The major rule/code proposals they have been discussing the most so far are:
- 6 foot pitchers box for all slow pitch or 53 foot mound for all slow pitch. Women don't want 53, they can accept 50-56. Brett Helmer, John McCraw, Brian Wegman and the class-A/B guys do not want to mess with the mound. They may change it to just be mens SP class-C/D/E.
- making The 52/300 ball mandatory for all ASA play and taking the 44/375 out completely. They had some scientist here that put equations on the board that were the longest pieces of math I ever seen.
- the 2013 ASA bat stamp will only be good for slow pitch. Fast pitch is still testing it. All bats with 2000 and 2004 are still legal and will remain legal. The only non-approved bats are the same 20 bats that are listed on the ASA non-approved bat list. The new 2013 bats are officially still called 98 mph ... But the test was done with a 80 mph swing speed instead of 85. So the bats are better. I talked to a couple of the major guys and they flat out told me that U-trip lowered their standard some and they feel the ASA 2013 bats may be better than the new 2013 usssa bats. I think it may be just gamesmanship between the 2. Both are still good, but to answer the questions many asked me before I left. The 2013 will be better, hotter bats (but still called 98 mph ... ). All 2000 and 2004 not already on the non-approved list will still be legal. Nobody has to buy new bats, all is good, ASA did a good thing. Was at the manufactures convention and the TPS Zs and the Demarini Flipper are 2 of the best ASA. Easton, Worth, Combat are just as good. The Z and the flipper are called linear walled bats and the testing procedure will have to be different as they are built different. The flipper has 2 composite walls with a pocked of compressed air or some kind of thing and the ASA Zs have that disk inside (btw. The utrip Zs do not have the disk). Anyway, at states this year, these bats will be tested in a different way as many times they are brand new and fail the traditional test. I'll explain all this later.
- they are discussing 2 senior rules. If a player runs past the commitment line from third to home, there is proposal to let him try to get back. The other one is the ASA wants to have a 5 run rule limit per inning (until the last inning which is unlimited), this would fall in line with the other senior associations.
- they want to take away stealing in womens C and D - the ladies here do not like this.
- in coed, if a women happens to hit a Homer that puts the team over the limit and thusfore, the home run is an out. They want to say if this penality home run is hit by a women, it should count as a home run. Apparently a girl hit a 310 foot home run last year and the guys have already hit anough to put the team at the limit, the girl (and all the women were upset).
- they got some other goofy rules about colors of hats, visors, uniforms and other stuff like that.
- they want to do away with teams have players from anm above class. Example. A D team can not have ANY C players on its roster. They want this for all classes. Its been rejected everywhere so far.
- also, since class-C nats have dwindles, they want to have just 1 class-c national with 64 national berths to be won. I think this is dumb, we have our C states, the winner goes wit some $$, but all the other teams can still go. The new rule would make them have to go and re-enter another C tournament and win. There are 76? Associations and less then 20 actually had C states, the other 50+ didn't even have enough teams to have the event. This won't help the C program. We stopped having regional and territory qualifiers years ago because it didn't work. They already have dates and locations for the 4 corners for this year, so I can't see this passing.
- ASA of PA state commissioner Andy Loechner received a 40 year service award. They also had an extremely emotional tribute to the veterans on sunday (veterans day). Larry Montgomery, who sings all the theme songs for the 5 different branches of the military (army, navy, air force, coast guard and marines). Sang all the songs as any ASA vet in the room stood up that was part of that branch- was tough to watch, some grown men had some memories brought back and were very emotional.
- when Vick got knocked out, the million cowboy fans got real sad. Apparently, they wanted him to stay in the game.
- other than that, I can't think of anything else- Dallas is a nice city, temp is in 50s, just like at home.
Talk soon- steve