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Jan. 20, 2024
Markanthoni24
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

Donna,

Due to disapproval from a board member(s), SSUSA does not permit pitching screens in its competitions. Still, you want these players to pitch from 50 feet and catch a ball that is traveling at a speed of +100 right off the bat at over 50 years of age. Since you are the closest to the gun, a glove and mask are the only things that can keep me safe. The Nets have been in existence for more than 50 years, so there is no negative evidence to suggest that "he got hurt pitching behind the Net."

This is a really simple fix: All SSUSA has to do is purchase NETS and mandate that users of a specific age range use them.

It is a fail-safe method. Due to their deterrent effect, NETS prevents hits from going up the middle at pitchers heights.
Jan. 20, 2024
Markanthoni24
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

JohnO28,

I fully comprehend the section regarding illegal bats and agree wholeheartedly. I am trying to figure out why these guys, who are over 50, are attempting to parry bullets that are moving faster than their own reaction times. Really, and the only thing they are wearing is a facemask and a 16-inch glove. Convincing themselves that they still possess it at +50! To whom? Someone who is not going to cover their medical expenses. In situations where they are unable to play with a NET, all of our pitchers are completely padded down. When our uncut bats are broken in and we swing a lot, they can hit balls at a speed of +105 mph. Our pitchers, who are all registered players, have all said, "Why catch it with my glove when it is an out at the net?" The math does not add up, so why would you not defend yourself when closest to the gun?

All SSUSA has to do is purchase NETS and mandate that users of a specific age range use them. Or if a team has a NET that game, they should be able to use it. (Safety)

Add a NET to the field; I swear to you. There would be very few balls hit up the middle, I promise. Why? because it is a failsafe method. Due to their deterrent effect, NETS prevents hits from going up the middle wherever we play (OUT).
Jan. 20, 2024
Markanthoni24
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

JohnO28,

In November, I played in the TOC in Arizona. Although the nets were available for use, pitchers would use them. I questioned the umpire about why nobody was using them. He claimed that although they had asked to use nets prior to the start of the tour, the director of that tournament had to pay extra to use the park's nets. Consequently, the lack of NETs on the fields can be attributed to SSUSA FUNDING. The truth is that they were unable to purchase a heavy-duty net, which would have cost them between $100 and $150 and could be reused.

Given how long these nets last, they are not purchasing them at every competition. But instead of offering a safe playing environment, they are going after the players, claiming that it is just the bats.
Jan. 20, 2024
Markanthoni24
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New rule on shaved bats

I recognize that a shaved bat should carry a penalty, but the point is being completely missed. Placing the blame solely on the bat and the user. Let us be honest: we are all over 50 and participate in a sport that requires diminishing skill. Thus, the question is: WHY are you attempting to field a ball when the pitching distance is 50' from home plate's back to the pitching rubber's front edge? Pitchers attempt to field their position in order to either assist the team or keep them occupied in the infield. Why are pitchers attempting to field a ball that can travel at speeds between 97 and 115 mph when it comes off the bat? You have the OPTION to use a net thanks to SSUSA. With the exception of his facemask, I can assure you that the pitcher lacked a net and most likely no other protective gear.

What I would advise:
- Make the use of a NET a requirement for all pitchers over 60.

- Allow +50 & 55 to utilize a NET as an option. From head to shin, you have to be wearing safety equipment.

- STOP +40 players from using Senior BATs. The reason is that those players are still only 30 yrs old at 40 with young man strength, so there is no need for a Senior Bat. The reason they are swinging them is because our bats are HOTTER than theirs. They can't hit HR with their rated bats so need something hotter (SENIORS BAT)

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