feet. If possible wear shoes as much as possible with inserts. Never had a relapse after nasty
initial event. Doc is a softball player!!


, Nov. 12, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

The reality is that BA; OBP and Slugging average all have validity for some purpose. A very fast runner who makes infielders rush may have a higher on base percentage than another hitter but a lower BA. If the 2nd hitter has a low slugging percentage then the first hitter may be more valuable and vice versa. All three different stats serve a purpose.
, Oct. 9, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at the plate

Dave, your call is easy and third baseman erred since a simple throw for the force would have worked. Stopping short is not the same as going back toward third. In Curty's case going back toward third had no purpose except to cause a collision. Once he crossed the line he should have been called out as soon as he "fell back" or made any move except to the scoring pad.
, Oct. 8, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Play at the plate

I have trouble understanding how a 3rd baseman can interfere with a runner who has crossed the commitment line and is running toward third. Smart base runners in a rundown can often cause interference by going right at the person who just threw it over his head if the thrower doesn't move quickly out of the way. In this case I just don't see it as applicable because returning to third wasn't an option once the comitmemt line was crossed.

, Sept. 29, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 52/275 balls

I was told by an individual who is instrumental in the development of SB products that since these balls are softer they don't compress the senior bats the way a 44/375 would and therefore there is no advantage to a composite bat's slingshot effect with these softer balls.
, Sept. 26, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: the new bat "Nightmare"

Grayhitter's comments were fine with 1 caveat. If he has a financial interest in the nightmare (he intends to sell them) then he should disclose that. If he has no financial interest, then I don't understand what the problem is. We all want to hear about new products and how they perform and hold up.
, Sept. 7, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: senior softball bat

You don't always swing a heavier bat slower. If you are strong you may swing the same model at the same speed at the lower weights and only fall off bat speed at the higher or highest weight. Theoretically and assuming all else is equal, you should use the heaviest bat until the next higher weight caused a decrease of bat speed.
, Aug. 18, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

Maybe I'm missing something. You guys are all complaining that the 44/375's don't perform in the heat. You are right: they 375 compression goes way down for each degree over about 83 I think. The 52/300 doesn't lose compression so in the heat it performs better.
Incidentally I am told a really chilled ball, takes about 3 hours to get back to ambient temperature. So a chilled ball could feel ok on the outside and still be chilled on the inside.
We are randomly testing the 52/300's. Unfortunately, in a game today in our older division a baserunner was knocked cold by a thrown ball and taken away by EMT. It was a 44/375. As my post above makes crystal clear, if hit in exactly the same way with a 52/300 the damage to him would have been less. Our best player took a 44/375 on the finger and was ineffective for the rest of the game. There is more to the discussion than perceived ball speed off the bat.
Restated: the 44/375 can easily crack skulls and the 52/300's can't.

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