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Discussion: Why not adopt ASA\'s rules?

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Oct. 10, 2007
Men's 65
5 posts
Why not adopt ASA's rules?
Question: Why do we as an organization not adopt the ASA set of rules to use in our play. They have been tried and tested for years? If we want a "special" rule(s) for our organization then we can make "exception" rules to ASA. A rule that comes to mind is the "foul tip" rule and the "over the head" thing that's not in conformance with ASA.
Oct. 10, 2007
Michigan Vet
Men's 65
252 posts
Are you kidding!! Bad bats, bad balls, bad umpires, ASA is the worst association there is! In Michigan USSSA numbers way out number ASA.
I do not think ASA cares about slowpitch, they are big in fastpitch.
Oct. 10, 2007
Men's 55
133 posts
I agree ASA sucks... leave things the way the are... maybe have review committees to evaluate the rules and ensure their effectiveness for fair, safe & quality play...
Oct. 10, 2007
Men's 65
5 posts
Geez guys, read the post. I said, in so many words, why not adopt their set of rules to use in our play and then change what we want for our organization, that's all. The comment about bad bats, balls and umpires can apply to any organization for cry'n out loud.

All I'm saying is ASA has a good set of rules for slowpitch and it also has rules for senior slow pitch. We can still be the SSUSA with a "standard" set of rules for tournaments and play. Why leave it to TD's to decide what rules they want their tourneys to play under?

If we want to come up with a bat list, then fine we can. If we want to come up with a ball standard, we can. If we have our set of rules then the umpires we get will just have to enforce "our" rules, not ASA's, USSSA's or anyone else's rules.

No one is proposing taking away your "hot" bats and making you less of a hitter.
Oct. 10, 2007
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
I'm not sure which 'our organization' you are referring to or if you simply mean this in a global manner. But the rules are set by the associations themselves rather than the TD. In a few cases they are one and the same.
In essence, you are preaching to the choir. You might wish to walk forward and address those that reside in the pulpit. Let us know how it works out.
Bob Woodroof
Oct. 10, 2007
Men's 50
26 posts
SSUSA already has a full set of rules and the book is about the same size as the USSSA book. SPA also has its own set of rules in a book. So there is no reason to use ASA or any other association other than the one senior assoc. you are playing under. The problem with umpires is when tournaments use local umpires that have never done any senior ball before and have no clue to the special rules that each senior association has. They are only familiar with ISA , USSSA, or ASA regular ball. This can be a big problem.
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