Those high-dollar bats some senior softball players have purchased and then not been able to use might now be legal.
That information comes from Rim country softball player Dave Crowell, who serves on the United States Senior Softball Advisory Board.
Crowell recently returned from three days in Cypress Gardens, Fla., where he participated in the Senior Softball National Summit.
Among the topics the Advisory Board addressed was the use of high-tech bats that were once very popular but for the past year have been banned from many tournaments and association play.
According to Crowell, the Advisory Board suggested to the softball governing associations that all bats that meet minimum standards be declared legal for the 2004 season. He said the associations were in agreement with the Advisory Board and it would now be up to them to make new rules and regulations governing the use of certain bats.
Thus far, four senior softball associations have lifted the ban on all outlawed bats, Crowell said.
Also at the National Summit, the Advisory Board established guidelines to allow women's senior softball to become of part of all national qualifying tournaments, Crowell said.
Other senior softball changes approved by the board involved establishing a national championship tournament that would pit the top four teams from around the country against one another.
"One national champion would emerge," Crowell said. "Tentative plans are to have this tournament in Oklahoma City this fall."
Lastly, the board nominated six players to become eligible for the Senior Softball Hall of Fame.
"Of the six, two will be elected," Crowell said.
Crowell was nominated and elected to the United States National Advisory Board for Senior Softball in 2002. He is currently a member of the Arizona Thunder senior traveling team that plays in the AAA division.
The State of Arizona Junior High School girls fastpitch softball tournament is now accepting team registration for its upcoming Presidents' Day Tournament which will be held at the Anthem Softball Complex. Games will be played Feb. 13, 14 and 15.
Registration is open to all junior high/middle school teams as well as all non-traveling club and organization-affiliated teams.
There will be both "A" and "B" divisions. Teams from through the state will be competing.
For more information, call (480) 451-4952.
Pirch, Randall in top-10
Clifford Pirch and Reese Randall teamed up to finish 10th at the AllStar Bass team tournament Jan. 10 at Lake Pleasant.
Their catch of 6.06 pounds earned the pair $450 in prize money.
The next AllStar Bass team tournament is scheduled for Feb. 7 at Bartlett Lake. For more information, call (480) 894-2775.