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July 2, 2022
NYGNYY
214 posts
Softballs
Currently my understanding is that “SSUSA Softballs” are extremely hard to find and based upon the current market conditions no where to be found until at best late August which was June before that. In our league we follow exact SSUSA rules regarding softballs specific to 44/375—Stote. I’ve tried to explain all of the above regarding supply issue’s and yet there is a belief that we have to stay within our rules at least with the 44/375. Can anyone clearly explain the actual difference between a 44/375 and a44/400 in terms such as distance etc? We’ve tried a different 44/375 and in the heat it sucks. Btw our league is in AZ. How does SSUSA get around the actual rule issue. Last ? what ball is going to be used in the ISA Columbus IN tournament since that a little different then a SSUSA TOC.
Thanks and I appreciate any help with the explanations
July 2, 2022
DirkPitt
33 posts
The 44/400 balls that we used recently are really challenging. The HR's were down dramatically across all divisions. Yes, everybody hits the same balls but we normally hit 3-6 a game and we didn't hit 1/game in our last tournament. The wind was blowing so there was some impact there too.

It would be great to not have to use the Gold Dot Extreme (44/400) ball ever again. Hopefully the supply chain challenges break free sometime soon.

Many of our guys started swinging ASA bats vs. senior bats as they had better performance with these balls.
July 5, 2022
Jeff50
28 posts
We used USSSA Classic M's at the CT Masters. Not so good in the heat and they are Senior bat breakers. None of the teams used their limit in home runs that I saw. Pretty much takes away the fun of playing senior ball in my opinion.

There must be some other options available, but I'm definitely not the expert on the type of balls available at this moment in time.
July 5, 2022
raiderman66
77 posts
I know there isn't any chance the list of teams will be made public before the Eastern Nationals in a few weeks but could we get an answer of the balls that are going to be used?
July 5, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
4281 posts
• DirkPitt ... ASA/USA bats NOT marked with the SSUSA/NTS certification OR marked BPF = 1.21 or less are not legal for use in SSUSA Sanctioned events ... Doing so constitutes the use of an "illegal bat" ...
• Jeff50 ... Options are rather scarce and comprised mainly of shopping all known ball providers on the "spot market" daily in hopes of getting enough of one flavor for the upcoming events as they occur ... Anyone (present company included) who claims to be an expert in this current procurement realm is not being truthful ...
• raiderman66 ... There's an EXCELLENT chance the preliminary Participating Team Lists for both the Eastern and Western Nationals will be released today, July 5th (I know this because I'm the guy who triggers their publication) ... We do not, however, know the brand of softballs that will be used in the Eastern National's (see above) ... The only certainty is that they will be spherical and optic yellow ...

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