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June 16, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

This is the link to MM's batspeed program:

http://www.bigcat844.com/increasing_bat_speed.html

His site also has other specific pages of softball advice including weight training. I didn't see any advice of an on deck routine, but I might have missed it.

I think whatever makes you feel comfortable and relaxed is best for you on the on deck circle. All muscles are in pairs so the muscles which fire the swing must be warmed up and flexible. Likewise the muscles which "stop" the swing must be relaxed. Personally, I just swing my game bat as fast as I can and concentrate as if a ball were being pitched so my eyes are on the imaginary ball as I swing.
June 15, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weights & Bat Doughnuts

I believe Mike Macenko has on this site set forth his program. By memory it involves swing your regular bat and then 1 8 oz or so heavier and 1 8 oz or so lighter. It is a regimented program with specific amounts of reps. The theory is that the light bat activates the quick twitch muscle and then the brain "remembers" the feel of that swing and the other bats develop the strength to swing the regular bat that fast. I bought a SKLZ bamboo bat which is about 1" in diameter about 16 oz and most importantly is 34 inches long. Its real use is hand eye with small wiffle balls, but I use it for fast twitch. Does the whole think work, probably does help some.
June 12, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Solving Cramping Issues

Alan, thank you for your very interesting post. I note that Salt Stick is exactly as you describe and it is probably perfect for people doing extended activities in oppressive heat.
I note that what you describe in your post is extreme heat prostration and electrolyte depletion. I believe this condition is highly special and your approach makes total sense for it.
I believe however that the "pickle juice" post may have been dealing with a different issue. Many suffer from cramps at night or cramps which just appear during the day. These are idiopathic but real. For this type of cramp the pickle juice, vinegar or mustard does provide immediate relief.
If my memory is right, I recall reading that in marathons more runners are in life threatening condition because of drinking too much water than from being underhydrated. I believe this is caused by
too little sodium because of over hydrating. Your input on how to balance hydration properly may be of interest here. Thank you.
June 11, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

Mustard works because it contains lots of vinegar. I have also used it when out of pickle juice and it works.
June 10, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

Chick, I received my 26 yesterday at the 160 price. I just read your post and found that they only have 28, 29 and 30 left and are now selling them for 200. Very sorry.

Chick, my email address is posted in my profile on this site. I can't find your email address on your profile. If you email me, I will email you the site. You may be able to call them and negotiate a price better than the 200 posted price.

Incidentally, is it ok to break in a new TOC at a batting cage using machines which throw the solid pimple softball? Thank you
June 10, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

I like science and believe in science.

This article:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/phys-ed-can-pickle-juice-stop-muscle-cramps/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

really explains this. It demonstrates that it is not the salt in pickle juice which does it. In fact, in the actual test, pure vinegar
stopped the painfully induced cramps faster than pickle juice. The study suggests that it is not dehydration but muscle exhaustion which
causes cramps. I think proper hydration before and during exercise stops exhaustion, but based on the study, dehydration itself doesn't cause the cramps. ( They actually tested intentionally dehydrated volunteers.) Read the article and draw your own conclusions.
June 8, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

Mulewhipper, I don't think Alka Seltzer is a good idea, indeed I think it is a very bad idea.

Wiki states the ingredients of Alka Seltzer as:

Alka-Seltzer is a combination of sodium bicarbonate, paracetamol aspirin, and anhydrous citric acid, used for the relief of heartburn, acid indigestion, and stomach aches.

Aspirin might help a headache. Many years ago they erroneously thought salt was good to take in the heat. This has been totally proven wrong. The sodium in Alka Seltzer would just slow the absorption of water which is a bad thing.
June 7, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

Gary 33, please read your Lime Cucumber label of gaterade and tell which ingredients stop cramps. The electrolytes in gaterade slow water absorption. If it is really hot and you have really sweated then gaterade after the game may make sense. Cold water (with a touch of real sugar) is the best. And yes there is science about cold water and a drop of sugar. Much of feeling tired is your mind telling you to stop which is a safety measure. The drop of sugar fools your mind to believe all is ok so the tiredness goes away. Miniscule amounts of sugar do the trick. Sugar delays water absorption which is key so think less than a teaspoon in a quart of ice cold water. Taits, glad to see someone else know about magnesium. I also thinks it helps recovery. Note: magnesium is not for during the game!
June 7, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

I can't get anyone on my league team to practice throwing. I have been told that consistent long toss and throwing the ball at a 45 degree angle in the long toss will improve arm strength. That said, getting rid of the ball fast and accurately hitting the cut off man in a place where he can quickly get rid of it appears much more effective than trying to get the lead runner unless you truly have an accurate cannon. Usually the long throw is ineffective and usually lets the batter get to 2nd eliminating the DP. Any team having 6 guys thrown out by 1 outfielder in 1 game doesn't seem to learn much. You don't run on the accurate cannons.
June 6, 2014
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pickle Juice

I have used pickle juice and found it effective. I recall reading that any vinegar will work, but dill pickle juice definitely worked for me. Lots of water before exertion is still the best preventive and cold water is absorbed faster. Sports drinks just slow the absorption. Force yourself to drink more than you think you need before and then drink water continuously. A tiny drop of white sugar in your water tricks the brain to put off feeling tired. Sports drinks again are counterproductive during the event. Some find magnesium supplements help preclude cramping.
June 6, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

Does anyone know anything about this bat? It is supposedly a 1 piece fully loaded.
It is being sold now for 159.99 and seems too good. Thanks.
June 4, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: combat dirty g3

biggrey9, I note you mention as one of your bats the dirty girl g3 which I note is a 1.21. How does it swing and how hot is it and would it work for older men? Thanks.
June 1, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

I would like staff to give its opinion. To me, "If there is a play" doesn't fully resolve this. Many middle fielders automatically make the throw to first and don't stop to look how close the runner is to first in a DP situation. To me, who was umping at second base, there definitely was a play if the middle fielder threw the ball. If the throw had been made, there probably would have been a collision.
The issue is whether the phrase means an actual play or the potential for a play. For example, if the fielder starts to throw the ball and stops, then the first basemen is likely to move his foot to the bag in anticipation of the throw and there could easily be a collision w/o a throw. Staff??
June 1, 2014
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

Man on first 1 out. Batter hits slow grounder to SS. SS throws to second for force out. 2nd baseman decides not to throw to first since batter almost there. Home Plate ump calls batter out because he doesn't touch safety bag but touches inside bag. Manager of batting team argues that since no throw to first the call is wrong. Ump argues that rule is for safety and there easily could have been a throw with resulting collision so batter is out.
I have no idea what the correct ruling is. Please advise under both ASA and SSUSA if there is a difference.
Thanks.
April 8, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: End Load vs. balanced.

A fun thing to do is to get different bats with different weights and balanced and end loaded and then time your batspeed. The results are not always what you expect. Hombre, generally a balanced bat swings faster because the balance point on an end loaded bat is closer to the barrel end of the bat. Generally a bat swings faster if the balance point is closer to the knob. The formula for calculating force uses the square of the batspeed so generally the end loaded bat
puts more mass on the ball (good) but at a lower batspeed (bad) and vice versa. And just to really confuse things, hitting the ball slightly below center imparts backspin which creates an aerodynamic effect which gives more distance. If you can, borrow lots of bats and determines which bat gives you the most consistency hitting the ball hard. Unless you are an effective HR hitter, consistently hitting the ball hard will make you an effective hitter irrespective of distance.
April 3, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

LDpro, thank you for not beating "good" trees. The likelihood of getting caught does not go to whether the activity was legal or not.
And by the way, the softball attached to the tree would violate the rule. In your specialized former golf life, testing the clubs wasn't a big deal. With many players and many bats, testing bats is more involved, even if a cheap test was available.it is an involved process to correctly break in a bat using the bat and softball method. I totally agree that just banning bats that actually tested too hot would be the best way to go, if it were practical.
April 2, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: gloves on throwing hand

Now that it is getting warmner, does anyone have an update on these gloves and their experiences with them and any other thoughts on this subject??
Thanks.
April 2, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

LDpro,

It is the official position of the SSUSA Staff which deems such activity to be altering a bat.

This is the staff's post on 3/9/2013 in a link under bats titled

"Talk regarding illegal bats:

"The SSUSA believes that the only rules-compliant method for "breaking in" a bat is by the owner/player using that bat consistent with the manufacturer's only intended purpose: striking a softball.

"Activity which serves to change either the "as manufactured" technical specifications OR the performance aspects of the bat by any manner not resulting solely from the manufacturer's intended use of their product (i.e., the bat striking a softball) is considered altering a bat. Examples include, but are not limited to, bat shaving, bat rolling/compressing, striking items other than softballs, striking the bat with foreign objects and/or opening the bat and adding or removing material."

I do not recall any change to this policy by staff. Anything other than hitting the bat against a softball is illegal altering of the bat.
March 28, 2014
HJ
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

Hitting a softball bat against anything other than a regulation softball is considered illegal. A tree is not a softball. Sorry to be the village scold.
Feb. 28, 2014
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Barrage update

Adi,

cut and paste the above link into your browser and your questions are answered.

Spoiler alert: use 3 bats, your regular bat, 1 8 ounces heavier and 1 8 ounces lighter- no tee just air swings


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