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Discussion: SPA AAA rule changes

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Feb. 8, 2006
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
SPA AAA rule changes
I just saw on the SPA website that AAA will have 2 hrs and then an out. There will also be a 7 run max per inning rule.
What do the AAA players think of these changes?
Feb. 8, 2006
SAG
83 posts
I never did like a home run being an out. It won't matter too much with us since we don't hit very many. I also don't like the run limit during the elimination games.
Did it say that the last inning was an open inning?
Feb. 8, 2006
turn2
484 posts
this seems like a good rule. maybe it will stop some of the teams from sandbagging all the time.
later,
donnie
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Feb. 8, 2006
Lefty
Men's 65
451 posts
I play AAA and this is really a bad joke. SPA legalizes the ultra 2 then all you can hit is 2 hrs. Why don't SPA take AA and AAA and put them together. Just one hr separates the 2 brackets. I guess they are trying to make teams move up to the major levels. Do they realize how old we are. At least they could go up to 3 hrs. like every other organization. What a joke.
Feb. 8, 2006
turn2
484 posts
if 2 hrs is not enough you might have to move up to the next level.
donnie
Feb. 8, 2006
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
382 posts
I think that 2 home runs for AAA is enough but it should not be an out after more than 2. Perhaps a single. Otherwise, players change their swing and hit middle.
Feb. 9, 2006
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
I think the one-up rule is much better because it adds an element of strategy to the long ball. I also like the 7 run max rule because it tends to reward the team that scores throughout the entire game, not just in spurts.
Feb. 11, 2006
turn2
484 posts
there are now too many rules in softball. ( runs/inning , hrs, bats) let the guys play siftball like in the old days. lets play softball and if you get beat dont drop down and try to win in a lower division pick up some guys and try to get better. a team only gets better by playing better teams and trying to find out where you are weak. lets just play ball.just my opinion
donnie
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Feb. 13, 2006
T.Burk
48 posts
As a AAA team, my concerns are why is it that the home run rule in the AAA division is the only rule that took a negative change. Major and major plus changed for the positive, and the AA rule for home runs changed in a positive direction. I emailed the SPA for an explanation and as of yet have not heard back from them. I can only guess is that there are too many teams in the AAA division and rather than move teams up into the major & major plus divisions, it is easier to sit back and see how many will voluntarily move up. When the SPA opted to allow the use of the U II and move to the 44/375 ball, it was viewed as a step in (if not right) a different direction. Maybe the number of teams has dwindled in SPA qualifiers over the last couple of years because of the bat issue. I don't know. It doesn't follow a logical progression. If SPA is worried about HRs, why not move to unlimited doubles. No penalties there and the idea that power hitters will opt for the middle to avoid an out is reduced.
Feb. 13, 2006
Robo2
214 posts
I also pitch and the HR rule does make the power hitter go up the middle as hard as they can. That's softball. I say eliminate the HR rule at every level and as teams loose, they get dropped in status for the next torunaments. Once a team wins, they should go up. If a team has 5 players that were on the winning team in the next tournament, then they play at that next level. Leave the rules along and the teams will settle in the level they compete at best.
Feb. 13, 2006
Robo2
214 posts
Gary, you may disagree, but did you ever pitch? The easiest basehit is up the middle and if one can drive it through, it makes sense that due to the close distance of the fielder (pitcher) there is less reaction time. I don't mean to say that hitters try to hit the pitcher. They are simply picking a spot that is easiest to get a hit. The HR rule does make a big difference.

What is wrong with eliminating the rule and allow teams to settle where their talents bring them?

By the way, the threat of having a bat taken dosen't work. I was in a torunament where a bat was challenged and after the bat was taken the team simply went to a bag and picked out another one just like it.

Strictly my opinion: Eliminate the HR rule and allow the UII and teams will fall in the categories that fit their abilities.
Feb. 14, 2006
Lefty
Men's 65
451 posts
Gary I agree you for when I'm done to my last strike I'm sure not going to try to pull the ball. I never try to hit down the middle but sometimes the pitcher instead pitching me inside like he should, He puts it outside in the strike zone and I'm not going take a third strike.
Feb. 14, 2006
Lefty
Men's 65
451 posts
Sorry about the spelling. I should have spell checked it before I post the message.
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