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Re: Dale..is 16 inch tourney UNLIMITED ARCH with a mat.swing whatever you want?
after playing both at the top level i will take bets that the top 12" team in the country will win against the top 16" teams with gloves. i have been saying this for years to some of my local 16" buddies. without gloves it will be different. last year a team from california(pychopaths) came to chicago to play major nationals with glove and took 2nd place. they were also missing guys and played with 11 the entire tournament. I dont know the players but i would imagine players on the top 12" teams put a lot more time into their game offensive and defensively. they would be even more successful.
most guys who play 16" here do not take bp regulary, work out, take grounders, etc. they are not as dedicated to it as 12" players are. hitting a 16" is a bit more difficult but top hitters are top hitters. they will figure it out very quickly.
top level 12" is harder to excel at than 16". i can go all year without taking bp or grounders and show up at nationals and be reasonably ok. you cannot do that in 12".