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Dec. 5, 2008
bigred3
38 posts
Question
Would removing the rubberized grip from a bat and replacing it with tape be an illegal modification of the bat? Would it disqualify the bat from tournament play? The tape would be as high on the handle as the prexisting grip.
Dec. 5, 2008
4x4
Men's 65
590 posts
The way you are descibing it it would be legal. If you look you'll see a lot of taped handles. Some guys really like the taped handle better. I think the tape has to cover 9". Some of the umps can check in on that.
Dec. 6, 2008
Fred@1
Men's 75
6 posts
That is fine. What you can't do with tape is make a knob with it on the end of the bat. Which is funny that you can buy a knob cuff but you can't make one with tape.
Dec. 6, 2008
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
If you're playing ASA, you can have up to two layers of tape. It has to extend between 10" and 15" up the handle. There are some other criteria like it has to be in a continous spiral, can't be a slick plastic tape, etc., but nothing important. However, once in Burlington, a young ump had me remove a single wrap of yellow tape from around the handle which I used to identify my bat. Most of the guys had similar tape, but I was the first and only one told to remove it. I guess he did it because he could.
Dec. 6, 2008
RudyG
Men's 60
4 posts
How about adding another grip on top of the existing one? I have been experimenting with this because of my arthritic fingers and the trouble I have closing my hand, especially my bottom hand on the grip.
Dec. 6, 2008
armiho211
Men's 70
398 posts
i have removed all the original wrap on my bats,and replaced it with BLACK ELECTRICAL "RUBBERIZED TAPE", IT STRETCHES AND GETS THINNER AS YOU WRAP AROUND THE HANDLES, I WILL PUT TWO OR THREE LAYERS, but i put only about 6" from the knob as i use the overlap grip.. it give me a better non slip grip, and have never been called out on it by the umps. only problem is that you may need to keep adding tape as it wears out. it also gives the bat a little more end load. my .02c.
Dec. 6, 2008
bigred3
38 posts
Thanks for the response. I usually use athletic tape with the sticky side out. It gives the bat a pine tar effect, is cheap and easily replaceable.
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