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Discussion: Iced-down softballs

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Oct. 14, 2009
Duke
Men's 60
678 posts
Iced-down softballs
I hope this is being mentioned at the manager's meetings for Major and Major Plus teams. Last year,Phoenix was our first Major tournament, and a new ball was thrown in by the other team that was very cold. I asked the umpire about it, and he said that I had to pitch it. Not knowing any better, I did. Now that I know better, who do I see this year to correct this problem during a game? Come on guys, with the bat technology and the supposed shaved bats, what else do you need?

BTW, our team has no need to purchase softballs for any tournament. If they are free, then we will take them, but only for batting practice balls. We have never utilized this odd rule, yet. LOL!

Andy Smith,
Manager/Coach
Double Nickels
Oct. 14, 2009
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
Andy I believe it is considered altered equipment. Look at 3.4(5)in the rule book.
Oct. 14, 2009
Mr. Manassas
223 posts
Duke,

We have the same problem with one of the teams in our leaque(hit your own balls). We joke about getting frost bite.
Oct. 14, 2009
TGIII
Men's 55
86 posts
Andy

I know what you mean. We played in a tournament that had iced down balls and two of our bats were broken because of it. The ball really flew out of the park but we paid a huge price for broken bats.
Oct. 15, 2009
wagon487
Men's 50
505 posts
Mr.M, who was the team?
Just give me hint, age, where the games were played, anything.
thanks
Oct. 15, 2009
Mr. Manassas
223 posts
Dr. Wagon487,

I am not complaining....I just thought it was funny....You know the team very well.....
Oct. 15, 2009
Duke
Men's 60
678 posts
Joe,

I knew that, but I looked again. It actually has been added in bold print, "No Chilling of Softballs" What I would like to know, is what the penalty would be for this infraction. I saw the bat penalty, but did not see the chilling ball penalty, or do I assume the same as the bat penalty. I just want to know is the other team penalized, the player, and what is the penalty. If SSUSA could tell me their interpretation of this, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank in advance!

Andy Smith,
Manager/Coach,
Double Nickels
Oct. 15, 2009
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
Played a game last night, here on the East Coast, and evryones balls were cold!
Oct. 15, 2009
Duke
Men's 60
678 posts
Diehard,

Now that was very funny!!

Andy
Oct. 15, 2009
Paco13
352 posts
Diehard, Que pasa amigo. I umped 4 games last night and believe me all of the ball were frozen...if you get my drift.
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