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Discussion: Establishing a rationale for the use of senior bats in 18+ leagues...

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May 21, 2013
nuklball15
16 posts
Establishing a rationale for the use of senior bats in 18+ leagues...
I am a 66 year old senior playing in 2 county softball leagues: (1.) 18 year old and up coed league, and (2.) 18 year old and up men's league. (There is no senior league in our area.)
Both county leagues are ASA bats only. I know of a few similar leagues in other areas that allow age 50+ to use senior bats in the 18+ leagues.
I am attempting to find examples of similar leagues that allow 50+ to use senior bats and establish some rationale for the use of senior bats by 50+ players in both leagues.
Does anyone play in a similar type league as a senior and is allowed to use a senior bat?
Also, can you help me by suggesting some reasonable rationale for allowing 50+ to use senior bats in a 18+ league?
My experience has been that the 20 somethings hit the ball as hard if not a lot harder than a when the senior uses a senior bat.
I am hoping to level the playing field a bit.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
May 21, 2013
neck10
498 posts
that would even the playing field a little.I need to find an asa senior leauge that uses senior bats I would like for it to be an asa senior league in michigan heard there was on in flint(asa senior league)michigan that use senior bats.
May 21, 2013
Marv19
Men's 60
445 posts
The French Valley Softball League has a 45 and up age group. 45 to 54 cant use senior bats. (only ASA or U-trip) 55 and up can use senior bats. last week a guy that hadn't played for some time brought an aluminum bat. He's been living in a cave for a while :O) To answer your question I cant see the rational for 40s using senior bats let alone an 18 year old.
May 21, 2013
Omar Khayyam
1000 posts
There's almost no drop off in 40s hitters (never mind legs or reflexes) so I would never want to see a senior bat in one of their hands. There is some drop-off in 50s, but there are still plenty of guys (as we know from this message board) who can drive the ball 300+ routinely which makes it dangerous for older defenders, especially in a coed league where less experienced wives or girlfriends might play. But I notice a lot of drop-off in power once you get into the 60s. You might be better off looking for examples where 60+ are allowed senior bats.

My mixed league can't help you. We don't allow even double walls until players are 70, and no composites until they are 75. The point is if guys that age are hitting, they are also fielding and slowed reflexes ups the danger level. At our open league level, where most of the 50s and 60s play (50 is minimum age), any bat is allowed. The only restriction is that some of the city fields around do not allow composites because the fields are too small to contain the hits.
May 21, 2013
nuklball15
16 posts
I know that my friends who play in the Savannah, GA men's league (18+) are allowed to use the senior bats at age 50. But age 60 is a good idea.

As for younger females in the coed league, these females are also playing defense against the 20 somethings who can really rip a ball. Probably a lot harder than a senior with a senior bat. As a pitcher I have had balls hit back at me by the 20 somethings that are hit a lot harder than a senior with a senior bat in an ISSA/SPA/SSUSA tournament.
I am definitely not looking for the 20 somethings to use a senior bat!
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