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Discussion: What balls are going to be used by NSA this year?

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March 2, 2012
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
What balls are going to be used by NSA this year?
I know that the 52/275 ball is going to be used in one of the NSA tournaments this year. Are all of the tournaments going to use the same ball?
March 3, 2012
TexasTransplant
Men's 70
406 posts
I saw this on the NSA website. It doesn't directly address your question, but seems to indicate that NSA will allow senior bats in its senior tournaments this year in conjunction with the 52/275 ball.

"The Senior Division 50 years old and older divisions may use the Senior bats. The BPF may not exceed 1.21. Any Senior Play whatsoever using the Senior bats of 1.21 have to use the .52 C.O.R. 275 pound compressions softball with NO exceptions. Seniors MAY NOT use Senior Bats in any tournament or league that is NOT a Senior (all participants 50 & Over) tournament or league. Anyone caught using a Senior Bat in anything other than Senior Competition will be suspended for one (1) year immediately on the spot with no right of Appeal."

I have been curious about this myself, as our team always plays the NSA Senior World Series in Gadsden. They haven't allowed senior bats in past years. The curious thing is (with a tip of the hat to certain unnamed board members) that it hasn't seemed to have detracted from the competion or made the games any less fun.
March 5, 2012
Capt Kirk
389 posts
If NSA wants us senior players to take them seriously use the 44/375 balls. Our team plays in some of their tournaments here in Texas, I personally would rather play in other fund raising tournaments that use 44/375 balls. If NSA has allowed senior bats, why not 44/375 balls?
March 5, 2012
Corky
Men's 55
444 posts
Could be and insurance issue??? our leagues bought a policy from sacremento to cover senior bats..........but.........now NSA uses senior bats and the discussion is whether we have to use the 52/275 or the 44/375. We are waiting a return call from NSA
March 5, 2012
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
why is using the 52 ball such a big deal,if ya can hit,that ball will still go.....our parks are going to the 52 ball for all div's.our senior league has been practicing with the 52 ball,and so far no problems,or crying from anyone.....we are supposed to be able to use our senior bats for senior league,at least that what we were told at the end of last year when told parks and recs was swapping over to this ball.....in my testing also i have been able to hit it over a 300' fence off a tee with various bats,from senior on down to metal,so why the big deal.......
March 6, 2012
DoubleL10
Men's 65
797 posts
But Bob, hitting the 52 ball over a 300' foot fence FROM THE EDGE OF THE OUTFIELD GRASS is not what we had in mind! LOL!
March 6, 2012
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
hey as long as it goes over......DOH,LOL.....
March 6, 2012
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
588 posts
Corky, it is only 7 digits to call me. I know it takes more keystrokes to log on here than that. I will do you one better. Both NSA and ASA are allowing senior bats this year. I doubt if local leagues will allow them in many areas regardless of what the sanctioning bodies allow. ASA is moving their bases to 70' and of course keeping metal cleats (I have never understood this one, but that is just me). SSUSA insurance was purchased by Sports Park for the senior league there. Corky, let me know if I need to sign you up for the umpire clinics here locally next year. See you around, kid; you can always call me.

For the original question, NSA rulebooks can be found here: http://www.playnsa.com/Rulebook.aspx
March 7, 2012
leftyfalcon
Men's 65
156 posts
That's a good one Larry. I get my best distance from the warning track.
March 7, 2012
Capt Kirk
389 posts
Any recommendations on what is the best bat to use when hitting the 52/275 balls? I have heard that using a heavier bat, 29 or 30 oz, such as the older balanced gray ultra legacy is better (seems to have less trampoline effect than the Ultra ii's) when hitting 52/275 balls.
March 7, 2012
mad dog
Men's 60
3921 posts
capt kirk,i found my reebok melee hit these balls real good,but if ya check out my post above,it does like just about any bat you use,aka
bats i have used for this ball
senior bats:
reebok melee 27 oz el
combat gray senior 29 oz el
combat centenarian 27,28 oz el

non-senior:
combat spike baker(usssa bat) 27 oz el
combat avarice (ASA bat)27 oz el
easton syn-2 26 oz
demarini 375 double wall al 26 oz
schutt Crystal butos fastpitch bat 34 -24 oz

with all of these bats i have been able to either hit a ball over the fence or hit the fence on the fly with these balls....from home plate,larry...lefty.....

ya just have to have a good smooth swing on the ball,not a gorilla swing......
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