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Discussion in 'Ask the Umpire' started by Speed Demon, May 16, 2016.
What is the official ball size for use in adult co-Ed softball according to ASA rules?
12" for guys, 11" for the ladies. Your league results may vary.
Do you know what is the official COR and compression for balls in co-Ed?
All ASA is 52/300
Except for the women when they're playing coed. That ball is still .44/375.
The rollout of the 11" .52/300 ball was delayed by one year. It will be required starting in 2017.
Since the question was answered can someone explain why they still use the 11' ball for women. Makes no sense. Girls stop using the 11" ball at 8 or 10u (been awhile and cant remember). Why would ASA revert back to the 11" for women?
Over the years, there have been proposals at the annual ASA Council to have both men and women hit the 12" ball in coed. However, whenever it's come up, my understanding is that it was the women who were against it, not the men.
Every ASA coed league around here uses 52/300 12" balls for men and women. Makes things easier for everyone.
Wonder if this will change once the 11" goes to 52/300? I can see the advantage now with the 44/375 ball. But once they both go 52/300 wouldn't the performance be the same.
Same for our league.
The COR/Comp was not the reason for the different-sized softballs. Prior to the adoption of the .52/300 ball, everyone used the .44/375 ball.
I can't speak to why they waited to roll it out for the 11" ball other than either A) waiting for the manufacturers to lessen phase out their supply or B) sufficient testing of the new ball. Only the manufacturers and/or ASA can shed some light on that.
I doubt it. The ladies, and we are talking older ladies, don't believe they can hit the 12" ball with any authority and will not give it up.
To the best of my knowledge, I was one of the last to propose the change. My commissioner who was in the committee meeting damn near was run out on a rail when he stood in support of the change. I mean they literally chased him into the hall asking why, and I kid you not here, he wanted to "take away their balls".
This ^^^. Most women hit the 11" ball harder and farther, even if the 11" and 12" ball are same cor/compression.
The 44/375 ball can kill you. The 52/300 is much less likely to do so. That alone is plenty of reason to switch.
In our co-ed league we added an outfield line for the ladies. That is plenty of give for flushing that absurd 11" ball switcheroo. Best thing we've done.