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Discussion: strike mat width

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June 28, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
strike mat width
i have always thought ssusa mat was 19" x 34".......we are playing the texas state championships and we using a 17" x 34" mat.....
June 29, 2013
Men's 65
4549 posts
19x34.5 inches... the other is the old size and just as easy or hard for some to hit.
Both sides are using the same one, shouldn't be a problem.
June 29, 2013
Men's 65
3146 posts
Bob, if I remember right SPA and SSUSA were different, one was 17" and the other 19. They may have gone to the same dimensions though. I guess we should check their rule books.
June 29, 2013
Fred S
Men's 85
279 posts
I wish that they had kept it at the original size. If you have good control you should be able to hit that 17"x34" with no problem.
June 29, 2013
Men's 70
502 posts

The mat shown on the SPA site is actually 21" x 35". The SSUSA rule book on this site on this site specifies 19" x 34.5". Home plate is 17" wide. I think both organizations expanded it a couple of years ago. Why they are different is anybody's guess. Our league in Richardson is still using one 17" wide, I believe.
June 30, 2013
Men's 60
496 posts
Out here the measurement of 17" is used in rec. They have a v cut in the mat to match the plate. Without looking I suspect its A.S.A. Here its S.C.M.A.F. Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation. I think is the acronym. If you look on line for a strike mat all you'll find is 17" widths with the v cut in them. Mostly orange in color. To use a mat that is designated for Senior play we had to make ours. If I thought there was a market for a Senior mat Id sell them. But a quick stop at Home Depot, and some ingenuity, will fix that :O)

Hope this helps
July 1, 2013
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
yes marv ASA is 17", we use one like that for our ASA senior league,and it's a tad of a pain to hit,unless you just go for the middle.....
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