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Feb. 15, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need to revamp 70 team ratings

I agree. Played on a Major Plus team from Colorado in 2015. Moved to Florida that same year. Unable to find a Major Plus team or Major to play on in this state in 2016. Played in one SPA tournament at the Major level in 2016. Finally found a Major team for 2 tournaments in 2017. SSUSA was reluctant to rerate to Major for this season because I didn't play a SSUSA tournament in 2016. This is an especially bad situation here east. Not many Major or Major Plus teams as compared to west of the Mississippi. We played in Reno this year and there were 10 Major teams in Major. We had 4 at he Winter Nationals in FT. Meyers. On a positive closing, the home office finally gave me credit for the SPA tournament played in 2016 and rerated me to Major for this year. Been a "long train runnin".

Jan. 24, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What Became of 30+ Ounce Bats?

The real reason why todays bats weigh a max of 30oz is anything heavier won't pass the BPF compression test, according to DeMarini sports in a post a number of years ago. I would assume that situation still exists with the composites of today.

Jan. 21, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

It then would seem to me, if the balance points of the 2 weights were similar, that the one ounce would have to be loaded somewhere. I guess I don't understand why "lee can't(or won't)" tell us how the weights are distributed. After all he is, I assume, a rep for the Melee line. I would also assume that they should be knowledgeable about the bats construction and be able to disseminate this information to possible buyers.
Jan. 18, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

Ok, I'm confused here. So if there is weight added to heavier models both in the handle and the endload, what is the endload of the heaviest weight. If the bats are supposed to have a 3/4 oz endload as advertised, do the heavier bats have more than a 3/4 oz endload? Do the lighter bats have less than 3/4 endload? If each bat weight is loaded differently, what are the weights in the handle and endload for the individual listed weights? As far as the heavier weights passing the BPF standard. As I understand, this is why bats only go up to 30oz. Heavier weights than that will not pass the test.
Jan. 17, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

I think I have found the answer to my original question. On the Seniorsoftball website with Dave, there is a video of how a composite bat is made. Near the end, it shows a rod being added to the handle for "swing weight". It did not mention any other means of weight adjustment for the finished product.
Jan. 13, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

bkb555, I would assume, as their advertising asserts, that the end loads are consistent at 3/4 oz. The balanced version would not have the pellets for the endload. I doubt that there would be 4 different endcaps. Crusher, assuming the weight in the handle is correct, your model would be correct. Assuming the gloves were placed at the same location as the handle weight. It is my belief if all of this is true, the lower bat weight endloads "should" produce the most endload swing speed and exit speed. A balanced bat will probably produce a different result. I would welcome any and all opinions on this.



Jan. 13, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

I know Alan reads this board and is certainly welcome to give his professional observation. It used to be that the extra weighting was added to the handle. Thus making the lightest weight the most endloaded. I was unsure if the manufactures of today still use this procedure. It sounds as if they still may. I agree with fennellwg that different shells for different weights would probably be cost prohibitive as well as affecting the performance of each weight. So the extra weight has to go somewhere. I would just like to know where exactly.
Jan. 12, 2018
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New 2018 Melee Reloaded

I have a question that so far has gone unanswered. If we are using a 3/4 oz endload in all of the bats, where is the extra weight located for the heavier weight bats? If a 25.5 weight has no extra weight loaded, where is the extra weight located for the 29.5?
Dec. 31, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pensacola,Florida

Don, there is a pickup game every Tues. and Thurs. at Exchange park, preceded by batting practice around 9 am, with the game around 10. All skill levels represented. Great bunch of guys.
Aug. 12, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 75+ age rule question for 2018

I didn't see for "2018 season". Good to know what's up for this coming season. Just my luck, I will turn 73 next year and we've been rolled out. I thought that might happen.
Aug. 12, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 75+ age rule question for 2018

I think the rule changed just this year I think you can have 7 underage players. 3-73 year olds and 4-74 olds on a 75 roster. SSUSA is trying to strengthen the older age groups. They also are going to look at it at the end of the season and possibly roll down the 73 year age group. I haven't seen anyone advantage of this new rule. However, that could really change next year. You will find that rule being very much used, especially if the 73 year olds are left intact.
Aug. 10, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats

James, so what were your findings?

Aug. 1, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Older Miken U2

I bought the original in 2003. It has a smooth end cap. It does not have a production date underneath the tape. All it has is a big "check mark". No 1.20 oval or ASA stamp. Hottest bat ever. As a side note, if you returned the bat after it was banned, they would take off the clear coat, ( I guess for id purposes) and return it along with a new U2. Which promptly got banned about 3 months later.
July 20, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: weight training

I work out as heavy as I can year round. Here in Florida, we can play pretty much year round. So my weight training fits in between the leagues and the pick up games. In order to maintain some power, which has drastically gone down after age 71, I prefer to lift as heavy as I can during the year.
May 26, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Practice at Golden Egle

Dave, some of the hotels give you a "free drink coupon" just for staying there. I'm rather surprised, as much as you probably travel, that you have not run into this. 1st drink on the house. Cheers.
May 24, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Start-up Team

Not sure you have a choice in this matter. As far as I know, all new teams start at the AAA level. After several tournaments, a review will be conducted. If you won all 3 tournaments, playing other AAA teams, and by a margin of 5+ runs, you may be moved up. If the reverse happens, you may be moved down.I suppose you could ask to be placed in Major or Major+ from the outset, especially if you have players rated as such. But most new teams start at the AAA level.
May 15, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

Thanks for the quick update.
We're in session 2. I'm guessing the end of the week. Keeps me from checking the board every hour.
May 15, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Reno

Dave, any idea when the brackets and fields will be posted?
May 12, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: reclass

You would have to petition the SSUSA home office. As a general rule, the classification of the last team that you played with will be your personal classification for 2 years. Please realize that if you do not play for those 2 years, the classification will still hold past that particular date.
Also, you can play 1 classification down in the same age group if you are 1 of 3 players in that upper classification. For instance, a 60 AAA team can have 3 major rated players on their roster. The home office is very strict on personal reclassification. Unless you have some extenuating circumstances, you have almost no chance. The other option is to get a medical waiver. Good luck

May 8, 2017
cyborg45
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Vegas Info Help

Haven't stayed at Charlie's or Boulder Station. Stayed at Eastside Cannery and Sam's Town several times each. Both are very good. Rather prefer Sam's because of the large open "canyon area with the waterfall". The light and fountain shows at that same location are an added plus.
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