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Discussion: \"Home runs =outs\"

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June 7, 2004
Bear26
Men's 50
12 posts
"Home runs =outs"
I played my first SSUSA AA divsion tournament last weekend. I had a great time, but was disappointed with one of the rules. One of the rules for this tournament was "Home runs=outs". WHY ? You have got to be kidding ! A softball game where home runs are not allowed, and if you accidently hit one, you're out. I don't agree with this rule. Don't get me wrong, I believe in restrictions because of high tech bats, but to completely eleminate home runs from the game is rediculous. Home runs are a part of the game. They make the game exciting. The only good part to that rule is that I won't have to buy $300 bats anymore,,,,,,,
June 8, 2004
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
It sounds as if you don't play much open ball. In most associations when you hit over the max number of hrs it is an out. In ISA if you hit over the max it is an inning ending out! I think last year in one association if you hit a hr after the max number was reached you could no longer bat, you could only play defense. After seeing these examples just an out isn't so bad.
June 8, 2004
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
seems to me you should be playing in a upper div. thats the reason they have them.the AA div is for the basehitters and defensive teams.hell in the major div we only get 3 then its a single.
June 8, 2004
Bear26
Men's 50
12 posts
I was just voicing some frustration. All I have been playing is open tournaments. I just turned 50 and wanted to play with guys my age. Yeah there are home run restrictions in the open tournaments, but at least you are allowed to hit a few. But to completely eliminate home runs from the game, I think is rediculous.
June 8, 2004
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
612 posts
Bear26, since you are new to seniors, you will want to learn about the different divisions. I am guessing that you were in a tournament with many 50+ teams (Reno?). When there are enough teams, you go by straight divisions. AA is the lowest, and home runs are outs just like they would be for E in other younger associations. If you want to hit home runs that count, you will want to play with a team that is AAA or higher. In smaller qualifiers, tournaments tend to use a variation of what is in the rule. For example if you had only six 50+ teams rating from AA to Major, the tournament might be all home runs are doubles or allow one home run and allow all others as singles. These variations are nice for keeping the better team down a little and not penalizing the AA if they hit one. When you go to the big tournaments and the nationals, AA will always have zero homeruns.
June 8, 2004
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
bear26 no offense taken was just stating facts. if u play lower u shouldn't expect to be able to hit hr's.same as in open age e's u don't, for us senior's its the AA div
June 8, 2004
socal52
Men's 50
12 posts
I agree with Bear..I love to play and it seems like this rule is to hold down players.. its easy to say or think just play in a upper AAA or Majors team hardest thing is to find a team to do it on.. I placed a message and was answered by a AA team so there I went, softball is softball, if sandbagging down in the lower division is your high.. so be it! but for me it is finding a bunch of good guys to play with.. so you guys give me the chance to play UP great.. CHANGE THE RULES TO AAA at least!!! just my opinion!!
June 9, 2004
batter4u
Men's 65
76 posts
i enjoy playing ball regardless of what division but feel that regardless of your age, if you can hit it over the fence,,, your shouldn t be penalized. when playing in reno i was told that if players who could hit the ball out shouldn t be playing in AA teams however,,,, how many teams above AA in the 60s was from my state. 0, how many teams are there in the 60 s above AA, not too many in arizona and i can t afford to go to california just so i can swing hard at a ball. i don't hit that many out but now if i accidently connect,,, YOUR OUT.
June 9, 2004
mad dog
Men's 60
3937 posts
you guys want to talk about travelling,i do a minimum of 800 miles every time i go play with my main team,if u want to u can find teams that are upper to play with.we usally play once every 3 to 5 weeks.i play local with the kids and a local AA team just to keep game ready.you need to have the divsions to keep some people from playing down just to win.
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