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June 3, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
Stick8
After seeing your first post on the "confiscating" thread I was curious. Where did you see the rule that a bat with chipped paint was illegal? I checked the 2008 ASA rulebook, the 2010 SSUSA rule book and the 2010 SPA rulebook. None of these mention chipped paint as a reason to disallow a bat.
By the way, while looking at the SSUSA rules I did see "If a player is seriously injured (requiring emergency hospitalization)
by a batted ball, the Tournament Director shall immediately
confiscate both the bat and ball and send them to SSUSA
Headquarters for testing."
June 3, 2010
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
BruceinGa,
He is wrong..if you bat has the paint chipped, you can STILL use it.
June 3, 2010
Lecak
Men's 55
1004 posts
Bruce actually stick is correct for UTRIP pulled this from UTRIP announcements.
To address the concern of altered or just excessively used softball bats, USSSA is asking that players no
longer use any bat that shows any visible sign of wear on the barrel, knob, cap or plug. USSSA umpires
and directors in 2007 are authorized in their discretion to remove from play any bat which shows wear such as
worn off or cracked graphics or damaged barrels, handles, tapers, plugs, caps or knobs. Umpires or directors in
their discretion may either remove the offending bat from the game or tournament and return it at the end
of play or simply ask the player to put the bat away and not use it in USSSA play.
If such a bat is brought back into USSSA play, the owner and user of such a bat may be
suspended from USSSA play for up to one year.
June 3, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3919 posts
joe don't think paint chips will get a bat tossed as that would basically do away with a ton of bats.any bat i have used has chips gone from being tossed and such.if it is true,i'll have to find new bats or not play usssa anymore,and that is what i play most for tourneys over here.never have had a bat tossed yet.
June 3, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2581 posts
Thanks Joe, that explains it. What kind of rule would only "ask"? Sounds like you can use it if the umpire doesn't ask that you not use it.
June 3, 2010
stick8
1238 posts
Bruce that's strictly USSSA rules. If umpires determine thru visualizing or if the opposing team requests a bat check, a bat that is cracked, dented or paint chips are falling off the bat is subject to be removed by the umpire. It doesn't mean the player is removed from the game, merely he or she cannot use that bat. Other associations may have different rules that I'm not familiar with.
June 3, 2010
VINNY LV
Men's 50
178 posts
do alot of umpiring for last 25 years and I've never heard of bat with paint chips being tossed.. cracked or dented I've told players that they can't be used anymore.. pick up alot of the aluminum bats and you'll find that 80% of them are dented..
June 3, 2010
VINNY LV
Men's 50
178 posts
Joe,, where did you find this announcement????? just curious to read it myself.. all bats could be thron out for paint chips..
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