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Discussion: illegal bat/altered/shaved

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May 25, 2011
50
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illegal bat/altered/shaved
I'm a young player in this league. 50 and over,I want to approach Board of Directors. Please advise. What is the best way to deal with a player possiblly using an illegal bat? Altered bat/shaved. And if a pitcher is hit while this bat is in play what action should take place. Please know that we are using the Miken Ultra II's and Combat bats that are legal bats in our league.
May 25, 2011
50
2 posts
What is the rule if a player is caught using the shaved bat? Please post a quoteable policy.
May 25, 2011
gott2play
Men's 55
139 posts
50, this should help. Straight from the Rulebook

Tony Baltazar
Barcelona Bandits - 50 Major
So Cal 55's - 55 Major


3.4 (7) PENALTY FOR USING AN ALTERED BAT
A. SSUSA agreed to follow the 2007 Summit Altered Bat Recommendation:
Penalty for Using an Altered Bat: If a bat is suspected of being altered to enhance performance, a tournament official will determine if the bat will be allowed to be used in play or will request that it be voluntarily released by the owner for inspection. If the player refuses to immediately release the bat to tournament officials, the player will be suspended for 10 years, the manager for one year, and
the team will forfeit all games played in the current tournament. If the player voluntarily releases the bat and it is found to be altered to enhance performance, the player will be suspended for 5 years and the manager for one year. The bat (if surrendered by the owner) will be held and forwarded for testing through the National SSUSA Office at the conclusion of the tournament. A second offense may
result in the lifetime ban of the player. Immediate actions for use of an altered bat will also result in the following:
A. Batter will be called out and ejected from the tournament.
B. Base runners will be instructed to return to the base(s) occupied
at the time the suspected altered bat was used, providing there are
fewer than three (3) outs.
C. The bat (if surrendered by the owner) will be held and forwarded for testing through the National SSUSA Office at the conclusion of the tournament
B. Proceedure for handling and safeguarding a suspected altered bat:
1. The Tournament Director/site director will immediately take possession of the surrendered bat. Under no circumstances will the bat be allowed out of the Tournament Director’s/site director’s possession.
2. The Tournament Director/site director will write a receipt for the bat and give it to the person who surrendered the bat.
3. The Tournament Director/site director will attach a piece of tape to the bat showing the player’s name address and telephone number and the team name, address, and telephone number.
4. The Tournament Director/site director will forward the bat to the SSUSA headquarters with a note explaining why the bat(s) are suspected of being an altered bat.
3.4 (8) PENALTY FOR USING AN ILLEGAL BAT
A. Any attempt to use an illegal bat in SSWC or SSUSA play will result in the batter being ejected from the tournament.
B. The batter will also be called out.
C. The base runners will be instructed to return to the base(s) occupied at the time the illegal bat was used, providing there are fewer than three (3) outs.
D. The Tournament Officials will request the owner of the bat to surrender it for forwarding it to SSWC Headquarters.

A player’s failure to voluntarily surrender the bat to tournament officials will result in an immediate minimum of one year suspension from play. There will be a subsequent hearing to determine if additional sanctions against the player shall be imposed, and if the bat will be
returned to the player or destroyed.
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