Dee Black, State News Comments (0)

Dee Black, Dennis Shoemaker, Uncategorized Comments (0)

State News Comments (0)

State News Comments (0)

Dee Black, Sponsors Comments (0)

Dee Black, Sponsors Comments (0)

Gulfcoast Wood Bat Classic Nov 1-2 Foley Alabama

 

<

2014 Champ Belts

Gulfcoast Wood Bat Classic Foley Alabama

Nov 1-2 2014 Wood Bat Teams List

<

Come play a weekend of baseball like it has been played for more than 160 years, old school wood bat southern style! After all, there is nothing more pure to a true baseball fan than the crack of the wooden bat. The Uppercut Wood Bat Classic is the premier wood bat events of the fall season. Your team will experience the excitement of playing with wood bats just like the legends of the past and the super stars of today.

- Bat Rules: Swing your own Wood Bats or we will provide 3 wood bats per field to swing during the game. Or if you would like to buy an Uppercut bat to use you can buy one from their website at www.uppercutbats.com or at the baseball fields. An Uppercut salesmen will be on site selling bats but if you order one early you can have your name or team name engraved on it.
<

- Park Directions, Phone #’s and all tournament info is posted on www.playusssa.com

- Dee Black

Cell (256) 710-2388

dee.black@usssa.com

- Dennis Shoemaker

Cell (251) 583-5828

dennis.shoemaker@usssa.com

Dee Black, Dennis Shoemaker, Uncategorized Comments (0)

Thank you Baden! Axe Bat

badenpicture

I would like to thank Rusty Trudeau at Baden for sponsoring the buckets and baseballs for Auburn this weekend. Rusty is a big help with our Alabama program and has been with us for 6-7 years.  Baden has the Axe Bat and a lot of new innovations for youth baseball teams. Baden website is: www.axebat.com or www.badensports.com or you can email him at rustyt@badensports.com for any Tech help with the Axe Bat.

 

 

Dee Black, Sponsors Comments (0)

UpperCut 300pt Wood Bat Thank you

Thank you Uppercut Bat Company for all the hard work this past weekend!

 

www.uppercutbats.com

Wood Bats are provided by Uppercut

Uppercut 300 point Wood Bat

Tournament Director:

 Dee Black 256-710-2388

dee@alabamausssa.org

 

Schedules normally posted on Tuesday night 9pm 

Check back for any changes Thursday night 9PM

Baseball Schedule

 

Coaches Info: 1)    3 Free Coaches Passes only. All 3 Coaches must sign in at the gate and leave one phone #. 2)    Pick up baseballs, copy of team insurance, in the 2nd floor tower 30 minutes before first game. 3)    Game and Travel Request need to be emailed to me on Monday please! Team Info: 1) ZERO tolerance on arguing judgment calls at USSSA events. Ejection Policy is that game + one more. 2) All times are central time zone!

Dee Black, Sponsors Comments (0)

Gulfport MS Summer Games 2014

[more…]

Dee Black, Dennis Shoemaker Comments (0)

Super NIT INFO and NYC

2014 USSSA

NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The Road to Memphis

Revised:  Nov 25, 2013

Does your team have what it takes to participate in the 1st Annual USSSA National Youth Championship?

12 total berths and $390,000 of travel money will be awarded through play at Super NIT’s, Elite World Series

and Louisville Slugger Championship.

 

SUPER NIT’S

  • 1 or 2 berths awarded to top placing team(s) to Elite World Series in Disney
    • Berths will be passed down if:
      • Top placing team(s) already earned a berth in a previous Super NIT
      • Top placing team (s) declined the berth at the Super NIT
      • 300 USSSA Points for winner
        • Click here to view Super NIT point system.
        • No travel money awarded
        • Ages:  8U – 14U
          • Click here to view dates and locations of Super NIT’s

 

 

DUAL SUPER NIT’S

  • 1 or 2 berths awarded to top placing team(s) to Elite World Series and/or Louisville Slugger Championship
    • Berths will be passed down if:
      • Top placing team(s) already earned a berth in a previous Dual Super NIT
      • Top placing team (s) declined the berth at the Dual Super NIT
      • 600 USSSA Points for winner
        • Click here to view Dual Super NIT point system.
        • Travel Money Awarded:
          • 1st Place:  $1000 Elite World Series, $1000 Louisville Slugger Championship
          • 2nd Place:  $500  Elite World Series, $500 Louisville Slugger Championship
          • Travel money will be passed down to if the top finishers decline the berth.  Travel money will only be passed down if team finishes in the top 4 placing at event.
          • Travel money will be available at check-in at the Eiite World Series and/or Louisville Slugger Championship (participating teams only)
          • Ages:  8U – 14U  (8U winner will receive berth to Elite World Series – no travel money)
            • Click here to view dates and locations of Dual Super NIT’s

 

 

SUPER NIT POINT RANKINGS

  • Earn USSSA Points in Super and Duel Super NIT’s though out the 2014 season
  • Ages:  9U – 14U
  • Top 8 USSSA  Super  NIT Point earners per age group receive berth to National Youth Championship in Memphis
    • Berths will be passed down if necessary to fill the event.
    • Teams must play in Elite World Series and/or Louisville Slugger Championship to validate berth earned through ranking points.
    • Click here to view current point standings
    • Travel Money Awarded:
      • Top 8 USSSA  Super NIT Point leaders per age group:  $1000
      • Travel Money will be available at check-in at the National Youth Championships (participating teams only)
      • Points will be accumulated through June 16, 2014

ELITE WORLD SERIES

  • Disney – Orlando Florida
    • 10U, 12U, 14U ~ 7/25 – 8/2
    • 8U ~ 7/30 – 8/4
    • 9U, 11U, 13U ~ 8/2 – 8/10
    • 2 berths awarded to top placing teams to the National Youth Championship
      • Berths will be passed down if:
        • Top placing team(s) already earned a berth to National Youth Championship
        • Top placing team (s) declined the berth to National Youth Championship
        • Only the top two teams from the Elite World Series will earn travel money
        • Travel Money Awarded:
          • 1st Place:  $1000
          • 2nd Place:  $500
          • Travel money will be available at check-in at the National Youth Championship (participating teams only)
          • Roster player addition
            • Teams may add one (1) additional player to their roster for the Elite World Series.  See USSSA National Bylaws for player additions
            • Click here for more information on the Elite World Series

 

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Big League Dreams –Southern California
    • 10U, 12U, 14U ~ 7/9 – 7/13
    • 9U, 11U, 13U ~ 7/16 – 7/19
    • 2 berths awarded to top placing teams to the National Youth Championship
      • Berths will be passed down if:
        • Top placing team(s) already earned a berth to National Youth Championship
        • Top placing team (s) declined the berth to National Youth Championship
        • Only the top two teams from the Louisville Slugger Championship will earn travel money
        • Travel Money Awarded:
          • 1st Place:  $1000
          • 2nd Place:  $500
          • Travel money will be available at check-in at the National Youth Championship (participating teams only)
          • Roster player addition
            • Teams may add one (1) additional player to their roster for the Elite World Series.  See USSSA National Bylaws for player additions.
            • Click here for more information on the Louisville Slugger Championship

 

USSSA NATIONAL YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Memphis TN
    • 10U, 12U, 14U ~ 8/14 – 8/17
    • 9U, 11U, 13U ~ 8/21 – 8/24
    • 12 teams per age group
    • Roster player addition
      • Teams may add one (1) additional player to their roster for the Elite World Series.  See USSSA National Bylaws for player additions.
      • Click here for more information on the USSSA National Youth Championship

 

Any team that wins all three championships; The Elite, Louisville Slugger and USSSA Youth National Championship will be named USSSA Ultimate Trifecta Champion.

Super NIT News Comments (0)

Coach Help: Pitching 101 Education

Pitching Rules

 

Pitchers may NOT return to the pitching rubber once removed from mound or lineup per Rule 8.08.F.5. Page 38.

 

*Per USSSA Rules, a Courtesy runner may be used for pitcher and catcher at any point in the inning. The courtesy runner must be a substitute if one is available and can only appear once per inning. If no substitute is available (batting the entire roster) then you can use the last batted out.

 

*PITCHING Rules.   Per USSSA “Official Rules”  

Age Division One Day Max to pitch next day. One Day Max. 3 Day Max
7U – 12U 3 6 8
13U – 14U 3 7 8
15U – 18U Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

 

8.05.C.1 ONE DAY MAXIMUM TO PITCH THE

THE NEXT DAY: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day and still pitch the next day.

Rule 8.05.C.1 Example: In the 7U –14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of three (3) innings in one (1) day and still legally pitch the next day. If the player pitches three and one-third (3 1/3) or more innings in one (1) day, the player can not legally pitch the next day.

8.05.C.2 ONE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in one (1) day.

Rule 8.05.C.2 Example: In the 7U – 12U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of six

(6) innings in one (1) day. The player would be ineligible to pitch the next day. Similarly, in the 13U –

14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of seven (7) innings in one (1) day. The

player would be ineligible to legally pitch the next day.

8.05.C.3 THREE DAY MAXIMUM: The maximum number of innings a player can legally pitch in three (3)

consecutive days.

Rule 8.05.C.3 Example: In the 7U – 14U age divisions, a player may legally pitch a maximum of

eight (8) innings in three (3) consecutive days. This is to be interpreted as a player may legally pitch

any combination of innings to equal eight (8) innings in two (2) days as long as the player doesn’t

pitch more than three (3) innings the first (1st) day. Similarly, as a player may legally pitch any

combination of innings to equal eight (8) innings in three (3) days as long as the player doesn’t pitch

more than three (3) innings the first (1st) or second (2nd) days.

8.05.C.4 MANDATORY DAYS OF REST;

8.05.C.4(a) A player that pitches more than three (3) innings in one day MUST rest the next day.

8.05.C.4(b) A player that pitches eight (8) innings in two (2) consecutive days MUST rest the nextday.

8.08.C.4(c) A player that pitches eight (8) innings in three (3) consecutive days MUST rest the next day.

8.08.C.4(d) A player that pitches three (3) consecutive days (regardless of total quantity of innings

pitched) MUST rest the next day.

Dee Black Comments (0)

Coaches Help: Edit USSSA.com Demographics

More Coaches Meeting Highlights:

      1. Updating Demographics on your USSSA Managers Menu is very important to start the year.If you have changed your email address over the winter please log on to your managers menu and double check the correct email address is used.

      2. While you are in your demographics please add the text messaging option to your account.

      3. If you would like for your assistant coaches to get the same USSSA emails from us please add them to your “assistant coach” option to your USSSA Managers Menu.  Or you can add the email to “Roster adds and updates”.  Just edit the player and add the adult/coaches email address to the players profile.

      4. While you are in the Players Edit Profile please don’t add every players email address and info. Its not necessary and its more work than its worth.

      5. If you spell a player’s name wrong that already has a history with USSSA please email us ASAP. What you have done is given the same player TWO ID numbers with USSSA and  he wont have the past history of the last team. We can combine the history into one.

      6. If you want to edit a players name, that is already listed on your roster, you now have the power to do that under “edit players”. The only thing you can not edit is the players birthday and last name.  So if you type in the players wrong “day of birth” by mistake please email us (alabamausssa@yahoo.com) to change it to the correct birth date.

Dee Black Comments (0)

Coaches Help: Planning a Spring Schedule

Coaches Meeting Highlights:

Highlight 1: Signing up for events is simple to do. Just click on the price of the event to enter 3-4-5-6-10 events. Then go to “view schedule” in your managers menu to look at the 3-4-5-6-10 events you signed up for. (special note: If for some reason an event doesn’t happen we can always move you to the next closest event on Tuesday morning) So please sign up for any local events early.

Highlight 2: Rosters freezing on April 1st. Frozen Rosters vs Non Frozen Rosters. Please make sure you read rule 3 in the USSSA bylaws.

Highlight 3: Local events, State Tournaments, Super NIT’s, Global WS Qualifiers and World Series:  We have something for everyone and every team in 2014 but only if you plan a schedule and sign up for events closest to home.

Dee Black Comments (0)

Thank you Uppercut Bat Company

Thank you Brian Boatner and Uppercut Bat Company for a great weekend in Montgomery and Gulfport Miss. Dee Black

Sponsors Comments (0)

Uppercut Wood Bat Company

Welcome Alabama USSSA newest Wood Bat Sponsor!

Facebook Page:

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Ever since the game of baseball was invented, players have needed two essential pieces of equipment: a ball and a bat.

It’s the former that one Northeast Mississippi company is making a name for itself.

The Uppercut Bat Co. is less than two years old, but it has drawn a legion of fans and customers who have taken to the company’s wood bats.

“We started talking about it about three and a half years ago, and about a year and a half ago we started to really delve into it,” said founder Brian Boatner.

With offices in Sherman and production in Belden, Uppercut is a small operation, with only four employees, including Boatner.

It’s no Louisville Slugger — and the company has no plans to get that big — but Uppercut makes bats from the same high-quality ash, maple and birch the bigger companies use.

Uppercut’s wood of choice, however, is maple. While it’s a little more expensive, it’s stronger than ash and less prone to shatter.

The company’s customers are mostly little league, high school and minor league teams and players, but word of mouth has drawn interest from every level.

The Cotton States Baseball League, a six-team collegiate wooden bat league based in New Albany, uses Uppercut as its official bat.

This past week, Uppercut was in Omaha, Neb., for two major youth baseball tournaments to demonstrate its bats. There’s no shortage of baseball tournaments, and Uppercut is stepping up its efforts to attend as many of them as it can.

“There’s not a better way to show your product than to toss some bats to players and have them take BP (batting practice) with them,” said Ryan Moody, who heads sales for the company.

Uppercut isn’t Boatner’s first entrepreneurial venture. In addition to that company, he also has a hand in a T-shirt company and another sports-related business.

Boatner, 28, himself is no stranger to baseball. A standout at Saltillo High who went on to play at Itawamba Community College and the University of North Alabama, Boatner got in the sporting goods equipment business with an invention of his own about eight years ago.

The Shoulder Shield came about after Boatner suffered a labrum injury. While surgery was successful, his arm was constantly tight.

“I looked for a shirt for some sort of support, but eventually I just made one,” he said. “It was crude but did what it needed to do.”

After trial and error with designs and materials, Boatner created a neoprene sleeve that traps heat in users’ shoulders and elbows.

The Shoulder Shield keeps the joints loose, something athletes want to maintain for peak performance.

Its popularity goes beyond baseball, with college and professional-level players in other sports including softball, tennis and volleyball using it.

“We’re selling it across the country,” Boatner said.

With Uppercut, Boatner hopes he can develop another strong customer base, although he freely admits bat-making companies are regional in scope for the most part.

“Customers tend to be very loyal to the bats they use,” he said. “But we looked around and there really wasn’t anybody making bats in the area. The nearest companies are in Nashville and Baton Rouge. So we saw a niche.”

With only a four-man crew and two lathes, Uppercut can make 200 to 300 bats a week.

The bats are custom-ordered and designed, and can come with a variety of coats and colors.

While it’s a fairly simple process to make the bats, it does take time from start to finish to get the bats ready for use.

Depending on the size of the job, an order typically takes three to four days to complete.

Boatner and Moody say the prices for their bats are competitive. An adult bat made from ash is about $75, while a maple bat costs $5 to $10 more. Youth bats start around $55.

“We’re not trying to be a discount bat company, though” Boatner said.

Already, he has plans to build a new facility and to add more equipment to ramp up production.

“In three years, I see us with more employees and making many more orders,” he said.

 

Sponsors Comments (0)

Find more articles in the Archives...

Scottie Mobley (State Director) 256-651-1686

Birmingham Alabama State Office Hours (12:30 to 3:30) 256-473-6626 or Fax 256-447-2205. After hours please call 256-651-1686 or email anytime alabamausssa@yahoo.com

Dee Black 256-710-2388

Auburn-Montgomery Office hours 9am-6pm Mon-Thurs. After 6pm please email anytime dee.black@usssa.com

Dennis Shoemaker 251-583-5828

Mobile South Alabama Office Hours M-F 9am-6pm Cell Phone: 251-583-5828 or email anytime at dennis.shoemaker@usssa.com