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July 10, 2014
chico senior
Men's 60
24 posts
Official. Softballs
A few comments about your SSUSA Official Softballs post. A problem as. I see it, is you give us 6 softballs that are supposed to get us through our first 6 games. The problem with that is everyone throws in at least 2 balls to start the game. That means that the 6 balls you give us will only last for 5 games unless we have an old SSUSA ball from a previous tournament. That is probably not going to happen. It seems to me by starting the tournament with one more ball would help. Also if your teams gets into a 7th, 8th, or more games it will be supplied with another ball for each game past 6. Me as team manager must leave the field, find someone in charge, ask for another ball, return to field, make out lineup for next game, etc. couldn't the umpires simply have a supply of new balls at the field for those teams playing more then 6 games? I know this sounds like a small issue but put yourselves in our shoes, especially when you are playing back to back games.
Thanks!
July 10, 2014
JBTexas
Men's 60
259 posts
Their answer will be they have balls for sale to help cover the remaining games you have to play. Most teams budget and plan for that each tournament. They either can increase tournament cost or you can buy more balls, our choice I guess.
July 10, 2014
SSUSA Staff
1128 posts
Actually, the policy has been clarified solely to address the matter of teams tossing in non-official softballs that may provide that team with an unfair advantage over their opponent ... It happened recently in the Texas State Championships, causing a restart of a game that was in the 2nd inning, and has been a level playing field issue at several other events this season ...

We have absolutely no objection to teams bringing official softballs from previous tournaments, buying new in bulk (much cheaper!) prior to going to a tournament or buying on a single ball basis at a tournament ... This is simply a "fair competition" issue, and any other theory is incorrect ...

July 14, 2014
Wes
Men's 65
310 posts
Here is the solution to your problem. The need for a new ball for each game is in your head not
in the ball. Let's assume that you bat 15 batters and the all bat 1,000, 3 for 3, for the seven inning game, that's 45 hits on the ball. If both teams hit the same ball that's only 90 hits on the ball. I think the good balls that SSUSA uses can take that many hit's without getting soft.

So the solution to your problem is to use the
same ball for your first three games, the warm up games.
July 15, 2014
J R
181 posts
The solution is buy a case 6 dozen.About 40 dollars a dozen.Call SSUSA office they will send includes shipping.The money we spend on bats balls are a cheap cost.
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