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Jan. 23, 2017
softballss22
2 posts
Advice
Will be playing in my first 55AAA tournament. Any advice from some of you experienced players that I can get???
Jan. 23, 2017
BruceinGa
Men's 70
3182 posts
What kind of advice are you looking for? Is this you first senior tournament? Do you want to know about your competition? Or maybe how tournaments are run? What part of the country are you located?
Help us out here. I'm sure many would be willing to help you out if we knew what you were looking for.
Jan. 23, 2017
Fred S
Men's 85
297 posts
Have fun in your first one. It is only a game and that first experience only comes once.
Jan. 24, 2017
softballss22
2 posts
Wasn't real specific with my question. I play senior ball but never in a tournament. Playing SS, I was wondering about the ball coming off of these senior bats. Thanks, Fred. I plan on having fun. BTW, that's the same advice my dad gave me when he found out I lost my virginity!
Jan. 24, 2017
k man
Men's 65
257 posts
22- Since you play SS, you might consider wearing an infielders mask. I have seen infielders wear them for protection. I play outfield and the balls get out there very fast. Good luck with your 1st tourney.
Jan. 24, 2017
BH21
29 posts
Have a cooler of beer in your trunk for after the games, your teammates will appreciate it.
Jan. 24, 2017
Panther
Men's 70
26 posts
If you are able to participate in batting practice inside or outside and the guys use senior bats, position yourself where the shortstop would play and stay focused on balls hit toward you. I believe in practicing like you are in a game. And wear a cup!
Jan. 24, 2017
taits
Men's 65
4548 posts
As mentioned Have fun. Meet the players around you, get to know some. Keep in touch if you can.
For the game give it your all, playing to will with the fun being in that and the comroderie within you get.
Jan. 24, 2017
coop3636
383 posts
Softballs22
Remember that if you just play league, the hard hit balls you get in league every once in a while will be more often in tournament ball. (
The older we get, the one thing that stays around is
OLD guys still can hit.
Good luck
Coop3636
PS. The mask is a good idea.
Jan. 24, 2017
crusher
Men's 75
524 posts
Playing SS you have some time, However,
you may get put at 3rd base
and, WITH the Senior bats you may have about 1 second for
a ball to go from bat to even with 3rd base.

70+ men can hit a line shot over the fence with the Senior Bats.
So, if that shot gets pulled at the 3rd baseman, well?????

Been there and had it happen to me.

C
Jan. 24, 2017
BruceAZ
Men's 60
147 posts
Softballs22, I play SS on a 60M team and although you do have more time at SS than 3rd, the balls hit at you from a good tournament team will get to you much quicker than what you are used to in league play. Another tip, with 70 ft bases, 1st to 3rd and 2nd to home isn't automatic like it is in league. The outfield arm on tournament teams will be much better than what you've seen in your league. Most important, have fun, enjoy it, we get to play a kids games at our age.
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