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May 4, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Bat Warranty-Testing

Just a thot: Bat companies do not warrant bats to breakage. How about they warrant a bat for one year from date of purchase that it will pass the new testing?

If it fails-full refund.
May 2, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat ckecks at tournaments

Just read the rules and consequences regarding an illegal bat. The thing that jumped out to me is NEVER buy a used bat from anyone. You will have no idea what has been done to it.

The other thing is the at site cks. I went to watch a USSSA tournament a few years ago. They cked the bats. Guys were coming in with new $300 bats certified OK-took off the wrappers and they failed the test. There were a lot of really pissed off players. I hope this does not happen with us.



April 14, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Interpretation of the new bat rule

Yes thanks guys-in my current mental state a senior moment I missed the printing around the bottom of the barrel. I suck!!!
April 13, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Interpretation of the new bat rule

I have a Dudley Lightening end load-an original OG in excellent condition. It has official softball on it but no stamp. Are U saying this bat is now illegal after all these /years tournaments???
March 30, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter Box Rule

Thanks guys. Just did not want an issue at my 1st tournament.

Speaking of rules. Ck out the new NFL kick off rules. Talk about change!!! Enjoy

March 28, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter Box Rule

Sorry if this is a repeat-will make it shorter

I stand with my back foot clearly behind the front edge of the plate and in the marked box. On the swing, I lift my leading knee and push off the back foot. I take a long stride and my front foot lands in front of the front edge of the plate but clearly inside the marked box. Am I OK or now out???

March 28, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting Box rule change Left handed player called out correctly, entirely within the box

What I am saying is if I have 2 strikes on the batter if U go short front edge from what I have been told he cant shuffle his feet up in the box to reach the short pitch. Why not make him reach.
March 28, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting Box rule change Left handed player called out correctly, entirely within the box

I am an outfielder I pitch when needed. Will tell U I am going to practice a lot pitching to the front of the mat in other words short. Most of the time when U swing at a pitch knee high, it will be a grounder to 3rd or SS.

I still don't understand the need for a batters box. Stand where U want. By our rules U have to defend the MAT. All U need is a line 18 inches in front of the plate that U can't cross. A lot of hitters are going to have to make big adjustments. The guys who take big strides with the lead leg are in trouble. They are going to have to move back and the short pitch with 2 strikes are going to eat them up.
March 27, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting Box rule change Left handed player called out correctly, entirely within the box

Sorry if I sound dumb. Haven't played a tournament yet in 2024. I stand with my back foot about 6 inches behind the front of the plate. Are U guys saying that if my front leg kick forward takes me past the front of the plate, I am now out??
Feb. 23, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Advice-Break in and onward

For U bat experts--It is pretty standard when breaking in a new bat to turn it 1/4 turn after each hit in batting practice. Now, when it is show time. Do u big hitters just grab the bat and hit OR do U pick a side of the bat and always hit off that same side???
Jan. 5, 2024
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Shaved Bats

Long discussion below-so rather than tag along-- Question-If bats had a solid end wouldn't that solve the problem. For U bat experts-Is it possible to make a senior bat without a removable end cap?
Dec. 30, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

Question: When someone shows that ring won using an illegal bat to the grand kids, does he tell them he cheated to win???
Dec. 26, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

Lots of interesting comments. The one thing I know is the bat companies should be smiling. When U crack your game bat or just want a backup, there is no way U can take a chance buying a used one from anyone. U got to go new.
Dec. 19, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batters Box & Batting Position

I really don't understand the purpose of the full batters box when using a mat. The front line is needed. A batter has to defend the mat. It really does not matter where U stand before the pitch except behind the front line. In most tournaments the lines are pretty much gone after a few innings.
Dec. 13, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shaved Bat

Oldballs is saying exactly what I have been posting for years. There has to be a way to seal off end caps. Bat companies will find a way. People will continue to cheat until life time bans are real.
I know some purists are against screens. Down here in the Villages, Fl they are optional. If a pitcher wants one, he is responsible to carry it out and in each inning. The teams have it down to a science and do it quickly and causes no delay to the game.


Aug. 27, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Force out?

If your an infielder and dive for a grounder. Ball is in your glove but U can't reach the base for the force out with your glove or foot in time. But, U can reach it with your bare/throwing hand. Is that a force out?
Aug. 7, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAT HEAD SPEED

P.S. My test results were with a Worth AT 18 end load 26 oz. Next time, I am going to use my Miken Ultra 27 oz balanced. Will see if there is any difference.
Aug. 7, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAT HEAD SPEED

My friend came to BP with a device that attached to the knob of my bat and he got read outs on his phone-some app. I thought I would be in the 60s plus, but over about 20 hits, I was between 49 and 55. Kinda like, when asked what was my average drive off the tee in golf. I guessed 225 yards or so, When I started to GPS, I was really 190-200. God, I am getting old.
Aug. 6, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAT HEAD SPEED

What is the range (speed) that most seniors generate in the 80+ division?
June 23, 2023
garyheifner
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Dumb Question

On a recent bat review by Texas Dave V, he said they use spinner balls for the 1st review and then 44/375s for the 2nd. What is a spinner softball??
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