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Discussion: Ultra II League

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July 29, 2004
Skins6
Men's 65
34 posts
Ultra II League
Looking for a daytime league in Florida or Texas where the Ultra II is legal. During Jan. Feb. and March.
July 29, 2004
Rod
Men's 70
24 posts
Skins6, I understand where you are, you have a great bat which cost a lot and you want to use it. I'm reading a lot of messages regarding various leagues allowing the use of the Ultra and I hope you find one as I would be interested also. Rod
July 29, 2004
Skins6
Men's 65
34 posts
Rod, Good Luck. Let me know.
July 29, 2004
T.Burk
48 posts
It is too bad you are not in Kansas. We have had the same problem with our senior league here in Kansas City. Fortunately I know the commission for the Topeka senior leagues. I drive 2 hours once a week to play in Topeka, KS so I can at least play once a week with good bats and good balls. We can use any bat and any ball we like (both teams provide a share a ball). Not only can you use a U II, but i9f you have a U I, you can use that as well.
July 30, 2004
Walk
192 posts
Here is the funny thing about the league Tim is talking about and the two others in the KC area. There have been no injuries! None of the gloom and doom we heard so much about the past two years. Guys are using the Ultra and U2 hitting the best balls 47/525 they can get and yet no one has been hurt∑∑∑∑.hmmmmmmmmmm makes one wonder about the real reason for the bands.

The other two leagues in the KC are young leagues that have co-ed leagues, women‚s leagues and men leagues and yet no one has been hurt. No pitchers getting shot off the mound, no third base men getting their faces blown off, no nothing. 90% of the games are done on time and some home runs are hit. To me the banning of these bats was because some expert with some machine predicated gloom and doom and the insurance companies listen. The other reason being so many worried about the home runs and why I don‚t know. We have limits on them so why worry.

I played third on Monday night and I had balls hit at me from the Ultra and U2. The balls were hit hard but still I had no problem getting to them and catching them. I did not feel over matched and never once was I worried about someone hitting a ball so hard that I could not field it. Most of the guys hitting those balls were 50 + and I am 55 yet no problems. Last thought here. It seems to me everyone is worried about painted and altered bats. They now have a machine that cost $3000 to test these bats (funny thing is the guy who invented this machine is also the same guy who said the Ultra and U2 were too hot doesn‚t that make you ask a question or two) to make sure they are not a painted Ultra, U2 or an altered bat. I wonder had they allowed these bats to be legal and these bats being the top of the performance level if this concern over painted bats and altered bats would now be warranted?
Walk
July 30, 2004
Downs
50 posts
Hey guys, we have a 25 team league here in the Seattle area that is made up of teams from 55 to 80 years of age. The players voted to permit any official softball bat, with the exception of the Ultra 1 and Titanium. So far no one has been killed here either. We play a double-header each Wed and if there is a make-up it can be on Monday. Game times are normally 10 & 11:30 am., using 13 fields. We welcome all teams and/or players that can meet the age requirement, so if you can afford the gas to drive each week, we welcome you;. Downs
July 31, 2004
cpope
Men's 60
160 posts
Downs, here in Fla, Beverly Hills, a small league of players from 55, youngest, to 77, oldest. Any bat, 47 cor ball, 1 injury in the 5 yeras I have been playing, bad hop to pitcher, broken finger. He just did not field it right.
Aug. 11, 2004
Skins6
Men's 65
34 posts
cpope, Downs,
Sounds great! I'll try to make it to Beverly Hills FL this winter and use my U2.
Aug. 11, 2004
Skins6
Men's 65
34 posts
CPOPE,
Can you email me some infor at anglen6@yahoo.com?
pick-up games, leagues, time, days, park dimensions, # or diamonds,... Is a team there looking for a slow, no arm, no hit, no field, 59 yr. old shortstop? I have played about 56 games this year and would like to play some this winter.
Thanks.
Aug. 11, 2004
metrojim33
9 posts
when are we seniors going to realize that WE pay to play and should control which bats and balls we use. i have yet to hear a guy complain about too many home runs, if he can hit one. I agree with the theory " if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
Aug. 12, 2004
Skins6
Men's 65
34 posts
metrojim33,
I agree. Who is causing this? Are the insurance companies making the cost too high with different bats and balls?
Aug. 12, 2004
jah#4
Men's 55
551 posts
just to add a little about bats and balls. We the JAH Masters played in the USSSA world this past weekend and they used a VERY good bad a Shark 47/525. It hit and stayed hard for many games as back up balls. As many knows in USSSA you can hit all bats except for the ultras and of course the ti. there where many 1st batch Eastons there. But the Key of the tournament the gound crew kept the fields smooth and water down. do not know if there was any injury other than old age catching up on a few of us. Our pitcher did get hit on the hand but said it was minor tissue damage. But players was trying to hit a good ball out and in the gaps. not down and by the pitcher. Playing in the Major division you get to see some BB hit by a lot of people and when you get a chance to hit the long ball you put that single in the back of your mind.
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