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|Nov. 5, 2003|
Discussion: Bat Standards
As a senior softball player, I fully realize that reaction times slow over the years. When you reach a point that you're no longer confident of your ability to perform at your past level of play, it's time to either retire from competitive play or join a league composed of less talented players. Starting a "wood bat" league would be another excellent option. It seems counterproductive to ask players pushing themselves to play at high levels to do so with anything less than the best performing equipment. It's very disappointing to pay $300 + for a top of the line bat to have it "disqualified" from competitive play. Many singles hitters complain that these bats are used "just so the users can hit a few more home runs". But, power is just one of the various skills used in competitive softball. Maybe the Miken bat users should complain when some of the "speed demon" runners want to be a "courtesy runner" every inning. Could we outlaw $300+ shoes? Or, maybe we could restrict gloves to a 10" length so more balls could go through for hits.
Why not ask that the various associations find more inventive solutions than just disqualifying equipment.
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