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May 19, 2004
ISAWRVP
Topic: Associations
Discussion: STOP PLAYING ASA & ISA.

I'm sure that there are many seniors that tape there bats but in ISA it is considered an altered bat. I do have my facts straight I was the one standing there . You came up and had your bat in your hand and showed me where you taped it and told me why. I also told you that it is considered an altered bat by our rule book in fact in all associations in the adult program it is considered the same. The umpire you are so mad at has umpired in several senior worlds and has never had a complaint. I know you think you should be able to do what you want with your bats but if you feel that umpires kick or do what ever you say to your bat why don't you just slide it toward your dugout after you hit or toss it to one of your players then no official would have to kick it out of the way. The soulution is an easy one , follow the rules. ISA is great association and does not deserve your comments just because you are mad at an official, director or any staff that are just doing there job. You generalize and request that others who love the game stop playing it, how petty.

Lance Boyer
ISA Western Region VP
May 18, 2004
ISAWRVP
Topic: Associations
Discussion: STOP PLAYING ASA & ISA.

ISA has always supported senior softball and will always continue to do so. Opinions are just that and Mr. Stone is entitled to his. The incident that he is refering to happened at the ISA Easton Challenge Men's "D" N.I.T. where he was told he would not be able to use his Miken as he had altered the bat with Tape around the barrel. He, went in to an uproar, saying that now umpire was going to tell him he couldn't use his $300.00 bat he didn't give a $%#@ what the rules were. Now as far as the Umpire, he was wrong in stereo typing senior ball or senior ball players in the way he did and has been told about it. I would not repeat nor would I disgrace this forum with the letter forwarded to the National Office by Mr. Stone. If there is any misrepresentation of an association it would be the manner in which Mr. Stone represents the seniors. I have personally worked around and with the seniors for several years and have never seen that kind of display of disrespect for authority nor that kind of language used in a public forum. As far as any ISA umpires ever walking off a field in the west it has never happened and if it were to happen that official would not be working for ISA. ISA officials have not officiated at any senior games in over a year and the only games we have done is for SSUSA at Russel Rd last year. We had no complaints then and I'm sure if we do games in the future we will not have complaints then. We strive to offer continuing training for our umpire staff and
Quarterly certification of officials. For the good of senior softball I hope that Mr. Stone does not reflect the new seniors on the rise.

Sincerely
Lance Boyer
ISA Western Region V.P.
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