|June 17, 2013|
|Topic: General and miscellaneous|
Discussion: Making a ball choice for a recreational league.
I am in charge of multiple slowpitch leagues of varying level of play. They are leagues for adults of various level of play and age. We like to think it as a recreational league. We play on tiny fields, there is 45ft from bases to bases and the fence are at 235ft from home. We accept ASA bats, we use their list of banned bats and we also have banned every Miken. Last years, we were using the Dudley Sb12, 375lbs cor.44 and since it was getting broke very fast, no one was to upset of it's performance when new. But we received a new ball lately : the Dudley Thunder Heat 375lbs cor. 44. At the beginning, we thought that the ball would just be more durable since it's construction is different. But it appears that not only the ball performs like a new for a longer time, it seems that this ball can be it harder and travels farther. Since this new ball has been introduced, in only a few nights, we have seen things we haven't seen before like homeruns made from line drives or balls hitting structures around which we thought they were simply out of reach and vicious injuries to pitchers and infielder...
Since it appears that we cannot have access to the good old SB12, we are actually thinking of getting into a process of finding a new ball. In order to do this we want to try 4 different balls from Dudley, our supplier. I thouhgt of those :
ASA, Thunder HyCon, cor.52, 300lbs
ASA, Thunder Heat, cor.47, 375lbs
ASA, Thunder Heat, cor.40, 375lbs
USSSA, Thunder Heat, cor.40, 325lbs
USSSA, Thunder Zn, cor.40, 325lbs
USSSA, Thunder HyCon, cor.52, 275lbs
Here are my questions :
a) What's the difference between the two certifications, ASA and USSSA?
b) Do you have any experience with the balls I am thinking of trying?
c) Do you know a good way, a good process, of ball testing for beer leagues?
d) Do you think of any other ball which would be nice to try in order to make it our new ball?
I would also like to have access to these below articles for free, so if you have copies or if you know links to them, please let me know! (of course if you know any other articles I should get aware of in order to make a wise choice feel free to recommend them to me)
Performance Testing of the Proposed 0.52 COR/275 PQI Ball
The Effect of Softball Properties on Batted Ball Distance
The Effect of Softball Compression and Coefficient of Restitution on Batted Ball Speed
Thanks very much,