Friday, June 26, 2015

Yankee Blue

A month into the 2015 softball season we received our new jerseys. Yankee blue with white numbering and logo they are a definite improvement over our cotton tees.



A full buttoned design made out of a light mesh hard wearing polyester they are cool and non binding. All for $45(Cdn)....taxes included.



As team manager and pitcher I was given number 1, fitting considering I also am a ball hockey goalie in the off season.



The team got off to a rocky start facing the best teams early in the schedule combined with some difficulties fielding a roster due to work and family commitments. I really need to consider recruiting some new full and part time players going forward. That said we are 4-2 over the last 6 games and showing improvement in all facets of the game.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Archery and DIY Bug Repellent

Had a Saturday free so after the morning rains passed I opted to head for the woods to loose some arrows. Truth be told I did have alterior motives....knowing my range is near standing water the mosquitoes are legion and I wanted to further test my DIY bug spray.



Made out of essential oils the concoction of Tea Tree,Rose Geranium, Peppermint and Citronella blended with distilled water is dispensed using a glass spray bottle. It has been successful the last couple weeks against ticks and black flies down on the farm so the question remained whether it was effective against mosquitoes?





Success! As soon as I was on site the mosquitoes began to gather as I geared up my glove and bracer. I sprayed my bare legs, arms and head. Not only did the mosquitoes not land but they ceased to even buzz about. It was only when I removed my leather bracer that a mosquito landed on my unsprayed skin.

A good bug free morning loosing some arrows......priceless.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rip-It Defense Fielder's Mask

Slow pitch softball's 2015 season begins this week. I'm psyched to get back on the diamond but as a pitcher always leery of taking the mound. Not so much now. As discretion is the better part of valor I purchased a Rip-It mask.



Designed for the close proximity of the softball infield its purpose is face and head protection from line drives for the infielders and comebacks to the pitcher. Despite using compression softballs and regulation bats the ability to drive the ball still exists in the game....a couple close calls last season a constant reminder.



Being a ball hockey goalie I'm used to wearing cages but this one is quite minimal and light. I foresee no problem other than the male ego thing.With a Caribbean cruise and four days in New Orleans booked for this summer why take the chance of injury? Factor in five previous concussions and my BPPV I cannot afford another head injury. Truth be told its only a matter of time before leagues start mandating their use for liability reasons anyway so why not be proactive.