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Discussion: Official Senior Softball - USA Ball?

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Dec. 12, 2007
Men's 55
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Official Senior Softball - USA Ball?
I may have (make that probably) have missed the designation of the Trump AK-SS-375 (yellow) as the official SS-USA ball.

Someone care to clue me in on why? What makes it different than other similarly rated balls?

Dec. 12, 2007
Men's 50
535 posts
HOTROD: The follow' comes from Kevin S.

The problem with softballs is the heat. If it is hot a low compression ball will not fly very well. The other problem with the balls are companies cheating. If you check ISA and NSA websites you will see that 2 of the companies mentioned here have had there balls removed from play in these associations.
So you used X brand .44/375 ball in 100 degree heat and you say it was good, well if that is true it is not a .44/375 ball.
Directors need to use balls according to the temps that they will play. We make a micro-cell .44/375 ball that is good for high temps, this ball will play well if it is 90-100 out.
Now take the temps like Seattle this year, that was the exact same ball used in St louis and no one complained about it in Seattle.
No one should be using high comp balls with ultras and combats. Even with low comp balls the speed at 70 ft is to high but with high comp ball the distance will be 130-140 ft even infielders will have a hard time catching balls.
So to summerize this,
Use real .44/375 balls when temps are below 85 and micro-cell balls above 85 and you will have a great tournament.

Everyone uses 375 cores for 375 comp and 400 comp.
USSSA and NSA specs are 400 max
ISA is 375 +5% Which is 393.75comp
ASA is 375 max
Same core different stitch and logo.

Trump, makes this ball 4 Seniors Softball. The ball u spoke of, has been designed 4 Hot & Cooler temps.

I hope Kevin, will jump in.. The STONEMAN.
Dec. 12, 2007
225 posts
the problem is not the temperature of the game,it is the hot scorehouse where the balls are stored,you can store the regular yellow ball not the mci {soft one] in air conditioning,and the ball plays well. We keep ours in an old refrigerator in score house. Players do not like the ball the can spueeze wine coolers are excellent to store softballs
Dec. 12, 2007
225 posts
I forgot we are in Houston where the temp. is 100 degrees in summer
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