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March 20, 2008
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: lasik

I had LASIK in 2001 at age 55. I was farsighted with astigmatism and played with glasses for 30 years. My vision was corrected to 20- 15 left eye and 20-20 right eye. A week after the surgery, I went 9/10 in a doubleheader and thought that the surgery was the greatest. I have not maintained the .900 batting average, but the vision and batting eye have been good.

At 62, the vision has dropped below 20-20 in both eyes. The Doc recommends against a surgical adjustment because the vision is not really all that bad. I think that the adjustment would improve my batting eye, but have to take the Doc's advise.
March 18, 2008
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New ASA bat standard

This statement is circulating on other softball boards and comes back to a guy who identifies himself as “Nate” from Anderson Bats. He seems to be legitimate, but when pressed about his “facts”, Nate responds, “I will leave the OFFICIAL statements to ASA”

This is the reason that I question the validity of all of this. Neither ASA nor any of the bat manufacturers have made any OFFICIAL statements about new bat testing standards. If you search “Advanced Break In – ABI” the only hits are on softball message boards…no hits on ASA, Worth, Easton, Miken, Louisville, Anderson, etc.

Nate may be 100% accurate, but I would give more credence to this information if the statement were to come from ASA, itself.
March 17, 2008
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New ASA bat standard

In looking over this thread, most of the responses involve, “I heard that…” or “It is my understanding that…” or “A guy told me that…”.

So I went to the ASA website. I looked under the following sections: 2008 Rule Changes and Comments; Rule Clarifications and Plays; Certified Equipment – ASA Testing and Certification Program (updated March 6, 2008); and Press Releases. ASA has made about 50 press releases since the first of the year and not one mentions any proposed change in bat standards. On January 7, they announced that the Combat Lady Virus would no longer be approved, but that is the only press release that dealt with the subject of bat standards.

To follow up, I contacted the Commissioner of our local ASA. He advised that all rule changes for 2008 were posted on the ASA website. He added that ASA continues to enforce the 98 mph bat performance standard, but that he knew of no proposal to change the standard.
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