Posted 14 March 2006 - 11:14 AM
In girls' softball, like boys' baseball, the younger leagues use whatever ball that the league determines as long as everyone in the given league is using the same. My personal experience, I have rarely ever seen a league that uses a "mush" ball or "limited flight" ball. I've seen only one tournament that used a "mush" ball but they changed because too many teams complained. Something else of importance is the size of the ball because they do come in different sizes. Unfortunately, too many people gear their leagues to tournament rules, which is what they did here in my city after I stepped down as President. These idiots, behind all the coaches' backs, changed to a bigger ball size and changed the age guidelines, among other things, in the name of getting ready for tournaments. The result has been the younger girls have more trouble throwing and catching and sit the bench more because older girls has been added to their league. Needless to say, more and more girls are quitting and we are losing teams. In my 3 years as President, the number of girls and teams tripled, now it is all being undone. I hope your organization does not go down the same path by putting too much emphasis on all-stars and concentrate what what is best for ALL THE GIRLS in the league, including the ones that don't make all-stars. Good luck!