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Discussion: rolled bats

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May 14, 2009
Men's 75
14 posts
rolled bats
Are rolled bats considered altered and therefore illegal?
Can you tell if a bat has been rolled?
May 14, 2009
Men's 60
1026 posts
I copied this from the UTRIP website not only illegal but if you read this carefully any bat that shows excessive wear is also illegal.

Why would you roll a bat? I would recommend BP, rolling a bat ain't gonna make you better just a rule breaker according to below.

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.

*Altered Bats - Excessive Pressure
Included in the USSSA view of what is an altered or doctored bat are any bats that are subjected to pressure
in any manner that exceeds that of striking the bat against an approved ball traveling at game like speeds.
Such excess pressure would include, but is not limited to, any compression, rolling, placing in a vice,
hitting a stationary object such as a pole, etc.
May 19, 2009
Men's 50
178 posts
hey Joe,, you're absolutely right asking this question.. these guys rolling or shaving a bat have to be real idiots.. they want to win so bad that they are taking a chance of killing or maming someone for the rest of their lives.. also they are going to ruin their lives in softball and in general their families.. the umps can have a bat removed for just having a dent in it.. this ain't just Utrip but in every association..
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