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March 3, 2018
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Are you serious.

Just curious and don't know the answer to this. I know shaving, rolling etc. is rampant in senior softball because it makes the combination of bat and 44/375 hotter. My question is does altering an ASA bat change the effectiveness of that bat and a 52/300 ball?
Feb. 24, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOULD YOU QUIT PLAYING?

Insurance companies are not your friend either in this discussion. Often insurance companies dictate to businesses and homeowners' associations changes which have to be made to obtain insurance. Once they are burned because of a "dangerous" ball they will not want to be burned again
Feb. 24, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WOULD YOU QUIT PLAYING?

If you pose a question to an attorney about the liability of using a ball with a Severity Index of 500 which can't crack skulls and a ball with a Severity Index of 1800 which can crack skulls it is a no-brainer what the attorney will say. It is quite possible the Park & Rec director has no choice in this matter. His legal dept. may have ruled on this. We all sign waivers but a major lawsuit on this may change everything.
Feb. 21, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

It was a spring BP session before league play started. Can't be 100% sure. Most likely was an old game ball which would have been an ASA certified 44/375. Unlike the 52/300 I believe the 44/375 are more dangerous in the colder weather (and also more dangerous to senior bats).

Feb. 20, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

Kevin, fair question. As you know, I am in a league which uses 44/375s exclusively. You have told me 44/375s range from 1800 to 2400. I don't control the ball used by my league. If it were my choice, we would use the 52/300s which are clearly much safer. Sometimes a journey starts with small steps. By furnishing both BP balls at my expense I am hoping to educate my fellow league members. I encourage the use of face masks. This is personal for me because last spring I was about 15 feet from an infielder who caught one on the check. It resulted in broken bones, concussion, vision problems and significant out of pocket medical expenses.
Feb. 19, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

Bill, I suggest that to get an answer to your question you speak to Kevin directly as I have done a few times. There are many combinations of cor and comp with differing Severity Indices. I have just purchased a doz each of A D Starr's BP balls. The blue/yellow one is a 52/300 with a severity index of 500 and the green/yellow one is a 47/500 with a severity index of about 1100. Per Kevin the 47/500 is obviously less safe, but conversely will play closer to the prevailing 44/375s.
Additionally the 52/300 won't break bats as fast as the 44/375s.

Feb. 19, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

NX3 is not a specific cor or compression. It is a totally sealed ball which does not absorb water. It can be found on the A D Starr website.
It comes in many different configurations. Actually the cor is more important to the severity index of the ball since the higher the cor the more the impact is spread out. The lower cor balls (e.g., 44/375) concentrates the force with a resulting higher severity index.
Feb. 13, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

Facts are facts and it is very dangerous to cite personal anecdotes.

For a personal anecdote about 6 years ago I got hit in the leg pitching BP with a 44/375. It was indented with a 1/4 inch hole for 6 months and took longer than that to heal and I am left with a permanent flat 2 inch egg-shaped scar.

The facts are that a ball with a Severity Index of higher than 1200 will fracture a skull. 44/375's have a Severity Index of 1800 to 2400 and the 52/300's are about a Severity Index of 500. You may prefer for whatever reason to play with 44/375 balls but please don't say they are safer. Older infielders are commonly hit in the lower leg by 44/375s which hug the ground and don't come up the way former generations of balls did.

In the heat of summer as a gross generalization, 44/375s often are worse than a 53/300. HRs in our rec league using 44/375s are way more prominent in the early spring and cool September weather.
Feb. 10, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Helmet

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pasco/rule-changes-made-after-pinellas-softball-players-death


There is an embedded video in the article which has more info. If an ad goes on, wait till you can hit skip and then it will go to the video.
Feb. 9, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Helmet

Yes, it was slow pitch.
Feb. 9, 2018
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Helmet

A young man died in Dec in Florida after being hit in the temple while pitching. His skull was fractured and he died about 2 weeks after being hit. He had been married about 2 weeks. If you want more info google Greg Fusco.
Feb. 4, 2018
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What are Dave Velasquez Top 5 Senior Bats

I also enjoy Dave's reviews. Dave makes it clear that to him no balanced bat can be one of his top bats because they just don't generate the distance that an endloaded bat does.
I jumped on the bandwagon to go to a lighter bat and now think at my advanced age that my batspeed doesn't really change with a heavier bat so I should stick to a heavier end loaded bat. I have brought back my old Combat yellow end loaded Macenko and so far good results.
I am wondering if an others are doing the same thing. Restated: the lighter bat didn't work for me.
Dec. 19, 2017
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

Defense is not just catching the ball and throwing it but playing smart and generally not trying to get the guy at 3rd which just lets the batter get to 2nd. That said, with minimal practice time throwing ability can be greatly improved and I can't find guys willing to practice throwing. I am thinking going to a fast pitch academy to take private infield practice.
Anyone doing this??
Aug. 26, 2017
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW ! Worth Wicked Senior bat

Any chance Miken/Worth will make any 25 oz bats? Some of our older guys have had success with last year's DeMarini 25.5 oz end loaded. They find they get better performance with more bats speed with the lighter bat.
Aug. 13, 2017
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

I note a mention above to a senior league going to the 52/300 ball. I tried to get my rec league to change and the argument was everyone would have to buy a new bat. My question is how do Senior Bats (BPF: 1.21) do with the 52/300 ball or would everyone have to buy a new bat tuned to the 52/300 ball. Thank you.

July 15, 2017
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Collision at 1st Base

I had a violent collision at first with a guy. I am told my left leg came around and was over the orange bag. The runner was out for about 2 weeks and I was OK. Since then I have analyzed how this runner and others run to first. They run directly to the white bag, to the left of the foul line and then at the bag change direction to hit the orange bag.
My question is is there and rule stating when in the trip to first the batter must be to the right of the foul line? Our fields have no second line parallel to the foul line approaching first.
Thank you.
Nov. 11, 2016
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Senior Softballs-44/375

Sorry for the late entry, but what is a "ISSA Tattoo? I am familiar with the ASA 44 375 Tattoo, but don't know the reference to ISSA?
Help please.
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.
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